" A successful team beats with one heart."



Board members

Jérôme Benoit

Jérôme Benoit

President

mail address: president@esvonc.com

I am very honored to be leading our ESVONC executive committee and to be able to work together with a great team with the only goal to make ESVONC better and nicer for all of us.
Over the past 11 years as a member of ESVONC, I have seen our community grow alongside Oncology in Europe. We learn so much from sharing our practices and experiences in a field where «state of the art» often means «we do not know better yet» and where «being creative», and «trying new things» is our daily routine. With its unique European diversity, and the increasing presence of non-Europeans colleagues, ESVONC gives us all a chance to think outside the box, to discuss our differences and common views , always with respect and kindness. And I love it !
I am very proud of what we do with the committee and the long hours we dedicate to ESVONC. After serving ESVONC as a Member-at-Large, and as Secretary, I have now a very good understanding of our institution. I wish to continue to contribute in my best capacity in this role and bring my experience and support to the team, while looking at the future and considering new options for our group: involving more members for different initiatives, developing educational activities, funding research projects, advertising towards other groups, and more. ESVONC can do more than just being a Congress organizer; and I believe we have the capacity and resources to do so.
After studying in France (Lyon and Maisons-Alfort) until 2006, I completed an ACVR Residency at North Carolina State University and passed my certifying examination in Radiation Oncology in 2010. My activity has since been dedicated to oncology and radio-oncology in the UK first and now in France.
I am a European at heart, and traveling is my favorite thing to do. Seeing new places, new faces, trying new food, making new friends is what I love doing as much as my schedule lets me. ESVONC is all about this. It is really unique in its diversity and I am really looking forward to meeting more of you.


Iain Grant

Iain Grant

Vice-President



Iain qualified from the University of Bristol in 1990 and worked for 4 years in mixed practice in rural Yorkshire before moving to live in New Zealand. For the following 7 years, Iain worked mainly in small animal practice but with an active interest in science and broadcast media, completed a 1-year Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking in 2002. He then moved to Sydney to take up a position as veterinary business manager for Nestlé Purina Petcare in their pet nutrition business. Iain moved to the USA in 2004, completing a residency in medical oncology at the Universities of California and Ohio. In 2008 he was appointed as a clinician teacher at The University of Liverpool before moving to The University of Glasgow in mid-2013, where he is currently a clinician teacher in the department of small animal oncology.  Iain’s research interests are focused on quality of life considerations in veterinary cancer patients and the human animal bond. Iain holds the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Diploma in small animal medical oncology and is a recognised specialist in this field.

Chiara Leo

Chiara Leo

secretary

mail address: secretary@esvonc.com

I graduated from Milan University (Italy) in 2003, and I spent my whole study time convinced to become an equine person.
Well… it did not really go that way, and, after a cytology course, I thought that cells were awesome and from cells to oncology the step was short. I started looking for a training path which was just not possible in Italy at that time, so I embarked myself in a change of life, also geographically speaking: I completed an oncology internship at the Tierspital University of Zurich (Switzerland) and then I started an ACVIM residency in Oncology at the Animal Oncology and Imaging Center in Zug (Switzerland), that included externships at the Washington State University (US).From 2011 to 2016 I have been Lecturer in Oncology at the Royal Veterinary College (London, UK) and pointed “ad interim” Head of the Oncology service from 2015 to 2016 but, more importantly, I have become the proud owner of Arturo, a gentleman dog rescued from a London kennel, who has been with me ever since. Switzerland, America, England: after almost 10 years the call of the homeland and of my beloved Alps was strong, so in 2016 I moved back to Italy, where I have become head of the Oncology service at the Istituto Veterinario Novara and scientific director of UNISVET, an Italian continuing education society for vets. Both positions have given to me the possibility of facing new challenges, such as the creation of an oncology service from scratch, opening the first Italian 3-year oncology residency program in Italy and learning how to organize post-graduate education congresses for veterinarians. And, above everything, all these learning experiences have taught me the most important lesson: been part of a good team is always the best way to achieve success or to rise back from failures. ESVONC is a fantastic community and I wish I am have the chance to be useful for it, in the position of Secretary.


