Thessaloniki Greece | October 5-7, 2023

Advancing the veterinary profession
in Eastern Europe

In collaboration with


Charalampos Attipa (United Kingdom)

DVM, MVetMed, MRes, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVP

(Clinical Pathology)

Charalampos qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2010 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, with 1st class honors, having also completed a research internship at Cambridge University UK. Following 3 years in small animal general practice and completing an internship at Bristol University, Charalampos moved to the Royal Veterinary College for a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and a master’s in veterinary medicine.

After becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and an RCVS recognised specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Charalampos was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to study the role of neutrophils in pediatric cerebral malaria in Malawi. Since 2023 he has been a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh University. Charalampos has published in leading scientific journals and his professional interests include hematopathology, cytology and infectious disease.

Kerstin Bergvall (Sweden)



Kerstin Bergvall, DVM (1981, University of Agriculture, Uppsala , Sweden), Swedish Specialist in Dermatology (2004), Derm residency by Dr T. Olivry, NC State, US, Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Dermatology (2004) Responsible of teaching equine and small animal dermatology at the Veterinary Faculty of University of Agriculture, Uppsala, Sweden since 1999. Responsible of the equine and small animal dermatology specialist service at the university.

Chief veterinarian of the Dermatology service in a big animal hospital in Stockholm (Evidensia Södra Djursjukhuset), where we are 3 Dipl in dermatology, 1 resident and 2 interns with 10 dermatology nurses.

Mentored a number of research projects and mentored residents of European College of Veterinary Dermatology. One of the founders of, and president of the Swedish Veterinary Dermatology Study Group for six years and part of the examination committee of European College of Veterinary Dermatology for seven years. Part of the scientific committee of the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology (WCVD) Vancouver, Canada.

Themis Charos (Greece)

DVM, CEO & Co-Founder at Urban Vets®, Veterinary Business Consulting

(Management in Practice)

Themis was born in Athens and studied veterinary medicine at AUTH, Greece. He holds an Executive MBA from Idrac Business School (France), Digital Marketing Diploma from ALBA & Key Account Management Diploma from Cranfield Business School (UK). Business Mentor at Prince's Trust International (UK), since 2022
For 28 years he worked in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, serving Animal Health and improving the business activity of veterinarians, in South Eastern countries, as Director of Business Units. Effectively participated in acquisitions and mergers processes, development of new products and services, purchases, and cross-functional projects.
In April 2020, he founded Urban Vets with the aim of improving veterinary entrepreneurship.

Ljubomir Curcin (Serbia)

Dr. Vet. med. spec.


Graduated in 1999 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade, Serbia. Owner of the Intervet Veterinary Clinic in Belgrade , where he has been working since 2000. He is the co-author of several papers that have been presented professional meetings. Completed specialist studies at FVM Belgrade.
President of the European Association for Dirofilaria and Angiostrongylus (ESDA).
Founder and president of the Association for Parasitology of Small Practice Veterinarians of Serbia (SESAPA).

Gillian Dank (Israel)

DACVIM -Oncology, DECVIM- Ca-Oncology


Gillian Dank, DVM, is a board certified veterinary oncologist and senior lecturer at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Koret School in 1998 and completed her residency in oncology at the University of California, Davis in 2002.

Dr. Dank is a Diplomate of the American College and European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Oncology, with research interests in clinical small animal oncology, the study of Procalcitonin C in canines, and the effects of passive smoking on pets.

Dr. Dank established the Oncology Department at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she pursues research and lectures in basic and clinical oncology to veterinary students during their clinical and preclinical training. The Koret School of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1985, and is Israel’s only veterinary school.

Steven De Decker (United Kingdom)

DVM, PhD, MvetMed, DipECVN, FHEA, PGCert Veted, MRCVS


Steven graduated from Ghent University in Belgium. After graduation, he performed there a Rotating Internship followed by a PhD about disk-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy (‘wobbler’s syndrome’) in dogs. He completed his Residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London.
He is now Associate Professor and Head of the RVC Neurology and Neurosurgery team. Although he is interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology, most of his research and publications focus on spinal disorders, neurosurgery and clinical reasoning. Steven has published widely and presented most of his work at international conferences. He enjoys teaching and is therefore regularly involved in continuing education events around the world.

Anastasia Diakou (Greece)



Dr. Anastasia Diakou (DVM, PhD) is a Full Professor in the Laboratory of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, in the School of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
She is teaching to undergraduate students of veterinary medicine and postgraduate students and professionals of health sciences the discipline of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases of animals and humans. Her specific scientific interest includes parasites of dogs, cats, wild animals, and parasites with zoonotic importance.

Dimitrios Doukas (Greece)


(Veterinary Forensics)

Assistant Professor of Veterinary Forensics and Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology at Laboratory of Pathology; Faculty of Veterinary Science; School of Health Sciences; University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece.

Full member in International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA).

Mike Farrell (United Kingdom)

BVetMed CertVA CertSAS Dip ECVS, EBVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery


Mike Farrell graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997 and completed internships at Bristol and Edinburgh Universities. He’s worked in the UK and Australia as a general practitioner and in the USA and Switzerland as a veterinary anaesthetist.

