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Meet the Small Animal Referral Hospital Team

We have the largest team of Veterinary Specialists in the South West. We are proud members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme and hold gold cat friendly clinic and dog friendly clinic status.

Visit our service pages to see our teams for each area.

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.

Clinical Research

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.

Lucie Pike

Small Animal Hospital Operations Manager

Lucie Pike

Small Animal Hospital Operations Manager

Lucie joined the small animal hospital in 2012, having previously worked in first opinion practice as a branch manager. Lucie initially was our Customer Care Team Leader in our Small Animal Hospital before moving into her new role as Front of House Manager and Operational Support. Lucie is passionate about customer service and delivering an excellent client journey, and being the go to person for any query. In January 2022 Lucie takes on the role of Operations Manager.

Dr Natalie Finch

Specialist in Feline Medicine

Dr Natalie Finch

Specialist in Feline Medicine

BVSc PhD DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Medicine, Head of Renal Medicine, Clinical Research Lead

European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Natalie graduated from the University of Liverpool, completed her PhD at the Royal Veterinary College researching chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats and undertook her specialist clinical training at Bristol Veterinary School. Natalie is a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Feline Medicine. Natalie has an international reputation in the field of veterinary nephrology and has been awarded the International Renal Interest Society award in recognition of her contribution to advancement of this field. Natalie is also one of only a few vets to be awarded a prestigious Wellcome trust Fellowship. Natalie’s clinical research interests include renal filtration function, CKD, the endothelial glycocalyx and diabetic nephropathy.

Jenny Reeve

Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Jenny Reeve

Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS FHEA

Medicine Lead

RCVS Recognised and EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Jenny graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School in 2008. After spending three very enjoyable years in a busy first opinion small animal practice, she returned to academia in 2011 to undertake first a rotating internship, followed by a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She became a European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2016, and shortly thereafter also achieved Recognised Specialist status with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Jenny returned to Bristol Veterinary School in 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine, a role which encompassed clinical work within Langford Vets alongside academic leadership and undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary teaching. Jenny remains fascinated in all areas of Internal Medicine, which was the driving force behind a decision to focus exclusively on clinical work with Langford Vets, in Spring 2022.

Prof. Sorrel Langley-Hobbs

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Prof. Sorrel Langley-Hobbs

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

MA BVetMed DSAS(Ortho) DipECVS FHEA FRCVS

Chair in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

Sorrel graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. She then spent three years in private practice where she gained her Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics. She then returned to the RVC where she undertook a three-year residency in Small Animal Orthopaedics.

She gained her RCVS diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1997 and then spent six months as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to take up a post as University Surgeon at Cambridge University Veterinary School. She gained her ECVS diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 1999 and became a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. She was appointed Chair in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery in 2013 at the University of Bristol.

She is interested in all aspects of small animal orthopaedic surgery with particular interests in fracture repair, cruciate disease and hip replacement. She also has a particular interest in feline orthopaedics and she has published widely in this field and is frequently invited to lecture on feline orthopaedics both in this country and abroad. She has co-edited a textbook on Feline Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Disease and a partner textbook on Feline Soft Tissue & General Surgery.

Sorrel is heavily involved in undergraduate and post graduate veterinary surgery teaching. Clinical research interests include feline patella fractures and feline cruciate disease. In September 2019 Sorrel became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for her outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession.

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/people/person/Sorrel-Langley-Hobbs-8b93fd74-158b-4332-9111-4efc320dcaff/

Dr Rosie Payne

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Dr Rosie Payne

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

BVetMed MVetMed PhD MRCVS DipACVIM (Cardiology)

Lead Cardiologist

American Diplomate and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology.

After working in first opinion practice, Rosie undertook a PhD in feline cardiomyopathy and then completed residency training and a Masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She has published a large number of scientific papers which have influenced how cardiologists all over the world assess cats with heart disease. She has spoken at national and international cardiology conferences, as well as giving CPD to vets in the UK.

Gwen Covey-Crump

Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Gwen Covey-Crump

Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

BVetMed CertVA Dipl. ECVAA MRCVS CertVetAc(IVAS)

Senior Clinician in Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Clinical Lead Rehabilitation and Pain Management Service

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia
EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

After graduating in 2001 Gwen spent three years in small animal practice before commencing a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Bristol in 2004.

