Cave approved as centre for neurology residencies

A highly-regarded Somerset referral hospital has been approved as a centre for neurology residency programmes by the European College of Veterinary Neurologists (ECVN).

Fran Taylor-Brown
Fran Taylor-Brown, EBVS and RCVS specialist in veterinary neurology, who has launched the neurology internship programme at Cave Veterinary Specialists.

Cave Veterinary Specialists, near Wellington, is hoping to announce its first resident at the start of next year, who will work under the guidance of double-boarded diplomates, Fran Taylor-Brown and Tom Cardy.

This is the first residency programme to be conducted at Cave and has been launched by Fran who, along with Tom, is an EBVS and RCVS specialist in veterinary neurology.

The Linnaeus Group-backed centre is eventually hoping to expand residencies to other disciplines, including internal medicine.

Fran said: “The ECVN accreditation is an important milestone for us as we look to develop and expand our expertise in neurology.

“We are currently undertaking a major recruitment drive and having the capability to offer specialist training in this discipline is another feather in the cap.

“We’re hopeful this approval will open the door to allow clinicians in other disciplines to receive specialist-level training with us in the future.”

Cave has also introduced an internship programme to support the growth of the team and has taken on Samantha Gilbert as a neurology intern.

Samantha graduated in 2015 from James Cook University in Australia and worked in general practice in Cairns for two years, before starting a rotating internship in Sydney.

She joins Cave to further her studies in neurology and neurosurgery.