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Oncology

Dr Stephen Baines

MA VetMB PhD CertVR CertSAS DipECVS DipClinOnc MRCVS

Head of Soft Tissue Surgery
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Stephen qualified from Cambridge University.  He held an internship position at North Carolina State University and then spent a year in general practice before taking up a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liverpool, where he gained the RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Radiology and Small Animal Surgery.  This was followed by a PhD in canine tumour biology at the University of Cambridge followed by a period as Lecturer in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery.  He then moved to the Royal Veterinary College, as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery and Head of Surgery. He also completed a Master of Science degree in Comparative Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham.

Stephen is currently Head of Soft Tissue Surgery and Director of the Residency Training Programme in Small Animal Surgery at Willows. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and is an RCVS Specialist in both Small Animal Surgery and Veterinary Oncology. He is the only active Specialist Surgeon in the country to hold Specialist Status in these two disciplines.

Stephen is a committee member of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology, and the Association of Veterinary Soft Tissue surgeons, and has also been Chairman of Examiners for the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and a member of the BSAVA Scientific Committee.  He is a member of the editorial board of The Veterinary Record and is Editor in Chief of In Practice.

Stephen has published over 60 papers in the peer-reviewed literature and has given over 150 presentations at regional, national and international meetings.  He has written over 30 continuing education articles and a dozen book chapters.  He is the editor of the BSAVA Manual of Surgical Principles.  He is a regular lecturer at national and international meetings. He has received clinical research prizes from the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Royal Veterinary College.

Stephen's clinical interests include all aspects of clinical oncology, wound management and reconstructive surgery, and minimally invasive surgery, particularly thoracoscopy.  His clinical research interests involve tumour cell biology, biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and therapy and novel therapeutic agents for treating cancer in small animals, and this research has been supported by BSAVA Petsavers, the PetPlan Charitable Trust and RCVS Trust.

Stephen and family own three Domestic shorthaired cats, Apollo, Artemis and Athene. When not at work, Stephen is a keen triathlete, and has participated in events from sprint distance to full ironman distance. He is usually leader of the pack in the swim, but needs to work on the run. He won his age group (Super Veteran) at the last Olympic distance triathlon, so Willows may now boast that it has its own Super Vet!

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Chiara Penzo

DVM PhD Dip.ECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Oncology

Chiara graduated with honours in 2003 and achieved a PhD in 2006 from University of Padua (Italy). She went on to complete a one year small animal internship at the University of Glasgow and a three year residency in internal medicine and oncology at The University of Edinburgh. In 2009 she was the first to be awarded by examination the title of European Veterinary Specialist in Oncology, DipECVIM-CA (Oncology).

Following her specialist training, Chiara developed and led a busy small animal oncology service in a private referral hospital in Glasgow. From 2009 to 2015 she also offered online multilingual specialist consultations in small animal internal medicine and oncology for UK and Europe.

Alongside her clinical work, Chiara is an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Liverpool and a multilingual specialist consultant, writer and lecturer at events in the UK and Europe. Her focus is on postgraduate training in small animal oncology and internal medicine, and online education of pet owners and animal carers. Chiara is a member of the general and oncology examination committees of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM).

Chiara’s aims are "To provide veterinarians and owners on a daily basis with the most up-to-date information on cancer diagnosis and treatment options, so pets can spend more time with their families whilst protecting their quality of life and preventing suffering."

Chiara invites veterinarians and pet owners to follow her on her Facebook Page Chiara Penzo Vet Oncology and on the Facebook Group Cancer Pet Forum that she administers, where owners of pets with cancer can find emotional support whilst sharing their stories.

Chiara lives in the East Midlands with her husband, also a vet, her 2 young boys and her little dog Tosca. Chiara is also a certified seasonal yoga teacher.

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Other disciplines contributing to cancer patient care:

 

Soft Tissue Surgery Team

Chris
Shales

MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Faye
Swinbourne

BVM&S MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Julia
Riggs

MA VetMB AFHEA DipECVS MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Emma
Hall

BVSc MRCVS

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Tim
Easter

BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery 

 

Internal Medicine Team

Isuru
Gajanayake

BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA DipACVN MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
American Specialist in Small Animal Nutrition

Kirsty
Roe

BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Fergus
Allerton

BSc BVSc CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Andrew
Kent

BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Mark
Dunning

MA VetMB PhD CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Supported by 2 dedicated medicine/high dependency Diploma Nurses and over 30 experienced RVNs


 

Diagnostic Imaging Team

Andrew
Parry

MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Elizabeth
Baines

MA VetMB DVR DipECVDI FHEA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Sally
Griffin

BVSc CertAVP DipECVDI MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Luis
Mesquita

DVM DipECVDI MRCVS

European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Anne
Staudacher

DrVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS

European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Ines
Carrera

DVM MVM PhD DipECVDI MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Philippa
Weston

BVSc MRCVS

ECVDI Resident in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging

Andrew
Tanner

BSc(Hons)

Radiographer