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We are pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers:

  • Abigail Edis
    Abigail Edis
    FdSc RVN CertVNES CC
    Abi qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 with a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing, she shortly moved down to Hertfordshire to continue her career in nursing in the surrounding area. She completed her certificate in nursing exotic species and 2013 she joined the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in London where she helped establish the RVC exotics service. She now continues to work full time in the exotic first opinion and referral service seeing a wide range of species from small mammal, avian, reptile, amphibians, fish and some zoo species. She partakes in all areas of nursing these species including nursing care, theatre, client consultations and diagnostic procedures. Her keen interests include anaesthesia and critical care and particularly medicine and advancement of care in guinea pigs.
    Abigail Edis will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Anaesthesia for Rabbits and Small Mammals
    Veterinary Nursing Role Panel
  • Annabel Shaw
    Annabel Shaw
    Having worked trained and qualified in an exotic practice Taylor & Marshall in Shropshire, I developed an interest in all animals less ordinary.
    From this point forwards my career has followed and exotic pathway, including companion, wildlife and zoo animals.
    I’ve been lucky enough to work in some excellent institutions including Manor Vets Exotic Referrals where I gained my C&G certificate in Exotic Vet Nursing and currently Great Western Referrals (Vets Now) which has given me great experiences with a wide and varied range of exotic species including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, small mammals, large mammals, invertebrates.
    I am still fascinated by the weird and wonderful animals we see in practice, and my passion for such extends outside of work. At home, as well as 3 cats, I have 2 chinchillas, 3 ribbed newts, a carpet python and tarantulas.
    Recently I have been spending time overseas exploring and working with wildlife and game in various projects and hope to continue to do so going into the future.
    Annabel Shaw will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Anaesthesia for Birds
  • Ass.Prof. Dr. Michaela Gumpenberger
    Ass.Prof. Dr. Michaela Gumpenberger
    Diagnostic Imaging, vetmeduni vienna
    Michi graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 1994. In 1996 she finished her thesis on "Diagnostic imaging of the urogenital tract in chelonians" and received her doctor's degree. She became an assistant at the Clinic of Diagnostic Imaging in 1996 and an Assistant Professor in 2007. Her main interest is comparative diagnostic imaging (radiography, sonography, CT, MRT) in reptiles and birds as well as other exotic species. She has co-/authored numerous publications focusing on various exotic species (https://vetdoc.vetmeduni.ac.at). Michi has been awarded by the students of her university for her outstanding teaching several times. She is also a certified expert for canine hip and elbow dysplasia as well as a radiation safety officer. She is a regular speaker for radiation protection and diagnostic imaging (especially exotics, small mammals, cats and dogs) within the scientific community and beyond.
    Her leisure time is dedicated to her husband, two Border Collies and dog sports, photography, travelling, gardening and cooking.
    Ass.Prof. Dr. Michaela Gumpenberger will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
  • Carli Dodd
    Carli Dodd
    RVN CertVNES
    Carli is a qualified veterinary nurse who was amongst the first group of nurses in the country to attain the C&G Certificate in the Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species. She has worked in avian/exotic practice for over twenty years and has always been passionate about birds. In 2010 she and Richard Jones established Avian Veterinary Services; the only dedicated companion bird practice in the UK.  
    Carli Dodd will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Hospitalisation of Birds
  • Craig Tessyman
    Craig Tessyman
    RVN
    Craig Tessyman RVN gained his qualification in veterinary nursing 2007 after working in practice from 1999.
    Craig started working in a small animal practice that saw a large exotic case load. His career has taken him from referral theater nurse, head nurse of a small animal practice to working at one of the country's busiest out of hours emergency hospitals in a large charity centre.
    Craig currently works as senior exotic nurse alongside Molly Varga and team at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital and Referral centre in St Helens, Merseyside, who see a 100% exotic only case load.
    Craig is a member of exotic, wildlife, and nursing special interest groups for vetpartners helping guide the group into clinical excellence as well as being a member of the BSAVA publications committee.