After completion she spent a year in clinical anaesthesia practice at the Queen's Veterinary Hospital, University of Cambridge, returning to Bristol as the team lead Clinical Anaesthetist for the newly formed Langford Veterinary Services (University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences teaching hospital) in 2009. She obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2012.
As the lead clinical Specialist of the Small Animal Rehabilitation and Pain Management Service at Langford Vets, Gwen now focuses her energies working alongside physiotherapists and collaborating with specialist colleagues in surgery, neurology and medicine. She has a particular interest in established and emerging non-pharmacological therapies for pain.

Other interests include comparative medicine, patient safety and clinical effectiveness. Gwen sits on council for the Comparative Medicine Network of the Royal Society of Medicine.

 

Angie Hibbert

Specialist in Feline Medicine

Angie Hibbert

Specialist in Feline Medicine

BVSc CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Lead Feline Medicine Clinician

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine

Angie qualified from the University of Bristol in 2000. She spent 4½ years in a small animal practice, before returning to Langford to undertake an International Cat Care residency in feline medicine. She achieved the European Diploma in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2008 and became a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine in 2010, one of only 12 in the entire UK. Angie enjoys all aspects of feline internal medicine and small animal emergency care. She runs the radioiodine service and is passionate about feline geriatric care. Angie has published in this area and spoken extensively at British and European veterinary meetings, with particular focus on feline hyperthyroidism. Angie also teaches veterinary nurses, veterinary students and medicine residents in clinics, incorporating cat friendly working practices into all our clinical work.

Clinical Research

Dr Emi Barker

Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Dr Emi Barker

Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

BSc (hons) BVSc (hons) PhD DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Internal Medicine Clinician & Infectious Disease Lead

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Emi graduated from the University of Bristol with a Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Science with honours in 2003. As an undergraduate she intercalated in Veterinary Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in 2000-2001, with a research project on canine respiratory mycoplasmas. Shortly after graduating Emi became an Intern in Small Animal Veterinary Studies at Glasgow University School of Veterinary Sciences. She then worked as a first opinion small animal vet first in Suffolk, Somerset and Wiltshire.

She was awarded a PhD from University of Bristol in June 2011 for research into haemotropic mycoplasmas, an infectious cause of anaemia in animals (including humans). Following a Senior Clinical Training Scholarship at Bristol Vet School she gained European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine status in 2016. She is currently a referral clinician in Small Animal Medicine with clinical and research interests in infectious disease, particularly feline infectious peritonitis and haemoplasmosis.

Clinical Research

Dr Sagi Denenberg

Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

Dr Sagi Denenberg

Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

DVM DACVB Dip.ECAWBM MACVSc (Behaviour) MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Behaviour

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists,
Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (Behaviour),
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

Sagi provides behaviour consults for owners with their pets including dogs, cats, horses, parrots and other exotic mammals.

Sagi graduated with Excellence in Academic Achievement from the Kosice Veterinary College in Slovakia. He relocated from Israel to Canada in 2003 and passed the North American veterinary licensing examination.

Sagi has done a number of behavioural studies including the effects of pheromones on learning and socialisation in puppies and a study of play toy preference in cats for which he was awarded the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Excellence in Research Award. He also authored articles and book chapters. Sagi is a consultant on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) providing other veterinarians with advice. In addition to clinical duties, Sagi teaches students and is a frequent speaker in veterinary conferences in Europe and North America.

Alison Major

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Alison Major

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

MA VetMB DiplECVDI MRCV

Clinical Lead in Diagnostic Imaging

RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Alison qualified from Cambridge in 2008 and following two and a half years in general practice moved to complete an internship at Dick White Referrals in Suffolk, followed by a diagnostic imaging residency at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. Alison completed her Diploma in 2015 and in April of 2016 moved to Langford Small Animal Referral Hospital. Her main interests are the use of imaging in diagnosis of multi-systemic infectious disease, and in neuroimaging, particularly intracranial inflammatory and cerebrovascular disease.

Alison has served on the Board for the European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging – British and Irish Division, and is currently a unit lead for the internship program at Langford.

