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Formerly VRCC

+44 (0)1268 564664

24 hour veterinary and nursing care

+44 (0)1268 564664

24 hour veterinary and nursing care

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Sarah Mason


RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Oncology
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Oncology
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

Sarah graduated from Liverpool in 2007 and worked in small animal practice for 2 years before returning to Liverpool to undertake a rotating internship. She remained at Liverpool and completed a Petsavers sponsored residency in Oncology.

Sarah then worked at the University of Liverpool as a lecturer in Oncology for 2 years. In 2014 she passed the ECVIM diploma in veterinary oncology and obtained the RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice (Small Animal Medicine) in 2012. In 2015, Sarah worked at The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital as Principal Clinical Oncologist.

Prior to training as a vet Sarah completed a BSc in molecular biology and a PhD in cell cycle regulation at the University of Glasgow. Following this she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School.

Sarah joined Southfield Veterinary Specialists in April 2018. Her areas of interest include the optimisation of chemotherapy protocols for small animal lymphoid neoplasia, radiation therapy for the treatment of small animal neoplasia and combined medical and radiation therapy.

Jérôme -Benoît

Jérôme Benoît

DipACVR (radiation Oncology) DipECVDI add. RadOncol MRCVS

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology - Radiation Oncology (ACVR)
Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI add. RadOncol)

After studying veterinary science at Lyon and Maisons-Alfort in his native France, Jérôme spent three years in the USA. A self-confessed ‘onco-maniac’ since his early years as a veterinary student, he fell in love with radio-oncology while in the US due to its exact physics and specific biology.

He completed a residency at North Carolina State University, passing his certifying examination in radiation oncology in 2010 (American College of Veterinary Radiology – Radiation Oncology). Jérôme, is also a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Oncology (2015) and is the first RCVS-recognised expert in the field (2017).

He then spent five years working as a veterinary radiation oncologist at VRCC, which was rebranded as Southfields earlier this year, and then three years in France working in a leading veterinary cancer centre, before returning to Southfields Veterinary Specialists in 2017.


Richard Elders


RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Oncology
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Richard graduated from University College Dublin in 1999. He completed an internship at the University of Glasgow and was in first opinion small animal practice on the west coast of Scotland thereafter.

He completed his ACVIM Internal Medicine residency and mast cell tumour-based PhD at the Royal Veterinary College in 2005 and 2008, respectively. His PhD thesis was on targeting and killing mast cells with enhanced specificity.

He worked in private referral Oncology practices until 2013, and during this time he earned his ECVIM-CA Oncology Diploma. Richard then worked as a Senior Lecturer in Oncology at the University of Edinburgh, before founding IDEXX Laboratory’s Oncology consulting service in 2016.

Richard joined Southfields in February 2018, and works one day a week in our sister hospital in Hampstead, London Vet Specialists. Richard’s main professional interests are mast cell tumours, novel diagnostics and immunotherapeutics, but he is experienced in all aspects of veterinary medical oncology and radiation oncology.


Aaron Harper


RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Oncology
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Oncology

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2008, Aaron spent five years in general practice. In 2016 he completed a residency in small animal oncology and during that time he completed the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Medicine), European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2017 and became a European and RCVS recognised Specialist in Oncology.  After completing his residency, he worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Oncology at the University of Liverpool.

Aaron joined Southfields in May 2018 and his main areas of interest are in haematological cancers and the medical management of these conditions. He is also interested in novel therapies for dogs and cats with cancer and the management of side effects in these cases and his research to date has been on this subject. From these interests he has further developed a particular interest in treating feline lymphoma.

Outside of work, Aaron’s spare time is taken up caring for his two cats, Rou and Mischief and his mini-Dachshund, Penfold.


Slavomíra Néčová


Clinician in Oncology

Slavomíra graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice, Slovakia in July 2009. At university she completed the Erasmus exchange programme in Lyon, France. Following graduation, Slavomíra worked in general practice in Slovakia for two years.

In 2011, Slavomíra moved to the UK and worked in a first opinion practice in Wales and then in Nottingham. She joined our team in December 2012 on a rotating internship and developed a strong interest in Oncology. Slavomíra completed her oncology residency with us in February 2018.

Slavomíra has a lovely rescue dog called Orieta, whom she likes to take on hikes in the countryside.


Beatriz Balaña

Lda Vet, MSc (Clinical Oncology)

MRCVS Residency Trained in Small Animal Medicine (Oncology)

Begoña-Pons Gil

Begoña Pons Gil



Begoña graduated with honours from CEU Cardenal Herrera University (Valencia, Spain) in June 2010. After her graduation, she worked in general practice for three years and completed a rotating internship in a referral hospital in Spain, where she developed a strong interest in oncology. Begoña then worked in the Oncology department of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and in October 2015, she moved to UK to pursue her career goal of becoming medical oncology specialist. Last year she completed different externships in referrals, whilst working in general practice in Essex.

In her free time, Begoña has a lovely dog called Godo, whom she likes to take on hikes in the countryside. She also enjoys travelling and spending time with her friends and family.


Emma McGuinness


Radiotherapy Technician

Emma qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008 and worked in general practice in various roles. After completing her A1 assessor award, NVQ2 in business and management and the Royal Canin PHC, Emma joined our team in 2015, which gave her the opportunity to have a change from general practice and learn more about oncology and how radiation can help cancer patients.

Outside of work Emma loves to travel, going to the gym and spend time with family and friends.


Jenny Gordon

BSc (Hons) RVN

Radiotherapy Technician

Jenny qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2001 and was promoted to head nurse in 2002.  She joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists (then VRCC) in 2004 and whilst working full time as head nurse, she managed to complete her BSc Honours Degree.  Jenny then took up the role of radiotherapy technician.  Following maternity leave, she returned to Southfields and trained in CT imaging.  After a brief spell back in first opinion practice, Jenny resumed her role as radiotherapy technician at Southfields in 2017.

When she is not at work, Jenny is very busy with her husband, two young boys, four cats and dog called Murphy who loves to go on very long walks.  And if that's not enough to keep her busy, she also enjoys socialising with family and friends and takes part in zumba and pilates too!