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Formerly VRCC

+44 (0)1268 564664

24 hour veterinary and nursing care

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24 hour veterinary and nursing care

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Soft Tissue Surgery


Dr Henry L’Eplattenier

Dr. Med. Vet PhD DiplECVS MRCVS

Clinical Director
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Henry L’Eplattenier was born and grew up in Neuchâtel, in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. He studied at Bern University, then worked for the pharmaceutical company Ciba-Geigy in Basle (now part of Novartis) as a doctoral student in the Toxicology Department, where he completed a Swiss doctorate on nephrotoxicity testing of drugs using cell cultures.

Henry worked in large animal practice for one year in the beautiful and rural Jura mountains just south of Basle, before joining the Small Animal Hospital at Zurich University. He spent four years there and completed his specialist training in Small Animal Surgery under the supervision of Prof Pierre Montavon (the inventor of the Zurich Cementless Hip Prosthesis for dogs).

He obtained his Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) in 1998, then emigrated from Switzerland and moved to Oslo, Norway to live with his partner. After learning Norwegian, he joined the Norwegian Veterinary College as an assistant professor in Small Animal Surgery. In 2001, Henry was offered a position as a soft tissue surgeon at Utrecht University. He spent the next 5 years as a lecturer in Utrecht, where he was mainly responsible for the Small Animal urology consultations and operations.

Henry left Utrecht University to join VRCC in 2006, where he is a consultant surgeon and head of Surgery. In 2008 he was also made a director of the clinic. In 2009, Henry obtained his PhD from Utrecht University for the research on prostate cancer in dogs that he conducted while he was a lecturer there.

Henry has been involved in the Examination Committee of the ECVS and has also been a member of the Board of the ECVS. In 2015 he was elected President-Elect and is now the President of the ECVS. Henry was made Clinical Director in December 2016 when VRCC joined the Linnaeus Group and became Southfields Veterinary Specialists.

L'Eplattenier HF, Zhao J, Pfannkuch F, Scholtysik G, Wüthrich A (1990) Cell Culture in Nephrotoxicity Testing Toxicology Letters  53, 227-229

Graepel PH, L'Eplattenier HF, Pfannkuch F, Bentley P (1992) Understanding Pamidronate (Cyto-)toxicity Bone and Mineral 17, Suppl 1, 28

L'Eplattenier HF and Montavon PM (1997) Avulsion Fractures of the Femoral Head: Internal Fixation Using a Ventral Approach to the Hip Joint VCOT 1, 23-26

L'Eplattenier HF and Montavon PM (1998) Traumatisch bedingte Mukozoele des Sinus frontalis bei zwei Hunden Schweiz Arch Tierheilk  140/8, 333-336

Koch DA, Grundmann S, Savoldelli D, L'Eplattenier H, Montavon PM (1998) Die Diagnostik der Patellaluxation des Kleintieres Schweiz Arch Tierheilk  140/9, 371-374

Stöcklin P, L'Eplattenier H, Montavon PM (1999) Avulsion der Ursprungssehne des Muskulus Extensor Digitalis Longus bei einem Dobermann Schweiz Arch Tierheilk  141/2, 53-57

Reichler IM, Grundmann S, Koch D, Savoldelli D, L'Eplattenier H, Montavon P (1999) Diagnostische Effizienz der Vorsorgeuntersuchung der Patellaluxation bei Zwerghunderassen Kleintierpraxis  44/11, 805-884

L'Eplattenier H, Montavon PM (2002) Patella luxation in dogs and cats: Part I: Pathogenesis and diagnosis Comp Cont Educ 24(3), 234-239

L'Eplattenier H, Montavon PM (2002) Patella luxation in dogs and cats: Part II: Management and prevention Comp Cont Educ  24(4), 292-298

Scheepens E, L'Eplattenier HF (2005) Iatrogenic bladder diverticulum in a dog. J Small Anim Pract 46(12), 578-81.

Scheepens E, Peeters ME, L'Eplattenier HF, Kirpensteijn J (2006) Thoracic bite trauma in dogs; a comparison of clinical and radiological parameters with surgical results. J Small Anim Pract.  47(12), 721-6.

L'Eplattenier HF, van Nimwegen SA, Kirpensteijn J, van Sluijs F (2006) Partial prostatectomy in the management of canine prostatic carcinoma. Vet Surg  35(4), 406-11.

L'Eplattenier HF, Lai CL, van den Ham R, Mol JA, van Sluijs FJ, Teske E (2007) Regulation of COX-2 Expression in Canine Prostate Carcinoma: Increased COX-2 Expression is Not Related to Inflammation Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine  21, 776–782

Lai CL, L'Eplattenier HF, van den Ham R, Verseijden F, Jagtenberg A, Mol JA, Teske E (2008) Androgen receptor CAG repeat polymorphisms in canine prostate cancer J Vet Intern Med  22:1380-1384

van Nimwegen SA, L'Eplattenier HF, Rem AI, van der Lugt JJ, Kirpensteijn J (2008) Nd:YAG surgical laser effects in canine prostate tissue: Temperature and damage distribution. Phys Med Biol  54(1):29-44

L'Eplattenier HF, Klem B, Teske E, van Sluijs FJ, van Nimwegen SA, Kirpensteijn J (2008) Preliminary results of intraoperative photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid in dogs with prostate carcinoma. The Veterinary Journal 178:202-207