Clinical Research

Peter Coss

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Peter Coss

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Senior Clinician in Diagnostic Imaging

Angela Fadda

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Angela Fadda

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

DVM Dr.Med.Vet Dip ECVN PhD MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Neurology

European & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Tom Harcourt-Brown

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Tom Harcourt-Brown

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVN CertVDI FRCVS

Senior Clinician in Neurology

Tom has been at Langford Vets since 2010, initially running the neurology referral department on his own but now part of a growing team of senior neurologists, residents in training and one full time neurology nurse catering to one of the busiest referral departments in the UK.
He is primarily responsible for seeing and supervising cases referred to the hospital but also spends time teaching the residents and final year students on rotation, as well as being one of the examiners for the European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology.
Tom has a keen interest in clinical research, particularly into diseases commonly seen at Langford Vets, including non-infectious meningitis and encephalitis, as well as spinal cord injury and neuromuscular disorders.

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

Dr Melanie Hezzell

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Dr Melanie Hezzell

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

MA, VetMB, PhD, FHEA, CertVDI, CertVC, MRCVS, DipACVIM (Cardiology)

Associate Professor in Veterinary Cardiology

Following graduation from the University of Cambridge in 1997, Melanie worked in mixed and small animal general practice in the UK, Australia and New Zealand for ten years. During this time, she undertook the RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and Veterinary Cardiology.

Melanie then completed a small animal rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and was awarded a PhD by the same institution in 2012 for her research into mitral valve disease in dogs.

Melanie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2016, following a four year Residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests centre on the use of biomarkers in clinical practice and the investigation of cardiac remodelling in response to heart disease. Melanie joined Langford Vets in September 2016.

Clinical Research

Tom Hernon

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

Tom Hernon

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

BVSc MSc Cert AVP(GSAS) DipECVS MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

ECVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Tom graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014. He worked for the PDSA for two years and completed rotating internships at Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Cheshire and the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge. Tom joined the surgery team at Langford Vets in 2018 as a surgical assistant and went on to complete an ECVS residency in Small Animal Surgery. He was awarded a European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2023. He is now one of the senior surgeons in small animal soft tissue surgery. His particular interests are minimally invasive surgery, urogenital surgery and wound management and reconstruction.

Ed Friend

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

Ed Friend

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

BVet Med Cert SAS DipECVS FRCVS

Senior Clinician in Soft Tissue Surgery

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

Ed graduated in 1996 from the RVC and after a year in practice, undertook an internship at the RVC followed by a surgery residency at the University of Liverpool (one year) and University of Cambridge (three years). He remained at Cambridge initially after his residency and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003. He has worked in university and private referral practice ever since, taking referrals in soft tissue surgery.

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

Sara Gould

Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Sara Gould

Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

BVetMed DSAM FRCVS

Senior Clinician in Oncology

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Sara graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1993 and spent three years in mixed practice in Suffolk and Worcestershire. She undertook an internal medicine residency at Cambridge Vet School obtaining the Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2001. Following her residency Sara remained at Cambridge as the Bunning Fellow in Small Animal Oncology for three years.

After nearly 10 years in private referral practice Sara joined us in January 2017, to run the Oncology Service at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital. Her interests include metronomic chemotherapy and the treatment of lymphoma.

In her spare time Sara enjoys swimming and watching her children play a variety of sports.

In 2021 Sara became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

Bethan Jones

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Bethan Jones

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

BScVetSci MSc BVetMed PGDip DipECVN MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

Bethan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2015 and after graduation spent 2 years working at a busy veterinary hospital in South Wales. In 2017, Bethan completed a rotating small animal internship at Langford Vets and obtained her post-graduate diploma.

Bethan completed her residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery with Langford Vets in 2021 and has since re-joined Langford Vets after gaining EBVS specialist status in 2023 as a senior clinician in Neurology.

Bethan’s interests include all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery with a particular interest in inflammatory and infectious neurological diseases.

Latifa Khenissi

Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Latifa Khenissi

Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

DVM MRCVS Dipl ECVAA

Senior Veterinary Anaesthetist

Latifa graduated from ENVA (Nationals Vet School of Alfort, in France near Paris) in 2012, with a specialisation in equine . She then completed a rotating internship and a clinical master in Clinique of Equide at the University of Liege. She then finished her postgraduate study with a European Residency in Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the University of Bristol, passing the European board in 2018. Prior to her vet school study, she completed a Diploma in Animal Production specialising in Equidae production.

She enjoys all aspects of anaesthesia and analgesia especially ICU cases and is quite comfortable with large animal and equine anaesthesia. She recently develop a special interest for analgesia and pain management in those species.

