Meet The Experts !


AndrewCAndrew Coughlan BVSc CertVA DSAS(Orth) PhD FRCVS

Andrew founded The Veterinary Expert. Having been an orthopaedic specialist for many years, he recently retired from full time clinical work to focus on developing educational resources for both veterinary surgeons and pet owners. He lives in England with his wife, 3 children, doberman, gun-shy Labrador, 2 tortioses and a bearded dragon. He is passionate about helping as many people as possible get the right information about their pet’s health.

Matthew Gurney BVSc CertVA DipECVAA MRCVSMattGurney

Anaesthesia & Crtical Care Expert
Matt Gurney is a specialist veterinary anaesthetist based at Northwest Surgeons in Cheshire, UK. He is a Diplomate of The European College of Anaesthesia and Analgesia. In his day to day work, Matt is responsible for the anaesthesia and pain management of pets undergoing a range of complex and life-saving surgical procedures.
Northwest Surgeons

Aidan McAlinden MVB CertSAS MRCVS DipECVSAidanMcAlinden

Surgery Expert
Aidan is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery. He recently worked as a surgeon at Davies Veterinary Specialists, one of the largest multi-disciplinary referral centres in Europe. He is currently Lecturer in Veterinary Surgery at University College Dublin where his busy case load comprises cats and dogs requiring ENT, cardiothoracic, abdominal or cancer surgery.
UCD Small Animal Hospital

Susan Ella Dawson PhD MEd(Psychol) MBPsSSueDawson

Human-Animal Relations Expert
Susan is a psychologist who has worked extensively in developing education programmes about the psychology of human-animal relationships. She has advised individuals, veterinary practices, large corporations and several charitable organisations such as The RSPCA, Blue Cross and The Donkey Sanctuary.



Helen Fentem-Jones Cat A ACPAT, MCSP. MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, MSc Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Expert
Helen’s first degree was a Bachelors in Equine Science. She then trained as a human physiotherapist working with musculoskeletal, neurological and critical care patients, followed by completion of a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College. Helen now works  closely with specialist veterinary clinicians delivering a comprehensive range of land and water-based physiotherapy techniques, as both an inpatient and outpatient service.
Dick White Referrals

Laurent Garosi DVM DipECVN MRCVSLaurent

Neurology Expert
Laurent is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology and Head of Neurology at Davies Veterinary Specialist, one of the largest multi-specialist veterinary centres in Europe. He is in demand both home and abroad as a speaker and specialist neurologist.
Davies Veterinary Specialists



Simon Platt BVM&S DipACVIM (Neurology) DipECVN MRCVS

Neurology Expert
Simon is Professor of Veterinary Neurology at The University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine and previously Head of Neurology at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. He is a Diplomate of both The European College of Veterinary Neurology and The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
UGA Neurology Service



Gerry Polton MA VetMB MSc(Onc) DipECVIM(Onc) MRCVS

Cancer Expert
Gerry is a European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Oncology and a Diplomate of The European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is an internationally recognised authority on certain types of pet cancer and works as a clinical oncologist at North Downs Specialist Referrals in Surrey, UK.
North Downs Specialist Referrals


Nuala Summerfield BSc BVM&S DipACVIM(Cardiology) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS

Cardiology Expert
Nuala is a European and American Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology. She has worked in University teaching hospitals in both the USA and UK and has been in specialty Cardiology referral practice since 2005. Nuala has lectured and published widely in the field of heart disease in cats and dogs.
New Priory Cardiorespiratory Referrals


PeterSoutherdenPeter Southerden BVSc MBA DipEVDC MRCVS

Dental Expert
Peter is a recognised European Veterinary Dental Specialist. He runs a dental referral service in the South West of England where he sees difficult dentistry cases and patients requiring complex surgery of the mouth, jaw and face. Peter teaches dental techniques to vets in the UK and has lectured at both UK and European veterinary conferences.
Eastcott Referrals

JonWrayJon Wray BVSc DSAM CertVC MRCVS

Internal Medicine Expert
Jon is an Internal Medicine Specialist at Dick White Referrals near Cambridge UK where his time is divided between seeing difficult medical cases and performing interventional x-ray techniques. Jon has held senior positions in university teaching hospitals and lectured widely. He has also been a chief examiner for UK Specialist examinations in Small Animal Medicine.
Dick White Referrals

RobRaywardRob Rayward MA VetMB DSAS(Orth) MRCVS

Orthopaedic Expert
Rob is a recognised specialist in canine and feline orthopaedics. He worked for over 10 years in one of the largest veterinary multi-specialist centres in Europe. In 2011 he co-founded Coast Veterinary Referrals which provides specialist orthopaedic care to animals in the South of England.
Coast Veterinary Referrals

