We’re excited to bring you some of the biggest and brightest speakers in the veterinary industry

Mike Scanlan

Dr Mike Scanlan is the Director of Kind Minds Health and Wellbeing and was responsible for setting up and designing the clinical model for the successful and award winning ‘Changing Minds’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service. He has also led the development of the Northamptonshire Long Term Conditions Psychological Therapy Service. Mike is trained to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Response prevention (EMDR), Mindfulness and Compassionate Focussed Therapy approaches. He has led a project supported by the Department of Health to illustrate how telehealth principles can be utilised to deliver IAPT group therapy via videoconferencing to people with mental health problems with co morbid long-term conditions. Mike worked as a Senior Lecturer in mental health at Northampton University and was a member of the IAPT education and training steering group. He is a member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Mike regularly presents at IAPT conferences and has published widely on the topic of primary care mental health. He has recently led the clinical development of a Court liaison Mental Health Service in Milton Keynes and worked in 2015 to design and write the service specification for an IAPT equivalent service in Qatar. Mike is the author of the widely used and well respected CBT guided self-help series of books entitled ‘Moving Forward’. These books blend theories of bibliotherapy with CBT principles. The books are used in a number of IAPT services across the UK.

Esmaeli Ebrahimie

Esmaeil is Adjunct Associate Professor (Bioinformatics & Biostatistics) at School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences of The University of Adelaide, Bioinformatician at La Trobe Genomics Research Platform (La Trobe University), and Honorary Principal Fellow at School of BioSciences of The University of Melbourne. He has a strong track record in the innovative application of a range of bioinformatic pipelines and modern statistics (machine learning models) in different genomes. Esmaeil has published 144 papers, 84 of these in the last 5 years in internationally well-known journals.

As affiliate member (2016-onwards) in Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology (ACARE) at The University of Adelaide, he has been involved in data analysis of many microbiome projects on the effects of new antibiotic compounds, probiotics and microbiome profiling, such as: (1) Microbiome profiling in rabbits following different doses of oral pradofloxacin treatment, (2) Abundance analysis of Oxalate-degrading bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of koalas with oxalate nephrosis, (3) Oral microbiome profiling in health and periodontal disease of captive macropods, (4) Microbiome profiling of captive animals such as herbivorous chelonids and tamarins, (5) Analysis the effect of oral anthelminitic treatment on the canine microbiome, (6) Unravelling microbiome profile that contributes to Marmoset Wasting Syndrome, and (7) Microbiome based classification of antibiotics and antimicrobial alternatives and developing an expert system for prediction of the effective antimicrobials based on microbiome profile by novel machine learning (artificial intelligence) models.

Carmen Savelli

Since 2010, Carmen has been working as a Technical Officer in the Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses (renamed the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety in 2020) at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. As part of the Secretariat of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), Carmen works to strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration nationally and internationally to facilitate communication on food safety issues, particularly during emergencies. A skilled public speaker and facilitator, Carmen regularly runs workshops and training courses on a wide range of technical topics related to food safety and foodborne disease detection, prevention and response. Prior to joining WHO, Carmen worked from 2007 as an epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada within the Centre for Foodborne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, investigating national outbreaks of foodborne illness. An avid traveller, Carmen has visited more than 40 countries on 5 continents for both professional endeavours and personal adventures. Carmen obtained his BSc in biomedical science from the University of Guelph (Canada), as well as a Certificate in Leadership from the University’s College of Business and Economics and a MPH from the University of Waterloo (Canada). His PhD research at Lancaster University (United Kingdom) has focused on improving communication during food safety emergencies and facilitating knowledge transfer and exchange among an international community of practitioners on matters related to food safety.

Neil Sargison

Neil is Professor of Farm Animal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. He qualified with BA and VetMB degrees from Cambridge University in 1984 and has subsequently gained considerable practical experience of farm animal veterinary practice, working with beef cattle and sheep. He has interests in planned livestock production, health and welfare; and his list of about 220 scientific publications in refereed journals and similar number of grey-literature articles mostly refers of the diagnosis and management of production-limiting diseases of ruminant livestock. Neil became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons while working at Massey University, and holds the RCVS specialist Diploma in Sheep Health and Production. He has written a reference textbook ‘Sheep flock health – a planned approach’, outlining a practical and rational approach to the diagnosis and management of sheep diseases, and has also edited, co-authored and contributed chapters to several other small ruminant, cattle and veterinary parasitology textbooks.

