Soft Tissue Surgery

First class diagnostic facilities including endoscopy, ultrasound, MRI and CT are available to aid in the work up of soft tissue problems.

Alan Mayo and Dervla Martin are the clinicians who deal with soft tissue cases.

We see a wide range of soft tissue surgical cases, examples of which are listed below:
  • Skin reconstructive surgery
  • Surgery to remove tumours and re-construction
  • Ear surgery for chronic ear disease, polyps
  • Frontal sinus surgery for treatment of aspergillus fungal infection
  • Respiratory tract surgery including treatment of laryngeal obstructive paralysis and brachycephalic upper airway obstructive syndrome
  • Thoracic surgery for removal of lung tumours, treatment of chronic idiopathic pericardial effusion and removal re-construction for chest wall tumours
  • Extrahepatic portosystemic shunt surgery, removal of liver tumours and gall bladder surgery
  • Digestive tract surgery including gastric dilatation and volvulus and removal of the colon in megacolon syndrome
  • Urinary tract surgery and investigation of urinary incontinence
  • Hernia repairs including inguinal, diaphragmatic and perinial

We are happy to discuss cases by telephone or to view radiographs at no charge and without obligation.

To speak to one of the surgeons or to arrange an appointment please call the hospital reception on 01270 610322

Alan Mayo – BVSc CertSAS MRCVS


Alan qualified from Liverpool in 1993 with Alan Banks. Following posts at the Royal Veterinary College and in private practice he joined Nantwich in 1996 and passed his surgery exams in 1997. He has played a pivotal role in the development of the Veterinary Hospital and our whole practice as it is today.

As the senior surgeon, Alan sees cases with a vast range of conditions, including second opinions and referrals from other practices. His patients have problems which can be classified into three categories*:

Orthopaedic problems – such as fracture fixation, cruciate ligament rupture and elbow dysplasia. He has treated over 5000 fractures, 3000 cranial cruciate and 2000 patella luxation patients alone.

Spinal conditions – including disc protrusion and extrusion, instability, malformations, fractures and tumours. Alan has personally and successfully performed spinal surgery on over 2000 patients.

Soft tissue surgery – particularly airway problems, trauma cases and tumour removal, where he employs a pragmatic approach tailored to the needs of the patient. Alan is one of the few UK trained surgeons experienced in all upper airway surgical procedures.

*see the Surgery section on this site for more information

Current research interests include minimally invasive fracture repair, advanced techniques in lumbosacral disc disease and optimising procedure selection in cranial cruciate ligament disease.

Outside of work he spends time with his young family, sleeping and avidly supports the current (at the time of writing) World, European and English football champions.

“I have devoted my career to practical excellence in veterinary surgical treatment. I passionately believe that patients should be able to access first class treatment without needing to have ‘every test’ done or costing the earth. I will give straightforward and honest advice based upon a lifetime of experience in treating surgical conditions. Working as a surgeon is not just about performing operations but more importantly making the best decisions, and if I do not believe that surgical treatment is the right option for a patient I will say so.”

Dervla Martin DrMedVet (Hons), CertAVP GSAS, MRCVS

Dervla graduated in 2010 and has worked in small animal clinical practice ever since. She worked at a busy first opinion small animal hospital in North Wales before joining us at Nantwich Pet Vets in 2013.

Dervla’s main professional interest has always been surgical. In 2015, Dervla successfully obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Veterinary Practitioner’s Certificate in general small animal surgery. Whilst certified in both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery, Dervla’s preferences lie firmly with complex soft tissue cases and emergency surgery; she accepts referrals in these areas.

Dervla also has an interest in diagnostic imaging. With additional post graduate training in advanced ultrasonography, echocardiography and endoscopy, she enjoys their application in the management of her surgical cases. In her spare time, Dervla loves to spend time outdoors with her family and their many pets.

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