Orthopaedic and Spinal Referral service

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    Charlie Sale BVMS, CertSAO, DipECVS, MRCVS is an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. Charlie has over 18 years of experience in orthopaedic and spinal referrals. He graduated from Glasgow in 1991 and then worked in a small animal practice in Bolton for four years where he developed an interest in small animal orthopaedics. In 1995 he moved to the Willows Veterinary Hospital, part of the Willows Veterinary Group, and set up an internal orthopaedic and spinal referral service. In 1997 he attained the RCVS certificate in small animal orthopaedics and began accepting external referrals. Charlie’s services came under the Oakwood umbrella after Oakwood started in 1999. Charlie became a diplomate of the European College of veterinary Surgeons in 2007.


    Soft Tissue Surgery

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    Prue Neath BSc(Hons), BVetMed, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS. RCVS, American & European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue) graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1993, and completed a surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She became a Diplomate of the American and European Surgical Colleges in 2000, has been an examiner for the RCVS and the European Surgery College, and is currently a member of the RCVS Surgery Board. Following five years running the Soft Tissue Surgery Unit at the Animal Health Trust, Prue has worked in private referral practice since 2005. She has a particular interest and expertise in Surgical Oncology, but enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery and is always happy to discuss problem cases or potential referrals.


    Internal Medicine

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    Ian Hopkins BSc, BVSc, CertSAM, MRCVS Ian graduated from Liverpool in 1993 and joined Willows Veterinary Group in 1999 becoming a small animal partner in 2006.He gained his certificate in 2003 in small animal medicine and since this date Ian has run the medicine referrals at Oakwood.Ian has a particular interest in non invasive diagnostic techniques. He is proficient in flexible endoscopy of the respiratory tract including rhinoscopy, gastrointestinal endoscopy including gastric, duodenal, ileal and colonic biopsy techniques and endoscopic foreign body retrieval from the respiratory tract and gastric areas.He is also adept at abdominal ultrasonography and regularly performs ultrasound guided biopsies.



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    Mike Holgate BVetMed, CertVC, MRCVS qualified from London in 1983 and after working in a number of mixed practices in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Isle of Wight, became a small animal partner in Cheshire. He left mixed/general practice in 2000 to concentrate on cardiology gaining his certificate in 2002. Since then he has worked in referral and his own peripatetic cardio-respiratory practice covering Lancashire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. Mike’s interests are particularly echocardiography and cardiac arrhythmias.




    Claire McArdle BVSc, CertVD, MRCVS Claire qualified from Liverpool University in 1991 and gained her Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 2001 while working in companion practice in Cheshire. She joined Oakwood in 2005 after working as a lecturer in the Dermatology Referral Clinic at Liverpool University.