BSAVA Congress is crafted by the profession, for the profession. Each member of the two Congress Committees brings a wealth of experience from diverse backgrounds and specialisms ensuring a dynamic programme, a thriving exhibition and stunning socials. Every decision is centred around what our delegates need now and in the future, and how Congress can drive the veterinary profession forward through education, science and collaboration.   

BSAVA Congress Committee

Congress Committee’s sole purpose is to produce the finest annual small animal veterinary conference in the world at a reasonable cost to vet and nurse members. Bringing you the latest science from global experts to ensure that you return to practice with knowledge and confidence. We are also passionate about giving everyone a great experience – which is why we run such a large social programme – drinks receptions every night, Banquet, V19 and Movie night to name but a few. Our volunteers are essential and are proud to be part of the largest and best small animal small animal veterinary exhibition in Europe. 


Graeme Eckford BVSc MRCVS
Congress Committee Chair

Graeme Eckford qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2005. On graduation he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh. In 2006 Graeme moved to the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals where he remained until 2012 before moving into private practice, at Inglis Vets in Dunfermline, firstly as an assistant and from 2017 onwards as Director of Clinical Standards. Graeme has served on BSAVA Scottish Regional Committee as Chair and then moved to the BSAVA Congress Committee as Chair from 2016 onwards. Outside of work Graeme is an enthusiastic cyclist and have completed several long distance challenges.


Eleanor Haskey RVN BSc(hons) VTS(ECC) VPAC A1

Eleanor Haskey graduated in 2008 with a BSc honours degree as a RVN.  She then moved to the Midlands where she worked in a mixed practice for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as Senior ICU nurse. Eleanor spent 4 years back at Bristol where she studied and gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012. 
After moving to London in 2013, Eleanor joined the Royal Veterinary College Emergency and Critical Care team where she is now Head ECC nurse. Eleanor has lectured internationally, written several articles and contributed to book chapters; she is also on the editorial committee for The Veterinary Nurse in addition to the committee for AVECCT and BSAVA.


Barbara-Ann Innes BA CertVNES RVN

Barbara-Ann Innes qualified as a VN in 1994 and worked at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh for 6 years before spending 2 years in private practice as a Head Nurse in Durham.  Barbara-Ann has been a lecturer in Animal Care at SRUC (formally Oatridge College) outside Edinburgh since 2002.  She locumed for Vets Now from 2002-2018 and is now a locum for The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.  Barbara-Ann’s main interests lie in medicine / emergency and critical care and exotics.
After 7 years on BSAVA Scottish Committee as Scottish congress co-coordinator, she moved to the BSAVA Education committee and currently sits on Congress committee.


Andrew Iveson BVSc CertSAS MRCVS

Andrew qualified from the University of Bristol in 1995 and after a spell in mixed practice, gained his certificate in small animal surgery in 2002. Based near Manchester, he now works as a full time locum vet doing a mix of first opinion work, referral surgery, emergency work and food/animal product export certification. He has recently completed a term as chairman of the North West region of BSAVA and is now a member of BSAVA Congress Committee, helping to organise the event behind the scenes in both the ICC and Arena Birmingham.


Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS
BSAVA President

After completing an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, Philip went on to complete his degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. Following four years in mixed practice in Surrey Philip moved to Kent to establish his own practice, Elands Veterinary Clinic, near Sevenoaks in Kent. Philip is Special Lecturer in Veterinary Endoscopy and Endosurgery at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and received the Simon award in 2011 for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. 


Dan Makin BVMS CertAVP MRSB MRCVS

Dan Makin graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2003 and since then has worked in both mixed, equine and small animal practice, in locations ranging from Penzance to New Zealand.  Dan now owns his own small animal practice in Poole, Dorset.

Dan first became involved with BSAVA at the regions level, becoming Treasurer for the Southern Region.  It was during BSAVA Congress 2015 that he discussed joining the congress committee and has not regretted that decision since.  Dan thoroughly enjoys being part of such a close-knit team and his time on the committee has opened his eyes to the extraordinary work that goes on behind the scenes.  Dan said: “It is a privilege to be part of this team and be able to contribute in a small way to congress and helping it to flourish and develop year on year”.


Sue Murphy BVM&S MSc (Clin Onc) dip ECVIM-CA (Onc) MRCVS
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Oncology
RCVS recognised specialist in Oncology
Congress Programme Committee Chair 

Sue Murphy graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1986, and after a ten-year period in general practice, worked at the Animal Health Trust. It was at the AHT that she completed a residency in clinical oncology, and until recently was Head of the Clinical Oncology Unit, Head of the Small Animal Hospital and then Director of Clinics. Her Masters dissertation was a large retrospective study of canine mast cell tumours, which contributed towards gaining an MSc in Clinical Oncology with distinction. She became a diploma holder in Oncology in 2007, and a RCVS specialist in 2008. She currently works as Director of Clinical services at the University of Edinburgh.


Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD MRCVS
BSAVA Vice President

Sue qualified from Cambridge Vet School in 1984. She then went on to take her Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology followed by the Royal College and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology. She has been a recognised specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for 20 years. She has written more than 50 peer reviewed articles and seven text books, the latter being widely translated including into German,  Spanish, Chinese and Russian. She has lectured extensively at NAVC, ESVD, WCVD, WSAVA, SEVC and EERVC and contributes regularly at BSAVA Congress. She has lectured in more than 30 countries. She has served as Chair of both Publications and Education at BSAVA. Sue is an elected member of Royal College Council where she sits on Education Committee. She is currently President of ESVD and has recently taken over as the Chair of Education at WAVD. Sue is a Veterinary Director of Rutland House Surgery Group in St Helens.


Caroline Queen BVSc BSc CCRT MRCVS

Caroline Queen gained a Honours degree in Biochemistry before going to Liverpool to study Veterinary Medicine. Caroline graduated in 1996 with commendation and spent her first 3 years in a mixed and equine practice. Caroline is currently working as a Business Development Director with Vet Partners Ltd, and previously worked as a director for The Severn Veterinary Group. Caroline has a particular interest in management, dermatology and canine rehabilitation, which includes physiotherapy techniques and acupuncture. Currently Caroline sits on the Practice Standards Scheme Group at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, as the BSAVA representative and has previously been BSAVA West Midlands Chair. In her spare time, Caroline is the assistant District Commissioner of the North Hereford Hunt pony club and  has four children, 5 horses, 5 sheep, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a tortoise.


Tom Reilly DipAVN (SA), DipHE, CertVNECC, RVN

Tom Reilly is registered veterinary nurse with an RCVS advanced diploma in small animal veterinary nursing and nursing certificate in emergency critical care. Tom works at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service and is Deputy Nurse Manager. Tom has a keen interest in infectious diseases and evidence based practice.


Tim Shearman BSc BVMS CertVC MRCVS

Tim Shearman qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 2000, and worked in small animal practice from 2002 to 2018. Tim sat on the Minster Veterinary Practice practice standards committee from 2008-2014. In 2009 he was awarded his RCVS certificate in Veterinary Cardiology, and later that year become a partner within the practice. Tim sat on the North East Region BSAVA committee, being chair from 2012-2015. From 2014-2015 Tim was a member, representing small animal, of the Westpoint Veterinary Group clinical governance committee.In 2015 he became a committee member on BSAVA Congress committee. Tim is part of the management team of VetPartners  and chairs the clinical board.

 

BSAVA Congress Programme Committee

The Congress Programme committee are dedicated to devising, developing and delivering the scientific, management and non-clinical programme elements of the Association’s annual Congress.


Sue Murphy BVM&S MSc (Clin Onc)  dip ECVIM-CA (Onc) MRCVS
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Oncology
RCVS recognised specialist in Oncology
Congress Programme Committee Chair 

Sue Murphy graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1986, and after a ten-year period in general practice, worked at the Animal Health Trust. It was at the AHT that she completed a residency in clinical oncology, and until recently was Head of the Clinical Oncology Unit, Head of the Small Animal Hospital and then Director of Clinics. Her Masters dissertation was a large retrospective study of canine mast cell tumours, which contributed towards gaining an MSc in Clinical Oncology with distinction. She became a diploma holder in Oncology in 2007, and a RCVS specialist in 2008. She currently works as Director of Clinical services at the University of Edinburgh.


Nicola Ackerman BSc(Hons) RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition) HonMBVNA

Nicola Ackerman works as the Head Medical Nurse at The Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth. Nicola is a past officer of the BVNA and past editor of Veterinary Nursing Journal. She has sat on the Veterinary Products Committee for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (Government body) for the last eight years, has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks, and is the editor for Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. She has won some awards, including the BVNA Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year, CAW Barbara Cooper Professional Development Award for outstanding service to the veterinary nurse profession and an Honorary member of the BVNA.


Meghan Conroy RVN

Meghan Conroy is a Registered Veterinary Nurse who qualified in 2013. Since then Meghan has worked in both first opinion and referral practices and is now head nurse of a group of practices in Southampton. Her passions include medical nursing, emergency and critical care and raising clinical standards for general practice nurses. Meghan is also on the Southern region committee of BSAVA. 


Graeme Eckford BVSc MRCVS

Congress Committee Chair

Graeme Eckford qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2005. On graduation he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh. In 2006 Graeme moved to the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals where he remained until 2012 before moving into private practice, at Inglis Vets in Dunfermline, firstly as an assistant and from 2017 onwards as Director of Clinical Standards. Graeme has served on BSAVA Scottish Regional Committee as Chair and then moved to the BSAVA Congress Committee as Chair from 2016 onwards. Outside of work Graeme is an enthusiastic cyclist and have completed several long distance challenges.


