I cannot thank enough every single person from Cave for the love, kindness, professionalism and thoughtfulness they have showed me and my rescue dogs over the years, it has made a crucial difference.

Debbie Lock
Veterinary Surgeons

The Team

Veterinary Surgeons

  • Tom Cave BVSc MSc (Clinical Oncology) DSAM MRCVS

    Tom Cave BVSc MSc (Clinical Oncology) DSAM MRCVS

    RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

    Tom graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in 1996 and spent 4 years in private practice in the southwest gaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 1999. He then moved to the University of Glasgow as a resident in clinical oncology and haematology where he became Senior Clinical Oncologist. In 2003 he returned to the southwest to provide a private oncology and internal medicine referral service.

    Tom was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2004 and his MSc in Clinical Oncology from the Cancer Research UK Institute for Cancer Studies at Birmingham University in 2005. Tom has a particular interest in medical oncology and haematology but practices all aspects of canine and feline internal medicine.

    Special interests and research areas: Medical oncology, Haematology (anaemia, clotting disorders), Feline dysautonomia. Selected publications.

  • Nele Van Den Steen CertSAM MSc(Clinical Oncology) DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

    Nele Van Den Steen CertSAM MSc(Clinical Oncology) DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

    RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

    Nele graduated as a vet from Ghent University in July 2002. After two years of small animal practice in the Midlands, she moved to Newmarket where she completed a small animal internship at the Animal Health Trust. She continued as an oncology fellow and studied for a Masters in Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham.

    Nele was awarded her MSc in 2012. In 2010, she joined Dick White Referrals to complete a residency in small animal internal medicine and gained her RCVS Certificate in small animal medicine in 2011 and her European Diploma in 2012.

    Nele loves spending her time outdoors and is looking forward to learning to climb and surf now she has moved to the West Country. Nele has a lovely son named Harry and a springer spaniel called Bobby.

  • Chantal Teixeira Rosa DVM BVSc (Hons) MMedVet(Med) Dip ECVIM-CA  MRCVS

    Chantal Teixeira Rosa DVM BVSc (Hons) MMedVet(Med) Dip ECVIM-CA MRCVS

    European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

    Chantal graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University Vasco da Gama, Portugal, in 2007. After two and a half years in small animal private practice in Portugal, she completed a one year rotational internship in small animals at the VRCC - Veterinary Referral Center in Essex, United Kingdom. Chantal then did her small animal internal medicine residency from 2011-2014 in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort, by the University of Pretoria. She has also completed her South African small animal internal medicine specialty and obtained her MMedvet (Med) degree in 2014. Her research was on vitamin D status in canine spirocercosis and its potential importance in the neoplastic transformation.

    Chantal has a special interest in oncology, endocrinology and nephrology. In her spare time, Chantal enjoys going out with friends, visiting new places, dancing and going to the gym.

  • Chiara Giannasi BVMS MRCVS

    Chiara Giannasi BVMS MRCVS

    Chiara qualified from the Glasgow University Veterinary School in 2011. After graduating she began a small animal rotating internship in Glasgow, staying on as a senior veterinary surgeon in emergency and critical care.   In 2016 she completed an ECVIM approved residency in small animal internal medicine.  During her residency Chiara carried out research in the areas of pancreatitis and lymphoma.

    Chiara joined the internal medicine team at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2016. In her spare time Chiara is kept busy with her pets at home but also enjoys visiting art galleries and exhibitions.

  • Emma Roberts BVetMed (Hons) MVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

    Emma Roberts BVetMed (Hons) MVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

    European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

    Emma graduated from the RVC in 2007. She then spent 4 years working in general practice in Buckinghamshire before moving to Glasgow, to complete a rotating internship, and then a residency in Internal Medicine combined with a masters in feline hyperthyroidism. She enjoys all aspects of medicine, but, her main interests are those of endocrinology and haematology.   In her spare time, Emma enjoys exploring the countryside, keeping fit with hockey and running and cooking using locally sourced ingredients.

  • Ross Doust BVSc CSAS DECVS MRCVS

    Ross Doust BVSc CSAS DECVS MRCVS

    European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

    Ross graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991. After working in  Australia for three years he travelled to the UK and worked as a locum in mixed practices in Wales, Scotland and several areas in England before taking full time work in Lewes. In 2000 Ross started a small animal surgery residency at the University of Glasgow during which time he completed the Royal College certificate in small animal surgery and  the European diploma in small animal surgery.

    Following a short term appointment as lecturer in soft tissue surgery at the University of Glasgow, Ross moved to the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket as Soft Tissue Surgeon. Ross then spent time as a surgeon at Fifth Avenue Vet Specialists in Manhattan and as Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Melbourne.

