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Executive Management Team
 

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Chris Hunter

Director of Laboratory Services

Chris joined the team in 2012 and is Director of Laboratory Services.  Chris has extensive laboratory management experience, spending the last ten years in senior technical laboratory roles including responsibility for a number of cross-site teams delivering laboratory and field based testing services.  Chris has a degree in chemistry and achieved an MBA in 2011.

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Diane Saffery

Marketing Director NVSL

Diane joined the team in December 2011.  Prior to joining the business, Diane held various senior positions in adult social care development, worked as a business consultant and had a long career in the IT and communications sector within sales and marketing roles.  Diane has post graduate qualifications in Business Management and Marketing and is responsible for the sales, marketing and customer service aspects of the business. Diane took over the business wide marketing responsibility in October 2014.

Jane-MJane Miller

Director of Pathology (BVetMed FRCPath MRCVS)

Jane graduated in 1977 from the RVC. After a period in general practice Jane held a post as lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at theRoyal “Dick” followed by a move as a pathologist into industry, where she obtained her MRCPath. She is currently on the board of examiners for veterinary clinical pathology and a member of the Speciality Advisory committee for Veterinary Pathology at the Royal College of Pathologists. She is Honorary Treasurer of the British Society of Veterinary Pathology. Jane does clinical pathology and histopathology, and has a particular interest in cytology.

Pathologists
 

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Sue Kirwan

Clinical Pathologist
(BVMS FRCPath MRCVS)

Sue graduated from Glasgow University in 1988 and spent the following 12 years in small animal and exotic practice. She joined us in 2000 and brought a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience to the laboratory. Her practitioner-orientated approach to interpretations has proved popular with clients. Sue is especially interested in dermatology, haematology, cytology, and feline medicine. She was awarded her FRCPath in 2009.

Jacqueline

Jacqueline Marshall

Clinical Pathologist
(BVetMed MRCVS MRQA)

Jackie is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College and joined the laboratory in 1991 with seven years experience in farm animal, equine and companion animal practice. She is an active member of BCVA and has a special interest in cattle preventative health issues. In 2001, Jackie was elected a Member of the British Association of Research Quality Assurance in recognition of her roles in laboratory and clinical trial quality assurance.

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Helen R Campbell

Clinical Pathologist
(BVM&S FRCPath MRCVS)

Helen graduated from R(D)SVS in 2002. Following 5 years in mixed and small animal practice in Derbyshire and Staffordshire she joined us in 2007 to train as a clinical pathologist. Helen was awarded her FRCPath in 2011, her interests include oncology, cytology and endocrinology.

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Lindsay Morgan

Clinical Pathologist
(BVMS (Hons) MRCVS)

Lindsay graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1986. Prior to joining our Leeds laboratory in January 2001, she worked at Moredun Research Institute and in a mixed practice in South Wales. She then worked for Scottish Agricultural Colleges as a Veterinary Investigation Officer at Edinburgh VI Centre and for Edinburgh Genetics where she was actively involved in artificial breeding programmes in sheep. Her particular professional interests include small animal medicine and sheep medicine.

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Rita Figueiredo

Clinical Pathologist
(LMV MRCVS)

Rita graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Lisbon in 2007. For five years she was the sole clinical pathologist in charge of the internal lab of one of the largest private animal hospitals in Lisbon which deals with first opinion and referred cases. There she closely collaborated with a large team of practitioners in particular with the imaging dept and had the opportunity to examine a large variety of internal masses cytologies. She joined us in 2012 as a trainee clinical pathologist. Her particular interests are cytology and haematology.

Kerry

Kerry Freel

Veterinary Pathologist
(BVMS GPCert (SAS) FRCPath MRCVS)

Kerry graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1999. After 5 years in general practice she undertook a residency in Anatomical Pathology at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies where she gained experience in gross post mortem, histological and cytological evaluation of tissues from all domestic species, wildlife and exotics from Edinburgh Zoo. In 2008 she was awarded her DipRCPath. She spent two years working in emergency and critical care and passed her General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2009. From 2009 she has been working part time in small animal practice and part time as a locum pathologist at Glasgow University Veterinary School. She obtained her FRCPath in October 2010.

Sandra

Sandra Dawson

Veterinary Pathologist
(BSc BVMS FRCPath MRCVS)

Sandra is a graduate of Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities, gaining a BSc in agriculture in 1991 and her veterinary degree in 1995. Following a term in mixed practice, Sandra became a resident in veterinary pathology at Edinburgh University, latterly lecturing in reproductive pathology. After 5 years in industry, where she gained her MRCPath, Sandra joined the laboratory in May 2006. She works with surgical biopsies and can advise on all aspects of histopathology in a wide range of species.

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Dr Stacey A Newton

Clinical Pathologist
(BVSc FRCPath CertEM (Int Med) PhD MRCVS)

Stacey graduated from Bristol in 1993. After building up experience in general practice, she became a resident in equine medicine at Leahurst, Liverpool University. She was awarded a certificate in equine medicine (internal) in 1997. Stacey then went on to complete her PhD in equine neuroanatomy and neurology in 2001. She was awarded her FRCPath in 2010.

