Dr Sarah Caney, CEO of Vet Professionals has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She is a University of Bristol graduate and also completed her feline medicine residency and PhD at this institution. Sarah spent four years as a lecturer in feline medicine before leaving to pursue a career in private practice. Sarah has always enjoyed seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline medicine patients and has a particular interest in geriatric feline medicine. Sarah is internationally recognised as one of only thirteen veterinary specialists in feline medicine in the UK. Sarah founded Vet Professionals in 2009 and has authored and co-authored a number of the Vet Professionals ‘Caring for a cat’ series of books. Sarah has published widely in prestigious international journals and has been an invited speaker to veterinary conferences around the world. Sarah has worked for many years with the UK cat charity, International Cat Care (ICC) and the International Society of Feline Medicine.
After graduating from University College Dublin in 1998 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Natasha worked in Australia and the UK, where she developed a keen interest in ophthalmology. She obtained an RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2004. She later joined the Eye Veterinary Clinic in Herefordshire where she completed an alternative residency programme for the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology which she obtained in 2011. She is a Veterinary Council of Ireland recognised specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. She has published journal articles and textbook chapters, as well as creating education apps in veterinary ophthalmology. She authored ‘Caring for a Blind Cat’ and is the co-author of the textbook ‘Feline Ophthalmology – The Manual’. She is a reviewer for Veterinary Ophthalmology journal and a committee member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Natasha runs a referral veterinary ophthalmology service, Eye Vet, in Limerick, Ireland.
Danièlle is currently one of only four professors of feline internal medicine globally. She graduated from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh with Distinction in 1991. The following year she joined The Feline Centre at the University of Bristol where she trained as a specialist in feline medicine and completed her PhD on feline infectious peritonitis. Since 1998 she has been based back at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies where she founded the Feline Clinic and is Professor of Feline Medicine. As an internationally recognised expert in her area Danièlle has lectured extensively and her work has been published widely. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and the Veterinary Record.
At home she has two lovely boys; her husband Frank, and her 12 year old Maine Coon Mortlach (named after a Scottish single malt whisky).
Andy has worked as a feline-only vet since 1987 and trained as a specialist at the University of Bristol. He is a popular speaker and internationally recognised as one of only fourteen specialists in feline medicine working in the UK.
Dr Sparkes is a popular speaker both in the UK and internationally. He has published widely in international journals and in 2004 co-authored ‘Self-Assessment Colour Review of Feline Medicine’ with Dr Sarah Caney. Dr Sparkes is the co-editor-in-chief and founding editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. In 2012 Dr Sparkes joined the charity International Cat Care (ICC) as their Veterinary Director.
Jennifer is a European diplomate in equine surgery who has worked as a horse only vet since 1998. She trained as a Thouron scholar at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania before completing her specialist training at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Jennifer Stephen has written many articles for veterinarians and horse owners. She edited 'The Equine Hospital Manual' with another horse specialist Dr Kevin Corley (published by Wiley-Blackwell). Jennifer Stephen currently works at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital on the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland. As a clinician Jennifer works as one of two horse surgeons at her practice and enjoys the wide range of referral cases presented to Anglesey Lodge particularly the emergency colic surgeries. She has been invited to lecture on equine surgery at conferences around the world. Jennifer lives on the Curragh and enjoys riding and driving her15 hand high ex gypsy pony Daisy.
Dr Corley has worked as a horse only veterinarian since 1993. Kevin Corley is an internationally recognised veterinary specialist in equine medicine and critical care. He is one of only two diplomates in equine critical care working in Europe. Kevin Corley is particularly well known for his work in intensive care of foals. Kevin completed a PhD in immunology in London then trained as a specialist medicine clinician at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, Virginia, USA. He then taught at the Royal Veterinary College in London for five years. Kevin Corley is recognised as a specialist both in internal medicine and critical care. Kevin has published extensively in his field. He has contributed to seven textbooks, including 'The Equine Hospital Manual' which he jointly edited with Jennifer Stephen. Kevin has been an invited speaker to many national and international conferences. He has lectured for veterinarians, veterinary nurses, veterinary and nursing students, students on stud management courses and the public. Kevin currently works at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital on the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland. His clinical interests include cardiology and neurology as well as intensive care and foal medicine.
