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Keynote speakers

Fabrice Audigie


Graduated from the National Veterinary school of Alfort (EnvA) in 1992, he spent 6 years as a Lecturer in Anatomy at the ENVA. During this period he performed his PhD in Biomechanics on the "Kinematic analysis of lame horses".

Since the opening of the CIRALE in 1999, he is in charge of the imaging platform of the center, particularly advanced imaging techniques. In addition to a strong involvement in the clinical activity of CIRALE, his research studies are orientated towards mainly advanced and comparative imaging of the equine locomotor system. He is also finally implied in research activities orientated towards the evaluation and validation of new therapeutic approaches for joint and tendon injuries and also in the development of the equine gait analysis system “Equisym” designed by the LIM Group with the EnvA.

Marianna Biggi

William Hornof

Chiara Leo

Tobias Schwarz

Giliola Spattini

Giliola Spattini graduated with honor in Veterinary Medicine from Parma University. After a rotating internship and a few years in private practice, she started an alternate residency program in Diagnostic Imaging at the Royal Veterinary College of London under the supervision of Christopher R. Lamb. In 2008, she became a diplomate from the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI). In 2009, she discussed her PhD thesis at the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at Parma University. Since 2008, she has worked with sports medicine experts on musculoskeletal ultrasound in canine athletes and aged dogs. She has published in national and international journals. She has contributed to four books on Diagnostic Imaging. Since 2018, she has joined a research team active in human pancreatic carcinoma.  

She frequently contributes to continuous postgraduate education (CPD) in Italy and around the world. She works as a specialist consultant for Antech and She works at Clinica Veterinaria Castellarano, a referral practice in Italy. She founded  

Stamos Tahas

Stamos graduated with distinction from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2011. He completed his military service as a veterinary surgeon in the Hellenic Army before receiving a scholarship to study for an MSc in Conservation Science at the University of Liverpool in the UK. He undertook a rotating small animal internship at the University of Nottingham and subsequently worked in private practice in the UK before embarking on an ACZM-approved residency at the Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife in the University of Zurich in Switzerland. After his residency, he worked as a veterinary officer at the Zoological Society of London and moved onto Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark in 2021. He is a diplomate by examination of the American and the European Colleges of Zoological Medicine. Stamos is fortunate enough to have travelled from Greenland to Dubai for conservation and research projects. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to Irish folk music and is trying to master the bodhrán. Highlights of his radiographic diagnoses to date include pulpitis in Asian elephants and brood pouch emphysema in seahorses. He is constantly awestruck by the talent of diagnostic imagers as they ultrasound their way across the dangerous animals he tries to keep asleep. He has lost no radiologists so far. 


Masterclass speakers


Michaela Gumpenberger

Michi's passion for imagery began in 1991, encompassing both photography and diagnostic imaging. In 1995 her thesis on radiography, sonography, and CT in chelonians opened the door to the captivating realm of exotic animals. Joining the vetmeduni in Vienna as a university assistant in 1996, she delved into reptile and avian medicine alongside her clinical duties. Her scholarly contributions earned her recognition, receiving both the Pfizer and VOEK prizes for her "exotic"re research, while her adept

teaching garnered five accolades from students. In 2023, she achieved Associate Membership with the ECVDI. Beyond her professional pursuits, Michi's personal life revolves around her two Border Collies, engaging in dog sports, indulging in photography, nurturing her garden, exploring the world through travel, and enjoying audiobooks. For a comprehensive list of her publications, please refer to:

Silke Hecht

Dr. Silke Hecht received her veterinary degree in 1998 and her Doctorate (Dr. med. vet.) in 2001, both from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Tufts University in 2005. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI).  Dr. Hecht is currently a Professor of Radiology and Radiology Section Head at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also a consultant for VetCT. Her areas of interest include MRI, neuroimaging, and oncologic imaging.  She has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications and 25 book chapters, and she has edited a textbook on Veterinary Radiology. She has served as President of the CT/MRI society of the ACVR and as ACVR President. She is currently an Associate Editor for Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and serves as the director for North America in the International Veterinary Radiology Association (IVRA).

