CVS Specialists Publish Multiple Peer-reviewed Papers

Teams at CVS referral centres, including ChesterGates, Lumbry Park, Dovecote and Grove Referrals, published 23 peer-reviewed papers in the year ending June 2016, in addition to several review papers and textbook chapters.  The practice says that the papers, written on topics across the small animal medicine and surgery spectrum, confirm the commitment of its specialists to driving forward their clinical research programmes within CVS. CVS Referrals Director Professor John Innes

CVS Referrals Director Professor John Innes said: “We are seeing significant and rapid change in the veterinary referral and primary care sectors and I believe it is very important that CVS clinical teams engage with universities to progress the development of veterinary medicine.  The list of publications from CVS vets in the last year demonstrates how we are working with both the established and newer veterinary schools across the UK and also some overseas institutions.  Not only do these projects involve our specialist vets, but we are also involved with large primary care projects such as SAVSNet and VetCompass.

The large network of CVS practices also helps us to roll out important research findings efficiently, accelerating their impact and helping to enhance veterinary care.  The volume of peer-reviewed papers produced by our teams over the last 12 months is excellent and I’m proud to see them publishing their work and collaborating with academic colleagues to progress the field of veterinary medicine and surgery.”

Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills and in research to drive the profession forward.  It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential.  CVS’ guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers.  The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.

CVS referral centres published peer-reviewed papers:


  • Sparrow T, Heller J, Farrell M. In vitro assessment of aiming bias during orthopaedic drilling procedures (2015) Veterinary Record 176 412
  • Ferasin L, DeFrancesco T. Management of acute heart failure in cats. J Vet Cardiol. 2015 Dec;17 Suppl 1:S173-89
  • Porciello F, Rishniw M, Ljungvall I, Ferasin L, Haggstrom J, Ohad DG. Sleeping and resting respiratory rates in dogs and cats with medically-controlled left-sided congestive heart failure. Vet J. 2016 Jan;207:164-8.
  • Cartwright JA, Gow DJ, Gow AG, Handel I, Reed N, Brown AJ, Cash R, Foote A, Mackenzie D, Bell R, Mellanby RJ.J Small Anim Pract. 2015 Aug;56(8):516-20. Serum cardiac troponin I concentrations decrease following treatment of primary immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia.
  • Titmarsh HF, Cartwright JA, Kilpatrick S, Gaylor D, Milne EM, Berry JL, Bommer NX, Gunn-Moore D, Reed N, Handel I, Mellanby RJ. J Feline Med Surg. 2016 Jan 21. pii: 1098612X15625454. [Epub ahead of print] Relationship between vitamin D status and leukocytes in hospitalised cats.



  • Cuthbert S, Morton M, and Lowrie M (2016) Immunodeficiency syndrome in a Weimaraner involving the peripheral nervous system. Vet Rec Case Rep; doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2016-000311.
  • Lowrie M, Garosi L (2016) Classification of Involuntary Movements in Dogs: Tremors and Twitches. Vet J; doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.05.011.
  • Lowrie M, Thomson S, Smith P and Garosi L (2016) Effect of a constant rate infusion of cytosine arabinoside on mortality in dogs with meningoencephalitis of unknown origin. Vet J; 213: 1-5.
  • Lowrie M (2016) Infectious and non-infectious causes for seizures in companion animals. In Practice; 38: 99-110.
  • Lowrie M (2016) Natural history of canine paroxysmal movement disorders in Labrador retrievers and Jack Russell terriers. Vet J; 213: 33-37.
  • Lowrie M, Thomson S, Bessant C, Harvey RJ, Sparkes A, and Garosi L (2015) Levetiracetam in the management of feline audiogenic seizures: a randomized, controlled, open-label study. J Fel Med Surg; doi:10.1177/1098612X15622806.
  • Lowrie M, Garden O, Hadjivassiliou M, Harvey RJ, Sanders DS, Powell R, and Garosi L (2015) The clinical and serological effect of a gluten-free diet in Border Terriers with canine epileptoid cramping syndrome. J Vet Intern Med; 29:1564-1568.
  • Lowrie M, Bessant C, Harvey RJ, Sparkes A, and Garosi L (2016) Audiogenic reflex seizures in cats. J Fel Med Surg; 18: 328-336.
  • Mortera-Balsa V, Penderis J, Wessmann A, Goncalves R, Lowrie M and Gutierrez-Quintana R (2015) Magnetic resonance imaging of the lentiform nuclei in dogs with portosystemic shunts. J Small Anim Prac; 56:307-311.



  • Tomlinson AW, Comerford EJ, Birch RS, Innes JF, Walton MB (2015) “Mechanical performance in axial compression of a titanium polyaxial locking plate system in a fracture gap model” Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology 2015 28 2: 88-94
  • Lascelles BDX, Knazovicky D, Case B, Freire M, Innes JF, Gearing DP, Drew ACA (2015) “Canine-specific anti-nerve growth factor antibody alleviates pain and improves mobility and function in dogs with degenerative joint disease-associated pain” BMC Veterinary Research
  • Morton MA, Whitelock RG, Innes JF (2015) “Biomechanical testing of a synthetic canine gastrocnemius tendon implant” Veterinary Surgery doi: 10.1111/vsu.12329. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Wustefeld-Janssens B, Cowderoy EC, Walton MB, Pettitt RA, Comerford EJ, Maddox TJ, Innes JF (2015) “Peak Vertical Force and Vertical Impulse in Dogs With Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture and Meniscal Injury” Veterinary Surgery doi: 10.1111/vsu.12419.
  • Muller C, Gaines B, Gruen M, Case B, Arrafut K, Innes JF, Lascelles BDX (2016). Evaluation of Clinical Metrology Instrument in Dogs with Osteoarthritis. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 30: 836-46 DOI:10.1111/jvim.13923


  • Brown, Gordon; Kalff, Stephen; Gemmill, Toby J.; et al. Highly Comminuted, Articular Fractures of the Distal Antebrachium Managed by Pancarpal Arthrodesis in 8 Dogs VETERINARY SURGERY Volume: 45   Issue: 1   Pages: 44-51  


  • Borgeat, K. Connolly, D. J. Fuentes, V. Luis (2015) Cardiac biomarkers in cats JOURNAL OF VETERINARY CARDIOLOGY Volume: 17   Supplement: 1   Pages: S74-S86   Published: DEC 2015
  • Borgeat, K, Stern, Joshua Meurs, Kathryn M. et al. The influence of clinical and genetic factors on left ventricular wall thickness in Ragdoll cats JOURNAL OF VETERINARY CARDIOLOGY Volume: 17   Supplement: 1   Pages: S258-S267   Published: DEC 2015
  • Payne, J. R.; Borgeat, K.; Brodbelt, D. C.; et al. (2015) Risk factors associated with sudden death vs. congestive heart failure or arterial thromboembolism in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy JOURNAL OF VETERINARY CARDIOLOGY Volume: 17   Supplement: 1   Pages: S318-S328