Andy graduated in 1988 from Glasgow University Vet School and went into Small Animal Practices in the Midlands. It was here that Andy developed an interest in Orthopaedics and he gained his Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1990. Following this he took up an Orthopaedic Residency position at the Queen Mother Hospital at the Royal Veterinary College where he trained to Diploma Level. After this he worked at the Animal Medical Centre for a period before setting up Torrington Orthopaedics in 1999.
Andy ’s main interests are in resolving the issues associated with end stage joint disease. This is with particular regard to a patient centred approach. Our philosophy is based around the premise would the patient happily sign the consent form. It is important to Andy that we can demonstrate benefit to each patient which will enhance or improve their quality of life. As the leader of the surgeon team this is a philosophy that all our surgeons are encouraged to embrace. As our head surgeon Andy is involved in teaching other surgeons new techniques. and ways of thinking. He extends this beyond the practice and has delivered seminars across the globe from Australia, Russia and the USA to across Europe, where he is highly regarded. He regularly gives advice to colleagues around the world by phone and email regarding diagnosis and treatment of patients. He heads up our Joint Replacement team here.
Andrea graduated from the University of Bologna (Italy) Veterinary School in 1998. He joined Torrington Orthopaedics in 2009 after working in practice in the UK for the previous 10 years. Andrea is particularly interested in developing new methods for measuring lameness using slow motion video footage. He is part of the Joint Replacement Team here and works closely with Andy Torrington in the application and development of new and “traditional” Orthopaedic Surgical Techniques.
Andrea is currently enrolled for a Masters Degree in Orthopaedic Implant Design and Development.
Sergejs (aka CJ) joined us in April 2017. He graduated from the Latvian University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. From 2009 to 2016 he worked in one of the busiest charity hospitals in the UK. That has allowed him to gain excellent surgical experience and to study for the GP certificate in Small Animal Surgery which he completed in November 2015.
For the year prior to joining us he worked as the Clinical Director in a small animal hospital, but his desire for further knowledge and experience inspired him to join us here. Sergejs completed his Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in August 2017.
Helen graduated from University of Glasgow Vet School in 1989. She achieved Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1991 and spent 5 years in Leyton (London) working as Senior Veterinary Officer for the PDSA, becoming their Clinical Advisor in Orthopaedics for London region. A short career break to start a family led to the foundation of Torrington Orthopaedics in 1999 with Andy. Helen designed our current premises and is mainly involved in Management and Administration of the practice but is a part of the joint replacement team as well as the main supervising Veterinary Surgeon for MRI and CT. Helen has always been very keen to develop the role of Veterinary Nurses in our profession. We have encouraged and supported many of our nurses through the Advanced Surgical Diploma, and created different career paths within the practice including Rehabilitation and Team leader roles. Helen was proud to be a member of the RCVS VN Council from 2010 to 2012 as Appointed Veterinary Surgeon and was also a member of the LANTRA committee.
Charlotte graduated from Royal Veterinary College in 2010. She is a relatively new member of our team, joining us in August 2016. She is currently completing her CertAVP.
Charlotte is interested in all aspects of Orthopaedics. She is also very keen to encourage and support new graduates and will be starting a Radiography club in 2017 specifically aimed at improving radiographic diagnostic skills of the younger members of the profession in the Yorkshire region.
Meet the staff. Lisa Thompson is our Nursing Manager. She is proud to lead our fantastic team of nurses here at Torrington Orthopaedics. She started nursing in 1997 and joined Torrington Orthopaedics in 2003. Lisa gained her Advanced Surgical Nursing Diploma in 2006 and is part of the hip replacement team, from organising the surgical dates to assisting with surgery. She is also the Advanced Imaging Co-ordinator for the CT/MRI patients and referrals. Lisa also lectures regularly for local Veterinary Nurses and has also lectured at National Congresses.
I qualified as an RVN in 2009 and have previously worked in a variety of small animal practices, including a very busy forward thinking first opinion practice. Here I was a clinical coach involved with training student veterinary nurses and gained an accredited certificate in small animal hydrotherapy.
I joined the Torringtons team in March 2014 to increase my knowledge and follow my interest of orthopaedic surgery. Here I am currently in my second year of study for the Advanced Nursing Diploma, focussing on my areas of interest which are anaesthesia, theatre practice and surgical nursing.
My passion lies with anaesthesia and I am very interested in pain management. When not at work or studying I am kept very busy with my young son, Reuben and his very active social life!!