Visiting Veterinary Specialist

Our Veterinary Specialists

We have a number of visiting veterinary specialists at Mercer and Hughes. This means we can provide an expert service to our clients in the convenience of our surgery rather than you having to go to a referral centre.

David Williams – Ophthalmology

David Williams MA VetMB PhD CertVOphthal FRCVS provides expert treatment for a wide range of veterinary eye problems including cataracts, gluacoma and corneal ulceration.


David is an Associate Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine as well as seeing private patients in vet practices throughout Cambridgeshire and Essex.


He also wears the most amazing bow ties!

Paul Smith – Cardiology

Paul Smith BVetMed DVC MRCVS RCVS is able to diagnose and a treat a wide variety of heart and lung problems and carry out a wide range of diagnostic tests such as ECGs (echocardiography) of the heart and endoscopic examination of the airways and lungs.


Paul runs his own private practice and has been a recognised veterinary cardiology specialist since 2005.

External Referrals

Mercer and Hughes have always had close links with local referral centres including Dick White Referrals, The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge, The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, East of England Veterinary Specialists in Cambridge (run by Martin Owen and Mark Bush, who used to visit us here as orthopaedic specialists), and the Royal Veterinary College in London. This enables us to refer pets for specialist diagnosis and treatment should the need arise.

Local referral centres mean that you won’t have to travel great distances to get specialist treatment. However we can refer to wherever we think would provide the appropriate treatment.

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