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Sarah Colegrave, clinical director of Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, has been awarded advanced practitioner status in small animal emergency and critical care by the RCVS. After gaining a distinction in the BSAVA certificate in small animal emergency and critical care in April last year, this new status recognises her veterinary expertise in emergency and critical cases, including soft tissue surgery, ultrasound and endoscopy. She has also pioneered the introduction of laparoscopic surgery at the practice.

Ines Carrera has joined Willows Referrals, expanding the number of specialists in its diagnostic imaging unit to six. She graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and passed the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2010. She has extensive teaching experience, alongside research largely focused on neuroimaging and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She undertook her PhD in magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the brain in dogs at the University of Bern-Zurich in Switzerland, has a masters in radiology from the University of Glasgow and has also worked with universities in the USA and Australia.

Mike Herrtage was presented with the 2018 European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) Award for ‘outstanding contributions to veterinary specialisation in Europe’ at this year’s EBVS AGM in Brussels. In 1993, Mike was elected chair of the interim European Board of Veterinary Specialisation at a symposium on European veterinary specialisation held in Luxembourg, which later became the EBVS; he was elected as its first president. The EBVS developed the framework for veterinary specialisation in Europe initially bringing together five fledgling European colleges representing surgery, companion animal medicine, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology and dermatology. Today the EBVS comprises 26 European colleges and recognises over 3800 European veterinary specialists. He was a member of EBVS for 17 years.

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