Meet the Lecturers. Our hand-picked lecturers are all engaging teachers and have huge depth of experience in their chosen disciplines.

Martin Owen and Georg Haimel

Martin Owen BVSc BSc PhD DSAS(Orth) DipECVS

ECVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Martin graduated form Liverpool Veterinary School and worked in small animal practice before completing a PhD at the University of Liverpool. He began his surgical career with a residency at Liverpool before completing his specialist training in Orthopaedics at Glasgow University. Martin subsequently became lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics and the Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bristol Veterinary School. In 2009, Martin joined Dick White Referrals, a multidiscipline specialist veterinary hospital in Six Mile Bottom, Suffolk, where he runs the orthopaedic clinic.

 

Georg Haimel DVM DipECVS MRCVS

European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Georg graduated from the Veterinary University of Vienna in 2006. After working for six months in general practice, he completed a rotating small animal internship at the Veterinary University of Vienna. Thereafter, he worked for two years in the medical department of an international pharmaceutical company. Georg returned back to university to pursue a research project in islet cell transplantation followed by a three-year ECVS approved residency program in small animal surgery at the Veterinary University of Vienna. 2015 Georg moved to UK and joined the AHT as a clinician in soft tissue & orthopaedic surgery. He successfully passed the ECVS board exam in 2017.  Georg has lectured and been invited as a speaker at numerous conferences and CPD courses at national and international level.

Roger Powell and Mark Goodfellow

Roger Powell

MA VetMB DipRCPath Diplomate ACVP (Clin.Path.) FRCPath MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Clinical Pathology

Roger Powell graduated from Cambridge University in 2000 and after four years in mixed practice, returned there to complete a residency in clinical pathology.  Following this, he worked for a brief period at Cambridge Veterinary School, gaining both the British and American Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Pathology in 2007 and then fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009.  In 2008 he opened PTDS, an independent veterinary diagnostic laboratory that works alongside specialists and first opinion vets.  His keen interests are cytology and haematology, contributing chapters to several BSAVA manuals and veterinary cytology textbooks, and he enjoys teaching or discussing all aspects of clinical pathology and diagnostic testing with vets and nurses.

 

Mark Goodfellow

MA VetMB DPhil CertVR DSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

 

Philip Lhermette

BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS

Special Lecturer in Veterinary Endoscopy and Endosurgery

The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS is the principal and founder of Elands Veterinary Clinic, near Sevenoaks in Kent. After completing an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, Philip went on to complete his degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. Following four years in mixed practice in Surrey Philip moved to Kent to establish his own practice which moved to new purpose-built premises in 2010.

Philip has a particular interest in surgery – and more specifically, minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery using both rigid and flexible endoscopes. Philip trained with human minimally invasive surgeons in the UK and veterinary endoscopists in the USA. Having practised rigid endoscopy since 1995, Philip has extensive experience in endoscopy and endosurgery and has run a referral service since 2001. He pioneered laparoscopic bitch spays and laser endosurgery in veterinary medicine in the UK, is author and editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery and has contributed to numerous other publications. He is special lecturer in endoscopy and endosurgery at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and lectures extensively in minimally invasive techniques throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. In 2011 Philip received the BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery and in 2016 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

Georg Haimel

DVM DipECVS MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Georg graduated from the Veterinary University of Vienna in 2006. After working for six months in general practice, he completed a rotating small animal internship at the Veterinary University of Vienna. Thereafter, he worked for two years in the medical department of an international pharmaceutical company. Georg returned back to university to pursue a research project in islet cell transplantation followed by a three-year ECVS approved residency program in small animal surgery at the Veterinary University of Vienna. 2015 Georg moved to UK and joined the AHT as a clinician in soft tissue & orthopaedic surgery. He successfully passed the ECVS board exam in 2017.  Georg has lectured and been invited as a speaker at numerous conferences and CPD courses at national and international level.

