Robyn Nugent, Referral Co-Ordinator

Referral Co-Ordinator

Eva-Maria Talt MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Mariangela Colasuonno MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Dr Duncan Midgley BVMS CertSAO MRCVS

Clinical Director - Orthopaedic Surgeon

  Duncan graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1991 and achieved his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics, whilst in practice, in 1996. He became a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised Advanced  Veterinary Practitioner in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 2014. He is a clinical director at Rutland House Referrals in St.Helens where he has worked in orthopaedics for over 20 years. He is a consultant for Securos Orthopaedics and has taught courses to postgraduate vets on their behalf for a number of years. He has presented at BSAVA, VetFest, the London Vet show and World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress on their behalf. He is the current chair of the VetPartners surgery board. When not working, he spends his time trying to entertain his 3 children or reducing his golf handicap. His interests lie in all areas of orthopaedics and traumatology; specifically, cranial cruciate disease, application of locking plates and plate rod systems, and treatments for canine hip disease.    

Jon Beronet Rutland Referrals Staff
Dr Jan Beranek MVDr Dipl ECVS MRCVS EBVS European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Soft Tissue Surgeon

Jan Beranek has graduated from Veterinary University Brno in 1994. He continued postgraduate studies at the Small Animal Surgery and Radiology Department at the same university for another three years. Jan joined the team of the first private referral clinic Klinika Jaggy in the Czech Republic and he was working there till 2010.

He moved to the United Kingdom in December 2010 and began to work at Rutland House Referrals in St Helens. He became a diplomate of European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018. Jan is an author of two textbooks regarding orthopaedic radiology and thoracic radiology of small animals. His work has been focused on minimal invasive surgery, neurosurgery and soft tissue surgery.

Mr Chris Fellows BVMS CertVC MRCVS


Chris Fellows qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1990, and entered small animal practice in Leeds. He studied for and gained his Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology from this practice in 1995. Shortly after this he ran the Glasgow University Cardiology Department for 6 months whilst Chris Little was on a sabbatical. In 1997.

Chris left Leeds to work in Cumbria, where, in 1998 he set up his own small animal practice in Ulverston. He has been seeing cardiology referrals for local practices since gaining his certificate and has a special interest in cardiac and thoracic ultrasound. Chris left his practice in Ulverston in March 2010 to concentrate on cardiopulmonary cases, and now works in various locations in the North West.

Chris lives in the Lake Disrict & has 2 daughters.

He is a keen fell runner and cyclist, as well as being a guitarist in a local band. .

Dr Molly Varga BVetMed DZooMed MRCVS

Exotics Specialist

Molly is a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. She gained her RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001, and her Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) in 2007.

Molly has contributed to several textbooks including the BSAVA Manual of Reptiles (2nd and 3rd Editions), BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Medicine, BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Surgery, Imaging and Dentistry, BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties, BSAVA Formulary (7th Edition) and edited the BSAVA Manual of Nursing Exotic Pets and Wildlife. Molly has also revised and updated the second edition of the Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. In addition to writing, Molly has lectured widely on a range of topics covering a variety of exotic species.

Rutland House Exotics Department has the capacity and experience to examine, house and treat a variety of species including reptiles, fish, birds and most species of mammals (although species covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act will also be seen by appointment)."

Christopher Saul Rutland Referrals Staff
Dr Christopher Saul BVetMed CertSAM MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

Internal Medicine

Christopher qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2003. He gained his certificate in small animal medicine in 2010, and since that time he has worked in a busy referral centre in the North West, seeing referrals in general medicine and oncology. His principal interests include gastrointestinal, pancreatic and liver diseases of dogs and cats as well as investigation and treatment of immune mediated diseases and chemotherapy for the treatment of lymphoma. He is also an external examiner for the University of Liverpool

Dr Allison German BVSc MSC PhD MRCVS Director, ACG Veterinary Consultancy Independent Veterinary Consultant

Internal Medicine

Allison German graduated in Veterinary Science in 1997 from the University of Bristol. Since then, she has worked in private small animal practice, completed an MSc in Wild Animal Health at London University and a PhD in feline retroviruses at Bristol University.

Allison worked as a postdoctoral scientist in tropical zoonotic infectious disease at Liverpool University, prior to becoming the Cats Protection Lecturer in Feline Health and Welfare for six years, seeing referral cases for the internal medicine service at Leahurst.

After time out having children, Allison set up as an independent veterinary consultant, started a mobile endoscopy service, and worked in first opinion practice and as an out-of-hours emergency and critical care vet. Additionally, Allison holds an honorary research post at the University of Liverpool and has collaborative projects with the University of Nottingham in feline and canine infectious diseases.

 Allison has spoken nationally and internationally about cats and cat diseases. She has published veterinary scientific and clinical papers and has contributed to the Royal Canin Cat Encyclopaedia and the BSAVA Shelter Manual.

 Allison is on the scientific committee organising the ISCAID symposium stream at ACVIM Congress.

Allison currently has a 14 year old cat, Ollie, a mad house bunny called Henry, and a variety of fish.

Dr Gemma Holloway CertAVPSAS PgCertSAS BVSc MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Surgery

Surgical Registrar

Gemma graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 and spent 7 years in general small animal practice. During this time Gemma became lead surgeon and acting clinical director of a group of practices in Surrey and gained the GPcertSAS post graduate qualification in surgery.

In May 2016 Gemma came to join Rutland House Referrals as Surgical Registrar, she has since  has  completed her RCVS CertAVP in small animal surgery and become an RCVS Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Surgery as well as becoming accredited as a Biomedtrix Universal Hip Replacement surgeon.  In 2019 Gemma became Rutland House Referrals first ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery and is currently studying towards her diploma.