Neil Palmer

Neil Palmer

Treasurer & Membership Secretary

mail address: treasurer@esvonc.com

Neil is a bit of a late starter. He qualified in 1987 from Liverpool and worked in agricultural and mixed practice for the first 8 years of his professional life. After an extended time in small animal practice, where his interest in surgery and particularly surgical oncology could develop, he moved to a primary care and referral practice in Leeds in the north of England. In 2014 he graduated from Birmingham University School of Cancer Sciences with a Masters in Clinical oncology. He was fortunate, and honoured, to be asked to speak at ESVONC in Krakow on pain management in cancer. During his time in Leeds, Neil built a loyal following of referring practices.
In 2021, at the age of 57 and when his contemporaries are looking to retire, he founded his own practice together with his committed nurse team, to provide a dedicated cancer referral service to neighbouring practices.
Neil is passionate about the importance of team building in cancer care, and on the vital role that nurses play in caring for our patients. Managing cancer is about celebrating life, however short that may be, not managing a death. There is as much an emphasis on the mental wellness of the patient and care team and palliation of symptoms as there is on physical control of disease.
Out of work he enjoys mountain biking and hiking the hills. March will usually find him on skis, touring in Norway or Sweden. He has been known to enter some mountain races with indifferent results.


Irina Gramer

Irina Gramer

Member-at-Large



Irina graduated from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, in 2010, after which she completed her doctoral thesis in oncology. Following two years in general practice, she moved to the UK where she completed an internship in oncology at the VRCC (now Southfields) in 2014. Irina started a residency in small animal oncology at the University of Liverpool, becoming an ECVIM oncology diplomate in 2017. After working as Clinician at Davies Veterinary Specialists for two years, she joined the RVC as Lecturer in Oncology in 2019. She founded the Oncology Camp for residents, interns and interested first-opinion practitioners in 2018. She currently is a member of the ECVIM education committee and director of the ECVIM oncology residency training programme at the RVC.

Arno Roos

Arno Roos

Member-at-Large



After Vinishing the Coornhert Gymnasium in Gouda, I completed my veterinary studies at the University of Utrecht. As I have always been interested in oncology, I started a Msc course in Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham in 2008 and completed it in 2013 with a dissertation on the use of proteomics in diagnosis and treatment in canine lymphoma. At my clinic, orthovoltage radiotherapy and a CT is available and that is why I completed a course at the Technical University of Delft to become Radiation Protection Advisor.
At the VVCG multiple clinical trials are conducted: 2014 the collaboration with prof. dr. Clemens Löwik on photodynamic therapy in bladder cancers in dogs started. Since 2016 a clinical trial on oral melanoma with a polypeptide vaccine developed with prof. Ossendorp of the LUMC started. Finally in 2019 a cooperation with prof. Griffioen led to the start of a trial with immunotherapy directed to tumor vascularization of which the first results were presented at the Oncologisch Treffen 2021.
I am one of the two presidents of the Samenwerkende Diergeneeskundige Kankercentra (SDK), a collaboration of Dutch and Belgian Veterinary Clinics with a focus on Oncology. The SDK organizes the Oncologisch Treffen, a yearly international veterinary oncology congress in Soesterberg.
Because of my experience in the SDK in cooperating with other clinics and colleagues in developing the veterinary oncology in the Netherlands, my interest in veterinary oncology in general and research in particular, I would to be a part of ESVONC EC to help and further develop the veterinary oncology throughout Europe.
Besides oncology my hobbies are trail running and mountain biking, and I love to travel with my girlfriend by car through Europe camping in my rooftent.

PCO Pauwels Congress Organisers

PCO Pauwels Congress Organisers

secretariat

Tel: +31(0)43 325 05 21
mail address: office@esvonc.com

The team of Pauwels Congress Organizers (PCO in short) take care of the ESVONC secretariat in a very professional manner. PCO has a wide experience in the organization of veterinary society secretariats and congresses (ECVIM, ESVD, EVDS...) The secretariat is the first contact for administrative issues. PCO takes care of all the financial aspects of the ESVONC membership and congress registrations. Contact persons are Susanne Pauwels, Ilona Vermeeren, Susan Verkou & Joeri Slangen.


Past board members

Past board members



- Ana Lara Garcia: President, Secretary
- Joaquim Henriques: Secretary
- Tom Hendrickx: Treasurer & Membership Secretary (2012-2018), webmaster (2018-...)
- Frédérique Ponce: President, Vice-President (2013-2018)
- Janos Butinar: Member-at-Large (2008-2013)
- Didier Lanore: Member-at-Large (2011-2016)
- Malcolm Brearley: President (2008-2013)
- Miriam Kleiter: Vice-President (2008-2013)
- Lubna Nasir: Secretary (2008-2013)
- Johan de Vos: Treasurer & Membership secretary (2004-2008)
- Martin Kessler: Vice-President (2004-2008)
- Juana Martin de las Mulas: Secretary (2004-2008)
- Eva Hellmen: President (...-2008)
- Gerard Rutteman: Secretary (1993-2004)
- Wim Misdorp: President (1993-2004)