Who's behind Congress?

Designed by equine vets, for equine vets

Our Scientific Committee, made up of equine vets, helps BEVA HQ put Congress on. They help identify the right topics to cover on the programme, identify experts to deliver the lectures and make sure that our scientific programme is of the best quality. 

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Jonathon qualified from the Royal Veterinary College and initially joined Rainbow Equine Hospital in 2011 as an intern for 18 months where he developed an interest in advanced imaging, in particular CT and MRI. Following this, he then completed a 3-year senior clinical training scholarship (residency) at the Royal Veterinary College in Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging before returning to Rainbow. In January 2017 he became a European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Jonathon oversees the advanced imaging within the hospital and assists with radiography and ultrasonography to ensure that all horses coming to the hospital benefit from state-of-the-art diagnostics. He has particular interests in CT imaging of the head and neck, and MRI of the distal limb.

Scientific Committee chair

Jonathon Dixon

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Imogen graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997 and spent three years in private practice in Australia. Imogen completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and remained there as a lecturer until 2007. She then moved to the UK to take the role of Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College. Imogen now works as an equine medicine specialist at B&W Equine Vets.

B&W Equine Vets

Imogen Johns

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Lucy qualified from Cambridge University in 2007 and became the first intern for what was Rossdales' new diagnostic imaging internship at the Diagnostic Centre. She then spent several years as an in-house vet for Darley's pre-training facility in Newmarket, where she worked on yearlings, two-year-olds in training, rehabilitation and the occasional National Hunt horse. She returned to Rossdales in 2015 as an ambulatory assistant, helping Mark Grant and the horses in training team. Her main areas of interest are lameness, diagnostic imaging and poor performance, and she is an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian.

Lucy has been a BEVA Council member since 2012 and was elected as Junior Vice President in 2018. She is also a member of the FEEVA Welfare Group and takes an active role in ongoing education of equine vets, writing articles, speaking at events and organising CPD courses. 

Rossdales Equine Practice

Lucy Grieve

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Sarah graduated from the University of Edinburgh following which she spent a year in mixed practice in North Wales before returning to the Dick Vet to undertake a residency in Equine Surgery. During her residency Sarah completed a Masters degree and was also awarded the RCVS Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery.


Sarah became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007. She was awarded a Horserace Betting Levy Board Research Training Scholarship to undertake a PhD investigating the use of mesenchymal stem cells for equine tendon disease at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Professor Clegg.


On completion of her PhD in 2010 she returned to the Dick Vet for the second time to accept the post of Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery. Subsequently Sarah spent a sabbatical during 2011 working as a surgeon at the Liphook Equine Hospital, Surrey. She has a keen clinical interest in equine sports medicine and surgery, while her research interests are currently focused on stress fractures in racehorses and MRI.

Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Sarah Taylor

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Giorgio qualified in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Turin in 1989. Following an internship at the Animal Health Trust, UK he worked in private practice in Italy until 2014 when he moved to Abu Dhabi as a Senior Clinician at Wrsan Racing Stables. Since 2015 he has been at Donnington Grove Veterinary Group, UK as a Lameness Clinician and Surgeon.

Giorgio is also a Past President of SIVE (Italian Association of Equine Practitioners) and FEEVA (Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations

Donnington Grove Veterinary Group

Giorgio Ricardi

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James is Director of Equine Reproductive Services (UK), a first opinion general equine practice specialising in equine reproduction and stud medicine. He has worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certificate in equine stud medicine. He is an honorary lecturer at Liverpool University and lectures regularly on the national and international stage whilst continuing to perform and publish practice-based research. He is recognised as an advanced practitioner in equine stud medicine.

Advanced practitioner in equine stud medicine

James Crabtree

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Prof.  Marianne M. Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECEIM, Spec. KNMvD Equine Internal Medicine, graduated from Utrecht University in 1982. She obtained her PhD in 1990 with a thesis entitled "Heart rate and blood lactate in exercising horses". 

In 1982-1983 she worked part-time in a general practice and part-time at the Department of Large Animal Medicine, Utrecht University. Since 1983 she has worked full time at the University. Between 1996 and 2006 dr. Sloet was Head of the Equine Internal Medicine Clinic and presently she is professor of Clinical Equine Internal Medicine in the Department of Equine Sciences. 

In 2001 dr. Sloet became an Invited and Founding Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM). She was president of this College for 7 years, served 3 years as past-president and is now a honorary member of this college.

Presently, she is chair of the Expert Committee Equine Welfare, past-president of the Board of Animal Arbitrage of the Netherlands, president of the Equine Health group of Sectorraad Paarden (SRP) and member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Infectious Diseases. 

Prof.  Sloet is also veterinary advisor of the Dutch National Equestrian Federation (KNHS) and the Dutch Warmblood studbook (KWPN). She acts regularly as FEI Veterinary Delegate at international horse shows and is FEI head veterinarian for the Netherlands since 2001. 

Her topics of interest are equine exercise physiology, dermatology, forensic medicine and emerging diseases. 

Department of Equine Sciences, Utrecht University

Marianne Sloet

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Amy qualified as a REVN in 2014, having completed her training at Hartpury College and Donnington Grove Veterinary Group. Following this, she spent 4 years at the Royal Veterinary College Equine Referral Hospital where she was involved in veterinary student teaching and assisting both the internal medicine and surgery services. She recently returned to Donnington Grove as Deputy Head Nurse, managing a team of 18 nurses. Amy is particularly interested in gastrointestinal disease, imaging, theatre nursing and emergency and critical care. She is an experienced clinical coach and is currently completing her AMTRA SQP qualification.

Deputy Head Nurse, Donnington Grove

Amy Gethin

until BEVA Congress 2020

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