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Heather Hodgson

Clinical Pathologist
(BVetMed BSc MRCVS)

Heather graduated in 2009 from the RVC. She completed an intercalated degree in veterinary pathology at the RVC in 2006. Following several years in small animal general practice in Cambridgeshire and a rotating small animal internship at a hospital in Hampshire, she joined the laboratory in 2016 as a trainee clinical pathologist.

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Trevor Whitbred

Veterinary Pathologist
(BSc BVSc DipECVP MRCVS)

In mixed practice in Leicester before returning to Liverpool as a lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Pathology. Experience in general diagnostic clinical chemistry and pathology before specialising in histopathology and cytology. He has specialist interest in dermatopathology. He is a Diplomate of the European College of the veterinary pathologists.

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Malcolm Silkstone

Veterinary Pathologist
(BVSc DiplACVP MRCVS)

After qualifying in South Africa, a period of post-graduate pathology training was followed by 3 years in general practice in the UK. Since that time he has obtained extensive diagnostic pathology experience. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He has specialist interests in oncology and dermatopathology and infectious diseases.

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Judith Hargreaves

Veterinary Pathologist
(MVB FRCPath MRCVS)

Qualified in Dublin followed by 3 years mixed practice experience. Since the mid 1980s has obtained extensive experience in pathology and is MRCPath qualified. Judith has specialist interests in oncology, oral and upper respiratory tract pathology.

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Sonja Rivers

Veterinary Pathologist
(BVetMed MSc DipACVP MRCVS)

In mixed practice in Leicester before returning to Liverpool as a lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Pathology. Experience in general diagnostic clinical chemistry and pathology before specialising in histopathology and cytology. He has specialist interest in dermatopathology. He is a Diplomate of the European College of the veterinary pathologists.

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Cheryl Scudamore

Veterinary Pathologist
(BVSc PhD FRCVS FRCPath)

Cheryl joins AVS following a mixed pathology career mainly in industry and academia. She graduated from Liverpool University and then gained a PhD from Aberdeen University before focussing on pathology initially at the R(D)SVS in Edinburgh contributing to their diagnostic service and research programmes. She was awarded Membership of the RCPath in 2001 subsequently becoming a Fellow of both the RCPath and RCVS. She is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Pathology with particular interests in rodent and rabbit pathology. She is currently the Chair of the Royal College of Pathology’s Specialty Advisory Committee for Veterinary Pathology and a senior examiner for the College.

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Debra Fews

Veterinary Pathologist
(BSc BVM&S Cert VA Dip RCPath FRCPath FHEA MRCVS RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Pathology)

Debra graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and went on tocomplete an internship at the RVC in Equine medicine and surgery. After a few years in first opinion and referral Equine Practice, Debra attained a Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, later she had a residency in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Bristol followed by a clinical fellowship in Veterinary pathology. In 2005 she was awarded the Diploma of the Royal College of Pathologists. Followed by Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2006 and a Fellowship. In 2013 she became a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Pathology. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Honorary Senior Teaching Fellow in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Bristol.

She is a senior examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists and is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee for Veterinary Pathology.

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Lucy Oldroyd

Veterinary Pathologist
(BSc BVMS Dip ACVP MACVS MRCVS)

Graduate from Murdoch University, Western Australia. Eighteen months in mixed practice, returning to Murdoch University to complete a pathology internship. Became, by examination, a Member of the Pathobiology chapter of Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. She moved to the UK to join Abbey Veterinary Services in 1995. In 2005 became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

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Stephen Jordan

Trainee Clinical Pathologist
(BVM&S MRCVS)

Stephen graduated from the R(D)SVS in 2010 and following three years in mixed practice in North Yorkshire joined the laboratory in 2013 to train as a clinical pathologist.

Associate Pathologists
 

 

Dr Peter Graham BVMS PhD CertVR DipECVCP MRCVS

Peter graduated from Glasgow in 1989; he is a clinical pathologist and endocrinologist with an international reputation. Following his post-graduate studies he was appointed as a lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Glasgow. Before joining the laboratory where he was our MD for 11 years, he was Assistant Professor and Section Chief of the endocrinology section of the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory at Michigan State University, recognised as the world’s largest endocrinology laboratory. His particular professional interests include internal medicine and clinical pathology. In addition Peter has an impressive bibliography and is a popular speaker at veterinary meetings throughout the world.

 

Mark F. Stidworthy MA VetMB PhD FRCPath MRCVS

Since 2003, Mark has provided dedicated full-time anatomic pathology services for zoo, exotic and wildlife species including fish. Mark graduated from Cambridge in 1996 (taking his BA in pathology) and received pathology residency training and diagnostic experience at Liverpool and Cambridge Veterinary Schools, and a PhD for experimental studies on repair in the CNS. Mark is FRCPath and on the board of examiners for veterinary pathology.
He was founder Secretary of the British Society of Veterinary Pathology, and is a Council member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society.

 

Dr Daniela Denk DrMed Vet MRCVS

Daniela graduated from Munich Veterinary School where she began working in diagnosticpathology in 2006, before completing a pathology residency at Liverpool University. She joined IZVG Pathology in March 2011. She has particular interests in zoo and wildlife pathology, neuropathology and dermatopathology, and is working towards her DipECVP

 

The wider team
 

Our management and pathology team are supported by a dedicated professional team of laboratory scientists, technicians, sales, customer services and finance people.