Dr George C. Fthenakis, Dip.ECAR, Dip.ECSRHM, a graduate (DVM) of the Veterinary School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has undertaken postgraduate studies (MSc, PhD) at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He has become a de facto Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction and an invited specialist Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.
He is Professor and the Dean (2016-18) at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Thessaly, Greece. He was the Foundation President of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (2008-11). He also serves a third consecutive term as President of the Farm Animal Division of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society (2009-18).
He has been invited and lectured in the veterinary schools of the Universities of Edinburgh, Guelph, Hannover, Liverpool, Thessaloniki and Zaragoza.
He has supervised successfully eight PhD theses and one European veterinary college specialisation programme. Currently, he supervises four PhD research students and two European veterinary College residents. He has managed 27 research grants, funded by the public (European Commission, Greek Ministry of Education) or the private (animal health industry) sector, among them the large ‘Goshomics’ project (budget: 1,788,500 €, 10 partners).
He has published 168 refereed papers (cumulative impact factor: 229.0), which have received >2000 citations. He serves as Editor of Small Ruminant Research; he has acted as editor in Journal of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society and guest-editor in Animal Reproduction Science, Veterinary Microbiology and Veterinary Parasitology. He has authored or edited four books.
He has presented many invited or proffered talks in conferences world-wide (470 abstracts in conference proceedings), among them 65 invited/keynote presentations. He was the organiser of the 6th International Sheep Veterinary Congress (2005), the 1st European Conference in Small Ruminant Health Management (2011) and the 11th (2009) and 13th (2015) Greek National Veterinary Congresses.
He has participated in many national or international committees, including the European Board for Veterinary Specialisation, the General Assembly of the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe, the Greek Veterinary Drug Licencing Board, the Council of the Greek Agricultural Academy, the Council of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society and the committee ‘Welfare of sheep’ of the European Food Safety Authority.
He has received an Honorary scroll from the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society (2005), the ‘Allan Baldry’ award from the British Sheep Veterinary Society (2006), a Meritorious award from the Karditsa Society for Animal Welfare (2008) and the ‘Konstantinos Tarlatzis’ prize of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society (2009). He was elected a Fellow of the Greek Agricultural Academy in 2010. He has received three Awards of Academic Scientific Excellence in ‘Veterinary Medicine and Science’ by the Greek Ministry of Education (2012, 2013, 2014; only Greek veterinarian to have received these awards), a Prize for excellent academic and scientific achievements by the Hellenic Veterinary Association (2013), an Award of Clinical Excellence by the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (2014) and a Prize for the excellent and sustained support of the veterinary profession in Greece by the Hellenic Veterinary Association (2015).
His interests are focused in health management, diseases and welfare of small ruminants.