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Small Animal Round Table Discussion

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM


Noel Fitzpatrick, MVB Duniv, CVR, DSAS (Orthopaedics), DACVSMR, MRCVS

Managing Director
Fitzpatrick Referrals

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, originally from Laois, Ireland, is a world leading orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon and is founder and managing director of one of the largest veterinary referral centres in the UK, Fitzpatrick Referrals.

He obtained his Bachelor of veterinary medicine from University College Dublin in 1990. Following scholarships at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Ghent, he went on to complete the RCVS certificates in small animal orthopaedics and radiology.
He attained boarded specialist status by examination in both the USA and the UK, with the degrees of ACVSMR, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and DSAS(Orth), the Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).
Noel is an Associate Professor at the University Of Florida School Of Veterinary Medicine as well as one of the founding partners of the Veterinary School at The University of Surrey, of which he is also a Professor of Orthopaedics.
Noel has shown an unprecedented commitment to academic research from private veterinary practice, having been an author on dozens of peer-reviewed papers in the past ten years. He has established evidence for surgical techniques and implants as well as elucidation of disease epidemiology. He has developed more than 30 new techniques including several world-firsts in veterinary orthopaedics and neurosurgery that have provided solutions were none seemed possible and quality of life for his patients.

Noel has been instrumental in bringing the concept of One Medicine to the fore in the UK, establishing a platform for the cross-pollination of expertise and ideas between veterinary and human medicine. One Medicine is at the heart of Noel’s mission and the cornerstone of The Humanimal Trust, the charity he has founded to promote this cause.


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Katy L. Townsend, BVSc, MS, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery
Oregon State University

Katy Townsend BVSc(hons) MS DACVS-SA, Assistant Professor - Small Animal Surgery, Oregon State University
I grew up in Australia and completed my veterinary degree at The Univeristy of Sydney in 2004. Afterwards, I moved to the UK to work in a small animal clinic before completing a rotating small animal internship at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. I moved to the USA to work in a surgical research laboratory at The Ohio State Univeristy, followed by a fellowship in Comparative Surgery in State University of New York in Syracuse. This led me back to The Ohio State Univeristy where I completed my small animal surgery residency and Masters in Comparative Veterinary Medicine. I stayed at Ohio State for two more years as clinical faculty before starting a tenure track position in soft tissue surgery at Oregon State Univeristy in 2014. I enjoy all aspects of soft tissue surgery with an emphasis on surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery. I have two gorgeous kids and a cat who is definitely "special", and we all love living in Oregon - it is truly gorgeous!


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Peter Böttcher, DMV, DECVS

Director of Small Animal Clinic
Free University of Berlin

Prof. Peter Böttcher
Director of the Small Animal Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Graduatee from Munich Vet School in 1996. From 1998-2002 Internship and ECVS Resideny at Munich Vet School. 2002-2016 Department of Small Animal Medicine, University of Leipzig. Since Sep. 2016 at Small Animal Clinic of the Free University of Berlin.


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Robert M. Dudley, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

Soft Tissue Surgeon
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets

Robert Dudley DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS is a staff surgeon in soft tissue surgery at MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets in Columbus, OH. He received his DVM from Kansas State University. After graduation he completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota and a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Dr. Dudley completed his residency and Master’s degree in small animal surgery at The Ohio State University. After completion of his residency, Dr. Dudley spent one year on faculty at The Ohio State University. He then joined a specialty practice in Kansas City for 3 years before moving back to Columbus, Ohio to join MedVet Medical Cancer Center for Pets in 2010. His particular interests include surgical oncology, reconstructive and thoracic surgery. Dr. Dudley has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics related to soft tissue surgery. He is also actively involved with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons as a member of the Program Compliance Committee. Dr. Dudley’s personal interests include spending time with his beautiful family, running, fly fishing, camping, cooking and traveling.


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Ian G. Holsworth, BVSc, DACVS-SA, ACVS Founding Fellow MIS (Orthopedics)


Ian Gordon Holsworth BSc, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVSc (Surgery), Dip ACVS
Current practice: VetSurg, Ventura CA, USA
Veterinary School: University of Melbourne-Australia 1991
Fellowship: Michigan State University 2000
Residency: University of California - Davis 2003
Area of Surgical Emphasis: Small Animal Orthopedics & Neurology
Research Interests: Juvenile Orthopedic Disease, Neuropathic lameness, Complete VetArticular Care

Graduated in 1991 from the University of Melbourne and spent 8 years in general practice. Dr Holsworth became an examined Member of the Surgery College of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1995. Following a position as Staff Surgeon for an eight-practice small animal veterinary group in Melbourne, Dr Holsworth relocated to Michigan as a Surgery fellow in the Michigan State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Dr. Holsworth commenced a three-year position as a small animal surgical resident at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which he completed in July 2003. Spent last fifteen years in a clinical and surgical instructor role. Currently is practice Director and Senior Surgeon of VetSurg, in Ventura, CA and Curriculum Coordinator and Lead Instructor for Arthrex VetSystem’s North American CE program. This CE program includes didactic lectures and instructional labs which are hosted in University Vet Schools, private surgical labs and in combination with national veterinary CE conferences.

Dr. Holsworth has presented at many national meetings in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. Topics covered include shoulder, hip, elbow, and stifle disease in dogs with particular focus on advanced imaging, arthroscopic assessment of juvenile orthopedic disease and arthroplasty. Dr Holsworth has been the Chair of the ACVS Surgical Summit arthroscopy & joint surgery lab for the past ten years.


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David E. Holt, BVSc, DACVS

Professor of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

David Holt is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is part of a team that have been using near-infrared (NIR) fluorophores and imaging systems to identify cancer, cancer margins, and metastatic lymph nodes intraoperatively for over six years. The work performed in clinical canine and feline cancer patients has led to five clinical trials in human cancer patients.


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Charles M. Walls, DVM, DACVS

SAGE Centers


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