Our 2021 speakers

A fabulous line-up of presenters to cover topics for every small animal practitioner!

Registrations now open!


Rob Webster

Rob graduated from The University of Queensland in 2000, went into emergency medicine, and never left. He was a founding partner of the Animal Emergency Service in 2005, then commenced residency training in emergency and critical care under the supervision of Professor Steve Haskins attaining FANZCVS qualifications in 2014.

Rob works with multiple business partners to develop Animal Emergency Service into an organisation which helps veterinary professionals fulfill their dreams.

As well as veterinary business, Rob continues to work as an emergency veterinarian, supervises a resident training program in emergency and critical care, participates in collaborative research projects, and teaches EMCC to veterinarians and veterinary students across Australia.

Rob’s dreams are to see tick paralysis eliminated as a cause of death of dogs and cats in Australia, and for Animal Emergency Service to be the place emergency vets come to save the sickest pets and build the future of emergency medicine and critical care.


Ellie Leister

Ellie graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004, she worked in mixed practice before travelling the world during her early veterinary career. Returning to Australia and joining Veterinary Specialist Services in 2012. A short encounter with Professor Steve Haskins inspired her to complete a residency training program (2015-2017) and achieved Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) by examination in 2019.

Dr Leister became part owner of Brisbane’s Pet ICU in 2018, which is now her primary focus, along with clinical research and continuing to develop the 24/7 critical care team.


Terry King

Terry graduated from The University of Queensland in 1975, spent his first 20 years in general practice, predominately small animal, and then 7 years in The University of Queensland Veterinary Teaching Hospital as medical clinician and director. In 2002, Terry joined Veterinary Specialist Services as a partner and referral small animal clinician in internal medicine with an emphasis on emergency and critical care where he helped establish PICU (Pet Intensive Care Unit), a recognised leader in this field of veterinary practice.

Presently notching up 45 years in general and referral practice, Terry enjoys the emergency side of veterinary practice and has a special interest in treating the critically ill. He is highly committed to family veterinary medicine and prolonging the human-animal bond.


Steven Epstein

Dr Steven Epstein attended University of California at Davis for his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He then went on to complete an internship in anesthesiology at Kansas State University and then completed a three-year residency in veterinary
emergency and critical care at UC Davis.

Dr Epstein is now a Professor of Clinical Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care and chief of that service at UC Davis as well as being the disaster response coordinator for the hospital. His research interests are in CPR, diagnostic testing in the emergency room, and antimicrobial resistance patterns.

Christopher Tan

Chris is a specialist in small animal surgery, based in Sydney, Australia, where he divides his time between clinical practice, post graduate education and research.

He is the head of surgery at Sydney Veterinary Emergency and Specialists and is a board member of AOVET Asia Pacific, with his role focused on the delivery of quality education. Chris holds a conjoint lecturer position within the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, where he works with surgeons and medical researchers from a diversity of fields to combine the knowledge from both veterinary and human surgery to improve patient outcomes across species.


Christopher Lam

Dr Chris Lam graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Sydney in 2015. After graduation, he worked in small animal practice briefly before commencing a small animal rotating internship at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Canada.

After his internship, he started a mobile veterinary service in the High Western Arctic of Canada, where he also provided veterinary care for various international sled dog races.

Chris relocated back to Australia in 2018 where he locumed across various small animal practices in VIC/NSW. In 2019, he commenced a ACVIM cardiology clinical residency at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) in Brisbane/Gold Coast.