Our Team

Mattia Basili


Mattia is an Italian vet that graduated in 2015. He came to work in England at the beginning of 2016 and spent three months with the Cardiology Service at the University of Liverpool. He then completed 13 months rotating internship at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists to work in a busy first opinion hospital in Hampshire. His primary interest has always been veterinary cardiology. At the beginning of 2019, he started a residency in small animal cardiology at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool. In his spare time, Mattia likes to play tennis and saxophone. He also loves photography, in particular portrait and landscape photos.


Matteo Rossanese


Matteo 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 in surgery 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 and in 2015 he completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. In September 2015 Matteo joined the Small Animal Teaching Hospital of the University of Liverpool where he completed a three-year ECVS approved residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liverpool. In 2018 Matteo successfully gained a Master in Veterinary Professional Studies. He is currently working as a surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery including interventional radiology and video-assisted surgery. He is also interested in the therapeutic options for vascular anomalies, non-resectable cancers, and respiratory and urinary obstructions.

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.

Paolo Silvestrini


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


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. Oscar now works at Northwest Veterinary Specialists in the UK as a clinical anaesthetist. 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.

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).

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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.

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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.