Predavatelji na XXXIV. Simpoziju SZVMŽ o aktualnih boleznih malih živali


Xavier Levy, DVM, PhD, DipECAR (Reproduction)

Dr Levy started his specialisation by an intership in dog and cat internal medicine and surgery in Alfort Vetschool in 2003. Then, he did his residency in reproduction and in parallel be involved as a clinician in urology-nephrology in the medicine department of Alfort vetschool until 2007.
In 2006, he became the head of CERCA (Center of Research and Clinics in Small Animal Reproduction, ENVA). In 2007, he became ECAR diplomate.
He was in the Board of European Society for Small Animal Reproduction (EVSSAR) from 2010 to 2016.
Dr Levy is Past-president of the French Veterinary Society of Small Animal Reproduction, Breeding and Genetics from 2012 to 2018 (GERES, AFVAC).
Since 2019, Dr Levy is elected as vice-president of European and International affairs of French Veterinary Society (AFVAC). Dr Levy is the French representative of FAFVAC, FECAVA and WSAVA associations.
Since 2004, Dr Levy is involved in a breeding program in wildlife for cheetah in South Africa started by the CRESAM society. He contributed actively to develop the first technique of non-invasive intra uterine insemination for wild felids: cheetah, leopard, tigers and lions. Since 2011, he is co-head of the scientific committee of CRESAM society.
Dr Levy is also involved in clinical research as schedule C-section, prostatitis diagnosis, BPH blood markers (ODELIS CPSE® test), paediatric surgery and breeding soundness.
Since 2008, Dr Levy is co-heading the Private Centre of Small Animal Reproduction and Paediatrics (CRECS) and since 2023, he is also the director of the Reproduction development for FOVEA company.
Dr Levy is still very involved in vetenarian education through a website ( ), teaching in European vet schools, and regular lectures/workshops in France, Europe and overseas..


Samantha Taylor, BVetMed (Hons), CertSAM, DipECVIM-CA, MANZCVS, FRCVS

Sam graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2002 and completed internships in private referral practice before starting a Feline Advisory Bureau Residency at Bristol University. She was awarded the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009.  In 2011 she became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine and in 2019 was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for outstanding contributions to the profession. She is an Associate Member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Feline Medicine).

Sam is the International Society of Feline Medicine Veterinary Specialist Lead and also works in the education department and is the Clinical Board and Residency Lead for Linnaeus. Sam is an honorary lecturer in Internal Medicine at Surrey University Veterinary School, is an editorial board member for JFMS and Frontiers in Veterinary Science and coordinates the ISFM International Guidelines. She has written books, book chapters and papers on internal medicine topics and enjoys a mix of clinical work, writing and lecturing. Her recent interest in FIP led to her setting up the FIP advice email which has answered 800 emails from vets around the world on the novel drugs.


Rick F Sanchez, BSciBiol, DVM, DipECVO, CertVetEd, FHEA

Rick pursued his education in the US and the UK with a BSciBiol in 1994 (STAC, New York), a DVM in 1999 after attending Ross and Louisiana State Universities. He obtained his EU veterinary qualification in 2001, a Certificate in Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in 2004, his DipECVO in 2007 and became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for Veterinary Teaching in 2014 through the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). He commenced his veterinary specialty training in the US in 1999 completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow and the Eye Veterinary Clinic in 2005, then headed the ophthalmology service in a private practice until late 2011, when he joined the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to establish and direct the Ophthalmology Service and an ECVO Ophthalmology Residency program that are still running today. He returned to private practice (Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht (SDU)-Anicura) in the Netherlands in 2017. Rick is the course director of several established ophthalmology courses for veterinarians seeking general training in ophthalmology around the world. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal since 2010, and the Senior Editorial Board Member of BMC Veterinary Research in Ophthalmology since 2018. Rick has an active research interest in the cornea, and in corneal and cataract surgeries. Rick’s Google Scholar profile has a current list of his publications.


Lisa Adele Piras, DVM, PhD, GP Cert Ortho, DipECVS

Born in Cuneo, 10th March 1980, graduated at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Turin on 26 April 2005.
Graduation thesis on “Use of the Ilizarov’s technique for fracture treatment in the dog and cat”, under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Peirone.
Professional Licence (Board Examination) at the University of Turin, November 2005.
Graduation thesis of the PhD program on “Limb Alignment”, under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Peirone and Prof. Derek Fox.
Assistent professor at the University of Turin since 2017.
Speaker in different national and International meetings and courses.
Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2023


Gert ter Haar, DVM, PhD, DipECVS

Gert ter Haar is from the Netherlands and studied veterinary medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, where he graduated in February 1997. After an internship and surgical residency in Utrecht, he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2002 and Head of the Department of ENT at the University of Utrecht in February 2003. His research on hearing in dogs led to his PhD thesis, a 220-page book entitled “Age-related hearing loss in dogs” in 2009. On the same day he became President of the International Veterinary Ear Nose and Throat association (IVENTA).
He joined the surgical team of the Royal Veterinary College in London, United Kingdom, in 2011 as a senior lecturer in soft tissue surgery and got promoted to associate professor in soft tissue surgery and head of the ENT department and ENT, Audiology and Brachycephaly clinics at the RVC in 2015. In March 2017 he joined the team of the SDU (specialistische dierenkliniek Utrecht), the largest European specialist referral center in the Netherlands.
He is currently active as an ENT and soft tissue surgeon and is training two ECVS residents. He is author and co-editor of three surgical books and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in his field of interest. He gave over 500 national and international lectures on ENT medicine & surgery, hearing research in dogs and soft tissue/reconstructive surgery in dogs and cats. His current research involves hearing loss in dogs and cats and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. A list of his publications can be found on google scholar using the link below.


