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Top surgeon handed key role at leading veterinary centre

An experienced orthopaedic surgeon who has worked in both the UK and Asia has been appointed as the new hospital director and site lead at Dick White Referrals (DWR).

Nic Woodbridge takes on the position at Linnaeus-owned DWR, in Cambridgeshire, due to his extensive experience of veterinary leadership.

His appointment comes at a time of positive change for the referral centre, as it recently opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art building. The £15 million transformation sees it treble in size, becoming the largest veterinary referral centre in Europe.

Nic’s veterinary career started with a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College, then he spent time working at a primary care practice before undertaking a surgical residency at Dick White Referrals (DWR) in 2010.

He then worked as head of orthopaedics at a large referral centre in Suffolk, setting up and running a busy referral service, before spending six years in senior roles in large multidisciplinary hospitals in Hong Kong.

Nic returned to the UK in 2021 to take on the role of head of orthopaedics at DWR and was named interim hospital director in October 2022, a post that was made permanent in January.

Nic said: “It’s an exciting time at DWR. We are working to create the best environment we can for our patients, clients and team. We’re launching exciting new services such as dentistry and setting up our new emergency and critical care department which will receive patients 24/7.

“Other departments, such as orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery, are expanding, with a lot of new people joining the team. We’ve introduced a new concierge-style greeting service for our clients, while our dedicated case managers ensure that clients feel supported throughout the journey of their pet’s care.

“On top of that, we are optimising the patient journey through the hospital, and I’m really enjoying working with the team to put the processes and procedures in place for us to elevate our service offerings.

“DWR is a great place to be and there is an outstanding clinical team, people genuinely care about what they do and are extremely passionate about helping pets in need.”

Dick White Referrals offers specialist-led care in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic pathology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy and soft tissue surgery.

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