Veterinarians

FirstVet vets can help you decide whether a visit to your vet is necessary, or if your pet can be treated from home. During your video call with your FirstVet vet, you will get advice, simple treatment recommendations or a referral to a local veterinary clinic for more serious issues. FirstVet can help you and your pet avoid unnecessary trips to the vet.

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Dr Massimo Orioles

Dr Massimo Orioles

Massimo completed his veterinary medicine degree at the University of Padova, Italy in 2009. Since then he has been dedicated to small animal medicine and developed a keen interest in neurology, diagnostic imaging, and emergency and critical care. More recently he has been studying fish medicine and aquatic animal health, and is undertaking a PhD in this subject.Massimo have been practicing in the United Kingdom since 2010, pursuing advanced training in small animal medicine and surgery and in neurology and neurosurgery in two referral hospitals, North Kent Referrals and the Animal Health Trust. He has achieved a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s. Massimo currently works at several veterinary practices and emergency and critical care clinics in the Cambridge and London areas.

Dr Imma Sgulo

Dr Imma Sgulo

Imma qualified in Italy at the faculty of veterinary medicine in Naples in 2013. Soon after her qualification she moved to the UK. She has always been very passionate about surgery and is currently completing her postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery. She has worked for several well known animal charities as well as in private practice. She has also developed a passion for emergency and critical care medicine and is developing her expertise as an out-of-hours veterinary surgeon. In her spare time, Imma enjoys skiing, working out and learning Languages. She speaks Italian, Czech, Spanish and of course English of course. Her friendly attitude leads her to spend a lot of time travelling to discover as much of our world as she can.

Dr Louise Cox-O’Shea

Dr Louise Cox-O’Shea

I qualified from Liverpool University in 2004 and have been in clinical practice ever since. I initially started as a mixed animal vet but, after a few years in mixed practice, decided to focus on small animal practice. I enjoy the challenges and rewards that small animal practice offers and enjoy the relationship that is built up both with patients and clients. I have a particular interest in surgery and also write academic articles for point of need resources. My husband is also a vet and we have 4 small children aged 1-7 years of age, 2 dogs, a cat and a tank full of fish. My hobbies include running and all things outdoors.

Dr Silvia De Cecco

Dr Silvia De Cecco

After graduating in Italy in 2010, Silvia moved to the UK to further her studies in small animal medicine and surgery. Silvia joined a referral practice in Kent as an intern before moving to Cambridge University as a Junior Clinical Scholar. While working at the University she developed a keen interest in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. Over the past few years she has enjoyed working in first opinion small animal practice. She is currently studying towards a Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging. She has two cats, Merlino and Tito.

Dr Andrea Di Sante

Dr Andrea Di Sante

Andrea graduated from the University of Milan, Italy in 2008. Before working with cats and dogs Andrea worked for the Food Standard Agency as an Official Veterinarian carrying out public health and food hygiene controls. He has a particular interest in dermatology and small animal soft tissue surgery.

Dr Sarah Dantas-Holmes

Dr Sarah Dantas-Holmes

Sarah has worked as a veterinary surgeon in small animal general practice since qualifying in 2010. In 2017, Sarah completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a focus on small animal medicine. After attending a seminar on Fear Free, Sarah has also developed a keen interest in using techniques to ensure the emotional wellbeing of cats and dogs. Sarah joined the FirstVet team in 2019 and is enjoying the pioneering way, in which as a veterinary surgeon, she can interact with pets and their owners.

Dr Sophie Milligan

Dr Sophie Milligan

Sophie graduated from Bristol University in 2017. Since then has worked in small animal practice. She works for a local clinic and joined FirstVet when they launched in the UK. She is a dog and cat veterinarian, and is particularly interested in internal medicine and managing allergies in dogs. She is a DEFRA authorised official controls veterinarian and assists clients with exporting animals abroad or taking them on holiday. She lives in Wiltshire with her Black Labrador and grey tabby cat. In her spare time Sophie likes running with her dog and also is a licensed solo sky-diver.

Dr Emma Bower

Dr Emma Bower

Emma qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2007. Prior to vet school she graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Zoology. Emma worked in mixed practice for two years before becoming a locum Veterinary Surgeon. Her main areas of interest are geriatric dogs and cats, especially chronic pain in dogs and rehabilitation of dogs either due to age changes or due to trauma. She has plans to undertake further studies in canine and feline behaviour. Emma joined FirstVet UK in March 2019, and has her own pack of three dogs.

