SAMSoc Autumn 2022 Vets' Meeting

An introduction to our speakers

Simon Cook


Simon graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 with degrees in veterinary science and veterinary pathogenesis. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2017 following a residency in ECC at the RVC, where he is currently a lecturer. Clinical and research interests combined include aspiration pneumopathies, immunomodulation, cardiovascular monitoring and point of care ultrasonography.

Liz Barton


Liz graduated from Cambridge in 2004 and has enjoyed a varied career, including mixed practice, a small animal internship, sole charge ECC work, shelter medicine and small animal practice. She began developing wellbeing initiatives in 2016 to collate and curate resources to make them more accessible to veterinary teams and develop supportive communities. She co-founded WellVet and the Vet Mums Facebook group and sat on SPVS board as the wellbeing representative from 2019-2022. She has worked closely with Vetlife and RCVS Mind Matters and was the recipient of the 2022 RCVS Impact Award. When her clinical locum work dried up during the Covid pandemic Liz diversified into PR and marketing for animal health and now works as Head of Communications for VetCT working with a global team of over 200 veterinary specialists to provide support to vets in practice.

Penny Watson


Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine, Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge

Jason Bestwick

DACVIM (SAIM) | MPhil Student

After graduating from Nottingham Vet School in 2012, Jason spent three years in small animal general practice, before undertaking an internship and internal medicine residency at the Animal Health Trust. After a period working in private practice, he started a BSAVA PetSavers funded MPhil project, supervised by Dr Penny Watson, in 2021. The project aims to investigate novel immunohistochemical markers and serum autoantibodies in cats with chronic biliary tract​ disease.

Dr Amie Burbridge

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MMedEd, FRCP

Consultant Acute and General Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, United Kingdom 

Amie graduated from Warwick Medical School in 2005, and now works as an Acute Medical physician.  Amie’s main interest is medical education and she completed her Masters in Medical Education in 2017.   Amie is an educator at Warwick Medical School and the Royal College of Physicians, London. Her work at the RCP, includes the RCP Medicine Podcast, delivering leadership and mentorship courses and developing and delivering clinical reasoning courses nationally. How we make decisions in clinical practice is of eternal interest.

Amie has a very keen interest in wellbeing of medical staff and is clinical lead for Schwartz Rounds locally, in addition to developing wellbeing hubs. In another life, Amie would have been a gardener and spends any spare moment, when not with her five children, in her garden, tending to her dahlias. 

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