Dr. Max Spicer
Dr. Max Spicer hails from Devon in England. He qualified from Liverpool University in 1990 with his BvSc degree and is also a member of The Royal College of Veterinary surgeons. Max joined The Veterinary Hospital in 1997 and became managing partner in 1999. Since graduating; his focus has always been in companion animal medicine and surgery; with particular interest in orthopaedics and disorders of the eye and skin.
He has been living in Dubai since 1997 and met his wife, Michelle, here. They have two children, Guy and Charlotte, and enjoy family life with their two rescued dogs and cats. He holds high regard for exemplary patient and client care, and has noticed that with an ever changing and expanding population in Dubai, pets constantly need attention to a wide variety of problems.
He has therefore taken an aggressive stride towards providing a comprehensive service by hiring four veterinarians that are highly specialised in their respective fields. He is very proud of the fact that his hospital is the only one in Dubai that can offer all such necessary services under one roof. He also insists on having people on his team that are friendly, approachable and flexible to client's needs.
Dr. Ruben Arias del Rio
Dr. Ruben studied at the University of Extremadura in Spain. He graduated in 1997 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery.
Ruben specializes in complicated fracture repair and spinal surgery. He is the first vet to perform spinal disc replacement (c-lox) surgery in the Middle East and receives referrals from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
He has worked in Dubai since 2009 and specializes in small animal surgery, soft tissue, orthopaedic and spinal, plus he has developed a special interest in brachycephalic upper airway syndrome, as he has noticed a need for this in Dubai due to the increasing numbers of flat nosed breeds that struggle in the summer heat. Previous to living in Dubai, Ruben lived and worked in the UK for 11 years and he worked for the last 5 years with the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), a busy animal charity hospital. While he was there, he studied for the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and gained a great deal of experience through the number and variety cases that were placed under his care. Ruben also spent some time at Animal Medical Centre Referrals, observing and assisting in theatre with some of the best orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeons and The Referral Hospital of Liverpool University. He was offered a residency in surgery at North Kent Referrals in London but chose to join The Veterinary Hospital of Dubai instead, where he is able to perform his own referral surgical cases.
Ruben has developed a strong taste for kite surfing since being here, and enjoys socialising and appreciating a good film. He is keen on improving his photography, and enjoys relaxing with a book.
Dr. Shari Hoskins
Dr. Shari Hoskins graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 2002. She spent her first few years as a dairy vet before following her passion for travelling.
Since then Shari has gained International experience working with small animals in Australia, UK and here in the UAE. She started at TVH in 2012.
Shari and her husband have two children, two cats and two Labradors. Her interests are playing and swimming with the kids, travel and sport, especially watching the All Blacks.
Her favourite animal is a dolphin, these charming, intelligent creatures live in close family units, they are always smiling and are simply a joy to watch.
Dr. Agata Osenko
Dr. Agata graduated from Warmia & Mazury University in Poland in 2004, and became a member of Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons in 2005. During the 7 years spent in the UK she was working in extremely busy small animal hospital in eastern England (PDSA), where she gained extensive experience in all aspects of small animal practice. She is interested in diagnostic imaging and soft tissue surgery.
From the UK Agata moved to Dubai in 2012. While working at small animal clinics, she became familiar with the regional conditions affecting animal's health, as well as with unique needs and expectations of the local market. She joined TVH in February 2016.
When not working, she is enjoying sunny weather, outdoor activities like hiking or beach volleyball, meeting friends and running.
Her favorite animal is the puma. She appreciates this wild animal for galloping in long graceful leaps and for its great natural ability to hunt effectively.
Dr Marko Knezevic
Dr. Marko graduated from Belgrade University, Serbia with a Bachelors in Veterinary Science and started his career in the family owned clinic, alongside his father. It was here that Marko developed a strong interest in small animal medicine. In 2011, Marko moved to Beijing, China and then in 2012, he arrived in the UAE working first in Fujairah before moving to Dubai.
Marko is currently studying a postgraduate certificate in Feline Medicine at Sydney University, Australia. Marko lives in Dubai with three rescued cats and enjoys walking, playing tennis and going to the beach in his free time.
Dr Carme Tordesillas - Olivar
Dr. Carme graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). After graduation she spent 3 years furthering her knowledge and practical skills by conducting post-graduation internships at specialist referral hospitals in both the UK and Spain.
In 2011, after working at a number of vet practices, she became the owner and clinical director at her own small animal practice in Liverpool. Whilst running her own practice in Liverpool she was nominated for ‘Vet of the Year’ in both 2013 and 2014.
In 2014 her husband’s work brought them to the UAE and they have been happily living and working here since then. She was initially working at a practice in Abu Dhabi but moved to Dubai in 2016 so that she could join the team at The Veterinary Hospital - "I am impressed with the professionalism and friendliness at TVH and hope to be working here for many years!"
She is currently in the final stages of the European GP Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and will complete these studies in mid-2017.
Does she miss home? "Of course, I do miss my family and my Jack Russell (called “Taxi”, who unfortunately isn't fit to fly so he can't be here with me). But I love living in Dubai and I’m here with my two biggest loves (my husband and our son) who are sharing my UAE adventure".
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