Nicola Ackerman

BSc(Hons) RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition) HonMBVNA

Nicola works as the Head Medical Nurse at The Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth, UK. Nicola graduated from Hartpury College with an honours degree in Equine Science, and subsequently qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. Nicola sits on the Veterinary Products Committee for the Veterinary Medicines Directive. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks, and is the editor for Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing and is on the editorial board of The Veterinary Nurse. Nicola has won the BVNA / Blue Cross award for animal welfare in 2010, and various SQP awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and the College of Animal Welfare Professional Development Award in 2012. Nicola is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Glasgow University.

Linda Ryan (Roberts)

DipAVN (Medical) VTS (Oncology) RVN

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner & Faculty Instructor

Canine & Feline Trainer & Behaviour Practitioner

“I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 from general practice. I then worked at the Royal Veterinary College, before moving on to Edinburgh University’s Hospital for Small Animals in 2004. There I obtained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2005, before becoming an oncology nurse with the cancer service in 2006. In 2009, I became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology, and a member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians.

As well as my specialist interest in oncology, I also have interests in analgesia, clinical nutrition, medical nursing, behavioural health & welfare, maintenance of optimum quality of life in chronically ill patients & clinical teaching. Low stress veterinary practice is a passion which allows me to meld my veterinary nursing & training knowledge for the benefit of patients, staff & owners.

I regularly write & present on these topics for the veterinary press & at CPD events.

My interest in training & behaviour evolved over my nursing career as I became more aware of its importance to our patient’s needs in their medical care, especially in my work with feline & oncology patients, & those requiring chronic care. In 2012, I became one the first U.K. graduates of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour, & am now proud to be faculty member at the Academy too. I hold advanced diplomas in canine & feline behaviour & am currently studying towards a Veterinary Technician specialty in Behaviour.

I own & run Inspiring Pet Teaching, aimed at pet & owner training & education, as well as CPD provision for VNs & para-professionals.”

 

Elise Robertson

BS BVetMed MACVSc (Feline) DipABVP(Feline)AFHEA MRCV

American Board Certified Diplomate Feline Practice

Elise graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a BSc in Biological Sciences/Anatomy & Neurophysiology. She then relocated to the UK in 1998 to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up staying permanently in the UK! She was awarded Membership Australian and New Zealand College Veterinary Scientists Feline Chapter (ANZCVSc) in 2008 and later Diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). She’s head European mentor for the International Society Feline Medicine (ISFM)/University of Sydney Distance Education programme in Feline Medicine, Examiner for ANZCVSc Feline Chapter, Co-Lecturer for ESAVS Endoscopy/Endosurgery Courses and Co-Lecturer at Colorado State University Endoscopy/Endosurgery Courses . She currently operates a visiting feline medicine referral (Feline Vet Referrals, www.felinevet.net) and endoscopy consultancy service (Endoscopy Vet Referrals, www.endoscopyvet.net) for veterinary practices in SE England. She also heads the Feline Medicine and Endoscopy Referral Service at VRCC Referrals. Her professional interests include medical endoscopy + endosurgery (‘keyhole surgery’), receiving her formal training from both veterinary and human consultant surgeons in the USA, Germany, France, and the UK.

Abby Caine and Martha Cannon

Abby Caine

MA VetMB DipECVDI CertVDI MRCVS

Honorary Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, University of Nottingham.

Diplomate, European College in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

 

Martha Cannon

BA VetMB DSAM(fel) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

 

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Isuru Gajanayake

BVSc CertSAM DACVIM DECVIM-CA DACVN MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

American Specialist in Small Animal Nutrition

Isuru graduated from the University of Sydney and after working in general practice for several years in Australia and England, he completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the Royal Veterinary College (London). Isuru was the first Nutrition resident to be trained in the United Kingdom.

Isuru now works as a specialist (American, European and RCVS) in Small Animal Internal Medicine and as a specialist (American) in Small Animal Nutrition at the Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, where he is the head of the Internal Medicine service. Isuru enjoys seeing a wide range of cases in these two specialities, particularly where both internal medicine and clinical nutrition are closely interlinked. He also enjoys teaching vets, students and nurses in clinical and formal settings.

