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Speakers are listed in alphabetical order and will be updated as speaker bios become available.
Kellam is a graduate of Massey University and has recently completed his residency training with the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, with specialist board exams planned for 2019. His early veterinary career was spent in mixed animal practice. He then moved into small animal general practice in NZ and the UK while beginning to focus on ophthalmology. Currently Kellam works solely in referral ophthalmic practice and divides his time between clinics in Wellington (NZ) and Adelaide (Aus). Kellam has presented a variety of ophthalmology topics at national and international conferences and is involved with teaching interns and post-graduate students at Massey University. Kellam has a keen interest in developing the knowledge and skills of veterinarians so they are able to apply good clinical judgement when treating the ocular diseases commonly seen in clinical practice.
Soren is extensively published (more than 80 papers/chapters), and as a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker. He and his colleagues from Tufts changed the practice of veterinary medicine when they developed and introduced the profession to FAST exams, and with colleagues at the University of Calgary, adapted veterinary point of care ultrasound for use in non-trauma patients. With the help of many great colleagues from around the world, Soren continues to develop ultrasound training techniques and workshops for non-specialist practitioners. Along with point of care ultrasound, his research interests include hemorrhage, coagulation, and perfusion.
Stuart is a 3rd generation sheep farmer from Dannevirke, where he has been farming on his own account since 1985, now running 2200 breeding ewes and 500 lambing hoggets. He studied part time and graduated with a BSc (psychology and biochemistry) in 2004, a post-graduate diploma (biochemistry) in 2010 and is nearing completion of a PhD (biochemistry) in which he investigated the use of plasma proteomics to find predictive markers for bearings in sheep. Stuart has presented posters about his work at several biochemistry conferences in New Zealand and Australia and recently gave a lightening talk at the 24th Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium in Australia. The improved separation methodology he developed was published in the international journal Electrophoresis where it featured on the cover.
Peter graduated from Massey University at the end of 1986, spending the next 2 years with a specialty small animal practice in Auckland. Catching the specialty bug, Peter started a residency in small animal surgery at Melbourne University, but changing to Ophthalmology half way through. Peter was lucky enough to spend periods of time training with excellent Veterinary eye specialists in the US and Australia as part of his ‘alternative” fellowship programme. Highlights were the weekly visits with Dr Blogg, a 6 month externship under Dr Severin at Colorado State University, and several months with Dr Peiffer in North Carolina. Peter then returned to Melbourne University full time for a relatively short period, gaining specialist registration in Australia and NZ, then returning to New Zealand to set up the Auckland Animal Eye Centre, which was New Zealand’s first stand-alone referral clinic. This centre has now been running for over 20 years.
St John Craner is the Managing Director of Agrarian, an independent agribusiness advisory that specialises exclusively in the primary sector. Agrarian helps New Zealand agribusiness companies who are under-performing in sales and marketing or who are struggling to position their brand and tell their story. He is a well-known and respected rural marketing specialist who has been fortunate enough to work with a range of well-known clients. St John is a regular blogger and provocative contributor to NZ Marketing, Idealog, Dairy Exporter, Farmers Weekly, Stuff and interest.co.nz as well as being a regular Chair or Speaker on the Ag conference circuit. He places a big emphasis on insight-led strategy and market validation and has facilitated over 30 farming panels to help his client form the most efficient and effective strategies to grow their revenues. St John is a Kellogg scholar from Lincoln University whose project focused on technology’s disruption on traditional supply chains and how to get farmers and producers closer to their customers so they can make more money. He is passionate about agriculture’s too often underestimated contribution to New Zealand’s economy and adding more value to growers and producers. He also enjoys being on-farm talking farmers whenever he can.
Rachel graduated with a BSc Zoology from University of California in 1995, a Postgraduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology from CPIT in 1996 and a PhD Molecular Genetics from Lincoln University in 2002. Her original research focused on animal health and welfare, specifically the ability of new born lambs to survive cold weather, however over the last decade it has broadened into human and community health. At Eastern Institute of Technology Rachel’s research is focused on the development, implementation and assessment of various community-based health intervention initiatives for to reach under-serviced communities. Recently this research has extended the companion animals which are part of these communities and the Furry Whanau Wellbeing Project is representative of this research. Other research she is involved with seeks to identify human health and wellbeing risks and ways of improving health care and wellbeing. In collaboration with The Lincoln University Gene-Marker Laboratory in Canterbury and Gansu Agriculture University in China, Rachel is part of a team undertaking molecular genetics research for use in animal breeding. Variation in genes of interest is investigated and linked to production traits in order to develop gene-markers for use in breeding. Breeding better animals with the assistance of gene-markers provides a more sustainable, environmentally friendly approach to enhancing animal health and welfare, and productivity.
