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Soft Tissue Surgery


Mickey Tivers


Soft Tissue Surgeon and Head of Surgery
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Mickey graduated from the University of Bristol with distinction in 2002. He finished a residency in small animal surgery at the RVC in 2008 and became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. Following this he undertook a PhD on congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs, also at the RVC. Mickey has worked in private referral practice and he was a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at Bristol Veterinary School.

Mickey’s main area of clinical and research expertise is in congenital portosystemic shunts and he has published widely on the subject. He also has particular interests in brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) and abdominal surgery, although he enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery.

Mickey is passionate about providing an excellent and caring service to owners and their pets.


David Barker


Soft Tissue Surgeon

David is originally from County Durham, but moved to South Africa in 2003 to study. He graduated first, in 2005 with a degree in veterinary biology, and then in 2009, with a degree in veterinary science. In 2010 he began work in a busy mixed (farm and companion animal) surgery in Lincolnshire, where he also began to study for the post-graduate certificate in surgery.From 2013, he completed a rotating internship, a specialised surgical internship and was then enrolled as a surgical resident with the European College of Veterinary Surgery.

David moved to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in July 2018 to work as a soft tissue surgeon. David is interested in all aspects of surgery, but is particularly interested in trauma management and surgical oncology.

Outside of work, David enjoys playing on his piano, and is interested in travelling and is regularly found in a remote corner of the world.