24th Annual Congress


Programme & Proceedings 24th Annual Congress of the ESVCP 2022 ECVCP

Programme & Proceedings – Pre-Congress Day


Anđelo Beletić

Career summary

Anđelo Beletić, Assistant Research Professor, European Specialist in Laboratory Medicine (EuSpLM), obtained PhD from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Following 13 years of scientific and routine expertise in human Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, in 2015. he joined the research team of Prof. Kovačević Filipović at the Department of Pathophysiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

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Currently, he is employed at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, as a Postdoc Researcher on the EU-funded project „Development of the innovative on-site test for the diagnostics of subclinical mastitis in dairy cows“. His research interests include clinical pathology of small animals, molecular and clinical aspects of the acute phase reaction, biomarkers, and metabolic aspects in the pathology of dairy cows. He has (co)authored 15 original research papers and more than 30 proceedings.
Zoe C. Brooks

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Zoe Brooks is a recognized thought leader in laboratory risk management. She is author of AACC’s Performance Driven Quality textbook. Zoe served as an advisor on CLSI EP 23 Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management and has created a software program to bring these recommended best processes to life.

David Eckersall

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Professor David Eckersall graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Biochemistry (1973) and a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Edinburgh (1977). Prof Eckersall is the Professor of Veterinary Biochemistry at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow. His research has been focused on the diagnostic applications of protein analysis and proteomics in veterinary medicine and has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, holds 4 patents and co-edited the first and second books on animal proteomics (Methods in Animal Proteomics, 2011, Wiley, Proteomics in Domestic Animals: from Farm to Systems Biology, 2019, Springer).

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He was the Chair of the COST Action for Farm Animal Proteomics (2011-14) and is the Coordinator of the European Joint Doctorate project on Molecular Animal Nutrition, MANNA (2018-2022). He was awarded the Heiner Sommer Prize of the International Society for Animal Clinical Pathology for Lifetime Contribution to Animal Clinical Biochemistry in 2008, the Siemens Prize of the Division of Animal Clinical Chemistry of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry for Contributions to Animal Clinical Chemistry in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievements Award of the Comparative Clinical Pathology Association in 2016. In 2017-19 he took up a secondment to the University of Zagreb in Croatia to lead the Proteomics laboratory of the EU Funded VetMedZg project for improving Veterinary Molecular Medicine in Croatia. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Member of the Academia Europaea.
Kathleen Freeman

Career summary

Dr. Kathleen Freeman is a veterinary clinical pathologist based in the UK. She is a Founding Diplomate for the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. She is the recipient of the 2014 Educational Award of the ASVCP. She is the Founding Chair for the ASVCP Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards Committee and for the ECVCP Laboratory Standards Committee. She has special interests in competency-based veterinary medical education, equine pathology, laboratory quality and digital cytology.

Henk M.J. Goldschmidt

Career summary

Consultation on laboratory diagnostic testing, lecturer on medicometrics, curator art collections
Position: director, share-holder consultancy agency and CEO “The ART lab”

He was educated as an analytical chemist (Universities of Utrecht and Delft in The Netherlands), registered as clinical chemist (EU as well as NL), obtained a PhD degree as a statistician.

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He conducted many studies on medical lab tests, studied laboratory management, workflow analysis and audited many Dutch hospitals (auditor Dutch institute for the accreditation of hospitals (NIAZ)). He was involved in an innovative initiative in Dutch general practitioners services at a railway station in The Hague called Care-to-Go. Foundation The Quality meetings, is a global network of departmental heads of medical laboratories focused on quality, was managed by him with an annual conference in Antwerp, Belgium.

Scientific activities
65 papers in peer reviewed papers, 2 books and 210 presentations on various topics. His
current fields of interest concerns POCT, autovalidation, robotics, medicometrics and quality management systems.

Peter Graham

Career summary

Peter remained at Glasgow University after graduating in 1989 as Small Animal House Physician, Research Scholar and Lecturer in Clinical Pathology until 1996 obtaining his PhD in 1995. Subsequently, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University from 1996 and Managing Director of NWL and CSLS 2002-2014, and now Professor of Endocrinology and Clinical Pathology, University of Nottingham. He is a past president of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Laetitia Jaillardon

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Dr Laetitia Jaillardon is a veterinary clinical pathologist based in the National Veterinary School of Nantes (France). She is an assistant professor in clinical pathology since 2017. She is also the head of a clinical pathology laboratory dealing with approximately 50 000 analysis per year, including a large proportion of endocrinology in all species.

