Our Ophthalmic Team

Meet our Ophthalmic Team

Chris Warren – BA VetMB CertVOphthalmol MRCVS

Chris is a well respected and longstanding face in the veterinary ophthalmological world. He sits on the panel for BVA/KS/ISDS and is one of only a small number of eye surgeons with the skills and experience to deal with really complex eye issues. Chris gained the RCVS Certificate in Ophthalmology in 1985 and heads up the ophthalmology team at Westmoor, where he has worked for over 40 years and is a well known face in the community.

 

Michael Sercombe – BSc(Hons) BVSc MBA CertVOphthal MRCVS

Michael is a 1995 graduate from the University of Bristol. He gained the RCVS Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2011, and then recognised by the RCVS as an ‘Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology’ in 2015. He has recently spent the last few years dedicated to referral-only ophthalmology veterinary work. He is a member of the RCVS British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (BrAVO) and the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium (IEOC).

 

Kate Salmon – MA VetMB MRCVS GPCertSAM

Kate joined Westmoor as a trainee ophthalmologist in January 2016 and is currently studying for the BSAVA PgCertOphthalmology. She qualified in 2000 and has had 16 years general practice experience during which time her interest in ophthalmology has gradually evolved until she has finally taken the plunge into further qualification.

 

Claire Bradley – MVB MRCVS

Claire joined the team in February 2017 as another trainee ophthalmologist and is currently studying for the BSAVA PgCertOphthalmology. She has completed two internships both at Davies Veterinary Specialists and the Animal Health Trust, as well as having several years experience in referral hospital and general practice. Claire also has a special interest in equine ophthalmology and has been involved in research into uvetitis in donkeys.

 

Our two dedicated ophthalmology consulting rooms are fully equipped with direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes, slit lamp biomicroscopes, digital tonometers with the ability to perform gonioscopy and ultrasonography as required.

Our ophthalmology operating theatre has a modern operating microscope and all the appropriate surgical kit. We can offer phacoemulsification as a treatment for cataracts in dogs and cats, as we also have an Alexos phacoemulsification machine, and intraocular lens implantation (if they eye is suitable) to give more focused vision afterwards.

Ocular ultrasound is available and can be used to investigate lesions through opaque ocular media or image retrobulbar disease. It is also used to take measurements of ocular structures.

 

Ophthalmology Services

We are happy to examine and treat a full range of ophthalmological problems and we are one of only a handful of practices in the UK who can offer BVA/KC/ISDS eye testing. We are also happy to see equine referrals and other species if requested.

 

Common referrals include:

Cataract surgery

Lens luxation

Cherry eyes

Corneal ulcers

Complex lid and corneal problems

Glaucoma management

Ocular neoplasia

Corneal foreign bodies

Blindness