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Agnieszka Pietsch-Fulbiszewska, DVM PhD

Dr Pietsch-Fulbiszewska graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences in 2006. In 2010 she completed postgraduate studies in Animal Surgery at the Department and Clinic of Surgery in Wrocław. In 2012, after completing her PhD studies, she defended her thesis “The influence of the age and pathological factors on blood flow by means of Doppler ultrasonography in the canine hind leg”, conducted partially at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany. Since 2014 she has been working as a researcher at the Center of Experimental and Innovative Medicine at UCVM JU-UA in Kraków. Since April 2018 she holds the position of academic teacher at the UCVM JU-UA. Her main focus is on diagnostic imaging, but she loves surgery as well. At the Center, she is involved in both of those branches of veterinary medicine. Privately, a former athlete and still crazy about sports, soon to be mum of the third baby girl, and the owner of Atka, an adorable Siberian Husky.

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Arkadiusz Dors, PhD

Dr Arkadiusz Dors was born in Puławy (Poland) in 1985, he graduated at the Veterinary Faculty of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland in 2010. From 2011 to 2015 he was a PhD student in National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) in Puławy. In 2015 he obtained a doctorate in Veterinary Science under the supervision of prof. Zygmunt Pejsak. Since then, he is working at NVRI in Department of Swine Diseases as a researcher. His areas of interest are epidemiology and monitoring of swine diseases, as well as veterinary bacteriology. Moreover, he is focused on cooperation with the veterinarians in the field, information exchange and transfer of knowledge concerning swine diseases.

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Blanka Wysocka, DVM

Dr Blanka Wysocka a veterinary physician graduated in 2004, specialising in the diagnosis of respiratory and circulatory diseases in horses.

Internships abroad:
2016 – Externship in equine cardiology, Ghent, Prof. Gunter van Loon
2013 – Internal diseases of horses, Equine Medicine UC Davis, California, U.S.A.
2008 – University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2007 – Diagnostics and surgery of diseases of the upper respiratory tract in horses, G.Lane BVetMed DESTS FRCVS, England
2007 – Horse Cardiology TIHO Hanover, Germany
2006 – CEMESPO, University of Liege, Belgium
2004 and 2005 – Jim Joel Equine Sports Medicine Center, Langford University, Bristol, England
2003 – Rood&Riddle Equine Hospital, Kentucky, USA

Completed courses/conferences:
13 July 2017 – World Equine Airways Symposium – a poster and a lecture, Copenhagen, Denmark
13-14 October 2014 – International conference on IAD in horses – as a participant and a lecturer, Cabourg, France
15-17 March 2014 – Conference and workshops on horse cardiology and sports medicine of horses – Dr. Lesley Young and Emanuelle Van Erk, Sec, Czech Republic
5-7 August 2009 – World Equine Airways Symposium, Bern, Switzerland
2007-2009 – Post-graduate specialisation in equine diseases
September 2007 – BEVA Congress 2007, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2006 – 7th ICEEP, Fontainebleau, France

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Eliza Anna Niemczycka, DVM

Dr Eliza Anna Niemczycka is a veterinary surgeon and artist, academic lecturer and concert vocalist, journalist and poet, horse rider and composer. She graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences in Lublin in 2012 and started work as a veterinary surgeon and assistant at the Equine Clinic, University of Leipzig (Germany). From 2013 she has been an assistant at the Department of Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University Medical College and an academic teacher of Veterinary Toxicology and Veterinary Pharmacy at the University Centre of Veterinary Medicine UJ-UR in Cracow (Poland). Eliza Anna has been a founder and lecturer of her own project “Jeździecka Akademia Weterynaryjna” (Veterinary Equestrian Academy) since 2015. She is an author of more than 260 publications and a specialist of a top Polish equestrian magazine “Świat Koni” (The World of Horses). She has her own stable and worked as a professional competitive rider and trainer of arabian horses in endurance competions at the international level. She is also a Mountain Equestrian Tourist Guide for PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society) and dressage and show jumping referee of the PZJ (Polish Riding Association). Horses and nature are the strongest inspirations in her artistic activities. Eliza Anna gave a lot of concerts in Poland and abroad. The biggest passion for her is life itself.

