ESVE Oral Abstract Presenters Bio

Rob Foale

Professor Rob Foale BSc BVetMed DSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS Rob qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 1996 having previously undertaken a Physiology and Pharmacology BSc at King’s College London.  After four years in mixed general practice, he undertook his residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of Cambridge where he obtained his CertSAM, DSAM and DipECVIM-CA and he became an EBVS-recognised Internal Medicine Specialist in 2005.  Rob joined Dick White Referrals, UK in 2003, where he started, established and ran both the internal medicine and medical oncology services from 2004 to 2016.  He then became a Shared Venture Partner and the Clinical Director at Dick White Referrals, positions he held for for five years before leaving DWR in December 2021.   In addition to his full-time clinical work and a number of collaborative clinical research projects, Rob has been active as an associate lecturer and an associate Professor involved in both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching at the University of Nottingham since 2008 and he has been a Professor of Small Animal Medicine at this institution since 2020, where he currently delivers the urogenital, infectious disease and problem-orientated medicine modules of the University’s certificate/AVP course.  Rob has co-authored an internationally published textbook on small animal oncology and he has also regularly delivered CPD throughout the UK and Europe and also in South America, predominately in the fields of small animal endocrinology, gastroenterology, haematology, problem-orientated medicine and medical oncology.  Rob is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and currently, in addtion to his academic Chair at the University of Nottingham, he is a consultant Internal Medicine Specialist at Virtual Veterinary Specialists, UK.

Antonio Maria Tardo

Antonio Maria Tardo graduated with honors in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna in July 2018. During his university studies, he did two clinical training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, and at the Academic Veterinary Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. In January 2019 he started a rotating internship in small animal internal medicine at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Bologna (supervisor Prof. Federico Fracassi). In March 2021, he enrolled in a European residency program in Internal Medicine at the same institution, supervised by Prof. Federico Fracassi. In November 2021, he started a Ph.D. program on "Nutritional management and therapeutic monitoring of the most common endocrinopathies of dogs and cats". He is a member of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE), and of the Italian Cultural Society of Veterinary Animals for Pets (SCIVAC).  He is the author and co-author of publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals. His main field of interest is internal medicine and in particular the endocrinology of small animals.

Stijn Niessen

Stijn is a honorary Professor in Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, getting his kick out of being involved in teaching and research, especially in the field of endocrinology. He has co-founded his own consulting company Veterinary Specialist Consultations, as well as VIN Europe, a growing independent information and support network "for vets, by vets", sister of the global Veterinary Information Network consisting of nearly 100.000 vets. It is VIN Europe's aim to ensure colleagues feel supported in their consulting room by offering a network of specialists, online textbooks, conference proceedings, drug formularies and even a Virtual Veterinary Internship, to anyone, anywhere, always in an unsponsored, unbiased, independent manner.

Diego Miceli

PhD, CONICET-Researcher

Paul Norman

Paul graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2019, and went into small animal general practice for 2.5 years. During these years, Paul developed a special interest in feline medicine - particularly endocrinology and managing geriatric cats. In January 2022, Paul began his PhD entitled “Using ‘Big Data’ to investigate the genetic basis of hyperthyroidism in cats” based at the RVC, with some collaboration with Oxford University. Through this PhD studentship, Paul is developing skills in bioinformatics and hopes to combine his unique skillset of genetics and small animal medicine.

Anna Paulina Menzel

Anna Paulina studied veterinary medicine in Giessen. After qualifying in 2020 and a year-long internship, she started as a doctoral student in the Internal Medicine departement at the Small Animal Clinic in Giessen. Her research project is on hyperthyroidism in cats.