Denise Tonry

Bsc(Hons) RVN NCert(Anesth)

Denise Tonry was born in Ireland and she graduated from University College Dublin in 2014. After qualifying she moved to England and has worked in Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedic and Neurology referral practice since then.

As a senior nurse, during the last three years, she has been exposed to a variety of patients ranging from surgical site wounds, open fractures, degloving injuries and surgical site infections allowing her to develop her skills in wound management.

She has a certificate in anaesthesia and is currently partaking in a certificate in emergency and critical care. One of her passions is anaesthesia and analgesia, this was one of her roles in her previous position now focusing on post-operative care of orthopaedic and neurology patients.

Paul Aldridge

BVSc Cert SAS MRCVS

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Small Animal Surgery

Paul is a surgical referral clinician with Vets Now Referrals.

Paul graduated from Liverpool University. After a short spell in mixed practice he moved to a surgical role in a small animal hospital in Manchester where he obtained his RCVS Certificate. Paul has continued to work in the Manchester area since then, seeing orthopaedic and soft tissue referral cases. Widely involved in delivering CPD, Paul has lectured to vets and nurses in the UK, Europe, and the USA, and has authored and contributed to text books.

Paul’s clinical interests include all aspects of traumatology, acute abdominal surgery, and cruciate disease.

Roger Powell

MA VetMB DipRCPath Diplomate ACVP FRCPath MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Clinical Pathology

Roger Powell graduated from Cambridge University in 2000 and after four years in mixed practice, returned there to complete a residency in clinical pathology.  Following this, he worked for a brief period at Cambridge Veterinary School, gaining both the British and American Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Pathology in 2007 and then fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009.  In 2008 he opened PTDS, an independent veterinary diagnostic laboratory that works alongside specialists and first opinion vets.  His keen interests are cytology and haematology, contributing chapters to several BSAVA manuals and veterinary cytology textbooks, and he enjoys teaching or discussing all aspects of clinical pathology and diagnostic testing with vets and nurses.

Sarah Caney

BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Chief Executive Vet Professionals Limited

Sarah Caney is an internationally recognised veterinary specialist in feline medicine who has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She trained as a specialist at the University of Bristol and is one of thirteen recognised specialists in feline medicine working within the UK. Sarah has written or co-written four books published by her business Cat Professional including ‘Caring for an elderly cat’ (co-authored with Vicky Halls). Sarah conducts online owner surveys and has published much of her research results in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. As a clinician she enjoys seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline patients.

 

Dr. Laurent Findji

DMV MS DiplECVS MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Laurent graduated from Paris’ vet school, the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, in France in 1995 and was assistant instructor in the anatomy department the following year. He then qualified for a 2-year surgical internship in the same school and later completed a Master of Science in Biology and Physiology of Circulation and Respiration, as well as a university degree in Novel Surgery and Microsurgery.

After working for 3 years in a large private practice outside Paris, he spent 4 years at the Centre Hospitalier Vétérinaire Frégis, near Paris, where he completed an ECVS residency. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008 and was recognised as a specialist in small animal surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012.

Laurent worked at VRCC Veterinary Referrals in Essex, from 2006 to 2014, where he was one of the full-time soft-tissue surgeons and directors. He moved to Fitzpatrick Referrals in October 2014 to form the first team for their new Soft Tissue and Oncology Service.

Laurent is a member of multiple boards including the ECVS examination committee, NAVC’s Clinicians Brief Global Edition advisory board and the oncology division of the AFVAC, the French Small Animal Veterinary Association. He regularly contributes to international publications and book chapters, and gives lectures and presentation in many countries.

Dr Sarah Heath

BVSc DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB MRCVS

RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals)

Sarah qualified from Bristol University and spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up a behaviour medicine referral practice in 1992. She is an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine at Liverpool University and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme.

