Tim is co-founder and director of Bridge Pathology Ltd. Previous to this, he was a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Cambridge and prior to that, a Senior Pathologist at Animal Health Trust. In 2001, he became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists following a residency in anatomic pathology at the University of Florida and a fellowship in anatomic pathology at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Tim graduated from R(D)SVS having also taken an intercalated honours in pathological sciences, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a visiting fellow at the University of Bristol and an external examiner for the Universities of Glasgow and London. He is a frequent speaker at both national and international veterinary meetings. Tim’s research interests include viral carcinogenesis and the development of prognostic and diagnostic tumour markers for veterinary species.




Senior Pathologist

Sean Haugland BVSc MRCVS FRCPath

Sean graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 1998. After spending four years in small animal practice in the south of England, he began a three year residency at the University of Cambridge in late 2002. Since completing the residency he has worked as a diagnostic histopathologist, first based in Cambridgeshire. He joined Bridge Pathology in 2011 and is currently senior pathologist responsible for managing the diagnostic service. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2008. Sean has special interests in oncology and immunohistochemistry. In his spare time, he enjoys running, gardening and country walks.




Joelle Pinard DVM MRCVS Dip.ACVP

Joelle joined Bridge Pathology Ltd at the end of 2009. Previous to this, she was a veterinary pathologist for the Ministère de l’Agriculture des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec where she worked at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal. In 2008 she became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists following a residency in anatomic pathology at the University of Montreal. Joelle also obtained her DMV at the same institution.




Beatriz Garcia DVM MSc MRCVS Dip.ECVP

Beatriz Garcia joined Bridge Pathology in 2012. Before that, she spent 6 months at the University of Glasgow, working in the pathology diagnostic service and teaching the pathology residents. Prior to that, Beatriz worked for 6 years at Histovet, a leading histopathology diagnostic laboratory in Spain. After obtaining her veterinary degree in the University of Barcelona, she did an MA in Science focused in neuropathology associated with diabetes. In 2012, she obtained her board certificate by the European College of Veterinary Pathology after participating in a combined residency programme in Histovet and the University of Barcelona. Beatriz is a native Spanish-speaker and she is also fluent in Italian. She is very interested in dermatopathology and ocular pathology, and she is a member of the Comparative Ocular Pathology Society (COPS).




Kerstin Erles DrMedVet, MRCVS, FRCPath, DipACVP

Kerstin joined Bridge Pathology in 2014 following a residency in anatomic pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. Prior to her residency she was a lecturer in virology at the Royal Veterinary College where her research focused on canine infectious respiratory disease. Kerstin undertook her veterinary undergraduate degree at the University of Giessen, Germany followed by a doctoral degree at the German Cancer Research Centre. She maintains an interest in the pathogenesis and diagnosis of infectious diseases of all species. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening and archery.




Stephen Cahalan MVB MRCVS Dip ACVP FRCPath

Stephen Cahalan is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Pathology. In 2014, he became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and achieved fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. His residency training in anatomic pathology was shared between the Royal Veterinary College, University of London and University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. He graduated from UCD in 2005 and spent 4 years in mixed farm animal and small animal practice. Stephen joined Bridge pathology in March 2015 and his research interests are in neuropathology and the pathogenesis of neurological diseases, correlating neuropathological changes with clinical findings. Stephen is currently studying a PhD at the RVC’s Comparative Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory in the pathogenesis of recurrent laryngeal neuropathy in horses. 




Annika Herrmann DrMedVet Dip.ECVP

Growing up in Germany and after studying Veterinary Medicine in Giessen, Germany and completing her doctoral thesis and a residency in Anatomic Pathology, Annika became board certified with the ECVP in 2011. In 2009 she moved to Switzerland to work as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry as a Discovery and Toxicologic Pathologist, contributing to the safety assessment of new drugs and providing histopathology-related scientific input to research projects. In 2013 she passed the board examinations of the American Board of Toxicologists. Annika joined Bridge Pathology in October 2015 and has a keen interest in animal models of human disease and tissue-based biomarkers. In her spare time, Annika enjoys exploring the UK countryside and playing beach volleyball!




Katie Berman DVM MRCVS Dip.ACVP

Katie grew up in the United States, initially on the west coast but primarily on the east coast. After finishing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2009, she remained there to complete a three year residency in Anatomic Pathology. Following board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2012, Katie remained at NCSU temporarily as a clinical instructor before heading to Scotland as a lecturer at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. She started with Bridge Pathology in December 2015 and enjoys the wide variety of cases and all aspects of diagnostic pathology. Outside of work, Katie enjoys exploring both the Bristol area and traveling further afield with her family; two young children make it highly inefficient but always entertaining!




