EERVC 2017 Speakers



The EERVC Scientific Programme aims to attract small animal and companion animal practitioners veterinarians from all around the world and across the whole European region. The programme is designed to offer the latest advances in animal care to the veterinary community in a professional and enjoyable way of teaching. Take a look at the confirmed speakers below and click here to see the EERVC 2017 programme.

EERVC 2017 speakers 


Frances Barr (UK)


Frances Barr graduated in 1979 and worked for four years in mixed practice before moving to the University of Bristol to specialise in diagnostic imaging. She was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Radiology in 1985, and became a Foundation Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 1994, as well as receiving the BSAVA Blaine award in 1994 for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery. Additionally, Frances won the BSAVA Woodrow award in 1999 for her exceptional contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine.
In 2010 Frances took on the role of BSAVA Academic Director, with the remit of developing the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate qualifications. There are currently over 300 enrolled postgraduate students studying for these qualifications.

  Norin Chai (FR)


Norin is currently the Deputy Director of the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, the head of the veterinary department of the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, as well as being the head vet of  research facilities in the National Museum of Natural History. Norin’s main research fields include: comparative medicine and pathology, infectious disease in amphibians and fish, and phyllogenetics of South East Asia wild bovids. 
  David Connolly (UK)
BSc BVetMed PhD CertVC CertSAM DipECVIM (cardiology) MRCVS


After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College, David pursued a career in research with the Medical Research Council. Having obtained a PhD in molecular genetics he continued research into investigating the molecular mechanism underlying early embryonic development.  Following a period working for the PDSA in the Midlands, he returned to the RVC and completed a Residency in the Medicine Service. During this time, David obtained the RCVS Certificates in Small Animal Medicine and Cardiology, and subsequently the ECVIM Diploma in Cardiology in 2003. David is currently Head of the Clinical Cardiology Service at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. David's main research interest is novel interventional techniques for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders and the application of cardiac biomarkers to the clinical case.
  Cynda Crawford (USA)
DVM, PhD, Maddie’s Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine
(Shelter Medicine)

Dr Goran Cvetkovic (SR)

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 based on 1-year reasearch project: “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 leads a team of eleven people at Mediport doo, Serbia and is an avid reader and dedicated writer and speaker.

Jackie Demetriou (UK)
BVetMed, CertSAS, DipECVS, MRCVS, European and RCVS-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery 


Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham. Jackie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London, in 1996 and spent one year in mixed practice before joining Edinburgh Veterinary School as an intern. She completed a Residency in Small Animal Surgery in 2001 and after a year in a private referral practice, was appointed Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Cambridge. She joined DWR in 2012. Jackie passed her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2000 and the ECVS Diploma in 2002. She has served on the European College of Veterinary Surgery examining board for 5 years. She enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery, from clinical work and teaching to participating in clinical research. She publishes widely in peer reviewed journals, has published a textbook on Small Animal Oncology with Rob Foale and is co-editor and contributor to the only dedicated book on feline soft tissue surgery. She contributes regularly to national and international conferences and surgery courses. She has undertaken advanced training in Interventional Radiology (IR) and laparoscopy.

Federico Fracassi (IT)



Federico Fracassi graduated in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) “cum laude” State University of Bologna. At the same faculty he followed an internship. Federico completed his PhD thesis in 2005 and became a permanent member of staff at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna where he is the current Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and head of the unit of Internal Medicine. He completed an alternative residency in Internal Medicine at the Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland and gained his status of European Specialist in Internal Medicine in 2012 (Diplomate ECVIM-CA-internal medicine). He is the Vice President of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE), president of the Italian Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SIMIV), board member of the executive committee of the ECVIM-CA congress and editor of “Veterinaria”, a peer review journal. His publication list consists of journal articles, research abstracts, case reports and book chapters. His main research focus is the field of small animal endocrinology. 


Tim Hackett (USA)


Timothy is currently the hospital director of James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University.


