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Trevor Whitbread
Trevor Whitbread graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1977, when a litre of petrol cost 34.25p and a pint of beer was 20p.  After a period in general mixed practice in Leicester he returned to Liverpool as a lecturer in Veterinary Pathology and in 1984 set up a histopathology diagnostic service for Bloxham Laboratories (later to become Axiom).  In 1985 he established Abbey Veterinary Services which is now part of Nationwide Laboratories.  During that time he specialised in dermatopathology and is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists.  


David Shearer
BVetMed PhD CertSAD PGCert(VetEd) FHEA CBiol MRSB MRCVS
David Shearer qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1984 where he remained as medicine intern until 1985 during which time he developed an interest in Dermatology. He spent several years in mixed practice before working at the University of Bristol Vet School from 1988-1997. He was Fellow in Veterinary Clinical Dermatology (1 year), then a Wellcome Research Scholar (3 years) and finally Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology (5 years). He obtained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1990 and his PhD on the immunology and microbiology of canine pyoderma in 1995.  David is currently a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Dermatology.  David has coauthored the ectoparasite textbook designed for students and general pratictioners ‘Veterinary Ectoparasites’. David’s professional interests include cutaneous Immunology, Dermatohistopathology, Ectoparasites and Microbiology. David has worked as both a dermatologist for over 25 years and a diagnostic histopathologist for over 25 years. He currently works as a full time anatomic dermatopathologist for Nationwide Laboratories.
He has been on the management committee of The British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group and is currently President of The International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology (ISVD).


Monika Welle
Monika studied veterinary medicine in Berlin and Munich before spending 2 years as a practising veterinarian. Following this, she focused on pathology, working in Berlin up until 1995 before moving to the Institute of Veterinary Pathology in Berne Switzerland. She has been head of the pathology service there since 2004. Monika is involved in research, diagnostic pathology and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She is a past president of the International Society of Dermatopathology and a member of the ECVD Exam Committee. Monika has more than 100 publications and more than 100 invited lectures and case presentations in meetings and workshops. 


Peter Forsythe
Peter graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1983. He spent fourteen years in mixed general practice including a year working in Australia. He developed an interest in dermatology in the late ‘80’s and gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1992. In 1997 he returned to the Dick Vet to do a residency in dermatology and gained the RCVS Diploma in 2001. Since then he has run a referral dermatology practice based in Glasgow and Aberdeen along with Hilary Jackson. He is an RCVS recognised specialist in dermatology and an honorary lecturer in dermatology at Glasgow and Edinburgh Veterinary Schools.



Daniela Denk
Dr med vet, MRCVS, DiplECVP, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Pathology (Zoo and Wildlife)
Daniela graduated from Munich Veterinary School in 2006 and completed her pathology residency at Liverpool University. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Veterinary Pathology. Since 2011 she is a member of the renowned Pathology Division of International Zoo Veterinary Group, focusing on diseases of avian, mammalian, reptile and fish species, maintaining her particular interests in neuropathology and dermatopathology. Daniela is a pathology advisor to the EEHV advisory group and an expert on penguin pathology.  She continuously publishes in the zoo- and wildlife field.



Tim Scase
Tim Scase graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, having also taken an intercalated honours in Pathological Sciences, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Following a residency in anatomic pathology at the University of Florida he took up positions at the Animal Medical Center and at Rockefeller University in New York. On his return to the UK, he was appointed as Senior Pathologist at Animal Health Trust and then as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Cambridge. 
In 2008, Tim co-founded Bridge Pathology Ltd, a histopathology laboratory in Bristol, UK, providing high quality surgical pathology and immunohistochemical services to veterinary practices in the UK and beyond.