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Mattia Basili
Cofounder of VetSpoke.
In 2020 Mattia co-founded VetSpoke with Matteo, a good friend and great colleague. This started with the aim of making veterinary specialists reachable by all those people that wants the best for their pets, closing the gap between general practice and specialists.Mattia graduated in 2015 from Italy, Perugia. He started working in England at the beginning of 2016 and spent three months as a cardiology intern at the University of Liverpool.He completed a 13-month rotating internship at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists to then work in a busy first opinion hospital in Hampshire. During this period he completed a certificate in cardiology (CertAVP VC).In 2019 he started an ECVIM residency program in small animal cardiology at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool. During his residency, he achieved the status of Associated and then Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). In March 2022, Mattia passed his certifying exam becoming a boarded cardiologist at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Cardiology, and he joined Chester Gates Veterinary Specialists in April 2022. During his residency, he started an MSc program that is currently ongoing; this covered several topics including business management and epidemiology research. Mattia likes all aspects of veterinary cardiology with a particular interest in congenital diseases and interventional cardiology.
Matteo Rossanese
Cofounder of VetSpoke.
Dr. Rossanese and Mattia met at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital during their residency training and after months of hard work they co-founded VetSpoke in 2020, a web platform with the aim of making veterinary specialists widely available to improve pets’ health.
Dr. Rossanese graduated from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2009. After one year in general practice, in 2011 he started a postgraduate research project and internship insurgery and neurosurgery at North Downs Specialist Referrals and shortly afterwards joined the Animal Health Trust for a general internship. In 2013 Matteo gained the certificate of Specialist in Animal Health from the University of Padua andin 2015 he completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.
In September 2015 Matteo joined the Small Animal Teaching Hospital of theUniversity of Liverpool where he completed a three-year ECVS approved residencyin Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liverpool.
In 2018 Matteo successfully gained a Master in Veterinary Professional Studies and in 2021 he gained the European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery.
He is currently working aslecturer in Small Animal Surgery and he is the head of soft tissue surgery at the Royal Veterinary College.
Sara Legnani
Sara qualified in 2009 from the Università degli studi di Milano and since her last year as a vet student she became passionate about dermatology. After a few years as a general practitioner in Italy and in the UK she undertook a specialistic internship in veterinary dermatology followed by a 3-year residency program at a busy small animal referral hospital in Italy. After gaining her board certification in 2018, she joined the team at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital as a senior lecturer. She is interested in all aspects of small animal dermatology, focusing on new diagnostic methods and cutaneous infectious diseases.
Emili Alcoverro
Emili graduated in 2011 from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). After graduation, he undertook a rotating internship in the UAB Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He worked for more than two years as an out-of-hours veterinary surgeon in Mataró (Barcelona). In 2016, Emili moved to England to work in a busy first opinion practice in Liverpool. Then, keen to pursue his interest in neurology, he joined the Animal Health Trust (Newmarket) as a neurology intern and completed a three-year residency in Veterinary Neurology at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital (University of Liverpool). After that, Emili joined ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists as a neurology clinician. After that, Emili joined ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists as a neurology clinician and he became a European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology in 2021.
Sandra Guillén
Sandra graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in June 2013. After graduation, she undertook a general internship at the small animal teaching hospital from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and worked for six months in a referral emergency hospital. From 2016 to 2019 she completed an oncology internship followed by an ECVIM approved oncology residency at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital from the University of Liverpool. Sandra worked as a lecturer in small animal oncology at the same institution until 2020. She was awarded the ECVIM-CA Diploma in Oncology in 2021, becoming a European recognised Specialist in Veterinary Oncology. She is currently an oncologist at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London).
Paolo Silvestrini
Internal Medicine
Paolo graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2002. He spent the following three years working in private practice in Rome. In 2007 he gained the certificate of Specialist in Small Animal Clinic and Pathology from the University of Pisa, Italy, with a final dissertation about hemostatic disorders in small animals. In the same years, Paolo completed an 18-month official rotating internship at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona in Spain, followed by a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine at the same University. During the first year of his residency, he obtained a Master's Degree with a project about transfusion medicine. In September 2012, Paolo successfully passed the final exam for the ECVIM-CA board and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Recognised European Veterinary Specialist. In 2015 he was awarded the RCVS Recognised Specialist status. In 2016 he completed a Ph.D. research project about new clinicopathological aspects of canine leishmaniasis. Paolo has a particular interest in infectious diseases (vector-borne diseases in particular); hematology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology.
