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Equine veterinary nursing speakers

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Ann-Marie graduated with a Diploma in veterinary nursing from University College, Dublin, Ireland in 2009. After graduating she continued to work in the mixed practice that she trained in for a further two years. In 2011, she decided to spread her wings and travel overseas. During her year of travel, she spent some time working as an equine nurse in Australia both at Murdoch University and at a private practice south of Perth. After getting a taste of Australia and equine nursing Ann-Marie returned to the land down-under and the same private practice south of Perth in 2012. She re-joined the team at Murdoch as Head equine nurse in 2015. Ann-Marie particularly enjoys equine medicine and nursing during emergency situations. As well as having a keen passion for veterinary nurse education and completed her RCVS examiner training programme in 2009. She is currently undertaking a one year Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education.

Chris has considerable experience at all levels of equine dentistry. Chris was the first veterinary surgeon to pass the BEVA/BVDA equine dental technicians exam in 1990, has RCVS certificates in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery, and in 2014 passed the first full examination for the European Diploma in Equine Dentistry making him a European Veterinary Specialist as well as being recognized by the RCVS as a specialist. Chris lectures, teaches and examines regularly at courses and conferences around the world. In 2012 Chris set up a 100% equine dental referral practice providing visiting and clinic-based referral services throughout the UK and increasingly in Europe. Chris has a particular interest and wide experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as endodontic and restorative therapies.

Cristy is an Associate Professor of Equine Medicine at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Having graduated from Murdoch University and after spending time in private equine practice in Victoria, Australia Cristy commenced a residency in predominantly equine surgery at Massey University in New Zealand and completed a masters degree investigating third carpal bone disease in horses. She returned to Murdoch University where she decided that equine medicine was more to her liking and undertook a second residency in equine medicine. Cristy is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in both equine medicine and surgery, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a registered specialist in equine medicine. Cristy’s research interests are centred around non-infectious equine respiratory disease, equine endocrine disease and clinical veterinary education. Cristy enjoys contributing to the profession through provision of continuing education, presentation and publication of research and contribution to professional associations. She is the immediate past president of Equine Veterinarians Australia.

Natalie gained a first-class Zoology degree from Glasgow University in 1987 and was awarded the Graham Kerr Memorial Prize for Zoology. She was awarded her PhD from Cambridge University’s Veterinary School funded by the British Veterinary Association in 1991. In 1990, she joined Edinburgh University to direct a new and unique Masters programme in Animal Welfare and after 14 years made the life changing move to New Zealand where she was invited to become the Chair of Animal Welfare at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland. After six years, as Head of the School of Natural Sciences and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, in 2011 she returned to Edinburgh University to develop a new International Centre of excellence for Animal Welfare Education. As the inaugural Jeanne Marchig Chair of International Animal Welfare and the International Dean for the Veterinary School, she developed working partnerships with overseas Governments, Universities, Professional bodies and NGOs, to develop and deliver innovative capacity building initiatives within the area of One Welfare. In 2016, Natalie returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Professor of One Welfare and Executive Dean at the Eastern Institute of Technology. Natalie has produced more than 100 research publications and describes herself as an applied scientist by training, and an educationalist at heart. Her research and education interests are in the field of ‘One Welfare’ – exploring the relationship between animal and human health and welfare, an interdisciplinary area combining aspects of; social sciences, health and veterinary sciences with education, ethics and law.

DeeAnn grew up in rural western Wyoming and knew from a very young age that working with animals was to be her life calling. She attended Idaho State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in biology. She moved to Denver and attended Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology and in 2000 became a Credential Veterinary Technician (CVT). After completing an internship at an equine practice she joined the staff of Littleton Large Animal Clinic (now Littleton Equine Medical Center) as the lead ICU technician from 2000 until 2005. During that time, in 2002, DeeAnn was part of a small group of technicians who created an equine specific veterinary technician society, which eventually became the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT). AAEVT has over 1000 members worldwide and in 2008 created the veterinary technician specialty (VTS) group in equine veterinary nursing (EVN). In 2005, she took a position in the Internal Medicine Department at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital to focus on a neonatal caseload. In 2007, she joined Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in their anesthesia department. Missing the Colorado sunshine she took an offer to come back to Littleton Equine Medical Center as the lead technician. In 2013 she decided to follow her dream of working with exotic hoofstock and is currently the hospital manager at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO.