UK veterinary laboratory Finn Pathologists has appointed Mark Wessels BVetMed, MRCVS, FRCPath as its Head of Histopathology. In this role he will manage a team of 13 veterinary histopathologists based at its site in Weybread, Suffolk.
Following qualification in 1986, Mark spent 12 years in mixed general practice before moving to the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) where he specialised in large animal diagnostics and pathology and managed surveillance pathology. While at the VLA he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists, specialising in farm animal species. Mark has published widely in ruminant pathology and has an interest in comparative pathology, particularly in infectious and degenerative diseases. He sits on the Royal College of Pathologists Examination Panel.
Commenting on his appointment, Martyn Carpenter, Director of Laboratories at Finn Pathologists, said: “Mark has exceptional management experience and will also provide strong leadership to our fast-growing histopathology team.
“His experience with the VLA – since reborn as the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) – will also be invaluable. Finn Pathologists will shortly launch a Farm Animal Diagnostic Service in response to the AHVLA’s decision to reduce its own laboratory capacity. With Mark’s in-depth knowledge of the sector supported by that of team members Nick Woodger and James Barnett, both of whom also worked at the VLA, we believe Finn will be ideally placed to help farm vets with their laboratory requirements going forward.”
Finn Pathologists is a UK-based specialist veterinary laboratory, providing a full range of histopathology, haematology, cytology and microbiology services to practices across the UK. It aims to provide a highly tailored, convenient and flexible service and employs 30 experienced staff at its two sites on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.