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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 half-ironman. 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 triathlon, so Willows may now boast that it has its own Super Vet!

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James Elliott

BVM&S CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
European Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

James graduated from the University of Edinburgh and initially worked in small animal practice in England. During that time his interest in oncology and the diagnosis and treatment of cancer grew, and he subsequently completed a one year internship and residency in small animal oncology at the University of Liverpool. Here he underwent extensive training in the disciplines of medical oncology and radiotherapy. James holds the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) Diploma in Small Animal Oncology and is a recognised European Specialist in Small Animal Oncology and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Oncology. He also holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

Subsequent to his training, James became a lecturer in oncology at the University of Liverpool where, in addition to running busy clinics seeing cancer patients, he was also responsible for teaching undergraduate students, postgraduates undergoing oncology training, and members of the nursing team.

In 2013, James joined Willows where he is helping to develop the oncology service in this world-class multi-disciplinary hospital.

James is a member of the Veterinary Cancer Society, the European Society of Veterinary Oncology and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He is a regular speaker to vets on oncology topics and has published on various subjects in the veterinary literature, including blood biomarkers in certain cancers, chemotherapy for canine lymphoma and canine oral mast cell tumours.

James takes great interest in seeing animals with all types of cancer and blood disorders, and particularly enjoys the close interaction he has with Willows' surgical, medical and imaging Specialists, in working to ensure that he delivers the best care for all his patients. He enjoys working hard with owners and their pets to achieve the best possible outcome, whilst maintaining the best possible quality of life for the much loved animals under his care.

In his spare time James enjoys getting out and about in the countryside, music and travelling.

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Chiara Penzo

DVM PhD Dip.ECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
European Specialist in Veterinary 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:

 

RCVS Specialists in Soft Tissue Surgery and
European Specialists in Soft Tissue Surgery

 

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

 

ECVS Residents in Soft Tissue Surgery

Chris Shales - MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS - RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery   Faye Swinbourne - BVM&S MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS - European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery   Julie 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 Resident in Small Animal Surgery
                 

Chris Shales

MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

 

Faye Swinbourne

BVM&S MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS

 

Julie Riggs

MA VetMB AFHEA DipECVS MRCVS

 

Emma Hall

BVSc MRCVS

 

Tim Easter

BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialists in Soft Tissue Surgery

Chris Shales - MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS - RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Chris Shales
MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Faye Swinbourne - BVM&S MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS - European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Faye Swinbourne
BVM&S MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS

 

European Specialists in Soft Tissue Surgery

Julie Riggs - MA VetMB AFHEA DipECVS MRCVS - European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Julie Riggs
MA VetMB AFHEA DipECVS MRCVS

 

ECVS Resident in Soft Tissue Surgery

Emma Hall - BVSc MRCVS - ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Emma Hall
BVSc MRCVS

Tim Easter - BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS - ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Tim Easter
BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

 

 

Internal Medicine Specialists

Kirsty Roe - American Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine   Isuru Gajanayake - American Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, American Specialist in Small Animal Nutrition   Stephanie Lalor - Small Animal Medicine Clinician   Fergus Allerton - Small Animal Medicine Clinician   Andrew Kent - Small Animal Medicine Clinician
                 

Kirsty Roe  

BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM
DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

Isuru Gajanayake

BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA DipACVN MRCVS

 

Stephanie Lalor

BVetMed(Hons) MANZCVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

Fergus Allerton

BSc BVSc CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

Andrew Kent

BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

Internal Medicine Specialists

 

Kirsty Roe - American Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Kirsty Roe
BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Isuru Gajanayake - American Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, American Specialist in Small Animal Nutrition

Isuru Gajanayake
BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA DipACVN MRCVS

Stephanie Lalor - Small Animal Medicine Clinician

Stephanie Lalor
BVetMed (Hons) MANZCVSc MRCVS

Fergus Allerton - Small Animal Medicine Clinician

Fergus Allerton
BSc BVSc CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Andrew Kent - Small Animal Medicine Clinician

Andrew Kent
BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

RCVS/European Specialists

 Andrew Parry - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging    Lizza Baines - RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging    Sally Griffin - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging   Luis Mesquita - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imagingg   Anne Staudacher - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging   Andrew Tanner - Radiographer
                     

Andrew Parry 

MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Elisabeth Baines

MA VetMB DVR DipECVDI
FHEA MRCVS

 

Sally Griffin

BVSc CertAVP DipECVDI
MRCVS

 

Luis Mesquita

DVM DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Anne Staudacher

DrVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Ines Carrera

DVM MVM PhD DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Radiographer

 

 

 Andrew Tanner - Radiographer                    
                     

Andrew Tanner

BSc(Hons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCVS/European Specialists

Andrew Parry - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Andrew Parry
MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS

Lizza Baines - RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Elisabeth Baines
MA VetMB DVR DipECVDI FHEA MRCVS

Sally Griffin - European Specialist

Sally Griffin
BVSc CertAVP DipECVDI MRCVS

Luis Mesquita - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Luis Mesquita
DVM DipECVDI MRCVS

Anne Staudacher - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Anne Staudacher
DrVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS

Ines Carrera - RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Ines Carrera
DVM MVM PhD DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Radiographer

Andrew Tanner - Radiographer

Andrew Tanner
BSc(Hons)


Fully supported by a team of highly trained nurses – including 4 with advanced Diplomas and 6 degree nurses

 

See our Oncology Specialism page