SCHEMEL, Dr Andreas PHD MRCVS
Andreas became involved in dogs in 1977 when he bought his first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He later became involved with Terriers, specifically Kerry Blue Terriers. At that time he started stewarding at National and International shows and officiated as a steward and interpreter for foreign judges especially in the Toy, Utility, and Terrier breeds. In 1985 he began to train as a judge under the rules of the Austrian Kennel Club (ÖKV) and passed the examination in 1987. He began by judging Japanese Chins, King Charles Spaniels and Cavaliers and has since been passed to award CACIB at International Shows in many breeds. Andreas has been invited to judge at major dog shows in Australia, America and across Europe and has now built a reputation as one of the UK's top show judges. This year his judging skills have been recognised and he was invited by the Kennel Club to judge at the UK's top dog show Crufts in 2007. He has judged in all European countries (except Spain, Iceland and Romania), Russia, Israel, South Africa, Australia and the USA, in most parts of them on a regular basis, including several World Shows. He is a Veterinary Surgeon, specializing in small animal medicine and Veterinary Cardiology. He wrote his doctorate on heart valve disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. He has bredshown Cavaliers, King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, Griffons and Kerry Blue Terriers, and made up Austrian, International, World Champions and 2 English Champions. He was an active member of the Research Centre of Hip Dysplasia (Vienna) and represented Austria in the newly formed committee for research on the eradication of Patella Luxation. In 1993, he moved to England and in 1997 became a member of the Kennel Club.