Ferran Valls Sanchez

DVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, RCVS Internal Medicine Specialist

Head of Internal Medicine


Ferran grew up in Barcelona where his family still live right next to the Sagrada Familia. He graduated as a vet from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2011 and then in 2012 did an internship in a private referral hospital in Barcelona for a year. This is where he developed a passion for internal medicine, thanks to his first mentor Coralie Bertolani, an internal medicine diplomate. He then worked for a year in another large hospital before deciding to move to the UK in 2014.

He undertook a year internship at the Animal Health Trust and was lucky enough to get a residency in internal medicine at DWR. Ferran finished his residency in 2018, developing a real interest in gastroenterology, haematology, endoscopy and nasal disease, with a particular passion with gallbladder mucoceles! Ferran was offered a position as a senior in the internal medicine team at DWR after finishing his residency which he felt was a daunting prospect but a real honour.

Ferran said “I believe that our job requires continuous learning and discussion, so along with other colleagues in the organisation I lead a new initiative of ‘Grand Rounds’ which is a multidisciplinary discussion about topics that affect all of the services in the hospital, we hold these every 2 months.”

Ferran has a real desire and affinity to teach others as well as expanding his knowledge and sharing his experiences. He has published multiple articles and written three chapters in a Spanish book on small animal medicine. He is also an associate professor for the Autonomous University of Barcelona, focusing on liver and biliary disease. In 2021 Ferran was also appointed as the research lead for DWR and received an award from his colleagues in recognition of this. For two years from 2020 to 2022 he was also the DWR Internship Director which was a brilliant experience allowing him to help young vets and potential specialists of the future.

In March 2022 Ferran became DWR’s Head of Internal Medicine.

Outside of work Ferran enjoys playing football (and he runs a team at DWR), travelling and collecting keyrings, food and relaxing with videos games and popular TV series, during COVID he also discovered new hobbies of Lego and running!