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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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Soft Tissue Surgery

Henry-L’Eplattenier

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.

Esteban-Gonzàlez-Gasch

Esteban Gonzàlez-Gasch

DVM DiplECVS MRCVS

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.

Samar-Riziq

Samar Riziq

DVM MRCVS

Surgical Intern

Samar graduated from Leon Vet School (Spain) in 2013. Shortly afterwards, she completed an internship in a private veterinary referral practice in Valencia, where she developed a strong interest in surgery. Later on she moved to Liverpool where she worked as a veterinary surgeon in first opinion practice.

Having completed a one-year rotating internship at Southfields Veterinary Specialists (formerly VRCC Veterinary Referrals) last year, Samar stayed with us and began a surgical internship in May 2017. Thoracic surgery and wound management and reconstruction are her main interests.

In her free time Samar likes to travel, surf and spend time with her friends and family.