Andrea graduated from University of Bristol in 2000. After a period of time in first opinion small animal practice, she returned to University of Bristol Veterinary School to undertake a 3 year residency in feline medicine, funded by the International Cat Care (ICC). She gained her RCVS Diploma and European Diploma in 2005, and was awarded RCVS Specialist status in 2006. Andrea remained at Bristol Vet School as ICC Clinical Fellow in feline medicine 2005-2010, before moving to Australia to take up a position heading up a feline department at Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Sydney and tutoring on the International Society of Feline Medicine/Centre for Veterinary Education distance education course in feline medicine. Andrea has lectured widely internationally and is co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Feline Practice and Feline Medicine: Review & Test, and is secretary for the Feline Chapter of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2013 Andrea was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in small animal medicine, largely as a result of her work with the ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic scheme. Andrea is passionate about providing the best care for her patients, and more widely improving feline welfare, and supporting other veterinarians to do the same.
Samantha Taylor graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2002, fulfilling her lifelong ambition to be a vet. She initially worked in a large referral (second opinion) practice and then in a small animal practice in Cambridge where her interest in cats really started, and she enjoyed running feline only clinics. She returned to referral practice in 2005 and studied for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Internal Medicine which she passed in 2006. That year she started a Feline Advisory Bureau residency at Bristol University and loved working with cats and their owners. She obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009 and in 2011 became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine. She has published scientific papers, written/edited two books and many book chapters, and written many articles on various feline medicine subjects. She currently works for International Cat Care as their Distance Education Coordinator involved in veterinary and veterinary nursing education, including editing the monthly journal for veterinary nurses. Additionally she is involved in veterinary distance education via the University of Sydney, scientific editing for another veterinary journal and consults in her local clinic every week.
Vicky Halls is an acclaimed Pet Behaviour Counsellor with many years experience of treating behavioural problems in cats both in the UK and abroad. She is also an international bestselling author of cat behaviour books. In 2008 Vicky was voted as the 'Nation's Favourite Cat Author' by the readers of 'Your Cat' Magazine. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the charity International Cat Care, working on various behaviour and welfare projects. She is a regular contributor to television, radio and specialist publications.
For more information on her work visit www.vickyhalls.net.
Brigitte, graduated with honours from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2002.
After a period as an exotic animal locum and small animal assistant she joined the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, in Edinburgh as a small animal intern. She was appointed the first RWF Rabbit and Zoo animal resident in the UK in 2004, based at Bristol Zoo and University of Bristol.
She ran a Rabbit and Exotic Veterinary Referral service in the South West and returned to Edinburgh, R(D)VS in 2008 as a lecturer in Rabbit Medicine and Surgery, the first in Europe. She holds a RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine and is working towards her RCVS and European Diploma in zoo and mammal medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Small Mammals).
Brigitte is the veterinary adviser for the British Rabbit Council and Rabbit Awareness Week to promote preventative health advice for owners and vets.
Peter Holt graduated from Glasgow University in 1970. After a year as House Surgeon there, he spent two years lecturing in small animal clinical studies in Nairobi, Kenya. A further seven years was spent in general practice before his appointment as lecturer at the University of Bristol where he was Professor of Veterinary Surgery until his retirement in 2009 when he was given the distinction of Emeritus Professor. His interests include aspects of soft tissue surgery, especially of the urinary system. He is author of, or contributor to, over 140 refereed papers and book chapters and has received six awards for his clinical and research activities. He has published two books on veterinary urology. He is a Past-President of the European Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology and in 1991 was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to learning in the field of Veterinary Urology. In 2010, he was given Honorary Life Membership of the Association of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons which has instituted an annual award in his name. The last 29 years of his career, he concentrated on the causes, investigation and treatment of urinary incontinence in small animals.