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24 hour veterinary and nursing care

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24 hour veterinary and nursing care

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Internal Medicine


Chris Scudder


Head of Internal Medicine
Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine

Chris graduated from the Univeristy of Bristol in 2007 and then worked in first opinion small animal practice for three years. In 2010 he undertook a rotating internship back at the Univeristy of Bristol, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Royal Veterinary College. Chris became an ACVIM Diplomate in 2015 and finished his PhD in feline acromegaly at the Royal Veterinary College in 2017.

Chris really enjoys looking after cats and dogs with medical conditions, and his areas of interest are endocrinology and haematological conditions. He aims to provide the highest level of care for his patients and their owners, and is very much enjoying working at Southfields Veterinary Specialists.

Alenka-Hrovat Vernik

Alenka Hrovat Vernik


EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Alenka graduated from the Veterinary faculty of University in Ljubljana in 2002. After graduation she participated in two internships, one a short rotating internship in Slovenia, the other an internal medicine internship at the University Teaching Hospital in Munich, Germany. Alenka then spent a year as a first opinion practitioner before completing a PhD degree programme in molecular biology (endocrinology) at the University in Ljubljana in 2009. Between 2010 and 2013 Alenka completed the internal medicine residency programme at Ghent University in Belgium. After working as Head of Internal Medicine at a referral practice in Wiltshire, she took a one year position as a senior internal medicine clinician at Langford Veterinary Services, Small animal referral hospital at Bristol University.

Alenka enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but her main areas of interest are endocrinology and gastroenterology. She was awarded her Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in early 2017.


Sofia Rapastella



Sofia graduated with honours from University of Perugia, Italy in October 2015.

During her studies she did a 6 month pre-graduation internship in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Perugia. After graduation, Sofia spent a short time working in general practice in Italy before completing a 5 month externship in Internal Medicine and Oncology at Southfields Veterinary Specialists. Sofia then completed a one year rotating internship with us, before starting an internship in Internal Medicine in December 2017.

Sofia is particularly interested in Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care, in particular, transfusion medicine, immunology and endocrinology.

Outside work, Sofia enjoys to travel and spending time with family, friends and her beloved dog, Iuma.