Speakers at the Congress



Cursus: Graduated from the National Veterinary school of Alfort (ENVA) in 1992, I have then spent 6 years as a Lecturer in Anatomy at the ENVA. During this period I performed my PhD in Biomechanics on the "Kinematic analysis of lame horses".

Since the opening of the CIRALE in 1999, I am in charge of the imaging platform of the center: radiography, ultrasonography, bone scintigraphy, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.

In addition to a strong involvement in the daily clinical activity of CIRALE, my research studies are orientated towards mainly advanced and comparative imaging of the equine locomotor system. I am also finally implied in research activities orientated towards the development and validation of new therapeutic approaches for joint and tendon injuries including rehabilitation programs using the newly constructed dedicated part of the CIRALE called “Kinesia”.



Cristian graduated in 2001 from the Veterinary School of Perugia, Italy. He worked as a general practitioner in private practices and within the surgery department of Perugia Veterinary School, until 2003. From 2004 to 2007 he completed a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery in Valdinievole Veterinary Clinic-Italy.

He spent most of the 2006 abroad in continuing education. In September 2007 Cristian was awarded the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. He remained at Valdinievole until the beginning of 2010 and he then joined Davies Veterinary Specialists till the beginning of 2012. At the moment he’s working at the Small Animal Diagnostics in Zugliano (VI) as a clinical neurologist and neurosurgeon. 

He is author of national and international papers; he is the secretary of the Italian Society of Veterinary Neurology and a member of the European Society of Veterinary Neurology (SINVet and ESVN respectively) since 2004. His professional fields of interest are spinal surgery and neuro-imaging with particular emphasis on MRI.



Grant D. Myhre grew up raising and training quarter horses in southern Minnesota, USA.

After completing his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1975, he completed a large animal internship at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a surgical residency at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He launched his career as a surgeon and later, hospital director, leading the Rochester Equine Clinic to the forefront of veterinary medicine and transforming it into the Myhre Equine Referral Hospital. Dr.

Myhre has specialized in MRI, diagnostic scintigraphy, lameness and treatment including soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Myhre enjoys fox hunting, traveling, flying, sailing, skiing and many other outdoor sports. He has partnered with his son, Dr. Michael Myhre, the other full-time surgeon at the practice. Dr. Myhre actively solicits his four grandchildren to pursue his love for horses and to hopefully extend his legacy to the third generation.



Degree in Veterinary Medicine with Honours in 1987. From 1993 to 1995 attended a non Conforming Residency Program in Neurology at the University of Berne, institute of Animal Neurology, and obtained the Diplomate status in Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) in Liege (Belgium) in September 1995. Presently he is responsible for the Neurology referral service at Valdinievole Veterinary Clinic, Pistoia, Italy.  Past-president of the European Society of Veterinary Neurology(ESVN), President of  the Italian Society of Veterinary Neurology (SINVET). Past President of The Italian Society for Companion Animal (SCIVAC).

Author of publications concerning small animal neurology, he presented more than one hundred neurology lectures at national and international meetings. Special interests: Advanced Neuroimaging, Neurosurgery.


Dr. med. vet., DECVN

1984-89 - Student of veterinary medicine, Munich, Germany

1991-93 - Residency, Institute of Animal Neurology, Berne, Switzerland

1995 - Diplomate ECVN

1994-2022 - Clinical Neurologist

Fields of active research: pathophysiology, diagnostic imaging and treatment of spinal nerve root Entrapment Lameness of unknown origin






Dr. Nanai graduated from the University of Veterinary Sciences, Budapest Hungary in 1998 where she completed a surgical internship. In 2001 she relocated to the United States and after receiving Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification, she completed a surgical externship at South Carolina Surgical Referral Services.

Between 2004-2007, she completed a residency in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. In 2007 she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology/Neurosurgery. She continued with her second residency training through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons at the Animal Emergency, Critical Care and Diagnostic Center in Melbourne, Florida. In 2014 she obtained her second specialty board certification and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

In 2016, Dr. Nanai moved to Pensacola, Fl and she is currently the head of the Surgery/Neurology department at the Veterinary Emergency Referral Center.

Her special interests are neuroimaging and neurosurgery.



She graduated from the University of Parma in November 2008 with an experimental thesis about Magnetic Resonance Imaging of brain tumours that was the result of one year of collaboration with Dr. Massimo Baroni at Clinica Veterinaria Valdinievole.

The passion for MRI pushed her further in the diagnostic imaging path and in July 2010 she moved to the Ospedale Veterinario San Michele (Lodi) where she worked for three years under the supervision of Dr. Martin Konar.

In 2012 she started to work as a veterinary MRI application specialist for Esaote.

In May 2013 she moved to Rome where she worked for four years at Clinica Veterinaria Roma Sud.

