Speakers at the Congress


Professor in equine diagnostic imaging and locomotor pathology at the CIRALE - National Veterinary school of Alfort.
DVM, HDR PhD in Biomechanics, Large Animal ECVDI Associate Member Head of the CIRALE (since 2014).

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”.


Clinical neurologist
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

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



Dr. Van de Winkel graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University in january 2008.

He has worked since then in an Equine Referral Clinic in Wolvega.  In 2009 he started to attend all the modules of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (I.S.E.L.P.) and in 2013 he passed his board examination at CIRALE (professor J.M. Denoix) and became a certified member of I.S.E.L.P.

Wolvega Equine Clinic is a clinic with its main focus on Equine Sports Medicine, Orthopedics & Surgery. 

Together with Den Ham Animal Clinic they are partners in a Esaote Vet Grande MRI. 

The main focus of dr. D. van de Winkel within the clinic is orthopedics and diagnostic imaging. His special interest is in ultrasound, MRI and biomechanics.



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.



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.



Diplomate European College of Veterinary Neurology Fachtierarzt für Kleintiere.

Dr. Konrad Jurina qualified from the Free University of Berlin in 1991. He worked as an university assistant at the Small Animal Clinic of Berlin and finished his thesis on a neurosurgical and radiological topic. In 1995 he went to the Small Animal Clinic of the University of Leipzig, where he was responsible for neurology and neurosurgery, as well as teaching. In 2000 he became the head of the MRI unit. Since 2003 he is co-owner of the „Tierklinik Haar“, a small animal second opinion clinic close to Munich.

His focus is on neurology and neurosurgery as well as advanced imaging techniques. He is responsible for the mri and ct.

Member oft he following scientific organisations:

  • "Veterinary Neurosurgical Society"
  • "Veterinary CT and MRI Society"
  • "European Congress of Radiology (ECR)"

Expert for the section on „Neurology“ im „Fachforum Kleintiere der Fachgruppe Kleintierkrankheiten der DVG“

Co-author of the textbooks "Atlas und Lehrbuch der Kleintierneurologie“ and „Die idiopathische Epilepsie des Hundes“

Lecturer on international and national congresses.


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


Dr. Barrett is an associate professor of equine diagnostic imaging Colorado State University.

Dr. Barrett's primary research and clinical interests are equine musculoskeletal imaging and comparative imaging, and she works closely with the equine surgery and sports medicine services.

She is a founding partner of Inside information Radiology, a dedicated equine teleradiology service. She routinely speaks at equine veterinary meetings and is regularly involved in continuing education courses, including courses that draw an international audience.

Dr. Barrett is dedicated to the advancement of the specialty of equine diagnostic imaging and is currently the president of an AVMA newly recognized subspecialty— ACVR-Equine Diagnostic Imaging. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, skiing, riding horses, and spending time with her family.


Dr. med. vet. Thomas Gödde
Dipl., ECVN

1984-89 Student of veterinary medicine, Munich, Germany

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

1995 Diplomate ECVN

1994-2019 Clinical Neurologist

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


B.S., D.V.M.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Large Animal Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Large Animal Surgery
DVIRC – Lean level 1 certified
DVIRC – Lean Champion certified

Clinical Specialties: Surgery

Contact Information:

University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals
New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road


Publications +
Education +

Knobbe MG, Levine DG, Habecker P, Getman LE, Beech J, Turner RM Prostatic Masses in Geldings Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 32: 628-633, 2012.

Wee J, Akins R, Mackinzie WG, Sliktar R, Levine DG, Richardson DW, Dodge GR, Rahman T Development of a force-driven distractor for distraction osteogenesis Journal of Medical Devices 5: 041004.1-041004.5, 2011.

Wee J, Rahman T, Mackenzie WG, Akins R, Levine DG, Richardson DW, Dodge GR, Seliktar R Using distraction forces to drive an autodistractor during limb lengthening Medical Engineering & Physics 33: 1001-1007, 2011.

Levine DG, Richardson DW, Ahern BA, Epstein KL Efficacy of three tourniquets types for intravenous antimicrobial regional limb perfusion in standing horses Veterinary Surgery 39: 1021-1024, 2010.

Smith MA, Levine DG, Getman LM, Parente EJ, Engiles JB Vulvar squamous cell carcinoma in situ within viral papillomas in an aged Quarter Horse mare Equine Veterinary Education 21: 11-16, 2009.

Ahern BJ, Levine DG Multiple rib fracture repair in a neonatal Holstein calf Veterinary Surgery 38: 787-790, 2009.

Levine DG, Ross MW, Neelis DA, Epstein KL Topical 1% diclofenac sodium reduces inflammation in horses undergoing intravenous regional limb perfusion American Journal of Veterinary Research 70: 1323-1325, 2009.

Levine DG, Richardson DW Clinical use of the locking compression plate (LCP) in horses. Equine Veterinary Journal 35: 401-406, 2007.

Levine DG, Smith JJ, Richardson DW, Brown V, Beech J, Habecker P Suspected panosteitis in a Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) 231: 437-441, 2007.

Levine DG, Ross, MW, Kraus BM Causes and significance of photopenic lesions on bone phase Tc-99 scans in horses: 3 cases Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 48: 467-470, 2007.



She graduated in Veterinary Medicine at University of Parma in November 2008 with an experimental thesis about Magnetic Resonance Imaging of brain tumors that was the result of one year of collaboration with Dr. Massimo Baroni ECVN. In the same year she succeeded the state exam and came back to Genova, where she was born, for working as a general practitioner.
The passion for MRI pushed her further in the diagnostic imaging path and in September 2009 she moved to Sasso Marconi where she started a training under the supervision of Dr. Federica Rossi ECVDI.
In January 2010 she moved to UK where she completed a four months training at the diagnostic imaging department of the Animal Health Trust with Dr. Ruth Dennis ECVDI. In July 2010 she met Dr. Martin Konar ECVDI who offered her the opportunity to start a collaboration in Italy at the Ospedale Veterinario San Michele (Lodi) where she worked for three years under his supervision. In the end of 2012 she moved to Davis, California, to attend a stage in diagnostic imaging. When she came back to Italy she started to work as MRI consultant for Esaote both in Europe and USA.
In May 2013 she moved to Rome and she started to work at Clinica Veterinaria Roma Sud with Dr. Daniele Corlazzoli ECVN. In October 2017 she moved to Padova where she joined the imaging team of Clinica Veterinaria San Marco starting to collaborate with Dr. Giovanna Bertolini.
At the end of November 2017 she started an imaging residency, with an alternative program, at Cambridge University under the supervision of Prof. Michael Herrtage.


Professor Michael E. Herrtage MA, DVSc, DVR, DVD, DSAM, FRCVS, DECVIM, DECVDI

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 recently President of the ECVIM. He was awarded the EBVS Award In 2018, for ‘outstanding contributions to the course of Veterinary Specialisation in Europe’.


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.

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