    Craig is a qualified clinical coach, and currently working towards his Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Zoo and Exotic Species
    Craig Tessyman will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Hospitalisation of Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Dan Jarvis
    Dan Jarvis
    FdSc BSc PgCert
    Growing up in the West Midlands I had no interest in the marine environment as a career choice through simple lack of contact. Summer family holidays to North Devon and later Cornwall, however, would see us visiting the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and spotting bottlenose dolphins off St Ives for the first time, thus realising that there was more to this country than I knew. I think it was probably then that the seeds were planted, though I didn’t really realise it at the time. It was only after we moved as a family to Cornwall, just after I had finished my GCSEs, that we saw an advert for the Marine Mammal Medic course being run by British Divers Marine Life Rescue and thought we would give it a go. Soon after that things started spiral into something of a career. I went on to study marine and freshwater biology at College, spending weekends and other spare time volunteering at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, helping with BDMLR callouts and also going out to record dead stranded marine mammals for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network too. I was a founding member of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and became their volunteer Secretary, and later a Trustee when it became a charity. I continued my education with a full degree in marine biology at Plymouth University, followed by a distance learning course in Marine Mammal Management.
    I worked on the Animal Care Team at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for ten years until 2016, during which time I led the conservation and research programmes on top of the daily care and responsibilities to both the rescued seal pups undergoing rehabilitation and the resident pinnipeds. After I took on a new role as Welfare Development and Field Support Officer at British Divers Marine Life Rescue I extensively redeveloped the training and learning resources, as well as building from scratch a mobile temporary seal holding unit, the first of its kind for the UK. I have attended over 2500 callouts to marine mammals around the country, the rehabilitation of several hundred seals and been directly involved with a multitude of conservation initiatives, collaborations, campaigns and research projects over the years. Currently I am investigating innovative new techniques for adult seal disentanglement, which is one of the more difficult aspects of marine mammal rescue and welfare globally.
    Dan Jarvis will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Marine conservation and the plastic crisis
  • David Stokes
    David Stokes
    RVN BSc (Hons) CGVNES
    In 2005 David graduated from The University of Wales, Bangor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology. David has always been interested in all animals but reptiles and amphibians have long been his passion. David qualified as an RVN in 2011 and joined Great Western Exotic Vets (part of the Vets Now group) in 2014 as an Exotics Nurse. He obtained his City and Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species at the end of 2016.
    David Stokes will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Anaesthesia of Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Denise Laughlin
    Denise Laughlin
    MSc RVN CertVNES CET
    A Registered Veterinary Nurse, Denise has 17 years’ experience in the clinical environment and completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species in 2013. Denise has spent much of her career pursuing her passion for wildlife and has a special interest in field work, animal welfare and the illegal wildlife trade. Having worked with several charitable organisations in the UK and in Asia, Denise feels lucky to have contributed to a variety of conservation projects from bear rescue to raptor rehabilitation to wild python translocation. In order to better understand the factors that drive people to exploit wildlife Denise completed a Master’s Degree in International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law focusing her research on her scaly favourite, the Asian pangolin. Denise is now a lecturer in Wildlife & Rehabilitation and Veterinary Nursing at Sparsholt College, Hampshire, England.
    Denise Laughlin will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Veterinary Nursing Role Panel
  • Donna Brown
    Donna Brown
    RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse
    Donna qualified from Bicton College in 1998 whilst working in North Devon at a mixed animal practice. She moved to Scotland in 1999 to work at the Royal Dick School of veterinary studies, Small Animal Hospital eventually going on to concentrate in exotic animal nursing. She gained her City and Guilds in Exotics in 2001.

