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A-Z of BEVA Congress 2021 Speakers

We are lucky enough to have over 90 fantastic speakers here at Congress his year. Take a look at our line up...

Alice Bird


Alice graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2009 and shortly afterwards undertook an internship at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic. She continued at the practice as an ambulatory vet for the following 3 years, before returning to Cambridge in 2014 to undertake a residency in anaesthesia and analgesia. Alice remained at Cambridge as a clinical anaesthetist following completion of her residency, and then joined the Animal Health Trust in 2018 as Senior Clinical Anaesthetist and Head of Equine Anaesthesia, gaining her European Diploma in Anaesthesia and Analgesia later that year. Following the closure of the AHT in 2020, Alice briefly joined the anaesthesia team at Langford Vets, Bristol, before returning to the University of Cambridge, where she is in charge of equine and farm animal anaesthesia.

Alison Fairburn


Following graduation from Liverpool, Alison completed an internship in equine diagnostic imaging and orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She then worked in a large equine practice for 3 years, where she continued to pursue her interests in lameness and imaging. She completed a 4-year large animal diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Bristol and obtained her European Diploma in Diagnostic Imaging (Large Animal). She then joined Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic, where she enjoys investigating lameness cases and all aspects of equine diagnostic imaging but particularly orthopaedic imaging.

Amy Gent


Amy has worked at Rossdales Diagnostic Centre for 18 years, predominantly in 2D and 3D imaging, although she had a brief stint in the hospital to allow her to complete her equine veterinary nursing training. She has a passion for equine radiography and radiation protection and her aim is to make equine radiography safer by sharing her own personal tips and tricks within the industry. She likes to keep things at a basic level, so she hopes that everyone will learn something from her, no matter what their role – groom/tech, nurse or junior vet.

Andrew Backie


Andrew is a Chartered Ergonomist and human factors specialist and has an MSc in Safety and Accident Investigation from Cranfield University. Between 2007 and 2017 Andrew was a Senior Inspector (Operations) at the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, conducting 47 large-scale field investigations, numerous minor investigations and acting as the United Kingdom state representative on investigations conducted by other states.
Andrew now works in a range of industries and his recent projects have included an operational capability and safety review of an Asia-Pacific government special mission aviation unit, a collaboration with a university and a hospital charity to develop and deliver investigator training for the National Health Service of England, and an urgent independent investigation of a mainline rail incident for a train operating company in the UK.

Andrew Mcgladdery


Andrew graduated from Glasgow University in 1985 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. After a brief period in equine practice in Devon and Kent, Andrew joined Rossdale & Partners in 1988 as a Horserace Betting Levy Board resident in equine studies for a 3-year period to 1991, under the guidance of Peter Rossdale and with a special interest in perinatology and ultrasonography. At the end of his residency he remained working on the studfarm side of the practice and became a partner in the practice in 1994. He is a holder of the RCVS Certificate in Equine Stud Medicine. He has co-authored a number of publications, presented at conferences and lectured around the world on a number of studfarm medicine-related topics. Andrew was an International Symposium on Equine Reproduction committee member for the Caxambu and Pretoria symposia. Andrew's main areas of interest are all aspects of studfarm medicine (Thoroughbred and non-Thoroughbred), especially involving mare infertility investigation and hysteroscopy and the high-risk pregnant mare and Doppler flow studies of the umbilical and uterine circulation.

Ann Woolridge

Anne is Chief Operating Officer of Independent Safety Services Limited, a technical consultancy, and has a wealth of research and practical experience of healthcare waste management and waste treatment processes at all levels. She is a practising dangerous goods safety advisor and waste consultant, as well as advising on waste strategy and policy. Anne is the Chair of the International Solid Waste Association Healthcare Waste Working Group and recognised as an International Waste Manager. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management and Vice Chair of their Healthcare Wastes Special Interest Group.

Anthony Clements


n 2001 Antony joined the Baker McVeigh group, having previously worked in mixed practices in Hampshire and a referral practice at the University of Glasgow. He has extensive experience as well as post graduate qualifications in equine orthopaedics. After moving to Durban and then helping to establish the Cape Town branch, Antony is now the managing partner at the Newmarket practice. He sees to the needs of many of the larger clients around Newmarket as well as offering consulting services across the rest of the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Work commitments have prevented him from reaching the top level of ten goals in polo, but he remains a dedicated amateur player!

April Lawson


April graduated from the University of Bristol, having also gained an intercalated degree. She has worked in equine ambulatory practice, undertaken an equine hospital internship and completed a 3-year (2017-2020) residency in equine internal medicine. She has a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Medicine) and a master’s degree.
April is currently studying towards a PhD at the University of Liverpool in the development of an Equine Veterinary Surveillance Network (EVSNET) for the UK horse population. She also has a clinical role as a senior clinician in equine medicine at the University of Liverpool Equine Hospital.

April Sotomayor

April is a Sustainability Consultant at the environmental charity PECT, where she manages the national accreditation scheme Investors in the Environment (iiE). April has over 14 years’ experience working on a range of sustainability issues within organisations, including using environmental management as a framework to drive positive change and improve environmental impact. She currently supports veterinary practices to embed a system to engage staff with activities to understand where they can make improvements as part of their everyday roles, including enabling efficiency actions to tackle climate change and reduce waste.

Ben Sykes


Ben graduated from Murdoch University in 1997, moving on to an internship at Randwick Equine Centre. Following 3 years in academia and private practice, Ben moved to Virginia, USA to complete a residency in equine internal medicine. He became a Diplomate of ACVIM in 2004 and of ECEIM in 2011. Since 2009, Ben has resided back in his homeland of Australia where he completed his PhD on equine gastric ulcer syndrome in 2016. Ben is currently involved in a mix of research, academia and industry consultancy.

Bettina Dunkel


After graduating from Berlin University, Bettina completed a fellowship at Tufts University, an internship at the Marion duPont Equine Medical Center, Leesburg and a large animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2005, she has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. After she attained her PhD from the University of London in 2008, Bettina has been employed at the Royal Veterinary College, where she is now working as the Head of RVC Equine and Associate Professor in Equine Medicine.

Bruce Bladon


Bruce Bladon graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1988. He spent 1 year in mixed practice and then 6 years in equine practice, before joining the University of Bristol as Resident in Equine Surgery. He was awarded the Certificate of Equine Practice in 1992, the Diploma of Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 1999, Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001 and Fellowship of the Royal College in 2016. He is an RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery. He returned to Donnington Grove Veterinary Group (as it is now) in 1998. He has lectured extensively internationally. He is also a low-level rugby referee and, despite onerous work commitments, he does manage the occasional ski trip.