Chris Linney

Chris is both an RCVS Specialist and a European Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology and sees both medical and surgical cardiology cases.

Chris graduated with Honours from the University of Liverpool in 2007. He then worked for 2 years in Lincolnshire in first opinion small animal practice. In 2009 he returned to the Veterinary School at Liverpool University as an Intern in small animal studies, followed by a three year residency in Cardiology and was subsequently promoted to the position of Lecturer in Cardiology. He has worked at Willows since 2015 and is the clinical lead and Head of the Cardiology team.

Chris has a keen interest in congenital heart disease and performing cardiac catheterisation procedures for correction of heart defects. Due to the excellent reputation of the cardiology service amongst fellow cardiologists and primary practice vets, Chris is one of the most experienced minimally invasive cardiologists in the UK and Europe. He has spent time with the charity Animals Asia in Chengdu, China investigating heart disease in rescued moon bears from the bile-farming trade and is helping to improve their health and general well-being.

Outside of work Chris is kept busy by his young family and two dogs and can often be seen enjoying the great outdoors with the whole family.

Chris has two dogs; Izzy, a sweet, ageing Hungarian Vizsla who has a love for HPR trials and training and Bertie, the loveable rogue. Bertie is a Whippet who was born with a congenital heart defect and had surgery with the Willows Cardiology team at just several weeks old – now, fully recovered, he doesn’t even know he ever had a heart problem!

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