Gemma enjoys all aspects of surgery with particular interests in total hip replacement, oncological and reconstructive surgery and brachycephalic airway syndrome.

When she gets a moment free from studying Gemma enjoys rock climbing, cycling and walking with her two troublesome rescue terriers.

Dr Joe Higgins BVSc CertAVP MRCVS

Surgical Registrar

Joe graduated from Liverpool University in 2012, and subsequently worked in mixed practice in the North Wales and Cheshire area before joining Rutland House. His main interests are small animal orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

Outside of work he enjoys travelling, walking his very energetic lurcher and Jack Russell Ernie and Lola, seeing friends and keeps fit playing tennis and football.

Mrs Lorna Newman BVM&s CertVOpthal MRCVS


Areas of special interest - Hereditary eye disease in dogs and cataract surgery.

Athin Athinodorou MVetSci MRCVS DVM MVetSci AFHEA MRCVS

Exotics Registrar

Athin graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2011. He worked in first opinion practice in Cyprus for a year, before moving on, to do externships in Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary Faculties of the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, and the University of Vienna, Austria. He has also worked at a State Veterinary Officer in Cyprus, dealing with herd and flock health, as well as with animal pathology. In 2015 he gained a Masters degree in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine, by the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. In 2016 he completed an internship in Wildlife Medicine and Surgery at RSPCA Stapeley Grange  Wildlife Center in Nantwich, which is one of the biggest and busiest Wildlife Hospitals in the UK. In 2017 he started a Rotating Internship at Rutland House Referrals. Upon the completion of his internship in June 2018, he continued working at Rutland House Referrals as an Exotics Registrar. Athin thoroughly enjoys all aspects of Zoological Medicine, particularly Avian Medicine and Wildlife Diseases. He also has a fond interest in teaching. During the years 2015 & 2016, he was employed by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies as a peer-tutor, where he taught Study  Skills, to students of different online Master programs within the school. He is currently working towards both the Certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine (CertAVP ZooMed) by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RVCS), and the post-graduate certificate in Veterinary Education (PGCert VetEd) by the Royal Veterinary College of University of London. In his free time, Athin enjoys travelling with friends, cooking, playing board games and watching  movies.

Maria Jesus Navarro Carrillo MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Renato Miloro MRCVS MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Beatriz Gonzalez Silvente


Lida Pappa MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Michalina Skapska MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Indre Petrauske DVM MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Janie Clare Rutland Referrals Staff
Janie Clare

Practice Manager

Rutland Referrals Staff
Emma Cook

Deputy Practice Manager

Emma joined Rutland House as head nurse in our Dermatology department over 12 years ago and then moved on to become Referral Co-ordinator. Emma's became Deputy Practice Manager in January 2017. . Her hobbies include cycling, swimming, horse riding.  

Siobhan Tench Rutland Referrals Staff
Siobhan Tench


Leanne Doherty DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Head Nurse - Referral

Leanne is an advanced diploma holding veterinary nurse with over 12 years of experience.

She came to Rutland House as a referral nurse assisting with feline medicine 11 years ago and is now head nurse.
Leanne’s main areas of Interest are transfusion medicine, patient care, feline friendly practice and infection control.
She has two ginger kitties called Floyd and Biscuit Baby and a  wry cheeky tortoise called Mr T.’

Cheryl Corless Rutland Referrals Staff
Cheryl Corless RVN

Theatre Manager

M. Jones Rutland Referrals Staff
Michelle Jones DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Theatre Nurse

Jo Ackers DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Theatre Nurse

Jo has worked for Rutland House for 5 years, initially as an RVN at our Haydock branch then moving across to Rutland House referrals as a theatre nurse 5 months later. Jo loves nursing surgical patients. At home Jo spend most of het time looking after her pony Jazz. She also has two black cats called Malcolm and Hunter.

Sophie Green Dip HE CVN RVN Dip HE CVN RVN

Theatre Nurse

Sophie joined Rutland House referrals as a  Referral Theatre Nurse in 2016. Sophie's role within Theatre includes Infection Control, ensuring an exceptional level of hygiene is maintained. After completing her Diploma HE in Clinical Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough College,being awarded Distinction, she will be starting her AVN module in September. Sophie enjoys travelling and would love to work as an RVN in Australia in the future. In her free time she enjoys sports, like going to the Gym, Swimming & Tennis, and loves meeting up with friends and family.

T. Cooper Rutland Referrals Staff
Taylor Cooper RVN RVN

Theatre Nurse

Kelly Park DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Theatre Nurse

Bernie Pickavance RVN

Dermatology Nurse

Hannah Lancaster Rutland Referrals Staff
Hannah Lancaster RVN RVN

Referral Ward Nurse

Hannah started her career at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital as an auxiliary nurse over 7 years ago, then went on to do her nurse training, qualifying as an RVN on 3 years ago. Hannah recently moved over to our Referrals where she is currently a Referral Ward Nurse  where she is mostly based in wards or medicine. Hannah has a "troublesome jackapoo" at home and a cat. Her hobbies include: Festivals, Concerts, Walking her dog and socialising with friends.

Craig Tessyman RVN RVN

Exotics Nurse

Rutland Referrals Staff
Hayley Blackmore RVN RVN

Exotics Nurse

Hayley is an RVN working in our exotics department Hayley's main hobbies are the gym, her dog and travelling in between work. Hayley has 5 rabbits, 1 dog and 8 koi carp. In summer months Hayley likes to try to get to Greece to help on the turtle island when the eggs are hatching and looking after nests.