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Speaker Portfolio

Carmel Keylock | RVN CCRP | Active Pet Rehabilitation

Carmel Keylock has had an interest in physical rehabilitation for dogs and cats since 1984 and her experience vet nursing for 12 years in country Western Australia. Traveling to the U.K. in 1994 she discovered small animal physiotherapy in its infancy and has been working towards improving quality of life and outcomes following injury or disease for our furry family members since 1996 when she became a member of the National Association of Animal Therapists- U.K.

Working in specialist veterinary practice in the U.K. from 1997 and running her own rehabilitation practice from 2002, Carmel also brought home to Western Australia her a love of windsurfing, mountain biking, and her husband and first born child.


Dr Gerry Skinner | BSc BVSc PhD MRCVS MANZCVS (ECC) | The Rabbit Doctors

Dr Gerry Skinner is THE Rabbit Doctor.

She has owned rabbits for nearly 40 years, and has been treating them as veterinarian in the UK and now Australia for almost 15 years. When she emigrated from the UK 10 yrs ago she left her exotics training and became a qualified Emergency and Critical Care clinician, where she saw many rabbit emergencies.

Three years ago she decided to put her passion for all things “rabbity,” and her promise to provide the best possible standards of care into practice by opening her own Melbourne-wide rabbit only service. She has taught vets, nurses and vet students in many aspects of rabbit medicine and surgery, and her special interests include emergency and critical care, neurological and gastrointestinal problems.


Dr Joanne Russell-Smith | BSc BVMS | Murdoch University

Dr Joanne Russell-Smith is a Murdoch University trained Veterinarian, with a wealth of experience working in the USA and Australia. She has a passion for improving communication skills, and equipping others with the skills needed to be effective, assertive communicators. Joanne’s work through continuing education including the Frank Dialogue course in the USA, and her current work at Murdoch Vet School assisting in training vet students these skills makes her an exciting speaker for Platinum CPD.

Rebecca O'Sullivan | Registered Celebrant

Rebecca O’Sullivan is a Registered Celebrant.  Before deciding to become a celebrant, she was employed at Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital for a period of 10 years, as reception supervisor. 

Over this time she was responsible for overseeing the running of all four reception areas, often dealing with very difficult and sensitive situations.  She developed a great understanding with the other staff – they looked after the animals and she looked after the owners!  Through her time at Murdoch, she developed a strong bond with many of the clients and was quite often called upon to assist during euthanasia to help support the owners. 

Upon leaving Murdoch and undertaking her studies, she decided to offer her services to those who are having difficulties and to try to help them understand and overcome their grief.


Professor Mark Glyde | BVSc MACVSc MVS HDipUTL DiplomateECVS | Murdoch University

Mark is Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Murdoch University and leads Murdoch’s busy orthopaedic and neurosurgery referral service. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, holds a Masters degree in Veterinary Surgery and is an Australian, European and RCVS registered specialist surgeon. Mark is an internationally recognised and awarded teacher. He presents courses in small animal orthopaedics in Europe, UK, USA, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Mark is the Chair of AOVET Asia Pacific and a member of the AOVET International Board and Education Commission. His main research interests are in fracture repair and joint loading and injuries in agility and working dogs.


Dr Eleanor Drynan | BVSc, MANZCVS, DACVAA | Murdoch University

Ellie graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002. After spending six months in mixed practice just outside Melbourne, she moved into small animal practice, working in Melbourne, the UK, and then locuming around Perth.
Having always had a strong interest in anesthesia and analgesia, she completed her Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2007 and later that year started a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Murdoch University. In 2013 she obtained her Masters in Veterinary Anaesthesia and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
Her current position is that of Lecturer of Veterinary Anaesthesia but she combines this with her role as a clinical anaesthetist within the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital.
Ellie enjoys the challenge of anaesthetising a wide variety of species and a has a particular interest in the anaesthesia of the critically-ill patient.

Dr Nichola Frampton | BVSc | Perth Veterinary Behaviour Service

Dr Nichola graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from The University of Liverpool, UK, in 2007. Since, she has worked predominantly in small animal practice, including several years working in referral and emergency clinics. 

With over 10 years experience as a vet, Dr Nichola has always had an interest in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. It struck Nichola early on in her career just how many of her patients were fearful during the veterinary visit. The animals she was trying so hard to help, had a very real fear of her and the veterinary clinic. As a result, Nichola is passionate about improving the psychological welfare of patients in the veterinary clinic through education of staff and other veterinary professionals. Through a deeper understanding of the behavioural needs of patients, Dr Nichola is able to limit their stress when in the clinic through compassionate handling.