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Sabela Atencia, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine at Highcroft Referrals

Sabela Atencia

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Sabela joined Highcroft Veterinary Referrals in May 2017. She graduated from Complutense University, Madrid in 2008. After graduation, she worked in a general practice and compelted a small animal internship. Sabela then joined the Small Animal Internal Medicine referral team at the University College of Dublin, Ireland, in 2010, and completed a four year residency program in 2014.

After this she completed a Masters degree on the subject of muscular dystrophy in the Japanese Spitz breed. This work helped to discover the underlying mutation of the disease and a genetic test was developed. Whilst finishing her Masters, she worked for nearly two years as a Referral Medicine Clinician in a private referral hospital in Bath, UK.

Sabela obtained the European Diploma in Small Animal Internal Medicine in March 2017, becoming Specialist in Small Animal Medicine. Sabela enjoys all aspects of canine and feline Internal Medicine, but is particularly interested in endoscopy, endocrinology and genetics.


Muscular dystrophy in the Japanese Spitz: an inversion disrupts the DMD and RPGR genes.

Atencia S, Shiel, R.E., Mooney, C.T and Nolan, C.M. (2015)

Animal Genetics, 46: 175–184

Total excision of a caudal mediastinal paraoesophageal abscess in a dog.

Aisa J, Grand JG, Atencia S, Zarelli M and Callanan JJ. (2015)

Veterinary Record, 3: 1

Systemic fungal infection in a dog: a unique case in Ireland.

Atencia S, Papakonstantinou S, Leggett B, McAllister H, and Mooney CT. (2014)


The Irish Veterinary Journal, 67: 17

Thoracoscopic pericardial window for management of pericardial effusion in 15 dogs.

Atencia S, Doyle, R. S. and Whitley, N. T. (2013)

Journal of Small Animal Practice, 54: 564–569

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