    Ross joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in September 2011. He is particularly interested in all elements of oncologic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgery including laryngeal paralysis, thoracic surgery including tumours and cardiac abnormalities, abdominal surgery including urinary incontinence. Ross is also happy to see trauma and orthopaedic cases.

    Ross is actively involved with the European College and is on the Credentials Committee which assesses the progress of surgical residents from all over Europe each year.

  • Heather Bancroft-Hunt BVSc (Distinction) Diplomate ACVS-SA MRCVS

    Heather Bancroft-Hunt BVSc (Distinction) Diplomate ACVS-SA MRCVS

    American Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

    Originally from Michigan, USA, Heather has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Mathematics. She completed her veterinary degree with distinction at Massey University in New Zealand in 2008.  Heather worked in private practice in Michigan, then in Lowestoft, England, before completing her 1-year small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.  Heather completed her surgical residency with Veterinary Surgical Center, a private practice in the Washington, D.C. area.

    Heather is thrilled to have returned to England and is happily living in rural Devon with her husband, James, who is also a vet, their cat Maggie G and dog Quimby.

  • Jessica Gower MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

    Jessica Gower MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

    European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

    Jess graduated in 1992 from the University of Cambridge. She spent 20 years as a surgeon at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital, Victoria, where she achieved an RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 1997. Jess then undertook an Alternate Track Residency with the Royal Veterinary College, becoming an ECVS Diplomate in 2010. Jess moved to Devon at the end of 2013, initially for an orthopaedic post, before joining Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2016.  Jess's interests out of work, along with raising her two small children, are growing her own fruit and vegetables and looking after 8 very loved chickens, three runner ducks and an occasional share in a terrier called Dexter.

  • Nicki Grint BVSc PhD DVA DipIECVAA MRCVS

    Nicki Grint BVSc PhD DVA DipIECVAA MRCVS

    European Specialist In Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia

    Nicki graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2000, and stayed on to undertake an internship and then residency in veterinary anaesthesia. In 2005, she moved to Liverpool Vet School to undertake a three year lectureship post, becoming head of division in 2007. After leaving Liverpool, Nicki locumed at the Animal Health Trust, the  Royal Veterinary College, and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her PhD in pain and pain relief at Bristol University and holds the RCVS certificate and diploma in veterinary anaesthesia. She is also a European diplomate in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia.

    Nicki runs the anaesthesia service at Cave Veterinary Specialists, and together with the excellent nursing staff, ensures that the patients are sedated and anaesthetised safely, and that they are comfortable and pain-free after any painful procedures and surgeries

  • Latifa Khenissi DVM  MRCVS

    Latifa Khenissi DVM MRCVS

    Latifa graduated from Enva (Alfort) close to Paris in 2012.  She completed an equine internship in Liege, Belgium, where she discovered her interest in anaesthesia.  Latifa moved to England and completed her residency in Langford, Bristol.  Latifa's hobbies are horseriding, showjumping, eventing and travelling.

    When not working Latifa loves to spend time with her dog called Delit, her horse called Tia and enjoys playing volleyball.

     

  • James Hunt BVetMed MSc CertVA DipECAWBM(AWSEL) MRCVS

    James Hunt BVetMed MSc CertVA DipECAWBM(AWSEL) MRCVS

    James qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998 and completed the RCVS certificate in veterinary anaesthesia whilst working in mixed practice in 2004. Having been passionate about managing pain from early in his career, in 2012 he was awarded a masters degree by Bristol University for research into peri-operative pain management in dogs and cats. James continued to work as a researcher in the field of pain management at Bristol University for the next 4 years, studying both acute peri-operative pain and chronic pain associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis.  In 2016 he was adopted as a de facto diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, in recognition of his contribution to the field of animal welfare.

  • William McFadzean BVetMed CertAVP(VA) MRCVS

    William McFadzean BVetMed CertAVP(VA) MRCVS

    Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Anaesthesia

    Bio coming shortly

  • Peri Lau-Gillard DrMedVet CertVD DipECVD MRCVS

    Peri Lau-Gillard DrMedVet CertVD DipECVD MRCVS

    RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

    Peri graduated in 1996 as a Veterinary Surgeon from the LWU in Munich, Germany, completing her doctor thesis in 1999 and moving to the UK in 2000 and joining the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket in 2001 as a Scholar in Veterinary Dermatology. She completed the training program in 2004 and was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology that year.  In 2005 Peri moved to the University of Bristol as a Clinical Associate in Dermatology, fulfilling the requirement to take the examination to become a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology. Peri joined our referral service in January 2011 and was awarded the European Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 2012.  Peri enjoys all aspects of veterinary dermatology but has a particular interest in allergic skin disease and ear problems

