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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.

Gostelow R, Hazuchova K, Scudder CJ, Niessen SJM. (2017) How to…Manage the diabetic dog. BSAVA Companion, Volume 2017, Issue 10, Oct 2017, p. 18 - 24

Scudder CJ, Niessen S, Gostelow R, Hazuchova K. (2017) How to …Manage the diabetic cat. BSAVA Companion, Volume 2017, Issue 7, Jul 2017, p. 12 - 17

Hazuchova K, Gostelow R, Scudder CJ, Forcada Y, Church DB, Niessen SJM. Acceptance of home blood glucose monitoring by owners of recently diagnosed diabetic cats and impact on quality of life changes in cat and owner. J Feline Med Surg. doi: 10.1177/1098612X17727692. [Epub ahead of print]

Heaps LA, Scudder CJ, Lipscomb VJ, Steinbach SM, Priestnall SL, Martineau H, Szladovits B, Fowkes RC, Garden OA. (2017) Serum anti-Müllerian hormone concentrations before and after treatment of an ovarian granulosa cell tumour in a cat. JFMS Open Rep. 2017 Aug 10;3(2):2055116917722701. doi: 10.1177/2055116917722701.

Gostelow R, Hazuchova K, Scudder CJ, Forcada Y, Church D, Niessen SJ. (2018) Prospective evaluation of a protocol for transitioning porcine lente insulin-treated diabetic cats to human recombinant protamine zinc insulin. J Feline Med Surg. 2018 Feb;20(2):114-121. doi: 10.1177/1098612X17697482.

Gostelow R, Scudder CJ, Keyte S, Forcada Y, Fowkes RC, Schmid HA, Church DB, Niessen SJ. (2017) Pasireotide Long-Acting Release Treatment for Diabetic Cats with Underlying Hypersomatotropism. J Vet Intern Med. 2017 Mar;31(2):355-364. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14662.

Scudder CJ, Niessen SJ, Catchpole B, Fowkes RC, Church DB, Forcada Y.(2017) Feline hypersomatotropism and acromegaly tumorigenesis: a potential role for the AIP gene. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2017 Apr;59:134-139. doi: 10.1016/j.domaniend.2016.11.005.

Scudder CJ, Hazuchova K, Gostelow R, Niessen SJM. (2016) Diabetes mellitus in cats and the veterinary nurse's role. The Veterinary Nurse 2016 7:9, 516-525.

O'Neill DG, Scudder CJ, Faire JM, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC1. (2014) Epidemiology of hyperadrenocorticism among 210,824 dogs attending primary-care veterinary practices in the UK from 2009 to 2014. J Small Anim Pract. 2016 Jul;57(7):365-73. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12523.

Fletcher JM, Scudder CJ, Kiupel M, Pipe-Martin HN, Kenny PJ, Mantis P, Fenn J, Smith K, Blair RV, Granger LA, Niessen SJM. (2016) Hypersomatotropism in 3 Cats without Concurrent Diabetes Mellitus. J Vet Intern Med. 2016 Jul;30(4):1216-21. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14360.

Scudder CJ, Gostelow R, Forcada Y, Schmid HA, Church D, Niessen SJ. (2015) Pasireotide for the Medical Management of Feline Hypersomatotropism. J Vet Intern Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;29(4):1074-80. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12608.

Scudder CJ, Niessen SJM. (2016) Acromegaly in cats The Veterinary Nurse 2016 May (7): 224–230

Scudder CJ, Kenny P, Niessen SJM. (2015) Treatment of canine and feline hyperadrenocorticism: trilostane and the alternatives. Companion Animal 2015 20:4, 230-238.

Hill, M., Scudder, CJ., Glanemann, B., Drees, R. (2014) Hypertrophic osteodystrophy in a dog imaged with CT Veterinary Record Case Reports . 201: e000155. doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2014-000155.

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.