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Professor Dick White

BVetMed PhD DSAS DVR FRCVS Diplomate ACVS Diplomate ECVS American, European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Dick is one Europe's leading small animal soft tissue surgeons and spent more than 30 years teaching clinical surgery before founding Dick White Referrals. He was on staff at the University of Cambridge for 25 years and was also a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee (1986 - 87). Whilst in the US he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He joined forces with several other European surgeons to found The European College of Veterinary Surgeons and served as its second President. He has developed many novel surgical techniques and has published widely in all aspects of soft tissue surgery and surgical oncology. Dick's areas of special interest in soft tissue surgery include airway & ENT surgery, oncologic surgery, wound management and reconstructive surgery.

dw@dickwhitereferrals.com

Professor Dick White
 

Rob Foale

BVetMed BSc CertAM MRCVS Diplomate ECVIM-CA. European-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Rob is the Head of the Medicine service. He qualified from the RVC in 1996 having previously completed a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology at King's College, London in 1992. He completed his Residency training at The University of Cambridge and is a Diplomate of both the RCVS and the ECVIM. Rob has published research papers in immune-mediated disease, respiratory disease and cancer management and is also the senior author of the 'Small Animal Oncology Manual' in the Saunders Solutions in Veterinary Practice series, due to be published in 2010. Rob has active research programmes in gene therapy for diabetes mellitus and the identification of genetic susceptibility loci in canine lymphoma. Rob's main clinical interests are in medical oncology, endocrinology, haematology and immune-mediated diseases.

rf@dickwhitereferrals.com

Rob Foale
 

Giunio Bruto Cherubini

DVM, DipECVN, MRCVS European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

After three years of training at a referral neurologist centre in his native Italy, Giunio completed his Residency training at the Royal Veterinary College in 2004. That same year he received the prestigious John Presthus Award as the best European Resident by the European Society of Veterinary Neurology. Giunio was Lecturer in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Royal Veterinary College from 2004 to 2006 before becoming Head of our Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuro-Oncology service here. He is an active member of the European Society of Veterinary Neurology and of the British and European Society of Neuro-Oncology. He continues to lecture at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science helping the train the next generation of vets. Giunio is involved in developing the latest neurological techniques, transferring breakthrough treatments from human medicine to veterinary neurology.

gbc@dickwhitereferrals.com

Giunio Bruto Cherubini
 

Dr Rosario Cerundolo

DVM CertVD MRCVS Diplomate ECVD European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Rosario graduated from the University of Naples and completed his thesis there in the Department of Medicine before specialising in Dermatology. He moved to The Royal Veterinary College to complete a Residency in Dermatology gaining The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 1997 and becoming a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Dermatologists in 1998. He achieved RCVS-Recognised Specialist status in Veterinary Dermatology in 2000. Since 2002 Rosario has been Associate Professor in Veterinary Dermatology at the world renowned University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School where has been responsible for running the Dermatology service. He has published many scientific articles and is the Past-President of The European College of Veterinary Dermatology.

dermatology@dickwhitereferrals.com

Dr Rosario Cerundolo
 

Elizabeth (Butty) Villiers

BVSc FRCPath DipECVCP CertSAM CertVR MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

"Butty" is one of Europe's leading Clinical Pathologists who holds the European and Royal College Diplomas in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and is a Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. She worked for some years at Cambridge University as Lecturer in Clinical Pathology before joining DWR in 2007. Butty runs the DWR laboratory and deals cytology samples, blood films and bone marrow samples as well as interpreting laboratory results, working in close association with all the hospital's clinicians. She has published numerous scientific papers and articles as well as chapters for text books and she is co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Clinical Pathology Butty is particularly interested in haematological diseases and she developed a technique of flow cytometry now used in the diagnosis of leukaemia and lymphoma; she is now an internationally recognised expert in the diagnosis of lymphoma and leukaemia in dogs and cats.

