Mark Dunning

MA VetMB PhD CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Head of Internal Medicine

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Mark qualified from Cambridge in 1997 and spent time in both mixed and small animal practice. He began a residency in Small animal medicine at the University of Liverpool in 2000 but interrupted this to undertake a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge investigating the use of MRI to monitor the outcome of novel therapies for multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury in humans. Following completion of his PhD, Mark completed a residency in Small Animal Medicine at Cambridge. Mark then spent 4 years in private specialist practice in the south of England before moving to Nottingham Vet School as Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Mark was responsible for running the final year medicine rotation along with lecturing to all years of the veterinary course. He was responsible for the School’s small animal intern and residency programmes in addition to supervising both undergraduate and post-graduate research students. Mark holds the European Diploma in Small Animal Internal Medicine and is an RCVS and EBVS® recognised specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

Mark remains actively involved in both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching via his ongoing role as Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal internal medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham. Mark remains research active both within the school and with national and international collaborators. These projects include investigations into canine breed-related diseases, canine cancer, canine and feline haematology, canine endocrine disease, how owners and vets make clinical decisions and the development of novel non-invasive biomarkers to help diagnose both simple and complex medical diseases in both primary care and referral settings. Mark lectures both nationally and internationally and has published widely in the field of veterinary medicine.

Mark has a broad interest in internal medicine but particularly enjoys the challenges posed by gastrointestinal, endocrine, haematology and renal medicine. Mark is excited to be joining the outstanding team at Willows and being able to provide both exceptional and compassionate care for the cats and dogs and their owners attending the clinic; along with providing an outstanding service to the referring veterinary surgeons. He particularly hopes to see lots of Norwegian Forest cats and Irish Wolfhounds, his absolute favourites!
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Isuru Gajanayake

BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA DipACVN MRCVS

Head of Clinical Nutrition

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
American Specialist in Small Animal Nutrition

Isuru graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998.  After spending two years in mixed practice in rural Australia, he moved to the United Kingdom to work as a small animal vet locum and also travelled around Europe. He then joined Willows' general practice clinic in 2002. During the following three years in this post, Isuru developed an interest in medicine and successfully completed the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. In 2005, he moved to the Royal Veterinary College to undertake a one-year rotating Internship, followed by a combined Residency in small animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition. Isuru was the first resident to undertake a clinical nutrition training programme in the UK. Following the end of his residency, Isuru successfully achieved specialist status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2016.

Isuru has a keen interest in all aspects of internal medicine but particularly enjoys dealing with immune-mediated and gastroenterology cases. He also enjoys the challenges involved in the nutrition of hospitalised patients, using both enteral and parenteral feeding techniques. In addition to his clinical duties, Isuru also enjoys teaching undergraduates, veterinary surgeons and nurses.

Isuru aims to provide the highest level of care for his patients, their owners and referring veterinary surgeons, and he thoroughly enjoys being part of the team at Willows who have the same commitment to the pets under their care.
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Kirsty Roe

BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Kirsty graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Bristol in 2000. She spent five years working in small animal practice in London and Northampton, where she developed an interest in canine and feline internal medicine. In 2005 she completed a Junior Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket and obtained the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Following this Kirsty completed a three year residency at The Royal Veterinary College in London and gained Diplomas of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine and has worked at The Willows since 2009.

Kirsty enjoys both the challenge of the Internal Medicine discipline, and also the care element of her role with the seriously ill animals that she treats. She is particularly interested in endocrinology and gastroenterology. Kirsty very much enjoys being part of the top-notch team of multi-disciplinary specialists at Willows, and contributing to the high level of support and expert care provided for her patients, their owners and the referring veterinary surgeons who use Willows’ service.

Outside of work Kirsty has two young children who keep her entertained and on the go!
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Fergus Allerton

BSc BVSc CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Fergus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004. He spent six years working in a mixed practice in Worcestershire. A keen interest in all things medical motivated Fergus to pursue the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. He then spent three years undertaking a medicine residency at the University of Liege in Belgium studying for and, later gaining, the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Fergus is currently the chairman of the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) and has been involved in the PROTECT ME initiative to encourage rational antibiotic use in small animal patients. He is currently editing the next edition of the BSAVA formulary. His particular interests include gall bladder disease (especially mucocoeles in Border Terriers), canine sinonasal aspergillosis, haematology, immune-mediated disease and antibiotic stewardship.

Fergus has a cat called Spartacus and a stick insect called Clive.
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Andrew Kent

BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Andy graduated from the University of Bristol in 2008. He spent a year in mixed practice in Somerset followed by three years in a busy Small Animal Hospital in Cheshire, where he developed an interest in small animal medicine. In 2012 Andy moved to the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital (University of Cambridge) to undertake a Senior Clinical Training Scholarship (residency) in Small Animal Internal Medicine. On completion of his residency Andy then joined Willows in 2015.

Andy completed the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2016, becoming a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

He enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine and has a particular interest in Gastroenterology, Urology and Immune-mediated diseases.

In addition to Internal Medicine, Andy has a major interest in interventional endoscopy and radiology having spent time in the USA receiving additional training and gaining experience of a variety of techniques as well as spending time with leading human Endoscopists in the UK.

He regularly performs a wide range of interventions, including gastrointestinal (balloon dilation of strictures, palliative stenting), respiratory (tracheal stent placement for tracheal collapse) and urological (cystoscopic laser ablation of ectopic ureters, cystoscopic ureteral stenting, sub-cutaneous ureteral bypass procedures, palliative stenting of urethral obstructions). In addition to this Andy is the only clinician in the UK developing endoscopic biliary interventions, including ERCP, removal of biliary stones and endoscopic stent placement.

Andy is proud to be part of the Willows team and to have access to such outstanding clinical facilities, allowing him to provide the highest standards of care to his patients and to provide cutting-edge techniques and treatments.
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Laura Bree

DipECVIM MVB MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Laura, originally from Galway Ireland, completed her veterinary undergraduate degree in University College Dublin in 2013. Having completed a small animal internal medicine internship in 2014, she enrolled in a four year internal medicine residency-combined post graduate doctorate programme in the University Veterinary Hospital of University College Dublin. She achieved her European Diploma in small animal internal medicine in 2018.

Laura made the move to the United Kingdom this year to join the Willows internal medicine team. She has taken to life in the UK, exploring the local area of Solihull with her two dogs Indie and Bisous. Outside of all-things animals, Laura enjoys painting, shopping and food!
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