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Jan S. Suchodolski, DVM, PhD, AGAF, DACVM

Jan S. Suchodolski graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 1997. After working for several years in a small animal specialty clinic he returned to academia and received his Dr. med. vet. degree from the University of Vienna, Austria in recognition for his research on potential diagnostic marker for canine gastric disease. In 2005 Dr. Suchodolski received his PhD in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M University for his work on molecular markers for the assessment of the intestinal microbiota. He is also board certified in immunology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). He currently serves as Associate Professor and Associate Director of the GI Lab.

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Justyna Koniczuk-Kleja, MA

Clinical psychology specialist, psychotherapist, certified psycho-oncologist. Employee in the Palliative Care Unit at Krakow University Hospital, where as a psychologist, she provides psychological support to patients with advanced cancer and to their families. Full-time employee at the Jagiellonian University Medical College, where she prepares medical students for working with patients under palliative care. She trains doctors as part of specialty training in palliative medicine and courses in palliative care for doctors of other specialties and postgraduate psycho-oncology students. At the same time, she has been developing her qualifications by providing individual psychodynamic psychotherapy mainly to patients suffering from personality disorders.   ​

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Kazimierz Tarasiuk DVM, PhD, DSc

Kazimierz Tarasiuk, research worker and lecturer, post – Professor and Director of the University Centre of Veterinary Medicine UJ-UR in Krakow. His major research interest is to develop diagnostic techniques of some of the swine diseases as well as to improve the methods of control and elimination of the major pig diseases. He published many papers either in Polish or international magazines as well as many oral presentations given on the international conferences (e.g. International Pig Veterinary Society Congresses). He published 31 original papers and prepared 25 peer reviewed papers presented on different local and international seminars. He was able to develop his research position collaborating with research centers over in Europe (Station de Pathologie Porcine in Ploufragan, France; University in Bern, Switzerland) and in the US (University of Nebraska in Lincoln). He has developed and introduced into practice vaccine against MMA (mastitis – metritis – agalactia) in sows and vaccine against swine pleuropneumonia. He was involved in coordination of some Polish research projects (KBN) as well as project realized in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, USA. He poses a great experience in swine diseases eradication programs including the most economically important ones like Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and Enzootic Pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.

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Laura Daniela Urdes, DVM PhD PgDip CertAqV, Past-President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA)

Dr. Laura D. Urdes works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Romania, where she teaches fish pathophysiology and diseases in fish, livestock and game animals. Dr. Urdes is a PhD and BSc in Veterinary Medicine, a WAVMA Certified Veterinarian (CertAqV), and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Livestock Health and Production from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Dr. Urdes has over 17 years of teaching, mentorship and research experience in life sciences, as well as expertise in research design, management, grant application and coordination of scientific projects. Since December 2016, Dr. Urdes is a National Contact Point (NCP) for Marie S. Curie Actions (EC-REA-MSCA) in Romania. Dr. Urdes has been a member/chair of international committees and panels in the E.U. and abroad, on themes related to Aquaculture and Aquatic Veterinary Medicine, advocating for the role of the veterinary profession in ensuring aquatic animal and public health.

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Lidia Nosal

Our youngest speaker. Student of the last year of veterinary medicine, associated with IVSA Kraków from the very beginning of its activity. Lidia is passionate about surgery and diagnostic imaging. She participated in many conferences and workshops in Poland and abroad, including:

  • Level I and II abdominal ultrasound – Mastervet,
  • 5-day PerfectVet level I imaging school,
  • 5-day PerfectVet school of cardiology,
  • Emergency and critical care on Poliklinika Śląska,
  • Orthopedic workshops – locking plates by Gareth Arthrus – currently Chairman of the British Veterinary Orthopedic Association, examiner for the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery.
  • Knee joint surgeon TTA Rapid led by Rafał Korta – great surgeon, member of ESVOT. He worked for several years in cooperation with Rita Leibinger in 2013 and carried out the first TTA Rapid procedure in Poland,
  • Ophthalmic surgery and ophthalmological examination level I and II under the direction of DVM Jacek Garncarz as a member of the European and world associations of veterinary ophthalmologists (ESVO, ISVO).
  • Workshops covering endoscopy and minimally invasive surgical methods of the alimentary and respiratory tract at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Wroclaw
  • She participated in an internship at a “Vets now” clinic that specializes in ECC, under the supervision of DVM MRCVS Rafał Boroń – Principal Veterinary Surgeon of Derby and Stoke-on-Trent Emergency & Critical Care clinics. For several years, Lidia has been gaining experience as an assistant of a veterinary surgeon at a shelter for homeless animals. This year, for the first time, she conducted workshops covering basic surgical procedures during International Veterinary Students’ Meeting KRAKÓW ’18

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    Maciej Guzera DVM PhD DipECVCP MRCVS

    Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2010. He continued his education at the doctorate level at the Division of Animal Pathophysiology under the supervision of Professor Anna Winnicka. As a PhD student he combined his academic commitments with working part-time as a veterinary surgeon at a veterinary clinic in Warsaw. He pursued his postgraduate education as a Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Clinical Pathology at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge. Having finished his residency, he continued working in the same institution as a Clinical Veterinarian in Clinical Pathology. After obtaining the diploma of European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) in 2017, he started his employment at LABOKLIN Polska.

