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Plenary Speakers

Bath, Gareth


Gareth Bath has held many offices in veterinary organisations, both in South Africa and abroad, including the ISVA. Scientific investigations, numerous international congresses and five decades of research and consultancies have given him valuable insights into and information about production and profitability and into many of the diseases and problems of livestock, mainly sheep and goats. He is the author, co-author or contributor to many books, scientific journal articles, farming publications and other media. He co-developed the world validated and acclaimed FAMACHA© System for sustainable, practical management of haemonchosis. Veterinary History has become a major interest and he is currently Chair of the Veterinary History Society in South Africa. He has also participated in 5 international WAHVM veterinary history congresses.

Ciappesoni, Gabriel

Gabriel Ciappesoni is the Director of the National Research Program on Meat and Wool Production of the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA). He is an accredited researcher of the National Researcher System of the National Research and Innovation Agency. He culminated his doctoral studies in 2003 in the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague. Since then, he has been working on animal breeding at INIA Uruguay, as the geneticist responsible for genetic evaluations and design and analysis of sheep crossbreding projects. He is responsible for projects on genomic selection for resistance to gastrointestinal parasites, molecular parentage identification and prolific breed crosses. His main area of work is animal breeding, with special emphasis on small ruminants. His fields of work include genetic and genomic evaluations in sheep (production and quality of meat, wool, resistance to parasites and milk); estimation of genetic parameters (heritability, correlations) and crossbreeding parameters (heterosis, breed differences).

De Barbieri, Ignacio

Ignacio De Babieri has a degree in agronomy from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay and obtained his PhD in animal science from the University of New England in Australia. Is a senior researcher at the National Institute of Agriculture in Uruguay. His work has been related to the production of sheep meat and wool in semi-extensive grazing systems, he has published several review and non-review articles, attended and presented at local and international conferences and has been involved in the supervision of more than 40 students. In the last years, he has led the Rumiar project in Uruguay and has been part of the team on the European projects Grass to gas and Smarter. Those projects are focused on studying the efficiency, emissions and resilience of sheep in different environments, in parallel with assessing sustainability and biodiversity at the farm level.

Entrican, Gary

Brief Curriculum Vitae:

Professor Gary Entrican (BSc, PhD, FHEA)


Gary Entrican graduated from The University of Glasgow with a 2i Hons Degree in Immunology in 1981. He graduated with a PhD in Immunology from The University of Glasgow in 1986 and then became a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh where he remained until 2019 during which he was Immunology Leader and was Workpackage Leader on the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme. He has acquired research funding from multiple sources including BBSRC and The European Commission to support his work on the characterisation of immune responses to pathogens that cause endemic diseases of sheep and cattle, notably chlamydial abortion, Border Disease, BVDV, bovine TB and sheep footrot. He has generated many immunological reagents (monoclonal antibodies and cytokines) that have been the basis of several commercial tests and kits, including an ELISA to detect pestivirus infection in ruminants, cytokine detection ELISAs for sheep and cattle, and cytokine kits for in vitro differentiation of bovine dendritic cells from peripheral blood monocytes. He is now Honorary Professor at The Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine where he lectures on immunology, infectious diseases and vaccinology in humans and animals. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.        


Gary has published 96 peer-reviewed papers and has served on several science strategy and funding committees. He was Chair of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) Veterinary Immunology Committee and IUIS Council Member from 2013-2019. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the BBSRC UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network from 2014-2019 and Congress Secretary of the British Society for Immunology from 2017-2021. He chaired the UKRI-BBSRC COVID-19 Rapid/Agile Response Panel in 2020-2021 and is currently Chair of the UKRI-BBSRC Endemic Livestock Diseases Panel. He is a member of the UK Department of Health and Social Care Vaccine Network Committee (since 2015), the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium Scientific Committee (since 2017), the Pirbright Institute Scientific Advisory Board (since 2019) and President of the EMERG’IN Scientific Advisory Board (since 2020). He was awarded the Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist for 2021 by the American Association for Veterinary Immunology.

Karrow, Niel

Dr. Niel A. Karrow’s M.Sc. degree in toxicology and Ph.D. degree in immunotoxicology were attained from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Karrow completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Virginia- Virginia Commonwealth University, U.S.A., which involved serving as Study Director for several immunotoxicity studies conducted for the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIEHS). he completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in immunogenetics in the Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Ontatio, Canada, and joined the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph in 2002, where he now holds Full Professor status. Dr. Karrow’s research interests focus on innate immunoregulation, immunotoxicology and immunogenetics of livestock and fish species. This includes identifying genetic markers associated with inflammatory diseases, assessing the effects of maternal stress on the developing fetal neuroendocrine-immune system, immunonutrition, and the immunotoxicity of microbial toxins. Dr. Karrow has publications cited on 149 Pubmed and has a Google Scholar h-index of 34. Dr. Karrow lectures in senior-level undergraduate courses in the areas of comparative immunology and animal health.

Poza, Pedro


Born on April 28th, 1964, in Covaleda, Soria, Spain. 


Veterinary Studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Zaragoza University, 1982-1987.

Rural Veterinary Medicine practitioner and bovine artificial insemination in Covaleda, Soria, 1990-1991. 

Diploma in Health for the “Escuela Nacional de Sanidad” in 1999. 

Veterinary Public Health Officer in “Zona Básica de Salud de Soria Rural”, Soria, since 1991 until 2004. 

Veterinary Animal Health Officer in Berlanga de Duero y Gómara, Soria, since 2004 until 2015.

Currently, Official Veterinary of Animal Health Laboratory of Soria (Junta de Castilla y León), since 2015. 

Researcher of the history of Merino and sheep in general.

Member of the Spanish Veterinary History Association (AEHV).

Rodríguez, Juan Miguel

Catedrático del departamento de Nutrición y Ciencia de los Alimentos de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Director del grupo de investigación de excelencia "Microbiota perinatal". Miembro del Área de Nutrición y Ciencia de los Alimentos de la Agencia Estatal de Investigación. Miembro de la junta directiva de la Sociedad Española de Microbiota, Prebióticos y Prebióticos.

Windsor, Peter

Professor Emeritus Peter Windsor was Professor of Livestock Health & Production at The University of Sydney (USYD) until 2014, when he pseudo-retired to commence the international consultancy ‘Production Animal Welfare and Health Services’. He is a veterinarian (1977 USYD), completed pathology residencies as a Fulbright scholar (1980-82 @ Cornell University NY & San Diego Zoo CA), a PhD in ruminant neuropathology (1988 USYD), a DVSc by publications (2007 USYD), specialist veterinary registration in Pathobiology (1987) & is a Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (since 2009). Peter leads numerous collaborative teaching & research projects, regularly publishing (>260) peer-reviewed papers in veterinary & animal science journals & texts on livestock development (e.g. in SE Asia @: https://, foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), developmental disorders, global food and fibre security, one health, ecosystem sustainability & animal welfare in global livestock production systems



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