Julia Deutsch

Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Julia Deutsch

Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Senior Clinician in Anaesthesia

Julia graduated from the Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria and after a brief encounter with ophthalmology, she moved to the UK where she performed a Small Animal general internship at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. After a few months in general practice, she began specialising in anaesthesia. She undertook an ECVAA residency at the Animal Health Trust and worked there for over six years before moving to Langford Vets in 2017. She holds the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Julia is interested in all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia but in particular she enjoys anaesthesia of patients with more complex disease processes.

Sophie Martin

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Sophie Martin

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

BVSc PGDip VCP MSc DipECVN MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Sophie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015. She initially spent 2 years working in first opinion practice before undertaking a rotating internship at a university hospital in London. Sophie completed her residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Bristol in 2021 and subsequently became a European specialist.

Dr Lee Meakin

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

Dr Lee Meakin

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

MA MRes PhD VetMB DipECVS MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Lee qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2007 and, after working in a charity hospital, he completed internships at Northwest Surgeons in Cheshire and the Royal Veterinary College, London. He was awarded a masters by research degree, followed by a PhD from Bristol University investigating the effect of ageing on bone mechanobiology, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Lee completed specialist training at Bristol University and was awarded a European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2017.

Lee is Clinical Lead in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery at Langford Vets and is interested in all aspects of soft tissue surgery.

Clinical Research

Christina Maunder

Specialist in Feline Medicine

Christina Maunder

Specialist in Feline Medicine

BVM&S CertSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS

Clinician in Internal Medicine

European Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine, and RCVS Feline Specialist

Christina graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, University of Edinburgh in 1995. She worked in mixed and small animal practice before undertaking a three year residency in small animal medicine and intensive care at the University of Bristol in 2009. Christina obtained the European Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2012 and since then has been employed at Bristol as a Small Animal Medicine Clinician. Despite enjoying all aspects of internal medicine she gradually spent more time working in the Feline Centre and was recognised as an RCVS Feline Specialist in 2017.

Christina’s research interests are feline intestinal disease and she is currently working on research into feline gastric lymphoma with colleagues at the Feline Centre. The University of Bristol has a research group looking at antibiotic use and the concerns over developing drug resistance (AMR Force). As part of this research group, Christina is supervising a postgraduate Master’s student investigating bacterial cystitis in cats and the use of antibiotics.

Christina is also passionate about teaching veterinary students and nurses about feline medicine and trying to educate future professionals in ways to be more cat-friendly and help them understand cats better.

In 2023 Christina became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

Alex Belch

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Alex Belch

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

BVMS MSc CertAVP(GSAS) DipECVS MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Orthopaedic Surgery

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

Alex graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2006. After completing a MSc he spent 3 years at a busy PDSA hospital in East London, before completing a surgical internship at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey. He returned to Glasgow University to complete a rotating internship in 2012. Alex became a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery 2018 following a three-year residency at Dick White Referrals in Cambridgeshire.

Since joining Langford Vets in 2018 he has become certified to perform total hip replacements, which is his main area of interest. Alex became Secretary of the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA) for a three-year term in 2022. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling around the South-West countryside and running.

Nicolas Barthelemy

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Nicolas Barthelemy

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

DMV Dip ECVS MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Orthopaedic Surgery

EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

Nicolas graduated from the University of Liege, Belgium in 2007. He then undertook two years of rotational internship in small animal practice at the veterinary school of Nantes, France and at the University of Liege, Belgium. In 2011, He completed a 1-year surgical internship at Michigan State University, USA. He came back to Europe the next year to work as a research associate at the laboratory for veterinary orthopaedic research at the University of Liege, Belgium. He worked mainly on mechanical testing of surgical techniques for cranial cruciate ligament disease. In 2012, he has been enrolled in a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Liege and he passed his final exam in 2016 to become a specialist in small animal surgery. He joined Langford Vets in October 2016

His clinical interests include all aspects of veterinary orthopaedics however he particularly enjoys the management of complex fractures, arthroscopy, stifle surgery and joint replacement.

