The British Society of Veterinary Pathology
Summer Virtual Meeting

Wednesday 16th June 2021
9.00am - 5.45pm BST

The BSVP are excited to announce our summer virtual conference: From the Clinic to the Scope & Back Again. Clinicopathological correlations in small animal & equine medicine

The aim of the event is to improve communication and understanding between pathologists and clinicians, using examples from small animal and equine internal medicine.

The BSVP will welcome a host of internationally renowned pathologists, and internal medicine specialists, who will share their knowledge with us, focusing on small animal liver conditions, equine gastric conditions, and cognitive errors and diagnostic uncertainty in pathology.


BSVP Member Ticket

£ 50 +VAT
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  • Ticket for BSVP membership holders

Non-member Ticket

£ 150 +VAT
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  • Ticket for non BSVP membership holders

Trainee Ticket

£ 50 +VAT
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  • Any vet training for board or specialisation exams or student

Trainee Member Ticket

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  • Ticket for BSVP trainee membership holders

Pub Quiz & Social Ticket

  • Pub quiz
  • Chat to fellow delagates
  • Free for conference attendees and BSVP Members!


Please note exact timings are subject to change

Welcome and housekeeping
Talk from Dr Jenny McKay at IDEXX Laboratories

Gastric ulceration in common in horses and foals, and the term equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) has been used as a collective term encompassing disorders of the squamous and glandular mucosa. Equine gastric physiology and anatomy will be reviewed and risk factors for the development of gastric disease in horses discussed. Clinical syndromes associated with EGUS will be presented, with an emphasis on diagnosis and management.

A description of gastrointestinal biopsies of horses will be presented. This will include characteristic, advantages and disadvantages of endoscopic and surgical biopsies of stomach, duodenum, jejunum, colon and rectum. The main interpretation criteria, main findings and artefacts will be discussed.

A feline oral squamous cell carcinoma with an intact surface – are you sure? – Dr. Tamara Dolenšek
Tetratrichomonas gallinarum infection in a flock of 5000 red-legged partridges – Dr. Marvin Firth

A series of canine and feline liver cases will be presented with emphasis on the importance of clinical data and pathological interpretation. It will include signalment, clinical history, laboratory tests, submitted samples for histopathology and the relevance of findings and dialogue between clinicians and pathologists on interpreting clinic-pathological cases. In particular, interpretation of copper accumulation and potential causes of inflammation in the context of canine chronic hepatitis will be discussed.

  • Live the present. Create the future – Karina Fresneda at NationWide Laboratories
  • IDEXX video

More Twists and Turns than a Horse’s Colon: Being Open-Minded About Career Decisions

Reticulin staining of feline hypophysectomy cases to distinguish between acidophil hyperplasia and adenoma: is it clinically relevant?

We will discuss the indications and limitations of liver cytology. We will review the main cytological findings of liver aspirations, including vacuolar hepatopathies and other accumulations, inflammation, and neoplasia. Additionally, we will briefly talk about cytology of bile.

Taking the leap – becoming a freelance veterinary pathologist

Look at things microscopically to see bigger picture – Alison Lee at NationWide Laboratories

Diagnostic pathology is the practice of visual pattern recognition. It has two components, perception and interpretation. But disease patterns have a range of expression and often there is overlap between disease entities. It is the interpretation of visual patterns where we make most of our errors. This presentation explores the variation in lesion patterns and how we think about what we see. It will present numerous examples to test your recognition and thinking skills and illustrate the common errors in thinking we make that are documented by cognitive psychologists. At the end it will offer methods to avoid these mistakes and improve your diagnostic decision making.

Using example cases, made available to attendees prior to the event by digital slide/power point, the approach used by the speakers in common diagnostic dilemmas in surgical pathology will be discussed. Specific histological features useful in differentiating the dilemma will be highlighted. Techniques to communicate diagnostic uncertainty with clarity to the submitting clinician will also be discussed. 6 cases will be available for pre-review. Four cases will be discussed during the session, with two in reserve if time allows.

Are you interested in becoming a BSVP member? You can save on the price of your conference ticket!


Pub Quiz

19:30 - 20:30
Simon Spiro & Hannah Wong

Zoom social

20:30 - 21:00


Paul Stromberg DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP

Paul Stromberg DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP is an Emeritus professor of the Ohio State University, following almost 30 years as a Professor of Veterinary Pathology. Throughout his career and to this day, he has participated in private surgical pathology practice. He has been a long-term board member of the ACVP and Davis-Thompson Foundations, performing almost every committee position, including ACVP president, over those years. His research interests include parasitology, pulmonary fibrosis, tuberculosis, dermatopathology and surgical pathology. He has published over 120 articles and 13 book chapters, and his research has produced 4 patents. Prof. Stromberg has been a bastion of educational endeavour and excellence. He has presented over 150 educational talks around the globe and won numerous teaching awards. He is still very active in teaching and engaging with the professional development of colleagues.

Laureen Peters Dr. med. vet., MVetMed, FHEA, Dipl. ACVP (clinical pathology)

Laureen Peters grew up in Switzerland where she studied veterinary medicine and graduated in 2009 from the Vetsuisse-Faculty at the University of Bern. Thereafter, she wrote her dissertation on equine cytochrome p450 enzymes, followed by an internship in small animal internal medicine at the small animal clinic of the animal hospital of the University of Bern. She then completed a residency in veterinary clinical pathology at the Royal Veterinary College and passed her boards to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (clinical pathology) in 2015. Laureen stayed at the RVC for a further four years as a lecturer in clinical pathology, where her principle duties were haematology and cytology diagnostics as well as undergraduate teaching and resident training. During this time, Laureen completed a postgraduate certificate in veterinary education. In 2018, she was awarded the early career award by the American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Since August 2019, Laureen Peters works at the central diagnostic laboratory of her alma mater, the Vetsuisse-Faculty in Bern, Switzerland, splitting her time between diagnostic service, research, and teaching obligations.