In 2002 Sarah became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (formerly the ECVBM-CA) and served as President from 2002 to 2008. She is currently Treasurer of the College.

Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between behaviour and physical illness in dogs and cats and particularly in the role of pain. She promotes the understanding of animal mental health within the veterinary profession and lectures extensively at home and abroad on behavioural topics.

Andrea Volk

DVM, Dr.med.vet, MVetMed, DipECVD

MRCVS European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Graduated in 2002 followed by a research doctorate in pharmacology, both at Hanover Vet School/Germany Andrea spent some years in general veterinary practice in the UK. After that she worked at the Royal Veterinary College for 8 years, part of which she received specialist training in dermatology and worked as a specialist dermatologist before moving onto private referral practice.

Andrea enjoys looking after skin patients and their owners to manage these often chronic and frustrating diseases. Her special interests are atopic disease, with emphasis on food hypersensitivity and ear disease as well as the feline patient. She has a particular interest in progressing the understanding of the immunology of the intestine and skin.

 

Georgina Fricker

BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Ophthalmology

Georgie graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and started her career in small animal practice for 3 years before moving into referral ophthalmology. She gained her RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011 before moving to Davies Veterinary Specialists to undertake a residency in under the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Georgie passed her European diploma in 2016 and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. She remains part of the busy team at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire, running a weekly satellite clinic at their Hyde Park branch.

Angelika von Heimendahl

MSc MScVet Cons BVM (Berlin) MRCVS DipECAR

Angelika is a graduate of both Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine from the University of Berlin. She was a Resident at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London for three years and became a Diplomat of the European College of Reproduction (ECAR) in 2003. Angelika runs her own small animal referral practice in Cambridge, and teaches undergraduates, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. Her other interests are in conservation and she has recently completed a MSc in veterinary conservation medicine with Edinburgh University. Angelika was the President of the European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction (EVVSAR) in 2010/11 and is now the president of the ECAR examination board.

 

John Chitty

BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and gained RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2000

Co-Director of a small animal/exotics practice in Andover, Hampshire with a 100% avian/exotics/small mammal caseload- referral and first opinion. Consultant to five zoological collections, a commercial laboratory and the Great Bustard Reintroduction project

Co-editor of two texts on avian medicine, one on rabbit surgery and co-author of a textbook of tortoise medicine. Author of various book chapters and papers on a range of species

Chairman of European Association of Avian Veterinarians and on editorial board of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine

Vice-President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association

Clare Rusbridge

BVMS PhD DECVN MRCVS

European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

After graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1991 with distinction in both Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Dr Clare Rusbridge completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania then spent some time in general practice in Cambridgeshire. After a BSAVA/Petsavers Residency in Neurology at the Royal Veterinary College she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 1996 and gained RCVS Specialist status in 1999. She was awarded a PhD from Utrecht University in February 2007 for her thesis on Chiari-like malformation & Syringomyelia. Since August 1997 she has operated a Neurology Referral and MRI service at the Stone Lion Veterinary Centre in Wimbledon, London UK. Clare has published extensively on syringomyelia producing book chapters and electronic resources in addition to peer reviewed scientific papers. She continues clinical research into the genetics, management and pathogenesis of the condition. Her other professional interests include other causes of neuropathic pain (in particular feline orofacial pain syndrome), epilepsy, feline neurology, and inherited diseases. Notable honours include being appointed a Feline Advisory Bureau Feline Expert in 2005 and awarded Life Patron of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of the Rand South Africa in 2009.

Nick Bacon

MA VetMB CertVR CertSAS DECVS DACVS MRCVS

Nick qualified from Cambridge Vet School in 1997 and after two years in general practice returned to Cambridge as the Petsaver’s resident in Soft Tissue Surgery and Oncology. He then spent two years in soft tissue referral practice in the UK.In 2005 he started a 12-month Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Centre at Colorado State University and then joined the Faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, working in the Oncology department as one of three surgical oncologists, becoming Head of Oncology in 2011.
Nick is the current President of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology. He is a Diplomate of the European (2003) and American (2009) College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the only surgeon in the UK to have completed a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology.
In October 2014 he joined Fitzpatrick Referrals as a Senior Consultant and Clinical Director in the Oncology and Soft Tissue Service.

