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North East Vet Becomes European Diplomate

13 years ago

13th March, 2009 00h00

Jonathan BellJonathan Bell, is today celebrating becoming a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, a specialist status awarded to only one other vet in the region. Jonathan has joined Malcolm Ness, both of Croft Vets, in being the only two veterinary surgeons in the North East to be recognised and registered as Specialists by the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS). Thirty-five year old Jonathan, from Durham, has been awarded this prestigious accolade following a three year residency with Croft Vets, where he received formal training by Malcolm Ness, co-owner of Croft Vets. The intense training culminated in a three-day long examination in Zurich, where Jonathan’s clinical knowledge was put to the test using practical and written assessment. Jonathan, who qualified from Edinburgh Vet School in 1997 and spent several years working for a practice in Durham, joined Croft Vets in 2001. Jonathan said of his ECVS specialist status, “To be a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons is a great honour and legitimises all that I have done so far. I became interested in surgery very early on in my career and now that I am a European Diplomate, I can really concentrate on referrals from other vets in the region so that I can practise my specialist skills. “I will also continue to lecture to local vets on surgical treatments at Croft Veterinary Hospital, and to mentor Scott Rutherford, a practice vet at Croft, who has just started his surgical residency.” Jonathan will carry on working at the Croft Emergency and Referral Hospital, where his typical day starts with his patient rounds, followed by consultations with new clients and returning clients sent by veterinary surgeons both in the region and further afield in Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Borders. The rest of his day is spent in the operating theatre, where he spends up to 6 hours performing soft tissue surgery, orthopaedic and spinal surgery, along with advanced diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy and CT imaging. Malcolm Ness, who boasts an international reputation in the veterinary field, said of Jonathan’s European Specialist status: “We are delighted that Jonathan is now a member of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, the most prominent body of specialist veterinary surgeons in the world. He has worked incredibly hard for this. “Jonathan’s expertise benefits clients from around the region, who travel to Croft Emergency and Referral Hospital, the North’s premier referral hospital, to take advantage of our state of the art facilities, patient care and round the clock service. It is so important that we continuously invest in the training of our staff, and our equipment and facilities, to ensure that we are able to offer the service and expertise which our clients expect, and deserve.” Founded 22 years ago by Malcolm Ness and Judith Joyce, Croft Vets also has nine other branches across the region including Blyth, Ashington, South Gosforth, Gosforth, Monkseaton, Walkerville, Cramlington, North Shields, and the Newcastle Cat Clinic in Jesmond. Further information is available by calling (0191) 250 3800.

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