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    Maciej Witkowski, DVM, PhD

    Dr Maciej Witkowski is a specialist in equine medicine, with a PhD in horse reproduction. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW in 1989. Now, he has almost 30 years of clinical and academic experience working at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW and then at the University Center of Veterinary Medicine UJ-UR in Cracow. Since 1990, he has been a team member of the Hospital for Horses at the Warsaw Racing Track. For many years, parallel to his work as a surgeon, he also ran the insemination department there. In 2015/2016 he had a 5-month contract as a surgeon at the Al-Khalediah Equine Hospital, Tebrak in Saudi Arabia. His professional interest was always centered around equine reproduction and abdominal surgery in horses. He conducted many workshops and lectures for practicing physicians in those fields. He is an author of numerous publications.

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    DVM Marek Tischner, PhD

    Dr Marek Tischner, specialized in equine medicine, member of the Polish Hipiatry Society, veterinary physician of the Polish Equestrian Federation and FEI, researcher and academic teacher at the University of Agriculture in Cracow in the Institute of Veterinary Sciences. For many years he has been conducting research in the field of reproduction, stress in transport as well as sport and exercise physiology in horses. He runs a private equine veterinary practice.

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    Maria Yvonne Hemberger, DVM

    DVM Maria Yvonne Hemberger is responsible for Veterinary Public Health at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Neudamm Campus at the University of Namibia (UNAM). Born and educated in Germany, in 1992 she started her Doctorate in Namibia, to which she subsequently immigrated. From 2011 to 2016 she held the post of Chief Veterinarian at the Veterinary Public Health Division in the Directorate of Veterinary Services, where she was responsible for export abattoirs, developing meat standards and meat hygiene training for state veterinarians and veterinary hygiene inspectors. She attended many conferences and initiated workshops to convey the importance of the often-neglected topic of Veterinary Public Health and the One Health concept all over the world. Dr. Hemberger joined UNAM in 2016 as a Senior lecturer in Veterinary Public Health and a representative for Occupational Safety and Health for all the University of Namibia Campuses. She supervises Master’s students in the field of Veterinary Public Health and Biological Risk Management programs. Under the One Health concept, she developed a Wellness Program for UNAM, which was implemented in March 2018.
    Additionally to her academic work, she is involved in Food Safety and Animal Welfare Awareness and Education.

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    Michał Plewik, DVM

    Dr Michał Plewik in 2005 graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. In 2009 obtained a title of Specialist in Animal Breeding, in 2015 – Specialist in the Diseases of Ruminants. Member of the Polish Association on Mastitis. Since 2005 he was managing his own practice in Bychawa, concentrating on the breeding of dairy cattle, herd health management as well as prevention and treatment of the diseases of cattle. He participated in many courses regarding those topics, focusing on ultrasound diagnostics. In the field work, he managed many cattle herds of different sizes, from few animals up to 1500. Dr Plewik conducted many workshops in cattle breeding, ultrasound and insemination. Speaker at conferences in Poland (I Conference of Stopmastitis, Buiatric Conference in Łomża) as well as abroad (Conference of Ukrainian Veterinarians – Kiev 2015 and 2016). In 2017 joined Ceva Animal Health as a technical manager of the Ruminants branch.

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    Prof. Monika Bugno-Poniewierska

    Prof. Monika Bugno-Poniewierska scientific interests focus on issues related to animal genetics, with particular emphasis on horses. In her research, she applies classical and molecular cytogenetic methods to assess the correctness of the karyotype of animals intended for reproduction. Thanks to this, early detection of karyotype abnormalities is possible, which allows fast removal of their carriers from the breeding programme. Along with the development of molecular cytogenetics methods, her scientific interests have been focused on issues related to the use of molecular techniques in assessing the genome of farm animals. Particularly on obtaining molecular painting probes by microdissection, which allowed to significantly increase the precision of identifying chromosome abnormalities in both mitotic and meiotic cells, as well as made it possible to extend the research by gene mapping or evolutionary issues.

