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2:28 At IDEXX, we have 87 pathologists worldwide and we have 28 scanners situated at different sites within North America, Europe and Australia. When glass slides are ready they move to our scanning room where our Philips scanners can produce images 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Anatomic Pathologists
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Jenny McKay
MVB PhD (Cantab) DiplECVP FRCPath MRCVS Head of Anatomic Pathology
Jenny qualified in veterinary medicine from University College Dublin in 1991 and spent two years working as a small animal veterinarian in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She then moved to the University of Cambridge where she completed her PhD entitled “The role of platelet-derived growth factor in remyelination”. Following this she spent three years in a Veterinary Pathology Residency at the University of Liverpool where she completed her European Boards and RCPath membership in veterinary pathology. Following a short period as a Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at Liverpool University, she moved to AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Alderley Park, UK, in 2001 where she held the position of Senior Pathologist at the Department of Pathology until 2013. She specialised in toxicologic pathology and animal models for neurologic disease, infection and oncology. Besides Jenny’s role as a Senior Pathologist, she has also managed a biomedical group at AstraZeneca, organised conferences in Toxicological Pathology and Histopathology, provided veterinary teaching and mentoring experience in various universities and industry, and is a past examiner for the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. She has worked in several international committees including the North American Scientific and Regulatory Policy Committee, INHAND Central Nervous System Working Group, interacted with US and European drug regulators for drug submissions, and is currently the past President of the European Society of Toxicologic Pathology. Jenny has published two book chapters, one on “The role of Nitric Oxide in the Nervous System” and the second on “The Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nervous System” in “Boorman’s Pathology of the Rat-2nd Ed” . Jenny also has ~ 40 publications in peer reviewed journals. Special interests include oncology, neuropathology and laboratory animal pathology.
Sophie Le Calvez
DVM, Internship SA, DESV Anat Path, Dipl ACVP, MRCVS Deputy Head of Anatomic Pathology
Sophie qualified from the University of Liege in Belgium in 2001. She then moved back to France to complete a one-year rotating Internship in Small Animals at the National Veterinary School of Lyon, followed by a 3-year Residency Programme in Anatomic Pathology at the National Veterinary School of Nantes. At the end of this period, she obtained the French qualification of specialist in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology (DESV Anat Path). During her internship, Sophie also worked in a busy small animal private practice covering night and weekend emergency duties. Following her specialisation, she moved to the UK to work for Finn Pathologists from 2006 to 2013. During that time, she successfully passed the American College of Veterinary Pathologist Board Examinations in 2009, and worked as a pathology consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) during a 4-month sabbatical in 2011. She then joined IDEXX as a Senior Anatomic Pathologist in October 2013. Her professional interests are general diagnostic pathology and comparative pathology in cancer research, with a special interest in lymphomas, immunohistochemistry, cytology and cytologic-histologic correlates.
Stephanie Plog
DVM, PhD, DiplECVP, MRCVS Team Lead Anatomic Pathology
Stephanie qualified in veterinary medicine from the University in Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany, in 2007. She started her PhD study on the topic of CLCA proteins in pigs and their role in cystic fibrosis and gained experience in immunohistochemistry and various molecular research methods. After completing her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2012, she stayed at the university for further residency training. During this time she was involved in the post-mortem examinations and biopsy diagnostic services of small and large animals, zoo and wildlife animals, and exotic animal species. Stephanie passed the European College of Veterinary Pathologist (ECVP) Board Examinations in February 2014 and joined IDEXX in 2015. Her particular interests include oncology, infectious diseases, and immunohistochemistry.
Thelma Meiring
BVSc, MMed Vet(Path), DipACVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Thelma qualified as veterinary surgeon from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2002. She immediately pursued her interest in veterinary pathology and started as clinical assistant at the Pathology section of the University of Pretoria in 2003. She started doing locums for IDEXX, South Africa during that year and became a full time employee in 2005. She has done most of her training in pathology at IDEXX, which included surgical biopsies and post mortem examinations. She obtained her MMed Vet(Path) degree in 2011. Thelma relocated to the UK in February 2012 and is working for IDEXX UK since then. She obtained her ACVP certification in 2014. Her special interests include oncology and bird pathology.
