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Antimicrobial resistance
Dr. Christophe Beloin

Department of Microbiology
INSTITUT PASTEUR
France

 
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Bovine welfare and cattle comfort
Dr. Ed. Pajor

Professor, Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare, Production Animal Health/ Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
Canada

Biography
Ed is recognized internationally for his research on the behavior and welfare of beef, swine, dairy, and rodeo animals, as well as expertise in animal welfare standards and legislation. Dr. Pajor has served on the scientific review committee for 3 different species on Canada’s Code of Practice process and served on the ACAF steering committee developing a national, multi-species animal care assessment process. Dr. Pajor has been an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science and has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Animal Science as well as Applied Animal Behavior Science and as a Regional Secretary to the International Society of Applied Ethology. Dr. Pajor has served on the animal welfare advisory committees of a number of organizations including McDonalds, Albertsons Companies Inc. the Calgary Stampede, the US National Pork Board, National Farm Animal Care Council, Certified Humane, and Alberta Farm Animal Care. He has consulted with organizations such as Calgary Co-op, Merck and Walmart. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honors Co-op B.Sc. Degree in biology. In addition he earned a MSc. and PhD. degree in biology from McGill University specializing in Animal Behavior. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Pajor was on faculty for 10 years at Purdue University in the Department of Animal Sciences where he also served as Director of the Animal Welfare Center. Ed currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and 2 Children.
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Buffaloes, camelids and wild ruminants
Dr. Mohhamed Shamusddin

Technical Officer
IAEA, Vienna
Austria

 
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BVD
Prof. Joe Brownlie

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol Veterinary School, Bristol
Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Royal Veterinary College, London
UK

 
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Diagnostic imaging
Prof. Dr. Karl Nuss

Section Head, Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich
Swizerland

Biography
1986-1991: Clinical Education at the Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1988: Thesis (Dr. med. vet.): “Resection of the distal interphalangeal joint in cattle”
1992: Resident in Large Animal Surgery, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
1992 - 2000: Clinician in Bovine Surgery, Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1996: Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons
2000: Habilitation thesis “Stage-oriented, sequential therapy of septic arthritis in cattle”.
2001-2007: Clinician in Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland.
2004: Diplomate, European College of Bovine Health Management
2007: Professor of Surgery and Orthopedics, Clinic for Ruminants, University of Munich, Germany.
2015: Professor ad personam and Section Head, Ruminant Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Main research interests: Bovine Surgery and Orthopedics, Bovine Diagnostic Imaging
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E-learning and continuing education
Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer

Universität München (DAM)
Germany

Biography
Dr. Fischer is a general internist and endocrinologist. Since 2011 he is the Director of the Institute for Medical Education at the University Hospital, LMU Munich. In 2012 he was elected as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education of the Medical Faculty. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Open-Access GMS Journal for Medil Education (JME), a reviewer for numerous journals and institutions and since 2011 he is the president of the German Association for Medical Education (GMA). From 2008 until 2011 he worked as Dean for Education, and Director of the Institute for Teaching and Educational Research in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Health of Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.
Dr. Fischer received his undergraduate and medical education in Hamburg and Freiburg. He received his Master of Medical Education (MME) degree at the University Berne, Switzerland in 2004. Since 2004 he is Co-Director of the German national Master of Medical Education (MME) program (www.mme-de.de).
He published more than 200 papers. His research interest is in clinical reasoning and technology-enhanced learning.
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Epidemiology
Prof. Mark Stevenson

Professor, Veterinary Epidemiology
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Australia

Biography
Mark Stevenson is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology and simulation modelling of infectious disease spread. He is currently Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology (One Health) at The University of Melbourne where he leads a group working on the epidemiology of a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic zoonotic diseases including Q fever, highly pathogenic avian influenza, trichinellosis and brucellosis.
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Herd health
Prof. Dr. Jos Noordhuizen

Professor in dairy herd health & productivity management, Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
France

