professor severine tasker

Professor Séverine Tasker

An RCVS Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine and Feline Medicine, Séverine is also a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Séverine graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in 1994 and worked for the PDSA, before moving to the University of Edinburgh to complete an iCatCare-funded Residency in Feline Medicine in 1999.

Séverine then moved back to the University of Bristol, where she completed a PhD investigating feline haemoplasma infections in 2002. She remained at Bristol Veterinary School, leading in clinical work, teaching and research, until 2018. During this time, Séverine was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine and the PetPlan Charitable Trust Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary research.

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In her role as Chief Medical Officer for Linnaeus, Séverine is responsible for the group's medical education strategy, including the Graduate Development Programme and its growing number of residencies and internships. Séverine also heads veterinary leadership, clinical standards, quality improvement and clinical research within Linnaeus.

Séverine brings a wealth of clinical and academic knowledge to Linnaeus and provides leadership and representation of the organisation's clinical staff, at an Executive Team level as well as in Mars Veterinary Health. In her spare time Séverine loves all things feline (she has three cats at home) and is a Les Mills BodyAttack gym fanatic.

Veterinary leadership

Our veterinary leadership initiative is delivered by our team of medical directors, all of whom have a track record of successful careers in clinical veterinary practice. Experienced in both business management and leadership, the team are all vets who have managed or owned veterinary businesses and chose to work within Linnaeus central support to deliver our long-term strategic goals.

terry emmerson

Terry Emmerson MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS FRCVS

Referral Medical Director

After graduating from Cambridge University 1994, Terry completed an internship and a 3-year residency in small animal surgery at the Royal Veterinary College. After leaving the Royal Veterinary College, he co-founded and manged North Downs Specialist Referrals. He became the Referral Medical Director responsible for medical leadership and quality within the referral practices for Linnaeus in 2019.

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Terry is a recognised RCVS and European Specialist in small animal surgery. He has extensive experience of all aspects of surgery but has particular interest in cancer surgery. He has been Examiner and Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in small animal surgery as well as a member of the RCVS Surgery Board and Trustee of the British College of Veterinary Specialists. Terry was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice (MCCP) in 2016.

Outside of work Terry enjoys running, cooking and walking his dog.

mark taylor

Mark Taylor BVSc(Hons) MRCVS

Primary Care Medical Director

Originating from a dairy farming background in Cheshire, Mark graduated from Liverpool University in 1986 and worked in mixed practices in Lancashire and Oxfordshire developing a particular interest in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery as well as ophthalmology.

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During his study for an Executive MBA at Warwick Business School he joined Avonvale Veterinary Centres in Warwickshire where he continued to develop both his clinical and business management skills, eventually heading up the sale process which resulted in Avonvale becoming the first general practice to join Linnaeus in 2016.

Mark moved into the Linnaeus Operations team as Group Clinical Operations Manager in March 2019 and later that year became Primary Care Medical Director responsible, alongside the other Medical Directors, for medical leadership and quality within our primary care clinics and hospitals.

Outside work Mark is very much an outdoors person, enjoying winter sports, mountaineering and hill-walking; he is also an active member of his local road cycling club. Indoors he enjoys dance and, having competed nationally in sequence dance, still enjoys non-competitive modern jive and ballroom.
simon hayes

Simon Hayes BVM&S MRCVS

Simon graduated in 1994 from the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh and has been in private small animal practice for 27 years. He has a passion for general practice and a special interest in ophthalmology. He was a director at Village Vet, a large group of practices in London and Cambridgeshire where he gained experience in running veterinary practices and new acquisitions.

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Alongside the other Medical Directors, Simon is responsible for veterinary leadership in Linnaeus and likes to bring a veterinary voice to the business.

Outside of work Simon enjoys time with his wire haired Vizsla, three cats, wife and three children and is the chair of his local synagogue.

The purpose of the Medical Director team is to help us thrive under outstanding veterinary leadership that drives a culture of delivering clinical excellence to our pets and clients through mutual collaboration and clear accountabilities and goals for our Associates.

We work with the leadership and clinical teams in practice along with our Central Support Team to bring the voice of the vet to the forefront, continually working to improve the service and support we provide to our front-line colleagues.

Clinical education

Our clinical education team supports the best standards of care for our clients and pets by delivering unrivalled access to top-class, innovative clinical education and training programmes.

Alongside our team-focused courses, we deliver tailored content to support all our Associates to reach their full potential and achieve fulfilled career journeys.

Visit our clinical education page for more on our education provision and specific training initiatives, both here at Linnaeus and worldwide in Mars Veterinary Health.

 

Specialist training

At Linnaeus we have the largest network of specialist-led referral practices in the UK, with over 120 interns and 90 residents working across the group. As a company that is part of Mars Veterinary Health we are committed to excellence and making A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

Whether you would like to work your way up our specialist training pathway or develop your knowledge and skills to continue your career working to the highest clinical standards in one of our primary care practices, we can offer you a well-supported internship programme. The career opportunities are endless.

Visit our Careers section for more details.

 

Clinical standards and quality

At Linnaeus, we view providing high-quality clinical care as an ongoing process rather than a goal to be reached. We believe there is always room to improve and constantly ask what we can do better.

By constantly striving to improve clinical quality in an open culture, we can achieve better outcomes for our patients, provide a better service for our clients and make Linnaeus the best place to work.

Please visit our Clinical Quality page to find out more about our learning culture and our quest to continually improve our care.

Clinical research and excellence

Linnaeus aims to be world-recognised for our contribution to animal health and advancement of the veterinary profession.

We are committed to conducting - quality clinical research that produces reliable, relevant, and clinically applicable findings that directly impact animal health and welfare.

Our clinical research ideas stem from clinical practice and are focused on the needs of our patients and their owners; the results of our research are disseminated nationally and internationally to benefit the wider veterinary and scientific community and the general public.

You will find more details on our clinical research initiatives here.

The Linnaeus Clinical Board

Linnaeus aims to be recognised as the UK and Ireland’s leading veterinary group, committed to excellence in all we do, delivered through high-quality practices that share a common ethos.

The Linnaeus clinical board's establishment is a testament to Linnaeus’ commitment to support our practice teams, enabling them to offer the highest standards of client service and the highest quality of care to our patients across all our sites.

Several of the Medical Team are founder members of the board.

Read more about our Clinical Board here.