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. 


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.


Hannah Langley BVM&S BSc MRCVS

Hannah qualified from Edinburgh University and now works part time at both the Haworth and Allerton branches. Hannah has worked at Gatehouse since 2008 and has built up strong relationships with both her clients and their pets in that time. Hannah loves seeing all the characters who come through the doors but admits she has a slight bias towards cats! When she’s not at work, she is a full-time mum of three who enjoys cooking and Zumba (but not at the same time!).


Madonna Livingstone BVMS MRCVS

Known as the practice geek, Madonna Livingstone qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2002. She joined the Ark Veterinary Clinics Ltd Coatbridge in 2004 and has grown the exotic side of the practice to the extent it now occupies over 70% of her case load. Madonna lectures on exotic animal medicine and surgery, teaches clinical skills in small furries and rabbit surgery at Glasgow Vet School, is a consultant for NWL, has a diploma in parrot behaviour, has been published in peer reviewed journal, is the chair of an ethical committee for two zoological collections and was the past chair of Scottish Region of BSAVA. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs (2 GSD and 1 Husky), ferrets and parrotlet.


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 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.


Tim Shearman BSc BVMS CertVC MRCVS

Congress Committee Chair


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.


Esther Barrett MA VetMB DVDI DipECVDI MRCVS

Esther Barrett is a Cambridge graduate and a European and RCVS specialist in veterinary diagnostic imaging. Esther works as a consultant for Wales and West Imaging; she has a particular interest in small animal ultrasound, and enjoys the challenge and variety of providing a visiting ultrasound service to practices in South Wales and South West England.


Duncan Barnes MA VetMB DSAS (Ortho) MRCVS

Duncan qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2001, and spent 9 years in general small animal practice. He gained the RCVS Certificate of Small Animal Surgery (CertSAS) in 2006. In 2010 he set up the orthopaedic referral service at Eastcott Referrals in Swindon, and was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics, completing this via the alternate track, in August 2016. Duncan is currently head of the orthopaedics department at Eastcott Referrals.



Poppy Bristow BVetMed MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS

Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery and Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery Poppy is part of the Soft Tissue Surgery Service at RVC and is particularly interested in cardiothoracic surgery and portosystemic shunts. She has a particular interest in progressing our understanding of mitral valve disease in dogs. Poppy is also interested in the therapeutic options /management of congenital heart diseases.


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.


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.


Aaron Harper MA VetMB CertAVP(SAM) DipECVIM-CA(Onc) MRCVS

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2008, Aaron spent five years in general practice. In 2016 he completed a residency in small animal oncology and during that time he completed the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Medicine), European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2017 and became a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Oncology. After completing his residency, he worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Oncology at the University of Liverpool. Aaron joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in May 2018 as a Consultant Oncologist. He is also on the ECVIM Exam Committee for Oncology.


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.


Norman Johnston BVM&S DipAVDC DipEVDC FRCVS

Norman is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He was a partner in a veterinary hospital practice in Edinburgh for 16 years before pursuing a residency in the American Veterinary Dental College based in Dallas, Texas. He is currently a diplomate of both the American & European Veterinary Dental Colleges and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a consultant to DentalVets and has been past president of the British Veterinary Dental Association and the European Veterinary Dental College. He was awarded the Simon Award by the BSAVA in 1997. He lives with his family and various animals in North Berwick.


Bronwyn Koterwas BA BVM&S MRCVS

Bronwyn Koterwas has over 20 years of experience with zoo and exotic animals as both a veterinary nurse and veterinary surgeon. She is currently a Lecturer and Clinician in Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoo Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.


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.


Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD MRCVS

BSAVA 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.


Ian Ramsey BVSc PhD DSAM DipECVIIM-CA FHEA MRCVS

BSAVA Vice President

Ian Ramsey is Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Glasgow University and is an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine. He has lectured extensively and has published widely in many aspects of small animal medicine but his main interest is in endocrinology. He is the editor of the BSAVA Canine and Feline Formulary and was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for contributions to small animal medicine in 2015. He is the current Vice-president of the BSAVA.


Chris Shales MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Chris graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2000 having gained a degree in Zoology in addition to qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon. Chris then spent two hugely enjoyable years working in general practice in Suffolk before returning to Cambridge as a Resident in Small Animal Surgery. Following completion of his residency in 2005, Chris worked as a Clinical Surgeon in the Soft Tissue Department of Cambridge University before moving to take up a post as Clinical Fellow in the Small Animal Surgery Department at Bristol University. Chris is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a member of the written examination sub-committee for the European College. Chris is particularly interested in upper airway surgery, surgical oncology and is a member of the interventional radiography group at Willows. He has been at Willows since 2009 and as such has been at the core of the team’s commitment to the pursuit of clinical excellence via a multi-disciplinary approach to soft tissue surgery.


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 Shearman BSc BVMS CertVC MRCVS

Congress Committee Chair

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.


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.


Yolanda Martinez-Pereira LdaVet CertVC DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology) SFHEA MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Yolanda Martinez-Pereira graduated in Spain, where she worked for 5 years. She completed an internship in cardiology in the UK, obtaining her RCVS CertVC (2004). From 2005-2008 she completed a residency in Cardiopulmonary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a year in the Cardiology Service at the University of Liverpool. During 2009-2012, she joined Borders Veterinary Cardiology Ltd, providing mobile cardiology referral service in Scotland. She returned to the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies in 2013, heading the service. She obtained her European Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2009 and became RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology in 2011. 


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.