About Us

Docsinnovent Ltd are specialists in airway management committed to raising standards in veterinary anaesthesia. The company launched the world’s first veterinary species-specific supraglottic airway management device – v-gel® – for cats and rabbits in 2012. In 2016, ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) awarded the prestigious “Easy to Give” award to the cat v-gel® and has now conferred the same award to our new cat v-gel® Advanced.

Second generation v-gel® advanced devices for cats and rabbits are now available, with a dog device and others in the pipeline.

Available internationally through a network of 30 distributors, a v-gel® device is a safer and easier alternative to an endotracheal tube, avoiding laryngeal and tracheal trauma by forming a pharyngeal seal.

Other products include the d-grip® anaesthesia circuit support device and VetLube® sterile lubricant spray.

Key Team Members

Dr Muhammed Aslam Nasir


Dr Muhammed Aslam Nasir, a qualified human anesthesiologist, is the inventor of the i-gel® supraglottic airway device (www.i-gel.com). In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Macewen Medal by the DAS (Difficult Airway Society) to recognise and honour his services to airway management. He is only the 14th recipient of this award and will join the society’s most revered members. Dr Nasir aspired to bring the same underlying technology and benefits of the i-gel® into the veterinary anaesthesia sector and so we now have the v-gel® range of species-specific devices.

Dr Nasir is very active with his charity www.light4life.co.uk, which helps with disaster relief as well as running social, health and education projects.

Surendra Sumaria-Shah

Managing Director

Surendra is a co-founder of Docsinnovent Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has extensive experience, at senior executive level, in working with and advising successful entrepreneurs and businesses with strong international presence. Surendra is also involved in a number of charities and is an active member of Lions Clubs International.

Dr Chris Geddes

Global Marketing Manager

Chris qualified from Cambridge University vet school in 2006 with degrees in pathology and veterinary medicine. After working in mainly companion animal practice for three years he entered the veterinary industry, where he has worked for the last ten years in various technical and marketing roles in the nutrition and pharmaceutical sectors for companion animals, horses and livestock. He has a professional certificate and diploma in marketing and a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University. He lives with his fiancée and menagerie including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ducks, fish, and jellyfish!

Dawn Sheppard

Sales Executive and Product Specialist

Dawn qualified as Veterinary Nurse in 1987 but has been involved in the veterinary commercial sector for well over 20 years. She joined Docsinnovent in 2012 initially leading the sales with in the UK but now works with and supports all of our global Distributors, Universities and customers. Dawn enjoys teaching student vets and nurses alike.

Outside of Docsinnovent, Dawn is a voluntary telephone controller for SERV Kent, the blood-running charity delivering emergency blood products to Kent hospitals.

Dr Ivan Crotaz

Veterinary Consultant

Ivan is the Docsinnovent lead veterinary consultant for companion animal anaesthesia. He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1999 and works in both general practice as well as rabbit referral practice. He also lectures internationally on rabbit anaesthesia, medicine and surgery. Ivan has been in the v-gel® development team since conception and has a number of publications on the subject of supraglottic airway use in veterinary anaesthesia.