History of the Small Animal Society

The Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) was founded in 2003 for veterinary surgeons from the UK and abroad who share a passion and enthusiasm for small animal medicine.

Our members include first-opinion vets, veterinary students and RCVS, American and European Specialists in Small Animal Internal Medicine. We are a growing society with approximately 220 active members.

SAMSoc has been awarded BSAVA Affiliate Group status.

Committee members

Fergus Allerton

Fergus Allerton

Chair

BSc BVSc CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Fergus works at Willows Veterinary Referral Centre where his interests include gastrointestinal disease, immunology and antimicrobial stewardship. Previously, Fergus completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Liege in Belgium. Fergus is keen to encourage SAMSoc members to be involved in the forum discussions (insert link here) and also to contribute to some of the SAMSoc-led research initiatives (see the Projects Page).


Kit Sturgess

Kit Sturgess

Vice Chair

MA VetMB PhD CertVR DSAM CertVC FRCVS 

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology

Practising at Optivet Referrals, Kit also lectures worldwide on internal medicine and is an RCVS Specialist in Internal Medicine. Kit is also Treasurer of the RCVS, Chair of Education at BSAVA, and a Trustee of Cats Protection and the Wildheart Trust.


Natasha Hetzel

Natasha Hetzel

Treasurer

BSc BVSc CertSAM MRCVS

Natasha qualified from The University of Bristol (UOB) and worked in general practice before undertaking a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at UOB. She has since worked in academia and private referral practice and is currently Editor of VetCPD Journal and Programme Organiser for VetCPD Congress. She organised SAMSoc's Winter Meetings from 2015-2018, moving on to become Treasurer.


Mayank Seth

Mayank Seth

Secretary

BSc(Hons), BVetMed(Hons), DACVIM(SAIM), MRCVS
RCVS, American and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Mayank is currently a Small Animal Internal Medicine Clinician at Dick White Referrals, having previously been Head of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of another referral centre.

Mayank's main area of research and interest is immune-mediated hematologic diseases and transfusion medicine, having previously completed a fellowship in these subjects at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently engaged in a number of research projects, looking at therapeutic strategies in IMHA, ITP, IBD and IMPA. Mayank is also heavily engaged in post-graduate education, including the training of nurses, interns and residents, lecturing to vets and contributing to case discussions here on the SAMSoc forums.



Mark Dunning

Mark Dunning

Research & Mentor Liason

MA VetMB PhD CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Mark works at Willows Referral Centre with a broad interest in internal medicine. He particularly enjoys the challenges posed by gastrointestinal, endocrine, haematology and renal medicine.


Andrew Kent

Andrew Kent

Forum Administrator

BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Andy works at Willows Veterinary Referral Centre. With a major interest in interventional endoscopy and radiology, Andy spent time in the USA gaining experience of a variety of techniques as well as time with leading human endoscopists in the UK.


Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

Spring Meet Organiser

BVetMed (Hons) MVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Emma is a Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her current research projects include canine diabetes mellitus, hypoadrenocorticism and canine thyroid carcinoma.


Caroline Kisielewicz

Caroline Kisielewicz

Spring Meet Organiser

MVB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
RCVS and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Caroline graduated from University College Dublin and after a couple of years in primary care practice, she undertook a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Glasgow. She has worked in academia as well as private referral practice and thoroughly enjoys all areas of internal medicine including emergency cases and the emerging field of interventional radiology. She is on the BSAVA East Midlands and BSAVA Scientific Committees.

 


Sarah Keir

Winter Meet Organiser

BVMS(Hons), PGCertSAM, MRCVS
Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

Sarah, a first-opinion general practice vet is particularly interested in tricky medicine cases, ultrasonography and evidence-based medicine. Sarah is the project co-ordinator for the SAMSoc project into Diabetes Mellitus in dogs in primary care practice.


Chris Scudder

Chris Scudder

Winter Meet Organiser

BVSc MVetMed Ph.D DACVIM-SAIM DECVIM-CA MRCVS, RCVS, American and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Chris currently works as the head of Internal Medicine at Southfields Veterinary Specialists. He graduated from the University of Bristol, worked in small animal first opinion practice for three years followed by a rotating internship back at the University of Bristol and then residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College.

He then undertook a Ph.D studying feline acromegaly at the Royal Veterinary College. Chris’ interests are in endocrinology and haematology. He also owns a cat, a dog and two tortoises.

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