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Cardiology team

Chris Linney


Head of Cardiology
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Chris is both an RCVS Specialist and a European Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology and sees both medical and surgical cardiology cases.

Chris graduated with Honours from the University of Liverpool in 2007. He then worked for 2 years in Lincolnshire in first opinion small animal practice. In 2009 he returned to the Veterinary School at Liverpool University as an Intern in small animal studies, followed by a three year residency in cardiology and was subsequently promoted to the position of Lecturer in Cardiology. Before joining Willows, Chris was part of the team at the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre in Warwickshire.

Chris has a keen interest in congenital heart disease and performing cardiac catheterisation procedures for correction of heart defects. He has spent time with the charity Animals Asia in Chengdu, China investigating heart disease in rescued moon bears from the bile-farming trade and is helping to improve their health and general well-being.

Outside of work Chris is kept busy by his young family and 2 dogs and can often be seen enjoying the great outdoors with the whole family.

Chris has 2 dogs, Scruffy a 14 year old rescue dog, best described as a giant Yorkshire terrier, and Izzy, an 8 year old Hungarian Vizsla who has a love for HPR trials and training.


Mike Martin


RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Mike qualified from University College Dublin in 1986. He worked for two years in mixed practice in Cornwall and four years at the University of Edinburgh, as Medicine House physician and then as Resident in Cardiology. Since 1992, he has been in private referral practice at the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre. He gained RCVS Specialist status in 1995 and has been an examiner at Certificate and Diploma level for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

He has been both Honorary Secretary and Chairman of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society. Mike owned his own referral practice for 20 years before moving to Willows in September 2015. Mike has published over 40 scientific peer reviewed papers and is a frequent CPD lecturer within Europe and has presented his clinical research at Specialist Cardiology meetings in both Europe and the USA.

He is author of two textbooks:

Small Animal ECGs: An Introductory Guide (3rd edition)
Cardiorespiratory Diseases of the Dog and Cat (2nd edition) published by Blackwell

He is a recipient of BSAVA awards:

Dunkin Award (1993)
Melton Award (2000)
Petsavers Award (2006)
Dunkin & Blaine Awards (2010)

Mike is married with three sons now grown up. He currently has a sweet elderly Springer x Collie dog who is now 16 years of age called Jess. Her hearing and sight are beginning to fail, but she is still very happy, loves her walks and is obsessive over tennis balls. Other pets have been Yasmin, a cute black Labrador, who was taken on at 7 weeks of age with a bad congenital heart defect with a murmur. She recently died without warning at 7 years of age. But she had a great happy life for much longer than expected, although the loss is always hard when it happens. Prior to that a cat who lived to a very old age of 19 years, who began life in Cornwall and travelled to Edinburgh and then Kenilworth.


Brigite Pedro

DVM MSc DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Brigite is an RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology who sees medical and surgical cardiology cases.

Brigite graduated in 2008 from the University of Porto in Portugal. She first moved to the UK in 2009 and completed an internship at a referral center in Essex. In 2010 she was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship from the University of Porto, which allowed her to undertake an internship in Cardiology at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital. In 2012 she started a three-year residency programme in Veterinary Cardiology at the same institution. In 2014 Brigite was awarded a Masters degree in cardiovascular pathophysiology. In 2015, having completed her residency, Brigite was promoted to the position of Lecturer in Cardiology at the University of Liverpool. She became a European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology in 2016.

Brigite has given numerous presentations at national and international congresses and has published several papers on topics such as dilated cardiomyopathy, pulmonic stenosis and cardiac tumours.

Brigite is particularly interested in the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias, in particular, atrial fibrillation which is the main topic of many of her current research projects. In addition, she has a great interest in congenital heart diseases and their medical and surgical treatment.

Outside work, Brigite likes to spend time with her friends and family, and also loves travelling and visiting new places.