Henry L’Eplattenier with Estaban. photographed at the VRCC in Basildon, Essex

A determined quest to be the best has prompted an ambitious recruitment drive across Europe and around the world by one of the UK’s top veterinary centres.
Southfields Veterinary Specialists, based near Basildon, in Essex, now boasts experts from 11 different nations among its highly-trained staff, led by clinical director and chairman of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, Henry L’Eplattenier.
They have successfully drafted in consultants from as far afield as Australia and America, Italy and Ireland as well as Switzerland, France, Spain, Greece, Slovenia and Slovakia.
Operations manager Daniel Hogan said this was a result of a deliberate policy to attract the finest vets available anywhere in the world, in order to deliver the highest levels of clinical care.
Daniel said: “At Southfields, we are passionate about ensuring the best possible outcomes and the highest standards of care.
“That’s why we have scoured the continent and the rest of the world to assemble the finest possible team of highly-trained and highly qualified specialists and experts in every field.
“It means our multi-national, multi-disciplinary team is perfectly equipped to provide excellent
24-hour veterinary and nursing care for our patients.”
Southfields has also invested heavily in new state-of-the-art equipment and the very latest 21st Century technology to keep themselves as the cutting edge of veterinary care.
Daniel added: “We are proud Southfields is considered one of the best referral vet centres in Europe and we want to remain so.
“That’s why there is a continuous investment in our team, our facilities and our equipment enabling us to provide exceptional levels of expertise and the most extensive treatment options.”
Part of the growing Linnaeus Group, Southfields is carrying out a full refurbishment of its existing Essex facilities and greatly extending its premises and staff, as well as installing new equipment.
The referral centre offers industry-leading specialist care for Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Feline Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue Surgery.