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20th August, 2020 13h06

Linnaeus Group

Two distinguished Specialists at one of the UK’s leading small animal hospitals have been honoured with Fellowships by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

The RCVS has recognised Toby Gemmill and Andrew Parry, from Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Solihull, for their meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

Tracey Morley Jewkes, managing director at Willows, which is part of Linnaeus, said: “To be made a Fellow of the RCVS is an extremely prestigious achievement, so we are delighted for Toby and Andrew.

“The Fellowship dates back more than 140 years and is committed to advancing veterinary standards for the benefit of the profession.

“It recognises veterinary surgeons whose activities demonstrate excellence across the entire veterinary landscape and who have distinguished themselves on account of their ongoing commitment to using their experience and knowledge to enhance the profession.

“For two of our specialists to be recognised is a glowing tribute to both the talents and dedication of Toby and Andrew, and the excellent care and treatment we offer here at Willows.”

Toby, BVSc MVM DSAS(Orth) DipECVS FRCVS, RCVS and ECVS Specialist in small animal surgery, is clinical director at Willows, and has been a Specialist in small animal surgery for more than 15 years.

He said: “A Fellowship is the most prestigious status that can be awarded by the RCVS, so naturally I am personally delighted with this recognition.

“However, I also regard it as recognition for Willows, I’m extremely fortunate to work at a world leading centre of excellence where there is such a focus on encouraging team members to develop, improve and achieve.”

Away from Willows, Toby is a Trustee of AOVET, a global organisation dedicated to improving outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal disorders, and is the current Chair of the AOVET European board. He has also been an examiner for the RCVS at both Certificate and Diploma.

Toby has produced more than 40 peer reviewed publications on small animal orthopaedics and spinal surgery and delivered numerous presentations, lectures and CPD courses locally, nationally and internationally.

Andrew, MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVDI FRCVS, RCVS and EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, is head of imaging at Willows and has specialised in diagnostic imaging for more than 10 years.

The Cambridge graduate said: “Becoming a Fellow of the RCVS is a huge honour for me and I’m very pleased to receive this important recognition of my work and contribution to the profession.

“I must also pay tribute to all my colleagues at Willows. I feel incredibly privileged to work with some of the most talented and highly-motivated veterinary professionals  in the world , with access to leading edge equipment and facilities which enables our multidisciplinary team to deliver the best possible patient care.

Outside Willows, Andrew is the current president of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

Andrew has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include computed tomography angiography and in particular, morphology of portosystemic shunts.

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, and to register an interest in any of its free webinars, visit

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