  • Salih Eminaga DVM GPCert(SAS) DipECVN MRCVS

    Salih Eminaga DVM GPCert(SAS) DipECVN MRCVS

    RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and European Veterinary Specialist in Neurology

    We are delighted that Salih joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2015.  He received his veterinary degree from Ankara University, Turkey in 2001 where he then spent two years as a Research Assistant in the Department of Surgery. He then moved to England and worked in small animal practice for four years during which he gained the General Practitioner certificate in small animal surgery (GPCert(SAS)). In 2010, he started an ECVN approved residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery,  and having completed his residency in 2014 he moved to the United States to work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Clinical Instructor in Neurology/Neurosurgery.

    Salih was very excited to return to Somerset and join us to offer a comprehensive Neurology and Neurosurgery service. His clinical interests include surgical treatment options for Chiari like malformation and syringohydromyelia, treatment of brain tumours, management of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and inflammatory CNS diseases. Selected Publications.

  • Dr. Nicolas Granger DVM Phd DipECVN FHEA MRCVS

    Dr. Nicolas Granger DVM Phd DipECVN FHEA MRCVS

    RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Bristol

    Nicolas received his veterinary degree from the National Veterinary School of Alfort near Paris,  France, in 2002, where he also completed an internship and his neurology/neurosurgery training from 2002 to 2006.  He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2006. He moved to the United Kingdom in 2006 running the neurology/neurosurgery service at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge from 2006-2008, before taking a research position in neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a PhD in neurosciences in 2012. His research focused on treatments for spinal cord injury in dogs, including transplantation of cells for spinal cord repair and implantation of neuroprosthesis for bladder incontinence control.  

    Nicolas joined the University of Bristol in 2012 as a senior lecturer in small animal neurology and neurosurgery and continued his research there.  He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Bristol.

    Nicolas joined the expanding neurology service here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2016. Selected Publications.

  • Phillip Strom DVM, DACVR, MRCVS

    Phillip Strom DVM, DACVR, MRCVS

    Diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiology

    We are delighted that Phil has joined our team. Phil was born and raised in New York and completed his veterinary education and imaging residency at Michigan State University. Upon completion of his residency, Phil remained at MSU where he was an Assistant Professor of Imaging. His clinical interests include MRI and ultrasound.

    We are delighted Phil has joined our team, he will be offering outpatient and inpatient ultrasound,  inpatient MRI, CT and radiographic exams and consultation.

     

  • Fernando Liste-Burillo DVM, MSc, PhD MRCVS

    Fernando Liste-Burillo DVM, MSc, PhD MRCVS

    Diagnostic Imager

    We are delighted that Fernando has joined our Diagnostic Team from Spain, where he was formerly a Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging at the Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery School of Veterinary Medicine, University CEU-Cardenal Herrera in Valencia, where he worked since 1997.   Fernando has worked internationally in Radiology and Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging since finishing his PhD at the University of Zaragoza in Spain in 1994, including a year as Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in James Cook University, Australia. 
    In 2010, Fernando's text book Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging was published, it was the first of it's kind to be published in Spain. For information on Fernando's book, please follow this link.  http://www.grupoasis.com/en/d/libros/atlasvetdiagnostico_export.pdf

  • Tracy Down BSc(Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic)

    Tracy Down BSc(Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic)

    Radiographer

     Tracy joined us in 2016 having previously worked in the NHS as a radiographer, CT/MRI Specialist.  Tracy decided to join the Veterinary world as it was an exciting opportunity to use her skills in a different area, animals, rather than humans!  Tracy enjoys competing at dog agility and providing medical cover at festivals. She has two English Springer Spaniels, a Working Cocker Spaniel and a cat.

  • Joanne Harris BVSc CertVC MRCVS

    Joanne Harris BVSc CertVC MRCVS

    BVSc CertVC MRCVS

    Jo graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2000. After completing a cardiology internship and obtaining the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2008, She joined the referral team at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists, Hampshire.  In 2010 Jo relocated to the south-west and joined RCVS Recognised Specialist Dr Mark Patteson, initially at Vale Referrals in Dursley and then forming 'HeartVets', an independent cardiology consultancy offering cardiology clinics throughout the south-west UK and south Wales. Jo still runs the HeartVets online ECG/radiograph reporting and Holter monitoring service. She is currently nearing the end of her alternate track residency working towards the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. She has a particular interest in cardiac arrhythmias, and is undertaking research into preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy in Dobermans.

    In her little spare time Jo enjoys surfing and exploring the beaches of the south-west in her campervan with her husband, two young boys and Labrador Tarka.