Ben completed his undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, before going on to complete his Masters in Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College. He worked as a mixed animal vet in rural Australia for 2 years prior to moving to the UK to start the road to specialisation. He completed his residency training at the Royal Veterinary College and worked there as a Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery.
Ben’s passion is in soft tissue surgery which has lead him to having a tremendous amount of experience with some extremely complex cases. Ben is enthusiastic about performing BOAS surgery in order to help breeds who suffer with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome most commonly seen in French bulldogs, British Bulldogs, Boston terriers, Pekinese and Pugs. Surgical options such as shortening the soft palate, widening the nostrils and removing the laryngeal saccule can dramatically improve the health and quality of life for such breeds. His other surgical interests include oncological surgery and thoracic surgery. Alongside this Ben also performs orthopaedic surgeries such as fracture repairs and also with neurosurgery including spinal surgery. He looks forward to offering a range of different surgical options at HSR for complex conditions, particularly in the area of minimally invasive surgery.
Ben has an Australian Cattle Dog called Winne. Outside of work he enjoys riding his bike, and teaching his son to ride too!
Dr. DeBoer is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, and completed postgraduate training at Michigan State University and at UC Davis. In 1986, he joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently Professor of Dermatology. His research and clinical interests center on the immunology of recurrent and chronic skin diseases, with a focus on canine allergic skin disease. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and has served on the scientific editorial boards of the American Journal of Veterinary Research and Veterinary Dermatology, and is former chair of the International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals. Dr. DeBoer is the author of more than 200 clinical and research publications in veterinary dermatology.
Dr. Craig Griffin is a graduate of Cornell University, completed his residency at UC Davis and became a Diplomate, and a past president, of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). Dr. Griffin is the founder of the Animal Dermatology Clinics which grew into the Animal Dermatology Group (www;animaldermatology.com) He is a Clinical Professor of Veterinary Medicine for Western University of Health Sciences. He was a Course Master for the European School of advanced veterinary studies for Europe, China and Asia for over 12 years. He is a frequent lecturer of veterinary dermatology in the USA and internationally. He has published many articles and books on small animal skin disease, including co-author of Muller and Kirks Small Animal Dermatology 5th -7th editions and co editor of Current Veterinary Dermatology, The Science and Art of Therapy. Dr. Griffin received the ACVD Award for Excellence for outstanding contributions in veterinary dermatology in 2001 and in 2014 the Frank Král Award for Achievements in Veterinary Dermatology.
Irina graduated from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, in 2010, after which she completed her doctoral thesis in oncology. Following two years in general practice, she moved to the UK where she completed an internship in oncology at the VRCC (now Southfields) in 2014. Irina started a residency in small animal oncology at the University of Liverpool, becoming an ECVIM and RCVS oncology specialist in 2017. After working as Clinician at Davies Veterinary Specialists for two years, she joined the RVC as Lecturer in Oncology in 2019 where she is currently head of department and programme director of the European oncology residency programme. She founded Oncology Camp Ltd. as an additional training opportunity for residents, and interns in 2018. Irina presently is a member of the ECVIM education committee and ESVONC member-at-large.