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      We offer a multi-disciplinary referral service to veterinary surgeons across the UK. We accept emergency referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

      In order to book an appointment with us, you need to request a referral to us from your pet’s usual veterinary practice.

      Telephone: 0117 394 0513

      Location: Langford House, Langford
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      Outstanding veterinary care for horses and ponies in the heart of Somerset

      Stables Equine Practice are experienced in dealing with horses and ponies involved in all  competitive disciplines - from breeding, to pleasure horses and companions.

      Telephone: 01749 830 666 / emergency pager 07623 984669

      Location: Conkerfield. Pennybatch Lane, Wookey, Nr. Wells, BA5 1NH
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      Your local vets for all your pets.

      We aim to provide the best possible care for your animals to ensure they are kept fit and healthy throughout their lives. Our practice offers a caring, family feel to ensure that you and your pet receive a personal and friendly service.

      Telephone: 01934 852 422

      Location: Langford House, Langford, BS40 5DU
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      Langford Vets Farm Animal Practice have extensive experience in all aspects of the farming sector and smallholder work including dairy, beef, sheep, goats, camelids, pigs and poultry.

      Telephone: 01934 852 650

      Location: Langford House, Langford, BS40 5DU
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      We are a dynamic, customer focused business providing an extensive, high-quality range of laboratory tests across many species.

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      Langford Vets are passionate about promoting career-long learning for veterinary professionals with advanced training and career development opportunities provided through our Langford Academy.

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  • Hattie Lawrence

    Chief Executive Officer / Board Director

    Hattie Lawrence

    Chief Executive Officer / Board Director

    BVSc MRCVS

    Langford Vets are very pleased to announce that Hattie Lawrence has joined us as CEO. This marks a significant milestone for Langford Vets and reinforces its commitment to providing an extensive range of specialist capabilities and superior quality of animal care and a world class teaching environment to undergraduate and post graduate students of the University of Bristol.

    Hattie, a Bristol Vet School graduate, is returning to her roots, with more than two decades of experience in the veterinary industry including 20 years of clinical practice, followed most recently by Equine Director for CVS. Her track record in delivering growth, fostering innovation, and effecting positive change across multi-site operations, establishes her as the ideal fit to lead Langford Vets.

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  • Nadine Costley-White

    Finance Director/Company Secretary

    Nadine Costley-White

    Finance Director/Company Secretary

  • Vicki Black

    Hospital Director/Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

    Vicki Black

    Hospital Director/Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

    MA VetMB ECVIM-CA MRCVS FHEA

    Hospital Director

    RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

    Vicki graduated from Cambridge University in 2009, she initially spent 2 ½ years in small animal practice, followed by an internship in a private referral hospital. She completed her residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Bristol in 2016 and became a European Specialist.

    Since this time Vicki has been working as a clinician and has developed a special interest in acute medicine, pyrexia of unknown origin and immune mediated disorders and has published scientific research in these areas.

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  • Lisa Dewhirst

    HR Director

    Lisa Dewhirst

    HR Director

    Lisa joined Langford Vets in March 2022 and heads up the HR Function. Lisa is an experienced HR professional with twenty years of generalist experience. She is driven and curious to find best practice solutions to problems whilst continually assessing risk, and offering a professional, personable and proactive approach. She has worked in a variety of HR leadership roles for; Milk Link, Yankee Candle and Pieminister. Outside of work she enjoys, travelling and spending time with her family.

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  • Phaedra Thomson

    Executive Assistant

    Phaedra Thomson

    Executive Assistant

  • Dr Kevin Parsons

    Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

    Dr Kevin Parsons

    Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

    BVSc (Hons) PhD DipECVS FHEA FRCVS

    Clinical Area Lead - Surgery, Senior Clinician in Orthopaedic Surgery

    EBVS® European specialist in small Animal Surgery
    RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

    Kevin graduated from the University of Bristol in 2000. He then worked in small animal and mixed practice in Devon and Cornwall for three years. He then undertook a small animal internship, PhD (in the field of locomotor biomechanics) and a three-year residency in small animal surgery at the Royal Veterinary College, London. Kevin attained his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2009 and his European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2011. Kevin moved back to Bristol in 2010, initially as a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery and more recently working for Langford Veterinary Services as an orthopaedic clinician within the University of Bristol’s small animal teaching hospital.

