22 November 2022

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a highly experienced RVN and Nursing Manager as our new Hospital Director.

Tom Reilly has taken up the management role here at Willows having joined from our parent company Linnaeus, where he was Referral Field Nursing Manager.

The appointment is not Tom’s first experience with Willows, however, after he first joined us back in 2011 as a member of our Medicine and High-dependency RVN team.

Tom subsequently established the role of Patient Flow Manager, before working as Deputy Nurse Manager and then moving to head of Clinical Support Services in 2019, during which time he also led our efficiency group.

Tom moved from Willows in 2021 to take up the referral nursing manager position with Linnaeus, which entailed overseeing nursing across Linnaeus’s 17 UK referral sites.

His return to us caps a remarkable career journey and highlights once again Linnaeus’s commitment to opening up a broad spectrum of career pathways for its nursing community across the group.

Tom said: “I am really pleased and privileged to be returning to Willows to work alongside the amazing Hospital team.

“The opportunity to undertake this role highlights Linnaeus’ commitment and progressive outlook to veterinary nursing as a profession.”

Willows Managing Director Toby Gemmill said he was delighted to welcome Tom ‘back home’ to the practice, which was voted Best UK Referral Centre winner at this year’s Best UK Vet awards.

He said: “I am incredibly excited Tom will be ‘coming home’ to Willows as our new Hospital Director.

“He will play a vital role in leading the Hospital forward over the coming years and will without doubt be an absolutely outstanding addition to our team.”

Tom is also an RSPCA trustee, has been involved with BVNA as a council member and on the advisory board, has sat on the BSAVA Congress and programme committees, and was chairman of BSAVA Congress from 2021-22.