Emi Barker qualified from the University of Bristol in 2003. She was awarded a PhD from University of Bristol in June 2011 for research into haemotropic mycoplasmas. She has been a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Medicine since 2016. She is a referral clinician in Small Animal Medicine at Langford Vets, Bristol with clinical and research interests in infectious disease.
Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Dr. Breitschwerdt directs the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory in the Comparative Medicine Institute at North Carolina State University. He also co-directs the Vector Borne Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory and is the director of the NCSU-CVM Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Breitschwerdt has served as president of the Specialty of Internal Medicine and as chairperson of the ACVIM Board of Regents. He is a former associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and was a founding member of the ACVIM Foundation. Clinical interests include infectious diseases, immunology, and nephrology. For over 30 years, his research has emphasized vector-transmitted, intracellular pathogens. Most recently, his research group has contributed to cutting-edge research in the areas of animal and human bartonellosis.
Rebecca qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015. Since then, she has worked at Zetland Veterinary Hospital, a first opinion hospital in Bristol. Rebecca is currently undertaking a certificate in small animal medicine and has a particular interest in ultrasonography and endocrinology.
Katie Ford is an experienced small animal vet, having graduated from Liverpool in 2012 and gaining her RCVS Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2017. She became passionate about opening conversations up around imposter syndrome following her own experiences in the veterinary profession, and subsequently trained as a certified coach, completed further study in cognitive behaviour therapy and journal coaching, and published a series of books. Katie grew a following of over 17,000 across social media, is an international and keynote speaker, both in the vet profession and beyond. She is passionate about empowering members of the profession both on an individual basis and working with companies on topics such as gratitude, self-worth and navigating imposterism. She prides herself on being authentic, empathetic and real when speaking with audiences of all sizes.
Barbara graduated from the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2001. After completing a Doctoral Thesis at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, Barbara accepted a position as Intern in a private referral centre in Switzerland in 2004. On completion of this programme she entered the joined Residency Programme in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Giessen, Germany, and the Royal Veterinary College of London and gained her Diplomate ECVIM-CA in 2008. Prior to returning to the RVC as a Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine in December 2009 Barbara has been working as a specialist in a private referral centre in South-England. Barbara is particularly interested in haematological and immune mediated diseases. She has a particular interest in progressing our understanding of optimal immunosuppressive therapy protocols in those patients.
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Matt an internationally respected British anaesthetist. A specialist in anaesthesia and analgesia, Matt trained at the University of Liverpool and now works at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in the UK. Matt is passionate about pain management, lectures on the subject globally and is the author of many international anaesthesia publications. Matt is President of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia.
Elle graduated in 2008 from the University of Bristol with a BSc honours degree as a RVN. In the Midlands she worked in a mixed practice for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as Senior ICU nurse. Elle spent 4 years back at Bristol where she gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012. In 2013 she moved to London and joined the Royal Veterinary College Emergency and Critical Care team and worked as both senior and head ECC Nurse for a total of 6 years. In 2020 Elle stepped down as head nurse and back into the team to regain a focus on clinical work and mentoring the students on clinical rotations. In 2019 she completed a PGCert in Veterinary Education and became a member of the FHEA. Elle has lectured internationally, written several articles and also contributed to book chapters. and is on the editorial committee for The Veterinary Nurse in addition to volunteering for EVECCS and BSAVA.
Karen graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and after some time in general practice completed a small animal internship at Liverpool University. After working as an out of hours vet she then joined the RVC in 2005 as a resident in Emergency and Critical Care and has never left! She is now an Associate Professor in Transfusion Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care.
Mark qualified from the University of Cambridge and then worked in first opinion small animal practice. Following an internship at the RVC he moved to the University of Glasgow to complete a residency in veterinary neurology. He has a Master’s degree on steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis in dogs and has particular interest in involuntary muscle contractions, reflex epilepsy, inflammatory central nervous system disease and feline neurology. He is the Clinical Director at Dovecote Veterinary Hospital and is veterinary consultant to the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).
Fi Marjoram began nursing in 1987 and qualified as a VN in 1989. She worked in veterinary practice for 13 years, during the last year of which she also worked as a veterinary nursing and animal care lecturer at the West Sussex College of Agriculture. Having achieved her first qualification in small animal nutrition in 1991, Fi moved into her first nutritional sales role in 2000 and joined Hill’s in 2005. Her current role as Nurse Programme Coordinator focuses primarily upon the support and development of veterinary nurses within practice.
Sophie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2011. She is the Head Nurse of the internal medicine department at Northwest Veterinary Specialists, which is a specialist referral hospital in Frodsham, UK. After passing her AIMVT examinations in Washington DC, Sophie became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Sophie’s areas of interest are endocrinology and emergency medicine.