Ophthalmology Surgeon Receives Specialist Status

We are celebrating the success of ophthalmologist Katherine Manchip, who has passed her European Diploma exams to become a European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO) specialist.  Katherine, who joined us in 2020, is the hospital’s first ECVO specialist. 

For Katherine, her life-long love of ophthalmology coupled with her passion for helping animals has led her to receiving this specialist status.  

She said: “I have quite a few ‘human’ eye surgeons in the family, so I’d say my love of ophthalmology has been manifesting since I was a little girl.  

“I am thrilled to have achieved specialist status and I am really looking forward to using all my knowledge and skills for the benefit of my clients and their pets.” 

Katherine’s career began at a small animal practice in London where she worked for four years, before completing a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and an ophthalmology residency at South Devon Referrals in Newton Abbott in 2020. 

Through the years, she has developed a particular interest in helping pets overcome cataract issues, enabling them to view life through a clearer lens.  

She added: “The beauty of our role as veterinary surgeons is that we see our patients through right until the end, with follow up appointments post-surgery. It’s a real privilege to be able to help these animals in the way we do, and I look forward to helping more in the months to come.” 

Duncan Barnes, clinical director at Eastcott Veterinary Referrals, said: “We are incredibly proud of Katherine’s achievement and extend our fullest congratulations to her.  

“Since joining us, she has been phenomenal in her role and to achieve this status while giving a 100 per cent in her role is truly outstanding and something which we salute her for!”