 

Martha Cannon

BA VetMB DSAM(fel) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Martha Cannon is an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine and a partner at the Oxford Cat Clinic, a first opinion and medical referral cat-only clinic in Oxford (www.oxfordcatclinic.co.uk). She graduated from Cambridge University in 1992 and remained briefly at the university to work as a small animal anaesthetist, before moving into small animal practise in Canterbury, where she established a radio-active Iodine treatment centre for hyperthyroid cats. She gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine while in first opinion practice there before becoming Feline Advisory Bureau Clinical Scholar in Feline Medicine at Bristol Vet School. She then moved to Oxfordshire to work in private practice again, gained the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (Feline) in 2002, and attained RCVS Recognised Specialist Status the same year. In March 2006 she established the Oxford Cat Clinic with her friend and colleague Caroline Blundell. Martha is a trustee director of the Feline Advisory Bureau and a member of the GCCF Veterinary Sub-committee. She is a regular speaker at continuing education meetings for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.

Claire Roberts

RVN DipAVN(Surgical)

VNCertECC D32/33/34

Claire qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000 whilst working in small animal private and charity practices, she went onto work in referral practice where she gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2006. Claire has worked as an assessor, internal verifier and assistant examiner for the RCVS and lecturer in Veterinary Nursing. Claire works as a senior theatre nurse at Anderson Sturgess Specialists as well as working part time at Vets Now whilst working towards The Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical care. Claire’s main interests include anaesthesia, surgical nursing, pain assessment and management and critical care of surgical patients.Claire also runs a CPD company www.synergycpd.com which specialises in onsite CPD for veterinary nurses.

Rachel Perry

BSc BVM&S

MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery)

Dip.EVDC, MRCVS, European Veterinary Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry

RCVS Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry

Rachel graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh University in 1997, and entered small animal practice. She soon developed an interest in small animal dentistry. Since 2010 her practice has been limited to small animal dentistry and oral surgery, and she provides first opinion and referral services in Sussex.

In 2012 she became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in the subject of small animal dentistry and oral surgery. She was Course Organiser for the BVDA from 2008-2014 and has lectured nationally and internationally. She has published original research and review articles in journals, textbooks and is regularly involved in on-line and in-house teaching for veterinary nurses and vets across the country. She has a particular interest in client communication skills.

In 2015 she became the first RCVS Advanced Practitioner in veterinary dentistry and in 2016 passed the European Veterinary Dental College board examinations, becoming a European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry. In her spare time she competes in and coaches triathlon.

Sally Turner

MA VetMB DVOphthal MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Sally Turner qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1991.She spent 2 years in small animal practice before taking up a Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology as GDBA Fellow at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She gained her Certificate in Ophthalmology in 1994 and then the Diploma in 1997. She is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology and currently works at both Stone Lion and Mandeville Veterinary Hospitals. In addition to providing a full ophthalmology referral service for client’s pets,she lectures regularly to both veterinary surgeons and nurses, is involved with RCVS examining and is the author of two books on veterinary ophthalmology.

Jon Wray

BVSc DSAM CertVC MRCVS

Honorary Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Nottingham

RCVS-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Radiology

Jon is a well-known Specialist in Small Animal Medicine who is also completing credentials for the Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. He is currently Consultant in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Head of the Cardiology service at Dick White Referrals, a large multidisciplinary 31-Specialist-strong hospital in Cambridgeshire and holds the post of Honorary Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Nottingham. Jon’s busy caseload is divided between Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Radiology/Interventional Cardiology and he has lectured extensively nationally and internationally in these fields as well as being active in post-graduate education having been Chief Examiner for the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Small Animal Medicine and examiner for the CertAVP. Previously Jon has worked in mixed general practice, at Willows Referral Service, as clinician then Head of Internal Medicine at the Animal Health Trust and as Clinical Fellow in Cardiorespiratory Medicine at the University of Bristol.