Biography
Graduated January 1975 at the Veterinary Faculty, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Bovine obstetrics & gynaecology specialisation 1975-1978 at Utrecht. Large animal practice 1978—1981.
Cattle consultant at the Limburg Animal Health Service, Netherlands, 1981. Associated professor at Utrecht University, department of Herd Health & Ambulatory Clinic. PhD in dairy cattle herd health & production management programmes in Utrecht, 1984.
Full professor and head of department of Animal Husbandry, Animal Science Group, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands, 1988-1998.
Full professor and head of department of Ruminant Health Care, Utrecht University, 1998- 2005. Pre-retirement December 2005. In 2006: invited professor at the Veterinary Faculty, Ghent University, Belgium; in 2008 & 2009: invited professor at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes and Lyon (France). In 2010—2011: teacher for practitioners in France (SNGTV).
Co-founder of VACQA-International Consultancies.
Over 300 articles written; 5 books published (a.o. herd health; applied epidemiology; quality risk management); many international courses given; many congress presentations given.
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Hoof health and lameness
Prof. Christer Bergsten

Professor, Biosystems and technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sweden

Biography
Professor Christer Bergsten has for more than 30 years been engaged in research and education at the Swedish University of Agriculture and also working with specialized animal health service for the Swedish Dairy Association. He is well acknowledged internationally for his research on bovine lameness, claw and leg lesions and its´ association with breeding, nutrition, management, and housing system and for practical application of his work improving animal welfare and performance. Christer has developed a claw lesion recording system for herd health monitoring, which is now extensively used. A claw breeding value is calculated from these records and used in breeding programs to reduce lameness. The importance of optimal housing with special emphasize on comfort and hygiene of the walking areas has been demonstrated by several studies. Presently he is working at the Dept. of Biosystems and Technology, SLU Alnarp, Sweden leading the section of Animal Environment and Building function.
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Immunology and vaccines
Dr. Geraldine Taylor

The Pirbright Institute
UK

 
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Infectious diseases: bacteriology
Dr. Richard J Whittington

Professor, Farm Animal Health, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
Australia

Biography
Professor Richard Whittington is Chair of Farm Animal Health in the School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia. Until 2002 he was Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Agriculture, following service as a diagnostic pathologist, and he has worked in private veterinary practice in NSW and the UK. He has a BVSc (1980), a PhD in microbiology and immunology, is a registered specialist in veterinary pathobiology and is a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology in mycobacteriology. Richard heads an ISO17025 accredited diagnostic laboratory and an OIE reference laboratory at the University of Sydney, and leads research programs on infectious diseases of farmed animals, particularly Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Dichelobacter nodosus, and viral diseases in aquaculture. He encourages direct engagement of farmers in on-farm research. He works with scientists in developing countries to provide appropriate research, development and training and is currently assisting the Government of Fiji with control of bovine tuberculosis.
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Infectious diseases: virology
Dr. Paul M. Coussens

Professor and Director , Molecular Pathogenesis Laboratory,Department of Animal Science , Michigan State University
U.S.A.

Biography
Dr. Coussens holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Northern Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maine at Orono, and a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Coussens’ early studies focused on analysis of retroviruses and oncogenes. In 1986, Dr. Coussens returned to Michigan as a post-doctoral researcher and in 1987, accepted a post as Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Coussens has raised over $5 million in internal, State and Federal funds to support research programs on Marek’s disease virus, Johne’s disease, and BLV. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Coussens assumed a leadership role as Director of the MSU Center for Animal Functional Genomics (CAFG). Currently Dr. Coussens’ research is focused on the immunology of mycobacterial diseases and immune dysfunction in bovine leukemia virus infected cattle. Dr. Coussens has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and symposia papers, presented over 200 abstracts and invited talks, and is a named inventor on 13 US patents.
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Internal medicine
Dr. Walter Grünberg

Research Associate, Clinic for Cattle
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
Germany

