EERVC 2018 speakers


Edoardo Auriemma (IT)

DVM, DipECVDI (European Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging)
(Diagnostic Imaging)
Veterinary Institute of Novara, Granozzo con Monticello (Novara – Italy)

Edoardo graduated from Parma University (Italy) in 2003. In 2003 he worked at the Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Parma University. Edoardo visited the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Uppsala University (Sweden) in 2004. He enrolled in a Residency program in Diagnostic Imaging at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) from 2004 to 2008. In September 2008 he successfully achieved the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI). From September 2008 to November 2009 worked as “Junior Teacher” at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht. He currently works as radiologist at the referral private practice “Istituto veterinario Novara” in Italy. He is author and co-author of papers published in international peer reviewed journals.

Nenad Bakić (CRO)

MSc of Mathematics, The Institute for Youth Development and Innovativity
(Croatian acronym IRIM)
(Keynote Speaker)

Croatian entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Mathematician, with careers in science, digital media, finance and human resources. Serial founder, with multiple successful exits. Currently focused on transforming education introducing STEM activities and programs. Special advisor to the President of Croatia for Digital Transformation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Sebastien Behr (UK)


Sebastien graduated from the Veterinary School of Toulouse, France in 2001. The following year he performed an internship at Fregis small animal hospital in Paris, followed by a three year residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery. Sebastien was awarded the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2006 and the following year he was recognised as an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology. He has a special interest in idiopathic inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, advanced neuro-imaging and advanced spinal surgery. Sebastien is a past associate editor for neurology of the Journal of Small Animal Practice and a past member of the Education and Examination Committee of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. Sebastien is currently working as Head of the Neurology-Neurosurgery service at Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service (UK).

Jon Bowen (UK)


Jon is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, where he is now an honorary lecturer and head of the behavioural medicine referral service. Apart from his clinical work, Jon has contributed to a number of books on behavioural medicine, has recently published papers on the human-animal bond, relinquishment and behavioural development, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. Jon is a member of the scientific committee of the Affinity Chair for Animals and Health (Barcelona Autonomous university) and runs a private research company with Jaume Fatjo (Ethometrix Ltd).

Patricia Colville 


Tricia qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1993. She then worked in small animal private practice for three years before joining the PDSA, a large national veterinary charity in the UK, where she worked for 14 years as a veterinary surgeon and senior vet. Tricia moved to Vets Now, the largest out of hours provider in the UK, where she worked initially as Hospital Manager of the first Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital. Tricia completed a Masters in Business Administration in Nov 2014 and was President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association between April 2015-2016.  
Tricia is currently Business Development Director with Vets Now and a Trustee of Vetlife, a charity that provides emotional, financial and mental health support to the veterinary community in the UK.

Goran Cvetkovic (SRB)


Dr. Goran Cvetkovic received his veterinary degree from the Veterinary Faculty University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1997. Until 2002 he worked in several practices. Afterwards he finished his DVM theses at Vetsuisse Faculty in Zurich: “Inhibition of endogenous sources of arginine in arginine depleted dogs”. From 2004 until 2007 he studied business GSBA in Zurich and at University of Marylend. In 2007 he joined KYON AG in Zurich as CMO. In addition, Goran is leading a team of eleven people at Mediport doo, Serbia and is an avid reader and dedicated writer and speaker.


Gilles Dupré (AT), Dipl. ECVS
(Soft Tissue Surgery)

Gilles Dupré graduated in 1980 in France. His surgical training happened in France and in the USA where he was resident in small animal surgery. After being co-head of surgery in a referral practice in Paris for 17 years, he was appointed by the veterinary medicine University of Vienna as Professor for small animal surgery and Head of the clinic for small animal surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, physical therapy and rehabilitation. With this, he is currently leading a team of more than 50 people that became a state-of-the-art and internationally recognised small animal surgery clinic. University Professor, doctor Med. Vet. Gilles Dupré is Diplomate of the European college of Veterinary Surgeons and Diplomate of human interventional pneumology and thoracoscopic surgery. At the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS), Gilles Dupré is the founder of the surgical curriculum and currently course director for soft tissue, orthopaedic surgery and anaesthesia and board member. He is also board-member and regent of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS). His activities as lecturer, speaker or teacher make him travel all over the world holding conferences about his main topics of interests: Mini-invasive surgery, oncologic surgery, upper airways and soft tissue surgery in general. Professor Dupré has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals, supervised many thesis and dissertations and written many surgery book chapters. 

