Meet the speakers

Meet the speakers on the “Euthanasia: better a day too early than a day too late?” session’s panel

Kelly Eyre

Kelly Eyre

Kelly Eyre

RVN Clinical Lead, Royal Canin Feline Healthy Ageing Clinic

Kelly is the Clinical Lead for the Royal Canin Feline Healthy Ageing Clinic, based at the University of Liverpool. This is a research project which aims to improve the length and quality of life of our ageing cats through research and education. Kelly is also studying towards a Masters in Anthrozoology, exploring how well owners can recognise dental pain in their cats. In addition to the day to day running of the clinic, Kelly provides education to vets, nurses and the general public on topics of feline behaviour, feline welfare and supporting the ageing cat, to include end of life and palliative care. Kelly is also a BSAVA congress committee member, and sits on the Cats Protection Connect board.

SESSION: Euthanasia: better a day too early than a day too late? 

Polly Taylor (Chair)

Polly Taylor (Chair)

Polly Taylor (Chair)

Independent consultant in veterinary anaesthesia

Polly graduated from Cambridge many years ago and worked in general practice then clinical academia in Cambridge University and the Animal Health Trust. Since 2002 she has been an independent consultant in veterinary anaesthesia, covering clinical anaesthesia, teaching, drug registration and research; numerous papers on anaesthesia and analgesia have resulted. Polly is a director of Topcat Metrology Ltd, developing bespoke nociceptive threshold testing systems for several animal species. She was a member of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (2002-2010) and has continued to be an advocate for the veterinary profession regarding drug legislation. Her most recent activity putting her head above the parapet is to encourage the profession to understand that overtreatment of animals “just because we can” is often not in their best interests.

Session: Euthanasia: better a day too early than a day too late? 

Roxane Kirton

Roxane Kirton

Roxane Kirton

Head Vet – Equine, RSPCA

Roxane has a deep love of horses and is passionate about improving horse welfare. She has worked as a veterinary surgeon in the UK equine welfare sector for over 15 years and is currently the Head Vet – Equine for the RSPCA. Working with horses and ponies with backgrounds of cruelty and neglect led to roxane developing a keen interest in equine behaviour and subsequently obtaining a Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln.

Session: Euthanasia: better a day too early than a day too late?

Suzen Gregersen

Suzen Gregersen

Suzen Gregersen

DVM MBA CHPV MRCVS

Founder and Managing Director at Vets2Home

Dr Suzen Gregersen DVM MBA CHPV MRCVS is one of the first US-certified vet practitioners in the UK within the novel field of palliative and end-of-life care, known as Animal Hospice. She founded, owns and runs Vets2Home – Peaceful Pet Goodbyes in Sussex and has personally helped over 16.000+ families, since 2005, have a supported journey, saying goodbye to their pet at home.

Dr Gregersen served 5 years, as the first European member, on the Board of the International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care (IAAHPC, 2018-2023). She is also the original Strategic Director of the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA), offering expert education in euthanasia around the world.

In 2015, Dr Gregersen co-founded the British Mobile Veterinary Association (BMVA); has been a regular animal hospice columnist for Cat World Magazine; is a veterinary business consultant in optimising end-of-life services in GP vet practice and is an executive program consultant for Compassion Understood, the first research-based online CPD training course in pet loss and end-of-life services for the whole vet practice team. It’s safe to say, Suzen has found her niche, her true calling, relieving both animal suffering as well as helping their families at an emotionally challenging time.

Session: Euthanasia: better a day too early than a day too late?

Peter Sandoe

Peter Sandoe

Peter Sandoe

Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences & Department of Food and Resource Economics

Peter Sandøe is originally trained as a philosopher at the University of Copenhagen and at Oxford University. He has been professor of bioethics at the University of Copenhagen since 1997, presently with his chair divided between the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and the Department of Food and Resource Economics. Since 2020 he has been director of the Centre for Companion Animal Welfare. He is committed to interdisciplinary work combining perspectives from natural science, social science and philosophy. For more information about his research in the field of animal ethics, animal welfare, human-animal relations, and veterinary ethics see www.animalethics.net. Peter is also an active participant in public outreach and debates, both nationally and internationally.

SESSION: Euthanasia: better a day too early than a day too late?