    After leaving the RDSVS in 2007 she joined Edinburgh Zoo as the veterinary nurse. Her work includes the routine in-house laboratory testing of the many animals within the society, now made possible by the Society's investment in our own blood analyser and faecal-analysis equipment.

    Donna assists the vets with animal anaesthetics and health checks and has been fortunate enough to travel to Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone with the RZSS, also being involved with some of the conservation projects currently supported by the RZSS.

    Donna has been involved with lecturing both qualified and trainee veterinary nurses on exotic animal nursing and has contributed to several chapters in veterinary textbooks published by the BSAVA.
    Donna Brown will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Emergency Critical Care in Birds
  • Dr Angela Lennox
    Dr Angela Lennox
    Angela M. Lennox is a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced exclusively exotic animal medicine since 1991. She is the owner of the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis. She is board certified through ABVP in both Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal medicine, and through ECZM in Small Mammal Medicine. Dr. Lennox is an adjunct professor at Purdue University Department of Clinical Sciences and teaches various exotic animal medicine topics to both veterinary and veterinary technician students. Dr. Lennox is past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, editor of the Handbook of Rabbit and Rodent Dentisty, and co-author of Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals. She resides near Indianapolis with her husband of more than 20 years and four daughters.
    Dr Angela Lennox will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    How to: Triage and deal with emergencies
    Rabbit and Rodent Orofacial Surgical Techniques
    Rabbit and Rodent Soft Tissue Surgery: Alternatives for Elective Altering
  • Dr Brian Speer
    Dr Brian Speer
    DVM, Dip ABVP (Avian practice), Dip ECZM (Avian)
    Brian Speer received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Brian received his board specialty status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1996, and was certified in the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery (ECAMS – now ECZM) in 1999. He is in private practice; director of the Medical Center for Birds in northern California.
    He has served the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) as chair of the Aviculture Committee, as a director of the board, and as president. Brian is currently a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network for avian medical topics. He is a co-author of The Large Macaws (1995), Birds for Dummies (1999), and editor for Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, (2015).
    Dr Brian Speer will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Beak Anatomy, Form and Function, and Treatment Strategies for Keratin Problems and Deformities
    Surgical Procedures of Avian Head and Skull
  • Dr Claudia Hochleithner
    Dr Claudia Hochleithner
    DVM
    Graduated from University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna in 1991, Since 1992 - now Head of Tierklinik Strebersdorf (http://www.kleintierklinik.at/)
    Externships for Birds and Exotics in Germany, USA, The Netherlands and UK.
    Special training in Ultrasound for small animals and Exotics in Germany, USA and Austria.
    She is lecturing about Bird- and Reptile Medicine with special field Ultrasound in Austria, Brazil, Argeninia, Poland, Israel, Thailand, Csech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia, Thailand, Serbia, Montenegro, France, Italy and USA.
    She is author and co-author of several scientific papers about exotic medicine.
    Book Chapter Ultrasound in 2nd Edition of Current Therapy in Reptile Medicine and Surgery Mader & Divers. Book Chapter Ultrasound in Divers: Mader’s Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and Surgery – 3rd Edition.

