2019 Discussion Forum speakers

Get to know the expert speakers who’ll be presenting at the 2019 Discussion Forum.

David Main

David Main

David Main

Session: UK farming – is welfare good enough?

David Main is a veterinary surgeon and Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare at the Royal Agricultural University. He has research interests in science and the practice of knowledge exchange, animal welfare assessment and improvement strategies and animal welfare education.

He is a former member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, Food Ethics Council and Soil Association Council. Previous initiatives include the AssureWel project, a collaboration with RSPCA and Soil Association that introduced welfare outcomes into certification schemes and the Healthy Feet Project that has been widely adopted by the UK dairy industry. He was also project co-ordinator for Hennovation, an EU H2020 project that investigated the value of participatory approaches to innovation in the laying hen sector.

Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds

Session: UK farming – is welfare good enough?

Dr. Jim Reynolds graduated from UC Davis in 1982, and was in dairy and beef practice before completing a Residency in Public Health. He was Chief of Clinical Services for Production Medicine at UC Davis and is currently Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Welfare at Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, CA. He was also Vice President for Praedium, a company that provided animal welfare programmes for dairies and other farms.

Dr. Reynolds has chaired the AVMA and AABP Animal Welfare Committees and is currently a member of the California VMA Animal Welfare Committee. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare.

Polly Taylor

Polly Taylor

Polly Taylor

Session: Clinical excellence – or overtreatment?

A 1976 Cambridge graduate, Polly worked initially in general practice, then in clinical academia at the University of Cambridge and the Animal Health Trust. She gained her PhD in equine anaesthesia and was a founding Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Since 2002 Polly has been an independent consultant in veterinary anaesthesia with work ranging from clinical anaesthesia and teaching to drug registration, as well as research, particularly in analgesia. She has published numerous papers on anaesthesia and analgesia and is a director of Topcat Metrology Ltd, developing bespoke nociceptive threshold testing systems for numerous animal species.

Angela Halley

Angela Halley

Angela Halley

Session: Clinical excellence – or overtreatment?

Dr Angela Halley is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine providing palliative care support to patients attending The Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Hospitals. Dr Halley is the departmental lead for audit and quality improvement. She is a member of the Trust’s Clinical Audit committee and is also a member of The Royal Marsden mortality group. She is the palliative care representative on the parenteral nutrition group which has developed a pathway for expediting the discharge home of patients at the end of life still requiring parenteral nutrition. She has led on the development of the Learning from Deaths policy for The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Dr Halley trained at King’s College London. She completed her postgraduate training in General medicine (MRCP) in London before specialising in Palliative Medicine. She completed an MSc in Palliative Care in 2016 at King’s College London.

Romain Pizzi

Romain Pizzi

Romain Pizzi

Session: Exotic animals in captivity – can we meet their welfare needs?

Romain Pizzi is a recognised specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine. He works for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, the Scottish SSPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre, is founder of Wildlife Surgery International and a director of Zoological Medicine Ltd.

 

He is an honorary assistant professor in zoo & wildlife medicine at the University of Nottingham. He is veterinary advisor to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria for penguins and common squirrel monkeys, International Wildlife Surgery Advisor to Free The Bears Fund, and is a member of the IUCN Wildlife Health Specialist Group.

 

Tariq Abou-Zahr

Tariq Abou-Zahr

Tariq Abou-Zahr

Session: Exotic animals in captivity – can we meet their welfare needs?

Tariq Abou-Zahr is an exotic animal veterinary surgeon. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 and worked for approximately a year in small animal general practice in Newport, South Wales. He then joined the team at Great Western Exotic Vets in Swindon, to complete a four-year combined internship/residency programme in Zoological Medicine. He gained his RCVS certificate in zoological medicine in 2018.

 

He treats primarily avian and exotic species. A lifelong herpetoculturist and aviculturist, he is an advocate for responsible exotic pet keeping and is in favour of education and regulation, rather than prohibition to improve welfare standards.

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Session: Exotic animals in captivity – can we meet their welfare needs?

Mark trained as a vet at Liverpool University and worked for many years in fish health and disease control, before spending five years travelling extensively and working on rescue and rehabilitation projects for primates, bears, birds and reptiles in South America and Asia. He has Masters’ degrees in both aquatic and wild animal health, and several years’ experience in the non-government animal protection sector covering international wildlife trade, wildlife management and animal welfare issues. He joined the Born Free Foundation in 2014 where he is currently Head of Policy.

Chris Draper

Chris Draper

Chris Draper

Session: Exotic animals in captivity – can we meet their welfare needs?

Chris Draper is Head of Animal Welfare and Captivity at the Born Free Foundation.

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer

Session: The top welfare priorities in the UK

Professor Cathy Dwyer is head of the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Team at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), which is one of the largest animal research groups in Europe. Her research interests include maternal behaviour, offspring development and survival (particularly in sheep), pain and the welfare of animals kept in extensive management conditions. She has been involved in several interdisciplinary and participative research projects, engaging with farmers and other stakeholders to co-address welfare problems and develop on farm solutions. Cathy is also the Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, which provides animal welfare education for veterinarians and other groups in the UK and overseas, particularly in Asia. In 2012 she was awarded the BSAS/RSPCA award for outstanding contribution to animal welfare.

Aiden Foster

Aiden Foster

Aiden Foster

Session: Risk factors associated with feline pruritus (PUE) unrelated to ectoparasites

Aiden Foster trained as a veterinary dermatologist at the Universities of Bristol and Wisconsin. He worked for the Animal and Plant Health Agency dealing with surveillance for diseases of farmed livestock and wildlife; with particular interests in camelids and deer.

He has a long-standing interest in publishing and is deputy editor of the journal Veterinary Dermatology and a board member for In Practice.

Aiden supports the dermatology service and the Farm Animal Pathology Service at Bristol Veterinary School and also teaches dermatology and parasitology across the BVSc and Vet Nurse Bioveterinary Science BSc programmes.

Diana Williams

Diana Williams

Diana Williams

Session: The Impact of liver fluke on the welfare of horses

Diana obtained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and a PhD from the University of Nottingham.  She spent three years at the Cambridge Vet School working on calf pneumonia before going to the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya where she spent eight years working on control of bovine trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness or nagana), one of the most serious diseases affecting cattle in sub-Saharan Africa.  She was appointed lecturer in veterinary parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1994 and moved to the School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, in 2008 as Professor of Veterinary Parasitology.

Diana is the Head of Infection Biology in the Institute of Infection and Global Health at Liverpool and leads a large research programme aiming to improve control of the parasite, Fasciola hepatica (the common liver fluke).  Liver fluke is a leading cause of disease globally, particularly in farmed ruminants and severely affects their health and welfare.

Amanda Boag

Amanda Boag

Amanda Boag

Session chair: UK farming: is welfare good enough?

Amanda graduated from Cambridge University in 1998. She is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care and was a Lecturer in ECC at the RVC from 2003-2008.

In September 2008, she took up the post of Clinical Director at Vets Now where she has responsibility for clinical and professional standards across 60 veterinary emergency clinics and three 24 hour hospitals.

She was Founding President of the European College of Veterinary ECC from 2014-2018. She is an elected Council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and is currently President of the RCVS.

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Session chair: Exotic animals in captivity: can we meet their welfare needs?

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.