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Internal Medicine


Chris Scudder


Head of Internal Medicine
Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Internal Medicine
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Chris graduated from the University of Bristol in 2007 and then worked in first opinion small animal practice for three years. In 2010 he undertook a rotating internship back at the University of Bristol, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Royal Veterinary College. Chris became an ACVIM Diplomate in 2015 and finished his PhD in feline acromegaly at the Royal Veterinary College in 2017.

Chris really enjoys looking after cats and dogs with medical conditions, and his areas of interest are endocrinology and haematological conditions. He aims to provide the highest level of care for his patients and their owners, and is very much enjoying working at Southfields Veterinary Specialists.

Gostelow R, Hazuchova K, Scudder CJ, Niessen SJM. (2017) How to…Manage the diabetic dog. BSAVA Companion, Volume 2017, Issue 10, Oct 2017, p. 18 - 24

Scudder CJ, Niessen S, Gostelow R, Hazuchova K. (2017) How to …Manage the diabetic cat. BSAVA Companion, Volume 2017, Issue 7, Jul 2017, p. 12 - 17

Hazuchova K, Gostelow R, Scudder CJ, Forcada Y, Church DB, Niessen SJM. Acceptance of home blood glucose monitoring by owners of recently diagnosed diabetic cats and impact on quality of life changes in cat and owner. J Feline Med Surg. doi: 10.1177/1098612X17727692. [Epub ahead of print]

Heaps LA, Scudder CJ, Lipscomb VJ, Steinbach SM, Priestnall SL, Martineau H, Szladovits B, Fowkes RC, Garden OA. (2017) Serum anti-Müllerian hormone concentrations before and after treatment of an ovarian granulosa cell tumour in a cat. JFMS Open Rep. 2017 Aug 10;3(2):2055116917722701. doi: 10.1177/2055116917722701.

Gostelow R, Hazuchova K, Scudder CJ, Forcada Y, Church D, Niessen SJ. (2018) Prospective evaluation of a protocol for transitioning porcine lente insulin-treated diabetic cats to human recombinant protamine zinc insulin. J Feline Med Surg. 2018 Feb;20(2):114-121. doi: 10.1177/1098612X17697482.

Gostelow R, Scudder CJ, Keyte S, Forcada Y, Fowkes RC, Schmid HA, Church DB, Niessen SJ. (2017) Pasireotide Long-Acting Release Treatment for Diabetic Cats with Underlying Hypersomatotropism. J Vet Intern Med. 2017 Mar;31(2):355-364. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14662.

Scudder CJ, Niessen SJ, Catchpole B, Fowkes RC, Church DB, Forcada Y.(2017) Feline hypersomatotropism and acromegaly tumorigenesis: a potential role for the AIP gene. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2017 Apr;59:134-139. doi: 10.1016/j.domaniend.2016.11.005.

Scudder CJ, Hazuchova K, Gostelow R, Niessen SJM. (2016) Diabetes mellitus in cats and the veterinary nurse's role. The Veterinary Nurse 2016 7:9, 516-525.

O'Neill DG, Scudder CJ, Faire JM, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC1. (2014) Epidemiology of hyperadrenocorticism among 210,824 dogs attending primary-care veterinary practices in the UK from 2009 to 2014. J Small Anim Pract. 2016 Jul;57(7):365-73. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12523.

Fletcher JM, Scudder CJ, Kiupel M, Pipe-Martin HN, Kenny PJ, Mantis P, Fenn J, Smith K, Blair RV, Granger LA, Niessen SJM. (2016) Hypersomatotropism in 3 Cats without Concurrent Diabetes Mellitus. J Vet Intern Med. 2016 Jul;30(4):1216-21. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14360.

Scudder CJ, Gostelow R, Forcada Y, Schmid HA, Church D, Niessen SJ. (2015) Pasireotide for the Medical Management of Feline Hypersomatotropism. J Vet Intern Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;29(4):1074-80. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12608.

Scudder CJ, Niessen SJM. (2016) Acromegaly in cats The Veterinary Nurse 2016 May (7): 224–230

Scudder CJ, Kenny P, Niessen SJM. (2015) Treatment of canine and feline hyperadrenocorticism: trilostane and the alternatives. Companion Animal 2015 20:4, 230-238.

Hill, M., Scudder, CJ., Glanemann, B., Drees, R. (2014) Hypertrophic osteodystrophy in a dog imaged with CT Veterinary Record Case Reports . 201: e000155. doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2014-000155.

Scudder CJ, Mirczuk SM, Richardson KM, Crossley VJ, Regan JTC, Gostelow R, Forcada Y, Hazuchova K, Harrington N, McGonnell IM, Church DB, Kenny PJ, Korbonits M, Fowkes RC, Niessen SJM. Pituitary pathology and gene expression in acromegalic cats. Journal of the Endocrine Society.

