About us

ProVetSurg is a team of dedicated peripatetic referral surgeons providing a professional and accessible in house soft tissue and orthopaedic referral service to veterinary clinics in the South East and Greater London. 

Our Service

We offer a large range of orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical procedures to your practice.
We have dedicated surgical nurses available to attend your practice with us should you need, and work closely with a physiotherapy service to ensure patients have access to quality rehabilitation.

The Benefits
ProVetSurg provides an accessible in-house referral surgical service that enables clients to remain close to home, and pets to be treated in a familiar environment with vets and nurses that they already know. Surgical fees aim to be affordable for a wide range of clients and a fixed fee is agreed at the time of booking to make quoting for your clients easier. Our surgeons arrive with all the necessary kit and consumables to perform the surgery in your clinic.

The Aim
Our service endeavours to achieve excellent outcomes and client satisfaction. At the heart of this is outstanding communication with your vets and nurses as well as your clients. We always perform a consultation with the client prior to surgery to examine the patient, discuss the case and treatment, aftercare and outcome.

The support
We aim to provide complete support from the moment you refer a patient, throughout our visit to the practice and beyond into aftercare and management of further interventions. Our responsive advice service is accessible via telephone and email and we have a full range of information sheets and physiotherapy videos available as client resources. We provide a speedy free radiograph reporting service to assist referring vets in their discussions with owners.

The Team

Dr Nicci Meadows
Surgeon
BVetMed CertAVP GSAS MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Nicci graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and completed her certificate in small animal surgery in 2013 having worked as the lead surgeon taking external referrals in a large hospital. She has worked as a peripatetic surgeon since 2015, providing soft tissue and orthopaedic referral service to practices in the South of England. In addition, Nicci has spent time locumming as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at Liverpool University, and at Lumbry Park veterinary specialists, and has lectured for The Webinar Vet. She enjoys all aspects of surgery, but has a particular interest in stifle surgery and elbow arthroscopy.

Dr Heidi Burkinshaw
Surgeon
BSc(Hons) BVetMed PgC(SAS) MRCVS

Heidi graduated from University College London in 1994 with a degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology, she completed a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in 1999. Heidi has always had a passion for surgery and spent the first 19 years of her career honing her surgical skills in roles based in the UK and overseas at Small Animal Hospitals and overseas animal charities. In 2018, Heidi completed her certificate in Small Animal Surgery and began work as a peripatetic surgeon, with a soft tissue and orthopaedic case load. Heidi just loves surgery and is equally happy doing a cruciate or a perineal Hernia .

Dr Duncan Greeff
Surgeon
BVetMed CertAVP GSAS PGCert (VPS) CertAVP VDI MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery and Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Duncan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and went on to complete an internship at Dick White referrals before becoming the lead surgeon for a number of hospital practices in Hampshire and Berkshire. Duncan was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Surgery, becoming an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in 2015. In 2020 he completed a second Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging, becoming an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner for the second time in 2021! Duncan has an interest in a broad array of surgical procedures and is as happy performing arthroscopy as he is resecting a complex mass.

Dr Chris Nikolaou
Surgeon
DVM CertAVP GSAS MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Chris graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2005. After graduation he completed Internships in Small Animal Surgery at the same university and Fitzpatrick Referrals. Chris continued working at Fitzpatrick Referrals for a further 6 months as a Research Fellow before returning to Greece to lead his own Orthopaedic Referral Service in Athens. Five years later Chris returned to Fitzpatrick Referrals, working as a manager whilst undergoing advanced further training. Most recently, Chris has founded and led the Orthopaedic Service at a large group of hospital practices in Hampshire. Chris will be joining the ProVetSurg team from October 2021, but you will see him out assisting the other surgeons and meeting practice teams in the meantime.

Emma Wells
Surgeon
BVSc CertSAS MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Emma Graduated from Bristol University in 2004. After spending 3 years in mixed practice in Cornwall, she undertook an internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists, and completed her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2010. She went on to maintain a high surgical case load during time spent working in hospitals in Bath and Gloucester, and began working as a peripatetic surgeon in 2016. Along side this, she has spent time locumming as
an orthopaedic surgeon at Vale Referrals. Emma became an RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practitioner
in Small Animal Surgery in March 2018. As a peripatetic surgeon, Emma has experienced
the symbiotic relationship enjoyed by practices and surgeon alike, and values being part of a service that has become accessible to all. She enjoys every aspect of both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. 

Dr Ivan Filipovic
Surgeon
DVM, PgC (SAS)

Ivan graduated from the University of Zagreb in 2010 and initially worked in mixed practice while earning a Masters in Pharmaceutics. After earning Postgraduate Certification in Small Animal Surgery in 2018, he completed an internship at Willows Referral Service in Solihull, and has since been providing referral surgical services to practices in Leicestershire.

Ivan is happy doing both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgical procedures.

Dr. Ana Murta
Surgeon
MSc, PgC SAS, MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Ana graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon, Portugal in 2003. She completed a rotational internship in 2006 at a referral practice in Manchester and after working as a GP and OOH veterinarian, she returned to Lisbon in 2008 to work as a soft tissue surgeon at the Faculty's teaching hospital. During that period she developed an interest for minimal invasive surgery and endoscopy, returning to the UK in 2015 to continue training in surgery and laparoscopy. She completed the post-graduation in Small Animal Surgery in 2017 and obtained the RCVS Advance Practitioner status in 2019. Ana continued to work at a hospital in north London as a senior soft tissue surgeon, and she is also responsible for the endoscopy and laparoscopy services. She joined the ProVetSurg team in June 2022 as a soft tissue surgeon.

Dr. Ana Alfonso
Surgeon
DVM GPCert(DI) PgC(DI) MRCVS

Ana graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon – Portugal in 2012.
During her curricular internship she discovered her passion for ultrasound and has never stopped.
Ana has been working in the UK since 2015, completed the General Practitioner Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging in 2018 and the Post-graduation in Diagnostic Imaging in 2020. She has become a peripatetic ultrasonographer since 2020 after leading the imaging department in busy first opinion hospitals in the UK. Ana enjoys all aspects of ultrasound with a particular emphasis on abdominal ultrasonography. 

Bev Morgan
Surgical Nurse
RVN

Bev graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010. She has since worked in first opinion practice in Berkshire as Head Nurse and Practice Manager where she was responsible for coordinating the orthopaedic service and nursing orthopaedic patients. Bev joins ProVetSurg to allow us to offer a more complete and versatile service to our practices by accompanying our surgeons as an experienced anaesthetic nurse or scrub assistant.

Hannah Stacey
Physiotherapy adviser
PG Dip Veterinary Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, ACPAT Cat A Member

Hannah is a Chartered Physiotherapist who specialises in Small Animal Veterinary Physiotherapy. Hannah completed her Bsc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2005 and worked for the NHS for 5 years treating humans before completing her PgDip in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College in 2010. Hannah continued to work for the NHS and treat animals part time until she took over the running of Burnside Animal Rehabilitation Centre in 2014. Burnside offers physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for small animals, creating bespoke rehabilitation plans for animals recovering from surgery and illnesses, to helping pets advancing in years achieve the best quality of life.

Andrea Chambers
Veterinary Nurse
 RVN

Andrea has been nursing for over 30 years during which time she has had varied roles within small animal practice including head nurse and practice director. Most recently, she has returned to her main interest of theatre work and has been focussing on her passion for orthopaedic patients. Andrea is available to help the surgeons of the ProVetSurg team as a skilled anaesthetist or an experienced surgical scrub assistant for complex fractures, arthroscopy or those cases that require two pairs of hands.