ClaudiaBusseClaudia Busse Dr. med. vet., CertVOphthal, DipECVO

Ophthalmology Expert
Claudia graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover, in 2004. She initially worked in general practice in Germany, while completing her doctoral thesis on hereditary eye disease. In 2005 she moved to the Animal Health Trust, becoming a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2010. She has worked as a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist since then and is based at Dick White Referrals near Cambridge, UK.
Dick White Referrals

SimonRochSimon Roch BVM&S DSAS(Orth) MRCVS

Orthopaedic Expert
Simon is a recognised specialist in canine and feline orthopaedics. He runs Kentdale Veterinary Orthopaedics, a well established orthopaedic and spinal referral service based in Cumbria and serving the north west of England and south Scotland.
Kentdale Orthopaedic Referrals

JonBowenJon Bowen BVetMed DipAS(CABC) MRCVS

Behaviour Expert
Jon is a behaviour consultant at the QMHA and sees referral cases from all over the South East of England. He is a world renowned authority on the biological basis for canine behavioural disorders and has co-authored a textbook of behavioural medicine
Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College

KitSturgessKit Sturgess MA VetMB PhD CertVR DSAM CertVC MRCVS

Medicine Expert
Kit is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised specialist in internal medicine and has been in clinical practice for over 25 years. He now provides independent specialist internal medicine services to colleagues in general practice. Kit has authored two textbooks and lectures internationally.
Vet Freedom

ShailenJasaniShailen Jasani MA VetMB DipACVECC MRCVS

Emergency Expert
Shailen is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECC). He has extensive experience of non-referral/first opinion emergency care and is the sole author of a book on small animal emergency medicine for vets in general practice. Shailen is currently at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College. He also founded and runs the Ralph Site, a non-profit pet loss support resource.
Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College, More about Shailen

DavidWalkerDavid Walker BVetMed(hons) DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Medicine Expert
David Walker is an American, European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. David is head of medicine at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire, UK. This is a large, multi-specialist referral practice serving dogs and cats across the South of England.
Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists

CSturgeon Catherine Sturgeon BVetMed(hons) CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Soft Tissue Surgery Expert
Catherine qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1994 and with a passion for soft tissue surgery, she has become a recognised specialist of both the Royal and European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Catherine has been exposed to hundreds of cases, giving her the practical ‘know how’ to assist any patient with a soft tissue surgery problem. A pet lover through and through, Catherine has a pampered cat and a Lurcher with selective hearing.
Northwest Surgeons

EliseRobertson Elise Robertson BS BVetMed MACVSc (Feline) DipABVP(Feline) MRCVS

Feline Expert
Elise graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and is an American Board Certified Specialist in Feline Practice. She currently operates a visiting feline medicine referral and endoscopy consultancy service for veterinary practices in South-east England and also heads the Feline Medicine Referral Service at VRCC Referrals. Elise’s professional interests include medical endoscopy and endosurgery (‘keyhole surgery’).
Feline Vet Referrals

Mayank Seth-edited Mayank Seth BSc(hons) BVetMed(hons) DipACVIM(SAIM) MRCVS

Medicine Expert
Mayank is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Head of Internal Medicine at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. In additional to working in specialty practice in the UK, Mayank has worked in general practice and at The University of Pennsylvania where he oversaw the renowned Penn Animal Blood Bank transfusion program.
Animal Health Trust

Marge-ChandlerMarge Chandler DVM NS MACVSc DipACVN DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Pet Nutrition Expert
Dr Marge Chandler is a Consultant in Small Animal Nutrition and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Edinburgh. After qualifying from Colorado State University she was in general practice for 4 years before returning to do a double residency in small animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition at Colorado State University and Massey University in New Zealand.

Roger-PowellRoger Powell MA VetMB DipRCPath Diplomate ACVP FRCPath MRCVS

Pathology Expert
Roger is a clinical pathologist running PTDS, an independent veterinary diagnostic centre in Hertfordshire. He has both the British and American Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. He consults with first opinion and referral vets, daily analysing samples from sick animals to help diagnose what is wrong with them, in order to allow them to be treated correctly.

AnitaAnita Patel BVM DVD MRCVS

Dermatology Expert
Anita is a Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and runs a busy dermatology referral service from 4 clinics in London and the South East of England and lectures both in the UK and abroad. She has over 20 years experience in the subject, with the last 12 years dedicated to small animal dermatology.
Dermatology Referrals

TerryEmmersonTerry Emmerson MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Surgery Expert
Terry is an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He is Clinical Director of Surgery at North Downs Specialist Referrals; a large multidiscipline referral hospital serving dogs and cats in the South East of England. He has been working as a specialist surgeon since 1998. Terry has wide experience of all aspects of surgery but has developed a particular interest in cancer surgery.
North Downs Specialist Referrals