    She is Founder and Vice-President of the conservation organization called Endangered (www.endangered.at) who started with conservation programmes in Rwanda – Mountain Gorillas/social programmes for the local people.
    Dr Claudia Hochleithner will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Reptile Ultrasound ​
  • Dr Dan Johnson
    Dr Dan Johnson
    Dan Johnson is a 1992 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). In 1996 he founded North Carolina’s first all-exotics practice, Avian and Exotic Animal Care, located in Raleigh. Dr. Johnson’s caseload is made up entirely of exotic pets, fish, wildlife, and zoo species. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in exotic companion mammal practice and is a past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Johnson publishes and lectures internationally on avian and exotic animal practice.
    Dr Dan Johnson will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    How to Intubate Almost Any Exotic Companion Mammal
    How to: Obtain good quality images and interpret them
  • Dr Doug Mader
    Dr Doug Mader
    MS, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline), Diplomate, ABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), Diplomate, ECZM (Herpetology), Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine
    Dr. Mader received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1986. In addition, he completed a Residency in Primate and Zoo animal medicine. He is the co-owner the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, a 24 hour Emergency/referral hospital in the Conch Republic. He is the consulting veterinarian for the Monroe County Sheriff's Zoo, the Key West Aquarium, Dynasty Marine, Everglades Alligator Farm and the Theater of the Sea. Dr. Mader is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and is on the review boards of several scientific journals. He has published numerous articles in scientific and veterinary journals, national magazines, and, is the author/editor and co-editor of three textbooks on Reptile Medicine and Surgery.
    Dr Doug Mader will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Reptile coelomic surgery ​
    Reptile critical care - medical and surgical techniques
    To treat or not to treat - How to interpret culture and sensitivity results
  • Dr Helene Pendl
    Dr Helene Pendl
    Dr. med. vet.
    Helene Pendl graduated from the veterinary faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (LMU) in Munich and completed her doctoral thesis on psittacine hematology at the Institute of Avian Diseases of the LMU. After postgraduate trainings in avian medicine in the U.S. and six years as a practitioner in small animal, avian, exotic pet, and laboratory animal medicine, she started her own business on diagnostic microscopy in 2002. Her registered company Pendl Lab exclusively focuses on avian and reptile hematology, cytology, pathology, and histopathology. Besides routine diagnostic workups and scientific collaborations, Pendl Lab provides international training and consulting programs tailored to the specific needs of veterinarians, biologists, and veterinary technicians working in different professional fields. Helene Pendl has published in standard textbooks and journals and has been a regular lecturer and instructor at international conferences and postgraduate programs for more than 25 years.
    Dr Helene Pendl will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Diagnostic microscopy (Part 1): Haematology of Avian and Reptile Species
    How to: use microscopy with confidence
  • Dr Lionel Schillinger
    Dr Lionel Schillinger
    Dr Lionel SCHILLIGER graduated from the french National Veterinary School of Nantes (Oniris) in 1989 and has been working with dogs, cats and reptiles ever since. He certified in canine and feline nutrition in 1992 (E.N.V.A), in clinical hematology and biochemistry of small companion animals in 1998 (E.N.V.T), and in canine and feline internal medicine in 2011 (Vet Agro Sup). He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM - Herpetology) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP - Reptile and Amphibian Practice). He is also a representative member of his country in the International Committee of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV).

    Lionel SCHILLIGER works as a private practitioner in Paris and at the National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort.
    Dr Lionel Schillinger will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Reptile Ultrasound ​
    Reptile cardiology
  • Dr Marty Chu
    Dr Marty Chu
    Dr. Marty Chu is from Taiwan, graduated from NCHU in 2007, he’s the founder and the director of Jurassic Exotic Animal Hospital an all exotic practice with 10 doctors. He’s currently the vice president of AEMV, also founder of Taiwan exotic conference and Taiwan exotic veterinarian association, board member of Taiwan reptile association. Dr. Chu regularly lectures nationally and internationally. He specializes in small exotic mammals and reptiles, loves exercise, cooking and traveling. So far he has rabbits, guinea pigs, iguanas, uromastyx, tortoises, owls and cats as pets.
    Dr Marty Chu will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Blood Transfusion in Exotic Pet Practice
  • Dr Michelle O'Brien
    Dr Michelle O'Brien
    BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS, DipECZM(ZHM), RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine
    Michelle O’Brien is one of the Veterinary and Wildlife Health Officers for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) based at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 1999 she spent six and a half years in general and exotics referral practice, seeing a mix of small animal, zoo and exotic pet species. She gained the RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2005 and since 2015 is an RCVS recognized Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. Michelle has worked at WWT since 2006 and is part of the team that provides veterinary care at seven of the nine WWT centres in the UK and provides veterinary advice to a number of conservation programmes including the Great Crane Project and Spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programmes.
    Dr Michelle O'Brien will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Invertebrate First Aid
  • Dr Minh Huynh
    Dr Minh Huynh
    DVM, MRCVS, DE Pathologie aviaire
    Minh Huynh is the head of exotic department at Fregis hospital center (the biggest and oldest referral practice in France, located in the south of Paris) and part time consultant at the National Vetschool. He did his residency at Great Western Referrals in England under the supervision of Neil Forbes. He is boarded from the European College of Zoological Medicine in avian subspecialty since 2014 and currently supervising the first avian residency in France. He is also boarded from the American College of Zoological Medicine since 2017. He was one of the four co-organizers of ICARE in Paris in 2015.
    Dr Minh Huynh will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    How to: Safely anaesthetise an exotic patient
    Use of smartphone in exotic pet practice
  • Dr Nathalie Wissink-Argilaga
    Dr Nathalie Wissink-Argilaga
    Lic.Vet GPCert(ExAP) Cert AVP(ZooMed) DZooMed(Reptilian) MRCVS RCVS, Recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine
    Nathalie graduated from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) in 2004. After seeing practice in several exotic/wildlife practices and zoos around the world, she completed a one-year internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists.

