Speaker Bios

Christine Heinrich

Christine graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Munich Veterinary School in 1995 and immediately moved to the UK for an Internship and a Residency at the AHT in Newmarket. She holds both the RCVS and the ECVO diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology and has worked in multi-discipline referral centres in the UK until taking over Eye Veterinary Clinic in Hereford in 2015. Christine loves her clinical work but also enjoys teaching which includes both mentoring ECVO residents and post-graduate veterinary surgeons wishing to improve their ophthalmology skills for general practice.


James Rushton

James graduated from the Veterinary University Vienna in 2009 and was on the fast track to becoming a large animal surgeon. However during his PhD he discovered his passion for ophthalmology and has stuck with it ever since. He joined the Rowe eye clinic in 2016. James is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and an EBVS specialist of Veterinary Ophthalmology. He has authored several peer reviewed publications, presented at numerous national and international ophthalmology conferences and has received several awards for his scientific achievements. He is a committee member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology, ECVO, and current research committee chair of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium. From April 2021 James will be embarking on his newest challenge of heading the Ophthalmology Unit at Paragon Referrals.

Prior to the cultivation of his passion for ophthalmology, James was an entry level event rider, an avid karaoke singer, a passionate salsa dancer and a connoisseur of food and drink. With increasing involvement in his professional career his hair line has receded, his waist line has increased and the only thing that remains outside of work is the passion for good food, and running after his 2 young boys.


Rose Linn Pearl

Graduating from Liverpool university in 2005, Rose worked for five years in a busy small animal practice in east London prior to undertaking an ECVO residency at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire. Rose continued to work at this multi-disciplinary hospital while obtaining credentials, a baby and completing her ECVO diploma in 2017. She currently works at the Eye Veterinary Centre near the Welsh-English border in Herefordshire, allowing her to live in her home country across the border.


Francisco Gomez

Francisco Gómez qualified at the University of Córdoba, Spain, in 2005. He moved to the UK in 2006, and in 2007, he joined Lawrence Veterinary Centre, where he is now a clinical director. In 2013, he achieved the CertAVP, and in 2020 he was included in the RCVS Advanced Practitioner list after completing his Certificate in Ophthalmology. He lives in Heanor, Derbyshire, with his partner Vicki, his son Alejandro and his Yorkie cross Luna.


Negar Hamzianpour

Negar is an Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology and completed a European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ECVO) residency at the Eye Veterinary Clinic, Herefordshire, England under the direction of Christine Heinrich, Rachael Grundon and Rose Linn Pearl.

Negar received her degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Liverpool in 2011. Her path to specialisation included a general rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College, an ophthalmology internship at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service and several years in private small animal practice.

Negar had seen practice all over the world, been successful in the acceptance of multiple scientific publications and has most recently moved to Sydney, Australia, to work at Eye Clinic for Animals.


Josie Parker

Josie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2013 and then worked in mixed practice in North Yorkshire. Following this she completed a rotating internship at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool in 2014.  Josie worked for several years in small animal first opinion practice and also starting a BSAVA postgraduate certificate in 2017, which was completed with distinction in 2020. Josie spent 15 months working as an ophthalmology intern at the University of Bristol and then started an ECVO residency in 2019 under the supervision of Claudia Hartley and David Donaldson. Josie is currently undertaking an MSc studying the effect of endocrine diseases on the equine cornea and tear film.

Josie has always enjoyed creative photography but her work in ophthalmology nurtured a particular interest in macrophotography and microscopic imaging. She is a member of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society and won the external eye photography category at their annual exhibition in 2020.


Stuart Ellis

Stuart qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1982 and enjoyed a thirty year veterinary career first in mixed practice and then small animal and referral work in the North of England.  He obtained the Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1988 and joined the BVA Eye Panel in 1991, serving two terms as Chief Panellist. He joined the Veterinary Defence Society as a full time small animal Claims Consultant in 2011.