Vet Ed 2017 Liverpool


Keynote Speaker - Sandy Trees

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Professor the Lord Sandy Trees

Professor the Lord Trees graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1969 from Edinburgh University. Following a year in mixed general practice, he completed a PhD on bovine babesiosis, and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

In 1980 Lord Trees was appointed Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Liverpool, was appointed Professor of Veterinary Parasitology in 1994 and went on to become Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science from 2001-2008. His research has been funded by over £15m of external grants and produced over 170 scientific papers. He retired from the University of Liverpool in 2011.

He was a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) from 2000-2015 and president of the RCVS in 2009-2010. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Moredun Research Institute and Veterinary Editor in Chief of the Veterinary Record and In Practice.

In 2012 Lord Trees was appointed to the Crossbenches through the Appointments Commission and is only the second veterinary surgeon to be appointed to the House of Lords.

Keynote Speaker - Pat Bailey

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Professor Pat Bailey
Deputy Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University

Pat Bailey has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University since September 2014. Prior to this, he has held academic posts at the Universities of York, Heriot-Watt, Manchester and Keele.

He has wide experience of supporting and leading educational activities, as well as having a strong research record (over 100 papers). His teaching has been recognised by a number of awards, including his appointment as a National Teaching Fellow in 2005, and he is a member of the TEF Panel.

His research expertise is in medicinal chemistry (>100 papers), especially the synthesis of biologically active heterocycles and the development of drug delivery systems, for which he has attracted significant funding (ca £4M).

He is a passionate supporter of widening access and participation in HE, and his outreach activities and commitment to sharing science with the wider community led to him receiving the BSA Lord Kelvin Award in 1999. He has a strong commitment to the principles of ‘sustainability’ and ‘social justice’, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Keynote Speaker - Louise O'Dwyer


Louise O’Dwyer
MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(Anaesthesia/Analgesia & ECC) DipAVN(Medical & Surgical) RVN

Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014.

Louise has contributed to over 45 books, journal articles and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control, within the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and USA.

Louise worked spent 15 years working at PetMedics in Manchester firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director and in October 2015 Louise moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma patients, as well as anaesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control and wound management.

Louise was delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing as well as in July 2016 being awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the RCVS for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing.

Closing Address by Professor Gavin Brown


The closing address at Vet Ed 2017 will be delivered by Professor Gavin Brown BSc PhD.

Gavin joined the University of Liverpool in June 2015 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education. In this role he supports the Vice-Chancellor in setting the academic direction of the University, provides strategic leadership and champions the enhancement of learning and teaching throughout the academic and student community.

Before joining the University of Liverpool, Gavin spent his academic career at Lancaster University in a number of senior roles. As Dean of Undergraduate Studies his focus was on enhancing the quality of learning and teaching, and included the delivery of a number of IT initiatives to underpin technology-enhanced learning and support the student experience. He also spent six years as Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Health and Medicine, leading on resource planning and the development of international partnerships.

Gavin has a first degree in chemistry and a PhD in connective tissue biochemistry. His research interests focus on the role of matrix molecules in a variety of disease processes including the development of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, corneal eye disease and the metastatic spread of cancer.

Opening Address by Professor Susan Dawson

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The opening address at Vet Ed 2017 will be delivered by Professor Susan Dawson BVMS PhD MRCVS.

Professor Susan Dawson is Head of the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool.  She qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow and spent several years in vet practice before joining the University of Liverpool in 1988.  Her research is in the area of infectious diseases with a focus on zoonotic infections and antimicrobial resistance in particular. 
Professor Dawson is currently a member of the Council and Senate of the University of Liverpool and is also a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  She sits on Education Committee for RCVS and has been a panel member and chair of accreditation visits of veterinary schools on behalf of the Royal College.  Susan was a member of the Veterinary Products Committee (2002-2011), a scientific advisory committee to DEFRA and was also the veterinary advisor to the antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections committee for the Department of Health.  Professor Dawson is currently President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Since taking on the role of Head of the School of Veterinary Science, Professor Dawson has led the introduction of a new curriculum to the BVSc programme and has managed a significant increase in student numbers onto the programme.

Full Line-Up of Vet Ed 2017 Speakers

All keynote speakers
From left to right:

Opening Address:
  • Head of Veterinary Institute, Professor Susan Dawson BVMS PhD MRCVS

Keynote Speakers:
  • Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(ECC) DipAVN(Med & Surg) RVN
  • Professor Pat Bailey MA DPhil CChem FRSC FRSE FRSA FHEA
  • Professor the Lord Sandy Trees BVM&S PhD MRCVS

Closing Address:
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, Professor Gavin Brown BSc PhD

Further details and full biographies coming soon.

Keynote Speakers

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Confirmed Keynote Spearers:

  • Professor the Lord Sandy Trees BVM&S PhD MRCVS
  • Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(ECC) DipAVN(Med & Surg) RVN