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ID:	53709 One of Europes leading small animal referral centres, which has been delivering specialist-led healthcare for animals in the UK for more than 30 years, has a new leadership team.

Linnaeus-owned Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, West Midlands, has appointed a new managing director and hospital director to ensure the hospital continues to lead the industry.

Toby Gemmill has moved from his position as clinical director to take over the role of managing director from Tracey Morley-Jewkes, who has herself moved to take up a role leading the integration of five referral centres recently acquired by Linnaeus.

Toby, an RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, has been with Willows for 16 years and is relishing the opportunity to lead one of the most experienced and qualified veterinary teams in Europe.

He said: “I’m delighted to be given this wonderful opportunity to lead the excellent Willows team and I’m excited about what we can achieve together.

“Having joined Willows in 2005, I have seen the hospital grow into a large multidisciplinary centre, with some of the most talented and dedicated clinicians in the industry. I am now looking forward to helping lead the hospital forward to yet more success.

“My absolute priority will be to maintain our unswerving commitment to providing the best possible levels of care to our patients, pet owners and referring vets.”

Willows has also recruited the highly-experienced Tony Avery to take charge as hospital director.

Tony had previously spent 18 years working for some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers, including Nuffield Health and BMI Healthcare. His most recent role was as Executive Director of The Priory Hospital in Birmingham.

Tony said: “My background is in human healthcare, however, I do not consider moving into the veterinary world as a radical change of direction.

“My role is still to ensure we are best-placed and equipped to deliver the highest standards of treatment, care, support and rehabilitation for sick and injured animals.

“Exactly the same principles apply at a veterinary hospital as they do in a human hospital – it’s about care, compassion and consideration.”

Tony was quick to show his caring and compassionate side at Willows. Within two weeks of arriving, he had adopted a rescue dog to live with him, his family and two cats.

Willows offers specialist services in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, clinical nutrition, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and spinal surgery.

To find out more about Willows’ wide range of specialist services, visit or search for Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service on Facebook.

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ID:	53711Toby Gemmill, the new managing director at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Solihull, West Midlands and the renowned animal hospital’s new operations director Tony Avery.