Discussion Forum 2022 Speakers

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Justine Shotton

Justine Shotton

Justine Shotton

Session: Animal welfare – Determining our strategy

Dr Justine Shotton BVSc BSc MSc

BVA President and AWF Trustee

Justine has been a vet for over fourteen years, initially working with farm animals, horses and domestic pets and now also working with wildlife in zoos and in the wild. As well as her veterinary degree, Justine has a BSc in Veterinary Pathology and an MSc in Wild Animal Health and regularly lectures at the University of Surrey. President of the British Veterinary Association since September 2021, she continues to lead on and champion issues close to her heart including animal welfare, One Health and sustainability.

Julian Kupfer

Julian Kupfer

Julian Kupfer

Session: Animal welfare – Determining our strategy

Julian Kupfer BVSc LLM MRCVS

AWF Chair of Trustees

After graduating from Liverpool, AWF Chair Julian spent many years in mixed practice concentrating on livestock and was a partner in a veterinary hospital in the South-West.  Since leaving practice he has worked in senior management in the service sector industry and latterly spent several years in the pharmaceutical industry with major technical roles and gained a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics.  Julian brings knowledge of marketing, operational management, strategic planning and the charitable sector with both trustee and Chair roles. He remains active in his local BVA subdivision and is a past president of WCVA.

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer

Session: Animal welfare – Determining our strategy

Professor Cathy Dwyer

Head of Animal Behaviour and Welfare Team, SRUC and Director, Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

Cathy Dwyer is head of the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Team at Scotland’s Rural College. The team addresses animal welfare problems and seeks solutions for all the major farmed species, and is one of the largest animal welfare research groups in Europe. Cathy’s work spans fundamental understanding of the biology of behaviour and stress to application in the field where she works closely with advisers and consultants to provide solutions to welfare problems.

Since 2016 Cathy has been the Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the University of Edinburgh, which provides animal welfare education for veterinarians and other groups in the UK and overseas. Cathy was appointed as the first Chair of the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission in 2019.

Siobhan Mullan

Siobhan Mullan

Siobhan Mullan

Session: Are some breeds too extreme?

Professor Siobhan Mullan

Chair of Animal Welfare & Veterinary Ethics at the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine

Siobhan is Professor of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Ethics at UCD School of Veterinary Medicine in Dublin. She has a strong research interest in using welfare assessments and other initiatives to drive large scale welfare improvements across a wide range of species. She is particularly interested in the ethical intersection of animal welfare with other societal concerns.

 

Dan O'Neill

Dan O'Neill

Dan O'Neill

Session: Are some breeds too extreme?

Dr Dan O’Neill MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) PGCertVetEd FHEA MSc(VetEpi) PhD FRCVS

Associate Professor Companion Animal Epidemiology, RVC

Following 22 years in general practice, Dan is now Associate Professor in Companion Animal Epidemiology at the RVC where he co-leads the VetCompass™ Programme. He has authored over 100 papers and the books ‘Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Catsand ‘Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals’. He chairs the UK Brachycephalic Working Group and is a founding member of the International Collaborative on Extreme Conformation in Dogs.

Elizabeth Mullineaux

Elizabeth Mullineaux

Elizabeth Mullineaux

Session: Welfare in pest control

Dr Elizabeth Mullineaux BVM&S, DVM&S, CertSHP, MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian)

Liz is a practising veterinary surgeon with a specialist interest in the appropriate veterinary care of British wildlife. She is the current Senior Vice President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) and a founder member and trustee of the Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC).

Sandra Baker

Sandra Baker

Sandra Baker

Session: Welfare in pest control

Dr Sandra Baker

Research Fellow/Member of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford

Sandra Baker is a researcher in the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford. Her work focuses mainly on the welfare of wild vertebrates in wildlife management, including assessing the welfare impacts of management methods and investigating issues related to trap welfare.

Photo is by John Cairns.

