In Memoriam

On this page, you will find information about our esteemed ECSRHM members who have sadly left us.

Nektarios Giadinis

On October 6, 2022, a tragic news has shocked us. Unfortunately, the veterinary sector has
recorded another important loss, that of our colleague, professor of Ruminant Pathology at
the University of Thessaloniki, Nektarios Giadinis.

There are no words to describe the personality of Prof. Giadinis. A simple and humble man,
who never considered that his scientific knowledge and professional position could separate
him from his colleagues or students. He was involved in research and contributed a lot to the
sheep and goat industry. He passionately loved his work and was a true Teacher.

At the same time, he was a friend to many of us. He stood by anyone who asked him. He was a
family man with an overwhelming love for his young daughter, his wife, his own people.
There are no words that can capture the greatness of Nektarios personality and it is
impossible for us to express our own grief in words.

From this European College of Small Ruminants Health and Management, we would like to
send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Nektarios Giadinis will never be
erased from our memory.

His colleagues from Greece

Carlos Guitérrez

On March 8, 2019, as a result of an unfortunate traffic accident, our colleague, Professor Carlos Gutiérrez Cabrera of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, member of this European College of Small Ruminant Health Management, passed away.

For all of us who have had the fortune of knowing him over these years, in the different meetings and congresses of the ECSRHM and in other events, it is a very heartfelt loss due to his professional and personal value.

Professor Gutiérrez dedicated his professional life to the clinic and research in small ruminants, particularly in goats, and also in camelids. He was a trustworthy professional, very active as his curriculum shows, with a willingness to collaborate with all those people and institutions that required him and, above all, willing to learn and teach, with the humility of great men.

Carlos, the friend, the colleague, was an honest, charming person, who always had a suitable word to make others feel good, which is why he had countless friends everywhere. From his home island, Gran Canaria, he travelled all over the world leaving good sensations in his way, so we would like to say that he was one of those people who undoubtedly have contributed to make a bigger Europe and a better world.

From this European College of Small Ruminants Health and Management, we would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and all his colleagues in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and tell them that we will always remember him, with great affection, as an excellent person, in addition to a great veterinarian.

Juan Ramos

Heinz Strobel


Inconceivably for all of us, Heinz Strobel died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 25, 2022, at the age of 66. With him, we lose a good friend and highly esteemed colleague, a committed and tireless ambassador for the interests of animal health and sheep farming, a cosmopolitan and a versatile person who left a lasting mark on many of us.

After studying and earning his doctorate in Munich, he initially worked in mixed practice. Since 1990 he has specialized in sheep. He was a sheep farmer himself, and in his veterinary work he always combined the latest scientific findings with solid practical work for the benefit of animal health. One example of this is his commitment to the treatment of footrot and to replace traditional, outdated treatments with scientifically based methods. Despite the demands of a busy large animal practice he also initiated numerous research projects. The education, training and the constant exchange between veterinarians and sheep farmers were of great concern to him. He was always happy to pass on his knowledge and wealth of experience to animal owners and colleagues. His typical dry, humorous lecturing style motivated a wide audience to widen their knowledge of sheep health. The education of young colleagues was particularly close to his heart, and many a “newcomer” was surprisingly greeted at conferences with a firm handshake and the words “It’s great that you are interested in sheep!”. This open manner made a lasting impression on many. He thus became a mentor to many who were interested in sheep practice.

Amongst other commitments, Heinz Strobel served on the Board of Directors of the German Small Ruminant Veterinary Association from 2012 to 2018 and was first Chairman from 2014 to 2016, he was long-time Foreign Representative of the British Sheep Veterinary Society, and currently Vice President of the International Sheep Veterinary Association. In 2021, he handed over his practice to his long-time associate, but remained professionally active. He remained open to everything new and was always searching for improvements. Above his desk hung an admonition written by himself: “No new projects”. Very soon, however, he had covered it with concepts for new plans. Shepherding in all its aspects was his passion. It was his joy and fulfillment.

His cosmopolitanism, joie de vivre and hospitality are known beyond the borders of Germany, almost legendary the pre-conference tour he organized for the Sheep Veterinary Society meeting in Hannover in 2006, and his love for historical instruments and old shepherd music. Together with his wife Barbara, he enjoyed providing evening entertainment with these. Above all his work was his typical modesty, and he did not like to put his person in the foreground. However, he loved it when the cause could be advanced through his actions.

Heinz, we miss you! We have lost a friend. A friend who was so many things: veterinarian, shepherd, farmer, musician, author, sometimes philosopher and above all irreplaceable human being.

He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts are with his family and Johanna Hilke, the successor of his sheep veterinary practice.

His colleagues from Germany

Martha Jakobsen Ulvund

Professor Martha Jakobsen Ulvund died 10th of April this year 2022 – 76 years old. Martha was born in 1945 and finished her veterinary degree from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 1969. She started working with small ruminants in 1973 at the State Veterinary Research Station for Small ruminants (now Section for Small Ruminant Disease and Herd Health at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences). She finished her PhD on “Tumours and immunity” in dogs in 1974. In 1990 she finished her Dr. med. vet. degree with a thesis titled: “Ovine white-liver disease. Manifestation of cobalt/vitaminB12 deficiency in lambs”. In 1993, she became a professor in sheep and goat diseases at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, that later became part of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She was the head of the section for 16 years, till the end of 2013, when she retired. From 1979-1981 she was a senior research officer at Veterinary Investigation Laboratory, Karatina, Kenya. A stay that she remembered with joy and happiness. She became a founding diplomate of ECSRHM in 2008 and later also an honorary member of the College. Martha was the head of the organizing committee for the 7th International Sheep Veterinary Congress held in Norway in 2009.

During the last 20 years her scientific work mainly focused on prion diseases in sheep. She published around 60 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. She was involved in several academic and scientific committees, nationally and internationally. She was also active in local politics for nearly 30 years, as member of the labor party. Due to her great contribution in scientific research, politics, organizations, and social community she was awarded the Order of Saint Olav, Knight of 1st Class by the King in 2014. After she retired, she was still very active especially in the local community and politics, also after she became severely ill in December 2020.

Martha was a visionary and an outspoken feminist. She created a solid fundament for future development of the section in Sandnes. Martha had a wide network both nationally and internationally and had an honest interest in others and a passion for the profession. She was always active, enthusiastic, and interested in work related to the health and welfare of sheep around the world. Martha was an inspiration for all. It`s a great loss for our scientific community.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Snorre Stuen and Cecilie Ersdal