Árni Mathiesen, BVMS, MSc (Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Mathiesen is the Assistant Director-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. He studied veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh qualifying as veterinarian in 1983, and received an MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Science (pathology) from Stirling University in 1985. Originating from Iceland, before joining FAO Dr. Mathiesen has been in private veterinary practice, has served as a member of the Icelandic Parliament, as the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, and the Minister of Finance within the Icelandic Government.

Richmond Loh, BVMS, MPhil, MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), DipPM, CertAqV (Keynote Speaker)

Known as the “Fish Vet”, Dr Richmond Loh and his team, located in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville and Bribe Island in Australia, provide veterinary, and pathology services for a wide range of clients including pet fish, display aquaria, retailers and fish farmers. He and his team also promote aquatic veterinary services worldwide, and produce educational materials for veterinarians and animal owners. He is also a senior Adjunct Lecturer at Murdoch University, a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) with recognized specialization in Pathobiology and Aquatic Animal Health, and a WAVMA Certified Aquatic Veterinarian. He also has been a WAVMA Executive Board Member (2013-2015) and President (2014), and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the ANZCVS, Aquatic Animal Health Chapter (2015), and the Treasurer of the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathologists (2008-2010).

Sean J. Callanan BVM, MVB, MRCVS, CertVR, PhD, DipECVP, FRCPath

Dr. Callanan is the Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University, and a Board Cerified Research and Diagnostic Veterinary Pathologist. Following graduation from the School of Veterinary Medicine at University College, Dublin (UCD) in 1987, he initially undertook Internships at UCD and then at the University of Glasgow, where he obtained his Certificate in Veterinary Radiology. This was followed by a combined PhD and Residency program at University of Glasgow for studies on feline immunodeficiency virus, which led membership in the Royal College of Pathologists in 1996. Following a period as a toxicological pathologist at Sanofi Winthrop (Alnwick, UK) he returned to Ireland, initially as a research officer in the Department of Agriculture, and then as a Lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine, at UCD. During 15 years at UCD he progressed to Associate Professor and Head of Department. Prior to being appointed Dean in 2016, Dr. Callanan has served as Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and head of both the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Center for Integrative Mammalian Research at Ross University.

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