Vets Now in Manchester looks to the future with the addition of Andrew Murdoch, Melani Fork and Vicente Herreria Bustillo

Following a successful opening last year, Vets Now’s emergency and speciality hospital in Manchester has expanded its team with three new recruits.

Surgical specialist Andrew Murdoch joins as do experienced referral clinicians Melani Fork and Vicente Herreria Bustillo.

The appointments follow a period of growth for the hospital, which was opened last December to provide out-of-hours emergency provision and a first-class referral service for veterinary practices across Greater Manchester and the surrounding area.

Hospital manager Paul Wilson said: “It’s fantastic to have three more highly skilled and experienced vets joining our already widely respected team of specialists and referral clinicians.

“The hospital has gone from strength to strength since it opened. We were keen to grow the team to allow us to continue to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations and, in particular, build the referral side of the business.”

New recruits Andrew Murdoch and Melani Fork at work in Vets Now's hospital in Manchester
Andrew and Melani in their new roles

“The hospital has gone from strength to strength since it opened"

Paul Wilson Hospital manager

Andrew Murdoch — surgical specialist

Andrew graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2003. He then spent three years in a mixed practice before moving to a dedicated small animal hospital.

He later completed his residency in small animal surgery at the University of Cambridge, and became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons earlier this year.

Andrew’s main clinical interests are in soft tissue surgery, particularly reconstructive techniques after trauma or cancer surgery.

He said: “I’m really pleased to have joined the team at Vets Now in Manchester.

“The facilities here are fantastic, and the opportunity to work with such respected surgeons as John Williams and Laura Cuddy can only help me to develop as a better surgeon..

“The caseload seen by the ECC team also gives me the chance to be involved in emergency trauma management — a field that allows me to enjoy aspects of both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.”

Vets Now clinician Andrew treats a West Highland Terrier
Andrew treating a Westie admitted to the emergency hospital

Melani Fork — referral clinician

Melani graduated from the University of Leipzig in 2003 and after a year in oncological research, returned to clinical work at a small animal hospital in Hannover, Germany.

She completed her residency in small animal medicine in 2010 and has spent time working in Germany, Sweden and the UK before joining Vets Now in Manchester. Melani has a special interest in palliative medicine, gastroenterology and hepatic disease.

She said: “I’ve always wanted to work in a large referral setting like Manchester and it’s exciting to be part of something so new. The team here is world class, the facilities are state of the art and I’m looking forward to us growing the business together.”

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New recruit Melani at her new clinic
Melani is one of three new recruits at the Vets Now emergency and specialty hospital in Manchester

Vicente Herreria Bustillo — referral clinician

Vincente, meanwhile, has recently completed his residency in emergency and critical care at The Royal Veterinary College.

A graduate of the Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia, Spain, he previously worked for Vets Now between 2011 and 2013 after joining the business through its Cutting Edge programme.

Vets Now’s purpose-built hospital is in the North of Manchester.

A team of highly skilled vets and vet nurses provide its 24-hour emergency and weekday referral service and they work closely alongside distinguished specialists who have expertise in areas such as small animal surgery and internal medicine.

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