Research and publications

Alexandros Bourbos

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Alexandros Bourbos

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Senior Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

Alex graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He moved to the UK and worked for a short period in general practice prior to completing a rotating internship in a referral hospital. Alex worked in a emergency clinic for the next two years after which he completed a surgical internship in a referral hospital in East Anglia. Alex moved in Italy to complete his surgical residency in a busy private referral hospital under the supervision of Dr Aldo Vezzoni.

Alex is interested in all aspects of Small Animal Surgery.

Claudia Gil-Morales

Specialist in Feline Medicine

Claudia Gil-Morales

Specialist in Feline Medicine

DVM MSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Clinician in Acute/Chronic Medicine

Claudia graduated in 2013 from the Complutense University in Madrid. After an internship in Madrid and some time in small animal practice in the UK, she completed a rotating internship at Glasgow University. Shortly after this, she joined us at Langford Vets to complete her residency in Small Internal Medicine (Feline). Claudia decided to stay at Langford Vets as Staff Clinician and obtained the European Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2021.

Claudia has a keen interest in Feline Medicine, especially endocrinology, haematology and gastroenterology.

Richard Lawn

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Richard Lawn

Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

BVSc CertAVP(SAM) DipECVN MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

Richard qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2014. Following graduation, he spent four years in a busy small animal hospital in South Wales where he completed the RCVS post graduate certificate in small animal medicine. In July 2018 Richard undertook a 1-year rotating internship at Langford Vets Referrals, and returned to join the Neurology team in July 2020 as a Resident in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Sarah Long

Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Sarah Long

Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

BVSc CertAVP(VD) PgCertVPS MVetMed DipECVD MRCVS

EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Sarah graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 and started her residency at the Royal Veterinary College in 2018. She gained the European diploma in veterinary dermatology and obtained EBVS specialist status in 2022. She joined the team in 2021 and splits her time between clinical work and her role as lecturer at the Bristol Vet School. 

Dr Kate J Bradley

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Dr Kate J Bradley

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

MA VetMB PhD DVR DipECVDI MRCVS

Clinical Fellow in Diagnostic Imaging

European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Kate graduated from Cambridge in 1993. After a period in mixed general practice, she was awarded a Clinical Research Training Scholarship at the University of Bristol, funded by the Wellcome Trust. She obtained a PhD in 1998 and both the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Radiology and the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2000.

Following a period of self employment, offering a mobile referral ultrasound/radiology service in the South of England, she started her current post at the University in 2002. Kate works part time, balancing her interests in Diagnostic Imaging alongside the many demands of being a mother.

Clinical Research

Emilie Paran

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Emilie Paran

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

DVM DipECVDI MRCVS

Senior Clinician in Diagnostic Imaging

Emilie graduated from Lyon in 2015 (France). The following two years, she undertook a rotating internship and then a diagnostic imaging internship at Toulouse Vet School (France) alongside out-of-hour shifts in a busy local practice. After practising as a sonographer in France, she moved to the UK in 2018. She started her residency in small animal diagnostic imaging at the University of Glasgow in 2019 and then transitioned to Langford Vets in 2021 to complete it. She passed her European Diploma in Diagnostic Imaging in 2023 and stayed at Langford Vets as a senior clinician in diagnostic imaging.

Mariette Pilot

Senior Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

Mariette Pilot

Senior Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

DVM MRCVS

Mariette graduated from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She worked as a companion animal veterinarian for four years in the Netherlands and New Zealand. After two internships in the United Kingdom, she joined Langford Vets in July 2019 as a surgery resident. She finished her residency in January 2023 and stayed at Langford Vets as a Staff Clinician in Small Animal Surgery.

Mariette likes all aspects of soft tissue surgery, however, has a particular interest in feline conditions and surgery.

Bruna Santangelo

Senior Veterinary Anaesthetist

Bruna Santangelo

Senior Veterinary Anaesthetist

Bruna graduated from the Veterinary University of Naples, Italy, in 2005 and spent the following years working as a Clinical Anaesthetist in the Small Animals' Hospital. She obtained a PhD in Small Animal Anaesthesia in 2009, and then a three year scholarship in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Naples, cooperating in the training of ungraduated and graduated students. In 2015 she moved to Vetagro-Sup, University of Lyon, France, to attend an ECVAA residency program. She joined Langford Vets as a Staff Clinician in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the end of the 2018.

Bruna is interested in many aspects of veterinary anaesthesia, especially loco regional anaesthetic techniques and equine anaesthesia.

