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  • Dr Tim Sparrow

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    About

    Tim graduated from Edinburgh University in 2001, where he also completed a Small Animal Internship. He spent eight years in general practice in Scotland, Ireland and London.

    In 2009, he commenced a residency programme in Small Animal Surgery at Liverpool University which was completed in 2012 and has continued to work in referrals ever since.

    He enjoys all aspects of orthopaedic surgery and has a particular interest in arthroscopy and fracture repairs.

    Qualifications
    • BSc (Hons)
    • BVM&S
    • MRCVS
  • Dr Ian Simpson

    Orthopaedics

    About

    Ian qualified in South Africa in 1988 and started doing Orthopaedic surgery almost immediately. He gained his Royal College Certificate in Orthopaedics in 1992 and has owned and run his own practice carrying out first and second opinion work in Orthopaedic Referrals for the past 22 years.

    Ian has recently joined the CVS group, and is happy to be working in his chosen discipline of small animal orthopaedics and Spinal surgery alongside a fantastic team of experts at Lumbry Park.

    Ian has a wife who also works for CVS, three children and one cat, and has a swimming and cricket-mad family (not the cat).

    Ian particularly enjoys seeing patients regaining their function after spinal or other surgical procedures which we may have performed, and this is always very exciting for him. Ian also serves on the committee of the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA) and also hopes to develop the range of orthopaedic services we can offer at Lumbry park to rival the best in the land.

    Qualifications
    • BVSc
    • CertSAO
    • MRCVS
    • AVP
  • Dr Angela Fadda

    Neurology

    About

    Angela graduated in Italy at the University of Parma. After dedicating some years working in general practice and in various small animal hospitals in Italy, she moved to Switzerland, where she completed a residency training programme in Neurology at the University of Bern. She has worked as Senior Training Scholar in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery at the veterinary teaching hospital of the same institution and from 2013 to 2016 she has carried out a research project in the field of neuroscience, focused on infectious disease of the nervous system. Angela’s main focuses are infectious diseases of the central nervous system, neuroimaging and neuro-oncology.

    Qualifications
    • DVM
    • DipECVN
    • MRCVS
  • Sam Taylor
    Samantha Taylor

    Internal Medicine

    About

    Samantha completed her residency training at Bristol University as an International Cat Care training scholar and passed her European Diploma in Internal Medicine in 2009. Since then, she has worked for the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), as well as seeing canine and feline medicine cases in referral clinics. Sam is ISFM’s distance education coordinator and when not at work enjoys spending time with her two boys, Alex and Leo.

    Qualifications
    • European Veterinary Specialist in Internal Medicine
    • RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine
    • BVetMed (Hons)
    • CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
  • Paweł Bęczkowski

    Internal Medicine

    About

    Pawel received his DVM from Lublin University of Life Sciences, Poland in 2008. He also holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow for his research on virus evolution in the progression of natural feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection. Following his PhD he completed one year rotating internship at the Animal Health Trust and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Glasgow. He has a strong interest in feline infectious diseases and all aspects of small animal internal medicine.

    Qualifications
    • MRCVS
    Experience
    • Animal Health Trust
    • University of Glasgow
  • Dr Adam Mugford

    Emergency and Critical Care

    About

    Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

    After graduation from the Royal Veterinary College, Adam completed an internship at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, He then spent a period in general practice including sole charge night work in a RCVS hospital and emergency practice.

    Adam completed his residency in Emergency and Critical Care in 2013 becoming board certified the same year. During this time completing a master’s in veterinary medicine again at the RVC.

    He was appointed an Honorary Lecturer of the University of Liverpool in 2014 and continues to teach and examine for advanced veterinary practice certification in ECC for a number of organisations.

    He became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2015.

    Prior to joining Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists Adam was Group Head of Emergency and Intensive Care for four RCVS Recognised hospitals and branches and oversaw standards of out of hours provision for 50+ sites. He was clinical lead at the group’s flagship site developing the only specialist ICU in central London helping plan and open the only 24-hour specialist centre.

    His clinical interests include all aspects of Emergency and Critical Care with particular interests in trauma, toxicology, renal disease, sepsis, respiratory failure (including ventilation), transfusion medicine and CPR.

    He has lectured and provided practical tuition both nationally and internationally and has published a number of review articles, case reports and hospital based clinical research abstracts lately in conjunction with the veterinary masters program of the University of Lisbon.

    He is looking forward to providing one streamlined point of contact for emergency referral and continuing to advance the provision of critical care for the sickest patients working with the expertise of the multi-disciplinary team at Lumbry Park.

    When not in the ICU he and his partner (she is also a vet) spend their time trying to control their furry family of three cats and two dogs!

    Qualifications
    • BVetMed
    • MVetMed
    • DACVECC
    • MRCVS
  • Matthew Oxford

    Dentistry

    About

    Matthew is one of only a handful of Veterinary Dentists in the UK and established the New Forest Veterinary Dental Service in 2011, to provide a referral service for advanced veterinary dental and oral surgery procedures for other veterinary practices. He sees around 800 cases a year, ranging from routine work to advanced dental and oral surgery cases, and including work on some more ‘exotic’ patients. He publishes regularly in the veterinary literature and is a reviewer for a number of publications.