ev@dickwhitereferrals.com

Elizabeth (Butty) Villiers
 

Simon Tappin

MA VetMB CertSAM MRCVS Diplomate ECVIMCA. European-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Simon qualified from Cambridge in 2002 and spent two years in general practice before completing his Residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Bristol. He is a Diplomate of the ECVIM and a Recognised European Specialist in Internal Medicine. His current research interests are investigating the prevalence of the multi-drug resistance genes within the UK and the implications this has on disease aetiology. Simon sits on the BSAVA/Kennel Club advisory committee. Simon has strong interests in critical care and GI medicine.

st@dickwhitereferrals.com

Simon Tappin
 

Dr Martin Owen

BVSc BSc PhD DSAS (Orth) DipECVS ECVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Martin graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School and worked in a small animal practice before completing a PhD at the University of Liverpool. He began his surgical career with a Residency at Liverpool and then continued his specialist training in orthopaedics at Glasgow University. Martin subsequently became Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics and the Senior Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bristol Veterinary School. He has published numerous articles on the diagnosis, management and outcome of orthopaedic injury and disease. Martin has an international reputation and is one of only a handful of the UK's top small animal orthopaedic surgeons to hold both the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics and the ECVS Diploma. He has expertise in all areas of small animal veterinary orthopaedics ranging from minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery through complex fracture repair to joint replacement.

mro@dickwhitereferrals.com

Dr Martin Owen
 

Dr Sam Jakovljevic

DMV, MSc, DVR, DECVDI, MRCVS •Honorary Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging •Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Graduated from the University of Liège Veterinary School, Belgium

Spent a year in general practice at the "Clinique Veterinaire de la Couronne", one of the busiest small animal practices in Brussels

Joined the department of Surgery and Radiology of the University of Liège Veterinary School, Belgium in 1977

Radiology training at the University of Bristol Veterinary

Period of clinical research, resulting in an MSc with thesis for work on double contrast gastrography and gastroscopy

Lecturer at the University of Liverpool for 2 years

Joined the Radiology Section of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University, Indiana USA for 9 years

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London for 2 years

Patent manager for the UK branch of Cook, an American medical company, for 5 years

Returned to clinical work as a radiologist at Dick White Referrals since January 2006, initially with Cambridge Radiology Referrals, then as head of Radiology at the centre

Holds the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Radiology, and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Many publications in various peer-reviewed journals and contributions to radiology textbooks

sj@dickwhitereferrals.com

Dr Sam Jakovljevic
 

Helen Fentem-Jones

BSc, MSc Physiotherapy MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, ACPAT

Helen qualified from Bristol with a bachelor in Equine Science in 2002 and after a MSc in human Physiotherapy at the King College in London she was awarded of the MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. After many years as senior critical care physiotherapist in NHS dealing with recumbent and critical human patient, Helen moved to DWR in September 2009 to set up a dedicated state of the art physiotherapy unit in strict collaboration with the neurology and orthopedic services.

hj@dickwhitereferrals.com

Helen Fentem-Jones
 

Jon Wray

BVSc DSAM Cert VC MRCVS RCVS-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Jon graduated from Bristol in 1996 and, after 2 years in mixed practice returned to complete a Residency in Small Animal Medicine at Bristol. He has subsequently worked both in private referral practice and in academia, previously heading the internal medicine unit of the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. He is an RCVS-Diplomate and Recognised-Specialist in Small Animal Medicine as well as holding the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology. He is an Examiner for the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine, previous Chief Examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and sits on the RCVS Small Animal Medicine Board. Jon is a visiting lecturer at the University of Lusofona, Lisbon and regularly lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of medical topics. His particular areas of interest are endocrinology, cardiorespiratory medicine, endoscopy, dysphagia and bleeding/thrombotic disorders.

jw@dickwhitereferrals.com

Jon Wray
 

Pieter Nelissen

Resident ECVS

I qualified in June 2001 from Ghent University in Belgium.  From July 2001 till September 2002, I stayed on at the university to complete a surgical internship programme. In September 2003 I moved to a small animal practice in Lincolnshire (Stamford) where I was in charge of surgery for 3 ½ years. In February 2007 I started a second surgical internship at Dick White Referrals. In 2007 I gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

pn@dickwhitereferrals.com

Pieter Nelissen
 

Abby Caine

MA, VetMB, CertVDI, DipECVDI, MRCVS European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