Biography
Walter Grünberg is a senior researcher and clinician at the Clinic for Cattle, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover with specialty in bovine internal medicine. Walter graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria and obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. After several years in food animal practice, Walter returned to academia and held research- and clinical track positions at the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals of the Free University Berlin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University and Utrecht University. Beside of holding board certifications in animal reproduction (Dip. ECAR) and bovine health management (Dip. ECBHM) Walter has been granted the status of associate diplomate of the ACVIM. His research focus is on metabolic diseases, with an emphasis on mineral-, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances in cows and calves. Walter has authored or coauthored of over 60 scientific publications, numerous book chapters and is coeditor of the 11th edition of Veterinary Medicine, a textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats.
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Nutrition and metabolic diseases
Prof. Garrett Oetzel

Food Animal Production Medicine Section
Depertment of Medical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin-Madison
U.S.A.

Biography
Dr. Garrett R. (Gary) Oetzel, DVM, MS, is a professor in the Food Animal Production Section, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Oetzel grew up on a beef cow-calf farm in southwestern Ohio. He completed his undergraduate and veterinary medical training at The Ohio State University, receiving his BS in 1978 and DVM in 1981. From Ohio he went to the University of Illinois where he completed an internship, residency, and graduate program in 1985. Dr. Oetzel then spent three years as an assistant professor at Colorado State University and one year in private dairy practice in Reedsville, WI. He joined the Food Animal Production Medicine Section at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in September 1989. Dr. Oetzel's main research interests are in ketosis and hypocalcemia. His lecture courses include topics in veterinary clinical nutrition and food animal medicine. His clinical instruction involves herdlevel evaluation of health records, transition cow troubleshooting, applied dairy nutrition, and herd-based testing for metabolic diseases.
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Parasitology
Dr. Massaro Ueti

Veterinary Medical officer, US Department of Agriculture, USDA-ARS
U.S.A.

Biography
PhD, Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, Washington, USA, March 2005
My research focuses on in understanding vector-pathogen interaction at the level of tick midgut and salivary glands. These organs are the major determinants for tick borne pathogen transmission. I established a vector borne program that uses biological approaches to analyze the vector competence including Rhipicephalus microplus and Deramcentor andersoni. These ticks are vectors of Babesia, Theileria parasites, and Anaplasma marginale. I have >15 years of experience in working on tick borne diseases of livestock.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Research Veterinary Medical Officer, US. Department of Agriculture-Animal Research Service-Animal Disease Research Unit, Pullman, WA. Identification of novel Babesia bovis molecules applicable to blocking transmission vaccine development. 2009- Present
Adjunct Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 2014- Present
Adjunct Professor, Washington State University, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, WA. 2010- Present
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Public health and food safety
Prof. Martin Blaser

Muriel & George Singer Professor of Translational Medicine, Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center
U.S.A.

Biography
Martin J. Blaser is the Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and directs the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He served as Department of Medicine chair from 2000-2012. A physician and microbiologist, Dr. Blaser studies our persistently colonizing bacteria. His work focused on Campylobacter species and Helicobacter pylori, model systems for studying the interactions of residential bacteria with their hosts. He also has been examining the human microbiome in health and in diseases as asthma, obesity, diabetes, and allergies. Dr. Blaser has served as President, Infectious Diseases Society of America; Chair, Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute; and Chair, NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. He holds 28 U.S. patents, authored over 550 original articles, and wrote Missing Microbes, a book targeted to general audiences.
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Reproduction
Dr. Jose Eduardo P. Santos

Department of Animal Sciences
University of Florida
U.S.A.