Joe Fenn BVetMed MVetMed DipECVN FHEA MRCVS

Joe Fenn graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2009 and spent the next two years in general practice in Derbyshire. He then completed a rotating internship back at the RVC, followed by a Senior Clinical Training Scholarship in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery. Following completion of his residency and masters degree (MVetMed), Joe passed the examination for the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) in 2015. Following this he stayed at the RVC, and in 2017 was appointed as a lecturer in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery. Joe is a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.


Rebekka Fiorani 

Rebekka Fiorani is a Practice Manager and owner of the independently owned, Clent Hills Vet Group, based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Having worked for the practice for 20 years, starting as a kennel assistant, she bought in to the practice in 2009. She has always been involved with the VPMA and was fortunate to be their President 2010 - 2012. 


Andrew Green BVetMed MRCVS

Andy Green qualified from RVC in 1993, and is currently a Director of Pennard Vets, a 5 centre 15 vet small animal practice in West Kent. Highly experienced in the field of personal development and leadership mentoring and certified in NLP, he also works with Vet Dynamics as a mentor and practice development consultant. 


Eilidh Gunn BVMS DVMS DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Eilidh Gunn graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2008 before joining a small animal practice in Yorkshire for 3 years. She then returned to the Small Animal Hospital to complete a small animal rotating internship. Following this Eilidh completed a four year combined residency and professional doctorate program at the University College of Dublin during which time she became a recognized specialist in internal medicine. Glaswegian born and bred, she has returned to the University of Glasgow as a clinician in internal medicine. Eilidh enjoys all aspects of small animal internal medicine but is particularly interested in endocrinology, medical neurology and feline medicine.


Kerry Hall BSc(hons) RVN DipAVN (surgical) Cert VN ECC VTS (ECC)

Kerry Hall started her vet nursing career in 1996 and qualified as a VN (with credit) in 1998. Whilst working in general practice she attained a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (surgical) in 2004. Having spent 8 years in general practice Kerry moved to the Animal Health Trust in 2005 to start a career in referral nursing. Whilst at the AHT she developed an interest in ECC and then went on to study for the Cert VN ECC and the VTS (ECC). In January 2018 Kerry joined Dick White Referrals as a critical care nurse.



Eleanor Haskey RVN BSc(hons) VTS(ECC) VPAC A1

Eleanor Haskey graduated in 2008 with a BSc honours degree as a RVN.  She then moved to the Midlands where she worked in a mixed practice for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as Senior ICU nurse. Eleanor spent 4 years back at Bristol where she studied and gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012. 
After moving to London in 2013, Eleanor joined the Royal Veterinary College Emergency and Critical Care team where she is now Head ECC nurse. Eleanor has lectured internationally, written several articles and contributed to book chapters; she is also on the editorial committee for The Veterinary Nurse in addition to the committee for AVECCT and BSAVA.


Rachel Hattersley BVetMed(Hons) CertSAS DECVS MRCVS
RCVS and EBVS specialist in small animal surgery

Rachel Hattersley graduated from the RVC in 2003 and spent five years in general practice before undertaking an ECVS residency in small animal surgery at the University of Liverpool. She obtained the ECVS diploma in small animal surgery in 2012 and has been based in private referral practice for the past six years.  Rachel is a member of the soft tissue team at Dick White Referrals and enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery; particularly surgical oncology and thoracic surgery.  Her current research interests include brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, feline ureterolithiasis and biliary mucoceles.  Rachel is a member of the BSAVA programme committee, an associate editor for the Journal of Small Animal Practice and a member of the ECVS examination committee.


Paul Higgs MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Paul Higgs qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2006, following which he spent nearly 5 years in general practice; achieving the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2010. Paul then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Bristol and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014. Since then he has worked in private referral practice and is currently part of the internal medicine team at Highcroft Referrals, Bristol. Paul lectures widely across the range of internal medicine topics, however, he particularly enjoys combining his specialist knowledge with first opinion experience enabling him to provide a pragmatic approach to case work-up for first opinion practitioners. 


Edward Ives MA VetMB DipECVN MRCVS

Edward Ives graduated from the University of Cambridge and spent five years in general practice before returning to Cambridge as a resident in neurology and neurosurgery. Edward is a European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery and he has worked at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists since 2015.


David Killick BVetMed PhD CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Onc) MRCVS
RCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

David Killick qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2003. After 4 years in general practice David undertook a residency in oncology at the University of Liverpool and then a PhD at the RVC. David is a specialist in veterinary oncology and a Senior Lecturer in oncology at the University of Liverpool.



