David Babington Graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1986.
After qualifying, David worked as a veterinary assistant in a mixed-animal practice in Alton, Hampshire and then in a purely small animal practice in London. During this time he developed an interest in veterinary practice management and small animal surgery.
In 1990, together with his wife Alison, David returned to his home town of Swindon, Wiltshire to set-up and develop two new small animal pet health care centres. Over a four year period, the business grew to a four-vet practice providing a wide variety of clinical services with a strong focus on preventative medicine and client education.
In 1998, David founded the veterinary training company Improve International with three other veterinarians, with a remit to provide structured and integrated modular training to the veterinary profession. He served as the Marketing Director (1998-2003) and then the Managing Director (2003-2017).
Improve International is currently running a range of 22 modular training programmes for veterinary surgeons and six modular programmes for veterinary nurses, along with a series of short update and practical skills courses. The company is active in over 20 different countries worldwide.
In 2015, Improve International was acquired by Benchmark Holdings PLC and David is currently the Business Development Director, responsible for coordinating business development across the Knowledge Services Division of Benchmark Animal Health PLC.
Heber Alves Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in Portugal in 2003. He then studied veterinary anesthesiology in Brazil at UNESP (São Paulo State University) and did the internship at UTAD. He was Assistant lecturer of Surgical Semiology and Anesthesiology at UTAD from 2005 to 2007 and researcher at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC) in Oporto until the end of 2011. In 2007, he completed the Diploma of Advanced Studies at the University of León (Spain).
In 2011 he received the PhD degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Animal Medicine and Surgery, where he developed his own line of research in anaesthesia of laboratory animals. His line of research included refinement of laboratory animal anaesthesia and the effects of anaesthetics on memory and learning.
In 2006, Heber founded Improve Ibérica in Portugal. This was a sister company of Improve International based in the UK, with the aim to develop the Improve International programmes in other territories. His vision was to expand the business throughout the world and make Improve International programmes the standard Postgraduate Education system for the veterinary profession worldwide.
In 2011, he became a member of Improve International's board of directors as Operations Director, responsible for the development of new markets. Improve is now present in more than 20 countries and is the largest continuing education provider for veterinarians worldwide.
In 2015, Improve International became part of Benchmark Holdings. In late 2018, Heber became the “Head of Veterinary Education”, of the Knowledge Services division of Benchmark Holdings PLC.
Rui Lobao Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in Portugal in 2004. Following graduation, he worked as a small animal surgeon in the Porto metropolitan area between 2004 and 2009.
In 2005 he was one of the founders of the Montenegro Veterinary Congress that has since become the largest small animal event in Portugal. From this involvement he gained considerable experience in organising continuous professional development activities for vets.
In 2008 he was invited to join the Improve Iberica team, becoming a Partner and then a Director in 2009. In 2011, he became a member of Improve International’s Board of Directors as Business Development Director, responsible for the expansion of the company into other markets. In 2018 he became the Operational Director – Europe & US of the Improve International group.
Marcelo graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Coimbra in Portugal in 2004 and is a Specialist in General and Family Medicine, completing his speciality in 2008.
Determined to expand his knowledge of world business, he went to Fontainebleau, France and Singapore from 2009 and 2010 to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from INSEAD. After INSEAD, he joined Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson, where he worked as a Medical Affairs Manager, working side by side with the Marketing and Sales team.
In 2012, Marcelo set his sights on the now indispensable field of Digital Marketing. He is one of the founders and Managing Director of Vet Inflow – a digital marketing company focused on helping veterinary businesses market their services more effectively and enhance the client-practice bond by providing comprehensive content creation, social media management and graphic design services. Vet Inflow currently works with veterinary practices and businesses in the UK and 11 other international markets.
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