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Aidan Raftery-MVB CertZooMed CBiol MRSB MRCVS
Aidan gained his veterinary degree in medicine and surgery in June 1982. After initially working in a small animal and equine veterinary hospital in South Wales he moved to a 10 vet practice in Yorkshire where he was the main specialist for orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery before coming to Ashleigh Veterinary Centre in 1987.
In 2000 he was board certified in Zoological Medicine and Surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and in 2001 he qualified as a Chartered Biologist and was granted membership of the Institute of Biology.
Aidan is currently the clinical director of the Avian and Exotic section of the practice. He is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, the British Veterinary Zoological Society, the British Veterinary Association, European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, and the British Veterinary Invertebrate Society. He has been commissioned to write chapters for many veterinary medicine text books in the field of avian and exotic animal medicine. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, and regularly presents papers at conferences and lectures at continuing education events for veterinary surgeons.
Aidan is particularly interested in applying the skills learned from the animals kept in a captive environment, to help preserve the free ranging populations in the worlds shrinking wilderness areas.
Lianne graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014 and after a year as part of the “out of hours” team is now a full time member of staff. Prior to starting at the practice, Lianne gained experience working with wildlife in South Africa and currently volunteers at a local zoo. She particularly enjoys exotic animal medicine and in 2016 started her Improve International General Practitioner Certificate of Exotic Animal Practice. Outside of work Lianne enjoys riding her horse Isla. She also has two rabbits called Dexter and Shadow and Ollie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Filipe graduated in 2002 from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal. Since then has worked in exotic and small animal practices in the Lisbon area. From 2007 to 2014 Filipe was involved in teaching parasitology and wildlife/exotic medicine courses to veterinary students in Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon. He also has a keen interest in scientific illustration and has published several pieces of work. He has also been closely involved with wildlife medicine and conservation projects in Portugal. Filipe moved to the UK in early 2016 and joined the Ashleigh Veterinary Centre team in October 2016. In his free time, Filipe enjoys birdwatching, photography and long walks in the countryside. He currently has Nyx the cat, Tort-vader the tortoise and a tropical fish tank.