Sandra has been a veterinarian for many years, originally working in mixed animal practice in Southland followed by a residency in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in the USA. On leaving the US Sandra taught at Massey for 10 years before late nights, call outs and moving anaesthetised horses determined a change in direction to clinical pathology. She started this new focus teaching in Clinical Pathology at Massey and then moved to laboratory diagnostic pathology with NZVP when it opened in 2004. In 2016 she moved to Hamilton to work as a clinical pathologist for SVS Laboratories.
Paul has been in equine practice in Cambridge for 38 years and retired from full time work in 2017. In 1999 he travelled to the international symposium on laminitis in Kentucky and developed an interest in the subject which he has maintained ever since. With a large component of his clinical practice having involved thoroughbred brood mares, laminitis was a common problem and it gave Paul a large caseload to work with.
Pru graduated from Massey University with distinction. After two years in clinical practice, she completed a residency in feline medicine at Bristol University. Pru is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCS) in feline medicine, NZ’s only Registered Specialist in feline medicine, and the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine at Massey University. She is also on the feline Chapter Examination Committee of the ANZCVS and the editorial board of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Pru was the 2016 recipient of the NZVA Companion Animal Veterinarian’s service award. She runs a feline referral service ‘Catmed’ in Wellington. Pru enjoys all aspects of feline medicine, especially the challenge of cats with multiple health issues.
Callum is the Clinical and Education Director for National Veterinary Care New Zealand and directly manages a number of clinics across the upper South and Lower North Islands. National Veterinary Care comprises 33 clinics across New Zealand and another 55 practices in Australia with over 400 more clinics utilising their support services through the UVG group across Australasia. Callum was formerly the Head of Veterinary Services for the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) where he championed veterinary leadership and advocated on behalf of the veterinary profession. Through this role he promoted science-backed and values-based policy development across all areas of veterinary science. Prior to this he was a director and senior veterinarian at Stoke Veterinary Clinic with an interest in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. With over 20 years’ experience in veterinary practice, predominantly in companion animal work in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand Callum has been a well-known spokesperson on animal welfare and veterinary medicine. Callum lives in Nelson with his wife Meg and three sons, as well as with their cat and dog, and in his spare time can be found adventuring racing across the New Zealand wilderness.
Jessica attended veterinary school at Purdue University in the States followed by two years in mixed practice in New England. After this she completed an internship at a referral racehorse hospital in Ocala, Florida and then returned to the UK to complete an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. This was followed by time as a surgery lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s veterinary school followed by holding the position of the University Equine Surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She then spent seven years in private practice as the surgeon at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire which had a hospital population of racehorses, performance horses and pleasure horses and is currently an external surgical consultant to multiple practices. She has presented veterinary presentations at national and international meetings in over twenty countries, has taught numerous CPD courses for other veterinary surgeons on specialised equine subjects and was an examiner for the RCVS certificates six times. She holds the RCVS certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics), is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in Equine Surgery. Her areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and investigation of lameness cases as well as neonatology and care of the pregnant mare. She is the chief editor of The Atlas of Equine Ultrasonography which is currently being prepared in a second edition and has contributed chapters to Auer’s “Equine Surgery” and “Equine Neck and Back Pathology”. She is a keen motorcyclist and one of the original members of the Horsepower CPD team which has already raised over £650,000 for charities to provide ongoing funding for both working equids and disabled children.
Ray hails from Ireland where he qualified from University College Dublin in 1997. He came to NZ in 1999 on OE after spending two years at mixed practice in the UK and Ireland. After meeting his now-wife Jane, he settled in Otaki. There, Ray is now a partner and director in a thriving eight-vet mixed equine/small animal practice. Ray always had an avid interest in equine dentistry and has established the service as a central part of the practice. The client satisfaction, regular client engagement and business attributes, have all made equine dentistry a mainstay for the clinic’s equine veterinary service. After attending multiple courses and workshops overseas, Ray sat and passed his MANZCVS exams in equine dentistry in 2012. Since then he has continued to further his knowledge by attending regular conferences and workshops in Australia and Europe. Recently Ray has become one of the first veterinarian’s to offer equine endodontic treatment in NZ. He is committed to helping educate clients, students and veterinary practitioners on the value of high quality equine dental care.
