Meet the HeartVets Team

Dr. Mark Patteson is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology and leads the HeartVets team. Mark holds the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology as well as the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology.  He regularly lectures to both undergraduates and vets and has published widely on the subjects of both small animal and equine cardiology.  Mark is based at Vale Referrals in Dursley, Gloucestershire where he leads the cardiology referral service within a busy first opinion and multidisciplinary referral hospital environment.  

Jo Harris is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology. She joined HeartVets in 2009 and is based in Exeter, where she offers regular clinics, as well as a number of visiting referral clinics throughout the south west.  Jo has been working in purely cardiology referral practice for several years and is regularly involved in CPD provision to vets and and cardiologists at both local and national level. Jo has a particular interest in arrhythmias and her research includes novel uses of Holter monitoring in canine preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy. 

Dave Dickson is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology, having joined the HeartVets team in 2011. He lives and works in south Wales, where he offers cardiology referral clinics. Dave regularly lectures regularly to local, national and international audiences has presented research at international conferences. His research into feline dyspnoea won the prestigious Best Research Communication at the European Congress of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He has published many  original research articles and collaborates with colleagues in veterinary medicine and human exercise physiology from around the world. He is also on the Doppler Echocardiography list for the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society.

Anna Beber graduated from the University of Glasgow and spent her first years as a mixed practice vet in both India and Norfolk before deciding to pursue a career in small animal medicine in a busy hospital in Cornwall. In 2016 Anna returned to the University of Glasgow to complete the Small Animal rotating internship at the University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital where she developed an interest in Veterinary Cardiology.  In 2018 she completed a Masters in Veterinary Cardiology and a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

Each year Anna spends a couple of weeks volunteering as a vet abroad and has worked in many countries including India, Belize, Borneo, Argentina, and Greece. 

Outside of work she enjoys making the most of the south-west coast by surfing, swimming and running with her dog Maya.

Alex Laver graduated form the University of Bristol in 2015 and spent three years in small animal practice in Somerset, Monmouthshire and Cardiff before joining Heart Vets in 2018. Alex is currently working towards her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Cardiology) and is involved in research into lung ultrasound and atrial fibrillation. Outside of work she enjoys skiing, canoeing the Wye, travelling, hiking with her two dogs, Evie and Wren and baking for the Heart Vets team (Alex makes exceedingly good cakes). 

Fiona Glen qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 having already attained a degree in Zoology and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Liverpool. She spent 4 years in mixed and small animal practice before completing an internship in Cardiology at Langford vets, University of Bristol. Following her internship, Fiona worked in a busy first opinion and referral hospital in Bristol providing their internal cardiology service, and in January 2020 completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

Fiona’s research interests are influenced by her background in first opinion practice, particularly the role of cardiac disease in geriatric feline patients. Her original research abstract ‘Clinical Use of a Patient-Side Feline NT-ProBNP ELISA Test in 279 Cats in General Practice’ was presented at ECVIM Congress and is currently being prepared for publication. Education and effective communication are two of Fiona’s passions, and she hopes to pursue use of social media as a tool for educating veterinary staff, students and owners as part of the HeartVets team. Outside of work Fiona enjoys cycling, yoga, sewing and running around after her young son!

Fiona Tomczynska graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and spent two years working at a busy small animal hospital in Cornwall. She then worked as a locum general practitioner for 2 years covering practices in Lancashire, Essex and the South West. She developed a keen interest in Cardiology whilst working at a busy hospital as an Emergency vet. Fiona joined HeartVets in January 2020 and is currently working towards her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Cardiology). She assists at clinics with the South West team and has a key role in running our Diagnostics service. Outside of work Fiona enjoys running, surfing, spending time with her Cocker Spaniel Bodhi, and at the moment – wedding planning!

Tiago Bispo graduated from the University of Lisbon in 2007 and worked in several small animal hospitals both in Portugal and in the UK, including Davies Veterinary Specialists, where he completed a rotating internship followed by a few months with the cardiology team. Tiago has completed his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2019 and is currently undertaking a European Masters in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (Cardiology), through the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies, focusing his research in electrocardiography.

His favourite activities outside work include playing with his young son, mountaineering, rock climbing and playing tennis.

Charlotte (Charley) Glover RVN

Charley joined the HeartVets team in February 2015. Since qualifying with distinction from Bicton College in 2002, Charley worked at St Davids Veterinary Hospital in Exeter where she became Head Nurse. She also became an orthopaedic referral nurse as well as a clinical coach for other members of the nursing team. Since joining HeartVets Charley has used her invaluable referral experience to develop our referral support network and co-ordinate our services.

Nicki Fern RVN

Nicki joined the HeartVets team in September 2015 to assist Charley and the HeartVets team in organising the referrals and to help develop our CPD programme. Nicki Qualified in 1994 and has worked in mixed and small animal practices in the Southwest. Most recently she worked as head nurse for the City Vets group in Exeter, and during this time in 2010 Nicki achieved her Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia & Critical Care. She is keen to help develop some Cardiology CPD for nurses, so watch this space!

Holly Jones RVN

Holly has been part of the HeartVets team since early 2017. She trained and qualified as an RVN at St Davids Veterinary Hospital, Exeter and subsequently worked as an orthopaedic referral nurse for several years. After further developing her organisational skills within both surgical equipment and equine feed companies, Holly decided to return to the veterinary referral world and has provided additional help and support in growing and co-ordinating the HeartVets services.  

Charley, Nicki and Holly are at the end of the phone to answer your questions and arrange referral appointments between clinics to simplify the process for referring vets. They can also help with queries about our CPD or online diagnostic cardiology and our Holter monitor rental service.

Mel Davis joined the Heartvets team in May 2020 as a referrals administrator. Previous to her new role Mel has spent many years working as a receptionist, referrals administrator and insurance and accounts clerk in a large referral and first opinion practice in Gloucestershire, so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

Mike Martin is a visiting consultant for HeartVets and is one of the most experienced interventional cardiology vets in the world, having performed over 1,000 procedures. Mike gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology and then RCVS Specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology in 1995, which has been re-validated every five years ever since. He has worked at his own, private, referral practice for 23 years before joining HeartVets. He is a frequent CPD lecturer within Europe and has presented his clinical research at Specialist Cardiology meetings in both Europe and the USA. He is a recipient of BSAVA awards: in 1993 the Dunkin Award, in 2000 the Melton Award, in 2006 the Petsavers Award and in 2010 the Dunkin & Blaine Awards. He has published over 50 scientific peer reviewed papers and two textbooks: Small Animal ECGs: An Introductory Guide (3rd edition) and Cardiorespiratory Diseases of the Dog and Cat (2nd edition).