Keynote speakers

Cindy Adams (Canada)
Stream:  Business, Education, Industry

Cindy Adams, MSW, PhD is Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Calgary, Veterinary Medicine, where she developed and implemented the Clinical Communication Program in Calgary’s new veterinary school. She honed her professional understanding of human-animal relationships serving from 1980-1992 as a social worker in child welfare, women’s shelters and the justice system.  Animals were frequently involved in that work.

Combining the very different perspectives gained from her experiences in social work and a doctorate in veterinary epidemiology, she became a faculty member at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (1996-2006). There she designed and directed the first veterinary communication curriculum in North America and pioneered a research program regarding communication in veterinary medicine. She helped initiate the Institute for Healthcare Communication, Bayer veterinary communication project.

Her research has focused on communication education, veterinary-client communication in large and small animal contexts, animal welfare, companion animal death and human grief. Founder of the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine, co-author of Skills for Communicating in Veterinary Medicine she has presented widely and advised veterinarians, veterinary practice teams and veterinary educators throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.

Sessions include:

  • Communication in veterinary medicine: mainstream activity or minority sport?
  • Core skills of veterinary communication
  • How to take the message home to your practice and staff
  • Practical in practice communication
  • The science of vet talk – Tuesday plenary
  • Veterinary communication: why and how does it go wrong

Don M Broom (United Kingdom)
Stream: Welfare, Cattle, Industry, Food Security Day

Donald M. Broom.  Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare, Cambridge University, Department of Veterinary Medicine, has developed concepts and methods of scientific assessment of animal welfare and studied: cognitive abilities of animals, the welfare of animals in relation to housing and transport, behaviour problems, attitudes to animals, sustainable livestock production and ethics of animal usage.

He has published over 360 refereed papers, lectured in 45 countries and served on UK (FAWC, APC, Seals) and Council of Europe committees.

He has been Chairman or Vice Chairman of EU Scientific Committees on Animal Welfare 1990 – 2009, member EFSA Panel AHAW to 2012, represented EU in WTO challenges and prepared a Study on Animal Welfare in the EU for the European Parliament published January 2017. He chaired the World Organization for Animal Health (O.I.E.) land transport group.

His books include: Stress and Animal Welfare (1993/2000 Springer, with K.G. Johnson), Coping with Challenge: Welfare in Animals Including Man, ed. D.M. Broom 2001 (Dahlem University Press), The Evolution of Morality and Religion (2003 CUP), Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 5th edition (2015 CABI, with A.F. Fraser), Sentience and Animal Welfare (2014 CABI) and Tourism and Animal Welfare (2018 CABI with N. Carr).

Sessions include:

  • Aspects of assessing pain during disease and operations in farm animals
  • Sentience, welfare, ethics and human entertainment
  • Some animal production methods are unsustainable: factors include poor welfare
  • The welfare of animals during transport
  • Tourism and marine mammal welfare
  • Welfare sentience and law: an international perspective

Gonçalo da Graça Pereira (Portugal)
Stream: Behaviour

Gonçalo da Graça Pereira, DVM, MsC, PhD, Dip ECAWBM (BM), Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL) has a veterinary degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon. Master in Clinical Ethology and Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. PhD in Veterinary Science at the Institute of Biomedical Science Abel Salazar in O’Porto.

Diplomate by the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, in both subspecialties (Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Legislation). Director of the Center for Animal Knowledge (Centro para o Conhecimento Animal). Professor of Animal Welfare, Behaviour and Training in Escola Superior Agrária de Elvas from Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre. Lecturer in different Faculties on Behavioural Medicine, Animal Welfare and Ethics. Trainer and speaker in Seminars, Conferences and Congresses national and internationally. Author, Co-author and Coordinator of several studies in animal behaviour and welfare in Portugal. Receive referral cases in Behaviour since 2003. Founder and Past-President of PsiAnimal – Portuguese Association of Behavioural Therapy and Animal Welfare. President of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM) and Vice-President of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE).

Sessions include:

  • Changes of behaviour caused by physical diseases in cats: what every vet should know about
  • Chronic stress and renal disease in cats
  • Environmental optimisation: can living conditions lead to cat's behavioural problems?
  • I'm getting bald! Is it stress? psychogenic alopecia
  • Life skills for kittens: what can owners do to help kittens grow up into confident cats?
  • Noise reactivity: diagnosis and treatment
  • Old cats: behaviour problems and treatment
  • Who is guilty? Mind? Body? Or both?

Jerzy Gawor (Poland)
Stream:  Dentistry and Unusual Pets

Dr Jerzy Paweł Gawor DVM PhD, Dipl AVDC, Dipl EVDC, Fellow AVD (1966) graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Academy of Agriculture in Wrocław Poland in April 1992. In 1993, he became a partner in the private practice “ARKA” in Kraków which achieved the status of Veterinary Clinic in 2004. He received his PhD in 1996 and became a specialist in Veterinary Surgery in 1997. Since January 2009 Fellow Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. In 2015 successfully completed requirements and became Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC). At present Dr Gawor provides dental teaching services in European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies in Europe and China.

Since the end on 1990’s, he has regularly contributed to the promotion of small animal dental health and dentistry in post-graduate meetings and congresses. Lecturing in the Veterinary Faculty has been a part of a plan to implant Dentistry into the Polish veterinary medicine education program. From 2003 he has led the Pet Smile Campaign in Poland on behalf of the Dental Working group of the PSAVA. His main field of professional activity is dentistry, head and neck surgery and oncology. Several hundred advanced dentistry procedures a year have resulted in a wealth of skill and practical knowledge. Published and presented over 120 publications in veterinary dentistry.

