About Vet OA

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.

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Professor Stuart Carmichael BVMS, MVM, DSAO, FRCVS

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.

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Dr Russell Chandler BVSc CertSAO MSc (OrthoEng) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Orthopaedics

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.

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Mr Greg McGarrell BSc MBA, CEO of Nupsala Veterinary Services

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.

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Nichi Cockburn, RVN NCert (A&CC) CCRP AdvCertVPhys

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.

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Dr Alexandra Keller, BVBiol BVSc MRCVS

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.

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VOA Clinical Panel

Stuart Carmichael

Ross Allan

Andy Armitage

Kirsty Cavill

Mike Farrell

Jamie McClement

Siobhan Menzies

Kathryn Patel

Ian Self

Tace Allen

Colin Capner

Louise Clarke

Lauren Davis

Drew Tootal