A work experience visit to a local vet was all it took to convince young Yorkshire lad Rob Quinn that it was the career for him. Now, 20 years later, he’s a european specialist in small animal surgery who has just joined one of the UK’s leading veterinary referral centres.
Rob Quinn is now part of the expert team at Linnaeus-owned Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists (AMVS), near Winchester, Hampshire, and is looking forward to continuing the total hip replacement programme at the hospital.
Rob said: “Anderson Moores has an excellent reputation and some of the best veterinary specialists in the UK, so I’m excited about working in a team of such skilled specialists across all disciplines.
“I’ve always had a passion for surgery, being a specialist in small animal surgery, which covers both soft tissue cases and orthopaedics is an incredibly rewarding job and, has allowed me to develop a particular interest in minimally invasive fracture repair, hip replacement and surgical oncology.”
“I hope to expand the total hip replacement programme at AMVS so that as many patients as possible can live long, pain free lives and I’m committed to providing the best possible care for our pet patients and referring vets.”
Anderson Moores director David Walker said he was pleased to be welcoming another talented clinician to an already-strong orthopaedic team undertaking cutting-edge work. He said: “We are delighted to welcome Rob Quinn to the team at AMVS. He has settled in seamlessly and is looking forward to helping our referring vets, their clients and pets over the years to come.”
Rob graduated from the University of Glasgow with Honours in 2009 and subsequently spent four years in practice in both West Yorkshire and Melbourne, Australia. While working in Australia, he presented and published his first research paper looking at surgical treatment of elbow disease in dogs and, on returning to the UK, he completed a rotating internship at the University of Liverpool before commencing a surgical residency at fellow Linnaeus hospital, Dick White Referrals in Cambridgeshire.
During his residency he published further research in feline trauma, brachycephalic airway surgery and reconstructive techniques. Rob sat his board exams and became a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in 2019. He became an RCVS-recognised specialist in small animal surgery in 2020.
Rob enjoys teaching undergraduates and postgraduates and currently gives lectures at the University of Surrey, multiple veterinary CPD courses and lectures on an orthopaedic biomechanics course to human orthopaedic surgeons.
Looking back on where his fascination with animals and the veterinary world began, Rob explained: “I don’t remember why I initially chose to do my school work experience week at a veterinary practice but as soon as I was there, I knew that being a vet was what I wanted to do and I’ve pursued that career ever since.
“Nearly 10 years later, after graduating from Glasgow University, I even ended up working back at the practice, Donaldson and Partners in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, where I had done my work experience as a kid!
“I’ve always loved animals and had a lot of different pets over the years. I grew up in Yorkshire in the middle of the Pennines and we always had cats and dogs, border terriers mostly, but also horses, a goat, a donkey and a snake at various points.”
Rob’s successfully treated thousands of animals in his career to date and one in particular stands out for him, the case of a Labrador puppy which somehow managed to jump out of the window of a moving car. He recalled: “The young Labrador had completely smashed the bottom of his femur (thigh bone) and kneecap. At one point, it looked like amputation was the only option but after a long surgery I was able to carefully piece the shattered bone back together and reconstruct the knee.
“It was so rewarding and fulfilling to see him walking well again just four weeks after surgery. It was a great feeling.”
Anderson Moores offers specialist care in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, feline hyperthyroid clinic, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery.
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