Keynote Speakers

Meet our keynote speakers



Dr Williana Basuki (USA)

Dr Williana Basuki was born and grew up in Indonesia. She earned her veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in 2010. After university, she embarked on her journey as a small animal practitioner before entering a rotating internship followed by a surgery internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialist and Pet Emergency in Brisbane. She completed a 3-year residency in Oral Surgery and Dentistry and Master degree program at Colorado State University (USA). She currently works at Tufts Veterinary and Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Stream:  Dentistry, sessions include:

  • Complications of dental extractions
  • Feline gingivostomatitis - things that we all need to know!
  • Feline tooth resorption
  • Intraoral radiographs – technique and interpretation
  • Jaw fractures: non-invasive stabilisation
  • Oral exam and anatomy: why is this important?
  • Periodontal disease: etiology and treatment options
  • Regional nerve blocks in canine and feline dentistry
  • Tools of the trade: what equipment do I need?


Dr Theresa De Porter (USA)

Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in metropolitan Detroit Michigan USA. Theresa graduated from Purdue in 1992 and has a Diplomate in both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM).

She has authored chapters on feline aggression, car ride anxiety, pheromones and psychopharmacology. Research interests include anxiolytic nutraceuticals, pheromones and aggression between housemate cats. Dr DePorter is a Fear FreeSM Certified professional and a member of the Fear FreeSM Advisory Group (

Stream:  Behaviour, sessions include:

  • Aggressive dogs 1 and 2
  • Anxiety in cats
  • Fear free clinics
  • Managing multiple cats
  • Phobias
  • Puppy class
  • Raising a sane dog


Dr Jean Dodds (USA)

W. Jean Dodds, DVM graduated in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada. She has 5 decades of veterinary clinical and diagnostic research, over 150 publications, and membership in national and international committees. Hemopet, her non-profit national animal blood bank was started in 1986, and supplies canine blood products throughout the USA and Hong Kong, plus educational and clinical diagnostic services ( She is Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund to assess safety and duration of immunity from rabies vaccines ( She has written 2 popular pet health books together with Diana Laverdure; and holds 25 patents.

Stream:  Integrative, sessions include:

  • Cellular Oxidative stress and cancers
  • Genomics, Genetics and Epigenetics as related to Animal Health and Longevity
  • Nutrition with emphasis on functional foods and nutrigenomics
  • Setting up and operating animal blood banks
  • Vaccine essentials and potential adverse events


Alison Lambert (UK)

Alison is from Yorkshire and her family come from East Yorkshire where they have worked the land, raised pigs and wasted lots of money on horses

Following qualification as a vet from Liverpool University in 1989, Alison worked in practice for several years before pursuing a business career with Hill's Pet Nutrition and MARS, where she discovered the passion for the customer experience that her award-winning company, Onswitch, is renowned for today. Established in 2001, Onswitch promotes customer-centred practice so pets and horses receive better care; providing research, marketing, CPD and business consultancy with an effective, innovative, straight-talking and client-led approach.

Alison is a lecturer at The University of Nottingham Vet School, teaching Customer Understanding. She is published widely and regularly speaks at key international veterinary congresses and events.

Stream:  Veterinary Business Group, sessions include:

  • Communication clarity for compliance- what do we really say to owners, no wonder they don’t come in!
  • Creating a values based culture; how to get to your values and how to make them mean something
  • Fix the little stuff that makes the big stuff happen? (offer to see them when they call you!)
  • Making vet care easy to use, simplify the processes and employ better people   
  • Team member engagement, why they stay and why they go
  • What do animal owners really want from you? Did we ask them yet?
  • What leaders do that mean managers can actually manage


Dr Andrew Mackin (USA)

Andrew Mackin is Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from Murdoch University he completed an internship and residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne and an internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. He became a Fellow of the ANZCVS in 1993, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr. Mackin has a clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine.

Stream:  Small Animal

  • Approach to IMHA in the Dog and Cat
  • Approach to IMT in the Dog and Cat
  • Chronic Management of the Immune-Mediated Blood Disorders
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis
  • Emergency Management of the Immune-Mediated Blood Disorders
  • Fever of Unknown Origin
  • Practical Blood Transfusions in the Cat and Dog


Dr Cathy McGowan (UK)

Cathy is Professor of Equine Internal Medicine, Head of Department, Equine Clinical Science at The University of Liverpool, Institute of Veterinary Science.

Graduating from the University of Sydney (1991) she has aPhD in equine exercise physiology, RCVS and European Diplomas and recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine plus 18 years clinical and research experience in the areas of PPID and aged horse health and welfare, EMS and endocrinopathic laminitis.

Stream:  Equine, sessions include:

  • Back on their feet again: Management of endocrine laminitis
  • Dilemmas in diagnosis of EMS: is it the waistline or the carbs?
  • Endocrine laminitis
  • Equine Cushing’s Disease/PPID – what do we know now? (Pathophysiology, epidemiology and Diagnosis of PPID)
  • Equine metabolic syndrome – what do we know now? (Pathophysiology and epidemiology of EMS)
  • Getting the old guys back on track: Management of PPID
  • Managing the waistline: Prevention and Management of EMS



Dr Tim Parkinson (NZ)

Stream:  Cattle, sessions include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Disorders of the Reproductive System
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Neurological Disease
  • Practical Therapeutics
  • Surgical gastrointestinal disease
  • The clinical exam


Professor Natalie (Nat) Waran
BSc (Hons), PhD (NZ)

Nat gained a first class Zoology degree from Glasgow University, and PhD from Cambridge University’s Veterinary School funded by the British Veterinary Association. She joined Edinburgh University in 1990 to develop a unique PG Masters in the relatively new area of Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. She first moved to New Zealand in 2005 as Professor of Animal Welfare, Head of the School and an Associate Dean (Research) at Unitec Institute of Technology, before returning to the UK in 2011 to take up the position of inaugural Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education based at Edinburgh University’s Veterinary School, where she was also the International Dean.

In late 2016, she joined the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Napier, New Zealand as the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science and Professor of One Welfare.

Stream:  Welfare, sessions include:

  • Do animals experience happiness and why does it matter? Research into positive emotions
  • Just because it works doesn't mean it's right: The ethics of training animals
  • Misbehaving or misunderstood? Addressing problems with horse behaviour and human safety.
  • “One World - One Welfare": International work on human behaviour change and animal welfare
  • The companion animal conundrum: Different values lead to different welfare challenges
  • To close your eyes does not ease anothers pain:  the problem with assessing pain



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