Elizabeth Carthey

Diagnostic Radiographer

Elizabeth Carthey

Diagnostic Radiographer

Alistair Mather

Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

Alistair Mather

Clinician in Small Animal Surgery

BVSc MRCVS

Originally from New Zealand, Alastair graduated from Massey University in 2010 and spent the following 4 years in mixed practice in the South Island of New Zealand.  In 2014 he emigrated to the U.K., and after a few years of small animal general practice he decided to pursue surgical specialisation.  Prior to starting at Langford Vets, he undertook internships at both Anderson Abercromby Orthopaedic Referrals and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  

Paula Cooper

Radiographer

Paula Cooper

Radiographer

Kate Etchells

Radiographer

Kate Etchells

Radiographer

Issy Hill

Senior Veterinary Physiotherapist - Rehab Service Lead

Issy Hill

Senior Veterinary Physiotherapist - Rehab Service Lead

MSc ACPAT MCSP HCPC

Emily Ni Mhuilleoir

Senior Veterinary Physiotherapist

Emily Ni Mhuilleoir

Senior Veterinary Physiotherapist

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy MCSP ACPAT Cat A

Emily graduated from the University of the West of England in 2010 with a degree in Physiotherapy. She worked in musculoskeletal and care of the elderly settings for a few years before specialising in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Emily completed her MSc with the University of Liverpool in 2015 where she carried out a research project investigating biomechanical changes that occur during particular balance exercises in dogs. In 2014 she took up a position in Fitzpatrick Referrals where she was primarily involved in developing the inpatient rehabilitation service.

Emily has a particular interest in neurorehabilitation and pain management and is looking forward to developing the rehabilitation services here at Langford.

Leo Packham

Staff Clinician in Small Animal Medicine

Leo Packham

Staff Clinician in Small Animal Medicine

BVetMed PGDip(VCP) MRCV

Elena Lozano Onrubia

Resident in Neurology

Elena Lozano Onrubia

Resident in Neurology

Jack Amey

Resident in Veterinary Neurology

Jack Amey

Resident in Veterinary Neurology

Sam Boulton

Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Sam Boulton

Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Anna Briggs

Resident in Anaesthesia

Anna Briggs

Resident in Anaesthesia

Sophie Conway

Resident in Internal Medicine

Sophie Conway

Resident in Internal Medicine

BVetMed MRCVS

Clare Drury

Resident in Neurology

Clare Drury

Resident in Neurology

MVB MRCVS

Clare graduated from University College Dublin in 2016, and after spending five years in busy small animal general practice, decided to pursue her goal of specialising in neurology. She completed a rotating internship in the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, followed by a neurology internship in Eastcott Referrals, Swindon. Clare's interests include all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery with a particular interest in neuroimaging. 

Hannah Fisher

Resident in Anaesthesia

Hannah Fisher

Resident in Anaesthesia

Nick Gall

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Nick Gall

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BVetMed PGDip (VCP) FHEA MRCVS

Emma Gatehouse

Resident in Veterinary Behaviour

Emma Gatehouse

Resident in Veterinary Behaviour

Joshua Kennils

Resident in Internal Medicine

Joshua Kennils

Resident in Internal Medicine

BVSc MScR MRCVS

Caroline Kyle

Resident in Anaesthesia

Caroline Kyle

Resident in Anaesthesia

Daniel Lomas

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Daniel Lomas

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BVM BVS MRCVS

Inês Lopes Rei

Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Inês Lopes Rei

Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Ines graduated from University of Porto in Portugal in 2017. Soon after working as a general practitioner at a small animal practice in Worcestershire, she decided to chase up the opportunity to improving her knowledge by doing a rotative internship in a small animal referral hospital in the midlands. She then worked as a general practitioner in a large first opinion hospital in Derby before joining us here at Langford Vets. With the ambition to become a radiologist, she has started her a Diagnostic Imaging residency with us in 2022.

Esther Lopez Bailen

Resident in Internal Medicine

Esther Lopez Bailen

Resident in Internal Medicine

MRCVS

After graduating in 2015 from the University of Murcia in Spain, Esther moved to the UK and worked in a busy first opinion practice in Glasgow. She then completed a one-year rotating internship in a referral hospital in Essex, followed by an internal medicine internship in Dublin. Esther joined Langford Vets in January 2021 as a Junior clinician to pursue her interest in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

Aaron Lutchman

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Aaron Lutchman

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BVSc MRCVS

Aaron graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016. He worked in small animal first opinion practice in both North Wales and London. Following this he went on to complete both a rotating and surgical internships before undertaking the residency in small animal surgery at Langford Vets. Aaron is interested in all aspects of surgery.

