Nicolette Hayward BVM&S DVR DipECVDI MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Nic is a 1986 Edinburgh graduate and spent several years in general practice before specialising in diagnostic imaging at Cambridge University. She gained the RCVS Diploma in Radiology in 2003 and the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2004. After periods working at the University of Zurich, and private referral practice in the UK, Nic set up Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Ltd, a freelance diagnostic imaging service, in 2007 and still lectures extensively on continuing professional development courses in the UK and abroad.
Esther Barrett MA VetMB DVDI DipECVDI MRCVS
RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Esther spent 6 years working in mixed first opinion practice in the UK, before taking up a residency in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She obtained the RCVS and European College Diplomas in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2006, and after spending 2 further years working in University referral practice, she set up her own freelance veterinary imaging service.
As well as loving the practical challenges of her day-to-day work, Esther also enjoys teaching: she regularly provides small group CPD for veterinary surgeons throughout the UK and in 2010 she was appointed as a Special Lecturer in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging for the University of Nottingham, UK.
Dan Holden BVetMed DVA DipECVAA CertSAM MRCVS
Dan qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1991. He has spent the vast majority of his professional career working as a clinician in referral centres, both in academia and private practice. He was involved in the establishment of the intensive care unit at the RVC and spent eight years at the University of Bristol, where he was responsible for the internal medicine emergency service and the small animal intensive care unit, as well as participating in the clinical anaesthesia service.
As well as his expertise in intensive care, Dan has a wealth of experience in internal and emergency medicine and has lectured widely throughout the UK and abroad. He is a contributor to several BSAVA manuals and has authored numerous articles. Dan also operates an independent veterinary anaesthesia consultancy service, providing advice on equipment, staff training and in-house CPD, as well as specialist locum services and a clinical anaesthesia referral service for more complex cases.
Paul Hall BVSc MRCVS
Since Graduating Paul has worked in mixed practice but has always had an interest in exotic patients. He has been involved in the veterinary care of the birds at Paradise Park and was the vet at Newquay Zoo for over 2 years.
He has treated many types of animal from amputating a frogs lung, spaying meerkats, calving tapirs to vasectomising lions. He is currently working towards his RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine.
Richard Saunders BSc (Hons) BVSc FRSB CBiol CertZooMed DZooMed (Mammalian) MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Richard graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1994, also obtaining an intercalated degree in Zoology. He worked in general small animal practice for 2 years before joining the RSPCA at Norfolk Wildlife Hospital, working with British wildlife. After that, he worked in increasingly exotic animal practice, obtaining his CertZooMed in 2001, and his DZooMed (Mammalian) in 2010.
He joined Bristol Zoological Gardens as a resident in 2008, and Staff Vet in 2011. He works part time for Bristol Zoo, consults in private referral practice in Bristol and teaches at the University of Bristol.
He is the RWAF Veterinary Adviser.
He has authored several chapters in BSAVA manuals on rabbits, has lectured extensively in the UK and abroad, on exotic species of all kinds, and is the co-author of “Notes on Rabbit Internal Medicine” and Rabbit Behaviour, Health and Care”.
Oliver ColdrickBSc VetSci(Hons) BVMS, FRCPath, Dip ACVP, MRCVS
Oliver graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Glasgow University 1997 having completed an intercalated honours degree in Microbiology, also at Glasgow, in 1995. He spent eight years in mixed practice in Dorset during which he developed an increasing interest in medicine and, more specifically, diagnosis. In 2005 he began a laboratory based residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at TDDS Ltd, Exeter, under the supervision of Andy Torrance, with regular periods of study at Cambridge University Veterinary School (there supervised by Elizabeth Villiers and later Joy Archer). This led to fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009 and passing the ACVP diploma examinations later the same year. Oliver became Director of Pathology in 2011.
He is directly involved in the day to day processing of caseload as well as supervision of six residents in varying stages of training, particularly in the field of cytology, with an emphasis on ensuring that reports are tailored to the needs of veterinary surgeons in practice.
Oliver is married, has three children and lives in East Devon with a cat and two guinea pigs. Interests include church bellringing, fishing, gardening and music. He is currently studying for Grade 6 piano. The onset of middle age has also recently triggered a bout of running and cycling.