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  • Journal Publications by our vets

The following articles have been published in peer reviewed journals by our vets. These publications all describe new research or techniques that had never previously been reported in the veterinary literature. The results of these papers may influence the future treatment of animals worldwide.

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  • Split staphylectomy to address soft palate thickness in brachyephalic dogs:

    75 cases (2016-2018 Holloway G J Small Anim Pract. 2022 Feb

  • Hybrid cemented/cementless total hip replacement in dogs: seventy-eight consecutive joint replacements.

Gemmill TJ, Pink J, Renwick A, Oxley B, Downes C, Roch S, McKee WM.
Vet Surg. 2011 Jul;40(5):621-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2011.00827.x.

  • Treatment of fractures of the tibial and/or fibular malleoli in 30 cats.

Roch SP, Störk CK, Gemmill TJ, Downes C, Pink J, McKee WM.
Vet Rec. 2009 Aug 8;165(6):165-70. Erratum in: Vet Rec. 2009 Aug 15;165(7):199. PMID: 19666914

  • Complications following tarsal arthrodesis using bone plate fixation in dogs.

Roch SP, Clements DN, Mitchell RA, Downes C, Gemmill TJ, Macias C, McKee WM.
J Small Anim Pract. 2008 Mar;49(3):117-26.

  • Treatment of medial patellar luxation by femoral closing wedge ostectomy using a distal femoral plate in four dogs.

Roch SP, Gemmill TJ.
J Small Anim Pract. 2008 Mar;49(3):152-8.

  • Comparison of Veterinary Student Ability to Learn 1-Handed and 2-Handed Techniques for Surgical Knot Tying.

Thomas AC, Hayes GM, Demetriou JL.
Vet Surg. 2015 Aug;44(6):798-802. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12323.

  • Surgical treatment of dorsal hemivertebrae associated with kyphosis by spinal segmental stabilisation, with or without decompression.

Charalambous M, Jeffery ND, Smith PM, Goncalves R, Barker A, Hayes G, Ives E, Vanhaesebrouck AE.
Vet J. 2014 Nov;202(2):267-73. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.08.011.

  • Abnormal reflex activation of hamstring muscles in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

Hayes GM, Granger N, Langley-Hobbs SJ, Jeffery ND.
Vet J. 2013 Jun;196(3):345-50. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2012.10.028.

  • Long bone fracture as a complication following external skeletal fixation: 11 cases.

Knudsen CS, Arthurs GI, Hayes GM, Langley-Hobbs SJ.
J Small Anim Pract. 2012 Dec;53(12):687-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2012.01306.x.
PMID: 23145463

  • Salter-Harris type III fractures of the distal humerus in two dogs.

Hayes GM, Radke H, Langley-Hobbs SJ.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2011;24(6):478-82. doi: 10.3415/VCOT-10-06-0101.

  • Risk factors for medial meniscal injury in association with cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

Hayes GM, Langley-Hobbs SJ, Jeffery ND.
J Small Anim Pract. 2010 Dec;51(12):630-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2010.01003.x.
PMID: 21121917

  • Use of the cumulative summation technique to quantitatively assess a surgical learning curve: canine total hip replacement.

Hayes GM, Ramirez J, Langley Hobbs SJ.
Vet Surg. 2011 Jan;40(1):1-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2010.00752.x.

  • Does the degree of preoperative subluxation or soft tissue tension affect the incidence of postoperative luxation in dogs after total hip replacement?

Hayes GM, Ramirez J, Langley Hobbs SJ.
Vet Surg. 2011 Jan;40(1):6-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2010.00754.x.

  • Relationship between pharyngeal conformation and otitis media with effusion in Cavalier King Charles spaniels.

Hayes GM, Friend EJ, Jeffery ND.
Vet Rec. 2010 Jul 10;167(2):55-8. doi: 10.1136/vr.b4886.

  • Gastrointestinal foreign bodies in dogs and cats: a retrospective study of 208 cases.

Hayes G.
J Small Anim Pract. 2009 Nov;50(11):576-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2009.00783.x.

  • Angiostrongylus infection in a dog in north-west England.

Hayes G, Rowlands M.
Vet Rec. 2004 May 15;154(20):639.

  • Incidence of cryptorchidism in dogs and cats.

Yates D, Hayes G, Heffernan M, Beynon R.
Vet Rec. 2003 Apr 19;152(16):502-4.

  • Distribution and persistence of topical clotrimazole after sinus infusion in normal canine cadavers.

Hayes GM, Demetriou JL.
J Small Anim Pract. 2012 Feb;53(2):95-100 

Review Articles

  • Orthopaedic conditions of the metacarpus, metatarsus and digits in dogs.

