Meet the Heathside Veterinary team
Meet our Vets
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.
BVM&S BSc Cert VC MRCVS
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.
I have always wanted to work with animals, and with a love of science and medicine becoming a veterinary surgeon was the obvious choice.
I graduated from Bristol in 2009 and have worked in small animal practice ever since, particularly enjoying medicine.
Now that I have two young children I work part time and enjoy family time, not forgetting and most definitely including my two gorgeous Dachshunds Harry and Freddy.
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.
VetMB MA MRCVS
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.
I qualified from Veterinary Faculty in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I worked in a mixed practice in Slovenia, as a volunteer vet in Zanzibar and completed a rotating internship at Anderson Moores. Having experienced all those different working environments and cultures helped me to realise I enjoy working in a practice with high clinical standards. This allows me to explore and deepen my knowledge in various aspects of veterinary medicine and supports my personal goals.
My everyday motivation is to successfully balance scientific aspects of veterinary medicine, its unpredictability and challenges, and at the same time encourage wellbeing, mindfulness and interpersonal connections in our profession as well as in our personal lives.
Dancing, sport, travelling and meditation is what brings me joy outside of work. Of course, I have my four-legged friend, an eight-year-old Australian Shepherd named Sonny.
Meet our nurses
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. At home I regularly foster cats for a local charity and mum to two beautiful kittens.
I qualified in 2018 having completed a veterinary nurse degree course. 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.
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.
I am a third year student veterinary nurse and will be taking my final exams shortly.
My first two years have thrown up some exciting challenges as Heathside is a progressive surgery; I do enjoy learning at college but I am looking forwards to being a qualified member of the team.
I’m on my second year of training as a student veterinary nurse, having started at Heathside in June of 2018.
Before starting out in medicine I travelled as an air stewardess; but because I missed my two pets Bella (a cat) and Layton (a dog) I gave up the wandering way of life to turn my passion for animals into a career.
Alongside studying for science A-levels I worked in an emergency surgery; then an opportunity to join the Heathside nursing team arose and I took it, so here I am today!
My favourite part of nursing -is inpatient care and complex abdominal surgery such as caesareans, splenectomies and foreign body removal.
Laura is coming to the end of her first year at college; only another two to go!
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.
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.
I am in my third year of university, and I will be qualifying in 2021. I have particular interest in scrubbing into surgeries, as it gives me another perspective of being in theatre. Being here for a year has really allowed me to develop my skills that I learnt at university, and use them in a practical way.
Meet our support staff
I joined the surgery in2017 and enjoy the variety that working at a busy veterinary surgery brings, including getting to know the clients and their pets. We have a fantastic team here at Heathside which makes it a great place to work.
In my spare time I am the manager and first aider for a junior rugby team and spend most Sundays in the winter standing in the rain on the side of a rugby pitch somewhere, but it is great fun! When I’m not doing that, I love taking Olive our very bouncy Romanian rescue dog out for long walks, exploring the countryside or the beach.
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!
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.
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 independent 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 in the great outdoors; rearing two unruly kittens and sneaking a weekly ride on my mare Tammy.
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!