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Meet our Keynote speakers:

Rachel Pollard

School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis

Dr. Rachel Pollard attended Washington State University for her DVM. She then moved to New York for a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Pollard then completed a four-year residency in diagnostic imaging and a PhD in Comparative Pathology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Pollard joined the highly esteemed diagnostic imaging faculty at UC Davis in 2005 and is currently a Professor of Radiology and Vice-Chair for the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences. She has received several teaching awards during her career and is in high demand as a speaker at international continuing education events. She enjoys skiing, backpacking and spending time with her family.


Jonathon Dixon 

Rainbow Equine Hospital 

Jonathon qualified from the Royal Veterinary College and initially joined Rainbow Equine Hospital as an intern for 18 months where he developed an interest in advanced imaging, in particular CT and MRI. He then undertook a 3-year senior clinical training scholarship (residency) at the Royal Veterinary College in Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging before returning to Rainbow. In 2017 he became a European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, and subsequently in 2018 an RCVS Specialist in Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging. Jonathon oversees the imaging caseload and assists with radiography and ultrasonography to ensure that all horses coming to the hospital benefit from state-of-the-art diagnostics. He has particular interests in CT imaging of the head and neck, and MRI of the distal limb.


Tobias Schwarz

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh

Tobias Schwarz grew up in East Germany and studied veterinary medicine and Scandinavian literature and linguistics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He developed a passion for macroscopic anatomy and macroscopic imaging and did his doctoral thesis on nasal radiography and CT. He did a diagnostic imaging residency at Glasgow University Veterinary School in Scotland and became a Diplomate in Diagnostic Imaging with the British Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (DVR), the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (DipECVDI) and the American College of Veterinary Surgery (DACVR). He has worked as an academic radiologist at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin-Madison in the United States for 10 years and since 2009 is the head of the Diagnostic Imaging Service at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2017, he was elected as a Fellow of the British Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and his particular interests are thoracic imaging and computed tomography. On both topics he has published a comprehensive textbook.


Ilva Drumm, DipACVR, MS, FTA
IDEXX Telemedicine

Ilva Drumm attended vet school in Munich, then undertook her specialist training in the United States, first an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, KY, followed by a residency in diagnostic imaging and Master of Science at the Ohio State University. Since obtaining her DipACVR she has spent time in private practice both in Germany and the UK and since 2016 has been a teleradiologist for IDEXX Telemedicine.