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James's Joy At Joining World-class Willows

1 month ago

18th December, 2020 14h27

Linnaeus Group

An ambitious young vet has spoken of his joy at joining one of the country’s leading small animal hospitals and its world-class diagnostic imaging team.

James Whitlock, who graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015, has just started a three-year residency at the renowned Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull. 

James said he was honoured to be joining the highly-regarded, specialist-led team at Linnaeus-owned Willows, and believes the expertise and experience of his colleagues can help him on his journey to becoming a specialist.

James said: “I feel tremendously honoured to have been selected to work at such a well-respected and progressive referral centre alongside truly world-leading specialists.

“The collective knowledge of radiologists at Willows is second to none and this excellent learning environment hopefully means I will be able to progress to become a highly proficient specialist in veterinary radiology.”

James clearly acknowledges he’s in a privileged position to learn from the very best, with Willows boasting six diagnostic imaging specialists in its industry-leading nine-strong team.

He will also be using the very latest equipment and technology including a 1.5 tesla Siemens Magnetom Sola MRI scanner, a 64-slice Siemens Somatom CT scanner with ECG gating, a Samsung RS85A and Logiq S8 ultrasound units with a range of probes, two digital x-ray rooms with auto-exposure facility and high-end fluoroscopy units for real time/movie x-ray viewing in and outside the operating theatre.

Willows’ clinical director Toby Gemmill said: “We are very pleased to welcome James on board and feel sure he will thrive with the support of the team here.

“At Willows, we offer one of the strongest imaging services in the country and it forms the cornerstone of many investigations required for our patients across the wide range of specialisms available here at our hospital.

“Our highly experienced imaging team boasts one of the largest teams of specialist diagnostic imagers in Europe.

“That expert team is further enhanced by our superb imaging facilities, offering the highest quality of care and added reassurance to our clients and patients alike.”

It’s certainly an eventful period for James. He has just become a father for the first time and is also working towards a European Diploma in small animal diagnostic imaging.

He enjoys all things related to diagnostic imaging and has been involved in multiple research studies on varied topics. His particular interests include the MRI appearance of cerebrovascular disease and the use of computer-aided detection in diagnostic imaging.

After graduating, James spent two years with a first opinion practice in Kent and developed a keen interest in abdominal ultrasound.

He then returned to the RVC to complete a rotating internship, where he got more exposure to the advanced imaging modalities of CT and MRI, before spending a year at a busy referral centre near Newmarket as a specialist diagnostic imaging intern.

When not at work, James says he enjoys watching rugby and “trying and failing” to train his two dogs Bert and Bumble.

Willows offers specialist services in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, clinical nutrition, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and spinal surgery.

To find out more about Willows’ wide range of specialist services, visit or search for Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service on Facebook.

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