    His clinical interests include all aspects of veterinary orthopaedics however he particularly enjoys the management of complex fractures, stifle surgery and total joint replacements. More recently he has developed an interest in using regenerative therapies in the treatment of chronic lameness. He has authored and co-authored scientific papers on a variety of subjects relating to small animal surgery and regularly speaks at national and international CPD events.

    In September 2019 Kevin became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for his outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession.

    https://www.bristol.ac.uk/people/person/Kevin-Parsons-9bad904a-1d9b-4b78-9425-394c0ba90ed8/
  • Helen Wilson

    Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

    Helen Wilson

    Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

    BVSc(Hons) MVetMed PGCertVetEd DipACVECC DipECVECC FHEA MRCVS

    Medical Services Area Lead and Clinical Lead in Emergency and Critical Care

    American, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

    Helen graduated from Bristol University’s Veterinary School in 2007 and has always been keenly interested in Emergency and Critical Care. After working as a small animal vet in general practice, she undertook an internship and residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College in London and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. She is also a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and a Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Helen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has an interest in veterinary education, specifically the teaching of Emergency and Critical Care.

    As the Clinical Lead for Emergency and Critical Care at Langford Vets, Helen is proud to be leading the service that first inspired her to follow a career in Critical Care. Our Intensive Care Unit has state-of-the-art facilities and all critically ill patients in the hospital are managed in our ICU. Helen enjoys working alongside our team of experienced ICU nurses and collaborating with the other speciality services in the hospital, to provide the highest level of care for our critically ill patients. In 2023 Helen became Medical Services Area Lead.

    Helen is particularly interested in coagulation disorders, toxicology, sepsis, dermatologic emergencies, mechanical ventilation, respiratory physiology and physiological derangements in critical illness.

    Helen is actively involved in the running of both the European and American Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is passionate about teaching emergency medicine to both veterinary students and qualified vets at different stages of their careers.

    Publication List
    Clinical Conundrum: A sick puppy with skin lesions.

    Hammond, E and Wilson HE

    Companion (2021), May 4-7

    doi:10.22233/20412495.0521.4

     

    Ventilating the furry ICU patient.

    Wilson HE

    Physiology News (2021) 121, 10-13

    https://doi.org/10.36866/pn.121.10

     

    Suspected phenobarbital-induced pancytopenia in a cat

    Lyraki M and Wilson HE

    Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports (2020) 6(1), 1-4

    https://doi.org/10.1177/2055116920916945

     

    Bilateral bronchial stent deployment for palliative treatment of a compressive intrathoracic mass.

    Borgeat K, Simpson K, Reese D, Wilson H, Potter J, Ogen D

    Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports (2018) 4(1), 1-6

    https://doi.org/10.1177/2055116917753816

     

    How to utilize blood gas analysis in practice.

    Wilson HE

    Companion (2014) (10), 16-23 doi: https://doi.org/10.22233/20412495.1014.16

     

    In vitro study of the effects of dog food on the adsorptive capacity of activated charcoal.

    Wilson HE and Humm KR.

    Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (2013) 23(3), 263-267

    doi:10.1111/vec.12037

     

    Ehrlichia canis infection in a dog with no history of travel outside the United Kingdom.

    HE Wilson et al.

    Journal of Small Animal Practice (2013) 54, 425-427

    doi:10.1111/jsap.12088

     

    Surgical treatment of an intracranial epidermoid cyst in a dog.