 
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Small ruminants

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Surgery
Prof. Dr. Adrian Steiner

Clinic head, Farm Animal Clinic, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland
Switzerland

Biography
Career milestones, scientific interests and publications:
•1984: Graduation: Med.vet. Degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1988: Dr.med.vet. degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1993: Master of Science, Texas A&M University. Thesis: Myoelectric activity of the cecum and proximal loop of the ascending colon in cows.
•1994: Diplomate of the "European College of Veterinary Surgeons"
•1995: Habilitation thesis, University of Berne, Switzerland
•2000: FVH: Swiss national title: Specialist in bovine diseses (FVH Rinderkrankheiten)
•2000: Professor for large Animal Surgery, University of Berne
•2003: Full professor for diseases in ruminants and director of the Clinic for Ruminants, Vetsuisse-Faculty of Berne, Switzerland
•2005: Diplomate of the “European College of Bovine Health Management”
•2011-2014: Director of the Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Since 2015: Director of the Clinic for Farm Animals, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Special scientific interests: Lameness in cattle and sheep; surgery; welfare
•Publications in peer-reviewed journals from 2012-2016: 52
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Tropical animal diseases
Dr. Keith Sumption

Italy

 
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Udder health
Prof. Pamela Ruegg

Professor, Dept. of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
U.S.A.

Biography
Pamela Ruegg is a Professor and extension milk quality specialist in the Dept. of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her undergraduate degree and D.V.M. from Michigan State University, spent a couple of years in mixed animal practice in Wisconsin and then returned to academia to complete a residency and Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UW, Madison, she had varied professional experiences including private veterinary practice, academic positions at both Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU and corporate technical service. Dr. Ruegg is active in a number of industry organizations and is a past-president of the National Mastitis Council. Her research and extension programs are focused on developing programs that help farmers maintain healthy cows, and improving milk quality and safety on dairy farms.
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Udder health
Dr. Peter Edmondson

Udderwise LTD
Hill Farm, Withial Hill, East Pennard
UK

Biography
Peter is an Irish dairy veterinarian who spent 35 years in veterinary practice specialising in mastitis. In 2015, he formed UdderWise, a veterinary consultancy, specialising in providing technical expertise in mastitis and milk quality, tailor made training, troubleshooting mastitis and milk residue problems and supporting pharmaceutical companies. Peter works with dairy farmers, veterinarians, pharmaceutical, agricultural and dairy processing businesses around the world.
Qualified from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 1980. After five years in practice in Ireland, joined Almarai working with large dairy herds in Saudi Arabia and China. Then joined a specialist dairy practice in the south-west of England where he remained.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Diplomat of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM) and an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.
Peter is not an academic or a researcher but a veterinarian providing hands-on practical solutions to mastitis, milk quality and other dairy problems. He has excellent communication skills and is a very popular trainer known for his practical and down to earth approaches. Regularly presents papers and workshops at conferences throughout the world.
He has written two practical mastitis books; ‘How to Control Somatic Cell Counts’ and ‘How to Control Clinical Mastitis’ and is co-author of ‘Mastitis Control in Dairy Herds’. Frequent contributor to farming and veterinary press.
Peter is passionate about transferring practical skills and knowledge to dairy farmers in Africa to improve milk quality, yield and profitability and visits Africa two or three times each year. Peter lives in the South West of England with his family and can be contacted at peter@udderwise.co.uk
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Young stock
Dr. John Frederick Mee

Principal Veterinary Research Scientist, Animal and Bioscience, TEAGASC
Ireland

Biography
Dr. Mee is the Principal Veterinary Research Scientist at the Irish National Dairy Research Centre.
Specialist status: John is a National & European board-accredited registered buiatrician.
Research and clinical interests: These include bovine & ovine perinatology & calf health, dairy cow welfare, biosecurity/infectious diseases & beef herd health. His research has been published in over 100 peer-review papers/book chapters.
Lecturing: Dr. Mee is a lecturer on 7 under/postgraduate courses in Ireland, the UK & in Hungary. He has delivered award-winning lectures/workshops by invite in some 25 countries internationally, including numerous veterinary world congresses.
Professional experience: He has 30 years’ experience in private & public veterinary practice & in theriogenology & animal health/welfare research. John collaborates on research projects in Australia, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Scotland & Switzerland.
Editorial boards: John is an Editorial Board member of 5 journals including Animal Reproduction Science, Reproduction in Domestic Animals & the Irish Veterinary Journal. He has been invited to referee for some 50 bioscience journals.

