meet the team


Scott Kilpatrick (Director – Internal Medicine)
Director, Internal Medicine

Scott graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2007.  Initially, he worked for the PDSA, before taking a Senior Veterinary Surgeon position with Vets Now in Edinburgh in 2010. Scott started his residency in internal medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 after completing a year as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy and Physiology. He completed his residency in 2016 after finishing his Masters in the pathogenesis of canine liver disease and has since been working in referral practice. Interventional radiology is something that really interests Scott and he spent some time in 2018, working in this area at UC Davis in California. Scott has created and delivered a Post-graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency Medicine in association with the University of Surrey.

“As well as my clinical interests, I love teaching and delivering CPD. I have been lucky enough to lecture worldwide (China, South Korea and Japan). I am excited to continue to grow and learn with all of you. I have sometimes struggled to balance my academic and health/ well-being, I want that to be the sole focus of our journey together with vtx.”


Liz Bode (Director – Cardiology)
Director, Cardiology

Liz graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006. After spending some time carrying out voluntary work with SPANA, Liz took up a job in mixed practice in East Yorkshire. Shortly after this, Liz completed an internship at the University of Cambridge and solidified her love for all things cardio. She subsequently embarked on a PhD at the University of Manchester looking at cellular calcium handling in heart failure and ageing and was awarded her doctorate in 2013. After another spell in small animal practice Liz completed her residency in cardiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. She has worked at the University of Liverpool as a clinical lecturer since then. More recently, she was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and has taken on the role of Module Co-ordinator for the CertAVP cardiology modules at the University of Liverpool.

“I am passionate about postgraduate training and development. I am very excited about how vtx can help you in practice in more ways than your standard CPD provider can.”


Andy Bell (Director – Operations)
Director, Operations
RVN, Cert VNECC, MSc, BSc(Hons), Assoc. CIPD

Andy graduated with a BSc(Hons) in equine science in 2006 and went on to complete an MSc in equine science at the University of Edinburgh in 2007. During this time studying at Edinburgh Vet School he realised that he really wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary sector and started his Veterinary Nurse training with the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Since becoming an RVN, Andy has worked as part of a busy out of hours service in Glasgow and subsequently moved into a rotational daytime position. Andy is interested in emergency and critical care and completed his Cert VNECC in 2019.

Prior to his time working in the veterinary sector, Andy gained experience working in a variety of roles within the banking sector (HR, Strategy, change optimisation and project management).

“I am excited about what vtx can bring to the veterinary profession. I feel that we have a great mix of veterinary and non-veterinary experience to be able to cater for all levels of colleagues that work in veterinary practice. vtx are really coming at CPD for the veterinary profession from a wholly holistic viewpoint.”


Sean Rafter (Director – Business & Finance)
Director, Business & Finance

Sean has a strong background in business acumen and has a non-clinical background, which is important in what we are trying to achieve with vtx.  Sean studied business at college and quickly went on take over the family business. He is now the Director of multiple companies, managing to successfully steer them all through the 2007/8 recession. Liz and Sean married in Italy in 2018. Sean and Liz have a dog called Mollie and a cat called Sid who keep them out of trouble.

“I bring experience of setting up and running a successful business, and a certain practical element to vtx. I enjoy being part of a team and like to play sports such as football, squash, softball and cricket.”





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