Alan Stevens
BVetMed, MSc, FRCPath, MRCVS, Anatomic Pathologist
Alan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1995. .He then spent a number of years in mixed and exotic animal veterinary practice. During this period, he spent a year in Scotland where he gained his MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Studies at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling. In 2001 he moved to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh as a resident in veterinary pathology and afterwards gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. He then worked in commercial veterinary diagnostics as an anatomic pathologist at IDEXX Laboratories for eight years and during this time held the position of Deputy Head of Anatomic Pathology. In 2013, he was part of the initial development of the new School of Veterinary Medicine & Science at the University of Surrey, Guildford. Setting up and developing diagnostic histopathology and post-mortem services was a major part of this work, and he subsequently took the lead in small and exotic animal pathology. In 2017, Alan returned to full time diagnostic histopathology work with IDEXX Laboratories as a senior anatomic pathologist. His special interest is fish pathology.
Fernando Ramiro-Ibáñez
DVM, PhD, DACVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Fernando was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, where he studied his veterinary degree whilst doing student internships for Anatomic Pathology and the Exotic Animal Clinic. Fernando then went on to pursue a PhD degree focused on pathogenesis of African Swine Fever infections, which allowed him to get more familiar with other disciplines such as virology and immunology. During that time, he was hired as a non-tenured lecturer in the Department of Anatomic Pathology of the University of Madrid, which enabled him to learn more about the discipline of Pathology and to participate actively in the formation of future veterinarians. Fernando then moved to San Diego, California, where he gained a postdoctoral position to work more in the fields of virology and immunology. The strong research and academic environment in the USA motivated him to finalise his training as a pathologist and to prepare for the always-challenging American Pathology Boards. With that in mind, Fernando did a residency training at Texas A&M. His career in the USA took him back to California, where he worked for IDEXX and Pfizer and finally return to Europe in 2006 as part of the Anatomic Pathology team at IDEXX Wetherby. Fernando has a special interest in dermatopathology.
Elena Riccardi
DVM, PhD, Dipl ECVP MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Elena Riccardi graduated from the University of Milan, Italy, in 2002 and she started working at the Department of Pathology, University of Milan, firstly as a student fellow for the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, then as a PhD student and then as a pathology resident in 2004. Her research topic was focused on tumours of the genital system of the dog, mainly testicular and prostatic cancer. During that time, she was also involved in the post-mortem examination and histopathology diagnostic services of small and exotic animal species , including immunohistochemistry. In 2007 she moved to CRO Accelera S.r.l. (Nerviano, Italy) as a toxicological pathologist, becoming Head of the Pathology Department. Elena has also worked as a pathology consultant for BiEsseA, a diagnostic histopathology laboratory in Milan. She passed the European College of Veterinary Pathologist (ECVP) board exam in 2010. Her particular interests include genito-urinary and oral pathology.
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Vittoria Castiglioni
DVM, PhD, DiplECVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Dr Vittoria Castiglioni qualified in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Milan, Italy, in 2009. She then began her PhD working on the role of histopathology in the approach to mouse xenograft models of human cancer. After completing her PhD in 2014, she was in charge of a diagnostic immunohistochemistry service provided by a spinoff company of the University of Milan, and provided immunohistochemistry interpretation to other companies, including IDEXX Germany, Italy and France. Vittoria passed the European College of Veterinary Pathologist (ECVP) Board Examinations in February 2015 and joined IDEXX in October 2015. Her particular interests include small animal oncology and immunohistochemistry.
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Louise Dawson
BVSc, BSc (Hons), FRCPath, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Dr Louise Dawson qualified as a vet from the University of Bristol in 2011, and spent a year in a variety of posts including small animal practice and within a large companion animal nutrition company. She returned to Bristol in 2012 to undertake a residency in anatomic pathology, participating in the busy diagnostic service at the university and teaching veterinary students. She finished her residency in November 2015, at the same time as passing the Fellowship examination of the Royal College of Pathologists. Lou joined IDEXX in November 2015 and has particular interests in oncology, neuropathology and equine pathology.