Alain Fontbonne (FR)

Dr Vet Med, PhD, Habil., Dipl ECAR, Ass. Pr. 
(Reproduction & Neonatology)

Alain Fontbonne graduated in 1987 at the veterinary school of Alfort (Paris) were he followed an internship in carnivore internal medicine during 2 years. Since 1988, he has been involved into clinical reproduction, fertility and insemination in dogs, cats and wild felids. He is currently the head of the Dog and Cat Reproduction and Obstetrics clinic at the Alfort National Veterinary Faculty in Paris. He is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) and has trained 7 residents who all successfully passed the European College examination. Alain Fontbonne has also been former President of the EVSSAR (European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction) and elected as an Honorary Member of this scientific society. He has written several articles, books and chapters of books for veterinarians, and has been invited lecturer in several countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.


Sara Galac (NL)

(Internal Medicine & Endocrinology)

Sara Galac graduated from the Veterinary Faculty in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After graduation she moved to The Netherlands and completed an internship and residency at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht. She completed her first PhD thesis about the use of a progesterone receptor antagonist during pregnancy and luteal phase in dogs at the University in Ljubljana in 2001 and her second PhD entitled “Recent developments of Cushing`s syndrome in dogs”, she successfully defended at Utrecht University in 2010. Nowadays, she is a staff member of the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht and holds a position of Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine. Her main interest is Endocrinology. She is involved in clinical work, teaching and research. She leads an аdrenal research group at Utrecht University. The mission of this research group is to learn about the mechanisms, which initiate specific growth and differentiation of normal adrenal cells and to unravel the dysregulation of biological patterns, which induce adrenal cancer development. Her research is greatly supported by national and international grants (Dutch Animal Cancer Society, Morris Animal Foundation and AKC Canine Health Foundation). Sara Galac described the two novel forms of canine Cushing`s syndrome in dogs for the first time: ectopic ACTH secretion syndrome and food-dependent hypercortisolism. She strongly believes in the value of case reports to clinical practice and medical science. Besides case reports, her publication list consists of journal articles, research abstracts, and book chapters. She is a frequent speaker at international veterinary conferences and much involved in veterinary continuing education. As the only representative from the veterinary medicine she is active in human adrenal network ENS@T, which joins the world leading endocrinologists and serves to stimulate research in adrenal cancer.


Tony Glaus (CH)


1981-1986: Veterinary School, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bern (UBE)
1986-1987: Doctor thesis, Division Neurology, UBE (Ultrastructural and biochemical findings in brain cell cultures infected with canine distemper virus)
1987-1991: Assistant, Clinic for Small Animals, UBE
1991-1994: Residency Small Anim Int Med, Vet Teach Hosp, University of Georgia, Athens GA, USA
1994-1998: Oberassistent: Clinic for Small Animals, University of Zurich (UZH) 
1999: Oberarzt, Head Division of Cardiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, UZH 

Degrees / professional qualifications:     
1994: Diplomate of the ACVIM (subspecialty Internal Medicine)
1996: Diplomate of the ECVIM-CA (subspecialty Internal Medicine)
2003: Diplomate of the ECVIM-CA (subspecialty Cardiology)
2004: Habilitation, PD (Studies on diagnosis, characterization and pathophysiological aspects of pulmonary hypertension in dogs)
2010: Titular professor

Research interests:
Pulmonary hypertension, catheter interventions

Claudia Hartley (UK)

BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Claudia Hartley graduated from Bristol University in 1995, after which she spent 9 years in general practice in large animal, mixed, and small animal practices. Whilst in first opinion practice she gained the certificate in veterinary ophthalmology and undertook a scholarship at Cambridge University investigating tear film abnormalities in dogs. In 2004, Claudia joined the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and successfully gained the European diploma in veterinary ophthalmology in 2007. She became head of ophthalmology at the AHT in 2009. Claudia works with many charities worldwide, assisting with welfare and zoological ophthalmology cases. Claudia has assisted with the RCVS certificate and diploma examinations, been an active committee member/chair, published several book chapters, lectured both nationally and internationally on veterinary ophthalmology, and was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow award for outstanding contributions to small animal veterinary medicine in 2016. In March 2017 Claudia joined the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science at Langford as Head of Ophthalmology. 

Elli Kalemtzaki (CZ) 

DVM, ICF Accredited Coach, NLP Certified Practitioner

With 20 years in the veterinary industry and veterinary marketing and extensive experience in coaching and leading workshops across Europe, Elli is passionate about helping veterinary professionals break out of the busy trap, build a more profitable veterinary practice, improve relationships with clients and employees and enjoy a work life balance. Elli is a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and holds a postgraduate degree in Public Health from the National School of Public Health in Athens, Greece. She is a Professional Coach accredited by the International Coach Federation since 2010 and a Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic programming since 2012. Elli lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic since 2013.


Justine Lee (USA)

DVM, DACVECC, DABT, Board-certified Veterinary Specialist
(Emergency and Critical Care Medicine)

Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT, is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship at Angell Memorial in Boston, MA, and her emergency fellowship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lee has been in the field of emergency and critical care since 1997, and she has practiced in several urban settings including Boston and Philadelphia. She is Board-Certified in both Emergency & Critical Care (DACVECC) and Toxicology (DABT).

Dr. Lee is the CEO and founder of VetGirl, a subscription-based podcast service offering veterinary continuing education. She was on the faculty of the U of M from 2003-2008, and previously was the Associate Director at an animal poison control center in Bloomington, MN from 2009-2013.
Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including JAVMA, JVECC, JVIM, and JAAHA. Dr. Lee also co-edited and co-authored Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology (Wiley-Blackwell 2011). She is also one of the editors of the Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal: Emergency Medicine textbook (Elsevier 2013). She has published several veterinary textbooks along with book chapters, and she has been featured on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, as well as the overall well-being of pets. Dr. Lee lectures throughout the world on emergency and critical care, and she was recently honored with “Speaker of the Year” at the North American Veterinary Conference (2011, 2015, 2016) and Association des Médecines Vétérinaires du Québec (2012). 

Jody Lulich (USA)

(Internal Medicine & Urology)

Dr. Jody Lulich currently holds the academic rank of professor at the University of Minnesota. He is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is the director of the Minnesota Urolith Center. He specialises in nephrology and urology, and has earned an international reputation as a clinical investigator and educator in this field. Among his contributions to veterinary medicine is the technique of voiding urohydropropulsion, a nonsurgical method to remove uroliths from the urinary bladder. In 2007, he was voted as Speaker of The Year at the North American Veterinary Conference held in Orlando, Florida. He was awarded the Norden-Pfizer-Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award in 2001 & 2013.  Dr. Lulich currently holds the endowed Hills/Osborne Chair in Nephrology and Urology at the University of Minnesota.

Simona Tiziana Radaelli (UK)

(Veterinary Nursing)

After graduating from the University of Milano, Italy, with a dissertation on epilepsy in cats, Simona went to the University of Athens, Giorgia, United States, to complete a neurology internship. She then moved to the University of Hannover, Germany, to complete a residency in Veterinary Neurology. Simona obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology (DipECVN) in 2005. Simona has also a PhD from the University of Milano, Italy, on Neuronal dysplasia as cause of refractory seizures in dogs and cats. In 2005 Simona moved to the United Kingdom to work as specialist in Veterinary Neurology in several referral hospitals. She has also been teaching on veterinary nursing and animal behaviour and welfare courses, from level 3 Diploma to level 6 BSc. 

Chris Sеymour (UK)

(Anesthesiology and Analgesia) 

Chris graduated in 1982 and after a short period in practice was appointed as Whitley Trust Fellow in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Liverpool, where he gained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia. He then worked in general practice for 22 years before returning to the University of Cambridge as Clinical Anaesthetist for 3 years, and then moved the Royal Veterinary College as a lecturer for 7 years. In October 2017, Chris moved to Davies Veterinary Specialists, a mulitidisciplinary referral practice in Hertfordshire, but recently returned to Cambrige. He is an RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and has co-edited three editions of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Marko Stejskal (CRO)

(Soft Tissue Surgery)

Marko Stejskal graduated from The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zagreb in 2000 and since 2001 has worked at The Clinic for Surgery, Orthopedics and Ophthalmology. In 2015 he completed a small animal surgery residency at The University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, USA under the mentorship of Prof. Steven C. Budsberg. Since 2016, he is a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animals, and since 2017 a Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2017 he was elected an assistant professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Zagreb and currently holds the position of the head of The Clinic for Surgery, Orthopedics and Ophthalmology. He is a co-author of 36 articles published in domestic and international publications, as well as two university textbooks.