    He is the course organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association, a role which involves providing and co-ordinating undergraduate teaching at Bristol and Cambridge Universities, as well as the association’s numerous postgraduate courses for vets, both in the UK and in Europe. In addition he has tutored at the Universities of Liverpool and Nottingham. He holds the European Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and his main interest is in endodontic (root canal) treatment of teeth.

    Matthew has lectured at all of the veterinary conferences such as BSAVA Congress, The London Vet Show, VetsSouth, VetsNorth, the BVDA Annual Scientific Meeting as well as at meetings and conferences outside of the UK. He also provides an in house CPD service for practices we are keen to learn more in their own environment.

    Qualifications
    • BVM&S
    • GPCert(SAS)
    • MRCVS
  • Luca Ferasin
    Dr Luca Ferasin

    Cardiology

    About

    Luca graduated with honours in 1992 from the University of Bologna (Italy). After a one-year internship at the University of Padova (Italy), he carried out a three year research project in endocrinology at the BBSRC in Cambridge (UK) and was awarded his PhD in 1996. Following three years as Assistant Professor at the University of Padova, he moved to the University of Bristol (UK), where he taught cardio-respiratory medicine of the dog and cat for seven years.

    In 2006 Luca was appointed Associate Professor in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Minnesota (USA). He moved back to the UK in 2008 where he started his own Cardiology Consultancy company, comprising a mix of private clinical referral work, telemedicine and post-graduate teaching. In March 2014 Luca joined the dynamic team of specialists at CVS Referrals.

    Luca obtained the RCVS Certificate in Cardiology in 2001, the certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2002, the ECVIM diploma in Cardiology in 2004 and finally a Certificate in Business and Professional Studies in 2011.

    Luca contributed to veterinary literature with a vast number of articles, abstracts and book chapters. He acted as chairman of the ECVIM examination committee (Cardiology), member of the RCVS examination board, member of the review board of JVC and member of the BSAVA scientific committee.

    His main professional interests include, but are by no means limited to, feline cardiology, exercise physiology, as well as clinical investigation of syncope and coughing.

    Qualifications
    • DVM PhD
    • CertVC PGCert(HE)
    • DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology)
    • GPCert(B&PS) MRCVS
    Experience
    • Professor at the University of Padova
    • Professor at the University of Bristol
  • Joanna Aitken

    Cardiology Resident

    About

    Joanna graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2013. After graduation she worked in mixed practice in rural New South Wales before moving to Melbourne to work in a busy 24-hour emergency hospital. In 2016 she completed a rotational internship at the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Melbourne, where her drive to pursue further training in cardiology was firmly established.

    In 2016 Joanna moved to Edinburgh and completed a rotational internship at The University of Edinburgh in 2017. She started her residency in small animal cardiology at Lumbry Park in 2017, and has a particular interest in cardiac interventional surgeries.

  • Francesco Gemignani
    Francesco Gemignani

    Soft Tissue Surgeon

    About

    Francesco graduated in 2003 at University of Pisa (Italy) where he worked in his very own small animal practice in Italy for 10 years, during which he developed an interest in small animal surgery. In November 2010, Francesco achieved the Italian Diploma in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at University of Milan.

    In 2017, Francesco obtained a PhD in Soft Tissue Surgery at University of Padua, during which he spent two months carrying out an externship at Oncologic Service of University of Florida and a research period at UCDAVIS where he conducted a study on feline mammary carcinoma. In 2017 Francesco also obtained a Master Science Programme in Clinical Oncology at University of Birmingham presenting a Master Thesis on a Systematic Review about Toceranib in Small Animal Cancer.

    He has published several papers on peer-reviewed journals about surgical oncology and soft tissue surgery and he has also been speaker at ECVS Congress. During Francesco’s research period he has developed a special interest in minimal invasive surgery and surgical oncology.

     

    Qualifications
    • DVM
    • SCMPA
    • Msc Clin Onc
    • PhD
  • Sarah Warren
    Sarah Warren

    Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology

    About

    Sarah is an Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology and has been a Committee Member and Proceedings Editor of the BVDSG (British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group) for six years. She is a member of the ESVD (European Society of Veterinary Dermatology) and teaches the Dermatology Modules for the CVS New Graduate Training Programme.

    Sarah is an Allergy Vet Advisor for Axiom Veterinary Laboratories, which has been a hugely successful addition to Axiom’s promotion of allergy testing in pets, immunotherapy and allergy management in the UK. She also provides an email and telephone advisory service to vets nationwide in relation to dermatology cases.

    Qualifications
    • BVetMed
    • MSc (Clin Onc)
    • CertVD
    • MRCVS
  • Joanne Michou

    Anaesthesia and Analgesia

    About

    Joanne graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006, and after time as an equine intern, she spent the following two years in general practice.