  • Endocrine disorders – Overproduction or a lack of production of certain hormones leads to common diseases such as Cushing’s disease, Diabetes Mellitus, and Hyperparathyroidism and correct management can be challenging.
  • Gastro-intestinal diseases – Endoscopy with biopsies can be performed to diagnose diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or gastro-intestinal lymphoma.
  • Urinary diseases – Cystoscopy and imaging studies can be performed to diagnose reasons for incontinence or abnormal urination. Renal failure, protein losing disorders and bladder stones are also managed.
  • Hepatic diseases – Imaging and biopsies are often needed to define a treatment plan for different liver diseases.
  • Infectious diseases – Resistant bacterial infections and tick-borne diseases are commonly treated.
  • Immune-mediated diseases – Immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, and polyarthropathy often require intensive care and thorough investigation.
  • Respiratory diseases – Chronic nasal discharge is a common problem requiring advanced imaging and rhinoscopy for definitive diagnosis.
  • Pancreatic diseases – Acute pancreatitis requires rapid diagnosis, intensive care and monitoring.
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Tracheo-bronchoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy, including foreign body removal
  • Lower GI endoscopy
  • Cystoscopy, urethroscopy
  • Joint taps
  • CSF collection
  • Bone marrow collection
  • Feeding tube placement

Jennifer Raj

BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS - ECVIM – residency trained

Clinician in Internal Medicine

Jen graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2008.  She subsequently spent several years working in small opinion practice and working on veterinary charity projects across the world. 

Upon her return to the UK she completed a rotating internship at Dick White Referrals in Cambridgeshire.  Following her internship, she completed a residency (specialist training) in Internal Medicine at the same hospital, which is one of the largest and busiest referral hospitals in Europe.

Jen enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but has developed a particular interest in haematological disorders. Jen is really enjoying work at Southfields as the hospital and team allows her to offer the highest standards of care to all of her patients.

Out of work, Jen enjoys spending time with her family. She has always enjoyed an active life and has historically enjoyed running and surfing although she struggles to now find the time to pursue these activities with her two young sons!


Duana McBride


RCVS Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

Duana graduate from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2004. After several years in general practice and referral emergency practice, she undertook a residency program at Murdoch University, Australia, where became a diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013, alongside receiving a Masters in Veterinary Medical Science. Duana has been a lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College for 5 years before joining the team at Southfields Veterinary Specialists.

Duana has a strong interest in all aspects of critical care medicine, in particular coagulopathies, fluid therapy and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She endeavours to provide exceptional care and comfort to all her critically ill patients.


Samuel Fowlie

BSc (Hons) BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

Clinician in Internal Medicine

Sam graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013 and then spent two years working in a busy, first-opinion practice on the Somerset/Wiltshire border. In 2015 he returned to Bristol to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery. This was followed by a move to the University of Glasgow where he is completing a Masters focused on canine hypoadrenocorticism. Sam subsequently undertook a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2017 and he plans to sit his certifying examinations next year.

Sam enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine, especially gastroenterology, endocrinology and immune-mediated diseases. He enjoys working in a large multi-disciplinary team in order to deliver the best care and outcomes for his patients.

Outside of work Sam plays several instruments and enjoys reading and going to the cinema. Sam was born and grew up in Essex before moving away when he was younger so he is looking forward to getting to know the area again.

Raquel-del Solar

Raquel del Solar


Internal Medicine Resident

Raquel graduated at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2013. Afterwards she completed two rotating internships in Spain in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and in the University Autónoma of Barcelona. Then she moved to the UK in 2016, and work in first opinion for a year. She then completed an internal medicine internship in Southfields veterinary specialists. She started a residency in Internal Medicine in the Animal Health Trust in 2018, and she joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in April 2020 to continue with the residency program.

Raquel is very interested in all the fields that involve internal medicine, particularly in the fields of endocrinology and haematology. In her spare time she loves travelling, practising yoga and performing marine-activities such as scuba-diving and snorkelling.


Leonel Frutuoso


Internal Medicine Intern

Leo graduated from the University of Évora, Portugal in 2015. After graduation he worked in a first opinion practice in Portugal for two years. Leo then moved to the UK and worked in first opinion until he started his rotating internship at Northwest Veterinary Specialists in September 2018.

Leo is interested in all fields of internal medicine particularly gastroenterology.

In his spare time, Leo enjoys going to the cinema, cooking and travelling. 


Charlotte Fennell

CertVNECC BSc (Hons) RVN

Senior Medicine Nurse

Charlotte studied for three years at The Royal Veterinary College, where she graduated with FdSc in Veterinary Nursing, qualifying in 2014. She continued her studies there for a further year, whilst working as an RVN part time for her BSc Honours in Veterinary Nursing (2015).

After working in first opinion hospitals, Charlotte developed a strong interest in emergency and critical care and pain management in veterinary patients and joined our team March 2016.

Outside work, Charlotte enjoys to travel and spend time with family and friends. In 2015 Charlotte volunteered in South Africa, working in a baboon sanctuary for two weeks, where she cared for orphaned baboons and vervet monkeys.


Gemma Lovett


Medicine Nurse

Gemma started her veterinary journey in a voluntary position in first opinion practice, working her way to veterinary nursing. She qualified in February 2018. Gemma has a keen interest in feline medicine and emergency and critical care.

Gemma has two rescue cats called Luna and Merlin. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and socialising with her friends and family.


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