Chee Kin Lim

Chee Kin graduated with a DVM from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. After working for 6 years in a referral small animal practice in Malaysia, he continued his master’s degree in veterinary echocardiography and diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Pretoria in 2010. Upon completion of his residency, he obtained the post-graduate degree BVSc(Hons) in diagnostic imaging and the MMedVet South African imaging specialist degree. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2014 and a Fellow of the Malaysian College of Veterinary Specialists in 2018.

He has served as Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the Purdue University, USA from 2013-2021. During this period, he has successfully trained many ECVDI and ACVR residents, 10 of which have already achieved board-certifications. His clinical and research interests include ultrasonography and imaging of neoplasia in small animals. He currently has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and written a book chapter for the Atlas of Diagnostic Imaging of Dogs and Cats.

Between 2020-2022, he has also served as the Chair of the Credentials Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the ECVDI, and is currently an active member of the Selection Committee.

Chee Kin joined VetCT in 2021 and presently works as a radiologist for VetCT. He particularly enjoys his role in the VetCT Education team as virtual and on-site supervisor for imaging residents and as one of the instructors for the annual VetCT ACVR Resident Bootcamp. 

Maurizio Longo

Dr. Maurizio Longo graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Milan in 2011. After a rotating and Imaging internship at the Istituto Veterinario di Novara (Italy), he was enrolled in a PhD program on injection site sarcoma, completed in 2016 (Doctor Europaeus). In 2019 he completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies – University of Edinburgh, and became a Boarded specialist of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He has a strong interest in clinically oriented research and he is author of several scientific papers and book chapters. He is head of the Diagnostic Imaging division of C.T.O. Veterinario, a referral trauma Veterinary Hospital in Arenzano (Genova, Italy). He joined Antech Imaging Service team in 2020 and is also a Fellow Researcher of the University of Milan. Outside of his interest in imaging, Dr. Longo enjoys spending free time travelling around the world while performing all sorts of sports from skiing and climbing to water sports.

Maria Lyraki

Mario Maas

Wilfried Mai

Andrew Parry

Andrew graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999. After several years in mixed and small animal practice he completed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in practice, and started a residency at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). He successfully completed the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI) diploma examinations, becoming a European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and becoming an RCVS Recognised Specialist soon after. He worked as a clinical radiologist at Willows Referral Service in the UK until 2014, and, after a brief period in academia at the RVC, returned to Willows Referral Service as a senior radiologist in 2015. He became Head of the Diagnostic Imaging service in 2017. In 2021, he also became the Head of Central Diagnostic Imaging Services at the Linnaeus Veterinary Group. The objective of this latter position was to help Linnaeus gain appropriate subject matter expertise in the field. The role included oversight on PACS, teleradiology provision, resident training, recruitment and retention of radiologists, and procurement of imaging equipment. In 2020, Andrew became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

In 2023, Andrew joined Antech Imaging Services as a consultant teleradiologist. As well as his responsibilities as a radiologist, he is involved in the development of the use of AI to help radiologists perform their tasks. He also has an active role in resident training and board exam preparation.

After several years on the Executive Committee, Andrew became President of the ECVDI from 2018 to 2020. In his tenure he made a number of changes to allow specialist training to remain relevant to modern day imaging requirements. Andrew also served on the ECVDI examination committee for a number of years, as well as various other committee positions within the ECVDI and the RCVS.

Andrew’s research interests include computed tomography angiography and in particular, morphology of portosystemic shunts. He has numerous publications in the field of diagnostic imaging, and is the author of several book chapters within the field. 

Dominique Pennick

Swan Specchi

Anna Sunol Iniesta 

Federico Vilaplana Grosso

Federico graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Córdoba in 2008, where he continued working for a few months as an intern in the small animal department.
After a year of externships in different hospitals in Spain and France, he began a small animal rotating internship at the National Veterinary School of Alfort. He later continued his training with a specialized internship in internal medicine and another specialized internship in radiology at the same institution.
Next, he began a European residency in diagnostic imaging at Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, where he obtained the diploma of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI). He then stayed working for a year at the Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
He later moved to the United States and worked for a year as an Assistant Professor at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2017, he has been working as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also became diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and where he holds the position of residency program director with 9 residents under his supervision. In 2022, Federico has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor.

Rob White



Resident day speakers