Our Pathologists

Trevor Whitbread BSc. BVSc. MRCVS DipECVP
  Trevor Whitbread

In mixed practice in Leicester before returning to Liverpool as a lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Pathology. Experience in general diagnostic clinical chemistry and pathology before specialising in histopathology and cytology. He has specialist interest in dermatopathology. Now Diplomate of the European College.



Malcolm Silkstone BVSc MRCVS DiplACVP
  Malcolm Silkstone

After qualifying in South Africa, a period of post-graduate pathology training was followed by 3 years in general practice in the UK. Since that time he has obtained extensive diagnostic pathology experience over the past 11 years culminating in gaining American Board Diplomate status. He has specialist interests in oncology and dermatopathology and infectious diseases.


Judith Hargreaves MVB MRCVS FRCPath
  Judith Hargreaves

Qualified in Dublin followed by 3 years mixed practice experience. Since the mid 1980s has obtained extensive experience in pathology and is MRCPath qualified. Judith has specialist interests in oncology, oral and upper respiratory tract pathology.




Sonja Rivers BVetMed, MSc., MRCVS, DipACVP
  Sonja Rivers

Graduate from RVC in London. 4 years in mixed practice followed by post-graduate pathology training obtaining the MSc from the RVC in London. This was followed by completing a residency in the university of Illinois Zoological Pathology Programme, culminating in gaining a diploma of the American Board of Veterinary Pathologists.


Richard Fox BVetMed, DipECVP, MRCVS
  Richard Fox

Graduate from RVC in London. Two Years in mixed practice followed by three years of post-graduate pathology training at the University of Liverpool. This was followed by a lectureship at the Department of Veterinary Pathology. Richard has gained an honorary lectureship at the University of Liverpool and became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. He is also on the ECVP Examination Board.

Lucy Oldroyd BSc. BVMS Dip ACVP MACVS MRCVS

Lucy Oldroyd

Graduate from Murdoch University, Western Australia. Eighteen months in mixed practice, returning to Murdoch University to complete a pathology internship. Became, by examination, a Member of the Pathobiology chapter of Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. She moved to the UK to join Abbey Veterinary Services in 1995. In 2005 became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Our Microbiologists

Stephen Steen MSc, FIBMS, CHS (ABHI)
  Stephen Steen

Stephen has two Fellowships of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Bacteriology and Virology), is board certified as a Histocompatability Specialist with the American Board of Histocompatability & Immunogenetics (ABHI), holds a Masters Degree in Pathological Sciences with an Immunology specialty and has both an HNC in Biomedical Sciences and an HND in Animal Welfare and Management. He studied at John Moores University, Liverpool, and at The University of California, San Francisco. He is involved in on-site teaching of undergraduate students and helping in the development of treatment strategies with our clients.