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Martin works for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing in the role of General Manager – Racing & Equine Welfare. Through his work in the racing industry he has also a representative member of the NZ Equine Health Association, and is the Chairman of the NZ Horse Ambulance Trust.

Alana graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc Zoology in 2006 and for the next five years worked with the RSPCA as an Inspector investigating welfare concerns. She joined World Horse Welfare in 2011 and spent two years as a Field Officer before joining the International Department project managing the charity’s Central American (and Mexican) projects. She completed her Masters degree in International Animal Health at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, and in the same year moved to World Horse Welfare’s Public Affairs team where she works primarily on the charity’s Research and Education initiatives.

Joe is a graduate of University College Dublin and has been a veterinarian for more than 30 years. He spent the first 20 years as an equine clinician, mainly in private practice but with an equine residency at Cambridge University in the middle. Joe completed two RCVS clinical certificates and thought he knew it all! A PhD in equine welfare, supported by World Horse Welfare, following by a research project and employment with The Donkey Sanctuary opened his eyes to how little true regard he had sometimes given to the sentience and welfare of the equines under his care, and he winces to recall how ignorant he had been when treating donkeys in particular. Joe will illustrate the importance for welfare NGOs to listen to the true needs and experiences of equines and how vital it is to keep these at the heart of what vets do; and how we can use a novel tool to assess donkey welfare and the impact of the work we do. He will encourage and assist colleagues to treat donkeys as the species they are. By highlighting their key differences - behaviour, physiology, nutrition, medication and anatomy he’ll show how approaches must differ from those used with their larger relatives. Pulling from his years of experience in equine clinical practice and welfare organisations in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America, Joe will add insights as to how vets should better assess quality-of-life and make end-of-life decisions that are both principled and pragmatic.

Joe is a clinical veterinarian with an interest in equine medicine, veterinary neurology and comparative neuropathology. Currently he is Professor Emeritus in Equine Medicine, Massey University, having worked in clinical academic positions the University of Florida, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh and Massey University. Joe now does clinical consulting, is Editor of the NZEVA Equine Veterinary Practitioner and with luck might finish a 3rd edition of the text Large Animal Neurology along with colleague Rob MacKay from Florida. He enjoys time spent with family and their dogs, trying his legs at a few marathons and triathlons, and is adept at injuring himself while running and riding bikes.

Steve was a professional farrier for ten years prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. He learned the farrier trade through a formal apprenticeship under "Hall of Fame" farrier, Joseph M. Pierce, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He then returned to school, attended Haverford College and went on to graduate from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with a DVM Degree in 1981. After graduating from veterinary school, Steve did an equine internship in Cape Town, South Africa. From here he went on to join Dr. Dan Flynn at the prestigious Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville, VA where he stayed for 10 years before opening his own practice devoted to competition horses and farriery. In 2003, he opened Northern Virginia Equine in Marshall, Virginia which is a referral practice devoted to foot disease and equine therapeutic farriery. Here he combines his skills as a veterinarian and a farrier to better understand and treat problems of the foot. He has published 25 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written ten book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery - all resulting from his extensive work in equine podiatry. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and in 2009; he received the AAEP President's Award for his work in farrier education.

Andrew received his Vet MB from the University of Cambridge in 1981. Andrew is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and received his certificate in Veterinary Radiology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1982. He currently serves as Professor of large animal surgery at the University of Georgia. Andrew has made over 160 professional presentations and has peer reviewed and authored articles and book chapters. His clinical interests are large animal surgery lameness and diseases of the foot.

Frederik is a 1994 graduate of Gent University, Belgium and has worked in academia and equine private practice in The United Kingdom, Ireland, The United States, New Zealand, Belgium and Switzerland. After Internship and ACVS Equine Surgery residency specialist training, Fred moved to New Zealand. There he was a Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at Massey University from July 2005 until December 2012. Frederik completed a second full time specialist training ending July 2016 as a Radiologist, Large Animal bias for the European College of Veterinary Medical Imaging (ECVDI) at Massey University, and then Ghent University, after which Frederik worked as a clinical Radiologist at Bern University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He passed the ECVDI examination in February 2017. Frederik has the Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS), a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI) Large Animal Emphasis and a registered veterinary specialist with the Australia and New Zealand Veterinary Council. Frederik has been an executive member of the New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has teaching experience with undergraduate and post graduate veterinarians and has a wide clinical research experience. He currently consult in Small and Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging, Equine Orthopaedics and Surgery.

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.

Laura is a UK veterinary surgeon who qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005. She spent seven years in mixed and sports horse practice before joining Brooke – Action for Working Horses and Donkeys in 2012 as a veterinary training advisor. Laura now works in the Global Animal Health team with international colleagues, improving animal welfare through better veterinary education and strengthening animal healthcare systems. She contributed to the OIE Curricula Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals as part of an expert ad-hoc group. Laura has further qualifications in equine internal medicine and veterinary education.

Josh Slater graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and spent four years in equine practice before moving to a residency in equine medicine at the University of Cambridge. He completed a PhD in equine infectious diseases in 1994 and was a lecturer, then senior lecturer in equine medicine at Cambridge during which he held a Wellcome Trust research fellowship. He moved to the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 where was is professor of equine clinical studies and clinical director of the equine referral hospital. His research is in equine infectious diseases, in particular strangles and equine herpesviruses and he has a wide range of interests in equine medicine. He is currently Professor of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Melbourne where is Head of Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations, and served as the secretary to the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He was biosecurity advisor for the 2008 Equestrian Olympic Games, the London 2012 Equestrian Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and 2018. He is a co-director of the British Animal Rescue Trauma Association, is chairman of the Horse Trust in the UK.

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.