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Antimicrobial resistance
Dr. Christophe Beloin

Department of Microbiology
INSTITUT PASTEUR
France

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Bovine welfare and cattle comfort
Dr. Ed. Pajor

Professor, Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare, Production Animal Health/ Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
Canada

Biography
Ed is recognized internationally for his research on the behavior and welfare of beef, swine, dairy, and rodeo animals, as well as expertise in animal welfare standards and legislation. Dr. Pajor has served on the scientific review committee for 3 different species on Canada’s Code of Practice process and served on the ACAF steering committee developing a national, multi-species animal care assessment process. Dr. Pajor has been an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science and has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Animal Science as well as Applied Animal Behavior Science and as a Regional Secretary to the International Society of Applied Ethology. Dr. Pajor has served on the animal welfare advisory committees of a number of organizations including McDonalds, Albertsons Companies Inc. the Calgary Stampede, the US National Pork Board, National Farm Animal Care Council, Certified Humane, and Alberta Farm Animal Care. He has consulted with organizations such as Calgary Co-op, Merck and Walmart. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honors Co-op B.Sc. Degree in biology. In addition he earned a MSc. and PhD. degree in biology from McGill University specializing in Animal Behavior. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Pajor was on faculty for 10 years at Purdue University in the Department of Animal Sciences where he also served as Director of the Animal Welfare Center. Ed currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and 2 Children.
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Buffaloes, camelids and wild ruminants
Dr. Mohhamed Shamusddin

Technical Officer
IAEA, Vienna
Austria

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BVD
Prof. Joe Brownlie

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol Veterinary School, Bristol
Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Royal Veterinary College, London
UK

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Diagnostic imaging
Prof. Dr. Karl Nuss

Section Head, Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich
Swizerland

Biography
1986-1991: Clinical Education at the Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1988: Thesis (Dr. med. vet.): “Resection of the distal interphalangeal joint in cattle”
1992: Resident in Large Animal Surgery, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
1992 - 2000: Clinician in Bovine Surgery, Clinic of Veterinary Surgery, University of Munich, Germany
1996: Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons
2000: Habilitation thesis “Stage-oriented, sequential therapy of septic arthritis in cattle”.
2001-2007: Clinician in Farm Animal Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland.
2004: Diplomate, European College of Bovine Health Management
2007: Professor of Surgery and Orthopedics, Clinic for Ruminants, University of Munich, Germany.
2015: Professor ad personam and Section Head, Ruminant Surgery, Farm Animal Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Main research interests: Bovine Surgery and Orthopedics, Bovine Diagnostic Imaging
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E-learning and continuing education
Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer

Universität München (DAM)
Germany

Biography
Dr. Fischer is a general internist and endocrinologist. Since 2011 he is the Director of the Institute for Medical Education at the University Hospital, LMU Munich. In 2012 he was elected as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education of the Medical Faculty. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Open-Access GMS Journal for Medil Education (JME), a reviewer for numerous journals and institutions and since 2011 he is the president of the German Association for Medical Education (GMA). From 2008 until 2011 he worked as Dean for Education, and Director of the Institute for Teaching and Educational Research in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Health of Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.
Dr. Fischer received his undergraduate and medical education in Hamburg and Freiburg. He received his Master of Medical Education (MME) degree at the University Berne, Switzerland in 2004. Since 2004 he is Co-Director of the German national Master of Medical Education (MME) program (www.mme-de.de).
He published more than 200 papers. His research interest is in clinical reasoning and technology-enhanced learning.
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Epidemiology
Prof. Mark Stevenson

Professor, Veterinary Epidemiology
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Australia

Biography
Mark Stevenson is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology and simulation modelling of infectious disease spread. He is currently Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology (One Health) at The University of Melbourne where he leads a group working on the epidemiology of a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic zoonotic diseases including Q fever, highly pathogenic avian influenza, trichinellosis and brucellosis.
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Herd health
Prof. Dr. Jos Noordhuizen

Professor in dairy herd health & productivity management, Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
France

