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And have been doing so since 2006

Our Specialists and support staff include ...

Victor Ortiz

Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue 

Clinical Director

Victor qualified from the University of Leon (Spain) in 2009. During his last few years at university and during another six months after graduation Victor was part of the Surgery Department at the university. Shortly after he came over to work to the UK and completed a rotating internship at NKR referrals.

After his first internship Victor spend two years working in first opinion practice and another six months as an emergency veterinary surgeon, at this point he completed a second rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College.

After completing his second internship, Victor became the principal veterinary surgeon for Vetsnow Hemel Hempstead, after this he moved onto a first opinion job with a higher surgical load as he needed more surgical cases for his certificate. He was also the clinical director at Vetsavers Northampton before coming to Byre as clinical director for the first opinion and referral sites.

Victor is studying towards the CertAVP in surgery, which is near completion, he has also published peer reviewed articles and presented at national and international level.


Ortiz, V., Day, R., Klein, L., Simpson, B., Gilbert, R., Caddy, S., L., (2018). Evaluating the effect of metronidazole plus amoxicillin‐clavulanate versus amoxicillin‐clavulanate alone in canine haemorrhagic diarrhoea: a randomised controlled trial in primary care practice. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 59(7), 398-403.

Ortiz, V., Cloup, E., Ortiz, A. Acute abdomen secondary to nodular fat necrosis in a cat. Case report. (Published online in Veterinary Record Case Reports 24th October 2018).

Ortiz, V.Arthurs, G.Kulendra, N. (2018) Distal plate fracture as a novel complication following TTA surgery in two dogs. (published online in 

Bristow, P., Tivers, M., Packer, R., Brockman, D., Ortiz, V., Newson, K., Lipscomb, V. (2017). Long‐term serum bile acid concentrations in 51 dogs after complete extrahepatic congenital portosystemic shunt ligation. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 58(8), 454-460.

Bristow, P., Lipscomb, V., Kummeling, A., Packer, R., Gerrits, H., Homan, K. Ortiz, V., Tivers, M. Health Related Quality of Life following Surgical Attenuation of Congenital Portosystemic Shunts versus Healthy Controls. Journal of Small Animal Practice. (Published online in Journal of Small Animal Practice 25th September 2018).


Ortiz, V., Lam, R., ter Haar, G. Comparison of long term outcome of cats with and without clinical inner ear disease undergoing ventral bulla osteotomy. – presented as oral communication at ECVS meeting 2016 (Lisbon).

Ortiz, V., Perez, L., Caddy, S.L. Antibiotic selection in canine haemorrhagic gastroenteritis: First results of a randomized blinded clinical trial. – presented as an oral communication at BSAVA congress 2017 (Birmingham).

Gerhard Putter


BVSc MRCVS MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery) DipEVDC

European Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry

Gerhard qualified from the University of Pretoria ( RSA) in 1984 and was accepted as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgery in 1998 and is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand  College of Veterinary Scientists  (Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery) since 2014.  Gerhard qualifies as a diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College in 2018 and a recognised as a European Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry.

He is the Public Relations Officer of the a member of British Veterinary Dental Association and a member of the European Veterinary Dental Society

Gerhard exclusively treats dental and oral surgery cases and accepts referred cases. He has a special interest in exotic and zoo animal dentistry and oral surgery.

Janet Littlewood



Dermatology services across East Anglia

Janet holds the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist.

She came to specialise in dermatology after a training in general medicine and has 30 years experience in referral dermatology, initially at the Cambridge Veterinary School and then at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She now runs her own independent referral service at host clinics in East Anglia.

Janet is renowned for her enthusiasm for her subject and a regular speaker on CPD courses, national and international meetings. 

David Williams



Associate lecturer in ophthalmology at Cambridge

David qualified back in 1988 knowing then that he wanted to devote his professional life to veterinary ophthalmology. He worked first at the Animal Health Trust and then the Royal Veterinary College gaining his CertVOphthal and PhD on keratitis in the German Shepherd dog before returning to the Trust where he completed studies on blindness in farmed halibut (well somebody has to!) for his fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

The wheel then came full circle and he became an associate lecturer in ophthalmology at Cambridge running the ophthalmology clinic which he now combines with providing an ambulatory referral clinic visiting practices around East Anglia. 

Karen Wild


(BA) Hons Dip App Psych CCAB

Karen has published extensively in her specialist field

Karen is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and a BIPDT quali es trainer, with 20 years of both training and behaviour problems.

Karen has published extensively in her field and specialises in severe behavioural problems including agression, separation anxiety, house soiling issues, barking and fear-related problems with all cases seen on a veterinary referral basis only.

Kendal Shepherd



Kendal, on the leading edge of Animal Behaviour

Kendal qualified from Bristol University in 1978, and was the first Veterinary Surgeon in the UK to be certified as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Kendal is an experienced independent veterinary and behavioural consultant in matters relating to animal welfare and canine behaviour assessment and modification, and has published extensively in her field.

Kendal is passionate about the understanding and preservation of the human-animal bond and is able to offer consultations regarding any concerns pet owners may have about the behaviour of their canine and feline companions. Kendal also accepts legal instructions in both dangerous dog and animal welfare cases.

Mark Westwood 



Mark, Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists 

Mark Westwood MRCVS is a practising veterinary surgeon with over 6 years experience small animal experience. He became interested in complimentary medicine when western medicine was not always having the desired effect or when the disease process was not a controlled as he or his patients would have liked. Mark qualified in acupuncture with the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is constantly fascinated by how much knowledge the Chinese acquired so many years ago. 

Acupuncture therapy is suitable in a wide range of cases; chronic pain is one of the most common indications for acupuncture. Very often this is long term pain is due to arthritis but muscular strains and spinal problems can also respond well, acupuncture can also be a great asset to the rehabilitation of pets following orthopaedic or spinal surgeries. Acupuncture can also be of great benefit to medical conditions in pets, such as gastrointestinal disease, urinary disorders, epilepsy and much more.

Hannah Morgan




Hannah is a Registered Veterinary Nurse who has worked in a variety of positions, including; small and mixed practice, with exotic animals, teaching and as an advisor for pet insurance companies.

Hannah has now taken the role of referral coordinator here at Byre Veterinary Referrals where she will be organisng all referrals, and provding excellent nursing care for all patients. She will also be running our in-house CPD events. 

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