About Us

Who created Virtual Veterinary Specialists?


Nuala Summerfield, Founder and Director 
BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS, DipACVIM (Cardiology), DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
RCVS, European and American Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Nuala is a veterinary cardiologist and has spent the past 15 years working in both academia and private practice. During this time, she recognised the need to make specialist veterinary healthcare more accessible to first opinion Vets wanting to diagnose and manage more of their own cases in-house. Seeing the opportunity to do this through a real-time, collaborative and educational digital platform, Nuala created VVS, together with her co-founder Rafe.



Rafe Garvin, Co-Founder and Director
M.A. (Hons) Economics, M.Litt Economics, Chartered Wealth Manager (Chartered MCSI)

Rafe trained as an economist. He has had a long career in finance, where he has lead teams and built businesses within leading financial institutions. Rafe enjoys working with entrepreneurs. He has a strong interest in the veterinary profession and in particular the use of technology to challenge existing business and service delivery models. He is of course a pet owner too!





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Dr Oliver Duprey


"I could not be more impressed with the service, high-level medical expertise, and equipment used. For a first opinion vet with an interest in cardiology, the opportunity to be able to offer specialist level cardiology workups in-house has been invaluable. The service provides great value for money for the client, as well as the convenience of being able to have their loved pets assessed by a specialist without the stress or difficulty of distant referral.”

Dr Kat Hull


“The VVS platform has dramatically improved my work up of cardiac cases. I started as a novice in echocardiography. Nuala is a superb teacher and guides you through the echo process with patience and clarity. It's ideal for patients who would otherwise have to travel to benefit from the expertise of a cardiology specialist. Nuala is very easy to work with and my own knowledge has increased way beyond what I could have gleaned from a referral report. Both my understanding of cardiology and my practical skills in performing the echo have improved through the ongoing discussion during the work ups. This really is an invaluable tool - I can't recommend it enough!”

Dr Carli Bentley


"The service you provide is excellent and I think well worth the cost to the client."