Over the years, the general level of love, care and the highest degree of knowledge of all of the staff has been invaluable comfort and it’s wonderful that Cave care so much about the human family members as well.

Wayne Cullen
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

    EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and RCVS Specialists in Small Animal Internal 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 has a lovely son named Harri and a Springer Spaniel called Bobby.

     

  • Ross Doust BVSc CSAS DECVS

    Ross Doust BVSc CSAS DECVS

    EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and RCVS 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.

     

  • Jessica Gower MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

    Jessica Gower MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

    EBVS® European 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.

     

  • Frances Taylor-Brown BSc(Hons) BVetMed(Hons) MVetMed DipECVN MRCVS

    Frances Taylor-Brown BSc(Hons) BVetMed(Hons) MVetMed DipECVN MRCVS

    EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

    Fran graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and stayed on to complete a one year small animal rotating internship. After a period working in small animal practice in Hertfordshire she completed a Neurology and Neurosurgery Clinical Training Scholarship at the Royal Veterinary College, achieving the European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology in 2017. Fran subsequently worked at the Queen's Veterinary Hospital, University of Cambridge as a Clinical Neurologist before joining the team at Cave Veterinary Specialists in June 2018.  Selected Publications

     

  • Tom Cardy BSc BVetMed (Hons) MVetMed PhD DipECVN MRCVS

    Tom Cardy BSc BVetMed (Hons) MVetMed PhD DipECVN MRCVS

    EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

    Tom has a PhD in Pharmacology from Cambridge University and prior to completing his veterinary training worked in the pharmaceutical industry; initially in business strategy for GlaxoSmithKline and subsequently in portfolio management for the European Medicines Agency (EMEA).
    Tom graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2011 and, after spending some time in general practice and an internship at the RVC, completed his specialist training in Neurology & Neurosurgery in 2016. Tom subsequently spent two years as a Lecturer in Neurology & Neurosurgery at the Royal Veterinary College before joining Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2018. Tom is interested in all areas of neurology but has a particular focus on translational medicine, tissue banking and their application to neurological conditions.
    Tom is always happy to discuss any neurological cases with referring vets so please feel free to give him a call. 

     

  • Nicki Grint BVSc PhD DVA DipIECVAA MRCVS

    Nicki Grint BVSc PhD DVA DipIECVAA MRCVS

    EBVS® 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. She and the other anaesthesiologists, together with the excellent nursing staff, ensure that the patients are sedated and anaesthetised safely, and that they are comfortable and pain-free after any 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

    European Specialist in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

    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

    Will graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and then completed an internship in a busy referral hospital in Berkshire. He subsequently worked in both first opinion and referral practices before starting a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the University of Bristol in 2014. During his residency he completed an RCVS Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2016, before finishing his residency in 2017. Will plans to sit his specialist exams in 2019. 

    He is part of the Associate of Veterinary Anaesthetists subcommittee promoting safer practice in veterinary anaesthesia, which recently published a set of guidelines to highlight the importance of anaesthesia to both veterinarians and owners. 

    Will's wife is also a vet in the local area and they have two Cocker Spaniels, Archie and Heidi, and a rescue French Bulldog called Agatha. 

     

  • Peri Lau-Gillard DVM CertVD DipECVD MRCVS

    Peri Lau-Gillard DVM CertVD DipECVD MRCVS

    EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and RCVS 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.

     

  • Joanne Harris BVSc DVC MRCVS

    Joanne Harris BVSc DVC MRCVS

    RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

    Jo Harris is a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology. She is one of the HeartVets team, offering specialist cardiology referral services to the South West UK and Wales, as well as a nationwide Holter monitoring and diagnostic cardiology service. Jo has extensive experience in all aspects of veterinary cardiology, with a special interest in arrhythmias. She is regularly involved with teaching both vets and students, is involved in ongoing clinical research and has presented at national and international conferences. Jo lives in Devon and in her spare time enjoys surfing, bike riding, and Dartmoor walks with her family and black Labrador Tarka.