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Orthopaedics
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Orthopaedics at Willows

Willows is one of Europe’s leading small animal Orthopaedic referral centres treating over 1000 new patients a year. Our state-of-the-art hospital is led by internationally renowned Certified Specialists committed to providing the highest standards of veterinary care. Our team of Orthopaedic Specialists have over 70 years collective experience in referral level orthopaedics.

Our Orthopaedic Surgeons are supported by our multi-disciplinary team of Specialists across a number of disciplines including; Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency and Critical Care.
Willows has a large dedicated team of Nurses and clinical support staff available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to provide the best possible care for your pet.
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Orthopaedics at Willows
Willows is one of Europe’s leading small animal Orthopaedic referral centres treating over 1000 new patients a year. Our state-of-the-art hospital is led by internationally renowned Certified Specialists committed to providing the highest standards of veterinary care. Our team of Orthopaedic Specialists have over 70 years collective experience team of orthopaedic specialists have approximately 70 years of experience in referral level orthopaedics.
Our Orthopaedic Surgeons are supported by our multi-disciplinary team of Specialists across a number of disciplines including; Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency and Critical Care.
Willows has a large dedicated team of Nurses and clinical support staff available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to provide the best possible care for your pet.
Willows has a large dedicated team of Nurses and clinical support staff available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to provide the best possible care for your pet.
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What can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to an Orthopaedic Specialist?

The starting point for each patient referred to an Orthopaedic Specialist at Willows is a detailed discussion with the owner and examination of the patient. Diagnosing the cause of lameness often requires further investigations. Willows has access to onsite state-of-the art Orthopaedic Diagnostic facilities including:

  • Digital radiography
  • CT scanning
  • MRI scanning
  • Arthroscopy (a technique in which a small camera is inserted into a joint).

Our Orthopaedic Specialists treat with a wide variety of orthopaedic problems in both dogs and cats, including lameness and trauma. The most common causes of lameness seen at Willows includes rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in the knee joint, and hip and elbow dysplasia. Trauma patients that are involved in road traffic accidents often sustain fractures and joint injuries. Our Emergency and Critical Care and surgical facilities enable our Orthopaedic Surgeons to optimise the management of these frequently challenging cases.

Orthopaedic surgery requires very high levels of sterile technique in order to minimise the possibility of post-operative infection. Our operating theatres are equipped and managed to the highest of standards, enabling our surgeons to provide the best chance of a good outcome for their patients.

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What can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to an Orthopaedic Specialist?

The starting point for each patient referred to an Orthopaedic Specialist at Willows is a detailed discussion with the owner and examination of the patient. Diagnosing the cause of lameness often requires further investigations. Willows has access to onsite state-of-the art Orthopaedic Diagnostic facilities including:

  • Digital radiography
  • CT scanning
  • MRI scanning
  • Arthroscopy (a technique in which a small camera is inserted into a joint).

Our Orthopaedic Specialists treat with a wide variety of orthopaedic problems in both dogs and cats, including lameness and trauma. The most common causes of lameness seen at Willows includes rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in the knee joint, and hip and elbow dysplasia. Trauma patients that are involved in road traffic accidents often sustain fractures and joint injuries. Our Emergency and Critical Care and surgical facilities enable our Orthopaedic Surgeons to optimise the management of these frequently challenging cases.

Orthopaedic surgery requires very high levels of sterile technique in order to minimise the possibility of post-operative infection. Our operating theatres are equipped and managed to the highest of standards, enabling our surgeons to provide the best chance of a good outcome for their patients.

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What are the Most Common Orthopaedic Conditions?

Willows has advanced Orthopaedic instrumentation and implant systems, enabling our surgeons to perform a full range of procedures, including:

  • Internal and external fracture fixation
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Joint replacements
  • Joint fusions
  • Correction of limb deformities.

Our surgeons are supported by a highly trained and caring team of veterinary nurses who play a critical role in rehabilitating patients following Orthopaedic surgery.

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What are the Most Common Orthopaedic Conditions?

Willows has advanced Orthopaedic instrumentation and implant systems, enabling our surgeons to perform a full range of procedures, including:

  • Internal and external fracture fixation
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Joint replacements
  • Joint fusions
  • Correction of limb deformities.

Our surgeons are supported by a highly trained and caring team of veterinary nurses who play a critical role in rehabilitating patients following Orthopaedic surgery.

Meet Our Specialists

Toby Gemmill

BVSc MVM DSAS(Orth) DipECVS FRCVS

Managing Director

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Jonathan Pink

BSc BVetMed CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Head of Orthopaedics

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Stephen Clarke

BVM&S DSAS(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Dr Kinley Smith

MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS PhD MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Alexis Bilmont

DVM DipECVS MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Erika Villedieu

DVM MRCVS

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Vassilis Chantziaras

DVM MRCVS

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Kine Elmenhorst

BVMedSci BVM BVS PGCert Veterinary Medicine and Surgery MRCVS

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery