Specialists Join Highcroft Veterinary Group

Three new referral clinicians have joined Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary referral practices, which offers expert and specialist care for cats, dogs, rabbits and exotic pets across the south west of England.  


They are:


Dr Sabela Atencia DVM MVM Dip-ECVIM CA MRCVS

Dr Atencia, an internal medicine specialist, holds the European Diploma in Small Animal Internal Medicine.  During her research for her Masters degree on muscular dystrophy in the Japanese Spitz breed, she contributed to knowledge of the underlying mutation of the disease, facilitating the development of a genetic test. Sabela enjoys all aspects of canine and feline Internal Medicine, but is particularly interested in endoscopy, endocrinology and genetics.



Dr Davies, a veterinary medical oncology clinician, holds a Masters degree based on research into canine lymphoma.  He is interested in all aspects of medical oncology, especially haematopoietic malignancies, targeted therapy for cancer and paraneoplastic disease.  He has recently completed a residency in veterinary oncology at the Royal Veterinary College has just passed the DACVIM examinations in Oncology making him one of the few boarded oncologists in the UK.


Dr Elisabetta Mancinelli DVM CertZooMed Dipl ECZM (Small Mammal) MRCVS

Dr Mancinelli is a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery) and a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.  She was the first veterinary surgeon to undertake the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) Residency in Small Mammal Medicine, which she completed at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. Elisabetta will lead and further expand the established exotic pet service at the Hospital.


Highcroft Veterinary Referrals is part of the Highcroft Veterinary Group and member of  CVS (UK) Ltd.  In 2016, its 24-hour hospital received Outstanding ratings in the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) categories for Diagnostic Service, Emergency and Critical Care Service, In-patient Service and Client Service.



Commenting on the new joiners, acting-Hospital Director, Professor Stuart Carmichael said: “As we continue to extend the range of services and expertise we offer to our clients, we are delighted to welcome these three distinguished professionals to the team here at Highcroft.  They will make a great contribution and it’s great to have them aboard.”