Meet Our VetCW Team

Colin Whiting BVSc CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Colin Whiting BVSc CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery
Our surgeon Colin is a referral orthopaedic, spinal and soft-tissue surgeon with over 18 years experience, the last 12 years down here in Cornwall. He has performed thousands of advanced surgical procedures, and is also particularly interested in client communication, clinical teamwork, and training future generations of surgeons and students.

Successful outcomes follow a team approach, where clients and the clinic team are fully aboard and all understand their roles to play through procedures and recuperations.

He is especially passionate about sharing information, education and support within the veterinary profession. He has lectured, trained and mentored students and surgeons of following generations within the profession, recently speaking for Liverpool and Surrey University, and presenting at BSAVA Student Congress.

During ‘lockdown’ he established an online case-sharing platform to help 10,000 vet students worldwide who were missing out on training opportunities.

Colin maintains a strong interest in all forms of surgery, especially TPLO surgery for cruciate ligament rupture, multimodal fracture repair, and a wide range of soft-tissue procedures. Over the last decade in Cornwall he established a surgical referral centre with a very strong Team Approach to procedures, and a reputation for a friendly, readily available and efficient service to clients and colleagues.

Colin always meets with clients to discuss their pet’s conditions and explore all treatment options, which often aren’t solely limited to surgical procedures. He discusses and uses diagrams to illustrate the aims of surgery and ensure all client questions or concerns are identified and fully addressed. He really enjoys being able to resolve situations and help people who are worried about their pets, as well as the elegance and dynamism of delivering accurate surgical solutions within a skilled and efficient team.

Within host practices, he is very happy to incorporate vet and nurse colleague’s interests to follow procedures and be part of ‘passing the baton’ to future generations.

Colin Whiting
Colin Whiting and family
Colin is married to Lizzy, and with their children Kate and Phil they spend spare time tinkering with a flock of unruly sheep or herding chickens on their farm near St Columb Major.

Kate and Phil ought to be on the website too – large parts of their early upbringing were spent perched in the corner of operating theatres after urgent cases arose – but life for Colin and Lizzy now incorporates touchline cheering for Phil’s rugby or delivering Kate to the Ten Tors Challenge and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Time flies!

Lizzy Whiting BVSc CertAVP(GSAS) MRCVS

Lizzy graduated from Liverpool University in 2001. She spent six years in “James Herriot” style rural mixed practice in Staffordshire, before relocating together with Colin and their young family down to Cornwall in 2007.

Over the last decade she has focussed solely on small animal work. In 2014 she gained the Royal College Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, focussing on anaesthesia, pain relief, surgery and medicine. She has since completed further study and a synoptic exam to achieve a certificate in Small Animal Surgery, awarded in July 2021. She has a keen interest in pain management and has developed team training protocols for both acute surgical procedures and chronic pain, such as seen with osteoarthritis.

Lizzy also has a particular interest in all forms of small animal practice and the client journey; and has presented on clinical and surgical topics to students, most recently with the International Veterinary Student Association.

She sits on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Knowledge Quality Assurance Advisory Board. In Cornwall she has worked in Wadebridge and Truro, and participated in establishing Cat Friendly Status in both practices.

Colin and Lizzy Whiting
Lizzy Whiting and family
Outside of work Lizzy enjoys spending time with her family and with her animals; two dogs (Rose and Alf), eighteen sheep, six chickens and four cats (Khan, Genghis, Guinness and Papa). In 2020, the family have spent time paddle boarding, climbing and vegetable growing in addition to extensive rambles in the beautiful Cornish countryside with Rose and Alf.

Jade Pascoe RVN

Jade is born and bred in Cornwall. She qualified in 2015, after originally training with Colin in his referral surgical team. She moved to live up country for a time where she worked for several years in a range of prestigious referral centres, including Bristol University’s Langford surgery and emergency service.

After furthering her experience in anaesthesia, advanced surgery and critical care, Jade has now moved back to Cornwall and is the first veterinary nurse to join the VetCW Surgical Team.

Jade describes herself as a Cornish Maid…she enjoys going to the gym and outdoor activities such as surfing and long coastal walks with her cockerpoo Indie. One of her favourite things to do is try as many independent restaurants, cafes and coffee shops as possible, looking for the best lunch and chocolate brownies.

jade seaside
jade pascoe and puppy

Kathy Davies RVN

Kathy was always destined to be a vet nurse, as a child she would rescue baby birds, frogs, slow worms and anything else she could carry in her trusty beach bucket.
After starting work as a Saturday girl in her local Redruth vets, she never looked back and her path was decided. After 7 years in Redruth she left to go ‘up North’ to Devon to another mixed vet practice and to start her VN training at Langford Veterinary College and passed her exams in 1995.

Kathy came back home to Cornwall in 1996 where she has worked in a large mixed practice, enjoying the farm and equine nursing before settling into small animal nursing. With interests in Radiography, Anaesthetics, Lab and physiotherapy she started working with the orthopaedic vet (a young Mr Colin Whiting) that had started at a new Veterinary Hospital which had just been built and has continued working in this field ever since.

Outside of work Kathy loves to be outdoors, especially by the sea and enjoys walking, gardening, campervaning, snorkelling, swimming and spending time with her pets, Kota (GSHP), Loki (rescue lurcher) and her 2 cats Dennis and Tango (brothers).

Kathy davies

Katrina Darwent

Katrina also worked with Colin previously, in a practice-based accounts, payroll and HR role in the veterinary practice setting. She manages the business administration of VetCW Surgical Team, ensuring we are swift, efficient and able to fully focus on our clinical, client and practice support roles.

Katrina moved to Cornwall in 1996, her three children and two dogs (Finn, the wire-haired Hungarian Vizsla and Springer Spaniel Wren) keep her busy outside of work . She enjoys all things near the sea & clay pigeon shooting in her spare time.

Katrina Darwent

Arielle Curnick MRCVS

Arielle has expanded her veterinary career to embrace digital communication; whilst based with British Forces overseas in various countries, she launched a service supporting veterinary practices with their website creation and functionality.

Colin discovered her services at his previous practice by googling ‘veterinary website designers’ and figuring that whoever came up first was good at promoting businesses! Arielle did a terrific job, and so VetCW Surgical Team are delighted she is looking after this aspect of our business.

Our website and social media are essential tools for communication and reassurance for our clients, as well as a way of ‘breaking down barriers’ and introducing our staff team and services to clients and colleagues before we get to meet face to face.

Arielle