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Wendy graduated with a DVM from UC Davis in 1994. She received her PhD at Texas A&M University in 2003 and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgery following her residency at Texas A&M in 2007. She received board certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner by the University of Tennessee in 2012 and became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation-Canine in 2013. From 2005 to 2016, she was an associate professor of small animal surgery and sports medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of small animal surgery at Massey University School of Veterinary Science in New Zealand. Her research, which includes over 50 publications, has investigated the effects of oxidant stress on agility exercise in dogs, ligament and tendon injury, augmentation of fracture repair with omentum and the management of osteoarthritis in small animals. She resides in Palmerston North, NZ with her husband, son and daughter, dog and cat.

David completed his dental residency at the Dallas Dental Animal Hospital in Dallas, Texas, he is both a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. David is registered as a Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry and Small Animal Oral Surgery and runs a referral and general dental practice in Hallam, Victoria, Australia. He is a Member of the Australian/New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Dentistry), as well as, holding the position of President of the American Veterinary Dental College. David is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer, Massey University in New Zealand and Melbourne University, as well as, a Consultant for all zoos in NSW (Taronga/Western Plains), SA (Adelaide/Monarto) and Victoria (Melbourne / Healesvile / Weribee).

Bob graduated from the University of Queensland in 1982. After working as an associate veterinarian and locum in southeast Queensland and the UK, he opened the West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery in October 1988. His interest in avian medicine began soon after graduation and he obtained his Membership of the Avian Health chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 1991 and his Fellowship in 2003. He sold his practice in 2010 to take up a position with the newly relocated UQ School of Veterinary Science in Gatton. He is now an Associate Professor and head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service. He has written two avian medicine texts (one of which has been republished as a second edition and has been translated into German, Turkish and Chinese) and co-edited a reptile medicine text. He has also published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and taught avian medicine in Spain, Singapore, China, Turkey and all-around Australia.

Sarah graduated from the University of Melbourne. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She has also completed a Masters degree in veterinary education at the University of Melbourne. She has published articles on diverse topics, including pain assessment, analgesia, toxicology, transfusion medicine, cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation and veterinary education. Sarah is currently working at the Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency in Melbourne.

Angela is a Veterinary Radiology specialist that trained as a biochemist at Old Dominion University (USA) followed by a vet school obtaining a DVM from the University of California, Davis graduating in 1999. In 2000 she began a four-year radiology residency at UC Davis obtaining her diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Radiologists in 2003. She was clinical faculty at UC Davis for eight months prior to emigrating to New Zealand and teaching at Massey University for nine years. She now practices privately via teleradiology and in clinic ultrasound services for her own company Southern Veterinary Imaging. She also works as a clinical radiologist in Auckland at Animal Referral Centre two days per week. She block-teaches diagnostic imaging to veterinary students at the University of Adelaide. She lives outside of Nelson, New Zealand on a small animal rescue farm with her family. Her goal is to benefit as many patients, clients, veterinarians and veterinarians as possible during her career.

Sarah graduated from Massey University in 2010 and worked in small animal practice for just over a year in Auckland. This was followed by a rotating internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists in the UK. During her internship she developed a passion for internal medicine and went on to complete a residency in small animal internal medicine at Massey University. Sarah became a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2017 and joined the Animal Referral Centre in Auckland later that year. Sarah enjoys the problem-solving nature of medicine and has an interest in endocrinology and neurology.

Richard graduated from Veterinary School at Massey University in Palmerston North with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1988. He spent seven years in general practice in the Waikato. During this time, he worked with both farm animals and pets but developed a special interest in surgery of dogs and cats. In 1995, Richard began a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University, Texas, USA. This led to him completing a three-year residency program from 1996-99 in small animal surgery also at Texas A&M University. This residency program involved training and experience with all areas of surgery in dogs and cats under the supervision of leading American specialists. In February 2000, Richard sat and passed the Board certification examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Surgery. Richard is a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in New Zealand and has been working at the Veterinary Specialist Group since 2001 and Veterinary Specialists Auckland since 2016. Richard is interested in all aspects of surgery of dogs and cats but has special interests in diseases and surgery of the nervous system and reconstruction of major skin wounds. Richard regularly lectures to veterinarians and has published numerous articles on surgical topics in veterinary journals.