Milica Kovačević Filipović

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Milica Kovačević Filipović, DVM, obtained her Ph.D. (2005) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade (FVMUB), Serbia. She had 18 months of postdoctoral studies in research on stem cells in France (Institute for Natural Substances Chemistry, CNRS, Paris and National French Institute for Blood, Bordeaux).

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Since 2016 she has been holding a position of full professor at the Department of Pathophysiology at FVMUB where she is dedicated to the development of clinical pathology service. The domain of investigation: a comparative view of hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells, and inflammatory reaction in vector-borne diseases.

Rachel E. Marschang

Career summary

PD Dr. med. vet. Rachel E. Marschang, DECZM (herpetology), FTÄ Mikrobiologie, ZB Reptilien
PD Dr. Rachel Marschang qualified as a vet from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany in 1995 and has been working in reptile medicine and infectious diseases ever since. She received her doctorate in viruses of tortoises from the Jusus Liebig University and her habilitation in Environmental and Animal Hygiene and Veterinary Virology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.

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She is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) in herpetological medicine as well as a certified specialist for microbiology (FTÄ Mikrobiologie). She is a past president of The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) and the current president of the ECZM. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and multiple book chapters and has presented hundreds of papers at national and international conferences. She is currently working as a consultant veterinarian for reptile diagnostics at Laboklin GmbH & Co. KG in Bad Kissingen, Germany and as an adjunct professor (Privatdozentin) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.

Cameron Martin

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Cameron Martin graduated from Queensland Institute of Technology with a BAppSc in Medical Technology and took a position with the Mater Public Hospitals in Brisbane. He worked in Haematology and Immunology, for 15 years, obtaining an MAppSc Medical Laboratory Science (Haematology) from Queensland University of Technology during this time. Cameron then supervised the district laboratory at Caboolture Hospital for 10 years, completing a Master of Technology Management from Griffith University.

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He became interested in Point of Care Testing whilst trying to improve the after-hours pathology service at Caboolture Hospital. Cameron became the State-Wide Point of Care coordinator for Pathology Queensland in 2004 and remains so to date. He is a past member of the AACB National Point of Care Working Party, a current member of the Federal NPAAC advisory committee for PoCT, a contributor to CLSI on PoCT standards, a part time lecturer at QUT, and has published papers and book chapters in Haematology, Coagulation, and PoCT related topics. When not doing all things PoCT, he enjoys traveling, camping, and photography.

Carlo Masserdotti

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Carlo Masserdotti graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1990 at the University of Milan.
From 1993 his interest was mainly focused on clinical pathology, particularly in diagnostic cytopathology, attending specialistic courses and references institutions in Italy and in foreign countries. He is author of scientific papers concerning cytopathology and he had some lectures at national and international meetings.

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From 1998 he is teacher and lecturer at course of Cytology, organized by SCIVAC.
From 2001 to 2004 he was President of SICIV (Italian Society of Veterinary Cytology).
From 2003 to 2006 he was Vice-president of European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
In 2005 he received the de-facto recognition as Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
In 2008 achieves post-graduate Specialization in Clinical Biochemistry, at the University of Brescia.

Currently he is consultant in anatomic and clinical pathology at IDEXX Laboratories.

His researchs was mainly focused on cytologic features of spontaneous tumors and inflammatory diseases of companion animals; actually the scientific interest is mainly in hepatic cytology and histopathology.

His sport is triathlon, preferably on the long distances; main interest is history, art and architecture of Brescia, his city; he loves whales as greatest expression of grace.

Alberto Muñoz Prieto

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Dr Alberto Muñoz is a veterinarian with a PhD in Veterinary Sciences at the University of Murcia (Spain). In the last years, he focused on the method development for acute phase proteins determinations and new biomarker discoveries using non-invasive samples in different veterinary species.

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He joined the Laboratory for Proteomics of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Zagreb (Croatia) to carry out activities for the evaluation of endocrine diseases in dogs and the study of health and welfare in pigs and other species by proteomics and metabolomics.

He is a member of the COST action “CA19105 LipidNET”, dedicated to working in a multidisciplinary way in the field of lipidomics and epilipidomics within a pan-European network of researchers, clinicians, and enterprises working in the “omics” field.

