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Dr Emi Barker

BSc(RVC), BVSc(Bristol), PhD(Bristol) 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 worked as a locum at the Queen’s Veterinary Hospital for 2 months before working as a first opinion small animal vet first in Woodbrige, Suffolk, then in Bristol. 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). In 2016 she gained European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine status following a Senior Clinical Training Scholarship at University if Bristol. She is currently working as a post-doctoral research assistant on feline coronavirus genomics.

Esther Barrett

MA VetMB DVDI DipECVDI MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Esther spent 6 years working in mixed first opinion practice in the UK, before taking up a residency in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She obtained the RCVS and European College Diplomas in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2006, and after spending 2 further years working in University referral practice, she set up her own freelance veterinary imaging service. As well as loving the practical challenges of her day-to-day work, Esther also enjoys teaching: she regularly provides small group CPD for veterinary surgeons throughout the UK and in 2010 she was appointed as a Special Lecturer in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging for the University of Nottingham.

Kieran Borgeat

BSc(Hons) BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM (Cardiology) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS American, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Kieran graduated from the University of Bristol and worked in first opinion practice before specializing in Cardiology. He now works between Highcroft Veterinary Referrals in Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College as a Visiting Lecturer. He has published research focused mainly on feline heart disease and is currently interested in inherited heart disease and the effects of endocrine disease on the feline myocardium.

Gwen Covey-Crump

BVetMed, CertVA, Dipl.ECVAA, MRCVS

Gwen qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001 and spent the next 3 years in small animal general practice. Between 2004 and 2008 she completed a senior clinical training scholarship in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at the University of Bristol, gaining the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, before going on to work as a veterinary anaesthetist at the University of Cambridge Queens Veterinary Hospital. Returning to Bristol in December 2009 she took the team lead role for Langford Veterinary Services(LVS). Gwen received the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2011. Gwen continues to lead an expanding team of veterinary anaesthetists including an anaesthesia nurse as they broaden their influence within the clinical service of LVS and it’s clients and collaborate with the Bristol Anaesthesia and Analgesia Research Group.

Angie Hibbert

BVSc(Bristol), CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine in 2010

Angie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2000 with distinction. After 5 years in general practice she undertook the FAB Residency in Feline Medicine at the University of Bristol, during which she passed the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Angie became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2008 and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine in 2010. She is currently the LVS clinical lead for the Feline Centre receiving referrals, running the radioiodine service, supervising residents and and teaching veterinary undergraduates in clinical rotations. She is actively involved in clinical research into feline hyperthyroidism, idiopathic cystitis and evaluating the welfare of cats in the hospital environment.

Nicola Kulendra

BVetMed (Hons) MVetMed CertVDI DipECVS MRCVS European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Nicola graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and worked for 12 months in general practice. She returned to the RVC in 2007 as Junior Clinical Training Scholar (intern). After another year in practice in Caterham she obtained the position of a Senior Clinical Training Scholar (Resident) in Small Animal Surgery in 2009. Nicola passed the board certifying examination of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) in 2013 and is now a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. She has also completed a clinical masters programme (MVetMed) and obtained her certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (CertVDI) in 2011.

Shasta Lynch

BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS(SAM) DipECVIM-CA(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS, Australian and European Veterinary Specialist in Oncology

Shasta Lynch is an RCVS, Australian and European Veterinary Specialist in Oncology. She graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first class honours. She worked in mixed and small animal general practice in Australia before completing a residency in small animal oncology at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Veterinary College. She then worked in private referral practice prior to establishing an online consulting service, Vet Oncologist (, providing oncology telemedicine consultations globally.

Natasha Mitchell

MVB DVOphthal MRCVS Veterinary Council of Ireland Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

After graduating from University College Dublin in 1998 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Natasha worked in Australia and the UK, where she developed a keen interest in ophthalmology. She obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ (RCVS) Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2004. She later joined the Eye Veterinary Clinic in Herefordshire where she completed an alternative residency programme for the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology which she obtained in 2011. During that time she was commuting to Limerick where she started her own ophthalmology service called Eye Vet, and she joined Crescent Veterinary Clinic in 2008.
She is a Veterinary Council of Ireland recognised specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. She has published journal articles and textbook chapters, as well as creating education apps in veterinary ophthalmology. She is an editorial board member for Companion Animal Journal, a regular reviewer for Veterinary Ophthalmology journal, and a committee member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Louise O’Dwyer

MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (Anesthesia &Analgesia & ECC) Dip AVN (Medical & Surgical) RVN

Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014. Louise has contributed to over 45 books, journal articles and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control, within the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and USA.

After working for 15 years at PetMedics in Manchester, firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director, Louise moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise was delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016, which is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing. In July 2016 she was awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the RCVS for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing. Louise is also President Elect of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and will take over the role of President in September 2018.

 Dr Kostas Papasouliotis

DVM(Thessaloniki), PhD(Bristol), DipRCPath DipECVCP MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Kostas graduated from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1989 and after a period in first opinion small animal practice completed a PhD in Feline Gastroenterology at the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol. He spent five more years at Bristol, first as the Waltham Resident in Feline Gastroenterology (two years) and then as a Resident in Clinical Pathology (three years). He is a European veterinary specialist and Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the University of Bristol, where he is the academic lead of the Diagnostic Laboratories. Kostas’ area of interest is the evaluation and validation of laboratory diagnostic tests/instruments.

Anita Patel


RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology
Anita Patel runs a busy dermatology referral service out of four clinics in London and the South East of England, she also lectures both in the UK and internationally. She is recognised by the Royal College as a Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.She has over 20 years’ dermatological experience, gaining her certificate (CertSAD) in 1993 and her Diploma in 2002. As a Specialist, she has dedicated the last 14 years exclusively to small animal dermatology. Anita co-authored a case based text book on small animal dermatology in the “Saunders Solutions in Veterinary Practice” series, as well as chapters in various dermatology text books. She has published papers in refereed and peer reviewed journals and is actively involved in all aspects of dermatology.

Denise Prisk

Denise Prisk DipAVN (Surgical), VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), LTCL, LCGI, RVN

Denise has had a long career in small, mixed and referral practice. She has taught veterinary nursing for many years and has been involved in the RCVS exam system for over 20 years.

In 2010, she attained the Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia and Analgesia qualification, and she is currently the Chief Examiner for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

She currently works in referral practice part time as well as running her own in-practice training and CPD business.

Suzanne Rudd

DipAVN (Medical) RVN

After qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in Nottingham in 1999 Suzanne moved to The Feline Centre at Langford Veterinary Services in 2002 as a feline medicine nurse. Suzanne is now the senior feline nurse and has a wealth of knowledge nursing cats from all disciplines. She is involved in teaching and lecturing the veterinary and veterinary nursing undergraduates as well as lecturing around the UK in all things feline. She has a particular interest in feline behaviour and handling within the veterinary practice.

Holly Witchell

RVN VTS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Holly qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008. She worked in small animal practice for 4 years followed by 2 years in a mixed practice veterinary hospital. Holly joined Langford veterinary referral services in March 2011, where she began her role as a night nurse and went on the work in the ICU. Holly gained her certificate in emergency and critical care in 2013 and became Head ICU nurse in 2014. Holly gained the Veterinary Technician Specialist in emergency and critical care in 2015.

Claire Woolford

RVN VTS Anesthesia and Analgesia

Claire qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 and gained the Veterinary Technician Specialist qualification in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2013. She is currently a head nurse at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and is in charge of the soft tissue theatre team.