Meet the Heathside Veterinary team

Meet our Vets


Jeremy Giles

Principal Veterinary Surgeon


When I set up Heathside in 1998 I had a vision of what I wanted in a veterinary surgery.  I wholeheartedly believe in preventative medicine and with that aim in mind I set our my goals for Heathside.

Practicing excellent medicine and providing the best and most up to date services; with highly trained staff and modern equipment, I believe that we are one of the most progressive first opinion surgeries in Hampshire.

After over thirty years of being qualified I still enjoy coming to work, meeting owners and their pets. Whether big or small, exotic or not I still get satisfaction in treating them all. Although I love all areas of general practice I particularly enjoy lameness’s and skin health.


Dave Sewell

Veterinary Surgeon


I qualified from Edinburgh University in 2003. My main area of interest is cardiology and gained my certificate in 2011.

At Heathside we have all the facilities required to offer a full cardiology service, including dedicated ultrasound, ECG and Holter (a portable monitoring vest).

I also enjoy medicine, imaging and anaesthesia and I am currently studying toward additional post-graduate qualifications in the subject of internal medicine.


Alina Raznoveanu

Veterinary Surgeon


My pivotal moment was delivering nine bulldog puppies on my own; the mum weighed 37kg before and 30kg post-partum! They were big boys and girls.

I have been qualified for nine years and have a particular interest in dentistry, dermatology and medicine.


Tristram Moody

Veterinary Surgeon


Being a vet allows me to combine two passions; animals and science! I love my job and everyday throws up a different challenge. My particular interests remain surgery, but I do enjoy every aspect of working in a modern evolving practice.

Having spent my first few years in the profession up in beautiful Yorkshire, the need to be closer to home and to further my education by doing a rotating internship at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists. Here I further developed my interests in all areas but particularly surgery and orthopaedics. Loving the continuity and closer working relations you can develop with the community and clients in first opinion practice, I joined Heathside Vets and haven’t looked back since.

In my spare time I can be found walking my two collies and preparing for my upcoming wedding.


Jennifer Kristoffersson

Veterinary Surgeon



Mario Santos

Veterinary Surgeon


Meet our nurses


Bianca Collings

Veterinary Nurse Manager

RVN and Cert VNECC

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Being a veterinary nurse is the best career in the world! I have a passion for Emergency Critical Care and Weight Clinics; both of which I have gained further qualifications and awards in.

I am proud to be a crazy cat lady and to lead as Cat Advocate in our Cat-Friendly Clinic. I am mum to a very handsome rescue kitten called Lando.


Ellie Houghton

Head Nurse

RVN BSc (Hons) NCert(Surg)

I qualified in 2018 having completed a VN degree course at university. I went on to study further and recently gained my Nursing Certificate in Surgery. I am currently studying for a certificate in surgical nursing.

My favourite aspect of nursing is orthopaedics and helping patients with their post-surgical care using K-laser.

I absolutely love small furry pets and have four guinea pigs at home.


Meg Tugwell

Deputy Head Nurse


I have been working and training at Heathside since 2014 and qualified with them as a veterinary nurse in 2019. I love my job and every day is different and I am very proud to work with the team at Heathside.

I love all animals especially dogs as I have two beautiful cavaliers named Rosie and Rolo.


Gemma Stubbington

Qualified Veterinary Nurse


I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in January 2021 and have been with the team at Heathside since July 2021. I am passionate about patient care and in particular I am a huge advocate for our feline patients! I have a keen interest in emergency and critical care and feline nursing.

I have two cats Tyler and Max who keep me busy with their antics.

Outside of work I keep busy with lots of gardening and looking after my hundreds of house plants.


Poppy MacKean

Qualified Veterinary Nurse


Having worked for Heathside throughout the first lockdown and returning to uni to gain my qualification as a veterinary nurse, I have some great news… Which I will let you know soon!


Laura Brooks

Student Veterinary Nurse


I am coming to the end of my second year at college and have one more year remaining.

I have always wanted to become a veterinary nurse as I enjoy working with and caring for animals; in particular dogs and small furry pets. Every day we learn something new and is very exciting.

Laura owns three Lhasa Apso dogs, guinea pigs and lots of Koi carp.