Gert ter Haar (NL)

(ENT - medicine and surgery)

Gert ter Haar is from the Netherlands and studied veterinary medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, where he graduated in February 1997. After an internship and surgical residency in Utrecht, he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2002 and Head of the Department of ENT at the University of Utrecht in February 2003. His research on hearing in dogs led to his PhD thesis, entitled “Age-related hearing loss in dogs” in 2009. On the same day he became President of the International Veterinary Ear, Nose and Throat association (IVENTA). He joined the surgical team of the Royal Veterinary College in London, United Kingdom, in 2011 as a senior lecturer in soft tissue surgery and got promoted to associate professor in soft tissue surgery and head of the ENT department and ENT, Audiology and Brachycephaly clinics at the RVC in 2015. In March 2017 he joined the team of the SDU (specialistische dierenkliniek Utrecht), the largest European specialist referral centre in the Netherlands. He is the author and co-editor of three surgical books and has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in his field of interest. His current research involves hearing loss in dogs and cats and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.

  Iuliana Ionascu (RO)


Iuliana graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest in 1997 and received her PhD in 2005. She is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest -Surgery Department, where she has been teaching for over 19 years. Her published scientific papers and books are mainly in the veterinary ophthalmology field. These include clinical research, comparative therapies and histopathological aspects of different lesions of the ocular globe and its adnexa. As a board member of the European Society of Veterinary Medicine and as President of the Romanian Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology, she is the initiator and the organiser of specialised workshops and conferences. 
  Nadia Kostadinova (BG)

  Simone Manzocchi (IT)

(Vector Borne Diseases)

Dr. Manzocchi received his veterinary degree from the University of Parma Veterinary School in Parma, Italy in 2010 and started working in private practice in the same year. Until 2012 he worked in several practices and veterinary hospitals focusing his activities on clinical pathology and clinical parasitology. In 2012 he became an employee of IDEXX Laboratories in Novara Day Lab, where he is currently the head of clinical biochemistry and responsible for the parasitology diagnostic service. In 2015 he was accepted as a resident of the European College of Veterinary Parasitology (EVPC) and established active collaborations with several Universities on parasitology research projects. Dr. Manzocchi has authored peer-reviewed publications and a diagnostic guide and has been a speaker at national and international seminars.
  Andrei D. Mihalca (RO)

DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ECZM
(Keynote lecture)

Andrei is currently the Associate Professor at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases. 

  Lucia Panakova (AT)


Lucia graduated DVM at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy University Brno, Czech republic in 2002 and became a Diplomate of ECVD (European College of Veterinary Dermatology) in 2009. Lucia is currently a veterinary researcher and dermatologist at Department of Internal Medicine at Small Animal Clinic, VetMed University of Vienna, and also works in private practice in Slovakia. Lucia has been a board member of ESVD since 2012 and is a founding member of the Slovak Society of Veterinary Dermatology (SSVD-SAVLMZ).

Susan Paterson (UK)
M.A. Vet.M.B. D.V.D. Dip.E.C.V.D. MRCVS, RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology


Sue holds the Royal College and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology. She has been a recognised specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for more than 15 years. She has written numerous peer reviewed articles and seven text books, the latter being widely translated including into German, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. She has lectured extensively at NAVC, ESVD, WCVD and WSAVA and contributes regularly at BSAVA. She has lectured in more than 20 countries. She is currently Chair of Publications at BSAVA, sits on RCVS Council and is President of ESVD. Sue is a Veterinary Director of Rutland House Surgery Group in St Helens.