Sam Beck BSc BVSc MVetMed FRCPath MRCVS Dip.ACVP

Sam graduated from the university of Liverpool in 2007. While at vet school he gained a first class intercalated degree in veterinary pathology from the Royal Veterinary College and returned there in 2013 to begin his pathology residency. The intervening six years were spent in first opinion equine and farm animal practice in the midlands. At the RVC Sam was split between the university diagnostic service and the animal and plant health protection agency (APHA) in Weybridge, where he gained a broad range of experience with both domestic and farm animal species. He was awarded his FRCPath by examination in 2016 and started here at Bridge Pathology in October 2016. Sam gained his ACVP boards at the end of his residency in October 2016. Sam’s interests lie in diagnostic histopathology, infectious disease and oncology. In his non working hours he enjoys basketball and attempts DIY with varying degrees of success.



Mark Bennett BVSc(Hons) MVetVir PhD MANZCVS Dip.ACVP MRCVS 

Dr Mark Bennett graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary school in 2002 and spent two years in mixed veterinary practice in rural south eastern Australia. He then moved to Perth, Western Australia where he completed a PhD and Master of Veterinary Virology at Murdoch University while undertaking a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and becoming a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Pathobiology. He lectured in veterinary virology at Murdoch University, and in veterinary anatomical pathology at the University of Bristol, then successfully completely Board examinations in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2018. He has an ongoing research interest in animal infectious diseases, pathogen discovery and viral oncogenesis.




Laboratory Manager

Deepthi Chandy BSc IBMS accredited (HCPC Registered)

Deepthi studied Biomedical science at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science in Bangalore before joining Bridge Pathology in June 2009. In her spare time, Deepthi enjoys socialising with family and friends and playing badminton!




Deputy Laboratory Manager

Caroline Brown MSc

Caroline joined Bridge Pathology in April 2011. She studied at Durham University and has a master’s degree in Biomedical Science. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys travelling, Aikido and running. 


Histology Technicians




Martha Meese

Martha joined Bridge Pathology in February 2012 after studying both Biology and Chemistry A levels in Bristol.  Martha enjoys travelling, the outdoors and looking after her pet dogs and snake!




Nick Purbrick BSc

Originally from Cardiff, Nick joined Bridge Pathology in March 2015. Nick studied Biology at Swansea University and particularly enjoys grossing and dissecting specimens in our laboratory. In his spare time, Nick enjoys playing guitar and listening to music.




Julia Vahldick

Originally from Germany, Julia joined us here at Bridge Pathology in October 2014 after studying Biological Science in Berlin. In her spare time, Julia enjoys craftwork, hiking and caring for her animals, 2 cats and 2 chinchillas. 

Junior Histology Technicians 


Jake Elvin

Jake joined us at Bridge pathology in December 2018.


Laboratory Assistants




Jason Lear

Jason joined Bridge Pathology in April 2015 after studying Chemistry, Biology and Physics at City of Bristol College. Jason likes to watch and listen to live music.



Sam Lear

Sam joined Bridge Pathology in November 2016. She enjoys live music, spending time with her family and her Staffie Titi!



Billie Sumner

Billie joined us at Bridge pathology in July 2018.




Lucy Duffy

Lucy joined us at Bridge pathology in November 2018.






Admin Manager

Sharon Pursey

Sharon joined Bridge Pathology in March 2010 and currently manages the office. She enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends, watching movies, as well as going on long walks with her Golden Retriever!



Deputy Admin Manager

Ellie O’Shea BA (Hons)

After studying her BA (Hons) in Cardiff, Ellie joined us at Bridge Pathology in October 2014.




Ruth Shaanan

Ruth joined Bridge Pathology in February 2011. She enjoys playing tenor sax, socialising, countryside walks and also playing with her rescue cat, Evie.




Hayley Parsons BA (Hons)

After studying her BA (Hons) in Cambridge, Hayley moved back to Bristol in 2012 and began studying a Diploma in Canine Obedience. She then joined Bridge Pathology in September 2013. Hayley has a keen interest in animal care and has 2 dogs, 2 cats, a leopard gecko, a Syrian hamster and an African pygmy hedgehog! 




Kasia Everett BA (Hons)

Kasia joined Bridge Pathology in March 2016, shortly after studying at the University of London Institute in Paris. She works for us remotely from London as a typist. Kasia has a keen interest in languages and enjoys travelling. 




Louise Thorkildsen-Pidcock

Louise joined us at Bridge Pathology in May 2018.





Eleanor Young

Eleanor joined us at Bridge Pathology in November 2018.





Valerie Healy

Originally from Ireland, and after working for a number of years in the arts and media industry, Valerie developed a keen interest in the animal care sector and joined Bridge Pathology in April 2016. 




Rachael Pope

Rachael joined Bridge Pathology in April 2016 and works remotely for us as a typist from Norfolk.






Netty, Tim’s dog, is a valuable member of the team at Bridge Pathology! She enjoys playing with her frisbee and getting lots of fuss at break time!