Toby Gemmill

BVSc MVM DSAS(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS

Clinical Director

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

Toby graduated from the University of Bristol in 1996. Following a number of years in mixed and small animal practice, he undertook a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Glasgow. He holds the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) and the ECVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery, and was also awarded an MVM for research into canine elbow dysplasia. He has worked as an Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon at Willows Referral Service since 2005.

Toby has been an RCVS examiner in Small Animal Surgery at both Certificate and Diploma levels. He was also a member of the RCVS Small Animal Surgery Board for several years. Toby has authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers and conference abstracts, given presentations around the world on a wide variety of topics relating to small animal orthopaedics and spinal surgery, and has regularly contributed to local CPD meetings. He is the co-editor of the 2nd edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Fracture Repair and Management. Toby has been involved with AOVET for several years and has sat on the AOVET European board and the Education commission; he is currently chair of the AOVET European board and a member of the International board. He enjoys all aspects of small animal orthopaedics but has particular interests in joint replacement, management of complex fractures and postgraduate orthopaedic education. He became Clinical Director at Willows in 2016.

"Having worked at Willows for many years and seen it grow into a large multi-disciplinary centre, I am looking forward to helping lead the practice forward, maintaining our commitment to providing the best possible level of care to our patients, owners and referring vets."

Outside of work Toby enjoys CrossFit, snowboarding, hill walking, and spending time with his family. He has a boisterous Labrador retriever who approaches life with excessive enthusiasm to compensate for any deficiencies in her training.
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Jonathan Pink

BSc BVetMed CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Head of Orthopaedics

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

A graduate of King's College London (1992) and the Royal Veterinary College (1997), Jonathan initially worked in mixed practice in Nottinghamshire before moving to a large small animal practice in Berkshire where he gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

In 2002 Jonathan started his Specialist training, embarking on a three year residency in small animal surgery at University College Dublin with periods spent at veterinary schools in Ohio, North Carolina, and Paris. During this time he was involved in all aspects of orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery. Jonathan remained at University College Dublin as a lecturer in small animal surgery and in 2006 became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons by examination and a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. In October 2006 he joined Willows Referral Service, focusing on orthopaedics and spinal surgery.

Jonathan's main interests are complex fracture management, joint replacement and arthroscopy spinal disease. He has given presentations at national and international meetings on a variety of orthopaedic topics and has been an active contributor to the surgical training of students and colleagues through university teaching and continuing education courses in addition to helping to train the next generation of surgical specialists.

"At Willows, the caring ethos and commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patients and their owners allows us to offer the best possible treatment for each animal. The combination of excellent facilities and a team of experienced and highly motivated colleagues makes Willows the ideal environment in which to work and provide the level of care each patient requires."
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Stephen Clarke

BVM&S DSAS(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS

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

Stephen graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1996. After a few years in both mixed and small animal practice Stephen gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2002. In that year he started his Specialist training, embarking on a three-year residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Glasgow which he completed in 2005. In 2006 Stephen gained both the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) and the ECVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery. He obtained RCVS Specialist status in 2008. Subsequent to completion of his Residency Stephen has spent the last five years as Orthopaedic Surgeon in a nationally renowned private orthopaedic referral clinic in Fife, Scotland. Stephen was delighted to join the team at Willows Referral Service in December 2010 and remains passionate about helping to maintain the Willows "commitment to excellence".

Stephen has been author and co-author of a variety of publications within the field of orthopaedics, covering topics including fracture management, feline rheumatology and tibial osteotomy. He has presented his work at meetings both nationally and internationally, as well as providing continuing veterinary medical education for both vets and nurses. Stephen is a past examiner for the RCVS Diploma in Orthopaedics, and is a current AOVET faculty member. Stephen is current co-chair of the AOVET UK and Ireland Advanced Techniques in Small Animal Fracture management course, and was elected as AOUK and Ireland Vet chair in 2019

Whilst Stephen is involved in all aspects of clinical orthopaedic practice, he has a particular interest in orthopaedic complication management, arthrodesis and management of humeral intra-condylar fissure and humeral condylar fractures.
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Dr Kinley Smith

MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS PhD MRCVS

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

Kinley graduated from Cambridge University in 2000 and spent 7 years in small animal practice in Derbyshire and Cheshire, gaining the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2006. In 2007 he began doctoral training at the University of Liverpool investigating the mechanisms of cruciate ligament disease in dogs. This research was very successful and in 2010 he graduated with a PhD. In the same year he began a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Glasgow which he completed in 2013. He gained the ECVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2014 and RCVS Specialist status in 2015. Following 3 years working in a specialist referral practice in Derbyshire, Kinley moved to Willows Referral service in 2017.

He has published a number of scientific papers and has lectured internationally since 2008 on scientific and orthopaedic topics. Although interested in all aspects of orthopaedics, Kinley has a particular interest in ligament and tendon injuries, treatment of joint disease and management of chronic orthopaedic conditions.
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Alexis Bilmont

DVM DipECVS MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Alexis graduated from the Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort (France) in 2006. From 2007 to 2013, he worked as an intern and assistant in surgery at the Veterinary School of Toulouse, and at subsequently at several referral practices in the south of France. He returned to the Veterinary School of Toulouse in 2013 to undertake a three year residency programme in surgery. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017.

Alexis’ clinical interests cover all aspects of orthopaedics and spinal surgery, and he has a particular interest in minimally invasive fracture repair. He is committed to providing the best possible level of care to his patients, and giving an excellent service to pet owners and referring veterinary surgeons.

When not at work, Alexis enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and playing piano. He is also a keen squash player.
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Tim Easter

BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Tim qualified from Nottingham University in 2013. He then went to work in Sussex in an exclusively small animal practice before completing an Internship at Willows. Following this, he spent two years at a busy small animal hospital in Oxfordshire before returning to Willows to undertake a Surgical Residency.

Tim is currently working towards a European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery. With a broad interest in both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery Tim has current research investigating tibial fracture stabilisation and the use of patient specific guides for the treatment of humeral intercondylar fissures.
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Erika Villedieu

DVM MRCVS

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Erika graduated from the University of Toulouse in France in 2014. After moving to the UK she worked in general practice for two years and completed a small animal rotating Internship at the Royal Veterinary College and a surgical Internship at a Specialist referral hospital in Surrey, focusing on soft tissue surgery and surgical oncology.

Erika joined the Willows team as a Resident in small animal surgery in July 2018. She is currently involved in research projects on brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, soft tissue sarcomas and ante brachial deformities. Erika is currently working towards a European Diploma in Veterinary Surgery.

In her spare time she enjoys cycling, running and walking.
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Vassilis Chantziaras

ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Vassilis graduated from University of Thessaly in Greece in 2010. He then undertook a surgical internship programme in small animal surgery straight after graduation.

Since moving to the UK in 2012, he has undertaken several roles in small animal practice, including general practice, emergency and critical care and charity work. In 2016 Vassilis completed a rotating internship at Willows. He is involved in research on total hip replacement in dogs and has published a case report article on a rare urinary disorder in a dog. Vassilis has been studying towards a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery, which gave him the opportunity to perform a variety of soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures.

Vassilis is delighted to be return to Willows where he is currently working towards a European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery.

In his spare time he enjoys spends time with his young family as a busy dad.
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