    Nathalie started working at The Scott Veterinary Clinic in 2006, where she is now a clinical director and head of the exotic animal department. In 2008 she passed her GP certificate in exotic animal practice and she holds the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological Medicine) since 2010.

    In 2017 she completed the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine to become an RCVS Recognised Specialist, she is also the veterinarian for Woburn Safari Park.

    Nathalie is liaison to the AEMV Committee.
    Dr Nathalie Wissink-Argilaga will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    How to: Deal with common presentations
  • Dr Nicola Di Girolamo
    Dr Nicola Di Girolamo
    DMV, GPCert(ExAP), MSc (Evidence-Based Health Care), PhD
    Nicola Di Girolamo is an associate professor of Exotics and Zoological Medicine at Oklahoma State University, and current president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine and an associate editor of BMC Veterinary Research. Before moving to the US, Nicola has been employed as a veterinary specialist in Hong Kong at Tai Wai Small Animal & Exotics Hospital. Back in Italy, he performed an ECZM residency at the Clinica per Animali Esotici in Rome. He completed a Master of Science in evidence-based healthcare at the university of Oxford and a PhD at the University of Bologna. Following that, he founded EBMVet, a study group on Evidence-based medicine. He fills his time off with Brazilian Jujitsu, surf and chess.
    Dr Nicola Di Girolamo will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Temperature measurement in rabbits: current evidence and personal experience
    The successful intestinal surgery in rabbits
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    Dr Peter Wencel
    Peter Wencel graduated as DVM in 2011 from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. During his studies, he completed several international internships in avian medicine and surgery. After graduation he worked for 5 years as a clinician in private practice with a 100% avian caseload, focusing on poultry, medicine of racing pigeons, and passerines. Since 2015 he is working as veterinarian in Al Aseefa Falcon Clinic in Dubai, UAE. He coauthors several book chapters and articles on avian medicine. His professional interests focus on cytopreparation, cytology and functional avian anatomy.
    Dr Peter Wencel will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Diagnostic microscopy (Part 2): Avian Cytology Advanced
  • Dr Sarah Pellett
    Dr Sarah Pellett
    BSc(Hons) MA VetMB CertAVP(ZooMed) DZooMed(Reptilian) MRCVS. RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine.
    Sarah Pellett graduated from University of Cambridge in 2006. During her degree she spent time in exotic practices and zoos both in the UK and abroad. She spent three years working at a first opinion and referral exotic animal practice in Manchester where she completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological Medicine). Sarah now works at Animates Veterinary Clinic, Thurlby, in Lincolnshire, seeing a wide range of first opinion and referral exotic animal cases. In 2017 she completed the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine so she is now an RCVS recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine.

