A referral practice based in the south west of England has hired a new clinical lead.

Highcroft Veterinary Referrals – which offers services such as ophthalmology, soft tissue and keyhole surgery, orthopaedics, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services – has hired small animal internal medicine specialist Kate Murphy for its centre in Bristol.

Mrs Murphy – who graduated from the University of Bristol in 1996 – has been a European veterinary specialist in small animal internal medicine for more than 10 years and has clinical experience from both academic and private practice.

After graduation, she joined the residency programme in 1997 where she gained the RCVS certificate, RCVS diploma and ECVIM diploma in small animal medicine. Mrs Murphy then worked in private practice for two years before returning to the University of Bristol from 2002 until 2011. Here, she was a senior clinical fellow in small animal emergency medicine and intensive care as well as a medicine team leader. She then returned to private practice, with previous positions at Rowe Veterinary Group and Bath Veterinary Referrals.  

Outside of day-to-day practice, Mrs Murphy is actively involved with providing CPD for vets and nurses via meetings and webinars and is also an author of two textbooks, several book chapters and a number of research papers.  

Referrals practice manager at Highcroft Chris Gudge said: “We are so pleased to have Kate join us at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals. She is held in the highest regard by us and her peers, and brings with her an exciting enthusiasm for the role, as well as a wealth of experience and knowledge.”

Mrs Murphy will be joining the ever-expanding team at Highcroft in May.

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