Dr Jessica May

Dr Jessica May

Jessica qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2012, where, prior to studying veterinary medicine she also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Sciences. Before joining FirstVet Jessica worked in mixed practice and equine practice. Most recently she worked at an equine hospital on the Welsh borders. She is particularly interested in internal medicine and wound healing, as well as veterinary business and innovation.

Dr Eve Hanks

Dr Eve Hanks

Eve graduated from the University of Edinburgh vet school in 2011 and has since worked with farm animals, horses and companion animals. She recently completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow and now combines her work at FirstVet with clinical pathology for Scotland’s Rural College. She has a keen interest in medicine and in parasitology.

Dr Jillian Hall

Dr Jillian Hall

Jillian qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 and has worked in small animal general practice since. She holds a certificate in Veterinary General Practice and is working towards a second certificate in small animal surgery. Jillian particularly enjoys surgical cases and also works in emergency and critical care. Her spare time is spent entertaining her dog, Fergal.

Dr Mark Conboy

Dr Mark Conboy

Mark has worked as a veterinary surgeon since qualifying in 2016. Originally from the West of Ireland, he worked for a year in North Wales with both large and small animals. Having then decided to move to South Wales, he now works mainly with small animals, undertaking routine consultations and surgery. Mark joined the UK FirstVet team in early 2020 and is looking forward to working in new and innovative ways to care for pets and their owners. He has two cats - Honey and Fudge, as well as a number of Connemara horses, which he breeds back home in Ireland. Mark enjoys travelling and seeing the world, whenever possible, to gain new experiences, and looks forward to consulting with you soon!

Dr Rachel Heygate

Dr Rachel Heygate

Rachel graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012. She has worked in 24 hour hospitals and small animal practice over the last eight years and enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine. Outside of work she can be found outdoors on her bike and training for triathlons.

Dr Scarlet Aflalo

Dr Scarlet Aflalo

Scarlet has worked as a veterinary surgeon in small animal general practice since qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. In 2018, Scarlet completed a Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and she has had lots of experience working with furry, feathered and scaled pets of all shapes and sizes. She is currently undertaking a certificate and internship in Small Animal Medicine to expand her knowledge with cats and dogs. Scarlet joined the FirstVet team in 2020 and spends most of her time looking after her own (7!!) pets when she isn't looking after yours!

Dr Alison Mauchlen

Dr Alison Mauchlen

Alison graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007. After spending 7 years working as a mixed practice vet in Cumbria, treating farm animals, horses and companion animals, Alison decided to focus on small animal practice. Currently, she works in a busy small animal hospital and is working towards a certificate in ophthalmology. Alison joined the FirstVet team in June 2020.

Dr Zoe Miller

Dr Zoe Miller

Zoe graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2016. She worked in both private and charity small animal practice before starting Specialist training in clinical pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in July 2019, where she looks at samples ranging from salmon to elephants. Zoe likes to go running with her parent’s cocker spaniel, Phoebe, and she enjoys gardening and has a rescue cat of her own called Baron who also enjoys helping out with the digging! Zoe joined FirstVet in June 2020.

Dr Jill Mellink-Davidson

Dr Jill Mellink-Davidson

Jill qualified from Edinburgh University in 1981. She started work in equine and small animal practice, which she loved. After having her children, Jill worked primarily as a small animal clinician. Jill has a wide range of interests including surgery, soft tissue and orthopaedics, ophthalmology and medicine including geriatric medicine and welfare. She has also worked for VetsNow emergency clinics and for the Pet Blood Bank running donation sessions in the midlands. Jill is an Official Vet for Small Animal export Certification. In her spare time Jill enjoys riding (previously competing in eventing) and is a qualified dressage judge. She enjoys walking and scuba diving, recently qualifying as a Dive Leader. Jill is also an enthusiastic cook and has two grown up children. Jill joined FirstVet in June 2020.

Dr Kathy Mackinnon

Dr Kathy Mackinnon

Kathy graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2010 and went on to work in a mixed animal practice in North Wales. Following this Kathy undertook training in emergency and critical care with Vets Now and spent several years working in a fantastic small animal practice where she developed a keen interest in ophthalmology and dentistry. 10 years after graduation she is still in North Wales, married to a dairy and 32000 chicken, free range egg farmer. Most importantly she is a proud mum to a 4.5 year old and a one year old. Kathy currently works part time as a government vet and locum in a local small animal practice (when she has the time!). Kathy joined FirstVet in June 2020. She is very excited to be part of the fantastic team of vets at FirstVet and to be able provide such a unique service to pet owners.