    She is a member of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the European Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV). She is also the veterinary adviser on invertebrate health for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group and a member of the committee for the Veterinary Invertebrate Society. She has recently become involved with the work for BIAZA Reptile and Amphibian Working Group.
    Dr Sarah Pellett will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Invertebrate First Aid
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    Dr Scott Echols
    DVM, Diplomate ABVP- Avian Practice
    Dr Scott Echols is an avian specialist veterinarian living in Salt Lake City, Utah and practicing throughout the United States. Dr Echols graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. His awards include the 2005 TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year, Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2007 Non-Traditional Species Practitioner of the Year, 2017 Wellcome Images Award Finalist and Texas A&M 2018 Distinguished Alumnus. Dr Echols splits his time between clinical practice, research, developing new imaging technologies and running several businesses. One of his companies, Scarlet Imaging, has created innovated contrast agents such as BriteVu that have changed our understanding of anatomy in health and disease of animals ranging from fish to humans. Dr Echols also started the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project in effort to develop a better understanding of avian, and other animal, anatomy.
    Dr Scott Echols will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Advanced Imaging in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine
    Avian Reproductive Tract Surgery
  • Dr Shachar Malka
    Dr Shachar Malka
    Dr. Shachar Malka is the owner of Long Island Bird and Exotics Veterinary Clinic in NY, where he cares for exotics pets and wildlife exclusively. He completed an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada and a three year residency at the University of California, Davis. 
    Dr. Malka has a strong interest in wildlife conservation. He is the founder of Rift Valley Wildlife Clinics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that cares for animals in need locally as well as in Africa, where he volunteers much of his time providing veterinary care in rural areas.
    Dr. Malka's professional interests include advanced anesthesia, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. 
    Dr Shachar Malka will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Evaluation Of The Skull And Thorax Of Small Mammals; Traditional Radiography & Computed Tomography
  • Dr Sophie Dennison
    Dr Sophie Dennison
    DACVR
    Dr. Sophie Dennison is a British ex pat now living in the US. She has had a convoluted career that started in mixed practice and emergency medicine in the UK. During that time she developed a passion for wildlife and pet avian and exotic cases, and was the designated local veterinarian for the RSPCA for wildlife cases and marine mammal strandings. Sophie moved to the US in 2004 where she undertook a two year Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology internship based at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito CA. There she experienced first hand the frustration of a lack of veterinary radiologist input available for imaging studies of the non-traditional species, and decided to pursue an ACVR-accredited residency in diagnostic imaging to fill the gap. Sophie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2009 after successfully completing her radiology residency at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she remains on faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Radiology. Sophie has dedicated more than 50% of her time, and peer-reviewed publications, to zoo, wildlife and pet avian and exotics radiology cases. In addition to multiple peer-reviewed articles, Sophie is a chapter author in the CRC Handbook Of Marine Mammal Medicine and Veterinary Computed Tomography. Sophie is an independent teleradiologist, multi-distance triathlete, and mom of a beautiful three-year old daughter and three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
    Dr Sophie Dennison will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Evaluation Of The Skull And Thorax Of Small Mammals; Traditional Radiography & Computed Tomography
  • Dr Susan Orosz
    Dr Susan Orosz
    PhD, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian), Dipl ECZM (Avian)
    Dr. Orosz received her PhD in human neuroanatomy from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1980 and her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1984. From 1986-2000, Dr. Orosz taught avian medicine and surgery at The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine where she attained the rank of professor. Dr. Orosz has authored two books, a number of book chapters, as well as many scientific papers on avian anatomy and medicine. From 2000-2003, she served as scientific editor for The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Orosz is a recipient of the Dr TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award and is owner of the Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center in Toledo, OH, USA.
    Dr Susan Orosz will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Acute Avian Respiratory Distress – From Anatomy Through Treatment
  • Jo Hinde
    Jo Hinde
    RVN
    Jo has worked in the veterinary industry since 2007 and has always had a special interest in rabbits. She owns and runs LagoLearn, providing rabbit specific CPD to veterinary professionals in both the UK and internationally. She also spends a significant amount of voluntary time working with charities and parliamentary groups to highlight animal welfare and is proud to be Junior Vice President of the British Veterinary Nurse Association. Jo attends many events, gives lectures and writes articles for the veterinary industry as well as the general public and schools. She has received several awards over the years including the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2014, an RCVS Innovation Award winner in 2017 and the IFAW Animal Advocate Award in 2017.
    Jo Hinde will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Emergency Critical Care in Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Matthew Rendle
    Matthew Rendle
    Matthew has over 25 years experience in nursing exotic species both in the UK and abroad. Matthew is interested in all aspects of animal health and welfare of exotic species. Matthew is passionate about veterinary nursing and is keen to try and promote the profession and is now an elected member of RCVS VN council and the current chair of the Association of Zoo and Exotic Veterinary Nurses (AZEVN). Matthew has published and lectures on many aspects of nursing on exotic species from elephants to caecilians.
    Matthew Rendle will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    ECC in Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Nico J. Schoemaker
    Nico J. Schoemaker
    Nico Schoemaker graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht 1994, which was directly followed by an internship in Companion Animal Medicine and a residency in Avian Medicine and Surgery at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals at Utrecht University. His residency led to certification as an avian specialist in the Netherlands, Europe (Dip. ECAMS) and the USA (Dipl. ABVP –Avian). In 2003 he defended his PhD entitled: Hyperadrenocorticism in ferrets. Since April 2009 he became a founder diplomate of the small mammal specialty of the ECZM. He is still employed at the Division of Zoological Medicine.
    Nico J. Schoemaker will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Small mammal endocrinology
  • Prof Dr Michael Lierz
    Prof Dr Michael Lierz
    Prof. Dr med vet, DZooMed, DipECZM, DipECPVS
    Michael Lierz graduated in Hanover, Germany and earned his doctorate title by thesis from the Free University of Berlin, Germany working on diseases and rehabilitation of raptors. After being 4 years the director of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Research Hospital in the United Arab Emirates he returned to the Free University of Berlin in 2001, working as a scientific assistant. In 2009 he moved to the University of Giessen as the director of the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish. He holds the European Diplomate status of the European College of Zoological medicine, the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science, and the RCVS Diplomate status in Zoological Medicine (avian). In Germany he holds the specialist status in Poultry- and Avian Medicine, in Zoo- and Wildlife Medicine, in Microbiology, and in Species Conservation.
    Prof Dr Michael Lierz will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    EAAV Student Master Class: Radiography and Endoscopy- two wings of avian diagnostics
    Veterinary Care of Breeding flocks of Birds of prey and psittacines – Tips and Tricks
  • Prof Rüdiger Korbel
    Prof Rüdiger Korbel
    Prof. Dr. med. vet, Dr. med. vet. habil.
    Diplomate of the European College for Zoological Medicine ECZM, Avian
    Cert. Specialist in poultry including subdivisions pet-, zoo-, wild birds, raptors and pigeons
    Cert. Specialist in veterinary ophthalmology
    Past president EAAV 2001-2003
    Board member Int. Committee AAV