    In 2008 Joanne returned to the University of Cambridge to undertake a residency training programme in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Prior to joining Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, Joanne worked in private referral practice in the UK for five years where she set up an anaesthesia and pain management referral service, providing exemplary expertise and care to all patients.

    Joanne enjoys all aspects of anaesthesia and analgesia, particularly applied physiology, teaching and the problem solving challenges of anaesthesia.  She has particular interests in local and regional anaesthetic techniques and pain management.

    Joanne aims to provide an approachable and efficient anaesthesia service to her colleagues and welcomes anaesthesia referrals and advice requests.

    Joanne passed the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2012 and is a European and RCVS recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

    When not working, Joanne loves baking (attempting to be as good as the Great British Bake Off) and spending time outdoors, tending to the vegetable patch and walking with her partner, two children and beautiful Springer Spaniel.

    Qualifications
    • RCVS recognised Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia
    • VetMB
    • MA
    • DipECVAA
  • Maria Amengual

    Anaesthesia and Analgesia

    About

    Maria graduated from the University Cardenal Herrera-CEU of Valencia (Spain) in 2004. After spending three years in one of the busiest first opinion and referral practices in Barcelona, where she focused mainly on anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, she moved to the UK in August 2007 to complete a one year rotating internship in the Animal Health Trust (Newmarket).

    In December 2008, Maria was appointed Senior Clinical Training Scholar (Resident) in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the School of veterinary medicine in Glasgow, and she completed her residency towards the European Diploma in November 2011.

    From 2011 to 2015 Maria worked at the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in Anaesthesia. She joined Lumbry Park in September 2015 where she offers her exemplary expertise in anaesthesia. She also has a great interest in pain management, which is of great benefit to many of our patients. Maria’s major clinical interests are local and regional anaesthetic/analgesic techniques and anaesthesia and care of critically ill patients.

  • Helen Renfrew
    Helen Renfrew

    Diagnostic Imaging

    About
    Qualifications
    • BVetMed
    • CertVR
    • DipECVDI
    • MRCVS
  • Michelle Zoja

    Imaging

    About

    Michelle graduated in 1994 from the University of Milan (Italy). She worked  in GP from more then 15 years, within five years spend  in a referral practice in Italy as general practitioner, night vet and responsible  for the internal lab. From 2004 she started a freelance activity as sonographer and cytologist in Italy and from 2011 as a cardiologist. She has spent some weeks as visitor at a Referral Practice in Oisterwijk Netherland, at the UPenn of Philadelphia and at the Queen Mary Royal Veterinary College in London.

    From April 2017 she joined the enthusiastic team of clinicians and nurse in Lumbry Park, were she work alongside the specialist team and assist them with the acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound images.

    When not working, Michelle loves baking (especially Italian pizza), gardening and spending time outdoor with her two lovely Maine Coon cats.

  • Fenella Roberts

    Radiography

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  • Emily Sharp

    Intern

    About

    Emily graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015. She was also awarded a masters degree in Developmental Biology, having an undertaken an intercalated year of study at the University of Bath in 2012.

    After graduation she moved back to Hampshire and spent her first year in practice as a charity vet, working for the PDSA. She then moved on to an equally busy private practice hospital before joining the Lumbry Park team in August 2017. She is looking forward to developing her knowledge and clinical skillset under the direction of our team of specialists.

    In her spare time Emily enjoys exploring the British countryside with her partner – although she can’t help but feel they need a dog to share this hobby with.

  • Maria Oliveira

    Intern

    About

    Maria graduated in 2014 from the University of Tras-Os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal.

    During her final year she completed an externship program at University of Tennessee and spent two months in the cardiology service at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

    After graduating, she initially worked in a Hospital in the North of Portugal. She completed a small animal internship at the University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro before moving to the UK where she worked in a busy hospital in East Yorkshire.

    Maria joined our team in May 2017. Although she enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, Maria has a particular interest in cardiology and hopes to pursue a residency in this discipline. When not at work, Maria loves spending time with her family and friends and cuddling with her (very naughty) tortie cat Olive.

  • Alex Rochester
    Alex Rochester

    Intern

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  • Joao Frias
    Joao Frias

    Neurology Intern

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  • Katia Dei
    Katia Dei

    Intern

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  • Chiara Devoti
    Chiara Devoti

    Intern

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  • Ana Oliveira
    Ana Oliveira

    Intern

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Sam Taylor
Luca Ferasin
Francesco Gemignani
Sarah Warren
Helen Renfrew
Alex Rochester
Joao Frias
Katia Dei
Chiara Devoti
Ana Oliveira
Where are we?

Based in Alton

Situated on the Selborne Road (B3006) immediately adjacent to the A31. The A31 provides fast access to the A331 (Blackwater Valley Relief Road) which in turn links with the M3 and wider motorway networks. Alton mainline railway station provides regular services to London Waterloo with a journey time of approx 1 hour 10 minutes.

Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3HL