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Three Leading Clinicians Join Expert Team At North Downs

8 months ago

18th November, 2019 09h19

North Downs Specialist Referrals

One of the UK’s leading veterinary centres has recruited three new surgeons to expand its expert team and strengthen its commitment to delivering the highest level of care.

North Downs Specialist Referrals (NDSR), an internationally acknowledged animal hospital near Bletchingley, Surrey, has appointed specialists Susanna Spence and Rui Pinelas to bolster its internal medicine and anaesthesia and analgesia departments.

Small animal clinician Emma Hall has also been brought in to focus on soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics at the highly-rated practice.

NDSR’s hospital director Terry Emmerson said: “Our aim at North Downs is always to provide first-class care for our patients and to give an excellent service to their owners and the vets who refer to us. 

“It would not be possible to provide such a service without a team of people who are committed to excellence and who constantly strive to do their best for our patients. That’s why we are so pleased to welcome Susanna, Rui and Emma to our dedicated team.”

Susanna graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2012 with the ambition to specialise in internal medicine. She achieved her European diploma in Small Animal Internal Medicine in March.

She has a keen interest in endocrinology, the study of essential hormones, and has given lectures and webinars on the subject. Susanna has also presented at various conferences on research in Addison’s and diabetes and recently studied canine hypoadrenocorticism for her Masters in Veterinary Medicine at Glasgow.

Rui graduated from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal, in 2003. After two years in general practice, he joined the surgery service of the same university, where he developed a special interest in anaesthesia and analgesia.

In 2008, Rui started a three-year residency at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), United Kingdom, where, in 2011, he also obtained his Masters in Veterinary Medicine.

Rui obtained his European Diploma in Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2014 and became an RCVS recognised specialist in anaesthesia in 2016. His main interests are regional analgesia and anaesthesia for cardiac procedures.

Emma graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 and then spent three years working in several small animal practices in Brighton and Oxfordshire.

She completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Glasgow in 2014 and a surgical internship at Fitzpatrick Referral Centre in 2015 before starting her small animal surgery residency at NDSR’s highly-rated fellow Linnaeus Group hospital Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in 2016.

Emma, who’s also published research on the use of 3D-printed patient specific osteotomy guides, completed her certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2018 and is due to sit her diploma exams at the start of next year. 

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