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Julia Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez
DVM, DipECZM (WPH), DipACVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Dr Julia Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez qualified as a vet from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, in 2004. After that she spent several years working as a wildlife veterinarian and involved in wildlife infectious disease research at wildlife rescue centres in Spain, and at the USGS-National Wildlife Health Centre in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. In 2010, Julia completed a one year Ocular Pathology Fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Dubielzig at the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Julia completed her veterinary anatomic pathology residency at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. During her residency, she spent one year with the team of pathologists at the Bronx Zoo, New York. Julia became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in September 2014. After that she worked for the Zoological Society of London in wildlife disease surveillance and diagnostics. Julia's special interest is wildlife pathology.
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Annalisa Forlani
DVM, PhD, DiplECVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Dr Annalisa Forlani qualified as a vet from the University of Milan (Italy) in 2010, with an undergraduate degree thesis on the morphometric analysis of canine lymphoma cytological samples under the supervision of Prof. Marion Caniatt (DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVP, Associated Professor). In 2011, she commenced a comined PhD-Residency program at the university of Milan. She graduated in 2014 with a PhD thesis entitled: "Combined diagnostic approaches for the diagnosis of canine splenic neoplasms: Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasonography, ultrasound guided cytology, histology and immunohistochemistry in selected lesions". During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she has been involved in basic clinical research and in the routine diagnostic cytology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry and necropsy services of the Department of Public Health and Veterinary Science of the University of Milan, Italy. Annalisa joined IDEXX in April 2016 and has particular interests in oncology, lymphoproliferative disorders and dermatopathology.
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Tamara Veiga Parga
DVM, PhD, DACVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Dr. Tamara Veiga Parga qualified as a vet from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, in 2008  and thereafter moved to Knoxville,Tennessee, USA to start a PhD (Viral Immunology) researching on the role of T lymphocytes in a mouse model of human herpetic keratitis. After graduating in 2013, she joined the University of Tennessee Anatomic Pathology Residency program. During this time, she worked in the necropsy and biopsy diagnostic services that included: small, large, zoo, exotic, and wildlife animals. Tamara finished her residency in June 2016, passed the American College of Veterinary Pathologist (ACVP) Board Examination in September 2016 and joined IDEXX in November 2016. Her particular interests include infectious diseases, immunopathology, ophthalmology, and exotics/zoo/wildlife species. 
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Isobel Gibson
DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Dr Isobel Gibson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Canada in 1996. After graduation, she spent a short period doing mixed animal practice in Ontario before heading to the UK to do small animal locum work in Stourbridge and Grimsby. In 1998, she returned to OVC to take up a residency and study for her DVSc in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. Isobel obtained her DVSc in 2002 and relocated to New Zealand to work for a private veterinary diagnostic laboratory called Alpha Scientific. In 2004, Isobel then joined a new start up veterinary diagnostic company called New Zealand Veterinary Pathology (NZVP). Work at NZVP involved a mixture of production and small animals, as well as involvement in national disease surveillance. In 2015, NZVP was acquired by IDEXX laboratories. Isobel continued to work for NZVP/IDEXX until recently, when she began to work for IDEXX UK. Isobel’s special interests are in dermatopathology, infectious disease, and production animal(ruminant)pathology. 
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Tom Eley
BVetMed, MVetMed, Diplomate ACVP, MRCVS Anatomic Pathologist
Tom graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2008 having previously taken an intercalated degree in Veterinary Pathology. He spent a year as an intern in the farm animal department and then spent 4.5 years in farm animal practice in the South of England. He returned to the RVC in January 2014 to undertake a residency in Anatomic Pathology. He passed his American board exams in August 2017 and has recently joined IDEXX. He has a particular interest in farm animal pathology.