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And have been doing so since 2006

Our Specialists and support staff include ...

Marcel Hernadez

Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue 

Marcel graduated from “Universidad Austral” of Chile in 1999. After working in Chile Marcel moved to Canada to complete a residency in Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue Surgery at The Surgical Referral Practice of Toronto (2006-2007). In 2009 Marcel was awarded the Small Animal Orthopaedics Specialist Degree after a year studying at the “Universidad Complutense” of Madrid (Spain). In March 2015 Marcel moved to the UK and became RCVS registered, working for Elwood, Briggs & Turner, and more recently working as Head of Orthopaedics for a large group of independent veterinary practices. Marcel is currently working towards the CertAVP (SAS) at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London). 

Marcel is currently accepting cases in both Orthopaedic and Soft Tissue. 

Paul Hobson



Paul regularly teaches at the RVC as a guest lecturer

Paul is a 1981 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. He spent 20 years in general small animal practice before his increasing interest in dentistry led him to practice exclusively in this area of veterinary surgery. There are very few veterinarians who work in veterinary dentistry and are able to perform complex dental treatment such as root canal treatment, treatment of malocclusions and surgery for oral tumors.

Paul has worked exclusively in veterinary dentistry for 17 years. During that time he moved from the UK to Los Angeles and now see cases both in Southern California and in the UK.

His commitments to veterinary dental education include teaching at the Royal Veterinary College as a guest lecturer, presenting at conferences and local meetings and authoring articles for veterinary books, journals and newsletters.

Dental disease is extremely common in pets. It causes immense pain and suffering, but our pets are not good at telling us about it. His mission is to bring the best in veterinary dentistry to all pets by both providing great dental care on a referral basis and by better educating vets in general practice in dental issues.

Paul is able to provide a comprehensive service in dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery.

David Williams



Associate lecturer in ophthalmology at Cambridge

David qualified back in 1988 knowing then that he wanted to devote his professional life to veterinary ophthalmology. He worked first at the Animal Health Trust and then the Royal Veterinary College gaining his CertVOphthal and PhD on keratitis in the German Shepherd dog before returning to the Trust where he completed studies on blindness in farmed halibut (well somebody has to!) for his fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

The wheel then came full circle and he became an associate lecturer in ophthalmology at Cambridge running the ophthalmology clinic which he now combines with providing an ambulatory referral clinic visiting practices around East Anglia. 

Janet Littlewood



Dermatology services across East Anglia

Janet holds the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist.

She came to specialise in dermatology after a training in general medicine and has 30 years experience in referral dermatology, initially at the Cambridge Veterinary School and then at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She now runs her own independent referral service at host clinics in East Anglia.

Janet is renowned for her enthusiasm for her subject and a regular speaker on CPD courses, national and international meetings. 

Karen Wild


(BA) Hons Dip App Psych CCAB

Karen has published extensively in her specialist field

Karen is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and a BIPDT quali es trainer, with 20 years of both training and behaviour problems.

Karen has published extensively in her field and specialises in severe behavioural problems including agression, separation anxiety, house soiling issues, barking and fear-related problems with all cases seen on a veterinary referral basis only.

Kendal Shepherd



Kendal, on the leading edge of Animal Behaviour

Kendal qualified from Bristol University in 1978, and was the first Veterinary Surgeon in the UK to be certified as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Kendal is an experienced independent veterinary and behavioural consultant in matters relating to animal welfare and canine behaviour assessment and modification, and has published extensively in her field.

Kendal is passionate about the understanding and preservation of the human-animal bond and is able to offer consultations regarding any concerns pet owners may have about the behaviour of their canine and feline companions. Kendal also accepts legal instructions in both dangerous dog and animal welfare cases.

Mark Westwood 



Mark, Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists 

Mark Westwood MRCVS is a practising veterinary surgeon with over 6 years experience small animal experience. He became interested in complimentary medicine when western medicine was not always having the desired effect or when the disease process was not a controlled as he or his patients would have liked. Mark qualified in acupuncture with the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is constantly fascinated by how much knowledge the Chinese acquired so many years ago. 

Acupuncture therapy is suitable in a wide range of cases; chronic pain is one of the most common indications for acupuncture. Very often this is long term pain is due to arthritis but muscular strains and spinal problems can also respond well, acupuncture can also be a great asset to the rehabilitation of pets following orthopaedic or spinal surgeries. Acupuncture can also be of great benefit to medical conditions in pets, such as gastrointestinal disease, urinary disorders, epilepsy and much more.

Lauren Wiggins 




Lauren an experienced and Registered Veterinary Nurse has worked in a wealth of different small and mixed animal practices. Lauren has completed various professional certificates and has spent time working within referral centres where she gained further experience in critical care and emergency nursing. 

Lauren has stepped away from her position as Head Nurse from a practice within our group to focus on providing the very best nursing care for our patients. She will also be running our CPD events. 

Her interests include complex medical cases and anaesthesia.

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