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 Sue Paterson M.A. Vet.M.V. D.V.D. Dip.E.C.V.D. FRCVS RCVS and European Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology


Sue Paterson is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and by the European College of Veterinary Dermatology as a specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. She has recently been elected as a Fellow of the RCVS for her contributions to clinical practice in the field of Veterinary Dermatology

Sue has written 7 text books. "Skin diseases of the dog" published in 1998, then "Skin diseases of the cat" in 1999. These have sold worldwide and have been translated into many languages including German, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. Her third text book "Medical management of otitis externa" was published in 2005 followed by "Skin Diseases of Exotic pets" was published in 2006. The second edition of Skin Diseases of the dog and cat was published in 2008. An illustrated atlas of ear disease of the cat and dog was published in 2012 with Karen Tobias and most recently in 2014 she has published Otitis externa with her co-author Richard Harvey. She has contributed chapters to a variety of text books including BSAVA manual of Small Animal Dermatology, Feline Internal Medicine, Equine Medicine and Therapeutics, the forthcoming editions of Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents, Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Kirks Current Veterinary Therapy XVI and Advances in Veterinary Dermatology. She has written more than 60 refereed publications in English, European and American journals She has lectured extensively including in the USA at the NAVC Congress, in the UK at national meeting for the BSAVA and BVDGS including being a regular speaker at the Annual BSAVA Congress. In Europe, she is a regular contributor to the Annual European Dermatology Congresses. She has been an invited speaker at international meetings all over the World in more than 30 different countries. She is a member RCVS Council, is Junior Vice President of BSAVA and is Senior Vice President of ESVD.

Dr Ian Barclay BVM&S CertSAO MRCVS

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Ian qualified from Edinburgh in 1981, he started working as an assistant at Rutland House in 1986. He became a partner in 1990 obtaining his certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1992. Ian has three grown up children. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano, fishing, running, climbing & cooking (but not necessarily in that order!).

He has taken part in numerous half marathons and cycle rides raising money for different charities and more recently he conquered Kilimanjaro.

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.

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

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. .

Alison Wilson Rutland Referrals Staff
Dr Alison Wilson BVetMed MRCVS


After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 1993, Alison worked in mixed practice in the UK. A move to Denmark allowed her to experience different aspects of the veterinary profession, including small animal practice ownership. An interest in dermatology, which had started early in her career, developed further and a desire to specialise was realised in 2014, when she returned to the Royal Veterinary College to undertake a three year residency training in veterinary dermatology.

Alison thoroughly enjoys all aspects of clinical dermatology, but is particularly interested in ear disease, and allergic skin disease. She plans to sit the European specialist board exams in 2018.

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.

Mr Sean Henney BVM&S CertSAD PGCertSAM MRCVS


Sean Henney graduated from the R(D)SVS in 1983 and went into mixed practice in the West Country, gaining his CertSAD in 1988 and moving into companion animal only practice the year after and progressing to totally small animal from there.

He ran what was, at the time, the largest private referral practice in the country, Stone Lion in Wimbledon, and was the staff internist. Sean has worked both in the UK and the Gulf, as well as visiting India for personal patient care! He has run dermatology clinics in Wiltshire, London, Surrey, West Yorkshire, Jersey and Lancashire.

Sean is interested in all aspects of small animal dermatology and recently passed the BSAVA PGCertSAM.

Over the years Sean has worked as an assistant, partner/principal, locum and consultant so fully understands the needs of all sides of the 'referral triangle' and uses this to help referring practices develop client loyalty and respect.

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

Surgical Registrar

Gemma Holloway graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 and spent 7 years in general small animal practice before coming to join Rutland House Referrals as Surgical Registrar in May 2016. 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

Gemma has  completed her RCVS certAVP in small animal surgery and plans to go on to do her ECVS diploma.

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

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.

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.  

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

Theatre Nurse

Cheryl Corless Rutland Referrals Staff
Cheryl Corless RVN

Theatre Nurse

T. Cooper Rutland Referrals Staff
Taylor Cooper RVN

Theatre Nurse

Sophie Green Dip HE CVN RVN Dip HE CVN RVN

Theatre Nurse

Sophie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from Myerscough College in 2013. She began her dream career as an RVN in a busy small animal, First Opinion practice. She remained in First Opinion for 3 years, during this time she had progressed from a student Veterinary Nurse to Head Nurse, became a Clinical Coach for trainee Veterinary Nurses and worked between 3 sister practices. Sophie realised her passion was anaesthesia and analgesia and decided it was time to pursue her area of interest further, and so she became a Referral Theatre Nurse at Rutland House Referrals in 2016. Sophie's role within Theatre includes Infection Control, ensuring an exceptional level of hygiene is maintained. She recently completed her Diploma HE in Clinical Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough College, awarded Distinction, and will be starting her Advanced Veterinary Nursing module in September. She then wants to go on to complete her Veterinary Technician Specialist qualification in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. 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.

Jo Ackers DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Theatre Nurse

Kelly Park DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Theatre Nurse

Rutland Referrals Staff
Abby Wilson RVN

Theatre Nurse

Leanne Doherty DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Head Referral Ward Nurse

Fiona Davies Rutland Referrals Staff
Fiona Davies RVN

Referral Ward Nurse

Sophie Hesketh RVN

Referral Ward Nurse

Hannah Lancaster Rutland Referrals Staff
Hannah Lancaster RVN

Referral Ward Nurse

Danielle Roberts RVN

Referral Ward Nurse

Craig Tessyman RVN

Exotics Nurse

Rutland Referrals Staff
Hayley Blackmore RVN

Exotics Nurse

Bernie Pickavance RVN

Dermatology Nurse

Rutland Referrals Staff
Eliza Rogalska MRCVS

Dermatology Intern

Athin Athinodorou MVetSci MRCVS

Exotics Registrar

Markos Antonakakis MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Olga Gluszko MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Zuzana Dzurillova MVDr MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Anastasia Tachou MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Maria Jesus Navarro Carrillo MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Victoria Morley Rutland Referrals Staff
Victoria Morley BVMS MSc MRes MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Beatriz Gonzalez Silvente


Sara Molloy

Dermatology Intern

Rutland Referrals Staff
Lottie Hargreaves

Referral Co-Ordinator

Siobhan Tench Rutland Referrals Staff
Siobhan Tench