It is party time for a leading Somerset vet who has passed an exam that has seen him reach the top tier of his industry.

Dr David Haine, head of surgery at Linnaeus-owned Cave Veterinary Specialists near Wellington, is toasting success after passing the thorough ECVS diploma exams to become an EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.

This completes his journey from graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2013, four-year practice in small animal general practice, to specialisation at DWR Veterinary Specialists in Cambridgeshire before returning home to the South West.



Read more: Somerset MP on NFU Mutual's livestock worrying figures



Cave offer a range of expert-led pet care services, and is easily accessed from Junction 26 on the M5.

Dr Haine, who oversees soft tissue surgical care and orthopaedics at the practice, said: "I'm thrilled to join this select group of professionals.

“The exams were challenging, but now having five surgical specialists allows the Cave surgical team to further offer specialised surgical care and expand treatment options for animals in the South West."

Clinical director at Cave, Will McFadzean, said: "This is a huge achievement and the culmination of many years of dedication and hard work.

"I look forward to working alongside David to bring his ideas for the surgery team to fruition."