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Neurology team

Sebastien Behr

DVM DipECVN MRCVS

Head of Neurology
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Sebastien graduated from the Veterinary School of Toulouse, France in 2001. In the same year he presented a veterinary thesis on 'Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteins in the Dog', which received an award for 'best thesis of the year' from the French Companion Animal Veterinary Association and the University of Medicine Paul Sabatier of Toulouse.  The following year he performed an internship at Fregis small animal hospital in Paris, the largest private small animal hospital in France, followed by a three year residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the same hospital from 2002 to 2005. During his residency he focused his research on cerebrospinal fluid analysis and inflammatory non-infectious diseases of the central nervous system.  Sebastien was awarded the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2006 and the following year he was recognised as an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.

Sebastien moved to the United Kingdom in 2005 to join a multidisciplinary referral centre where he worked as a neurologist and neurosurgeon before joining Willows Referral Service as a senior clinician in March 2010. He has a special interest in idiopathic inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, advanced neuro-imaging and brain and spinal surgery.

Sebastien is the current associate editor for neurology of the editorial board of the Journal of Small Animal Practice and a member of the Examination Committee of the European College of Veterinary Neurology.

Sebastien has a young family and two cats named Marcello, a domestic short hair, and Valentino, a British Blue.

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Lorna Arrol

MA Vet MB DipECVN MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Lorna graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005 with degrees in Neuroscience and Veterinary Medicine. After four enjoyable years in general practice, Lorna pursued her love for neurology and performed a three year residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Liverpool. During her residency, her research focused on seizures and in particular seizures in the juvenile dog. Lorna was awarded the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2012.

Lorna worked in two multidisciplinary referral centres in the UK as a neurologist and neurosurgeon before joining Willows Referral Service in September 2015.

Lorna enjoys all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery and in particular, inflammatory diseases of the CNS, epilepsy and spinal surgery.

Lorna has two lovely dogs and enjoys walking them around the beautiful British countryside with her young family.

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James Elford

BVetMed MRCVS

Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

James graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2008. He spent the next year working in mixed practice in Cheshire, treating both large and small animals, before concluding that his interests were more inclined towards small animal work. In 2010 he moved to a busy small animal practice in Berkshire, where he thoroughly enjoyed his involvement in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery.

James joined Willows as an Intern in September 2011, spending time working within each of the Specialist disciplines, as well as providing emergency care for the pets of Willows’ primary clinic clients. It was during this time that James developed a fascination for surgical and medical neurology, and he is pursuing this interest further in his role as Willows’ Resident in Neurology. During his Residency, James will be working towards a European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology.

James owns a rather over-enthusiastic German Wire Haired Pointer called Bodi, with whom he can often be found running around the surrounding countryside.

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Sinead Bennett

BSc(Hons) BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS

Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009, Sinead worked in general practice in the UK and then in Australia. Sinead returned to the UK at the end of 2013 to complete a rotating internship followed by a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, and is now working towards a European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology. Sinead enjoys all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery.

In her spare time, Sinead enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.

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Cristoforo Ricco

DVM MRCVS

Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

Cristoforo graduated from the University of Parma, Italy in 2008. He went on to complete a four month long externship at Fregis Small Animal Hospital in Paris, the largest private small animal hospital in France. This time allowed him to confirm his interest in Neurology.

Following the externship, Cristoforo moved to the UK where he worked as a small animal veterinary surgeon in a busy primary care practice for 1 and 1/2 years, before completing a one year rotating internship at Southfields Veterinary Specialists (formerly VRCC), a large referral practice in Essex. Following the internship he worked in another busy small animal practice whilst undertaking clinical research in conjunction with the Royal Veterinary College.

Cristoforo then returned to Fregis in 2013 to undertake a three year residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery. He returned to the UK to join the Willows Referral Service Neurology team in October 2016.

In his spare time, Cristoforo enjoys dancing and travelling around Europe visiting family and friends.

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