People Profile

Our team is dedicated to offering you a quality service. We would like to introduce you to the team members that your pathology specimens meet when they arrive at our laboratory:


Our pathologists are all experts but we believe personality counts too. We have two great characters in the form of our pathologists who work on site, care about your cases and are always happy to talk with you. Please enjoy working with them.

Emma Scurrell


BVSc, DipACVP, RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Pathology, MRCVS

Emma is a South African of British heritage and graduated from Onderstepoort in South Africa in 2001. She spent considerable time in clinical practice and completed a clinical internship before qualifying as a pathologist via a residency at the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. Consequently, she can chat through cases with clients from both a practical and pathological perspective. Emma joined Cytopath in 2009 and is passionate about all diagnostic cytology and histopathology, with a particular interest in ophthalmic pathology. You will discover that Emma is extremely enthusiastic and always happy to help when it comes to your clinical cases.


Lindy Fouracre

Veterinary Pathologist

BSc (dbl hons), BVetMed, DipACVP (Clin Path), MRCVS

Lindy graduated from the RVC in 1999. Her first two years in clinical practice were biased towards equine and large animal but she spent the subsequent years working hard to develop her small animal surgery and medicine skills. The clinical pathology module of the GPCertSAM course piqued her interest to gain a pathology residency position shared between the Veterinary Pathology Group (VPG) and Cambridge Vetschool, which she completed in 2010. Lindy is an ACVP board certified clinical pathologist who is able to draw on years of practical clinical medicine experience, and is always eager to engage in case discussion to help towards the best possible outcomes for the wonderful animals we serve.

Ilaria Michela Piras

Veterinary Pathologist


Ilaria, originally from Sardinia, Italy, obtained her undergraduate veterinary degree in 2006 before pursuing a PhD in Clinical and Molecular Microbiology. During her doctoral research, she developed expertise in infectious diseases affecting domestic animals, with a focus on understanding both their molecular and clinical aspects. These studies helped her grow a deeper understanding of the pathogenesis of animal diseases. Following over 10 years of research tenure, Ilaria completed a residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at University College Dublin, where she developed a keen interest in dermatopathology. Ilaria really enjoys the diagnostic challenge, and she will go the extra mile to find an answer and help you solve a clinical case.

Front office manager

Ellen Southall

Nat Dip in Animal Care

Ellen is the longest serving member of the Cytopath team and has seen the lab grow and change over the years. She is focused, efficient and prides herself on the quality of her work. After working for 15 years as a very experienced laboratory technician at Cytopath, she has now taken over the role as office manager and is always happy to help with any of your queries.

Laboratory Scientists

These amazing people know everything about your samples from log-in to final processing. They control the movement of your samples through the laboratory, keep the laboratory running efficiently and maintain tabs on quality control.

Mihaela Lacramioara

Laboratory manager

BSc Biology

Susanna Allin

Laboratory scientist and histotechnologist

BSc Joint Animal and Human biology

Angela Long

Laboratory scientist and histotechnologist

Isobel Whibley

Laboratory scientist and histotechnologist

Workplace Essentials


The Lab Mascot

Photograph courtesy of Nigel Ord-Smith Phodography


Susanna's right hand man

There are of course all the behind-the-scene people whom your specimens do not meet. We cannot forget the book-keepers, accountants, IT and instrument engineers, and all of the other unsung heroes who perform their vital functions with great aplomb and effectiveness.