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The Steering Committee is responsible for the overall structure and future of ICARE, and in guiding the Organising Committee in each chosen host country. The Steering Committee is made up of the following individuals:

  • Karina A. Mathes
    Karina A. Mathes
    DVM, Diplomate ECZM (Herpetology)
    Karina Mathes received her DVM in 1996 from the University of Munich, Germany, and completed a doctoral thesis on investigations into mycoplasma and herpesviruses in free-ranging and captive Mediterranean terrestrial tortoises in France and Morroco. She is the head of the Department of Reptiles at the Clinic for Pets, Reptiles, Pet and Feral Birds, Veterinary University of Hannover, Germany, and lectures on reptilian and amphibian medicine at the University and at various national and international conferences. She is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (herpetology) and is also a certified specialist for reptiles and amphibians (ZB Reptilien und Amphibien) in Lower Saxony, Germany. She has been member at large of the ARAV Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013 and has been the chair of the ARAV International Committee since 2012.
  • Dominik Fischer
    Dominik Fischer
    DVM, ECZM Resident (WPH), Chair of ICARE Steering Committee
    Dominik graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany in 2009. Previous to his studies he worked as falconer in different German birds of prey centres. During his studies he was employed as student assistant in the Clinic for Poultry and in the Clinic for Pets, Reptiles, pet and feral Birds of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. In addition he completed several international internships and practical courses in avian and wildlife animal medicine and surgery. Since April 2009 he is working as veterinarian at the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish of Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. There he is performing his PhD in avian reproduction, which is supported by a fellowship of the German National Academic Foundation. Additionally he is involved in projects working with infectious diseases in birds of prey. Since 2013 Dominik holds the specialist status for poultry and avian medicine in Germany and is member of the EAAV board as secretary.
  • Michael Lierz
    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.
  • Chris Griffin
    Chris W. Griffin
    DVM, Diplomate, ABVP (Avian Practice)
    Chris Griffin received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1995 and completed a private practice ABVP - Avian Residency in 1999. He passed his ABVP - Avian Boards in 2002 and recertified in 2012. He is a past President of both the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and has previously served as Conference Chair for each association’s annual meeting. He opened an exclusively avian and exotic pet hospital in North Carolina in 2004, and serves as its Medical Director. He has published several papers/book chapters and served as a guest editor for the Common Procedures issue of Vet Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. He has been both a presenter and moderator/session chair at international conferences for over 10 years, and has been involved in organizing conferences (including every iCARE and the first two ExoticsCon conferences) for several years.
  • Michael Pees
    Michael Pees
    Prof. Dr.med.vet., DipECZM (avian&herp)
    Graduated in Giessen/ Germany, working at the Clinic for Birds and Reptiles, University of Leipzig. Doctoral thesis on echocardiographic examinations in psittacine birds, habitation thesis on the diagnosis of pulmonary diseases in boid snakes. Current fields of research involve non-invasive imaging techniques in birds and reptiles, and respiratory diseases in snakes.
  • Charly Pignon
    Charly Pignon
    DVM, Diplomate ECZM (Small mammals)
    Charly Pignon was graduated in 2006 from Alfort National Veterinary School (France) and did his veterinary thesis on a wildlife conservation project in Cambodia. Then he worked in the wildlife rescue center in Alfort and worked in Paris Zoo (la Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes). In 2009, Charly Pignon completed an Exotic Medicine Internship at Tufts University and when he came back to France he created the Exotic Medicine Service in Alfort National Veterinary School. Charly Pignon is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Small mammals), and a board member of Yaboumba (French association for continuing education in exotic and wild animals). His current field of research are ear surgeries and orthopedic surgeries in small mammals, and blood transfusion in ferrets.
  • Rachel Marschang
    Rachel Marschang
    PD Dr. med. vet. Rachel E. Marschang, DECZM (herpetology), FTÄ Mikrobiologie, ZB Reptilien
    Rachel Marschang studied veterinary medicine and received her doctorate from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany and received her habilitation in Environmental and Animal Hygiene and Veterinary Virology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. She has been studying infectious diseases in reptiles since 1997. She is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (herpetology) as well as a certified specialist for microbiology (FTÄ Mikrobiologie) and for reptile medicine (ZB Reptilien). She is the past president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the chair of the herpetology specialty of the ECZM, and the European representative of the Global Ranavirus Consortium (GRC). She has written multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed papers on reptile medicine as well as presenting at many international conferences. She is currently working as a consultant veterinarian for reptile diagnostics at Laboklin GmbH & Co. KG in Bad Kissingen, Germany and as an adjunct professor (Privatdozentin) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Brian Speer
    Brian Speer
    DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian), Diplomate ECZM (Avian)
    Brian received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983, has been a diplomate of ECZM since 1999, and ABVP since 1996. He is past-president of the AAV (1999-2000), the recipent of the Lafeber Award (2003), Speaker of the Year award at the North American Veterinary Conference (2006), and AAV President’s award (2007). He currently serves as a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, ECZM Scientific Committee chair, Editor for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, and director of the Medical Center for Birds. Brian is co-author of The Large Macaws (1995), Birds for Dummies (1999), and is primary Editor for Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, with anticipated publication in 2015. Brian is in private practice, focusing exclusively on avian species, in Northern California.
ICARE 2019
London, UK