In January 2008 I stayed on at DWR to start an ECVS approved Residency in Small Animal Surgery. I enjoy all aspects of surgery; soft tissue, orthopaedics and neurosurgery. I feel that we are committed to offer the highest standard of client communication and we treat all our patients as if they were our own. Outside work I enjoy mountaineering, climbing, skiing and walking. I have a lovely English springer spaniel called 'Julie' who has had her fair share of surgery in her short life. I am a member of AVSTS, BVOA, Aovet, ESVOT and the Flemish soft tissue and Orthopaedic society.

ac@dickwhitereferrals.com

Abby Caine
 

Helen North

Dip.HE.CVN.VN

Helen joined Dick White Referrals in September 2007.  She previously worked in general practice and qualified in 2006.  Helen is interested in all aspects of theatre practice and surgical nursing, especially orthopaedics and anaesthesia.  Outside work Helen enjoys horseriding, jazzercise, socialising and camping.  Helen is currently studying for the H E Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing in conjunction with the RCVS Advanced Diploma.

hn@dickwhitereferrals.com

Helen North
 

Viktor Palus

DVM, MRCVS ECVN Resident

I graduated as a veterinary surgeon in June 2005 from Kosice University in Slovakia. After graduation I worked at the Small Animal Hospital at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Czech Republic, where I developed strong interest in neurology. In 2007 I moved to successful Small Animal Practice in Cotswold, where I looked after hospitalised patients and occasionally worked for RSPCA clinic. Six Mile Bottom was my next destination where I finished a general internship in 2009. I strengthened my neurological passion and stayed on at DWR for ECVN approved Residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery. I like all aspect of neurology, neurosurgery and neuro-oncology. It is very rewarding to help our silent patients from their troubles and pain and see them healthy to walk home. I love travelling, hiking, skiing and all outdoor activities. I have a 6-year-old Czech Wirehaired Pointer called Lexy and 4-year-old Ball Python called Keny, both of them are unfortunately back in Slovakia.

vp@dickwhitereferrals.com

Viktor Palus
 

Charlene Stowe

Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse - Neurology

Charlene joined Dick White Referrals in October 2008. She previously worked in general practice for 5 years and qualified in May 2008. Charlene is passionate about neurology, intensive care nursing and physiotherapy, and she thoroughly enjoys her work. Charlene has 3 cats called Magic, Jeffrey and Tinkerbell. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, snowboarding and reading.

cs@dickwhitereferrals.com

Charlene Stowe
 

Enzo Vettorato

CertVA PhD DipECVAA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Hello, my name is Enzo Vettorato and I am one of the anaesthetists here at Dick White Referrals. I graduated from the Veterinary University of Padua, Italy in 2003. At the same University, I also completed a PhD about pain management in the dog, in 2007, before moving to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh to start a three year residency program in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. In 2008, I gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. In February 2010 I moved together with Sophy, my little Jack Russell, to work as a consultant anaesthetist at Dick White Referrals. During my free time I like playing sports (football and tennis in particular), walking with Sophy and, when I was in Scotland, I enjoyed dancing ceilidh.

en2@dickwhitereferrals.com

Enzo Vettorato
 

Barbara Houlding

MScVetPhys; MCSP; FIRVAP Co-Course Director Small Animal Rhabilitation Certificate (PGCert) Nottingham School of Medicine and Science

Barbara is a Chartered and Verterinary Physiotherapist who is an international lecturer on all aspects of small animal rehabilitation and is based at K9 Hydro Services in Suffolk (www.k9hydroservices.co.uk). As a Chartered and Veterinary Physiotherapist, she is committed to education for all. She is a lecturer, Clinical Educator and Assistant Examiner at the Royal Veterinary College and is involved with other courses in Higher Education. Barbara is a small animal specialist who works with dogs, cats and small furries using a range of advanced veterinary physiotherapy and hydrotherapy techniques. She is also involved in canine performance enhancement in the athletic dog and is also a physiotherapist for the GB World Agility Team.  

enquiries@k9hydroservices.co.uk

Barbara Houlding