The primary effort and purpose of the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance (VOA) is the creation of a platform to advance the management of osteoarthritis by developing theoretical and practical training opportunities, by providing access to the latest research, evidence and technologies and by the facilitation of a multi-professional collaboration to address and improve the results of disease management.
Professor Carmichael is a graduate of the University of Glasglow. He is an RCVS diplomate; a past RCVS specialist in small animal orthopedics and current fellow of RCVS. He is visiting Professor of Veterinary Science at the University of Surrey and trustees and board member of Blue Cross Charity.Read More
Previously, he has been Director of the small animal hospital at both the RVC and University of Glasgow and served as a Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies and Associate Dean for Veterinary Clinical Services at Glasgow from 2000 to 2009.
Following this he joined Vets Now Ltd as National Hospitals Director before moving to Fitzpatrick Referrals in 2011, where he remained for six years as Managing Director of FitzClinic Ltd (Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue) .
Professor Carmichael currently runs a veterinary professional consultancy business, Joint Adventures Ltd., and is Director and Co-founder of Aim-OA Ltd. Which provides a web based disease management support system for chronic osteoarthritis in dogs.
Russel graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School. He has gained the following post-graduate qualifications: RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics, MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering and RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Orthopaedics.
Russel spent four years working in Hong Kong where he established the territory’s first orthopaedic and spinal surgery service. He then started Alphavet Veterinary centre and Alphavet Referrals in South Wales, which he ran for more than two decades.
His current clinical interests are multimodal osteoarthritis management and regenerative medicine. He is studying for an MCs in stem cells.
Greg has significant experience of start-ups and management of SMEs within the veterinary and biotechnology sector. He was the founder and CEO of VetCell, the first company to use stem cells in equine medicine, in 2002. He later went on to develop the company Nupsala Veteriary Services which offers a comprehensive range of bio-therapeutics and bio-pharmaceuticals for treating tendon and joint disease.
He is renowned for his knowledge of regenerative medicine and regularly gives lectures on the subject and is is involved in numerous projects in both veterinary and human application on intra-articular management of OA.
Nichi originally qualified as a RVN but her thirst for education led her to gain her certificate in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in 2011, before becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner as awarded by the University of Tennessee, a qualification at the cutting edge of veterinary rehabilitation. After two years additional years of study, she was awarded the advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy by Middlesex University.
Nichi is passionate about education and multimodal approach to OA management, and is based at Valley Vets Hospital in Cardiff.
Dr. Alexandra Keller graduated veterinary medicine in Germany in 2000, initially working primarily in small animal and equine practice and received her doctor’s degree in 2004. Dr. Keller graduated from the European Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (EAVC) and started her own practice in Frankfurt am Main, which is now, together with Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer, a highly specialised practice in animal orthopedics, sport medicine, and rehabilitation under the name Tierarztliches orthopaedic Team Frankfurt.
There, a team of qualified veterinarians and veterinary physiotherapists attend canine an equine athletes competing at national and international levels. Alexandra has specialised in animal chiropractic since 2007 and her primary focus is lameness diagnostics, sports medicine, and the conservative treatment of the locomotor system in dogs and cats.