Mike completed a surgery residency at Glasgow University in 2006 and gained his European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2007. He’s an EBVS and RCVS board certified specialist in small animal surgery. Mike’s open access educational YouTube channel,, helps veterinary practitioners and animal lovers make difficult choices for their pets.

Antonio Giuliano (Hong Kong)

DVM,MS,GpCert(SAM),PgCert(CT),ECVIM (onc),MRCVS European, RCVS and HK specialist in Companion Animals


Dr. Antonio Giuliano graduated from the University of Messina in 2007. While working in general practice, he completed a master's degree in Small Animal Oncology from the University of Pisa, a post graduate certificate in cancer therapeutic at Barts Cancer Institute and the GpCert (SAM) in internal medicine. He completed a rotating internship in a busy referral practice in UK and an oncology internship and residency at the Queen Veterinary School Teaching Hospital (QVSH), at the University of Cambridge.

After successfully completing the residency, he worked for one year as oncology clinician and supervisor at the QVSH. In the 2019 he moved to Hong Kong (HK) working as oncologist at CityU VMC, the largest multidisciplinary referral Hospital in HK.

Dr Antonio Giuliano is a recognised European, RCVS and HK specialist in Companion Animals (Oncology). He published numerous articles in international peer reviewed journals and presented his research in many international conferences.

He has a broad interest in cancer research, with particular focus on finding new drugs/therapeutic approaches to improve survival time and quality of life of pets. He is also interested in preclinical and clinical investigations into the development of rapid tests to predict prognosis and/or early diagnosis of cancer.

Jana Jankovic (Switzerland)

DVM, Dr. med. vet. Resident ACVIM

(Internal Medicine)

Jana Jankovic graduated with honours in 2015 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia. After graduation she worked for 2 years in Veterinary clinic ‘’Novak’’, Belgrade, Serbia. In 2017 she enrolled in a Rotating Internship program at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany.
After successfully completing the Rotating Internship, she started in 2018 a Speciality Internship program in Internal Medicine and in 2020 she finished her Doctoral thesis about canine thyroid tumors and tumor-derived organoids at the Vetsuisse University Bern, Switzerland. In 2023 Jana finished a Residency program of American College of Internal Medicine (ACVIM) at the same university.

Artemis Kalaitzi (Greece)

Lawyer, member of Serres Bar Association

(Veterinary Forensics)

She graduated from the Faculty of Law of Democritus University of Thrace in 2015, where she continued her studies in the Department of International Studies obtaining two master's degrees, in "International and European Energy Law" (2018) and "International and European Studies" (2020), with specialty in human rights and humanitarian law.
At the same time, she graduated from the Department of Primary Education of Democritus University of Thrace (2020) and has a vocational degree in “Journalism, Editors and Reporters” (2020).
Since June 2022, she is a PhD candidate at Laboratory of Pathology; Faculty of Veterinary Science; School of Health Sciences; University of Thessaly (Karditsa). PhD topic: “The application of veterinary forensics in companion animal abuse cases with a comparative study on animal abuse legislation between Greece and other countries”.

Xavier Lévy (France)

DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECAR


Dr Levy started his specialisation by an intership in dog and cat internal medicine and surgery in Alfort Vetschool in 2003. Then, he did his residency in reproduction and in parallel be involved as a clinician in urology-nephrology in the medicine department of Alfort vetschool until 2007.
In 2006, he became the head of CERCA (Center of Research and Clinics in Small Animal Reproduction, ENVA). In 2007, he became ECAR diplomate.
He was in the Board of European Society for Small Animal Reproduction (EVSSAR) from 2010 to 2016.
Dr Levy is Past-president of the French Veterinary Society of Small Animal Reproduction, Breeding and Genetics from 2012 to 2018 (GERES, AFVAC).
Since 2019, Dr Levy is elected as vice-president of European and International affairs of French Veterinary Society (AFVAC). Dr Levy is the French representative of FAFVAC, FECAVA and WSAVA associations.
Since 2004, Dr Levy is involved in a breeding program in wildlife for cheetah in South Africa started by the CRESAM society. He contributed actively to develop the first technique of non-invasive intra uterine insemination for wild felids: cheetah, leopard, tigers and lions. Since 2011, he is co-head of the scientific committee of CRESAM society.
Dr Levy is also involved in clinical research as schedule C-section, prostatitis diagnosis, BPH blood markers (ODELIS CPSE® test), paediatric surgery and breeding soundness.
Since 2008, Dr Levy is co-heading the Private Centre of Small Animal Reproduction and Paediatrics (CRECS) and since 2023, he is also the director of the Reproduction development for FOVEA company.
Dr Levy is still very involved in vetenarian education through a website (, teaching in European vet schools, and regular lectures/workshops in France, Europe and overseas.

Vicky Lipscomb (United Kingdon)


(Soft Tissue Surgery)

Vicky graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1996 and undertook a Small Animal Internship at the RVC. After a period working in small animal practice in Surrey she completed a Small Animal Surgery Clinical Training Scholarship at the RVC, achieving the European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2002.
Following a period in private referral practice Vicky returned to the RVC in March 2003 where she is now Professor, Head of Small Animal Surgery and Clinical Director of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.

