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Chris Scudder

Chris Scudder

BVSc(hons) MVetMed PhD DACVIM-SAIM DECVIM-CA MRCVS

Head of Internal Medicine

Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Internal Medicine

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Chris graduated from the University of Bristol in 2007 and then worked in first opinion small animal practice for three years. In 2010, he undertook a rotating internship at the University 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. He joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in 2017.

Chris really enjoys looking after cats and dogs with medical conditions, and his areas of interest are endocrinology and haematological conditions. Chris is an honorary lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College and continues to undertake research into endocrine conditions affecting cats and dogs. He has numerous publications describing both the clinical and basic science of endocrine disorders and has written several chapters in veterinary textbooks on this topic. He is also the Research and Mentor Liaison for the Small Animal Medicine Society.

He aims to provide the highest level of care for his patients and their owners. Chris has several pets of his own including his dog, cat, five chickens and a tortoise.

Scudder CJ, Hazuchova K, Gostelow R, Church DB, Forcada Y, Fowkes RC, Niessen SJ. (2020) Pilot study assessing the use of cabergoline for the treatment of cats with hypersomatotropism and diabetes mellitus. J Feline Med Surg. 2020 Jul 20:1098612X20933213. doi: 10.1177/1098612X20933213. PMID: 32684121

Mirczuk SM, Lessey AJ, Catterick AR, Perrett RM, Scudder CJ, Read JE, Lipscomb VJ, Niessen SJ, Childs AJ, McArdle CA, McGonnell IM, Fowkes RC. (2019) Regulation and Function of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) in Gonadotrope-Derived Cell Lines. Cells. 2019 Sep 14;8(9):1086. doi: 10.3390/cells8091086.

Schiborra F, Scudder CJ, Littler RM, Lamb CR, McConnell JF, Maddox TW. (2018) CT findings in Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in five dogs. J Small Anim Pract. 2018 Mar 25. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12833. PMID: 29577303

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.

Scudder CJ, Mirczuk SM, Richardson KM, Crossley VJ, Regan JTC, Gostelow R, Forcada Y, Hazuchova K, Harrington N, McGonnell IM, Church DB, Kenny PJ, Korbonits M, Fowkes RC, Niessen SJM. Pituitary pathology and gene expression in acromegalic cats. Journal of the Endocrine Society. https://doi.org/10.1210/js.2018-00226

  • Endocrine disorders – Overproduction or a lack of production of certain hormones leads to common diseases such as Cushing’s disease, Diabetes Mellitus, and Hyperparathyroidism and correct management can be challenging.
  • Gastro-intestinal diseases – Endoscopy with biopsies can be performed to diagnose diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or gastro-intestinal lymphoma.
  • Urinary diseases – Cystoscopy and imaging studies can be performed to diagnose reasons for incontinence or abnormal urination. Renal failure, protein losing disorders and bladder stones are also managed.
  • Hepatic diseases – Imaging and biopsies are often needed to define a treatment plan for different liver diseases.
  • Infectious diseases – Resistant bacterial infections and tick-borne diseases are commonly treated.
  • Immune-mediated diseases – Immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, and polyarthropathy often require intensive care and thorough investigation.
  • Respiratory diseases – Chronic nasal discharge is a common problem requiring advanced imaging and rhinoscopy for definitive diagnosis.
  • Pancreatic diseases – Acute pancreatitis requires rapid diagnosis, intensive care and monitoring

  • Rhinoscopy
  • Tracheo-bronchoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy, including foreign body removal
  • Lower GI endoscopy
  • Cystoscopy, urethroscopy
  • Joint taps
  • CSF collection
  • Bone marrow collection
  • Feeding tube placement

Jennifer Raj

Jennifer Raj

Jennifer Raj BSc (Hons) BVetMed DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Jen graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2008. She subsequently spent several years working in small opinion practice and working on veterinary charity projects across the world.

Upon her return to the UK she completed a rotating internship at Dick White Referrals in Cambridgeshire. Following her internship, she completed a residency (specialist training) in Internal Medicine at the same hospital, which is one of the largest and busiest referral hospitals in Europe.

Jen enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but has developed a particular interest in haematological disorders. Jen is really enjoying work at Southfields as the hospital and team allows her to offer the highest standards of care to all of her patients.

Out of work, Jen enjoys spending time with her family. She has always enjoyed an active life and has historically enjoyed running and surfing although she struggles to now find the time to pursue these activities with her two young sons!

  • Endocrine disorders – Overproduction or a lack of production of certain hormones leads to common diseases such as Cushing’s disease, Diabetes Mellitus, and Hyperparathyroidism and correct management can be challenging.
  • Gastro-intestinal diseases – Endoscopy with biopsies can be performed to diagnose diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or gastro-intestinal lymphoma.
  • Urinary diseases – Cystoscopy and imaging studies can be performed to diagnose reasons for incontinence or abnormal urination. Renal failure, protein losing disorders and bladder stones are also managed.
  • Hepatic diseases – Imaging and biopsies are often needed to define a treatment plan for different liver diseases.
  • Infectious diseases – Resistant bacterial infections and tick-borne diseases are commonly treated.
  • Immune-mediaed diseases – Immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, and polyarthropathy often require intensive care and thorough investigation.
  • Respiratory diseases – Chronic nasal discharge is a common problem requiring advanced imaging and rhinoscopy for definitive diagnosis.
  • Pancreatic diseases – Acute pancreatitis requires rapid diagnosis, intensive care and monitoring.