Biography
Graduated January 1975 at the Veterinary Faculty, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Bovine obstetrics & gynaecology specialisation 1975-1978 at Utrecht. Large animal practice 1978—1981.
Cattle consultant at the Limburg Animal Health Service, Netherlands, 1981. Associated professor at Utrecht University, department of Herd Health & Ambulatory Clinic. PhD in dairy cattle herd health & production management programmes in Utrecht, 1984.
Full professor and head of department of Animal Husbandry, Animal Science Group, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands, 1988-1998.
Full professor and head of department of Ruminant Health Care, Utrecht University, 1998- 2005. Pre-retirement December 2005. In 2006: invited professor at the Veterinary Faculty, Ghent University, Belgium; in 2008 & 2009: invited professor at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes and Lyon (France). In 2010—2011: teacher for practitioners in France (SNGTV).
Co-founder of VACQA-International Consultancies.
Over 300 articles written; 5 books published (a.o. herd health; applied epidemiology; quality risk management); many international courses given; many congress presentations given.
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Hoof health and lameness
Prof. Christer Bergsten

Professor, Biosystems and technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sweden

Biography
Professor Christer Bergsten has for more than 30 years been engaged in research and education at the Swedish University of Agriculture and also working with specialized animal health service for the Swedish Dairy Association. He is well acknowledged internationally for his research on bovine lameness, claw and leg lesions and its´ association with breeding, nutrition, management, and housing system and for practical application of his work improving animal welfare and performance. Christer has developed a claw lesion recording system for herd health monitoring, which is now extensively used. A claw breeding value is calculated from these records and used in breeding programs to reduce lameness. The importance of optimal housing with special emphasize on comfort and hygiene of the walking areas has been demonstrated by several studies. Presently he is working at the Dept. of Biosystems and Technology, SLU Alnarp, Sweden leading the section of Animal Environment and Building function.
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Immunology and vaccines
Dr. Geraldine Taylor

The Pirbright Institute, UK
UK

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Infectious diseases: bacteriology
Dr. Richard J Whittington

Professor, Farm Animal Health, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
Australia

Biography
Professor Richard Whittington is Chair of Farm Animal Health in the School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia. Until 2002 he was Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Agriculture, following service as a diagnostic pathologist, and he has worked in private veterinary practice in NSW and the UK. He has a BVSc (1980), a PhD in microbiology and immunology, is a registered specialist in veterinary pathobiology and is a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology in mycobacteriology. Richard heads an ISO17025 accredited diagnostic laboratory and an OIE reference laboratory at the University of Sydney, and leads research programs on infectious diseases of farmed animals, particularly Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Dichelobacter nodosus, and viral diseases in aquaculture. He encourages direct engagement of farmers in on-farm research. He works with scientists in developing countries to provide appropriate research, development and training and is currently assisting the Government of Fiji with control of bovine tuberculosis.
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Infectious diseases: virology
Dr. Paul M. Coussens

Professor and Director , Molecular Pathogenesis Laboratory,Department of Animal Science , Michigan State University
U.S.A.

Biography
Dr. Coussens holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Northern Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maine at Orono, and a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Coussens’ early studies focused on analysis of retroviruses and oncogenes. In 1986, Dr. Coussens returned to Michigan as a post-doctoral researcher and in 1987, accepted a post as Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Coussens has raised over $5 million in internal, State and Federal funds to support research programs on Marek’s disease virus, Johne’s disease, and BLV. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Coussens assumed a leadership role as Director of the MSU Center for Animal Functional Genomics (CAFG). Currently Dr. Coussens’ research is focused on the immunology of mycobacterial diseases and immune dysfunction in bovine leukemia virus infected cattle. Dr. Coussens has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and symposia papers, presented over 200 abstracts and invited talks, and is a named inventor on 13 US patents.
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Internal medicine
Dr. Walter Grünberg

Research Associate, Clinic for Cattle
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
Germany