  Alessandro Piras (IT)
DVM, MRCVS, Specialist in Veterinary Surgery


Alessandro graduated from the Turin University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He completed his surgical training in the College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Parma in 1993, gaining the diploma of Specialist in Veterinary Surgery. In 1994 he spent an externship at the Canine Sport Medicine Center of the University of Florida and at the Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Miami. Head Surgeon of Surgical Referral and Canine Sport Medicine Center of San Benedetto Veterinary Hospital, Forli, Italy. Mostly dedicated to sport medicine, traumatology, orthopedics and spinal. Alessandro is a member of several scientific organisations, in particular AOVET where he was member of the AO Veterinary Expert Group from 2004 to 2010, and International Chair of the Community Development Commission from 2009 to 2015. Alessandro has been elected as Trustee of the AO Foundation in 2011. Presently, Alessandro is International Chair of the AOVET education Commission. He is very active as AO Faculty member and International Speaker in several courses and conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia, USA and Latin and Central America, as well as being the initiator and teacher of the Canine Sport Medicine Post Graduate Certificate at the University College of Dublin (UCD). Scientific Director and Co-Founder of TRAKR, a continuing education provider in Canine Sport Medicine. Author of several chapters in 7 orthopedic books and Textbooks, Co Author in several scientific papers. An important area of particular interest is canine sport medicine and surgery and a relevant part of Alessandro’s clinical activity is dedicated to the treatment of injuries in sporting and high performance dogs.

Jarno Schmidt (DE)
DVM, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl ECVIM-CA, European Specialist in Oncology, Certificate in Small Animal Internal Medicine 


Postgraduate Experience: 
Since 2010 Senior Consultant Oncologist at the Veterinary Clinic Hofheim, Hofheim, Germany; 2006-2009 Resident ECVIM-CA (oncology) at the private clinic VRCC in Laindon, UK; 2006 Internship at the private clinic VRCC in Laindon, UK; 2004-2005 Internship at the School of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany; 2002-2004 Graduate Doctoral Degree Student on Vascular Biology & Angiogenesis at the Tumour Biology Centre, Freiburg, Germany.
Graduation: 2002 School from the School of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany.
Other: ESAVS Course Master Oncology and Supervisor for the ESAVS Master Programme; Part-time Business Mediator; Part-time Managment Trainer; Member of Toastmasters International

  Luigi Venco (IT)

(Vector Borne Diseases) 

Luigi graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Small Animal Practice at the University of Milan. He attended the course of Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Turin and stayed for long periods of study and teaching at the Universities of Athens, Philadelphia, Ft Collins, Davis in the USA and Gifu (Japan). He is the author and co-author of more than thirty original articles on parasitic diseases and cardiology in international peer reviewed journals and author of several chapters in books on the same topic.
He has presented more than 100 papers at conferences in Italy, Spain, UK, Russia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, USA, Japan and Cuba. He is an European Veterinary Parasitology College Diplomate, President of the European Society of Dirofilariosis and Angiostrongylosis, honorary member of the Bulgarian Veterinary Cardiology Society. He works as a consultant in Clinica Veterinaria Lago Maggiore (Arona), Veterinary Hospital City of Pavia, Valencia Sur Veterinary Hospital (Valencia), and Minivet Állatorvosi Rendel (Budapest). 
  Alexandru Vitalaru (RO)


Bogdan Alexandru Vitalaru graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest in 2004. Since January 2008, he has been a university assistant and from January 2016, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest. Over the years he has written more than 60 scientific papers on topics related to oncologic surgery, dialysis, haemodialysis and emergencies. Since January 2014, in collaboration with B. Braun Medical Romania within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, he opened the first Veterinary Haemodialysis Clinic in Romania and one of the few in Eastern Europe. In 2013 Alexandru established the Romanian Association of Veterinary Nephrology, Hemodialivet, and is the current chairman. In the last 7 years, Dr. Vitalaru has been a lecturer for Hill’s Romania and one of the keynote speakers in Romania and Turkey regarding urology, nephrology and renal replacement therapies. He also leads the emergencies Department of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest since 2015. In 2014 Dr. Vitalaru has initiated a program of workshops and seminars regarding renal patients all over Romania and in Turkey.