Francisco A. Uzal, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVP

Francisco A. Uzal, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, is a Professor of Diagnostic Pathology and Branch Chief of the San Bernardino Laboratory of the California Animal Health and Food Safety, UCDavis. He is a leading expert on clostridial diseases of animals with special emphasis in enteric diseases, and a special interest in gastrointestinal diseases of horses, ruminants and other farm animals. Dr. Uzal has published ~ 280 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is the senior author of the chapter on “Alimentary Diseases”, for the 6th edition of “Jubb, Kennedy and Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals” (2016, Elsevier) and the first author of the recently published textbook on Clostridial diseases of animals (2016, Wiley and Blackwell). He has also authored chapters on clostridial diseases in several traditional veterinary texbooks such as Diseases of Poultry, Diseases of Pigs and Textbook of Internal Medicine. He has an active NIH research program on clostridial diseases with special emphasis on enteric diseases produced by Clostridium perfringens. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. He was the president of the Latin Comparative Pathology Group for 6 years and he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Davis-Thompson Foundation. Dr. Uzal is an Associated and Photo Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation and Anaerobe and member of the editorial board of several other journals. Dr Uzal has been coordinating the post-mortem program of the California Horse Racing Board for the past 16 years.

Dr Penny Watson MA, VetMD, CertVR, DSAM, DipECVIM, FRCVS

Dr Penny Watson is Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge, UK. She graduated from Cambridge in 1989 and spent 4 years in very mixed practice before returning to Cambridge to undertake a Residency in Small Animal Medicine. She has been there ever since and now helps run a very busy referral clinic. She is now an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine. She holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology and Diploma in Small Animal Medicine and is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM). She became a Fellow of the RCVS in 2016. Penny is current ECVIM Past President and a former chair of the ECVIM Internal Medicine Diploma examination committee and former Honorary Secretary of BSAVA. Penny Watson’s research focuses on liver and pancreas disease in dogs and cats, particularly chronic disease and fibrosis. She spent her clinical doctorate learning to look at histopathology of the canine liver and pancreas, and now gains a lot out of looking at slides of her cases with the pathologists. 

Dr Fernando Constantino-Casas MVZ PhD FRCPath

Dr Fernando Constantino-Casas graduated with a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1985. He was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 1991. Fernando was head of the department of Pathology at the veterinary school in Mexico City from 2001 to 2006. Fernando was appointed as senior lecturer in veterinary pathology, University of Cambridge in 2007 and in March 2014 as university pathologist at the same university. He has published 87 papers in peer review journals, 1 book, and 4 chapters. He has supervised 14 undergraduate thesis, 8 Master thesis and 5 PhD thesis. He is involved in a number of different research groups: Veterinary Oncology, Hepatitis and Pancreatitis in dogs and cats, Infectious Diseases, Syringomyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and in the Animal Welfare group looking at pain assessment in sheep.

Prof. Sharanne Raidal, BVSc, MVSt, PhD, GradDipEd, FANZCVS

Professor Sharanne Raidal of Equine Medicine at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She has worked in private equine practice, university clinics, research and teaching. Joining CSU in 2006, Sharanne completed specialist qualifications in Equine Medicine (FANZCVS) in 2009, and has worked in the Veterinary Clinical Centre at CSU since its opening in 2010. She has served as Associate Head of School (2017-2020), and on the Board of Examiners for the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Science since 2012, including as Assistant Chief Examiner (Exams) since 2018. She is Associate Editor of the Australian Veterinary Journal and has over 80 peer reviewed publications. Her research interests encompass veterinary education and equine medicine, with an emphasis on gastric ulceration, respiratory disease, neonatology and antimicrobial stewardship. She has published on the development of equine gastric ulceration and medical management of gastric ulceration in horses. 

Dr. Norelene Harrington BSc Vet Path, MVB, MVetMed, Dip ACVP, PG Cert (VetEd), FHEA, MRCVS

Norelene Harrington is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin and after several years in clinical practice completed a residency in anatomic pathology at the RVC. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

She is committed to postgraduate and undergraduate education in veterinary pathology and is a recipient of the Jim Bee teaching award. At the RVC she is the Anatomic Pathology Residency Director, Associate Director of the Intercalated BSc in Comparative Pathology and Module Leader for Veterinary Pathology in the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP).

Norelene participates in the clinical surgical biopsy and necropsy service including forensics at the RVC. She has previously served as Honorary Treasurer for the British Society of Veterinary Pathology. Her research interests include endocrine and cardiac pathology specifically acromegaly and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats.


With IDEXX Pathology you can gain access to the largest network of pathologists worldwide which covers a broad range of species and organ systems. Digital images included with all cytology and biopsy reports at no extra charge via IDEXX VetConnect PLUS.

BSVP Summer Event 2021 is kindly sponsored by NationWide Laboratories. We pride ourselves in our pathology team and share the values of BSVP. We are doing our best to support the veterinary community in these uncertain times, using our expertise to help looking after the nation’s animals.


About The British Society of Veterinary Pathology

The objectives of the society are to advance veterinary pathology in all its aspects for the benefit of animals and man; to foster training, to advance education in all aspects of veterinary pathology and to foster communication between pathologists working in various fields. The society was formed in 2006 and is a ‘not for profit’ organisation.