A leading eye specialist at one of the UK’s top small animal hospitals has landed a key role in the training of veterinary ophthalmologists across Europe.

Samuela Mazzucchelli, from Linnaeus-owned Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, West Midlands, is joining the Education and Residency Committee of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO).

The ECVO is officially recognised by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation and works to provide expert care for animals with ophthalmic diseases via their residency-trained European Specialists, who are able to offer the highest quality service and care.

Samuela, who is an RCVS and European specialist in veterinary ophthalmology, is looking forward to taking up the ECVO position and making a meaningful contribution to the training of future eye experts for animals.

She said: “I have always wanted to join one of the ECVO committees, so when the chair of the Education and Residency Committee (ERC) asked if I was interested, I immediately agreed.

“Joining the ERC feels great as I will be involved with residents on their pathway to becoming the next generation of specialists.

“The committee has two main roles, beginning with assessing the new, regular residency training programmes.

“We also review the online forms of each resident at the end of each year to check if they are doing well in terms of clinical cases, surgeries, external activities, and publications.”

Willows managing director Toby Gemmill said: “This is an important recognition of Samuela’s expertise in veterinary ophthalmology and we are delighted for her.

“It will also serve to highlight the excellent, specialist-led ophthalmology unit we have here at Willows to all those ECVO residents who are seeking to make a difference in the veterinary world.”

Willows offers specialist services in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, clinical nutrition, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and spinal surgery.

To find out more about Willows’ wide range of specialist services, visit www.willows.uk.net or search for Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service on Facebook.

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