The CVS Referral Division has a well-established network of nine Specialist-led referral centres in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Referrals Leaders

Dr Helen Baxter


Referrals Director

Helen joined CVS over seven years ago and now leads the nine Specialist-led referral sites across the UK and Northern Ireland, alongside the global Vet Oracle teleradiology and in-house Vet Oracle Teams.  She is supported by a fantastic team of dedicated individuals from recruitment, marketing, human resources, finance and health and safety.

Working with the Referral regional directors and senior practice leaders CVS Referrals aims to be a network of collaborative specialist-led referral hospitals who are proud to be the leaders in small animal veterinary care.

Dr Sophie Ignarski

BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Regional Director

Sophie Ignarski qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010. Following an internship at a referral hospital in the UAE, Sophie went on to the complete the Godolphin Flying Start scholarship programme and spent several further years working in Newmarket in a mixed clinical and management role.

In 2015 Sophie joined Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, working within the company’s technical and sales functions and supporting the national key accounts business unit.

She started with CVS Group in July 2021 in the role of Equine Commercial Director. In March 2023, she joined the Referral Division and supports the practices in the South with providing excellent clinical care and client service.