Kate Whybrow

Resident in Neurology

Kate Whybrow

Resident in Neurology

Grace Edmunds

Resident in Small Animal Medicine

Grace Edmunds

Resident in Small Animal Medicine

BSc BVSc MRCVS PhD

Gareth Jones

Resident in Neurology

Gareth Jones

Resident in Neurology

BSc (Hons) BVetMed (Hons) PG-Dip (VCP) PhD AFHEA MRCVS

Gareth graduated from the RVC in 2017, and after spending two years in a busy first opinion hospital in Kent, returned to the RVC to complete the small animal internship at their university teaching hospital. Following his internship, he completed a PhD looking for new ways to diagnose arthritis in dogs.

Clara Sarro

Resident in Neurology

Clara Sarro

Resident in Neurology

DVM MRCVS

Jorge Peña-Ramos

Resident in Internal Medicine

Jorge Peña-Ramos

Resident in Internal Medicine

Ldo Vet PGDip (SAM) CSAVP (Internal Medicine) MRCVS

Jorge qualified from Leon, Spain, in 2013. He worked for two years in general practice in Spain before moving to the UK. After this, he completed two rotating internships, one in a private referral hospital in Surrey and the second one at the University of Cambridge. Then he went back to general practice and he finished his ESAVS post-graduate certificate in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Jorge joined Langford Vets in January 2021.

Outside of work, Jorge enjoys all sports, especially if a ball or a racket is involved. He also likes photography and travelling, and spending time with his two naughty cats.

Faye Rawson

Resident in Neurology

Faye Rawson

Resident in Neurology

BVetMed MRCVS

Holly Reyes-Hughes

Resident in Internal Medicine

Holly Reyes-Hughes

Resident in Internal Medicine

BVSc MRCVS

Mariana Limede

Resident in Feline Medicine

Mariana Limede

Resident in Feline Medicine

Shamanthi Shankar

Resident in Cardiology

Shamanthi Shankar

Resident in Cardiology

MA VetMB MRCVS

Robin Stallard

Resident in Anaesthesia

Robin Stallard

Resident in Anaesthesia

Catherine Tindale

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Catherine Tindale

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BVetMed MRCVS

Laura Weston

Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Laura Weston

Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Victoria Liu

Rotating Intern

Victoria Liu

Rotating Intern

Leanne Jenkins

Rotating Intern

Leanne Jenkins

Rotating Intern

Beth Ford

Rotating Intern

Beth Ford

Rotating Intern

Ella Delaney

Rotating Intern

Ella Delaney

Rotating Intern

Harriet Tully

Rotating Intern

Harriet Tully

Rotating Intern

Chiara Agriformi

Rotating Intern

Chiara Agriformi

Rotating Intern

Katherine Fleck

Rotating Intern

Katherine Fleck

Rotating Intern

Alberto Villa

Rotating Intern

Alberto Villa

Rotating Intern

Cristopher Martinez

Rotating Intern

Cristopher Martinez

Rotating Intern

Phoebe Katsikioti

Small Animal Rotating Intern

Phoebe Katsikioti

Small Animal Rotating Intern

Giorgia Brambilla

Small Animal Rotating Intern

Giorgia Brambilla

Small Animal Rotating Intern

Rebecca Jones

Clinical Governance Manager

Rebecca Jones

Clinical Governance Manager

Dip AVN (surg) RVN

Rebecca has been working for Langford Veterinary Services since September 2000, previously as a Surgery Nurse, Head Surgery Nurse and Nursing Manager.  She now leads clinical governance within the Hospital.

Becky Jones

Clinical Governance Manager

Becky Jones

Clinical Governance Manager

Dip AVN (surg) RVN

Rebecca has been working for Langford Veterinary Services since September 2000, previously as a Surgery Nurse, Head Surgery Nurse and Nursing Manager.  She now leads clinical governance within the Hospital.