Laurent Locquet (Belgium)

Diplomate ECVIM-CA (Cardiology), GPCert(VC) MRCVS DVM


Laurent graduated in 2015 from Ghent University, Belgium and worked in general practice for one year both abroad in South-Africa as well as in Belgium, primarily with cats, dogs and wildlife, before starting a rotating Internship in a busy referral centre in the UK. During his Internship, Laurent obtained his certificate in Veterinary Cardiology. After completing his Internship, Laurent completed a Residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Ghent before joining a busy referral practice in the Greater London Area for one year before joining Dick White Referrals in 2022.
Laurent enjoys all aspects of veterinary Cardiology though he has a particular interest in procedures involving cardiopulmonary bypass, minimally invasive interventions and wildlife cardiology.

Bérénice Lutz (Switzerland)

Dipl. ECVIM-CA, EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Member of European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals

(Internal Medicine)

2012-2017: Veterinary medicine in Maisons-Alfort, France (ENVA)
2017-2018: Rotating internship at the Veterinary Faculty of Montreal (Canada)
2018-2022: ECVIM residency at the Vetsuisse Faculty in Bern (Switzerland)
Since 2022: Senior clinician and lecturer at the Vetsuisse Faculty in Bern (Switzerland)

James Oliver (UK)

BVSc, PhD, CertVOphthal, DipECVO, FRCVS


James graduated from the University of Bristol with distinction in 2002. He spent 5 years in general practice where he developed his passion for veterinary ophthalmology. He achieved European Specialist status in 2011 and has worked as a Specialist in several referral hospitals in the UK and currently heads up a team of nine ophthalmologists at Dick White Referrals. James has extensive experience in research, is widely published in the scientific literature and has completed a PhD in the genetics of canine glaucoma.

His main research interest is the genetics of inherited eye diseases which is focussed on developing DNA tests to eliminate painful and blinding eye conditions of dogs and cats. James has also written a book on feline ophthalmology and has made contributions to other textbooks on various aspects of veterinary ophthalmology. He is actively involved in the teaching and training of vets in their pursuit of improved understanding and post graduate qualifications in this field. James is past Chair of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Education and Residency Committee.

Talk titles

  1. Feeling the pressure: definitions & causes of glaucoma
  2. Feeling the pressure: clinical signs & diagnostic techniques in glaucoma
  3. Releasing the pressure: glaucoma treatment with case examples
  4. Prevention is better than cure: selective breeding and DNA testing to reduce glaucoma prevalence
  5. Letting the cat out of the bag: demystifying feline eye diseases
  6. Hidden in plain sight: systemic diseases masquerading as eye problems in the dog and cat
  7. ‘Seeing your way through’ – approaching blindness in cats and dog. Part 1
  8. ‘Seeing your way through’ – approaching blindness in cats and dog. Part 2

Paulo Steagall (Canada)



Dr. Paulo Steagall is a Professor of Veterinary Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the City University of Hong Kong and the Université de Montréal. He is a board-certified specialist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

He is the head of a clinical research laboratory dedicated to improving pain management and animal welfare with cutting-edge research in pain assessment with emphasis on cats including the Feline Grimace Scale ( He has published over 130 scientific articles on pain management and the book “Feline Anesthesia and Pain Management” while lecturing internationally.

Cedric Tutt (Republic Of South Africa)

BVSc, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet (Med), Diplomate EVDC


Dr Cedric Tutt graduated from the veterinary faculty in South Africa in 1992 and became an European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry in 2007. He is registered as a Veterinary Dental Specialist in Europe, UK, Hong Kong and South Africa; offering advanced dentistry and oral surgical options for a wide range of animals, including: cats, dogs, horses, many wild cat species, small and large non-human primates and marine and terrestrial mammals. His list of species treated exceeds 67.

Dr Tutt’s services include root canal therapy, dental restoration, extractions, orthodontics, prosthodontics and treatment of some oral cancers in addition to the repair of oral trauma cases and some congenital abnormalities.

The European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry in South Africa, Dr Tutt offers veterinary dentistry and orofacial surgery services in Cape Town, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Dr Tutt also provides post-graduate training in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery to veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians. He authored the text: Small Animal Dentistry – a manual of techniques (which was translated into Simplified Chinse) and was Senior co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry 3rd Edition.

Cedric has published (as author or co-author) 27 articles in Peer Reviewed CPD journals and 8 articles in scientific Peer Reviewed journals.

Brett E. Wildermuth (Germany)

DVM (USA), Diplomate ACVD, ECVD


DVM University of California, Davis, USA in 2001

Residency (2003-2004), then Partner (2004-2011): Animal Dermatology Clinic in San Diego, California, USA

Founded Tierdermatologie Dr. Wildermuth, a private veterinary dermatology practice in 2012 with my wife, who is also a veterinary dermatologist

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) since 2007

Diplomate European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD) since 2011

Member-at-Large, World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) since 2015

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