Discussion Forum Speakers

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David Alvis

David Alvis

David Alvis

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

David Alvis is an experienced agriculture industry professional who is passionate about the future of UK farming and food production. He is a Nuffield Scholar and Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management. David is also director of the Commercial Farmers Group, who promote a competitive and resilient UK agricultural industry producing safe, affordable and sustainable products to meet the needs of customers, consumers and the environment.

 

Jimmy Turnbull

Jimmy Turnbull

Jimmy Turnbull

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Professor Jimmy Turnbull, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, qualified as a vet from Edinburgh in1980 and worked for 6 years in mixed/large animal practice before specialising in aquaculture. His research is related to health and welfare in farmed aquatic populations and translating that understanding into improved farming practices.

Michael Appleby

Michael Appleby

Michael Appleby

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Michael Appleby BSc PhD is a scientist specialising in behaviour, husbandry and welfare of farm animals. Publications include Animal Welfare (2011) and nine other books as author/editor, and Mike has lectured in more than 30 countries. From 2001 he worked for The Humane Society of the United States, then for World Animal Protection, based in London. Dr Appleby was on the Farm Animal Welfare Committee until 2016. He is Visiting Professor at Plymouth University and Scotland’s Rural College, and Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University and the International Society for Applied Ethology. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to animal welfare.

Carmen Hubbard

Carmen Hubbard

Carmen Hubbard

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Dr. Carmen Hubbard is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University. Trained as an agricultural economist, her research interests are in the economics and policy analysis of rural areas. She has extended her expertise to the field of farm animal welfare and currently is a member of the Animal Welfare Committee.

Eddie Clutton

Eddie Clutton

Eddie Clutton

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Professor Eddie Clutton (BVSc DVA DiplECVA MRCA FRCVS) graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1981 and was awarded the Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1983. He worked at the University of Virginia for 5 years as assistant professor in Veterinary Anaesthesiology, before returning to the UK to become Head of anaesthesia at R(D)SVS (Edinburgh). He anaesthetized “Dolly”, the world’s first mammalian clone. Eddie then went on to be awarded a personal Chair of Veterinary Anaesthesiology in 2007, and an RCVS Fellowship in 2019. Currently, he is Clinical Director of the Wellcome Trust Critical Care Laboratory for Large Animals, and Academic Head of Veterinary Anaesthesia at R(D)SVS.

 

Sean Wensley

Sean Wensley

Sean Wensley

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Sean Wensley (BVSc MSc FRCVS) is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication and Education at PDSA. He chairs the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) Animal Welfare Working Group and was BVA President from 2015 – 2016. In 2017 Sean received the inaugural World Veterinary Association (WVA) Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe.

Karen Humm

Karen Humm

Karen Humm

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Karen is an Associate Professor in Transfusion Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, which is the small animal referral hospital at the Royal Veterinary College. She is co-head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service and Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service.

Dan Brockman

Dan Brockman

Dan Brockman

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Dan is a Professor in Small Animal Surgery, a European and American Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and Chairman of the Board of Regents of the European College of Veterinary Surgery (2019/20). Dan is the Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Service at the RVC which performed over 60 open heart operations in the last 12 months. He is also a provider of Continuing Professional Development worldwide.

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Session chair: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare? / How might changing the interpretation of ‘under care’ impact animal welfare? 

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.

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos Santos

Session: How might changing the interpretation of ‘under care’ impact animal welfare?

Session chair: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Daniella graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, having previously obtained a BSc in Molecular Genetics from Kings College London. She has been in small animal and exotics practice since graduating, currently working in Kent and studying towards her Cert AVP Zoological Medicine. Her passion is ethics and animal welfare and she is a past chair of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel, and served as BVA President 2019-2020

Adrian Nelson-Pratt

Adrian Nelson-Pratt

Adrian Nelson-Pratt

Session: How might changing the interpretation of ‘under care’ impact animal welfare? 

Adrian is an entrepreneur, professional personal and business coach with nearly 25 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. He is inspired by veterinary people and interested in the challenges many face. He runs his own coaching and consultancy businesses and works with individuals and new start-ups in the vet space.

Founder of the Emerge Veterinary project and Director of the Veterinary Business Consultancy Ltd.

Iain Richards

Iain Richards

Iain Richards

Session: How might changing the interpretation of ‘under care’ impact animal welfare? 

Iain qualified, as all the best vets do (his words), from Liverpool. He’s spent most of his time in mixed practice, gaining certificates in Anaesthesia and Sheep Health along the way. Iain then studied for a Masters in Conservation Medicine at the second-best vet school, Edinburgh (again, his words). This has led to a greater understanding and a fledgling consultancy in the interaction of ecosystems, wildlife and diseases in animals and man. Having worked as everything from kennel-assistant to principal and back again, he has practice at his heart and is currently chair of BVA’s Policy Committee.

Alan Radford

Alan Radford

Alan Radford

Research: Using modern genomics to better understand the causes of gastrointestinal and respiratory disease in cats

Alan graduated from Liverpool in 1993 with degrees in veterinary science and molecular biology. After a one year internship in Small Animal Medicine in Dublin, he returned to Liverpool to complete his PhD on the evolution of feline calicivirus. Since then he has continued using “next generation” sequence data to understand the biology of infectious diseases. In parallel, and with BSAVA, Alan helped establish the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network.

Jay Tunstall

Jay Tunstall

Jay Tunstall

Research: Lameness in beef cattle: Establishing a knowledge base

Jay Tunstall is a farm vet, having worked in practice in Somerset and Cheshire. He has particular interests in cattle lameness and vet, student and farmer education.

Jay is nearing the end of a PhD at the University of Liverpool funded by the AWF, during which he’s been working to establish a baseline of information regarding lameness in beef cattle. He combined this with a teaching role, mainly focussing on herd health beef and sheep teaching to final year veterinary students.

Student researcher - Sophie Common

Student researcher - Sophie Common

Student researcher - Sophie Common

Sophie Graduated with an MSc in Wild Animal Health from the RVC/ZSL in September 2019, having undertaken a research project in elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) funded by the AWF. She is currently working as a vet at the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre alongside continuing her research into EEHV.

Student researcher - Jillian Gordon

Student researcher - Jillian Gordon

Student researcher - Jillian Gordon

Jillian is an Applied Animal Science graduate from SRUC who moved on to complete a Masters in International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law at Edinburgh University in 2019. Currently, Jillian is in the first year of a Phd studentship working alongside the SRUC and The University of Edinburgh.

Student researcher - Tobias Hunter

Student researcher - Tobias Hunter

Student researcher - Tobias Hunter

Tobias Hunter is a Veterinary Medicine student at University of Liverpool. His interests focus on mental health in veterinary students, diseases and behavioural disorders in imported overseas rescue dogs, and the husbandry requirements and welfare implications of the exotic pet trade.

Fiona Fell

Fiona Fell

Fiona Fell

Session chair: AWF-funded research updates

Whilst working as a mixed practice vet Fiona organised farmers’ meetings for the Moredun Foundation which supports livestock health and welfare through research and education, becoming a Board member of the Foundation and Institute. She is currently Deputy Chairman of CIEL (Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock); a business led collaboration of 12 UK Universities and Institutes, one of 4 AgriTech Centres. She is also a Council member of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), a member and past Chairman of the Farne Islands Advisory Committee to the National Trust, and a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation.