Conference Speakers

This years conference sees a wealth of knowledge from our key industry speakers discussing a large range of topics relevant to today’s world in animal health and welfare.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Abi Seager Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Appointed as the new Chief Executive of the VMD in September 2021. Abi was previously the VMD’s deputy CEO and Director of the Authorisations in which her responsibilities included overseeing the rigorous benefit: risk assessment of applications for the marketing authorisations (MA) of veterinary medicinal products and also the VMDs Brexit programme and Covid response.

Abi’s scientific background is in the field of Microbiology and Genetics which she studied at the University of Liverpool. Since joining the civil service in 2002 Abi has held several senior roles across government spanning policy, operational delivery, and major project management.

Abi owns a lovably grumpy Bengal and two rescue kittens (who are sharpening their claws on all available furniture).

Speaker Dr Alison Pyatt – Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Presentation ANTHELMINTIC RESISTANCE IN HORSE PARASITES
Description Initiating stakeholder engagement and contribution to tackle the critical problem of anthelmintic resistance in horses.
Bio Dr Alison Pyatt oversees innovative portfolio of training, international activities, and capacity building in the veterinary medicine regulatory sphere at the VMD. She co-chaired the VMD’s recent equine anthelmintic stakeholder workshop. She holds a doctorate in Veterinary Services, is an experienced academic, and a visiting lecturer in professional veterinary services.
Speaker Ally Anderson – Zoetis
Presentation AN UPDATE ON LUNGWORM IN CATTLE IN THE UK
Description Current trends and costs of lungworm, epidemiology, immunology and some treatment and control options.
Bio Ally qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. After working in practice in Shropshire, Ally joined Zoetis in Spring 2016 as a Veterinary Consultant, before becoming National Veterinary Manager VPS in December 2019.
Speaker Dr Claire Strattord – Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Presentation ANTHELMINTIC RESISTANCE IN HORSE PARASITES
Description Initiating stakeholder engagement and contribution to tackle the critical
problem of anthelmintic resistance in horse parasites.
Bio Claire heads up the VMD’s efficacy team, responsible for assessing target Animal safety and efficacy data for authorisation of veterinary medicines. She leads VMD anthelmintic resistance activities, establishing working groups, sponsoring research and sits on the SCOPS steering committee.
Speaker Dan Griffiths – Norbrook Laboratories (GB) Ltd
Presentation MANAGING MILK FEVER
Description An overview of Norbrook’s Milk Fever range
Bio Dan qualified as a vet in 2005 and has worked in clinical practice and Industry positions, including most recently as a Vet Advisor for Norbrook. an RCVS accredited Advanced Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production.
Speaker Dave Bartley – Moredun Research Institute
Presentation CHECKING THE NEED TO PRESCRIBE
Description The control of roundworms in livestock is becoming ever more challenging and as such, ensuring that the right product is used at the right time, in the right animals.
Bio A Principal Scientist at Moredun Research Institute investigating various aspects of sustainable parasite control in livestock. Dave actively participates in the promotion of best practice roundworm control in livestock and his work has been used to inform and update government, levy board and industry led initiatives on the best practice advice.
Speaker Geoffrey Guyot – Boehringer Ingelhiem
Presentation NEXT-LEVEL PARASITE PROTECTION FOR DOGS
Description Interactive session on Frontline Tri-Act and its benefits
Bio Geoffrey qualified with veterinary and business degrees in France, before working in the swine and companion animal industry. He is currently Brand Manager for wormer and nutraceuticals, focusing on innovation and CPD training for SQPs.
Speaker Georgina Thomas – Trouw Nutrition GB
Presentation NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT RECOVERY OF CALF WITH DIARRHOEA
Description Developing a proactive approach with proven nutritional strategies can help reduce the impact the consequences of diarrhoea, as well as supporting times and overall calf performance.
Bio In 2009 graduated with a Bsc (Hons) in Animal Science, before entering the feed industry to work as a ruminant nutritionist. Today Georgina is the Young Animal Feed Manager for the GB business as well as being a member of the Global Ruminant Innovation Team for Trouw Nutrition.
Speaker Julia Shrubb – Ashbrook Equine Hospital (VetPartners)
Presentation SUSTAINABLE WORMING STRATEGIES FOR HORSES