Clark BS, L'Eplattenier HF (2010) Zygomatic salivary mucocoele as a postoperative complication following caudal hemimaxillectomy in a dog. Journal of Small Animal Practice  51:495-498

Guérin VJ, Visser ‘t Hooft KW, L’Eplattenier HF (2012) Transitional cell carincoma involving the ductus deferens in a dog. JAVMA  240(4):446-449

L'Eplattenier HF, Teske E, Van Sluijs F, Mol JA (2014) CAG-repeats in the androgen receptor gene relate with plasma androgen levels in the Bouvier des Flandres. In Vivo  28(6):1051-1055

Bataller L, Tamborini A, L'Eplattenier H, Necova S, Robertson E (2017) Successful treatment of tracheal lymphoma in a Siamese cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports doi: 10.1177/2055116917742529, eCollection 2017 Jul-Dec

Contributions to books

Chapter on approach to the abdomen and opening of abdominal organs in Leren opereren (English translation The Cutting Edge), edited by Prof. J. Kirpensteijn, Roman House Publishers Ltd, Ripon, United Kingdom, 2006. ISBN-10: 0-9554100-0-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-9554100-0-0

A.M. van Dongen and H.F. L’Eplattenier, Kidneys and Urinary Tract. In A. Rijnberk and F.J. van Sluijs (eds) Medical History and Physical Examination in Companion Animals, 2nd edition, Saunders, Oxford, UK, 2009

L’Eplattenier HF. Chapter 75: Prostatic Cyst and Abscess Drainage. In: Complications in Small Animal Surgery, edited by Dominique Griffon and Annick Hamaide, first edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2016

L’Eplattenier HF. Chapter 76: Prostatectomy. In: Complications in Small Animal Surgery, edited by Dominique Griffon and Annick Hamaide, first edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2016

L’Eplattenier HF. Tumoren der Prostata. In: Kleintieronkologie, edited by Martin Kessler, 2nd edition, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, In press

  • Mast cell tumours (not yet removed)
  • Soft tissue sarcomas (not yet removed)
  • Oral tumours
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Chronic otitis
  • Brachycephalic obstructive airways syndrome (BOAS)
  • Open wounds, trauma
  • Urinary incontinence, ectopic ureter
  • Porto-systemic shunt (sometimes seen by Internal Medicine first)
  • Thoracic surgery: removal of lung tumours and other tumours in the chest or chest wall, treatment of chylothorax or pyothorax, pericardectomy.
  • Head and neck operations: brachycephalic airway obstruction, laryngeal paralysis, oral tumours, total ear canal ablation, salivary mucocoeles.
  • Gastro-intestinal surgery: treatment of oral tumours, removal of foreign bodies from the oesophagus, stomach and intestine, removal of tumours of the GI tract, perianal surgery (perineal hernia, anal sac problems, etc.).
  • Urogenital surgery: ectopic ureter, urethral obstruction, bladder stones, prostatic disease, kidney tumours, trauma to the urinary tract.
  • Other abdominal procedures: surgery of the liver and pancreas, tumours of the adrenal glands.
  • Removal of skin tumours including reconstruction, where necessary.
  • Management of complicated wounds.
  • Neurosurgery: cervical and thoraco-lumbar disc herniation

Esteban Gonzàlez-Gasch


European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Esteban graduated in Barcelona in 2002, then spent 3 years working in the veterinary teaching hospital of the University of Barcelona, during which he completed a rotating internship. This enabled him to start a residency programme in small animal surgery just outside Paris, under the supervision of Dr Jean-François Bardet. He obtained his ECVS Diploma in 2014 and has worked as a Specialist in Surgery in referral centres in the UK and Spain.

He joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in 2017 and has an interest in both orthopaedic and soft tissue (including minimally invasive) surgery.

E. Gonzàlez-Gasch, E. Monnet (2015) Comparison of single port access versus multiple port access systems in elective laparoscopy: 98 dogs (2005-2014).  Veterinary Surgery 44(7):895-9

E.G.Gasch, P.Rivier, J.F. Bardet. (2013) Free proximal cortical ulnar autograft for the treatment of distal radial osteosarcoma in a dog. Canadian Veterinary Journal 54(2): 162–166.

E.G. Gasch, J.J. Labruyère, J.F. Bardet (2012) Computed Tomography of ununited anconeal process in the dog. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 25(6):498-505

  • Mast cell tumours (not yet removed)
  • Soft tissue sarcomas (not yet removed)
  • Tumours of the mouth
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Chronic otitis
  • Brachycephalic obstructive airways syndrome (BOAS)
  • Open wounds, trauma
  • Urinary incontinence, ectopic ureter
  • Porto-systemic shunt (sometimes seen by Internal Medicine first)
  • Lameness
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cruciate ligament rupture
  • Bone fractures

Carlos Rubiños


Surgical Intern

Carlos graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2011 and worked in the University Teaching Hospital of Lugo for two years. During this time he completed a rotating internship, developed a strong interest in small animal surgery and subsequently moved to the UK to pursue further specialisation.

He then completed a second rotating internship before achieving a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Nottingham and spending two years in general practice. He has published in scientific journals and is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

Carlos joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists as a surgical intern in April 2018. He is particularly enthusiastic about such areas as regenerative medicine, minimally invasive surgery and complex fracture management.