Dr Mary Dockery

Dr Mary Dockery

Mary qualified from the University of Edinburgh Vet School in 2012. She initially worked as a mixed practice vet in the North East of England before moving back to Edinburgh in 2014 to work solely with small animals. She became a locum veterinary surgeon in 2016. This has given her more time to travel the world and carry out veterinary volunteering. Mary enjoys all aspects of general practice. When not working or travelling, she loves to bake and spend time in the beautiful Scottish outdoors! Mary joined FirstVet in June 2020.

Dr Jessica Maguire

Dr Jessica Maguire

Jessica qualified as a vet from Nottingham University in 2011 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She has worked in a wide variety of practices including referral, charity and emergency and critical care. She currently works in a small animal practice close to her home and is studying for her post graduate certificates in small animal dentistry and oral surgery. Aside from this, Jessica also produces written veterinary information for animal related courses. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, travel and looking after her pet tortoise. Jessica joined the FirstVet team in June 2020.

Dr Zahra Rutherford

Dr Zahra Rutherford

Zahra has been working with companion animals since graduating in 2013. She has worked in 24 hour hospitals and loves all aspects of small animal internal medicine. In her spare time she will often be indulging in her home improvement projects, or looking after her two rescue cats. Zahra joined FirstVet in June 2020. She looks forward to meeting you!

Dr Clare Sparks

Dr Clare Sparks

Clare graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. After graduating, she spent nine months traveling and volunteering in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji before coming back to the UK. She worked for three years in a small animal hospital in South Devon, where she helped establish a CT referral service and performed keyhole surgeries. Her favourite part of the job has always been getting to know clients and their furry companions. In 2018, she moved to Vancouver, Canada for a year, working as a locum vet and volunteering with the pets of disadvantaged families. She loves the outdoors and gardening, and teaches acroyoga. Clare joined FirstVet in June 2020.

Dr Rachel Cox

Dr Rachel Cox

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1997 Rachel worked in a number of large and small animal practices but has focused on small animals for the last 15 years. She particularly enjoys working with older animals and is really passionate about making a veterinary consultation a positive experience. Rachel joined FirstVet in June 2020. When she is not working she spends her time walking her greyhound Maisie and ferrying her children around to various sporting events.

Dr Yaiza Gomez-Mejias

Dr Yaiza Gomez-Mejias

After graduating in Spain in 2002, Yaiza started working in the Canary Islands, which is where she is originally from. Yaiza then worked in Germany for a little while, and finally moved to the northwest of England in 2011. Despite her RCVS Advanced Practitioner qualification in Feline Medicine, Yaiza loves dogs! She is also studying towards the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour. Yaiza currently works as a small animal vet, and dedicates her spare time to science communication. She has two cats, a dog and a horse. Yaiza joined FirstVet in June 2020.

Dr Elena Fraccaro

Dr Elena Fraccaro

Elena qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2004 at the faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Padova, Italy. While working in small animal general practice she completed a Masters degree in International Veterinary Co-operation and she started working worldwide with both farm and companion animals. In 2013 she completed a PhD in animal welfare which gave her a more comprehensive vision and approach to veterinary medicine. She enjoys travelling to discover new places and people and, when possible, to help animals in need. Elena adores cats. She has three: Brunilde, Fluke and Yoga. Elena joined FirstVet in June 2020.

Dr Filipe Dias

Dr Filipe Dias

Filipe knew that he wanted to become a Veterinary Surgeon from a very young age and followed his dream to become a reality. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - University of Lisbon, with a Master’s degree in 2008. After two years working with all kinds of creatures in a busy first option practice, Filipe ventured to the UK to take on a Junior Clinical Scholarship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Cambridge. Filipe enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and is particularly interested in orthopaedics and internal medicine. He greatly values the relationship with both patients and clients. Filipe has more than 11 years of experience working in emergency and critical care, referral hospitals and first opinion sole charge practice. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. In his spare time, Filipe enjoys travelling, playing sports and spending time with his pets, family and friends. He joined FirstVet in June 2020.