Description How and why diagnotic-led strategic worming is crucial for worming horses
Bio Julia qualified as a vet in 2007 and has spent the last 13 years working at Ashbrook Equine Hospital in Cheshire. She has particular interest and further qualifications in Equine Internal Medicine.
Speaker Johanna Gater-Willats – Nettex
Presentation BACKYARD POULTRY WINTER 2021-2022 UPDATE
Description Review of the concerns of Backyard Poultry keepers during the winter
Bio Johanna holds a 1st Class Bsc in Animal Science(Hons) and a Post Grad Certificate in BA. She has worked across the equine and production animal veterinary industry, including animal medicines and holds a NOAH Certificate. Commercial Manager (Equine & Poultry) at Nettex.
Speaker Jonathon Doyle – Chanelle Pharma
Presentation RAMA SCENARIOS: IDENTIFYING & PRESCRIBING PARASITICIDES 
Description Case scenario evaluation over pet advice/approach involving parasiticides
Bio Jonathon is National Account Manager and has been working for Chanelle for 4 years. Qualified as a RAMA in 2019. He has been in the animal industry for 7 years. Previously with CEVA animal health.
Speaker Jonathan Statham – Animal Health & Welfare Board For England Presentation
Presentation FUTURE PATHWAYS
Description Update on the latest plans for animal health and welfare.
Bio Jonathan graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He is a cattle vet, partner and chair of Bishopton Veterinary Group and is director and Chief Executive of RAFT Solutions Ltd . He has recently been elected as Chairman of the Animal Health & Welfare Board of England which is responsible for strategic animal health and welfare policy, and oversight of implementation in relation to England.
Speaker Kate Hore – Greencoat Ltd
Presentation HOW TO READ A LABEL – UNDERSTANDING SUPPLEMENT LABELS
Description Understanding feed supplement legislation and how to answer those awkward customer questions.
Bio Kate is Head Nutritionist at Greencoat Ltd
Speaker Kevin Coffey – Datamars
Presentation SMART FARMING
Description Integrated livestock management solutions
Bio Kevin is the Global Head of Smart Farming at Datamars. He has extensive experience in the Agricultural industry with his previous role as CEO of Munster Bovine, the largest AI, herd recording and herd health testing Organisation in Ireland. Kevin’s role is based out of Datamar’s HQ in Switzerland and he splits his time between there and Ireland.
Speaker Dr Marie-Louise Bennett – Mars Petcare
Presentation CANINE ORAL CARE: FUNDAMENTALS AND NEW INSIGHTS
Description Exploring gum disease and other oral health issues in dogs, and what owners can do to help keep their dog’s teeth in tip top condition.
Bio Graduated from the University of Birmingham with a PhD on campylobacter jejuni a common food borne pathogen. She joined Mars in 1998 and spent the first half of her career at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute leading research programme on gastrointestinal and oral health before moving into a scientific communications role, working alongside key professional bodies, veterinarians and industry regulators.
Speaker Matthew Colston – Elanco Animal Health
Presentation SHEEP WORMERS – WHERE ARE WE, HOW DID WE GET TO HERE AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Description Review of current status, highlight key practices and developments that bought us to where we are and what’s needed in the future.
Bio Matthew graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and spent nearly 30 years in mixed, mainly large animal general practice. Served a term as president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and as a director of the Moredun Foundation. He left general practice in 2013 and is now a ruminant technical consultant with Elanco.
Speaker Dr Rob Howe – LLM Farm Vets
Presentation AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF VETERINARY MEDICINES
Description Reducing impact on the environment through integrated parasite management.
Bio Rob qualified from Bristol University in 2006 and then worked in the South West in a strongly farm based mixed practice. He is Veterinary Surgeon and Director at LLM Farm Vets with interest in cattle lameness and mastitis. He is strongly motivated to keep bovine TB out of Lancashire having see the effect of TB in other farm communities.
Speaker Sarah Hormozi – Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association
Presentation CORRECT FEEDING FOR DOGS AND CATS
Description Advice and guidance on nutrition for companion animals.
Bio Sarah has a Msc in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nottngham and has been with PFMS for over 10 years. As the PFMA Head of Science and Education, her role involves running several technical committees, producing educational materials, advising members and representing PFMA at external events.