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Marine Mammal Medicine Workshop

9th Marine Mammal Medical Workshop

L'Oceanogràfic
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia - Spain
December 1 - 4, 2007

9th MMMW - Speaker biographies

Dr. Bill Van Bonn, D.V.M.

Dr. Bill Van Bonn, an alumnus of Envirovet 1991, graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1986. His duties, responsibilities, and professional interests are focused on preventive medicine and enhanced clinical veterinary services for aquatic animals under human care. The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program employed Bill for almost 15 years where his last position was Managing Veterinarian for Research and Advanced Clinical Technologies. He is the current President of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and is currently the Senior Director for Animal Health at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL. Bill Van Bonn

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Dr. Samuel Dover, D.V.M.

Dr. Samuel Dover has been practicing marine mammal medicine for over nineteen years. His career began in 1987 at Sea World of California in San Diego while he was a veterinary student and then as staff veterinarian shortly after graduation.

During Dr. Dover's ten year career with Sea World, he was a staff veterinarian for the California, Ohio and Florida parks. During this time he pioneered minimally invasive surgical techniques for dolphins, seals, sea lions, manatees, sea turtles, sharks and walruses.

In 1999, Dr. Dover accepted a position at the Santa Barbara Zoo as Staff Veterinarian and Director of Conservation and Research. Dr. Dover also began a veterinary consulting practice specializing in marine mammals. He currently has contracts in Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cayman Island and California. He also consults with insurance companies on exotic animal health concerns. He has assisted with variety of projects in Alaska, Japan, China, Argentina, Portugal, France and Brazil.

During 2001-2003, Dr. Dover was the full-time technical veterinarian for Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy. He continues to work for Storz as a consultant facilitating training courses and assisting with zoo and exotic animal cases.

Dr. Dover has taught and lectured extensively. He has also published many articles, papers and book chapters in the field of marine mammal medicine and surgery. Dr. Dover is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Wildlife Disease Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, Marine Mammal Society and American Association for Zoological Veterinarians.

Dr. Dover's newest project is creating Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating marine and terrestrial wildlife as well as actively engaging in education, research and cooperative efforts.

Sam Dover

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Dr. José Sampayo

Dr. Sampayo graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Madrid Complutense University in 1994 where he had been working as intern in the large animal surgery department of the Faculty, developing his skills in veterinary endoscopy, since 1991. He was a resident in Internal Medicine at the faculty as well from 1995 to 1998.

In 2000 he founded the CEC (Centre de Endoscopia del Cantabrico) in the north of Spain, a reference centre applying endoscopic techniques for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in all animals. Since 2000 he is following human medicine continuous education courses in gastro-enterology, urology and pediatrics in Switzerland and Spain. He is presently professor of anatomy and docent of surgery practicals at the Veterinary Hospital of the Madrid Complutense University, collaborating in many Spanish universities and scientific consultant for Storz. He is member of the foundation VIVE (Fundacion Valenciana de Investigación en Veterinaria).

Jose Sampayo

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James F. McBain, D.V.M. B.E.C.

Vice President, Corporate Veterinary Services

Since June 1998, James F. McBain, Vice President of Corporate Veterinary Services, has been responsible for the health and welfare of the animal collection at the five SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks.

Dr. McBain, who has 38 years of experience in veterinary medicine, started his SeaWorld career as staff veterinarian in September 1987. In June 1990, he became senior staff veterinarian, and in October 1991 he was promoted to corporate director of veterinary medicine.

Before joining the SeaWorld team, Dr. McBain was in practice for 17 years on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, operating with his partner and wife Dr. Judy McBain, the Island Veterinary Hospital, the Heritage Cat Clinic, and the McBain Mobile Veterinary Clinic, a small animal, aquatic, and exotic animal medical and surgery practice. In addition to his practice, he consulted with Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria and Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver.

He is an active member in several professional associations related to his area of interest and specialization, including the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the European Association for Aquatic Mammals, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine. He has authored and coauthored numerous scientific papers and presentations on such topics as: Diagnosis and treatment of fungal infections in marine mammals; long-term rehabilitation of a gray whale calf; Morbillivirus infection in stranded common dolphins; the reproductive biology of bottlenose dolphins; and the welfare of cetaceans in captivity.

Jim McBain graduated from Washington State University, with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1968 and completed an internship and residency in small animal surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1970.

Jim McBain

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Dr. Elena Mora Garcia

  • Graduated in 1994 from the Veterinary Faculty of the Zaragoza University
  • Since 1995: In charge of the diagnostic imaging, formation and lecture in endoscopy for veterinarians at the Mediterranean Institute of Endoscopy (IME). Also in charge on the practical formation on the minimal invasion techniques of human medicine surgeons
  • Collaborater of Karl Storz Endoscopy in the development of new material and techniques
  • Since 2007, in charge of the formation courses from the VIVE fundation (Fundación Valenciana de Investigación en Veterinaria), which is having collaborations with the major hospitals and institutions of the Valencia Community for the practical formation in minimal invasion experimental surgical endoscopy

Elena Mora

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