Southfields Veterinary Specialists appoints new head of cardiology

Southfields Veterinary Specialists has announced the appointment of Xavier Navarro-Cubas as its new head of cardiology.

Navarro-Cubas, who is an RCVS and EBVS specialist in small animal cardiology, aims to further boost the “industry-leading” service provided by the Essex practice. 

He graduated from Cardenal-Herrera University in Valencia, Spain, in January 2006, and has joined Southfields from the Royal Veterinary College, where he was working on the high profile Mitral Valve Repair Programme.

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Xavier moved to the UK in 2009 to specialise in cardiology, first spending two years in Scotland, where he completed a general and a cardiology internship at the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh, before beginning a cardiology residency at the University of Liverpool, which was completed in March 2016. 

He then continued at the University of Liverpool as a lecturer in cardiology for 16 months, before becoming a cardiology clinician at the Royal Veterinary College. 

Henry L’Eplattenier, clinical director at Southfields, said: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Xavier to Southfields and look forward to him progressing his career with us. He’s a very talented cardiologist who brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience which makes him a very valuable addition to our world-class team.” 

Navarro-Cubas added: “The move to Southfields is a wonderful opportunity for me and I’m really energised and motivated for the challenge ahead. This is one of the leading veterinary referral centres in the UK and it is set to become even better when we move into a new, purpose-built building boasting the finest facilities and most up-to-date equipment. 

“Just as importantly, I’m joining an incredibly talented and dedicated team, so I’m excited by what we can achieve together.” 

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