Ana Petak, DVM, Resident ECVD

I graduated in  2013. at Veterinary Faculty University of Zagreb, Croatia as the best student of my generation and been rewarded with 5 Deans awards for academic excellence.
In 2009, I worked on a science project on parasitic diseases in marine mammals under the supervision of Suzana Tkalčić, PhD at Western University of Health Sciences. I received an award for academic excellence from Veterina d.o.o. in 2010. I also received grants from CEEPUS and ERASMUS, which allowed me to study in Vienna and Bristol, respectively. In January 2015, I won the BSAVA International scholarship grant.
Work experience
From 2014. to 2016. I have worked in private practices for small animals in Croatia. In 2016. I have entered a residency program for dermatology (European college of veterinary dermatology) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Zagreb, Croatia. Mentors during residency training: from 2016.-2022. Nikša Lemo, PhD, Dip ECVD; from 2022 until present Manolis Saridomichelakis, PhD, Dip ECVD. I have worked at University Veterinary Hospital in Zagreb until 2020., and afterward went to work in private clinic for small animals “Buba” in Zagreb and Animal Hospital Postojna, Slovenia. During residency training, I was filling the role of  ECVD Resident Committee secretary, and a year later ECVD Resident Committee president.
In Croatia I have held lectures in area of dermatology in various symposia and congresses. In 2018. in “Veterinary days” in Opatija “Autoimmune diseases in dogs and cats”; “Alopecia (inflammatory vs. non-inflammatory)”; “Allergies in cats”. On Dechra Academy Live meeting in 2019. in Zagreb “Pyodermas and what has changed after arrival of MRSP/MRSA infections”, “Seborrheic dermatitis”; “Antipruritic therapy: current therapy and the future” and a webinar in 2020. under the title “Pyodermas and  treatment novelties”.


Željka Starčević, DVM

She graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Following her graduation from college, she worked as an intern in a veterinary practice and hosted a show about pets on OTV and Radio 101.
Soon after she started working at Specijalističke veterinarske ambulante Marković, where she works to this day. While her initial interest was in internal medicine, she gradually developed a greater interest in dermatology and endocrinology.
She completed her dermatology education within ESAVS (The European School for advanced veterinary studies) and is also a member of ESVD (European society of veterinary dermatology).
In addition to being one of the founders of the Veterinary Dermatology Section, she helps with workshop and lecture organization. The latest example being the Veterinary Dermatology Conference in 2022 which included a cytology workshop. She also participated in the organization of the European Veterinary Congress in Dubrovnik in 2018 as a member of the local organizing committee.
Moreover, she provides ongoing education to her colleagues as an invited lecturer, emphasizing practical approaches to various topics with an emphasis on continuous education. Over the past few years, she has conducted a series of dermatology lectures in Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other countries.


doc. dr. Vladimira Erjavec, dr. vet. med., spec. med. psov in mačk

Vladimira Erjavec je diplomirala na Veterinarski fakulteti Ljubljani, kjer je zaključila magisterij in doktorat. Lnajprej se je 10 let ukvarjala z veterinarsko stomatologijo, leta 2020 je končala specialistično izobraževanje s področja kirurgije mehkih tkiv malih živali ESAVS in leta 2021 pridobila certifikat iz kirurgije mehkih tkiv na Univerzi v Luksemburgu.
Trenutno je docentka na Veterinarski fakulteti Univerze v Ljubljani, v zadnjem času se poglobljeno ukvarja z zdravstveno problematiko psov brahicefaličnih pasem, s tega področja sta bili opravljeni 2 Prešernovi nalogi in uspešno zaključena 2 projekta Po kreativni poti do znanja, v okviru katerih je bila posneta televizijska oddaja za RTV Slovenija in izdan učbenik za študente. Je avtorica več znanstvenih in strokovnih člankov ter predavateljica in učiteljica. Poleg kliničnega dela se ukvarja s poučevanjem kirurgije malih živali.


Jerneja Sredenšek, dr. vet. med., Resident ECVAA

Jerneja Sredenšek je naziv dr. vet. med. pridobila na Veterinarski fakulteti Univerze v Ljubljani. Po končanem študiju je izkušnje nabirala kot prostovoljka na Kliniki za male živali Veterinarske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani, nato pa je bila kot veterinarka in anestezistka zaposlena v različnih veterinarskih privatnih ambulantah (v Sloveniji in Nemčiji) in na Kliniki za male živali Veterinarske fakultete. Poleg kliničnega dela s pacienti jo zanima tudi klinično raziskovalno delo in področje zaščite in dobrobiti živali.
Že med študijem je razvila strast za anestezijo, ki se je v prvih letih po diplomi samo še okrepila. Jerneja Sredenšek se je odločila za program specializacije na ECVAA (European College of Anaesthesia and Analgesia). S specializacijo je začela na univerzi v Lyonu v Franciji, nadaljevala pa jo na univerzi na Dunaju v Avstriji pod mentorstvom Nine Gasparik-Küls, dipl. ECVAA. Trenutno ureja vse potrebno, da se bo lahko začela pripravljati na specialistični izpit.
V prostem času rada preživlja čas v naravi s svojima psicama Nejko in Asto, aktivna pa je tudi v Enoti reševalnih psov Slovenije.