In September 2016 she moved to Padova where she joined the imaging team of Clinica Veterinaria San Marco.

At the end of November 2016 she started her diagnostic imaging residency, with an alternative program, at Cambridge Veterinary University under the supervision of Prof. Michael Herrtage and in June 2021 she became a European Specialist in Veterinary Radiology.

Currently, she is working at The Ralph veterinary referral centre in the UK, she is a consultant for VetCT teleradiology company and an MRI application specialist.



Mike Herrtage is Emeritus Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Cambridge.  He is a former Dean of the Veterinary School and was in charge of the small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging services at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital.

He was awarded the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Woodrow Award in 1986 and the BSAVA Blaine Award in 2000 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine. In 2014, he was awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association

International Award for Scientific Achievement. In 2016, he received the Kennel Club International Canine Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a career dedicated to improving canine health and welfare. In 2019, he was awarded the BSAVA Bourgelat Award for really outstanding international contributions to the field of small animal practice.

He has been President of the BSAVA, President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) and was until President of the ECVIM. He was awarded the EBVS Award In 2018, for ‘outstanding contributions to the course of Veterinary Specialisation in Europe’.

He has published over 200 articles in refereed journals.




  • 2011 - Master of Science, Colorado State University
  • 2007 - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University
  • 2002 - Master of Science, University of Florida
  • 2000 - Bachelor of Science, Animal Science University of Idaho
  • 2012 - Diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiologists


  • (2010-present) Owner/partner Inside Information Radiology          
  • (2016-present) Large Animal Radiology, Colorado State University          
  • (2012-2016) Assistant Professor, Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging, University of Georgia
  • (2011-2012) Clinical Instructor, Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, Colorado State University
  • (2008-2011) Resident, Radiology, Colorado State University


Stewart, H.L., Kawcak, C.E., Inscoe, C.R., Puett, C., Lee, Y.Z., Lu, J., Zhou, O.Z. and Selberg, K.T., 2021. Comparative evaluation of tomosynthesis, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging findings for metacarpophalangeal joints from equine cadavers. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 82(11), pp.872-879.



Sigitas graduated from Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University (Brno, Czech) in 1995 and then spent 2 years in small animal practice in Prague. In 1997 he started his residency in neurology and neurosurgery (University of Bern, Switzerland) and gained the European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology in 2001. In 2001 Sigitas moved to Finland and became the head neurologist at the University of Helsinki, Finland. In 2005 he started Referral Small Animal Hospital Aisti in Helsinki and took up his current post of principal clinical neurologist. The neurology service has grown rapidly and currently employs 4 neurologists.

Sigitas has lectured both nationally and internationally and is involved in training of residents and young neurologists, clinical research as well as teaching. Being originally from Lithuania Sigitas is holding yearly animal neurology lectures for students at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas, Lithuania and is currently employed as lecturer.

Sigitas main areas of interest (outside animal neurology) continue to be gardening, wooden houses and their repair according to the old traditional way.



Study of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Vienna, Austria. 1997-2003 university-assistant at the Radiology Clinic of the Veterinary University of Vienna. Working as general radiologist and building up the MRI-service.

2003-2008 Oberarzt at the Department of Clinical Radiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland. Medical director of the MR-Center Berne. At this time also resident of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI). 2007 becoming Diplomate of the ECVDI by taking the board exam in Ghent, Belgium.

Doctoral thesis on MRI of the canine stifle joint.

Since 2009 providing MRI support for several veterinary clinics in Europe.

Co-organisator (scientific committee) of the MRI-Usermeeting


  • 2001 - Graduation in Veterinary Medicine, Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • 2002 - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, (Dr.med.vet.); Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2002 – 2003 - Internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery; Kansas State University, USA          
  • 2003 - AO/ASIF Fellowship; Texas A&M University/Ohio State University, USA
  • 2004/2007 - Residency in Equine Surgery; The Ohio State University, USA
  • 2007 -Master of Science in Equine Surgery (MS); The Ohio State University, USA                   
  • 2007/2009             Staff Surgeon, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2009 - Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons; Diplomate European College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2009/2012 - Clinical Teacher in Equine Surgery; University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2012/2013 - Staff Surgeon; Equine Hospital Aschheim, Germany
  • Since 2014 - Partner and Senior Staff Surgeon; Equine Hospital Aschheim, Equine Diagnostic Center Munich, Germany

Clinical Working Interests

  • General and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Osteosynthese and Arthrodeses
  • Cervical Vertebral Interbody Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (CT, MRI, Myelogram)

Clinical Research Interests

  • MRI of Stifles, Tarsi and Carpi
  • Spinal/Vertebral Surgery
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Wobbler Syndrom