Jasmina Nikodinović-Runić

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Dr Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic obtained PhD degree in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry from University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia) in 2004. She worked as the postdoctoral researcher at University of Montana, Missoula (USA) and University College Dublin in Ireland, before joining the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 2011. She now leads Group for Eco-Biotechnology and Drug Development.

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Dr Nikodinovic-Runic research activity is documented in 150 refereed publications in International Scientific Journals and Book chapters and presented in more than 50 International and National Conferences. Dr Nikodinovic-Runic is editorial team member of Engineering Microbiology and Catalysts journal (section Biocatalysis).
Research experience: Conducted research in the field of molecular genetics of bacteria; Conducted research on directed evolution of selection of enzymes; Isolated and characterized novel biocatalysts; Worked on the conversion of petrochemical plastic monomers to PHA; Worked on bioprocess optimizations.
Research interest: Microbial biotechnology (bacterial fermentation, strain improvement, bioremediation); biocatalysis (protein expression & directed evolution, tautomerases, laccases, aminotransferases, biotransformations, biocatalytic process development and optimization); Bacterial bioactive secondary metabolites (biopigments, antifungal & anticancer compounds); novel materials (biopolymers, polyhydroxyalkanoates, nanocellulose, functionalization of biopolymers)

Kelly du Preez

Career summary

Kelly du Preez graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa as a veterinarian in 2013. During her years in small animal private practice, she developed a keen interest in diagnostics and clinical pathology and went on to complete a BVSc honours degree part time and, later, to start a residency in veterinary clinical pathology at the University of Pretoria.

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She graduated with a MMedVet degree in Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics in 2021 and completed the ECVCP board exam in the same year.
She is currently a South African and European boarded specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, running an independent clinical pathology consultancy service to veterinarians throughout South Africa. Her work focuses mainly on cytology and haematology.
Kelly is an avid reader, hiker, cook, and lover of dogs.
Jožko Račnik

Career summary

Jožko Račnik, dr. vet. med., PhD, dipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) is an Associate Professor, and Head of Clinic for Birds, Small Mammals and Reptiles at Veterinary faculty, University of Ljubljana. He is Slovenian specialist in veterinary medicine of birds, small mammals, and reptiles and an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Wildlife Population Health.

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He has 20 years of clinical and teaching experiences with wild and exotic animals, mainly birds, small mammals, and reptiles. His primary research interests include clinical veterinary medicine and emerging diseases of exotic pets and wild birds.
Elizabeth Schmidt

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Elizabeth Schmidt graduated with BSc in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Parana State (UFPR), Brazil in 1997; with a Master Degree in Veterinary Sciences in 2000, and from the Sao Paulo State University, Brazil (UNESP) in Veterinary Clinical Pathology with a PhD in Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She undertook a postdoctoral research study (FAPESP Grant) for two years (2008-2009) in Veterinary Pathology at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), campus of Jaboticabal, Brazil. She spent six months as a training fellow (2013) in Veterinary Biochemistry (Marie Curie Institute Grant – FP07 Nematode Health System) at the University of Glasgow.

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In 2015-2016 she spent twelve months working in a post-doctoral research project with biomarkers at the INTERLAB – University of Murcia, Spain (Science Without Borders – CNPq/Brazil, PD Grant). Since 2009 she has been an Associate Researcher of Veterinary Medicine (Clinical Pathology and Parasitic Diseases) – School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, campus of Botucatu, Brazil.
Martina Stirn

Career summary

Martina is a Veterinary Clinical Pathologist based in Switzerland. Since 2013, she is working at the animal hospital of the University of Zurich and will soon join Roche Pharma in Basel. Her main interests include haematology, digital cytopathology, quality management and toxicology.

Austin Viall

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Dr. Austin Viall is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology at the University of California Davis. Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Austin graduated with his DVM from Washington State University in 2010 and completed a clinical pathology residency and MS at Oregon State University in 2014. Austin was a member of the clinical pathology team at Iowa State University in 2014 until very recently and joined the University of California Davis clinical pathology group in 2022.

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He has a special interest in developing novel immunoassays and has helped design and implement flow cytometric assays for canine lymphocyte immunophenotyping, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, and immune thrombocytopenia. His research laboratory focuses on investigating neutrophil extracellular traps, immune-mediated hematologic diseases in dogs, and novel oncogenic factors in canine lymphoma and osteosarcoma. Austin is heavily involved in clinical pathology training at the specialty level, serving in various education-associated and trainee certification roles for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP). He is actively engaged in advancing the veterinary pathology discipline through his role as the current president of the ASVCP.