    General:
    1979 – 1984 Graduated from veterinary school at the Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversity of Munich

    1984 – 1999Scientific Assistant Institute of Poultry Diseases, University of Munich
    1996 Habilitation "Ophthalmology in birds"
    1999 – 2000 Guest Professor at the Department of Poultry, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna / Austria
    2000 – 2011Associate Professor at the Raptor Centre, University of Minnesota / USA
    since 2003 Chair and Director of the Clinic for Birds, Small Mammals, Reptiles and Ornamental Fish Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich

    Focus on:
    Ophthalmology in birds
    Animal Welfare Legal aspects of visual perception in poultry
    Anesthesia in birds
    Orthopedics in birds
    Prof Rüdiger Korbel will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Basic principles and application of Exotics and Wildlife Ophthalmology
    Blind and one eye sighted wild and pet bird patients - what are my options?
  • Prof Zdenek (Sid) Knotek
    Prof Zdenek (Sid) Knotek
    DVM, Ph.D, Dip ECZM (Herpetological Medicine and Surgery)
    Sid is the Head of Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic and adjunct professor on Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Purdue University (IN, USA). He is founding member and diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, member of ARAV and president of CAZWV (Czech Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians). Sid has teaching activities in many universities (Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Kosice, Ljubljana, Porto, Lisbon, Vila-Real, Utrecht, Sydney, Vienna, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow, Purdue University (USA), Denpasar (Indonesia). As a founder of reptile medicine specialty Sid headed the Unit for Reptiles and Pet Birds at Veterinary University in Vienna (2010-2013). Sid supervises international training courses for exotic medicine: Summer School for Exotic Medicine and Surgery (since 2004), ESAVS courses – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery I - III (since 2005) and ESAVS course – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery in China (since 2015).
    Prof Zdenek (Sid) Knotek will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Safe Anaesthesia for Small Lizards ​
  • Sacha Dench
    Sacha Dench
    Sacha Dench is a conservationist and adventurer, known as the ‘human swan’ for her expedition "Flight of the Swans" following the migration of the endangered wild Bewick’s swan from Arctic Russia all the way to the UK. She did this in a paramotor - dangling 1000s of feet in the air from a piece of fabric, with a propeller on her back.

    She was the first woman to cross the English Channel by paramotor and is a 2017 ‘Woman of the Year’. She was awarded the Royal Aero Club’s ‘Britannia Trophy’ in 2018, previously won by Sir Richard Branson and the Red Arrows, and making her the first woman to win it in over 50 years.

    But Sacha’s background was mostly underwater. Growing up in Australia, UK and Switzerland she developed a passion for wildlife and exploring, and learnt that she could hold her breath long enough to scare people. Beating the world record for breath hold (6 minutes 22 seconds) in a training session one day led to her competing for the UK and Australia at freediving, and some unusual stunt roles including a dead human, a dying shark, an underwater bad guy in ‘Home and Away’ and a human dolphin for a whisky brand. Also a trained biologist, Sacha has worked in pollution investigations shark and turtle research, and co-founded volunteer group ‘Eco Divers’, a group of divers using their bare hands and cameras to save sea life in distress. She has worked in conservation communication, including film and photography, ever since.
    Sacha Dench will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Keynote Lecture by Sacha Dench
  • Vladimír Jekl
    Vladimír Jekl
    Assoc. Prof., MVDr., Ph.D., Dip. ECZM (Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery)
    Vladimír Jekl is a 2002 graduate of the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UVPS) Brno, Czech Republic. He obtained his PhD in exotic companion mammal dentistry in 2006. He has practiced exclusively exotic animal medicine and since 2009 is European Recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery) and from 2016 he obtains the title Associate Professor at the UVPS. From 2017 he is the co-owner of the Jekl & Hauptman Veterinary Clinic Focused on Exotic Companion Mammals. He has lectured extensively thorough the Europe and the USA and he has published more 400 articles in regional and international journals and books, including chapters in BSAVA Manuals and Practical Veterinary Dental Radiography.
    Vladimír Jekl will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Rigid endoscopy in Exotic Companion Mammals
  • Wendy Irvine
    Wendy Irvine
    Registered veterinary nurse, Cert in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species, MSc (Applied animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare), BSc (Hons) (Zoology)
    Wendy started off training and working in a mixed practice in Midhurst, West Sussex and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000. Wendy then became keen to pursue additional qualifications with an Honours degree in Zoology and a Masters in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare.
    She has experience working as a keeper in a number of zoos and returned to vet nursing at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, where she spent 9 years as the dedicated exotics and wildlife vet nurse. During this time Wendy had the opportunity to be involved in vet and nurse student teaching and developed her passion and knowledge for nursing exotic pets and their welfare needs. She has lectured at various veterinary conferences, contributed towards two BSAVA manuals, and other veterinary publications. In October 2015 Wendy started her new role as Marwell Zoo’s RVN and is excited about contributing to the teams’ commitment to welfare and conservation.
    Wendy Irvine will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Hospitalisation of Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Yvonne Van Zeeland
    Yvonne Van Zeeland
    DVM, MVR, PhD, Dip. ECZM (Avian, Small mammal), CPBC
    Yvonne van Zeeland graduated with merit from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University in 2004. Having worked briefly in private practice, she returned to Utrecht in 2005 to complete an internship in companion animal medicine, residency in avian medicine and PhD on feather damaging behavior in grey parrots. Aside from her recognition as a European Specialist in Avian Medicine, Yvonne became de facto recognized in Small Mammal Medicine, and certified as a parrot behavior consultant. Yvonne is currently employed at the Division of Zoological Medicine in Utrecht, where she devotes her time to teaching, research and patient care of birds and small mammals. She furthermore contributes actively to the international development and advancement of avian and exotic animal medicine through lectures, publications and membership of various professional organizations and committees, including serving as AAV's President for 2018-19.
    Yvonne Van Zeeland will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Small mammal endocrinology
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