Katherine Duffy - Student researcher

Katherine Duffy - Student researcher

Katherine Duffy - Student researcher

AWF-funded project: A novel intervention for cat hoarding: 3 year follow up

 

After a fifteen-year detour working as a schoolteacher, Katherine decided to follow her dreams and re-apply to vet school. Having recently completed her third year at University of Nottingham, she is particularly enjoying the time she spends on placement with animal welfare charities. In the future, Katherine hopes to specialise in feline shelter medicine and undertake research that will contribute to the best possible welfare outcomes for her patients.

Bruce Whitelaw

Bruce Whitelaw

Bruce Whitelaw

Session: Gene editing debate

Professor Bruce Whitelaw FRSB

Chair of Animal Biotechnology/Director, Roslin Institute

Bruce Whitelaw is the Chair of Animal Biotechnology and Director of The Roslin Institute, at the University of Edinburgh. Bruce is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and was recently a member of the Nuffield Council’s Genome Editing and Farm Animals Working Group.

Penny Hawkins

Penny Hawkins

Penny Hawkins

Session: Gene editing debate

Dr Penny Hawkins BsC PhD

Head, Animals in Science Department, Advocacy and Policy Directorate, RSPCA

Penny graduated in biological sciences at the University of Portsmouth in 1992 and completed her PhD in avian physiology at the University of Birmingham in 1996.  She joined the RSPCA Animals in Science Department in 1996 and has been Head of Department since 2015.

Penny’s main areas of work include animal sentience, gene editing of farm animals and supporting and promoting ethics committees, including the UK Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB). She has also been an independent member of four AWERBs and has served three terms on the Animal Procedures Committee/Animals in Science Committee.

Matt Leach

Matt Leach

Matt Leach

Session: Gene editing debate

Dr Matt Leach

Animal Sciences Group Lead, Newcastle University

Matt Leach is a welfare scientist at Newcastle University. Matt leads a small specialist team of researchers and PhD students that focus on developing and validating of new methods of assessing welfare in a wide range of species including laboratory, companion, and farm animals.

Madeleine Campbell

Madeleine Campbell

Madeleine Campbell

Session: Gene editing debate

Professor Madeleine Campbell BVetMed(Hons) MA(Oxon) MA (Keele) PGCertVetEd PhD DipECAR DipECAWBM (AWSEL) FHEA MRCVS 

European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction (Equine), and European Diplomate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

Madeleine Campbell is a European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. She teaches and researches Ethics and Human-Animal Interactions at the Royal Veterinary College, and is Professor of Veterinary Ethics at Nottingham Vet School. Madeleine is also an equine reproduction vet and was the first Vet to be awarded a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics, to research the ethics of assisted reproductive techniques in non-human mammals. Madeleine’s interest in the ethics of genetic editing arose from that work and her work on the ethics of using animals in competitive sport. She has recently been involved in discussions around the ethics of genetic editing with the Royal Society for Biology and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Bruce Bladon

Bruce Bladon

Bruce Bladon

Session: Equine overtreatment debate

Bruce Bladon BVM&S, Cert EP, DESTS, Dipl ECVS, FRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery, European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Surgery and Clinical Director, Donnington Grove Veterinary Group

Bruce graduated from Edinburgh in 1988. After one year in mixed and three years in equine practice he joined what was Blackman & O’Gorman in Newbury in 1992. In 1995 he moved to Bristol University as Resident in Equine Surgery and returned to Newbury at what is now Donnington Grove Veterinary Group in 1998. He was awarded the Certificate of Equine Practice in 1992, Certificate of Equine Surgery in 1995, the Diploma of Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 1999, ECVS Diploma in 2001 and Fellowship of the RCVS in 2016.