Roch S, Gemmill T
In Practice 2009;31:484-494

  • Investigation and management of splenic disease in dogs.

Hayes G, Ladlow J.
In Practice 2012;34:250-259

Book Chapters

  • Roch S Complications of Orthopaedic Surgery in BSAVA Manual of Musculoskeletal Disorders 2nd Edition 2018
  • Our fur baby Teddy was referred in early Jan and had an operation for lameness in his hind left knee.

    The Vet who dealt with Teddy was Joe alongside and the brilliant nursing team.

    The care and concern for our Teddy from the start was and is 1st class, I could not speak highly enough of the whole Practice.

    A week after his operation Teddy had a set back with a fracture in his leg. Kentdale and Joe took Teddy straight back in at a moment’s notice when he was in great distress and operated the very next day.

    They have cared so much for our Teddy and he is just post op but is being kept comfortable and happy.

    Again, from the bottom of our hearts.  Thank you to Joe and the whole team at Kentdale, we would recommend this Practice to everyone that wants 1st class care for their precious fur babies.

    They are doing absolutely everything possible for a positive outcome for our Teddy and we get our baby back tomorrow and their aftercare advice and service has been as top class as all their other care.

    We are forever grateful. 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Chris Field

  • We appreciate the clear explanation of what you did in surgery and what aftercare we had to do. We went away feeling completely supported.

    Rubi's Mum and Dad

  • Hello, we had our annual review with Simon today and I would just like to say another big Thank you for transforming our beautiful Buz's life. It’s just lovely to see him so happy, pain free and a typical blooming obsessive mad collie!!! His keeping us fit... can I give him back!!! Anyway, we’re only too glad to give you a testimonial for your new website.

    Our dog Buz had severe hip dysplasia, he was referred to Kentdale over 2 years ago and basicaly they have been our saviour!! He was in so much pain, he couldn’t walk far, he didn’t play and was a very sad “lazy” collie. We had a traumatic 18months ending up with 3 hip replacements. However after all of this we have had an amazing transformation, he is pain free, fun loving collie who is just now having his puppyhood! He has gone from one young dog on a serious amount of pain relief to none. He runs and bounds forever! We have been so grateful to the vets and staff to the care, treatment and support they have not only provided to our Buz but also to us! I call Simon our very own “Supervet” but the whole practise is outstanding. Buz is now like the bionic dog. I really thought when he dislocated his 2nd hip it was the end of the line, but no we were reassured something can be done to help make his life pain free. We just had to trust them. We did and we are forever grateful.

    Deb & Tom Nicholson

  • It is now 18 months since our first visit to Kentdale Vets where our dog was referred due to his lameness. We have found all the staff we have dealt with at the practice during this period to be extremely caring and helpful – the vets, physiotherapist, nurses and administrators. They really care about the outcomes for your pet and spend a lot of time explaining both the problems and any proposed treatment to owners. They understand just how stressful it is for owners as well as the animals and how crucial good communication is.

    Our dog was initially treated by Graham who carried out an arthroscopy and ulnar osteotomy after diagnosing elbow dysplasia. Graham performed this procedure immediately after undertaking a new scan as the scan provided by our general vets wasn’t fit for purpose and Graham wanted to save our dog the trauma of an additional anaesthetic. The procedure went well and after a few weeks we then progressed to physiotherapy and hydrotherapy with Donna who is highly qualified in this area Although our dog was better for a few months his condition worsened about a year ago. We returned to Graham who then referred us to Simon, the specialist within the practice for the Arthrex Cue procedure. This is a more invasive and complex procedure involving implants which reduce bone rubbing against bone within the elbow joint.

    Simon was reluctant to do this procedure initially as it is so invasive, and he didn’t feel our dog was bad enough to warrant it at that stage. We were reassured by their approach which has been about what is in the pet’s best interest rather than that of the practice. Simon was also keen to ensure that there weren’t any contributory shoulder problems too, so our dog underwent diagnostic procedures there.

    Further deterioration resulted in our dog undergoing the Arthrex Cue procedure six weeks ago. We met Louise for the first time at his admission for this procedure. She took great care to understand what makes our dog tick so that they could minimise his anxiety whilst there. Our dog was there for four nights, which was twice as long as his previous longest stay and seemed like an eternity for us. However, we were given regular updates during the period and it was obvious that they were taking great care of him and making the effort to engage with him even though he didn’t want to be there. Our x-ray today has confirmed that our dog is making good progress.
    We highly rate this little practice which has a great team who go the extra mile. Having confidence in them has made this difficult period easier for us.

    It takes us an hour to travel there but we consider this a small price to pay for such good care.


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