Grant Petrie

MA VetMB CertSAC CertSAM MRCVS

Grant Petrie qualified from Cambridge University and then went to Bristol University Veterinary School for an internship. He subsequently undertook a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London. After a period in private practice, he returned to the RVC as a lecturer in small animal medicine. Grant now runs an internal medicine referral service in London at the London and Bayswater Referral Clinics and offers a consultancy service to a number of veterinary companies. He is a Past President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (2010-11). He works in all areas of small animal internal medicine but has a particular interest in endocrine disorders.

Abby Caine

MA VetMB DipECVDI CertVDI MRCVS

Honorary Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, University of Nottingham.

Diplomate, European College in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Abby graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2001 and during five years in a busy small animal practice, developed an interest in radiology and ultrasound, and gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

Abby returned to Cambridge in 2006 to undertake a Residency program in Diagnostic Imaging, and gained the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2009. Abby is a European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, interested in all aspects of imaging, and enjoys using the excellent imaging facilities to progress the interesting and challenging caseload at Dick White Referrals.

Stephen Shaw

BVetMed PhD DVD MRCVS

Steve Shaw qualified from the RVC in 1987. He spent 4 years in practice before becoming Junior Clinical Fellow in dermatology at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. He gained his RCVS Certificate in Dermatology in 1992 and his PhD, studying canine atopic dermatitis, in 2000. From 2001 to 2006 he was head of dermatology at the AHT and from 2006 to 2009 worked at Rutland House Referrals in St Helens. He gained his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 2011.
Steve now works as an independent dermatology consultant seeing cases in the Midlands and is the National Dermatology Advisor for Guide Dogs. He is an examiner for the RCVS CertVD.

Ariane Neuber

DrMedVet, CertVD, Dipl ECVD, MRCVS

European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Ariane completed her veterinary medicine degree at the University of Munich and after a spell in small animal practice returned to university to achieve her doctorate. Following an Internship at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, she moved north to take up the Senior Clinical Scholarship in Veterinary Dermatology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh and achieved her dermatology certificate in 2002. In 2005 she passed the exam for the European Diploma of Veterinary Dermatology. She has started her own dermatology referral service, Derm4Pets, in 2004 and was recognised as an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology in 2008. She currently sees dermatological referrals in 2 clinics north west of London, Chiltern Referrals in Chalfont St Giles, Active Vetcare Referrals in Maidenhead and Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire. Her special interests lie with ear problems, autoimmune and allergic skin diseases.

Shailen Jasani

MA VetMB MRCVS

DipACVECC

Shailen (www.shailenjasani.com) graduated from Cambridge University in 1999. Since then he has spent most of his time working in both first opinion and referral Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) practice. Following a residency in ECC at the Royal Veterinary College, London, Shailen became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2010.

Shailen has a particular interest in helping to progress development of veterinary ECC in the non-referral setting. To that end, he is sole author of “Saunders Solutions in Veterinary Practice: Small Animal Emergency Medicine” (Published Sept 2010 by Elsevier), a practical book written very much for vets and nurses working in non-referral practice. Shailen has also contributed to various publications and delivered extensive CPD to both vets and nurses. For three years he was community manager of an on-line ECC network. Shailen is also the founder of the Ralph Site (www.theralphsite.com), a non-profit website providing information and resources for pet carers facing bereavement.

Ian Wright

BVMS MSc MRCVS

Ian is a practising Veterinary surgeon at the Withy Grove Veterinary Surgery and Co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood. He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology and is an editorial board member for the Companion animal journal. He is also head of the European scientific Counsel of companion animal parasites (ESCCAP UK & Ireland) and guideline director for ESCCAP Europe. Ian is regularly published in peer review journals and peer reviews for journals such as JSAP, Companion animal and Veterinary Parasitology. He continues to carry out research in practice including work on intestinal nematodes and tick borne diseases.