Tim Williams

Tim qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2007, and following a year working in small animal practice, he undertook a PhD focusing on feline hyperthyroidism in the Feline Research Group at the Royal Veterinary College, London, under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Elliott and Professor Harriet Syme. He subsequently completed a residency in veterinary clinical pathology at Cambridge in 2015, after which he was appointed Lecturer and subsequently Associate Professor in Clinical Pathology. Tim is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

Travail Victoria- Presented by Charlotte Lea

Charlotte graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019. Charlotte initially came to Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists as a rotating intern, but after completing this she stayed to complete an internal medicine internship and started an internal medicine residency in July 2021. "
ESVE-O-9 Marit van den Berg "Marit van den Berg graduated cum laude from Utrecht University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in February 2016. She followed a small animal rotating internship and residency in internal medicine at Ghent University from 2016 to 2020. After finishing her residency, she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Companion Animals (ECVIM-CA) in April 2021. In May 2021, she started her PhD on canine pheochromocytomas at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. She also started working as an internal medicine specialist at the same department at that time. In this way, she combines her clinical career with research, with a special emphasis on endocrinology. 

Stefania Golinelli

Stefania Golinelli, graduated with honors in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna in 2017. In June 2018 she completed a One Year Rotating Internship in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Bologna (Supervisor F. Fracassi). In October 2020 she started a Ph.D. at the University of Bologna sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products srl (Supervisor F. Fracassi). In May 2022 she started a residency program in Internal Medicine (Companion Animals) at the University of Bologna (Supervisor F. Fracassi). She is member of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE), of the Italian Cultural Society of Veterinary Animals for Pets (SCIVAC) and of the Italian Union of Veterinary Societies (UNISVET). Her main field of interest is internal medicine and in particular the endocrinology of small animals.

Jana Jankovic

Jana Jankovic graduated with honors in 2015 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia. After graduation she worked for 2 years in a private practice, Belgrade, Serbia. In 2017 she enrolled in a Rotating Internship program at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. After successfully completing the Rotating Internship, she started in 2018 a Speciality Internship program in Internal Medicine and in 2020 she finished her Doctoral thesis about canine thyroid tumors and tumor-derived organoids at the Vetsuisse University Bern, Switzerland. In 2023 Jana finished a Residency program of American College of Internal Medicine (ACVIM) at the same university.

Federico Fracassi

Federico Fracassi graduated in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) “cum laude” State University of Bologna, Italy. At the same Veterinary School, he did an internship and started a Ph.D. In 2005 he defended his Ph.D. thesis. After the Ph.D., he becomes a permanent staff member at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences - University of Bologna (Italy) where at present is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland, and gained his status of European Specialist in Internal Medicine in 2012 (Diplomate ECVIM-CA-internal medicine). Duties include patient care, education (to students, postgraduate training and training of interns and residents), and research in internal medicine of companion animals, with special emphasis on endocrinology. He is the past president of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE), past president of the Italian Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SIMIV), and chair-elect of the executive committee of the ECVIM-CA congress. He is the editor of “Veterinaria”, a peer-review journal and associate editor of JSAP. His publication list consists of more than 100 journal articles, he is the author of books and book chapters

Emma Roberts

Emma qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007 and spent four years in first opinion practice. She then relocated to the University of Glasgow to complete a rotating internship and residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine combined with a Master’s degree on feline hyperthyroidism. She has been an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine since 2016 and became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in 2020. She has worked at both academic and private referral hospitals in the UK and Australia. She is currently a senior clinician in Small Animal Internal Medicine and co-lead of the internship programme and junior clinician pastoral care at Bristol Veterinary Specialists in Bristol.

Alice Watson

Alice graduated from Cambridge University in 2017 and worked in small animal first opinion practice in the UK before embarking upon a PhD in 2020. Whilst at university Alice participated in the Cornell Veterinary Leadership Program and did an intercalated degree, both of which developed her interest in research. Alice’s PhD is focused on feline primary hyperaldosteronism as a cause of feline hypertension. A particular area of interest is investigating the comparisons with primary hyperaldosteronism in humans, and how research on cats may benefit both species. This comparative aspect is faciltated by working at the Royal Veterinary College and at a laboratory that researches primary hyperaldosteronism in humans at Queen Mary, University of London.

Antoine Chamagne

Antoine graduated from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort and is currently an internal medicine intern at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse.