New Top Team To Ensure Willows To Lead The Way

12 February 2021

These are exciting times at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service as we announce a new top team to help us continue to lead the industry.

We have been delivering Specialist-led healthcare for small animals in the UK for more than 30 years and have just appointed a new Managing Director and Hospital director.

Toby Gemmill, who will no doubt be familiar to many of you, has moved from his position as Clinical Director to take over the role of Managing Director from Tracey Morley-Jewkes, who has herself moved to take up a role leading the integration of five referral centres recently acquired by our parent company Linnaeus.

Toby, an RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, has been with us at Willows for 16 years and is relishing the opportunity to lead one of the most experienced and qualified veterinary teams in Europe.

He said: “I’m delighted to be given this wonderful opportunity to lead the excellent Willows team and I’m excited about what we can achieve together.

“Having joined Willows in 2005, I have seen the Hospital grow into a large multidisciplinary centre, with some of the most talented and dedicated clinicians in the industry. I am now looking forward to helping lead the hospital forward to yet more success.

“My absolute priority will be to maintain our unswerving commitment to providing the best possible levels of care to our patients, pet owners and referring vets.”

We have also recruited the highly experienced Tony Avery to take charge as Hospital Director.

Tony had previously spent 18 years working for some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers, including Nuffield Health and BMI Healthcare. His most recent role was as Executive Director of The Priory Hospital in Birmingham.

Tony said: “My background is in human healthcare; however, I do not consider moving into the veterinary world as a radical change of direction.

“My role is still to ensure we are best-placed and equipped to deliver the highest standards of treatment, care, support and rehabilitation for sick and injured animals.

“Exactly the same principles apply at a veterinary hospital as they do in a human hospital – it’s about care, compassion and consideration.”

Tony was quick to show his caring and compassionate side at Willows. Within two weeks of arriving, he had adopted a rescue dog to live with him, his family and two cats!

Toby Gemmill, Managing Director

Tony Avery, Hospital Director