You’ve heard by now that we’ve got a stellar line up for Virtual Congress 2020, but do you know exactly which veteran veterinary  speakers you can look forward to hearing from? Here, we look at just a few of the experts who will be joining us for our next congress:

Sarah Cleaveland


Prof. Sarah Cleaveland is a veterinary epidemiologist based at the University of Glasgow, U.K, who leads an inter-disciplinary One Health research programme in East Africa. Her PhD and post-doctoral research focused on rabies, investigating reservoir dynamics, burden of disease and the design of control measures, contributing to the development of strategies for global canine rabies elimination. While still engaged with operational rabies research and policy, her research in Tanzania now also addresses other neglected disease problems affecting human and animal health, livelihoods and wildlife conservation. Prof. Cleaveland is involved in several graduate training programmes and One Health capacity-strengthening initiatives with partner institutions across East and West Africa. Prof. Cleaveland was a founding director of the Alliance for Rabies Control. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for services to veterinary epidemiology and in 2016 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

John Chitty

BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and gained RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2000 Co-Director of a small animal/ exotics practice in Andover, Hampshire with a 100% avian/ exotics/ small mammal caseload- referral and first opinion. Consultant to seven zoological collections, a commercial laboratory and the Great Bustard Reintroduction project Co-editor of three texts on avian medicine, one on rabbit surgery and co-author of a textbook of tortoise medicine. Author of various book chapters and papers on a range of species President of European Association of Avian Veterinarians 2015-17 and on editorial board of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association 2017-18

Professor Andrew Hill

BSc, PhD

Professor Hill is a School Research Lead at York St John University and directs a research group examining the consequences of perfectionism in different achievement contexts. He has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers, 10 book chapters, and edited one book on the topic of perfectionism. His research has been funded by a number of organisations including the Wellcome Trust, The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, The Higher Education Academy, and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation. It has also been covered extensively in the popular press. He is currently the Senior Section Editor of Scandinavian Journal of Sports Medicine and an editorial board member of two other international journals.

Mariana M. Castro Martins

DVM Cert ISELP DipACVSMR MRCVS Mariana is a Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Clinician at Rossdales Diagnostic Centre in Newmarket, UK. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and a certified member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP). Mariana is passionate about the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of sport related injuries.

Ivan Crotaz

BVetMed MRCVS Ivan has been a GP vet since 1999 and now sees first opinion dog and cat patients and first/second opinion rabbit patients. He also works in veterinary product research and design with a team of engineering experts and his company, Bonovate Ltd, produces the Dentanomic range of modular dental instruments.

John Waterhouse

BVSc, CCRP Dr. John Waterhouse graduated in 2004 from the University of Sydney Veterinary School in Australia and went into general small animal practice. In 2006, John took a sabbatical from the veterinary profession to manage his family’s property development and ranching operations. During that time, he continued to further his education in the areas of veterinary alternative medicine, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. In 2010, John moved to the USA to undertake a fellowship in pain management and rehabilitative medicine under the direction of Dr. James Gaynor with Peak Performance Veterinary Group in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has also completed an externship in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound with Drs Debra and Sherman Canapp at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. John is a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee. He has visited and researched extensively, the top canine rehabilitation centers in the US, having learned the different business models and rehab protocols designed by the industry experts. John was brought on as a consultant from early 2013 to January 2014 to help build and open the new Canine Rehabilitation & Arthritis Center in Colorado Springs, owned and operated by Dr. Mike Bauer of the Colorado Canine Orthopedic Group. He currently speaks at various conferences on the topics of Canine Arthritis and Pain Management in relation to canine sports medicine.


These are just some of the amazing speakers we’ve got ready to go for Virtual Congress 2020, so if you don’t want to miss out, make sure to get your ticket now!

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