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ACV 2022 Conference Details

Who are the presenters at ACV 2021, and what are they talking about?
Dr Polly Taylor MA VetMB PhD DipECVAA FRCVS

Polly Taylor graduated from Cambridge University in 1976, worked in general practice, then moved to Cambridge Veterinary School where she obtained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia. She became chief of anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 1983 and gained her PhD (Cambridge University) in 1987 in equine anaesthesia. In the 1990s she was University Reader at the Cambridge Veterinary School, running the clinical anaesthetic service, teaching undergraduates and post graduates and undertaking research in anaesthesia. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 1995 and was founding President of the College. She has been honoured with a number of awards for her work in anaesthesia and analgesia and now works as an independent consultant in anaesthesia, with work ranging from clinical anaesthesia and teaching to drug registration, as well as research, particularly in analgesia. She has published numerous papers on anaesthesia and analgesia in many species, particularly cats and horses. She is a director of Topcat Metrology Ltd, developing and supplying bespoke nociceptive threshold testing systems for several species. She was a member of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (2002-2010) and has continued to be an advocate for the veterinary profession in matters concerning drug legislation. Her most recent activity putting her head above the parapet is to join a growing group showing the profession that overtreatment of animals “just because we can” is often not in their best interests.

Decision making in charity practice: ethics on a shoesting

Just because we can doesn't mean we should! The animal's quality of life must guide decisions on the course of action. Overtreatment because he’s cute or the surgery is cool, a “first” and eye catching must not override the animal’s best interest. This may mean euthanasia – a privilege not failure.



Currently Deputy Head of School at Nottingham Vet School, delivering teaching in cardiology throughout the 5 years of the course, and teaching final year students in clinics.

Cardiology on a shoestring

Recent clinical studies have identified a number of clinical parameters which can be used to stage small animal patients with heart disease and heart failure. This presentation will look primarily at managing heart failure without an echo!

A workshop on chronic coughing in dogs

This will workshop with review common causes of chronic coughing in dogs, and offer a rational approach to the investigation and management of these patients.

Aga Zoltowska BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) ISFM Adv Cert Feline Behaviour AFHEA MRCVS

Qualified from Liverpool University in 2005. After graduation spent time working in Cyprus where overnight she became 'cat person'. Over last 15 year worked in first opinion, emergency clinics and a referral setting in the UK. In 2012 she was awarded a Membership of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2019 she became a member of clinical teaching staff at the University of Nottingham. She worked on number of projects abroad supporting local charities. 

Feline murmurs, purrs and gallops (should I start crying now?)

A pragmatic approach to feline cardiovascular examination and assessment. Rational decision making based on the clinical examination. Case-based discussion. Treatment options.

Ali Limentani BSc(Hons) PGDipCABC MA AFHEA RVN

Ali started working in the kennels at Wood Green as a teenager. She went on to study animal behaviour to post-graduate level, while training as a veterinary nurse and working part-time in the surgery at Wood Green. She has been an RVN for over 10 years and still works one day per week at Wood Green, splitting the rest of her time between working as a Veterinary Radiographer at Cambridge University’s Queens Vet School Hospital and running her own illustration business. Her interests include shelter medicine, low-stress handling, imaging and veterinary illustration.

Rachel Radwell Workshop: Low Stress Handling and Positioning for Thoracic Radiographs

In this workshop you will not only learn about how to position animals for excellent diagnostic radiographs, but also how to minimise patient stress during the procedure. We will discuss how kennelling and transportation can affect our patients’ behaviour and look at low-cost solutions for reducing stress and helping our cardiac patients cope with conscious radiographs.


Liam Reid BVMS CertAVP(ZM) MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoo. Med.

Veterinary Surgeon, Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre

Why can’t it fly?

When a wild bird presents to a veterinary surgeon, often it was only able to be caught because it couldn’t fly - there is always a reason for this! This session will cover clinical examination, diagnosis, some common problems and how to deal with them.


Dr Rosie Allister BSc (Hons) BVSc MSc PhD MRCVS

Dr Rosie Allister has received the BVA Chiron Award and RCVS Impact Award for work on veterinary mental health. Her PhD researched mental health, support, and identity and how they affect veterinary wellbeing and mental health. She has substantial experience in applied suicide prevention, support, and evidence-based solutions. Combining technical and academic knowledge with a practical background in veterinary practice and in supporting veterinary professionals, her focus is on listening and support to identify and deliver evidence-based solutions. Rosie manages Vetlife Helpline and volunteers with All4Paws veterinary clinic and Samaritans.

Working effectively with clients with mental health needs

Veterinary professionals sometimes feel unprepared for consulting with clients with mental health needs. This practical and interactive workshop will give delegates opportunity to explore consultation skills necessary to optimise care for patients and clients. This session will cover concepts including understanding and assessing capacity, and what to do when you don't know what to do.

Jocelyn Toner BVSc MRCVS

​Jocelyn graduated from University of Bristol in 1998. She has worked in a variety of charity and commercial settings including providing veterinary service to a large RSPCA centre and working as a Veterinary Field officer for Cat Protection. She currently works at an RSPCA animal centre as well doing the occasional shift at the PDSA. She has a houseful of pets including three cats called Ludo, Marble and Bear.

Lisa Morrow DipAppChemBiol BMLSc DVM MSc (Vet Epi) DLSHTM MRCVS

​Lisa graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Canada in 2000 and has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology from the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to training as a vet, she taught and did research and method development in the field of Medical Laboratory Science.

Lisa has provided services to and been an employee of Cats Protection in various capacities: providing clinical services as a private practitioner, as Head of Veterinary Services from 2003 - 2005, and as Field Veterinary Officer from 2009-2018. She has also worked at the Royal Veterinary College as a research associate for various contract research projects. In 2018, Lisa joined the team at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Lisa's professional interests include shelter medicine, clinical epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and feline medicine. She is treasurer of the Association of Charity Vets and a member of the BSAVA scientific committee.

Workshop - Research in Shelter & Charity Practice Part 3: ANALYSING Data

In this workshop Jocelyn and Lisa will show you that analysing your data isn’t ALL about statistics. We will take you through a logical step-by-step approach to making the most of your data. Sample datasets will be provided for you to explore and there will be opportunity to discuss your approach in small groups. There will be time for questions and clarification. This workshop will be useful for those undertaking research themselves and for anyone interpreting journal articles.

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