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New Head Of Internal Medicine And Hospital Director For Cave Veterinary Specialists

7 months ago

7th May, 2020 14h58

Linnaeus Group

A leading veterinary referral centre in the South West has searched near and far to fill two senior positions at its highly-regarded practice.

Cave Veterinary Specialists, near West Buckland in Somerset, has appointed a new head of internal medicine, Dr Jennifer von Luckner (pictured), whose most recent roles have been in Australia and her native Germany.

Much closer to home, Cave has also recruited Sarah Hicks, from nearby Taunton, as its new hospital director.

Dr von Luckner, an EBVS specialist in internal medicine, is a much-travelled diplomate whose recent positions include a year spent as associate professor at Murdoch University in Perth.

Sarah has enjoyed a varied career working across many sectors with an emphasis on business improvement, most recently in health and social care.

Cave’s co-clinical director Nele Van den Steen said: “We are always seeking to attract the very best staff to Cave and both of these appointments reflect that.

“Jennifer’s appointment is certainly one where we’ve gone the extra mile. She’s a highly-experienced and respected specialist and we’re delighted she’s agreed to join our talented team.

“Sarah has joined us from a lot nearer home but is another extremely important addition, bringing with her a wealth of business and performance skills.

“She’s built an impressive reputation with her business acumen and her ability to improve efficiency and profitability.”

Dr von Luckner was born in Germany where she graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, in 2002.

She undertook advanced training in veterinary internal medicine in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland and became a diplomate in 2011.

Dr von Luckner said: “This is a big move for me - a relocation from my native Germany to embrace the chance to play a key role at one of the UK’s top referral centres.

“I’m very happy to be here and totally focused on ensuring we fulfil our commitment to provide the best possible care and treatment for our pet patients.”

Sarah added: “Having worked in the human healthcare environment I’m now really looking forward to the challenge of transferring those skills to the world of animal health.

“I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of business improvement and raising customer satisfaction levels, improving efficiency and profitability and I’m excited by what we can achieve here at Cave.”

Cave offers comprehensive, specialist-led services in anaesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, orthopaedic surgery, pain management and rehabilitation and soft tissue surgery.

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