Currently, Dr Gawor acts as Past President of Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations and President Elect of the European Veterinary Dental College. He is former President of Polish Small Animal Veterinary Association as well as President of European Veterinary Dental Society. His hobbies include reading, volley-ball and antique furniture. Married to a veterinarian, his family also consists of three children, three cats and a dog.

Sessions include:

  • Challenging periodontal disease case management
  • Examination and diagnosis of oral diseases in rabbits and rodents
  • Introducing endodontics: pulp capping in practice
  • Malignant oral tumours - preparing for the worst
  • Managing oral fractures - the dentists' way!
  • Rabbit dentistry - common treatments
  • Treatment options for linguoverted canine teeth in dogs
  • What went wrong? Mistakes and malpractice in small animal dentistry

Delia Grace (Kenya)
Stream:  Public Health

Delia Grace is an epidemiologist and veterinarian with more than 20 years’ experience in developing countries. She graduated from several leading universities and currently co-leads research on human and animal health at the International Livestock Research Institute based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her research interests include food safety, emerging diseases, gender studies, and animal welfare. Her career has spanned the private sector, field-level community development and aid management, as well as research.  She has lived and worked in Asia, west and east Africa and authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as training courses, briefs, films, articles, chapters and blog posts. In 2017, she was in the top five of women scientists in Kenya, in terms of citations.

Her research program focuses on the design and promotion of risk-based approaches to food safety in livestock products in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She is also a key player on ILRI’s Ecohealth/One health approach to the control of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases and agriculture-associated antimicrobial resistance.

Sessions include:

  • Food security and emerging infectious disease – Thursday Plenary
  • Public Health

Gayle Hallowell (United Kingdom)
Stream: Equine

Professor Gayle Hallowell MA VetMB PhD CertVA DipACVIM DipACVECC PFHEA FRCVS graduated from the University of Cambridge and then completed a large animal rotating internship and then combined internal medicine and critical care residency at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She then completed a PhD investigating aortic valve prolapse in the horse at the University of Nottingham. She is currently Professor in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Nottingham. She is clinically active spending 60% of her time in the clinic and undertakes clinically based and informed research, particularly relating to gastric and cardiovascular disease. Her other interests include fluid therapy and blood gas analysis.

Sessions include:

  • Cardiovascular derangement in the critically ill horse
  • Case discussion of when a colic is not a colic
  • Case discussion on management of the sick foal
  • Case discussions on equine emergency and trauma cases
  • Getting the most from clinical pathology - what's useful and what's not
  • Practical fluid therapy for use in the field and clinic

Gudrun Ravetz (United Kingdom)
Stream: Business and Industry

Gudrun still does not know what she wants to be when she grows up so is thankful for the varied career the veterinary degree has given her. Gudrun is a Past President of the British Veterinary Association and is Head Veterinary Officer for Simply Health Professionals.

Gudrun has spent time in a variety of clinical roles as well as industry and management. She also has a graduate diploma in law and a post graduate certificate in business.

Gudrun has an interest in the challenges and opportunities around veterinary recruitment and retention as well as what lies ahead for the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare. 

Sessions include:

  • Keeping vets happy at work: Results of BVA project on workplace satisfaction and unconscious bias
  • State of the International Market Panel
  • State of Human Resources Panel

Rikke M Schultz (Denmark)
Stream: Acupuncture

Dr Rikke Schultz graduated from the Veterinary University in Copenhagen in 1992, after 5 years in a mixed practice in Iceland, she returned to Denmark and worked in a large equine practice for 8 years. Since 2005 she has had her own holistic equine practice, and since 2011 she has participated in animal fascia and anatomy research at University of Copenhagen where she also serves as censor at exams in veterinary anatomy. She holds degrees in veterinary acupuncture by IVAS, in equine osteopathy and in veterinary homeopathy. She is a board member of European Veterinary Society of Osteopathy.
Sessions include:

  • Acupuncture points on the head with regard to cranio-sacral therapy
  • Fascia - the forgotten tissue – Parts 1 and 2
  • Fascia planes, acupuncture meridians and points
  • Myofascial kinetic lines and acupuncture meridians (primary and 8 extras)
  • Myofascial kinetic lines in horses and dog – Parts 1 and 2
  • Test and treatment of the lines with specific acupuncture points

Catherine Sturgeon (United Kingdom)
Stream:  Small Animal

Catherine Sturgeon. BVetMed(hons) CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS, RCVS & ECVS recognized specialist in veterinary soft tissue surgery.

Catherine Sturgeon qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 1994, attained her surgical diploma in 2004 and the RCVS specialist status in soft tissue surgery from 2008. Having worked as both a GP vet and specialist in surgery in the UK, Catherine enjoys both the practical and teaching aspects of her career, establishing Visiting Vet Specialists in 2014.

Sessions include:

  • Adrenal surgery
  • Biliary Tract Surgery
  • Caesarean section: Optimise your approach
  • Feline tail pull injury
  • Feline urethral obstruction and rupture
  • Oesophageal FB: to scope or operate
  • Supporting the trauma patient
  • Surgical haemorrhage: arrest the bleed