Biography
Walter Grünberg is a senior researcher and clinician at the Clinic for Cattle, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover with specialty in bovine internal medicine. Walter graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria and obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. After several years in food animal practice, Walter returned to academia and held research- and clinical track positions at the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals of the Free University Berlin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University and Utrecht University. Beside of holding board certifications in animal reproduction (Dip. ECAR) and bovine health management (Dip. ECBHM) Walter has been granted the status of associate diplomate of the ACVIM. His research focus is on metabolic diseases, with an emphasis on mineral-, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances in cows and calves. Walter has authored or coauthored of over 60 scientific publications, numerous book chapters and is coeditor of the 11th edition of Veterinary Medicine, a textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats.
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Nutrition and metabolic diseases
Prof. Garrett Oetzel

Food Animal Production Medicine Section
Depertment of Medical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin-Madison
U.S.A.

Biography
Dr. Garrett R. (Gary) Oetzel, DVM, MS, is a professor in the Food Animal Production Section, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Oetzel grew up on a beef cow-calf farm in southwestern Ohio. He completed his undergraduate and veterinary medical training at The Ohio State University, receiving his BS in 1978 and DVM in 1981. From Ohio he went to the University of Illinois where he completed an internship, residency, and graduate program in 1985. Dr. Oetzel then spent three years as an assistant professor at Colorado State University and one year in private dairy practice in Reedsville, WI. He joined the Food Animal Production Medicine Section at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in September 1989. Dr. Oetzel's main research interests are in ketosis and hypocalcemia. His lecture courses include topics in veterinary clinical nutrition and food animal medicine. His clinical instruction involves herdlevel evaluation of health records, transition cow troubleshooting, applied dairy nutrition, and herd-based testing for metabolic diseases.
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Parasitology
Dr. Massaro Ueti

Veterinary Medical officer, US Department of Agriculture, USDA-ARS
U.S.A.

Biography
PhD, Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, Washington, USA, March 2005
My research focuses on in understanding vector-pathogen interaction at the level of tick midgut and salivary glands. These organs are the major determinants for tick borne pathogen transmission. I established a vector borne program that uses biological approaches to analyze the vector competence including Rhipicephalus microplus and Deramcentor andersoni. These ticks are vectors of Babesia, Theileria parasites, and Anaplasma marginale. I have >15 years of experience in working on tick borne diseases of livestock.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Research Veterinary Medical Officer, US. Department of Agriculture-Animal Research Service-Animal Disease Research Unit, Pullman, WA. Identification of novel Babesia bovis molecules applicable to blocking transmission vaccine development. 2009- Present
Adjunct Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 2014- Present
Adjunct Professor, Washington State University, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Pullman, WA. 2010- Present
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Public health and food safety
Prof. artin Blaser

Muriel & George Singer Professor of Translational Medicine, Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center
U.S.A.

Biography
Martin J. Blaser is the Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and directs the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He served as Department of Medicine chair from 2000-2012. A physician and microbiologist, Dr. Blaser studies our persistently colonizing bacteria. His work focused on Campylobacter species and Helicobacter pylori, model systems for studying the interactions of residential bacteria with their hosts. He also has been examining the human microbiome in health and in diseases as asthma, obesity, diabetes, and allergies. Dr. Blaser has served as President, Infectious Diseases Society of America; Chair, Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute; and Chair, NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. He holds 28 U.S. patents, authored over 550 original articles, and wrote Missing Microbes, a book targeted to general audiences.
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Reproduction
Dr. Jose Eduardo P. Santos

Department of Animal Sciences
University of Florida
U.S.A.

