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Sergio is our first resident to become a Specialist

27th August 2021

We all love having Sergio as part of the team but this month has brought strong reason to celebrate as he got to have his Olympian moment, gaining the highest qualification in veterinary neurology – becoming an EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.

Sergio joined Dovecote in 2017, embarking upon the first residency to be introduced into CVS Group plc. He worked within the hospital and was integral to developing the team and service. After the three year course he worked hard within the hospital whilst revising and undertook the gruelling Diploma exams in June 2021.

For Sergio, this lifetime achievement is a goal he has been pursuing for many years. He says:

“I became aware that Neurology was a thing as a second-year veterinary student back in Portugal. My little dog called Poti suffered the most severe form of disc disease, progressive myelomalacia and a seed was planted. It has been a long road towards becoming a specialist, a journey that took me to so many different places and even countries. From the endless nights of my several internships, passing through the hilarious banter in first opinion practices throughout the UK (locum life!), to finally find a welcoming home at Dovecote in little but charming Castle Donington!

I cannot thank enough my family and friends which supported me along the way. I also would not have accomplished this without the support and guidance of both my supervisors, which gave me the chance of finally realising my professional dream. I am truly happy for having accomplished this alongside the wonderful people working with me at Dovecote and look forward to what the future brings!”

Mark Lowrie, Clinical Director at Dovecote and Sergio’s residency supervisor, said

“There is something special about working alongside a vet that strives to become the best they can in a given field. Sergio is an inspiration to all around him and he really shows the career progression that is open to all vets that consider work in referral practice. I have learnt lots from him and fully expect him to take larger steps in the profession and help nurture the vets of tomorrow. We are all lucky to work with him and are looking forward to the years ahead”.

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  • Think ‘The Supervet’ and that’s the level of care and professionalism. Highly recommend

  • Everyone has always been so kind and Charlie absolutely loves his visits. The receptionists are particularly wonderful and are always on hand with a box of tissues for the numerous tears we’ve shed.

  • The Supervets of the north!

  • Receptionists, physio, nurses and vets were all fantastic, every single member of staff is worth their weight in gold.

  • I just wanted to say how amazing Kimberly was today with me and my dog Rolo. She could see how upset I was, made me feel at ease and reassured me that Rolo would be okay. Her level of professionalism and kind nature helped me get through a difficult day

  • Really good consultation with neurologist Sergio today with CT and MRI scan. Very well organised with helpful, professional staff.

  • I had a very positive experience at Dovecote. I met the vet that day that was going to perform my dog’s surgery and I was immediately put at ease by his professional, friendly and caring consultation. All the staff I came in contact with were lovely, from the welcoming reception staff to the nurses I kept ringing through the evening! My dog is now back to her normal naughty self, I can’t thank them enough.

  • I work as a registered vet nurse and had to come to Dovecote with my dog Alfie. I was squeezed in and was seen promptly by Sergio right after a long operation. He was so kind to Alfie and explained everything to my mom (who is not vet trained) and did Alfie’s MRI there and then even though it was going to make it a late finish. Unfortunately we had to make the call to put my lovely boy to sleep and Sergio and the nurses were really kind and helpful. I received your lovely card today and want to thank you all for your help and seeing him so quickly. I will be forever grateful.

  • Lovely, caring staff, who go the extra mile. Wouldn’t go anywhere else.

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