Neil’s principal research interest and primary undergraduate teaching responsibilities encompass veterinary parasitology, small ruminant production and veterinary education; reflecting the importance of these topics in global food production, animal welfare and public health. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2009. Neil’s current parasitology research includes studies of population genetics of helminth parasites; Haemonchus genomics; anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes; roundworm control in farm animals; management of fluke parasites; antiprotozoal drug resistance; and control of small ruminant ectoparasites. Additional small ruminant research includes studies of sheep production in harsh environments; neonatal lamb survival; goat health and production; lamb losses on Scottish hill farms; small ruminant and wildlife interactions; and management of infectious abortion in sheep. His education research and outreach are focused on the development of veterinary, paraveterinary and livestock keeper education methods in developing agricultural economies, with current programmes in rural India and Malawi. Neil is the current President of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management and a former president of the Sheep Veterinary Society. He was the Scientific Organiser for the highly successful 9th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, held in the UK in 2017 with the theme of ‘sustainable global food security through efficient small ruminant production’.

Julius Liptak

Julius graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He worked in private practice for five years before completing an Internship at the University of Queensland and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Sydney. While at the University of Sydney, Julius was awarded a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies for his investigation of autogenous grafting of the caudal vena cava in dogs. Julius completed Clinical and Research Fellowships in Surgical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. He was on faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada prior to moving to his current position as specialist small animal surgeon and surgical oncologist at VCA Canada – Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Julius is a board-certified specialist in small animal surgery in Australia (Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists), North America (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons), and Europe (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons). He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on surgical oncology related topics in peer-reviewed veterinary and human journals, and veterinary surgery and oncology textbooks; and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Julius was founding President of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and was awarded the Stephen J. Withrow Award for Advancing the Art and Science of Surgical Oncology in 2010. He became an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology in 2012. Julius is a co-editor of the 6th edition of Withrow and MacEwen’s Small Animal Clinical Oncology and co-author of the 1st edition of A Color Atlas of Surgical Oncology of Dogs and Cats.

David Scarfe

David has 40+ years of experience as a University Professor, in private practice, and working with veterinary organizations and governmental agencies in numerous countries. Currently he is CEO of Aquatic Veterinary Associates International, LLC and oversees veterinarians in several countries who provide services to aquaculture producers and industries throughout the world. David has previously owned and operated multi-veterinarian private practices, has overseen aquatic veterinary issues for the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has consulted with numerous veterinary organizations and governmental agencies in several countries, on veterinary education, and legislative and regulatory animal health issues. David is also the immediate Past-President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, an Extraordinary Professor and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Aquatic Veterinary Education, Diagnostics and Biosecurity Training at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science (Onderstepoort, S. Africa), and serves as the Associate Director of the International Aquatic Veterinary Biosecurity Consortium, with the Secretariat located within the Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Veterinary Education & Biosecurity at Tierärztliche Fakultät, Ludwig Maximillians University (Munich, Germany). Within these positions David assists several international organizations and veterinary schools in North and Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia refine and implement aquatic veterinary academic and continuing education programs to ensure a global well-trained aquatic veterinary global workforce; many of which involve developing and running aquatic veterinary biosecurity training programs to assist governmental agencies, aquaculture producers and industries, and private practitioners prevent, control and eradicate infectious diseases.

Natalie Waran

Natalie gained a first-class Zoology degree from Glasgow University in 1987 and was awarded the Graham Kerr Memorial Prize for Zoology. She was awarded her PhD from Cambridge University’s Veterinary School funded by the British Veterinary Association in 1991. In 1990, she joined Edinburgh University to direct a new and unique Masters programme in Animal Welfare and after 14 years made the life changing move to New Zealand where she was invited to become the Chair of Animal Welfare at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland. After six years, as Head of the School of Natural Sciences and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, in 2011 she returned to Edinburgh University to develop a new International Centre of excellence for Animal Welfare Education. As the inaugural Jeanne Marchig Chair of International Animal Welfare and the International Dean for the Veterinary School, she developed working partnerships with overseas Governments, Universities, Professional bodies and NGOs, to develop and deliver innovative capacity building initiatives within the area of One Welfare. In 2016, Natalie returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Professor of One Welfare and Executive Dean at the Eastern Institute of Technology. Natalie has produced more than 100 research publications and describes herself as an applied scientist by training, and an educationalist at heart. Her research and education interests are in the field of ‘One Welfare’ – exploring the relationship between animal and human health and welfare, an interdisciplinary area combining aspects of; social sciences, health and veterinary sciences with education, ethics and law.