After graduating from Liverpool I worked as an assistant in mixed practice for three years before starting my own practice in 1979. Having always had an interest in surgery I expanded my surgical skills and studied for further qualifications while building up the practice, which has evolved via many changes into Dovecote Veterinary Hospital. I started taking referral cases in 1990 and achieved Specialist status in 2002.
I am a Vice President of the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe and a keen supporter of Leicester Tigers.
After graduating from Cambridge, I worked for many years as a Veterinary Pathologist and then a manager in the pharmaceutical industry. I joined the practice in 2001 and have managed it through an exciting time of change for the veterinary profession, with advanced diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques becoming available for companion animals that are comparable to what is routine for their owners.
Although my role is now largely in management, I also have a clinical workload in clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging and first opinion medicine.
I qualified from the University of Cambridge and then worked in first opinion small animal practice. Following an internship at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), I moved to the University of Glasgow to complete a residency in veterinary neurology. I worked for several years at a leading multidisciplinary veterinary center near London before joining Dovecote. I have a Master’s degree on steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis in dogs and have a particular interest in management of movement disorders, inflammatory brain and spinal disease and feline neurology.
I gained the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery in 2008 and was listed as RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery at its inception in 2015. I have been working in dedicated orthopaedic practice since 2010 during which time I have gained extensive experience in this field. I am fascinated by all aspects of orthopaedics but have particular interests in fracture repair, arthroscopy, rehabilitation and regenerative medicine.
I qualified from the University of Porto in 2011. Having become passionate about neurology whilst an undergraduate I then undertook a number of internships as well as working in first opinion practice, and in 2016 I started my residency in neurology at Dovecote. I am interested in all aspects of this incredible area of knowledge, being particularly keen on neurosurgery.
I am an RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology with over 20 years’ experience in small animal neurology referral practice. I am a clinical Associate Professor in Veterinary Neurology within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham.
I split my time between teaching at all levels of the Undergraduate Curriculum at the Sutton Bonington Campus and seeing referral neurology cases at Dovecote Veterinary Hospital which is one of the University Clinical Associate Practices that hosts final year students. I am interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology including advanced imaging and neurosurgical procedures and am currently pursuing trials on lumbosacral foraminal stenosis.
I qualified from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2007. Even when I was still at university, my main interest was surgery. I spent six years working in first opinion and referral practice, moving to the UK in 2014 to improve my knowledge and skills in surgery. I spent a year as an intern in a referral practice in Cheshire, then I worked in a first opinion practice where I could gain experience in surgery. In January 2016 I moved to Dovecote; I work mainly in first opinion but I also help the referral team, especially with surgical cases.
I qualified from Nottingham Vet School in 2011. I spent some time at Dovecote seeing practice as a student so it’s fantastic to come back some years later to work here. I enjoy meeting clients and getting to know their pets. I am interested in all aspects of first opinion work and I love the variety. I am very keen on building up trust among the pets that come to see us so that they can feel comfortable every time they visit.
I own Buster the Staffie, he is three years old and was a rescue.
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1984, following which I worked in small animal general practice, and was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 2000. Having developed a dermatology referral service in the Thames Valley, I moved to the East Midlands, where I have provided a dermatology service at the Dovecote Veterinary Hospital since 2004.
I am an Assistant Professor in Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, where I teach dermatology and deliver CPD courses to veterinary practitioners. I am also an active member of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group, for which I have served as Treasurer and President.
I qualified in 1996 from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort) and have worked in a number of small animal practices in the UK since then. In April 2004 I started a 3 year residency in clinical oncology at Veterinary Referrals Cancer and Critical care (VRCC), completing my residency in 2007. Thereafter I was awarded a Master of Science degree in clinical oncology by the Institute of Cancer Research at Birmingham University, having presented a thesis on radiation therapy for soft tissue sarcomas.
In June 2007 I moved to a veterinary specialist in Herefordshire as staff oncologist. After taking sabbatical for study, I obtained my European Diploma in Oncology in 2015 and joined Dovecote shortly after.
I am a high achieving internationally recognised specialist in soft tissue surgery with broad experience of working in veterinary academia and private referral veterinary practice. Throughout my career I have maintained a strong and consistent publication record and forged a number of successful collaborations with academia and industry. My clinical and educational activities have had a positive impact on advancing small animal veterinary surgery and I have developed a number of novel surgical procedures for the management of respiratory, cardiovascular and urogenital tract diseases in the dog and cat. In 2002, I was awarded the BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary surgery.
I am an RCVS recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology with over 25 years of experience in referral dermatology. My main areas of interest are allergy and ear disease. I am passionate that these are treated early and effectively to prevent the chronic problems which can devastate a dog’s or cat’s happy life. In addition, I provide new graduate and undergraduate training in these subjects and work with Guide Dogs at a national level.
I qualified as a human physiotherapist back in 1996 and have worked in numerous hospitals around the country predominantly working with neurological patients. In 2015 my love of dogs led me to retrain to be a veterinary physiotherapist attending Hartpury College for two years. I joined Dovecote practice in November 2017 and work with in and out patients aiming to decrease pain and discomfort and restore strength, mobility and function.
When not at Dovecote I continue to treat people two days a week, enjoy walking my spirited Border Terrier Alfie and singing in an multi-award winning choir.
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