Charlotte Baldwyn

Chartered Physiotherapist

MCSP, MSc vet phys, ACPAT CAT A

Charlotte qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1993 and was working in the NHS and private sports injury clinics. Charlotte is a member of ACPAT, and has been treating animals since 1995.

Her post graduate studies have taken her to the USA and her work has enabled her to travel with her patients around Europe to compete in a variety if disciplines. She completed her Msc in veterinary physiotherapy, from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005 and her dissertation examined the effects of hydrotherapy in dogs with hip osteoarthritis.

Charlotte is regularly responsible for students in a clinical environment and she joined the Fitzpatrick referral team in January 2009. She is passionate about her role within the neuro orthopaedic physiotherapy team both clinically and in the development of the services available within the rehabilitation department.

Fiona Doubleday

Chartered Physiotherapist

BSc (Hons) MCSP SRP ACPAT CAT A

Fiona graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1994 and worked in the NHS and private sports clinics until 1997. Her interest lay within the orthopaedic and outpatient sectors where sports injuries are common.

Fiona underwent a post graduate training to specialise in animals which started in 1997 and was based in Hampshire, although it took her all around the country to study alongside different vets and physiotherapists. Once qualified as a Cat A ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist Fiona developed her very own successful animal physiotherapy practice for many years, and indulged her craving for more knowledge by travelling to the USA on several occasions to attend specialist courses in neurology and neuro – orthopaedic practice.

Now at Fitzpatrick Referrals, Fiona has a clinical responsibility to both the in-patients and out-patients, and she equally enjoys her role as head of Rehabilitation Service and supporting her team of Chartered Physiotherapists.

 

Fiona Adam

BVM&S DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Fiona graduated from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2006. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Liverpool. In 2011 she finished her residency and gained her European Diploma in Internal Medicine. She became a RCVS recognised specialist in Small Animal Medicine in 2013. She currently works at North Downs Specialist Referrals, a large multi-disciplinary hospital in Surrey, where she is part of the medicine team.

Martin Owen

BVSc BSc PhD DSAS(Orth) DipECVS

ECVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Martin graduated form Liverpool Veterinary School and worked in small animal practice before completing a PhD at the University of Liverpool. He began his surgical career with a residency at Liverpool before completing his specialist training in Orthopaedics at Glasgow University. Martin subsequently became lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics and the Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bristol Veterinary School. In 2009, Martin joined Dick White Referrals, a multidiscipline specialist veterinary hospital in Six Mile Bottom, Suffolk, where he runs the orthopaedic clinic.

Rob Foale

BSc BVetMed DSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Rob qualified from the RVC in 1996 having previously completed a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology at King’s College London in 1992. After a four-year period in mixed general practice he joined the medicine service at Cambridge Veterinary School as a resident and completed his residency in 2003. He obtained his RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2003, his ECVIM diploma in 2005 and is a recognised European Specialist in Internal Medicine. At present Rob is head of the Small Animal Internal Medicine service at Dick White Referrals in Suffolk and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham Veterinary School, with active research programmes in the development of gene therapy for canine diabetes mellitus, the identification of genetic susceptibility loci in canine lymphoma and the genetic basis for canine lipomata.

Joao Loureiro

DVM CertVC DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology) MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Joao graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Oporto (Portugal) in 2001. He started working in private practice in Portugal during which time he developed a special interest in cardiology. In April 2003 he moved to the U.K. and spent two years in practice. In 2005 he moved to Liverpool to take the position of Resident in Veterinary Cardiology. He gained his RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2006 and his ECVIM-CA (cardiology) Specialist status in 2009. He is also a RCVS recognised specialist since 2010. He is currently working in private referral practice in Surrey, U.K.