Pre-BSAVA Congress Spring 2021 meet

An introduction to speakers

Julien Bazelle

DVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Julien Bazelle graduated in the University of Nantes in France in 2005. He remained in his University for two more years as an intern and an assistant. After three years as a first opinion practitioner in France, he moved to the United Kingdom where he completed an internship in Dick White Referrals then a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in Cambridge University. After completion of his residency, Julien started to work as a clinician at Willows Referrals and integrated the Internal Medicine team at Davies Veterinary Specialists in August 2015. His main interests in Internal Medicine are Uronephrology and Gastroenterology but enjoys all challenging cases. He is involved with clinical research and evidence-based medicine and has published a review of the use of gastroprotectants in veterinary medicine.

Dr Andrew Cole

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Derby Digestive Diseases Centre and Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, School of Medicine

Dr Andy Cole is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Derby Teaching Hospital and Honorary Assistant (Consultant) Professor at the University of Nottingham. He did his undergraduate studies in Cambridge (including Part 2 Zoology) and UCL London and trained in Gastroenterology in Bristol with Richard Harvey, Dunedin New Zealand with Prof Gill Barbezat and in Nottingham with Professor Chris Hawkey. His MD research in Nottingham was into inflammatory mediators in the GI tract including clinical studies into aspirin and non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, and mucosal inflammatory mediators in inflammatory bowel disease. He is past president of the Derby Medical Society, past president of the Midlands Gastroentrology Society, and previously secretary to the IBD section of the British Society of Gastroenterology. His current research is into strictures and their endoscopic treatment in Crohn’s disease.

Jeremy Rose

Jeremy graduated the University of Cambridge in 2008, completed an internship at the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and then undertook a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Bristol in 2011. He was awarded a diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurologists in 2014 and recognised as a RCVS specialist in neurology in 2016. Jeremy currently works at Lumbry Park veterinary specialists and has a particular clinical interest in spinal stabilisation surgeries and inflammatory conditions of the central nervous system.

Imogen Schofield

Imogen is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College, London, entitled ‘re-inventing the approach to the diagnosis and management of Cushing’s syndrome in dogs’. Following her veterinary qualification from the University of Bristol in 2013, Imogen worked in small animal primary-care practice for 3 years before gaining a Master’s in veterinary epidemiology in 2017.

Aaron Harper

MA VetMB CertAVP(SAM) DipECVIM CA (Onc) MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology (Small Animals) and EBVS Oncology (Small Animals), Oncology Consultant

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2008, Aaron spent five years in general practice. In 2016 he completed a residency in small animal oncology and during that time he completed the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Medicine), and the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2017, becoming a European and RCVS recognised Specialist in Oncology. After completing his residency, he worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Oncology at the University of Liverpool.

Aaron joined Southfields in May 2018 where he worked as a consultant oncologist and then Head of Medical Oncology. In April 2021 Aaron is moving to Wear Referrals to establish a new Oncology Service.

Aaron’s main areas of interest are in haematological cancers and the medical management of these conditions. He is also interested in novel therapies (particularly tyrosine kinase inhibitors) and the management of side effects in these cases and his research to date has been on this subject. From these interests he has further developed a particular interest in treating feline lymphoma. Aaron is a member of the ECVIM Exam Committee for Oncology and sits on the BSAVA Congress Program Committee.

Outside of work, Aaron’s spare time is taken up entertaining his two cats, Rou and Mischief and his mini-Dachshund, Penfold.


Dr Mary Gardner

There is nothing better to Dr. Gardner than a geriatric pet and the family that loves them! Dr. Gardner is co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, the world’s largest practice dedicated to end of life care helping close to 80,000 families a year in over all over the United States with over 200 full-time veterinarians.

Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she had a decade-long career in software development which she brings to vet med and has built a number of software applications for our industry. Dr. Gardner is a published author for many articles and a textbook, speaks all around the world on geriatrics and end of life care and was voted 2020 VMX Small Animal Speaker of the year!

Professor Michael E. Herrtage

M.A., B.V.Sc., D.V.Sc., D.V.R., D.V.D., D.S.A.M., F.R.C.V.S., Dip. E.C.V.I.M., Dip. E.C.V.D.I. RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Mike Herrtage graduated from the Liverpool University and is now Emeritus Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is a former Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and was in charge of the small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging services at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital. His clinical interests include all aspects of small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging, but he has a particular interest in endocrine and metabolic disorders.

He was awarded the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (B.S.A.V.A.) Woodrow Award in 1986 for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine and the B.S.A.V.A. Blaine Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine in 2000. In 2014, he was awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association International Award for Scientific Achievement for outstanding contributions by a veterinarian, who has had a significant impact on the advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, cure and/or control of disorders of companion animals. In 2016, he received the Kennel Club International Canine Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a career dedicated to improving canine health and welfare. He was voted Webinar Vet Speaker of the Year in 2015 and 2016 at the Annual Webinar Vet Veterinary Trust Awards. In 2019, he was awarded the B.S.A.V.A Bourgelat Award for really outstanding international contributions to the fields of small animal practice or science in their widest context by a qualified veterinarian.

He has been President of the British Veterinary Radiology Association, President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, President of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine and President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He is a Diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and was until recently President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He was awarded the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation Award In 2018, for ‘outstanding contributions to the course of Veterinary Specialisation in Europe’.

He has spoken at many international meetings and published over 200 articles in refereed journals.

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