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Small ruminants

TBD

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Surgery
Prof. Dr. Adrian Steiner

Clinic head, Farm Animal Clinic, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland
Switzerland

Biography
Career milestones, scientific interests and publications:
•1984: Graduation: Med.vet. Degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1988: Dr.med.vet. degree, University of Zurich, Switzerland
•1993: Master of Science, Texas A&M University. Thesis: Myoelectric activity of the cecum and proximal loop of the ascending colon in cows.
•1994: Diplomate of the "European College of Veterinary Surgeons"
•1995: Habilitation thesis, University of Berne, Switzerland
•2000: FVH: Swiss national title: Specialist in bovine diseses (FVH Rinderkrankheiten)
•2000: Professor for large Animal Surgery, University of Berne
•2003: Full professor for diseases in ruminants and director of the Clinic for Ruminants, Vetsuisse-Faculty of Berne, Switzerland
•2005: Diplomate of the “European College of Bovine Health Management”
•2011-2014: Director of the Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Since 2015: Director of the Clinic for Farm Animals, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland
•Special scientific interests: Lameness in cattle and sheep; surgery; welfare
•Publications in peer-reviewed journals from 2012-2016: 52
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Tropical animal diseases
Dr. Keith Sumption

Italy

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Udder health
Prof. Pamela Ruegg

Professor, Dept. of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
U.S.A.

Biography
Pamela Ruegg is a Professor and extension milk quality specialist in the Dept. of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her undergraduate degree and D.V.M. from Michigan State University, spent a couple of years in mixed animal practice in Wisconsin and then returned to academia to complete a residency and Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UW, Madison, she had varied professional experiences including private veterinary practice, academic positions at both Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU and corporate technical service. Dr. Ruegg is active in a number of industry organizations and is a past-president of the National Mastitis Council. Her research and extension programs are focused on developing programs that help farmers maintain healthy cows, and improving milk quality and safety on dairy farms.
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Udder health
Dr. Peter Edmondson

Udderwise LTD
Hill Farm, Withial Hill, East Pennard
UK

Biography
Peter is an Irish dairy veterinarian who spent 35 years in veterinary practice specialising in mastitis. In 2015, he formed UdderWise, a veterinary consultancy, specialising in providing technical expertise in mastitis and milk quality, tailor made training, troubleshooting mastitis and milk residue problems and supporting pharmaceutical companies. Peter works with dairy farmers, veterinarians, pharmaceutical, agricultural and dairy processing businesses around the world.
Qualified from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 1980. After five years in practice in Ireland, joined Almarai working with large dairy herds in Saudi Arabia and China. Then joined a specialist dairy practice in the south-west of England where he remained.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Diplomat of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM) and an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.
Peter is not an academic or a researcher but a veterinarian providing hands-on practical solutions to mastitis, milk quality and other dairy problems. He has excellent communication skills and is a very popular trainer known for his practical and down to earth approaches. Regularly presents papers and workshops at conferences throughout the world.
He has written two practical mastitis books; ‘How to Control Somatic Cell Counts’ and ‘How to Control Clinical Mastitis’ and is co-author of ‘Mastitis Control in Dairy Herds’. Frequent contributor to farming and veterinary press.
Peter is passionate about transferring practical skills and knowledge to dairy farmers in Africa to improve milk quality, yield and profitability and visits Africa two or three times each year. Peter lives in the South West of England with his family and can be contacted at peter@udderwise.co.uk
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Young stock
Dr. John Frederick Mee

Principal Veterinary Research Scientist, Animal and Bioscience, TEAGASC
Ireland

Biography
Dr. Mee is the Principal Veterinary Research Scientist at the Irish National Dairy Research Centre.
Specialist status: John is a National & European board-accredited registered buiatrician.
Research and clinical interests: These include bovine & ovine perinatology & calf health, dairy cow welfare, biosecurity/infectious diseases & beef herd health. His research has been published in over 100 peer-review papers/book chapters.
Lecturing: Dr. Mee is a lecturer on 7 under/postgraduate courses in Ireland, the UK & in Hungary. He has delivered award-winning lectures/workshops by invite in some 25 countries internationally, including numerous veterinary world congresses.
Professional experience: He has 30 years’ experience in private & public veterinary practice & in theriogenology & animal health/welfare research. John collaborates on research projects in Australia, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Scotland & Switzerland.
Editorial boards: John is an Editorial Board member of 5 journals including Animal Reproduction Science, Reproduction in Domestic Animals & the Irish Veterinary Journal. He has been invited to referee for some 50 bioscience journals.