  • Rhinoscopy
  • Tracheo-bronchoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy, including foreign body removal
  • Lower GI endoscopy
  • Cystoscopy, urethroscopy
  • Joint taps
  • CSF collection
  • Bone marrow collection
  • Feeding tube placement

Samuel Fowlie

Samuel Fowlie

BSc(Hons) BVSc(Hons) MVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Sam graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013 and then spent two years working in a busy, first-opinion practice on the Somerset/Wiltshire border. In 2015 he returned to Bristol to complete a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. This was followed by a move north to the University of Glasgow in 2016 where he completed a combined Masters in canine hypoadrenocorticism and residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Sam became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2021.

Sam enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine, especially gastroenterology, endocrinology and immune-mediated diseases. He enjoys working in a large multi-disciplinary team in order to deliver the best care and outcomes for his patients.

Outside of work Sam plays several instruments and enjoys reading and going to the cinema. Sam was born and grew up in Essex before moving away when he was younger so he is looking forward to getting to know the area again.

Aldara Eiras-Diaz

Aldara Eiras-Diaz

DVM MRCVS

Clinician in Internal Medicine

Aldara graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2010. After completing a 12 months’ internship in the same university Aldara moved to the UK and she spent two years working in a busy small animal practice in Portsmouth. She subsequently moved to Cambridge to perform a 12-month rotating internship at the Animal Health Trust, followed by an internal medicine residency at Dick White Referrals, before joining Southfields Veterinary Specialists.

Aldara enjoys all fields of internal medicine, particularly feline medicine, gastroenterology, and endocrinology.

In her spare time Aldara enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling, photography, and a good cup of coffee.

Raquel del Solar Bravo

Raquel del Solar Bravo

MRCVS DVM

Internal Medicine Resident

Raquel graduated at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2013. Afterwards she completed two rotating internships in Spain in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and in the University Autónoma of Barcelona. Then she moved to the UK in 2016, and work in first opinion for a year. She then completed an internal medicine internship in Southfields veterinary specialists. She started a residency in Internal Medicine in the Animal Health Trust in 2018, and she joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in April 2020 to continue with the residency program.

Raquel is very interested in all the fields that involve internal medicine, particularly in the fields of endocrinology and haematology. In her spare time she loves travelling, practising yoga and performing marine-activities such as scuba-diving and snorkelling.

Isabel Calvo Saiz

Isabel Calvo Saiz

DVM, MRCVS

Internal Medicine Intern

Isabel, originally from Valencia, Spain, completed her veterinary undergraduate degree at the University Cardenal Herrera CEU in 2017. Later that year she moved to the UK and worked in a busy first opinion practice for over two years before enrolling on a small animal rotating internship at Pride Veterinary Centre in 2020.

Isabel is interested in all fields of internal medicine but especially in gastroenterology and endocrinology.

Following the experience gained on the rotating internship, Isabel joins the Internal Medicine team at Southfields Veterinary Specialists to improve her knowledge in this field. Outside work, she loves spending time with her two cats Cosmo and Carbón, and also enjoys cooking, hiking and dancing!

Charlotte Fennell

Charlotte Fennell

CertVNECC BSc (Hons) RVN

Senior Medicine Nurse

Charlotte studied for three years at The Royal Veterinary College, where she graduated with FdSc in Veterinary Nursing, qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in 2014. She continued her studies there for a further year, whilst working as an RVN part-time for her BSc Honours in Veterinary Nursing and graduating in 2015.

Charlotte joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in 2016 as a multi-disciplinary nurse and later moved to the internal medicine department in December 2017. Charlotte was appointed Senior Internal Medicine Nurse in November 2019 and in this role she manages the internal medicine nursing team, working closely with the internal medicine specialists and wider nursing team. Charlotte obtained the Vets Now Emergency and Critical Care certificate in 2019 and is now working towards her Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Internal Medicine qualification.

Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys going to the gym, travelling and spending time with family and friends. Charlotte has previously volunteered in animal sanctuaries abroad and has worked with vervet monkeys and baboons in South Africa and at an Elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

Gemma Lovett

Gemma Lovett

RVN VCA

Veterinary Nurse

Gemma worked in primary care practice for eight years and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2018. She moved to Southfields Veterinary Specialists in October 2019, initially working as a multi-disciplinary nurse and became a medicine specific nurse in March 2020. She has a keen interest in emergency and critical care and feline medicine.

Outside of work, Gemma enjoys travelling and spending time with family. She undertook volunteer work at the Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa in 2018, where she was able to work with rhinos, lions, wildebeest and impalas. She also loves small animals and has rescue cats, Merlin and Luna, and also a leopard gecko called pancake.

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

RVN

Internal Medicine Nurse

Emily graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked at a variety of different veterinary practices, where she has been able to gain a breadth of experience.

Through her experience, Emily has developed a particular interest in critical care, feline medicine and helping students with their studies.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, walking holidays with her family and spending time with her precious cat Luna.

Charlene Gunner

Charlene Gunner

Internal Medicine Nurse

Charlene studied for a BSc Hons in Animal Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. This led her to work in a dog and cat rescue centre in London. She started working in kennels and behaviour assessment, then joined the clinic team as a Veterinary Care Assistant and trained to become an RVN. Charlene qualified as an RVN in 2017.

During her time there, Charlene realised her passion for rescue and, specifically, behaviour and stress reduction for the animals she was caring for.

She joined Southfields in October 2020 to develop her nursing skills and further her interest in caring for chronic medical patients.

Since adopting her disabled dog Bean, who has a spinal deformity, Charlene has become more interested in neurological care. Her dream is to have her own rescue centre one day, rehoming the old, the broken and the wonky.

Outside of work, she loves hikes with her dog Bean, eating vegan junk food and aerial fitness. She also helps out with wildlife rescue. 

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