Our aim at Willows is to provide first class care for our patients and to give an excellent service to their owners and to the vets who refer cases to us. It would not be possible to provide such a service without a team of people who are committed to excellence. We are very fortunate in having just such a team of friendly, dedicated and caring staff who constantly strive to do their best for our patients and to look after them as if they were their own pets.
All our staff are actively encouraged to pursue continuing education in their various fields. They are expected to bring any new ideas and knowledge which they acquire back to the practice to share with their colleagues. In addition, they all attend regular in-house meetings and are engaged in a system of appraisals. In this way we hope continually to improve the levels of care and service which the team at Willows provides for our patients, their owners and the vets who entrust their cases to us.
Malcolm McKee and Peter Renwick are the partners in the practice.
MA VetMB DVOphthal MRCVS
RCVS Diplomate in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Peter graduated from Cambridge University in 1980 and spent the following year as an intern at Glasgow University Veterinary School. He then worked for a number of years in a large veterinary hospital in London, and subsequently in the ophthalmology department at London University's Royal Veterinary College. Peter gained his Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1992, the same year that he became a partner with Malcolm McKee at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service. He was subsequently awarded the status of 'RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology'. Peter is a member of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Panel which helps to identify hereditary eye diseases in dogs, and of the Eye Panel Working Party which acts to steer the work of the main Eye Panel. He is also a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Ophthalmology Board which helps to regulate further education standards in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the UK. His clinical interests include reconstructive eyelid surgery, ocular inflammatory disease, glaucoma, and the surgical management of cataract.
From early in his career it was Peter's wish to specialise in ophthalmology and to help to develop one of the country's foremost private multi-disciplinary specialist referral practices. Since moving into Willows' new state-of-the-art facility, that wish is coming to fruition.
Peter sees the success of Willows as being due primarily to great team work - "Our practice philosophy is that we are 'Committed to excellence', and we do not take that commitment lightly. We are very fortunate to have been able to build up a fantastic team of veterinary surgeons and support staff who all strive to do their very best for every patient, and every patient's owner, every day. I am very proud not only of what our staff currently achieve, but also of their constant desire to improve the service we offer to our clients, their pets and their referring veterinary surgeons."
BVMS MVS DSAO MACVSc MRCVS
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Malcolm graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania the following year. In 1988 he received an MVS degree from the University of Melbourne after finishing a residency in small animal surgery, and the same year gained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
Malcolm gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 1991 and has been a Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedics since 1992. He received the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Simon award in 1995 for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery, and is past chairman of the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association. Malcolm has a particular interest in joint replacements, complex fracture management and spinal surgery in the dog. He has over 50 publications in scientific journals and textbooks on numerous aspects of small animal orthopaedics and spinal surgery and has spoken at over 100 conferences and CPD meetings both in the UK and overseas.
In 1992 Malcolm and Peter Renwick founded Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service. In common they had a desire to provide a first class specialist service to dog and cat owners' and referring veterinary surgeons, and to work alongside like-minded individuals in a hospital with state-of-the-art facilities. Their dream has been realised by creating one of Europe's premier small animal veterinary hospitals. Malcolm considers himself to be fortunate to be working as part on a team of vets, nurses, receptionists and management personnel who are "committed to excellence"; excellence towards each and every patient, owner and referring veterinary surgeon.
Malcolm lives on a small farm with his family, two Border terriers, pug (“Hugo”), eight British Short Hair cats, three Pygmy goats, a couple of pigs and numerous hens and ducks. Owning so many dogs and cats gives him an appreciation of the immense importance that these animals play in the lives of so many people.