Joe is a clinical veterinarian with an interest in equine medicine, veterinary neurology and comparative neuropathology and has published several papers on equine neurology. Currently he is Professor Emeritus in Equine Medicine, Massey University, and has clinical, research and teaching experience on staff at the University of Florida, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh and Massey University. Joe now does clinical consulting, is Editor of the NZEVA Equine Veterinary Practitioner and with luck might finish a new edition of the text Large Animal Neurology with our colleague Rob MacKay from Florida. He enjoys time spent with family and dogs, trying a few triathlons, and is adept at injuring himself on bikes and while running
Neil graduated from Massey University in 2018 as a mixed veterinarian and is currently employed at Franklin Vets, Paeroa. Neil witnessed a case of ovine Johne’s disease during final year clinical placement and presented the case for his Grand Rounds and exemplary case report. The case report was selected as the best report by the Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians and Neil was invited to present it at the conference.
Solis has a mix of industry and academic experience in the primary sector, within New Zealand and internationally. He completed a BAgSci, Masters in Applied Science, and PhD in veterinary epidemiology at Massey, then spent several years at Otago University researching energy efficiency ratios in primary production systems. He has lead the Deer Industry’s national Johne’s disease control program for 9 years. A modest sideline over this period has been investigating energy use in our food systems and the transition to a low emissions future. His energy work culminated in a Nuffield International Farming Scholarship which he completed in February.
Chris graduated from the University of Sydney and stayed on completing an internship at University of Sydney Camden. He joined Randwick Equine Centre in 1997 and in mid-2000 left to further his training in surgery undertaking a residency at The Ohio State University in the USA. Chris obtained specialist status in the USA returning to Randwick Equine Centre in 2003, becoming a partner in 2008. Chris has multiple first author publications and text book chapters. Chris services Sydney racetracks and is predominately based in the hospital at Randwick. He also travels as a consultant to Menangle racetrack, Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands and South Coast of NSW.
Roger is Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University (UK) in 1987, having obtained a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming. After 2 years in practice, he returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, he undertook a 3 year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon. He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment to Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is both a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. He is also a Large Animal Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In 2016, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to knowledge and was elected to president of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2017. He currently divides his time between running a specialist orthopaedic referral service within the Royal Veterinary College and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are, understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, developing a serological assay for tendonitis, and stem cell therapy for tendons in both horses and humans. He is married to a medical doctor and has two sons.
Jenny is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in southern California and a residency in large animal internal medicine at Colorado State University (CSU). Following her residency, Jenny stayed on at CSU for a year in a clinical position. In 2012, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky to work at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at the McGee Medicine Center. In 2013, she relocated to Auckland, New Zealand where she joined Veterinary Associates Equine and Farm. As a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a Registered Equine Medicine Specialist, she is interested in all aspects of equine medicine, but she is particularly passionate about critical care and neonatology.
Sara grew up on a sheep farm in Canada, and worked as a shepherd in different countries around the world, including New Zealand. She gained a BSc in Agriculture from McGill University in Montreal in 2002, a MSc in sheep behaviour from the University of Guelph in 2006, and graduated with a BVSc from Massey University in 2011. Sara worked as a sheep and beef veterinarian in Taumarunui, then in the Wairarapa since 2012.'
Jamie has been researching deer genetics since 2003 as a Research Associate in the AgResearch Farm Systems Team, based at the Invermay campus. He has been involved with the deer industry breeding values database DEERSelect, since its inception in 2005. Jamie has been working with deer breeders for over 20 years through his Farm Systems role and also in Genomnz in the early years of DNA pedigree testing. He has had a large involvement in deer CARLA research projects since 2010, both working with Dr Colin Mackintosh, and more recently leading trials including the Deer Progeny Test and Tomorrow’s Deer CARLA trial. In the current year his key research focus will be investigating the relationship between CARLA response and faecal output of nematode eggs and larvae in rising yearling deer.