Oscar Bautista Diaz-Delgado
Anesthesia & Pain Clinic
Oscar graduated from the University of Extremadura, Spain, in 2013. After that, he completed a one-year rotating internship at the same institution. Following this, he worked at the University Alfonso X El Sabio (Madrid) as a clinical anaesthetist for two and a half years. In March 2017, Oscar joined the Small Animal Teaching Hospital of the University of Liverpool as an intern in small animal anaesthesia. Oscar undertook a residency program in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at the same institution. In 2021, Oscar became a European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and currently works at Northwest Veterinary Specialists in the UK as an anaesthesia specialist. Oscar´s main interests include anaesthesia in the critical patient, loco-regional anaesthesia, and pain management. Oscar has an special interest in the enhancement of postgraduate anaesthesia teaching, including new graduates and nurses. Also, he is interested in the improvement of clinical outcomes in anaesthesia and team workflow.
Riccardo Finotello
Dr Riccardo Finotello graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pisa in 2007; he obtained the PhD doctoral degree in Veterinary Science in 2011, from the same university. In 2010-2013 he completed a residency in Veterinary Oncology at the University of Liverpool. In November 2013 he moved to University of Zurich as Oberarzt in Veterinary Oncology. In 2015 he returned to the University of Liverpool, and he is currently Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Oncology (Associate Professor) and Head of the Small Animal Oncology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology Services. Riccardo his a RCVS and EBVS® recognised specialist in Small Animal Oncology and an associate member of the ACVIM in the subspecialty of Oncology. He is author of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and he is a member of the European Society of Veterinary Oncology and of the European Canine Lymphoma Network.
Fabio Sarcinella
Fabio graduated from Bologna University, Italy in 2012. After graduation he undertook a small animal cardiology externship at the University of Liverpool. He then went on to complete a 12-month rotating internship in small animal medicine at Rutland House Referrals. Following this he worked in general practice for almost two years when he further developed his interest in cardiology. In 2016 he was appointed a Resident in Small Animal Cardiology at the University of Liverpool. After finishing his residency Fabio joined the cardiology service at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists as a cardiology clinician. He got his ECVIM-CA diploma in cardiology in 2021 and he is currently working as part of the cardiology team of Willows Veterinary Centre. Fabio enjoys all aspects of medical and interventional cardiology, but his main interest is in congenital heart disease and performing minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of these defects, feline cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmias.
Kerry Peak
Internal Medicine
Kerry graduated from the University of Bristol in 2010. She subsequently worked in small animal practice for 8 years, obtaining the RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2014. Kerry completed a 3-year residency at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in 2021, and passed the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the same year, thus becoming an ACVIM diplomate and American-recognised specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. After a brief time away from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists Kerry re-joined the medicine team there in January 2022. She is interested in all aspects of internal medicine, however she especially enjoys immune-mediated diseases and gastroenterology, alongside teaching residents and interns.
Dr. Rodney Ayl
Dr. Ayl grew up in Zimbabwe and graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1985.  He practiced large animal medicine in Zimbabwe before coming to the USA in 1985. He did a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, NY, before he moved onto The Ohio State University for his residency in medical oncology in 1989. He achieved board certification in medical oncology in 1994, and in radiation oncology in 2000.Dr. Ayl has consulted for various laboratories, and lectures throughout the United States and abroad. He has authored and co-authored a number of published articles on oncology topics, and conducted research on the phenomenon of multi-drug resistance, mast cell tumour and oral melanoma. He has developed protocols to treat pets with a large variety of conditions, benign and malignant, with superficial and orthovoltage radiation therapy. He had been in private referral medical and radiation oncology practice in Southern California since 1993, before moving to the UK to develop the medical and radiation oncology program at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in 2019. Dr Ayl does remote oncology consultations with vets and owners, applying his patient and owner directed approach, to discuss the multi-modality treatment options available for pets with cancer, within the limits set by the owner’s emotional, financial and time constraints, plus the specific considerations relating to their pet.