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Meet the speakers!

dr. Jarno Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany, in 2002. Following this, he pursued a doctoral degree in Vascular Biology & Tumour Angiogenesis and subsequently completed an ECVIM-CA residency in small animal oncology in the United Kingdom at VRCC.

Since 2010 he is an EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Oncology (Diplomate ECVIM-CA (oncology)) and a German Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

Dr. Schmidt serves as a senior consultant oncologist and head of the residency program in medical oncology at the Veterinary Clinic Hofheim in Hofheim, Germany. He is also the Programme Director of the ESAVS Oncology Certificate and Master's Program. 

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Dr. Jonathan Bray

Dr. Jonathan Bray graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 1988 and completed specialist training in Soft Tissue Surgery at Cambridge University, UK, becoming a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1997. He gained a Masters degree in Veterinary Science in 1990, and a Masters degree in Clinical Oncology in 2013. Jonathan has spent periods of time in both academia and private referral practice since completing his residency, including positions as Head of Oncology and Soft Tissue Surgery at Davies Veterinary Specialists, Hertfordshire (2004-2010), and Head of the Companion Animal Group at Massey University (2012-2017).

Jonathan has active research interests in several clinical areas including soft tissue sarcoma, injection-site sarcoma, endoprosthetics and haemangiosarcoma. He completed a PhD in 2020, which focused on developing better prognostic tools and treatments for soft tissue sarcoma.

The impact of his research typically shares a similar philosophy:

  • Attempts to improve patient outcomes by identifying new treatment options or using new adjuvant therapies;

  • Managing patient morbidity by identifying tumours that could be successfully managed with less aggressive surgery, or those that warrant multimodal treatment;

  • Embracing the concept of One medicine with outcomes of treatment in veterinary patients serving as valuable tools for improving management of similar disease in humans.

(text & picture, courtesy of AURA Veterinary,

dr. Susanne Boroffka

Susanne studied veterinary medicine in Berlin (Germany), after which she came to Utrecht for her specialist training. Since 1996 she has been a recognized Dutch and European Veterinary Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging (dipl. ECVDI). She worked for many years at the faculty of veterinary medicine, where she obtained her PhD in 2007 and various teaching diplomas.

In 2017 she became a member of the examination committee of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

Susanne has enjoyed working at the Anicura Specialist Animal Clinic Utrecht since 2016. In addition, she has her own company where she interprets X-rays, CT and MRI images for other clinics. Susanne gives lectures all over the world, organizes national and international post-academic education, writes and publishes scientific articles and is on the editorial board of the magazine 'Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound'.

She is also closely involved in the organization of the European Congress on Diagnostic Imaging.

(picture & text courtesy of ANICURA SDUtrecht,

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Dr. Gerard McLauchlan

Dr Gerard McLauchlan qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2006 after which he completed an Internship and worked in general practice before completing a three-year residency programme in internal medicine. 

Dr Gerard McLauchlan is a European and Royal College Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine. Following Residency he completed 12 months training in Interventional Radiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York and is one of only a handful of specialists in the world to have undertaken this level of advanced training.

He has lectured nationally and internationally at veterinary and human medical conferences on both Internal Medicine and Interventional Radiology and authored multiple scientific papers and book chapters.

(text & picture, courtesy of AURA Veterinary,

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