Focus on our Digital Future Speakers
This year’s speakers will include:
This year’s speakers will include:
Sam has been practising yoga for over 20 years, travelling to many different parts of the world to study and explore many different styles of yoga. Her very personal approach draws from several different yoga traditions and is underpinned by a deep appreciation for anatomy and physiology.
Robert qualified from Glasgow vet school in 1990 and joined a 3 vet mixed practice in Bristol. Over the next 25 years he helped grow the practice into a 50 vet practice group with a multi-disciplinary referral hospital, before selling to CVS in 2015. He spent 2 years as the small animal veterinary director before leaving to set up Vet-AI in 2018.
Thom is the Co-founder and CEO of PetsApp, a mobile-first veterinary telemedicine platform enabling veterinary clinics to better engage with pet owners and better advocate for their patients. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer of multi-site private-equity backed veterinary groups in both Europe and Asia, operating clinics in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. Thom is Chair of VetForum, an international series of B2B veterinary sector events across the USA, Europe and the APAC region. He is also Non-Executive Director at Recruit4vets – a leading veterinary recruitment agency, and on the Advisory Board of YLD – one of London’s fastest growing software engineering and design consultancies, working with brands such as The Economist, the Trainline, Condé Nast and British Gas.
After qualifying at Bristol University, Nick joined a mixed practice in Devon in 2002, becoming a partner 2004. He moved away from practice in 2018 and is now involving in testing clinical software for IVC Evidensia. Clinically Nick’s interests are dermatology and client communication. During his limited time away from work and SPVS, Nick’s interests are sailing, dancing and hockey, and spending time with his growing family. Within SPVS his main role has been as chair of the Vet XML Consortium, working to improve the transfer of data between practice and industry.
Jack is a serial tech entrepreneur and certified ethical hacker. He is CEO of the enviz Group: a fast-developing technology group, which includes an award-winning service provider for the Veterinary sector. The only specialist technology firm in the UK specifically serving the veterinary industry and recognised by tier 1 vendors such as Microsoft. He has 15+ years of experience working directly with vets, helping to strategically solve their technology woes, and delivering expert IT services specifically tailored to the industry.
Andrew Rastall founded Connected Vet in 2013 to provide digital marketing consultancy for independent veterinary practices. His presentations draw on over 29 years’ experience in PR & digital marketing. His presentations often reference his work with 160 or so independent veterinary clients as well as complementary experience from other industries, that have lots to teach the teams that run veterinary practices. Andrew regularly presents in person and through live webinars, most recently on ‘Interacting with your vet during Covid-19’, ‘How to buy a website’ and ‘Driving digital engagement’.
Peter qualified as a vet from Cambridge in 1980. Following an internship at Glasgow Vet School, he worked at the central hospital at Goddard Vet Group for 9 years, then joined the Royal Veterinary College’s ophthalmology department, subsequently gaining the RCVS Diploma in Ophthalmology. In 1992, Peter co-founded Willows Referral Service with RCVS Orthopaedic Specialist, Malcolm McKee.
Willows was one of the first private referral practices in the UK, and it went on to become a multi-disciplinary specialist centre of international repute, with over 130 staff. The practice was acquired by Sovereign Capital in 2014, leading to the formation of the Linnaeus Group. Peter was a non-executive director of Linnaeus until mid-2018.
Peter is a co-founder and director of Plexi Software. Plexi is a cloud-based, veterinary inpatient scheduling, workflow and communications application which helps practices to go paperless and optimise their inpatient care.
Susie is the founder of VetHelpDirect and VetsDigital and was a practicing vet for over a decade.
Founded in 2006 VetHelpDirect enables all levels of the veterinary industry to educate, gain and retain ideal clients, through a unique blend of innovative digital technologies, digital marketing and veterinary expertise. The team has continually grown to become one of the largest agency teams of digital and veterinary experts.
“Animal welfare is crucial and we know that the next generation of owners communicates differently, so VetHelpDirect is committed to ensuring that vets can engage effectively through evolving technology.”
Ruth qualified as a vet from the RVC and spent 25 years in small animal primary care. She has worked mainly for the charity sector and private emergency clinics, including teaching veterinary and veterinary nursing students in the late 90’s at the RVC. She joined the RVC again in 2009 and has latterly become the lead for teaching communication skills. Fascinated by ‘talk in action’, Ruth is studying for an MA in Applied Linguistics to help make sense of the interactions that occur in veterinary practices and beyond. Ever the charity vet, Ruth has kept her interests current by being on the committee for the Association of Charity Vets up to 2019 and has been involved with Streetvet from its inception.
‘You present your professional self through your everyday communication’
Nuala graduated from the University of Edinburgh and completed a residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2002, she obtained her Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology, after which she spent 15 years working as a specialist Cardiologist in both academia and private practice. During this time, Nuala recognised the need to improve access to specialist knowledge and support for first opinion vets wanting to do more for their patients in-house. Seeing the opportunity to do this through a real-time, collaborative and educational telemedicine platform, Nuala founded Virtual Veterinary Specialists (VVS) in 2017. VVS is now working with an increasing number of forward-thinking, ambitious practices throughout the UK and beyond. Through these close collaborations, VVS is bringing specialist healthcare delivery directly to vets and their patients in their own practices, thus helping them to deliver exceptional veterinary care with improved patient outcomes.
After graduating from the University of Nottingham, Jo went on to work in small animal practice for three years before diversifying. As well as writing veterinary content for blogs and magazines, she also worked for large telemedicine company Vet-AI, running video consultations with members of the public. She now works for VetHelpDirect behind the scenes of their new telemedicine platform, developing best-practice teleconsultation guidelines and helping practices to get to grips with this exciting new service.