Invited Speakers


David Brodbelt


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Dave Brodbelt graduated from the Cambridge Vet School in 1993 and undertook a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia there. In 1998 he gained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. He then went into private practice for 4 years prior to undertaking an Epidemiology PhD based at the Epidemiology Unit of the Animal Health Trust / Royal Veterinary College looking at anaesthetic complications in practice (CEPSAF). Since then he has worked at the RVC within the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health (VEEPH) Group, Department of Pathobiology and Populations Sciences, initially as Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia, and then Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology, before becoming Professor of Evidence based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM). He is involved in teaching epidemiology, statistics and EBVM to undergraduates and postgraduates. His research interests focus on companion animal epidemiology, practice based research and research derived from electronic health records. He is co-project leader of VetCompass, the RVC based initiative that works with a large group of collaborating first opinion practices surveying disease trends in veterinary practice. He is a member of the VeNom Coding Group, part of the VetXML consortium and is the Honorary Treasurer of the SVEPM.


Dan Chan


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Dan completed his BSc in Biology from the State University of New York, Geneseo in 1994. He graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Following graduation he completed a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center, New York City. He became a Resident in Clinical Nutrition and in Emergency and Critical Care in 1999 at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA. Following completion of his residency he became a Research Assistant Professor at Tufts, and came to the RVC in 2005. He became Section Head of the Emergency and Critical Care Services in 2008, Medical Director for the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals in 2016, and assumed the role as Head of Department for Clinical Science and Services in October 2018. In 2010, he also become Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care


José Fernández Alen


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Jose graduated from the Extremadura School of Medicine and Surgery in 1997 and was the first in his promotion to access specialized training in Neurosurgery in Spain in 1998. He did his residency in Neurosurgery at the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid between 1998 and 2003. In May 2003 he joined the staff of Neurosurgeons of the same Hospital where he worked until 2020, when he became the Head of the Neurosurgery Department at University Hospital La Princesa, also in Madrid.

In the academic field he completed his PhD in Complutense University in 2006 and was Associate Professor of the Department of Surgery at the Complutense University of Madrid between 2013 and 2020 and since 2021 he is full Professor of Neurosurgery in Autonoma University of Madrid.

In the healthcare field, he focuses in cerebrovascular surgery (open and endovascular), skull base surgery (open and endoscopic) and also craniovertebral and spinal surgery, with special interest in minimally invasive techniques.

His research focuses mostly on Neurotrauma and Cerebrovascular diseases, being author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and several book chapters (H-index: 19). He has more than 200 communications in national and international Congresses. He has also directed 5 Doctoral Thesis and has been Principal Investigator in many competitive research projects.

Member of the Editorial Committee of Neurocirugia (ISSN 1130-1473), the official Journal of the Spanish Society of Neurosurgery (SENEC), and now he is the secretary of the Neurosurgical Society of Madrid (SONCAM)


Nicolas Granger


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Nicolas received his veterinary degree from the National Veterinary School of Alfort, France, in 2002, and remained there up until 2006 to complete an internship and his neurology and neurosurgery training. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2006 before moving to the UK to run the neurology and neurosurgery service at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge until 2008. Following this, he took a research position in neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a PhD in neuroscience in 2012. Nicolas became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020.

His research focuses on treatments for spinal cord injury in dogs, including transplantation of cells for spinal cord regeneration and repair, clinical trials for new therapies, and neuromodulation for incontinence control.

Nicolas offers referral consultations in neurology and neurosurgery and a range of neurosurgeries (including state-of-the-art spinal fixation implants) for treatment of disc related problems (disc herniation, wobbler disease, lumbo-sacral disease), spinal fractures and sub-luxations, congenital anomalies of the spine, cancers of the spinal cord and brain diseases (brain tumours, malformation, trauma). He is also the only neurosurgeon in the UK to offer sacral neuroprosthesis implantation for the treatment of neurogenic incontinence. Alongside medicine/ICU/anaesthesia specialists, he will run a feline acromegaly clinic and will offer treatment by pituitary surgery in cats and


Francisco Llabrés Díaz

DVR, DipECVDI, PgCertVetEd

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 Francisco qualified from Zaragoza Veterinary School, Spain, in 1996. He has been in the UK since 1998, undergoing a rotating internship and residency at the Animal Health Trust from 1999 to 2002. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology in 2000 with Diplomas from the RCVS and ECVDI being awarded in 2002. He has been an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging since 2004. He has worked as a small animal radiologist at the Animal Health Trust, Davies Veterinary Specialists and Dick White referrals. He has been Chair of the British and Irish Division of the European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and Chair of the East Anglian Region of BSAVA.


Natasha Olby

Vet MB, PhD, MRCVS, DipACVIM (Neurology)

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Natasha Olby gained her veterinary degree from Cambridge University in the UK in 1991, and after a brief period spent in mixed general practice, returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD in spinal cord injury and a surgical training.

Following completion of her PhD and a post doctoral position, also focused on spinal cord injury, she moved to North Carolina State University to do a neurology/neurosurgery residency and she has stayed at NCSU as a faculty member since then.
Dr. Olby is the 2014 recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. The award is presented to an AAVC member who has achieved national recognition in academic or institutional practice, teaching, research, or in another endeavor that advances veterinary medicine.
In 2017, Dr. Olby was awarded the Dr. Kady M. Gjessing and Rahna M. Davidson Distinguished Chair in Gerontology.

She is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, is the co-editor of both the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, and Advances in Veterinary Neurology, 2014. Vet Clinics of North America. Additionally, Dr. Olby authors book chapters in a variety of veterinary textbooks and manuals.
Natasha Olby is a professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Neurology Specialty and is a past president of the organization (2008-2011).

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