Eleri Counsell

Nursing Manager

Eleri Counsell

Nursing Manager

BSc (Hons) RVN

Eleri loves being a nurse at Langford vets as it challenges her nursing skills daily, she is constantly using the nursing skills that she learnt throughout her training and first few years as a qualified nurse and she is always learning new nursing skills. She really enjoys the relationship that the nurses have with our clinicians, and the autonomy that they give to them as colleagues. She has carried out several CPD within management and surgical nursing and loves to attend our onsite CPD courses carried out by her fellow nurses.

Eleri’s main interests are inpatient care, primarily neurological patients; as they require many different nursing skills and she gets to know the patients and their owners. She loves being part of such a wonderful team that always looks to help and support each other.

Jasmine Marvell

Nursing Manager

Jasmine Marvell

Nursing Manager

DipVN RVN Cert VN ECC

Zoe Richards

Assistant Nursing Manager

Zoe Richards

Assistant Nursing Manager

BSc (Hons) RVN

Stephanie Goddard

Head Surgery Ward Nurse

Stephanie Goddard

Head Surgery Ward Nurse

BSc(Hons), RVN, Dip HE (Clinical Veterinary Nursing) and RCVS Dip in Advanced Veterinary Nursing

Stephanie graduated from Hartpury College in 2013 with a degree in veterinary nursing science, before going on to complete the RCVS Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing with Myerscough College in 2017. She has a particular interest in analgesia and post-operative care and is a passionate clinical coach to students, enjoying seeing their confidence grow.

Outside of work Stephanie enjoys writing for nursing journals, sharing her knowledge and experience. She also has a horse called Sprite who she enjoys competing on (mostly jumping), and enjoying the South Bristol countryside.

Chloe Ackerman

Head Theatre Nurse

Chloe Ackerman

Head Theatre Nurse

RVN

Before joining Langford Vets in 2021, Chloe worked in first opinion and referral practice. She has a certificate in exotic animal nursing and is working towards an Emergency Care Certificate. She has a keen interest in emergency work and surgery.

Sarah Cooper

Head Night Nurse

Sarah Cooper

Head Night Nurse

CertVNECC RVN

Sarah started nursing in 1991 and since that time has been proud to see great changes in her profession, and the standards of care we are able to provide. She has worked in practices all over the south west and joined Langford Vets in 2014 as a full time night nurse. Sarah loves her job it is challenging and very rewarding, and it is a privilege to be part of the team that cares for our clients pets overnight. Her passion is Emergency and Critical Care, and also Medicine cases, but she enjoy nursing all patients, and getting to spend quality quiet time with each of them.

Suzanne Rudd

Head Feline Nurse

Suzanne Rudd

Head Feline Nurse

Dip AVN Med RVN

Suzanne worked in a small animal practice in Nottingham where she qualified as a veterinary nurse from the Berkshire College of Agriculture in 1999.
In 2002 she moved to work here at The Feline Centre where she cares for cats with both medical and surgical problems. During her time at The Feline Centre she has gained her diploma in advanced medical nursing and has worked alongside International Cat Care (formerly the Feline Advisory Bureau) teaching qualified Veterinary Nurses from around the U.K advanced feline nursing skills.
Suzanne is also involved in teaching both our veterinary and veterinary nursing undergraduates and is now senior nurse in our internal medicine department.
At home Suzanne has a gorgeous blue Abyssinian called Wizard and likes to keep active by participating in a variety of keep fit classes as well as singing in a band.

Juliet Morrison

Head Canine Medicine Nurse

Juliet Morrison

Head Canine Medicine Nurse

BSc(Hons) VTS(SAIM) RVN

Juliet received a First Class degree from the University of Bristol in 2017, having read Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science for four years. After completing Langford Vets' Graduate Nursing Programme, she took up a full-time position in the Canine Medicine Department. As well as caring for hospitalised patients, Juliet enjoys running medical procedures, teaching veterinary and veterinary nursing students, and her role in the hospital's Infection Control Committee.

Chloe Pilgrim

Anaesthesia Nurse

Chloe Pilgrim

Anaesthesia Nurse

RVN BSc(hons) CertVNECC

Liz Vou

Deputy Head Surgery Ward Nurse

Liz Vou

Deputy Head Surgery Ward Nurse

RVN

Liz graduated from Hartpury College in 2015. Her main passion is in-patient care, but she enjoys all aspects of nursing and thoroughly enjoys her role as a surgical ward nurse.