Details of the Editor and Contributing Veterinary Surgeons


Romain Pizzi BVSc MSc DZooMed FRES MACVSc(surg) MRCVS is Specialist Surgeon at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Edinburgh Zoo, and Special Lecturer in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He performs referral laparoscopic surgery in zoo and wildlife species for several conservation organisations internationally, and in dogs, cats, rabbits and exotic pets at selected private veterinary practices. He is responsible for the veterinary care of the Scottish SPCA wildlife rehabilitation centre. He is a Director of Zoological Medicine Ltd. He has spent time training with leading human surgeons in a variety of laparoscopic surgical techiques. Romain is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine.
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Contributing Veterinary Surgeons

Mike Martin MVB DVC MRCVS, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology is founder of the Veterinary Cardiorepiratory Service, based in Kenilworth., the United Kingdom He specialises in interventional cardiology and minimally invasive cardiothoracic and pulmonary surgery.

Alex Chernov
is the head of minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy at Endovet small animal veterinary practice in Kurgen, Russia, and director of VetEndoSchool. He is interested in all aspects of rigid and flexible small animal endoscopy.

Paul Coronel Reyes MV is a Medical Director of the Clínica Veterinaria del Este PJA, C.A., in Caracas, Venezuela, and is an instructor on the Training Program in Experimental Laparoscopic Surgery at the Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Instituto Médico La Floresta, in Caracas, Venezuela. He was a researcher and instructor in laparoscopic surgery and microsurgery at the Institute of Experimental Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, of the Central University of Venezuela.

Jonathan Cracknell BVMS CertVA CertZooMed MRCVS is a Zoological Director in the United Kingdom, and veterinary advisor to the BIAZA Elephant focus group. He has extensive experience in zoological and comparative veterinary anaesthesia, having working closely with human anaesthetists. He has a special interest in veterinary anaesthesia for laparoscopic surgery of all species.

Jan Doedens BVSc MRCVS is head vet at Medivet Richmond, and has a particular interest in the use of laparoscopic adrenalectomy in the treatment of canine adrenal disease.

Klaus G. Friederich Dr MedVet PhD is the head of veterinay surgery at the Veterinary Clinic for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Diagnostic Surgery in Rome. Italy. He is president of the Italian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, and lecturer at the veterinary faculty of Naples. He  currently performs laparoscopic surgery in both domestic animals and zoo animals in Italy.

Vittorio Garbagnoli DVM is small animal veterinary endosurgeon at Sant Anna Veterinary Clinic in Italy.

Yolanda Martinez Pereira LdaVet CertVC DipECVIM-CA MRCVS is a European recognised Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). She has a special interest in bronchoscopy and respiratory medicine, as well as in interventional cardiology ("keyhole" cardiac surgery). Former veterinary cardiologist at both Edinburgh and Liverpool Universities, she practices veterinary cardiorespiratory medicine in companion animals and exotic pets, as well as with zoo and wildlife species in Scotland.

Doga Temizsoylu DVM PhD is a Professor of Veterinary Surgery at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Mehut Akif Ersoy University in Burdur in Turkey, and has perfromed over 100 laparoscopic corrections of displaced abomasum in cattle.

Notes for Contributors:
The website is always keen to receive pictures and videos of interesting techniques and unusual findings. The copyright of any submitted pictures and videos remains with the original submitting veterinary surgeon. By submitting photos or videos you confirm that you are the copyright owner, or have permission from the copyright owner. Videos should be hosted on or . Videos shoudl either contain no audio, or jus verbal commentary. No videos with music can be used on the website due to copyright laws. Pictures submitted should be less than 1MB in size and preferably JPEG or GIF format.

There are so many different organisations and individuals that have helped not only with the development of this site, but also with helpful advice on the development of veterinary laparoscopic surgery techniques, only some of whom we can name here. Our sincere thanks (in no particular order) to: 

Adam Tjolle and Inglis Vet Centre, Graham Tydeman, Marwell Wildlife, Simon Girling and Mary Fraser, Emily Frame, Benji Tang, James Forester, Prof Sir Alfred Cushieri, and the Cushieri Training Centre, Ninewells Hospital Dundee, Craig Devine and Borders Veterinary Cardiology, Mike Martin, Colin Seddon, SSPCA, Philip Lhermette, Liz Welsh, Michael Stoskopf, Graham Bowland and Surgical innovations, John McElwaine and Ark Surgical, Marianne Smith and the library of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Andrew Routh, Tim Bouts, Yedra Feltrer-Rambaud, and Taina Strike of the Veterinary Department of the Zoological Society of London, Simon Girling, Donna Brown, Iain Valentine, and Darren McGarry of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Jolle Kirpenstein, Steve Hernandez-Divers, Neil Forbes, Kevin Eatwell, Frances and Nigel Harcourt-Brown, Brian Coles, Peter Scott, Martin Lawton, Mark Hagen, Louise Dalrymple.

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