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    Natalia Sowińska, DVM, PhD

    Dr Natalia Sowińska graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science (Poland) in 2009. In 2013 she defended her PhD thesis conducted at the Leibniz Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research, in Berlin (Germany) and Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science. In 2012 she completed postgraduate studies in Animal Reproduction and in 2017 in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Since 2014 she works in a researchers position in Center of Experimental and Innovative Medicine in Veterinary Faculty of Krakow. Her clinical interest is focus around small animal reproduction and scientifically she is involved in assisted reproduction technologies. Privately, is a dog lover and happy owner of 3-year-old crossbreed bitch. She loves sports and spending time outdoors.

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    Piotr Listos DVM, PhD

    A graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Agriculture in Lublin (currently the University of Life Sciences in Lublin) and the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In 2003, completed postgraduate studies in the field of epizootiology and veterinary administration at the Veterinary Center of Postgraduate Education in Puławy. Since 2005, doctor of veterinary science, with a scientific specialty – forensic veterinary. My scientific interests and didactic work are related to forensic veterinary medicine. Since 2006 I have been an expert in the field of veterinary medicine at the District Court in Lublin. This function obliges my person to carry out numerous scientific and veterinary expertises for the benefit of procedural bodies. In addition to basic professional duties, I am passionate about treating animals, karate kyokushin, and maybe first of all meeting new people.

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    Rafał Pędziwiatr, DVM

    Dr Rafał Pędziwiatr, a specialist in equine diseases and animal reproduction, member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology and British Equine Veterinary Association, co-owner of an Equine Clinic EQUI-VET. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the UWM in Olsztyn in 1999. Since 2017, he has been the deputy of the Vocational Liability Officer in the self-government of veterinary physicians. Since his studies, his professional interests have always revolved around equine diseases and so it remained to this day. During his first years after graduation he was mainly focused on reproduction of horses. From 2003, he extended his interests to dentistry, to biomechanics and thus orthopedics, and later to sports medicine of horses. From the beginning of his clinical practice, he was fascinated with medical imaging, especially with ultrasonography. For last several months, he has been researching the use of elastographic examination to assess tendons after injuries and the effectiveness of various methods of biological therapy of tendons.

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    Prof. Zygmunt Maciej Kowalski, PhD

    Professor and head of the Department of Animal Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Animal Science, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Krakow, Poland. Author of over 600 publications, including original papers in peer-reviewed indexed periodicals (e.g. “Journal of Dairy Science”, “Livestock Production Science”, “Animal Feed Science and Technology”). A very well-known in Poland speaker of numerous courses, lectures and seminars for students, farmers, extension workers, feed distributors, veterinarians. Supervisor of 7 PhD students, coordinator of numerous scientific projects conducted on ruminants, mainly dairy cows and calves. Co-author of a national monitoring system for subclinical ketosis of dairy cows based on determination of ketone bodies in milk using NIRS technique. Expert in practical dairy cow and dairy calf feeding.
    Main fields of research activity include protein, amino acids and fat in ruminant nutrition, protein and energy evaluation systems for ruminants, prevention of metabolic diseases in dairy cows, systems of dairy calf rearing, nutrigenomics.

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    Prof. Zdenek Knotek, DVM, Ph.D, Dip ECZM (herpetology)

    Professor Zdenek Knotek (Sid) is the Head of the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic on Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic and an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Purdue University, IN, USA. He is a founding member and diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (herpetology), member of ARAV, former president of the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV), and a president of the Czech Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (CAZWV). As a visiting professor, professor Knotek has teaching activities in many universities (Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Kosice, Ljubljana, Porto, Lisbon, Utrecht, Sydney, Vienna, Warsaw, Purdue University (IN, USA), Denpasar (Indonesia). As a founder of reptile medicine specialty at Clinic for Reptile, Avian and Fish Medicine professor Knotek headed the Unit for Reptiles and Pet Birds at University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (2010-2013). His current focus involves medicine and surgery in exotic animals, especially in reptiles. Sid supervises international training courses for exotic medicine: Summer School for Exotic Medicine and Surgery (since 2004), ESAVS courses – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery I, II, III (since 2005) and ESAVS course – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery in China (since 2015).

    Current academic address: Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Palackeho trida 1946/1, CZ 612 42, Brno, Czech Republic. knotekz@vfu.cz