    De Decker S, Davies E, Benigni L, Wilson H, Pelligand L, Rayner EL, Shihab N, Volk HA. Veterinary Surgery (2012) 41(6), 766-771

    doi:10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01010.x

     

    Signs of left heart volume overload in severely anaemic cats.

    HE Wilson et al.

    Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2010) 12, 904-909

    doi:10.1016/j.jfms.2010.06.010

  • Paul Macfarlane

    Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

    Paul Macfarlane

    Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

    BVSc CertVA DipECVAA FRCVS

    Clinical Area Lead for Ancillary Services, Senior Clinician in Anaesthesia

    European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

    After qualifying from Bristol in 2000 Paul worked in mixed, large and small animal practice until 2007 when he started a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Liverpool.

    He gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2007 and the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2010. He enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Anaesthesia, even those that happen very early in the morning.
    His current research interests include the impact of CPAP on horses respiratory and cardiovascular systems, minimizing heat loss in small animal surgery and Clinical Audit in Veterinary Anaesthesia.
    Away from work he enjoys reading, getting lost in peat bogs, and, the occasional game with the Clifton Chess Club. He has a very small cat of indeterminate age.

    In 2020 Paul was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

  • James Allsop

    Clinical Lead - Langford Vet Practice

    James Allsop

    Clinical Lead - Langford Vet Practice

    BVSc MRCVS GPCert(FelP)

    James graduated from Liverpool and started his career in Newport South Wales where he worked for several years, eventually becoming a director of the practice in 2007. In 2011 he decided to take a position with the Langford Vet Practice, where he hopes to be able to pass on to the students some of the skills that he has developed.

    Since 2011 James has been appointed Clinical Lead, a role in which he is responsible for the clinical performance and standards of the practice team. During that period he has worked with the practice manager and head nurse to improve the practice's focus on client and patient care and to maintain consistently high standards whilst continuing to provide education to the students training within the practice.

    James has always had an interest in cats and completed the ESVPS Feline Practice Certificate in 2005 where he learnt a lot about the different illnesses that cats get and how best to look after them.

  • Shelley Monks

    Langford Vet Practice Manager

    Shelley Monks

    Langford Vet Practice Manager

    BSc

    Shelley has been Practice Manager at the Langford Small Animal Practice for over 11 years, having worked in veterinary practice for 15 years as a veterinary nurse

  • Clare Thursby

    Area Lead Langford Vet Practice

    Clare Thursby

    Area Lead Langford Vet Practice

    BVSc MRCVS

    Clare qualified from Bristol in 1998, shen then worked in mixed practice for 3.5 years before moving to the RVC's Beaumont Sainsbury's Animal Hospital. Here worked as a general practitioner and taught London's final year veterinary students for 10 years.

    She then relocated to the South West and coordinated our busy CPD programme. Clare now works as a Veterinary Surgeon in our Small Animal Practice.

  • Dr Pip Lait

    Director of Laboratories

    Dr Pip Lait

    Director of Laboratories

    BSc(Hons) PhD

    After graduating from Cardiff University with a first class degree in Genetics in 2001, I spent 3 years working alongside Dr Chris Helps investigating feline upper respiratory tract infections in the early years of the Molecular Diagnostic Unit. The strong foundation in molecular biology gained during this time led me to complete a PhD in Molecular Immunology in 2009 at Bristol Vet School.

    In 2010 I was invited to go to Uganda for 3 months to work in the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS to help setup qPCR tests in their molecular biology facility. On my return I moved to the Medical School in Bristol as a post-doctoral Research Assistant in Ophthalmology, being promoted to Senior Research Associate in 2015. In this role I gained opportunities to work on a variety of projects, bringing my molecular biology expertise to the research group and continuing to expand my skills with advancements in technology.

    I moved to the Molecular Diagnostic Unit in April 2018 to begin my present role supporting the research and development of new diagnostic assays to detect infectious and genetic diseases of companion animals; returning to work alongside Dr Chris Helps in the Molecular Diagnostic Unit. I became Head of the Molecular Diagnostic Unit in 2020.

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