Laura Jennings

Animal Care Assistant


I have recently joined the team at Heathside as an Animal Care Assistant in October 2020. I have always had a passion for animal care and am keen to progress as a Student Veterinary Nurse in the future. Growing up with cats and now 2 dogs in our family home, I understand how important it is to treat your furry friends with the utmost care and attention. Every day is different and new challenges are thrown my way, but that is what I love about my job!


Zoe Grantham

Student Veterinary Nurse


I started working at Heathside in April 2019 as a receptionist and loved interacting with clients and their pets on a daily basis.

In January 2020 I put on the blue uniform and joined the nursing team as a student veterinary nurse! Needless to say I was thrilled; every day brings new challenges and new things to learn.

I love working as part of the Heathside family who are a wonderfully supportive team. They will be invaluable as I head towards starting college this September as well as when I start my nursing course at Sparshalt. I am already interested in surgical and emergency nursing. However my favourite part of the job will always be building a rapport with Heathside clients and their pets.

I have a very affectionate cat called Felix whom I love to bits.


Millie Trace

Student Veterinary Nurse


I arrived at Heathside Veterinary Surgery in December 2021. Since joining the team I have learned a lot about the correct way to handle animals and find medicine very interesting. I love that my job allows me to combine my passion for science and animal care. Every day is different and I find it exciting that I learn something new everyday. I am super keen to begin my nursing course at Sparshalt College near Winchester this September! Outside of work, I enjoy socialising with family and friends as well as listening to music and going to the gym. As a child, I grew up with lots of different pets including ducks, rabbits, gerbils and guinea pigs. I currently have two very cuddly cockapoos, Bella and Bonnie whom I just absolutely adore. 

Meet our support staff


Claire Howes

Customer Care Manager

I joined the Heathside Team back in 2000 as the receptionist and re-joined again in 2015 after having my children, this time as a customer care manager. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be working with such a dedicated team. It is very rewarding to see so many faces returning year on year with some of their ‘golden oldies’ as well as their new pets.

I spend the majority of my spare time at my local riding school where I keep my horse Lady on livery. I can often be seen riding around the farm is all weathers which keeps me fit and active. At home my beautiful Bengal cats Stan and Ollie and my children keep me on my toes!


Jessica Head

Practice Administrator


(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Having completed my nursing qualification in 2006, I soon started to work at Heathside. Growing up with a range of animals at home means I have a keen interest in animal health and wellbeing, but I also enjoy supporting clients in caring for their pets.

Working at Heathside over the years has allowed me to engage in varied job roles including Head Veterinary Nurse before going on maternity leave.

Since returning to work I am now a Practice Administrator, working 2 days a week to also accommodate me being a mum to my young family.

You will find me in the offices at the surgery answering phone calls, assisting with any questions or queries and also helping to continue the development of the surgery and staff which is something I enjoy.


Danielle Giles

Advertising, Marketing & Social Media

Having breathed and lived Heathside since its conception in 1998 I am very proud of the surgery it has become. I thoroughly enjoy my role in advertising and marketing to promote this great veterinary business; it gives me great job satisfaction.

Heathside gave me my first taste of social media, which can be tricky at times! However we have a great following and I have got to know many clients and their pets. We encourage interaction with our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and I love reading people’s comments.

I work alongside a great team of dedicated and caring people, and knowing we are a part of the heart of the local community is very rewarding.

Outside work I enjoy family time engaging in various sports, water sports and exploring the great outdoors. We have four fantastic kittens who were raised with us as fosters and all get on fantastically well together. Somehow I still manage to find time to go to the gym and ride my beautiful mare.


Cheryl York


Cheryl has been a member of the reception team since March 2018. Cheryl grew ip surrounded by animals and combining this with her genuine like of people she has landed her ideal job working in a vets.

Meeting hew people and their pets is very rewarding, especially when you are able to help them.  Giving good advice and helping owners to help their animals is very satisfying; the work is so varied and interesting I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

My first love has to be dogs!


Shona Barfoot


My name is Shona and I joined his side in November for 2021. I previously worked in a doctor surgery for eight years before joining the team at Heathside as a receptionist. I enjoy building client relationships and love puppy cuddles.

I enjoy taking my Vizsla Rex out on walks exploring our beautiful countryside.

Outside of work I enjoy reading, gardening and I am a keen houseplant enthusiast.