Lynelle received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University, was in private practice on Long Island for three years, and completed a Masters Degree and residency program at the University of Illinois. She is Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Professor at the University of California, Davis. She is the respiratory section editor for Current Veterinary Therapy, has manuscripts in various textbooks and journals, and recently completed the second edition of her book entitled, Clinical Canine and Feline Respiratory Medicine.

Julius graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He worked in private practice for five years before completing an Internship at the University of Queensland and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Sydney. While at the University of Sydney, Julius was awarded a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies for his investigation of autogenous grafting of the caudal vena cava in dogs. Julius completed Clinical and Research Fellowships in Surgical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. He was on faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada prior to moving to his current position as specialist small animal surgeon and surgical oncologist at VCA Canada - Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Julius is a board-certified specialist in small animal surgery in Australia (Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists), North America (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons), and Europe (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons). He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on surgical oncology related topics in peer-reviewed veterinary and human journals, and veterinary surgery and oncology textbooks; and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Julius was founding President of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and was awarded the Stephen J. Withrow Award for Advancing the Art and Science of Surgical Oncology in 2010. He became an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology in 2012. Julius is a co-editor of the 6th edition of Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology and co-author of the 1st edition of A Color Atlas of Surgical Oncology of Dogs and Cats.

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, David spent five years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri. He joined the faculty at the University of California-Davis in 2000. There he is one of seven ophthalmologists with four ophthalmology residents and an ophthalmic intern in training. He is the author of Slatter’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology, now in its 6th edition, and was honored to be recognised as the 2018 WSAVA speaker of the year. David’s major interests are ocular surface disease and feline herpesvirus.

Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 1996 and then practiced in the United Kingdom and Australia for two years. In 2001, she completed her PhD and was awarded Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2006 she completed her residency in cardiology at the University of California, Davis and an externship at the paediatric cardiology facility of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Fiona currently works at Veterinary Specialist Services (Queensland), teaches in the School of Veterinary Science and enjoys collaborative cardiovascular research within the School of Biomedical Science, University of Queensland.

Valerie was born in Quebec and graduated from University of Montreal in 1998. She started working at the University of Wisconsin in 1999 where she acquired her Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2003. From there, she moved to Switzerland and began work at the University of Zurich in 2003 working as a Medical and Radiation Oncologist and acquired Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (Radiation Oncology) in 2006. In 2007 she moved to Australia and joined the team at Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre and helped built the first radiation facility for pets in the southern hemisphere. She moved to Guelph in August 2012 and was the radiation oncologist at the Animal Cancer Centre of the University of Guelph. After four beautiful years in New Zealand working at Massey University as a medical oncologist, she went back to the University Guelph in 2019 and is now an associate professor in radiation oncology.

Craig is a 1992 graduate of the BVSc program at The University of Queensland, Australia. After a variety of mixed- and small- animal practice experiences, he returned to UQ to complete a PhD degree investigating severity markers in severe acute pancreatitis in dogs. On completion of his PhD he joined the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Science as a research scientist, before moving to Oregon State University for a residency in Small Animal Medicine, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2008. Craig remained at Oregon State University as a faculty member, rising to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, until returning to the southern hemisphere to join the faculty at the Massey University School of Veterinary Science in 2017. Craig is currently and Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Massey University, and is a registered specialist in small animal internal medicine.

Debbie graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 2008. During her first year in practice she completed the Pfizer (Zoetis) Internship at the Veterinary Specialist Group in Auckland and worked as a veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Centre. In 2009 she moved to Australia to undertake a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. A residency in Veterinary Dermatology followed at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre and in 2013 she undertook further training at Cornell University in New York State. Debbie started a referral dermatology practice in Melbourne which ran until 2015. In 2014 she passed the Fellowship exams of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and became a registered specialist in veterinary dermatology. In 2016 Debbie returned to Auckland and opened a specialist dermatology referral clinic called The Skin Vet, which is based in two hospitals. Debbie has contributed to a number of publications (winning the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists medal) and has presented several times at Science Week. She is actively involved with Science Week as a dermatology stream convenor and has acted as head examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists for the Dermatology Fellowship examinations for the last few years.