Liz Leece BVSc CVA DipECVAA MRCVS

Liz Leece became the Head of Anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 2006 after completing her residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Liverpool. She moved back in to teaching at Cambridge University before returning to referral practice and now works at Northwest Veterinary Specialists. Liz is a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and a former president and member of the CPD subcommittee of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA). She enjoys teaching practitioners and nurses through lecturing, research presentations and papers, book chapters and visiting practices.


Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS
BSAVA President

After completing an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, Philip went on to complete his degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. Following four years in mixed practice in Surrey Philip moved to Kent to establish his own practice, Elands Veterinary Clinic, near Sevenoaks in Kent. Philip is Special Lecturer in Veterinary Endoscopy and Endosurgery at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and received the Simon award in 2011 for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. 


Elisabetta Mancinelli DVM CertZooMed Dipl. ECZM (Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery) MRCVS
European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery)
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery)

Elisabetta Mancinelli graduated from the University of Naples, Italy, in 2002. Her interest in exotics became clear shortly after her graduation, anticipating a career mainly based on non-conventional animal medicine and surgery. After a small animal focused internship, she’s been working solely with exotics since 2003. She undertook an externship in France, mainly based on reptile medicine and then completed an externship program at the “Angell Animal Memorial Hospital” in Boston (USA), focusing on exotic animal medicine and surgery. In 2007, Elisabetta moved to UK where she initially worked in private practice and wildlife charities. In 2009, she started the first European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) Residency in Small Mammal Medicine, which she completed at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. From September 2010, she holds the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine. In 2014, she obtained the ECZM Diploma, Specialty “Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery”. She currently leads the exotic department at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, Bristol (UK). 


Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD MRCVS
BSAVA Vice President

Sue qualified from Cambridge Vet School in 1984. She then went on to take her Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology followed by the Royal College and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology. She has been a recognised specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for 20 years. She has written more than 50 peer reviewed articles and seven text books, the latter being widely translated including into German,  Spanish, Chinese and Russian. She has lectured extensively at NAVC, ESVD, WCVD, WSAVA, SEVC and EERVC and contributes regularly at BSAVA Congress. She has lectured in more than 30 countries. She has served as Chair of both Publications and Education at BSAVA. Sue is an elected member of Royal College Council where she sits on Education Committee. She is currently President of ESVD and has recently taken over as the Chair of Education at WAVD. Sue is a Veterinary Director of Rutland House Surgery Group in St Helens.


John Ryan MVB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

John Ryan graduated from University College Dublin and he is a European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. John is a Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the University of Edinburgh where he has a keen interest in rehabilitation, quantification of lameness and novel veterinary undergraduate teaching methods.


Ian Self BSc BVSc PGcert VetEd FHEA CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS

Ian Self is a Liverpool graduate and a RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. After graduation, Ian worked in mixed, small animal and emergency practice in Northwest England for nine years before going back to academia to become an anaesthesia specialist. Ian is currently Associate Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Nottingham Vet School; he has a keen interest in anaesthesia simulation, respiratory physiology, pain and the assessment of sedation. 


Kit Sturgess MA VetMB PhD CertVR DSAM CertVC FRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology

Kit Sturgess graduated from Cambridge University in 1986 and spent six years in general veterinary practice. He has been seeing referral small animal medicine cases for the past 25 years both at university-based and private specialist practices. Kit enjoys a flexible role, combining governance, lecturing, writing and clinic time. Kit is Treasurer and member of the RCVS Council, chair of BSAVA Education committee and on the committee of the Small Animal Medicine Society. He is a trustee of the Wildheart Trust and Cats Protection.


Tim Trevail BVetMed CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS 

Tim Trevail is a graduate of the RVC and performed his residency in diagnostic imaging at the University of Glasgow.  He is a European and RCVS specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and a past Chairman of EAVDI-BID.  He is a radiologist at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists with a keen interest in all aspects of diagnostic imaging.


Ruth Willis BVM&S DVC MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology

After graduation from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Ruth spent two years in mixed practice before starting a cardiology residency at Glasgow University Vet School which resulting in her obtaining the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. She has held RCVS Specialist Status since 2003 and currently works at Dick White Referrals.  Ruth has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. She has extensive experience of ambulatory heart monitor recording analysis and has written a chapter on this topic in the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiorespiratory Medicine. She is a co-editor of The Guide to Canine and Feline Electrocardiography. 


Claire Woolford RVN VTS Anesthesia and Analgesia

Claire started nursing in 1998 and spent 8 years working in general practice before leaving to travel through Australia and New Zealand. In 2006 she joined Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire where she is a head nurse and in charge of running the Soft Tissue department. Claire achieved her VTS in Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2013 and is a member of the AVTAA Credentials Committee. Claire also works with SynergyCPD providing in house anaesthesia training for practices across the south of England. She joined the BSAVA Congress Programme Committee in 2018.