Bruce’s interest is equine surgery, including arthroscopy, fracture repair, colic and airway surgery. He was equine surgeon for the Rio Olympic Games

Antony Clements

Antony Clements

Antony Clements

Session: Equine overtreatment debate

Dr Antony Clements BVSc CertES(Orth) MRCVS

Vet and Managing Partner at Baker McVeigh International

Antony Clements joined the Baker McVeigh group in 2001, having previously worked in practices in Hampshire and the University of Glasgow. He has extensive experience and post-graduate qualifications in equine orthopaedics. After moving to Durban and helping to establish the Cape Town practice, Antony moved to the UK where he became the managing partner of the Newmarket practice. He now tends to the needs of Baker McVeigh’s larger clients and offers consulting services across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

 

 

Gemma Pearson

Gemma Pearson

Gemma Pearson

Session: Equine overtreatment debate

Gemma Pearson BVMS CertAVP(EM) MScR MRCVS

Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Medicine, Director of Equine Behaviour, The Horse Trust, Veterinary Liaison Officer, International Society for Equitation Science

Gemma combines her time between research and outreach on behalf of The Horse Trust and seeing clinical equine behaviour cases where she is based at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. She also works as a racecourse veterinary surgeon at Musselburgh. Following an MScR investigating horse veterinarian interactions, she has since completed her Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist examinations and her PhD thesis ‘Stress in equids undergoing veterinary care and the development of interventions that positively influence the horses’ experience’.  As the Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society for Equitation Science, Gemma is passionate about improving interactions between horses and people, specifically regarding the application of learning theory.

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman

Session: Equine overtreatment debate

Professor Sarah Freeman BVetMed CertVA CertVR PhD CertES(Soft Tissue) DipECVS FRCVS

Professor of Veterinary Surgery, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Sarah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1994. Following a year working in mixed practice, she returned to the RVC where she obtained a PhD in equine anaesthesia, and RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Veterinary Radiology and Equine Soft Tissue Surgery. She became a lecturer in Equine Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College in 1999, a Member of the Institute of Teaching and Learning in 2002, and was subsequently awarded an ECVS Diplomate (2005), RCVS Fellowship (2017) and RCVS Impact Award (2019).

Currently Sarah is Professor of Veterinary Surgery and Equine Clinical Sub-Dean at the University of Nottingham. This includes undergraduate teaching, liaising with clinical associates, and research based around clinical disease (including equine colic, wounds, critical decision-making, and euthanasia decisions).

Suzanne Jarvis

Suzanne Jarvis

Suzanne Jarvis

Session chair: Animal welfare: what matters to us and how can we be a force for change?

Suzanne Jarvis

Editor-in Chief, BVA Journals

Suzanne Jarvis is editor in chief of the BVA portfolio of journals, including Vet Record. She has worked in the veterinary sector for many years, developing an interest in a wide variety of topics along the way. She is a graduate in biological sciences from the University of Birmingham

Sean Wensley

Sean Wensley

Sean Wensley

Session chair: Are some breeds too extreme?

Sean Wensley BVSc MSc FRCVS

Senior Vet at PDSA/Director of Vet Sustain

Sean Wensley is a Senior Vet at PDSA and a Director of Vet Sustain. He chairs the Animal Welfare Working Group of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and was BVA President from 2015 – 2016 and previously served on the AWF Board as a Trustee. In 2017 Sean received the inaugural World Veterinary Association (WVA) Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe. His first book Through A Vet’s Eyes: How We Can All Choose a Better Life for Animals is being published in Spring 2022.

Huw Golledge

Huw Golledge

Huw Golledge

Session chair: Welfare in pest control

Huw Golledge

CEO & Scientific Director, UFAW

Dr. Huw Golledge is Chief Executive and Scientific Director of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare and its sister charity, the Humane Slaughter Association. Prior to joining the charities, he was an animal welfare researcher, working on humane anaesthesia and killing techniques for laboratory rodents.

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Session chair: Does gene editing compromise animal welfare? / Equine overtreatment: Where is the line in the sand?

Nick Powell

Double Royal Television Society award winner Nick Powell is Sky News Sports Editor and a presenter on Sky Sports News. He has covered Olympic Games, Wimbledon, FA Cup finals and many major events at home and abroad. Nick studied German and Russian at Bradford University before a journalism post-grad at Cardiff.