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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.    

Dr Dimitrios Mitrakos DVM, PGCertSAS, FHEA, MRCVS and RCVS advanced practitioner small animal surgery

Orthopaedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

Dimitris graduated in 2011 from Greece. He worked there for a couple years before moving to UK in 2014. He has done a rotating internship in Ireland and a specialty surgical in a big referral practice in Manchester. In 2018 he was awarded his surgical certificate and in 2019 he was recognised as advanced practitioner in small animal surgery by RCVS while working as a surgery vet for a big hospital in the Midlands area. Dimitris enjoys both soft tissue and orthopedic cases and he is really interested in reconstructive surgery, cruciate disease and fracture management.

Dr Steve Hancox BVSc CertVR CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Orthopaedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

Steven qualified in 1984 and ran his own veterinary practice in Warrington for 30 years where he developed an interest in surgery including minimally invasive surgery.
He obtained RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Radiology in 1992 and Small Animal Surgery in 2002.
After selling his practice in 2017, he became an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in 2020
He sees soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery cases.

Dr Bartosz Ropelewski GPCertSAS PGCertSAS MRCVS RCVS advanced practitioner in small animal surgery

Orthopaedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

I qualified in 2006 from University of Warmia Mazury in Poland. Straight after University I completed a 9 month rotational internship in a Veterinary hospital in Gdansk Poland. For the next 12 years I worked in a first opinion practice in South Manchester, where I developed a strong interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and went on to study for certificate in small animal surgery which I achieved in 2016. The following year I gained my advanced practitioner status. In 2018 I started working in a busy hospital in Nottingham, where I further developed my surgical skills. I’m in interested in all aspects of surgery, but have a special interest in Neurosurgery, brachycephalic airway syndrome and reconstructive surgeries. I live at home with my black cat and partner and our young daughter. My interests outside of work include training for triathlons, walking and wild swimming.

Dr Allison German BVSc MSC PhD MRCVS Director

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.

 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.

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 Eva Espadale DVM MRCVS DipECVD EBVS and RCVS specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Dermatology Specialist

Eva graduated from the University Autonomous of Barcelona (UAB) in 2010. After graduating, Eva moved to the United Kingdom to work in small animal general practice in the South of England for three years. She then moved to Scotland to undertake a one-year rotating internship at the University of Edinburgh. From 2015 to 2018 she completed the residency in Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Liverpool. She obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 2019. Before joining Rutland House Referrals, Eva worked for the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology and as a Dermatology Clinician at the Small Animal Referral Hospital and as a Senior Dermatologist at the Animal Health Trust.  Outside work, Eva enjoys walking in the countryside, training her recently re-homed dog (hard work!), travelling and diving. Eva enjoys all aspects of Clinical Dermatology, in particular managing allergic skin disease, ear disease, and auto-immune/immune-mediated skin conditions. She loves being able to make a difference in the quality of life of her patients.

Dr Ingrid Segboer DVM CertVD MRCVS RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology


Ingrid qualified from Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1998. Soon after she moved to the UK and developed an interest in skin disorders. She gained a Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 2004, and moved up to Cheshire in 2007 to work alongside other certificate holders. Her main interest is in the management of atopic dermatitis and otitis, and to improve the quality of life of these patients. Ingrid has been doing intradermal tests since 2002 and attended a video-otoscopy course in Vienna in 2017.

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)."

Dr Sergio Silvetti

Exotics Specialist

Sergio qualified in Italy, Veterinary School of University of Milan in 1999 and he has worked in several practices in Italy before moving to the UK in 2010. Since then, he has worked in numerous first opinion and referral practices working with Exotic Animals only. He is co-author of a chapter in BSAVA Manual of Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery and he lectured numerous National and International Conferences. He also has 3 tarantulas and a Pacman frog at home.



Aixa is a Veterinary Intern at Rutland House Referrals.

Kalin Spasov MRCVS MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Kalin is a Veterinary Intern at Rutland House Referrals.

Lauryna Norkunaite MRCV'S

Veterinary Intern

Lauryna is a Veterinary Intern at Rutland House Referrals.

Anastasija Zaharova MRCVS MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Anastasija is a Veterinary Intern at Rutland House Referrals.

Janie Clare Rutland Referrals Staff
Janie Clare

Practice Manager

Siobhan Tench Rutland Referrals Staff
Siobhan Tench


Emma Cook VN

Referral Co-Ordinator

Emma joined Rutland House as head nurse initially in our Dermatology department over 14 years ago, and then moved on to become the Referral Co-Ordinator . Emma's hobbies include cycling, swimming, horse riding.  

Craig Tessyman RVN

Exotics Nurse

Craig is a RVN working in our exotics department.

Rutland Referrals Staff
Hayley Blackmore RVN RVN

Exotics Nurse

Hayley is a 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.

Bernie Pickavance RVN

Dermatology Nurse

Bernie is a RVN working in our Dermatology department.

Steph Bradley RVN RVN


T. Cooper Rutland Referrals Staff
Taylor Cooper RVN RVN

Theatre Nurse

Jenny Smith RVN

Shift/Team Leader

Joanne Wallace RVN

Theatre Nurse

Megan De Renzy

Referral Lab

Alanna Jaques RVN

Theatre Nurse

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.’

Hannah Lancaster Rutland Referrals Staff
Hannah Dunning 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.

Andrea Illidge

Referral Lab

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

Theatre Nurse

Abby Marsh RVN RVN


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

Theatre Nurse

Christine Wilkinson RVN