Ian has been a business leader in New Zealand and overseas. From Senior Business Analyst for the Business Performance Management Division of Telecom NZ to general management positions for primary industry companies such as Turners and Growers. Ian is currently the CEO for Veterinary Dental Supplies. For the last five years, Ian has worked closely with local and international veterinarians, specialists, product manufacturers and pet owners to understand both the profession and how it is viewed by pet owners. This balanced view of the industry as a profession and from a consumer's viewpoint gives a Ian a unique perspective to deliver long term results and lasting change.
Amy is a 2012 Massey University graduate working as a sheep, beef and deer vet for VetEnt in Central Otago. Amy is the current President of the NZVA Deer Branch, and member of the ANZCVS in Sheep Medicine.
Ben graduated from Massey University in 2005 and following an internship at the Veterinary Specialist Group undertook additional training at Kansas State University and North Carolina State University. Ben returned to Australasia in 2013 where he was accepted into a veterinary diagnostic imaging residency program at the University of Melbourne. He obtained Fellowship status of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Radiology) in 2018 and currently works as a clinical veterinary radiologist in private referral practice. Ben enjoys all areas of diagnostic imaging but has a special interest in diagnostic ultrasound and neuroimaging.
A Massey University graduate of 1994, Jenny worked in predominantly dairy practice in Taranaki for 8 years before returning to Massey as a clinical teacher with increasing responsibilities for administration and curriculum management. As Academic Dean, she had led the BVSc programme for the past 3 years. She has a strong interest in student and graduate welfare and is currently supervising PhD student Natalie King (also a Massey BVSc graduate) who is working with two cohorts of Massey veterinary graduates (10 and 20 years since graduation) to describe their career paths and investigate the factors that affected their career choices. Jenny has a long involvement with NZVA through the DCV committee and regional branches as well as six years on the NZVA Board (many years ago!). Her current role at Massey means that she is appointed to the Veterinary Council where she has gained greater insight into practice standards and the work that goes into complaints investigation. In November 2018, Jenny attended a one-day workshop in Sydney organised by the Lincoln Institute to address concerns about the veterinary workforce shortage in Australasia.
Sarah graduated from Massey University in 1998. She has worked in mixed practice for the past 20 years as a general veterinary practitioner, but predominantly in large animal clinical work. Sarah describes herself as a “jack of many trades, master of none” but has a particular interest in Sheep and Beef Animal Health, Diseases and Production. For the past 13 years she has been working at North Canterbury Veterinary Clinics in Culverden. She farms sheep and beef with her husband, is a mother of two active boys, and enjoys living in and contributing to the small rural community of Waiau, world famous for the best tennis club, the best school trail bike event in NZ, and being the epicentre of NZ’s most recent 7.8 earthquake (aka the Kaikoura quake).
Ivayla is a Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care specialist, diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, after completing a 3-year ECC residency in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Bern, Switzerland, including a postgraduate doctoral degree. She obtained her veterinary degree from Trakia University, Bulgaria, after which she joined the National Veterinary College of Toulouse, France for a Small Animal Rotating Internship. Prior to her residency she worked in a private small animal after-hours ECC practice on the French Riviera for over two years. During that time, she completed an MBA and a University Pain Management Certificate. Her current position as a Senior Lecturer of Veterinary ECC at Massey University involves clinical work in the Pet Emergency Centre, patient-focused and didactic teaching of students, interns and residents and research related to the endothelial glycocalyx and feline emergency medicine. Over her years of practice as an emergency clinician, she has been exposed to many of the challenges of the discipline and enjoys teaching the practical and simplistic approach to “sticky situations”.
Alanna is an equine specialist surgeon and partner and Cambridge Equine Hospital in the Waikato. After graduating from the University of Guelph, Canada in 2008, Alanna went on to complete an internship at the Littleton Equine Medical Centre a large referral practice in Colorado. She then undertook a Large Animal Surgical Residency at the prestigious Cornell University in New York, becoming a Board Certified Surgeon in 2014. During her residency, Alanna took part in research involving regional limb perfusions. Alanna joined Cambridge Equine Hospital in 2015 after 3 years working at Murdoch University in Perth, WA. As well as performing all of the surgery at Cambridge Equine Hospital, Alanna has a special interest in poor performance and lameness investigations.
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