Simon Roch is the principle Orthopaedic Surgeon who has been exclusively seeing referred orthopaedic cases since 2005. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1997 and worked in an orthopaedic
referral practice in Warwickshire and a mixed practice in north Lancashire prior to undertaking a three year residency in Small Animal Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery at the renowned Willows Referral
Service near Solihull. Simon gained his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2006, the Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 2010 and was awarded RCVS Recognised Specialist
status in 2013.
The RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) is a the highest level of qualification awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and indicates the candidate has acheived a high level of academic and professional expertise. Only 31 people have been awarded the Diploma since the qualification (or its predecessor) was first introduced over 25 years ago.
Simon has written many articles on veterinary orthopaedics for publication in internationally recognised, peer reviewed scientific journals and has travelled across the world to further his knowlege in the expanding field of orthopaedics and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. His particular interests include the correction of limb deformities, the management of cruciate ligament rupture, elbow dysplasia and the optimal treatment of fractures.
He is supported clinically and managementally by Louise Roch, who also graduated from Edinburgh University in 1997. Louise is particularly interested in anaesthesia and critical care, postoperative rehabilitation and alternative therapies including acupuncture.
We have recently been joined by Graham Hayes. Graham graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and then joined the Greater Manchester RSPCA Animal Hospital. In 2005 he completed the RCVS Certficate in Small Animal Surgery. He became the Senior Clinical Training Scholar at Cambridge in 2008 and was subsequently awarded the Peter Holt Award for 2011 by the AVSTS, the Leslie Vaughan Prize for 2011 by the BVOA, the Dunkin Award for 2011 by the BSAVA and the 2011 ECVS Resident award for the best small animal presentation. Graham has passed the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) Diploma in Small Animal Surgery and has been awarded RCVS Recognised Specialist Status. Graham brings a wealth of soft tissue experience to the team. Graham has also extensively published papers
Ciara Downes completes the team. Ciara qualified from Dublin. After a short time in practice where she gained her certificate in small animal surgery Ciara went on to complete her
residency in Small Animal Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery at the renowned Willows Referral Service near Solihull at the same time as Simon and has since worked for Anderson Moores Referrals in
Hampshire and Torrington Referrals in Yorkshire, along with locuming to Kentdale for several occasions over the years.
For further information on the training of our surgeons, please see the section on Veterinary Qualifications