This page gives you some background information on the Staff at Torrington Orthopaedics. This page will evolve over time.
Helen and Andy Torrington are the Partners of Torrington Orthopaedics. We had long held the desire to establish a Referral Service that was dedicated to Orthopaedic and Spinal Patient management. This would be an advantage to patients as this single focus would permit every aspect of the clinic to be geared towards offering optimal care.
Torrington Orthopaedics is the realisation of that wish. Every staff member that appears on this page is a valued member of our practice team and works tirelesssly to deliver compassionate, dedicated and expert support for the patients and clients of Torrington Orthopaedics. We are proud to have them working with us.
We have four Surgeons at Torrington Orthopaedics. All are trained at Referral level and are approachable and each has a specific area of special interest.
All of our nurses are fully qualified RVNs. Five of our Nurses have the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. All of our Nurses are dedicated to the care of the patients at Torrington Orthopaedics.
The key Staff in this team are Hannah Micheal ACPAT and Charlie Whiteley. Hannah is a Human Physiotherapist who has re trained as a Veterinary Physio. Charlie has been running our Hydro team since we began offering this service 8 years ago.
The managers and Admin Group keep things running smoothly here. More information about this part of the team coming soon.
Andy graduated in 1988 from Glasgow University Vet School and went into Small Animal Practices in the Midlands. It was here that Andy developed an interest in Orthopaedics and he gained his Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1990. Following this he took up an Orthopaedic Residency position at the Queen Mother Hospital at the Royal Veterinary College where he trained to Diploma Level. After this he worked at the Animal Medical Centre for a period before setting up Torrington Orthopaedics in 1999.
Andy ’s main interests are in resolving the issues associated with end stage joint disease. This is with particular regard to a patient centred approach. Our philosophy is based around the premise would the patient happily sign the consent form. It is important to Andy that we can demonstrate benefit to each patient which will enhance or improve their quality of life. As the leader of the surgeon team this is a philosophy that all our surgeons are encouraged to embrace. As our head surgeon Andy is involved in teaching other surgeons new techniques. and ways of thinking. He extends this beyond the practice and has delivered seminars across the globe from Australia, Russia and the USA to across Europe, where he is highly regarded. He regularly gives advice to colleagues around the world by phone and email regarding diagnosis and treatment of patients. He heads up our Joint Replacement team here.
Andrea graduated from the University of Bologna (Italy) Veterinary School in 1998. He joined Torrington Orthopaedics in 2009 after working in practice in the UK for the previous 10 years. Andrea is particularly interested in developing new methods for measuring lameness using slow motion video footage. He is part of the Joint Replacement Team here and works closely with Andy Torrington in the application and development of new and “traditional” Orthopaedic Surgical Techniques.
Andrea is currently enrolled for a Masters Degree in Orthopaedic Implant Design and Development.
Charlotte graduated from Royal Veterinary College in 2010. She is the newest member of our team, joining us in August 2016. She is currently completing her CertAVP.
Charlotte is interested in all aspects of Orthopaedics. She is also very keen to encourage and support new graduates and will be starting a Radiography club in 2017 specifically aimed at improving radiographic diagnostic skills of the younger members of the profession in the Yorkshire region.
Helen graduated from University of Glasgow Vet School in 1989. She achieved Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1991 and spent 5 years in Leyton (London) working as Senior Veterinary Officer for the PDSA, becoming their Clinical Advisor in Orthopaedics for London region. A short career break to start a family led to the foundation of Torrington Orthopaedics in 1999 with Andy. Helen designed our current premises and is mainly involved in Management and Administration of the practice but is a part of the joint replacement team as well as the main supervising Veterinary Surgeon for MRI and CT. Helen has always been very keen to develop the role of Veterinary Nurses in our profession. We have encouraged and supported many of our nurses through the Advanced Surgical Diploma, and created different career paths within the practice including Rehabilitation and Team leader roles. Helen was proud to be a member of the RCVS VN Council from 2010 to 2012 as Appointed Veterinary Surgeon and was also a member of the LANTRA committee.