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Massimo completed his veterinary medicine degree at the University of Padova, Italy in 2009. Since then he has been dedicated to small animal medicine and developed a keen interest in neurology, diagnostic imaging, and emergency and critical care. Massimo has recently gained a certificate in fish medicine and aquatic animal health (CertAqV), and is undertaking a PhD in this subject. He has been practicing in the United Kingdom since 2010, pursuing advanced training in small animal medicine and surgery and in neurology and neurosurgery in two referral hospitals, North Kent Referrals and the Animal Health Trust. He has achieved a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Massimo currently works at several veterinary practices and emergency and critical care clinics in the Cambridge and London areas.
Imma qualified in Italy at the faculty of veterinary medicine in Naples in 2013. Soon after her qualification she moved to the UK. She has always been very passionate about surgery and is currently completing her postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery. She has worked for several well known animal charities as well as in private practice. She has also developed a passion for emergency and critical care medicine and is developing her expertise as an out-of-hours veterinary surgeon. In her spare time, Imma enjoys skiing, working out and learning Languages. She speaks Italian, Czech, Spanish and of course English of course. Her friendly attitude leads her to spend a lot of time travelling to discover as much of our world as she can.
I qualified from Liverpool University in 2004 and have been in clinical practice ever since. I initially started as a mixed animal vet but, after a few years in mixed practice, decided to focus on small animal practice. I enjoy the challenges and rewards that small animal practice offers and enjoy the relationship that is built up both with patients and clients. I have a particular interest in surgery and also write academic articles for point of need resources. My husband is also a vet and we have 4 small children aged 1-7 years of age, 2 dogs, a cat and a tank full of fish. My hobbies include running and all things outdoors.
After graduating in Italy in 2010, Silvia moved to the UK to further her studies in small animal medicine and surgery. Silvia joined a referral practice in Kent as an intern before moving to Cambridge University as a Junior Clinical Scholar. While working at the University she developed a keen interest in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. Over the past few years she has enjoyed working in first opinion small animal practice. She is currently studying towards a Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging. She has two cats, Merlino and Tito.
Andrea graduated from the University of Milan, Italy in 2008. Before working with cats and dogs Andrea worked for the Food Standard Agency as an Official Veterinarian carrying out public health and food hygiene controls. He has a particular interest in dermatology and small animal soft tissue surgery.
Sarah has worked as a veterinary surgeon in small animal general practice since qualifying in 2010. In 2017, Sarah completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a focus on small animal medicine. After attending a seminar on Fear Free, Sarah has also developed a keen interest in using techniques to ensure the emotional wellbeing of cats and dogs. Sarah joined the FirstVet team in 2019 and is enjoying the pioneering way, in which as a veterinary surgeon, she can interact with pets and their owners.
Sophie graduated from Bristol University in 2017. Since then has worked in small animal practice. She works for a local clinic and joined FirstVet when they launched in the UK. She is a dog and cat veterinarian, and is particularly interested in internal medicine and managing allergies in dogs. She is a DEFRA authorised official controls veterinarian and assists clients with exporting animals abroad or taking them on holiday. She lives in Wiltshire with her Black Labrador and grey tabby cat. In her spare time Sophie likes running with her dog and also is a licensed solo sky-diver.
Emma qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2007. Prior to vet school she graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Zoology. Emma worked in mixed practice for two years before becoming a locum Veterinary Surgeon. Her main areas of interest are geriatric dogs and cats, especially chronic pain in dogs and rehabilitation of dogs either due to age changes or due to trauma. She has plans to undertake further studies in canine and feline behaviour. Emma joined FirstVet UK in March 2019, and has her own pack of three dogs.
Jessica qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2012, where, prior to studying veterinary medicine she also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Sciences. Before joining FirstVet Jessica worked in mixed practice and equine practice. Most recently she worked at an equine hospital on the Welsh borders. She is particularly interested in internal medicine and wound healing, as well as veterinary business and innovation.
Eve graduated from the University of Edinburgh vet school in 2011 and has since worked with farm animals, horses and companion animals. She recently completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow and now combines her work at FirstVet with clinical pathology for Scotland’s Rural College. She has a keen interest in medicine and in parasitology.
Jillian qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 and has worked in small animal general practice since. She holds a certificate in Veterinary General Practice and is working towards a second certificate in small animal surgery. Jillian particularly enjoys surgical cases and also works in emergency and critical care. Her spare time is spent entertaining her dog, Fergal.
Mark has worked as a veterinary surgeon since qualifying in 2016. Originally from the West of Ireland, he worked for a year in North Wales with both large and small animals. Having then decided to move to South Wales, he now works mainly with small animals, undertaking routine consultations and surgery. Mark joined the UK FirstVet team in early 2020 and is looking forward to working in new and innovative ways to care for pets and their owners. He has two cats - Honey and Fudge, as well as a number of Connemara horses, which he breeds back home in Ireland. Mark enjoys travelling and seeing the world, whenever possible, to gain new experiences, and looks forward to consulting with you soon!
Rachel graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012. She has worked in 24 hour hospitals and small animal practice over the last eight years and enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine. Outside of work she can be found outdoors on her bike and training for triathlons.
Scarlet has worked as a veterinary surgeon in small animal general practice since qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. In 2018, Scarlet completed a Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and she has had lots of experience working with furry, feathered and scaled pets of all shapes and sizes. She is currently undertaking a certificate and internship in Small Animal Medicine to expand her knowledge with cats and dogs. Scarlet joined the FirstVet team in 2020 and spends most of her time looking after her own (7!!) pets when she isn't looking after yours!
Alison graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007. After spending 7 years working as a mixed practice vet in Cumbria, treating farm animals, horses and companion animals, Alison decided to focus on small animal practice. Currently, she works in a busy small animal hospital and is working towards a certificate in ophthalmology. Alison joined the FirstVet team in June 2020.
Zoe graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2016. She worked in both private and charity small animal practice before starting Specialist training in clinical pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in July 2019, where she looks at samples ranging from salmon to elephants. Zoe likes to go running with her parent’s cocker spaniel, Phoebe, and she enjoys gardening and has a rescue cat of her own called Baron who also enjoys helping out with the digging! Zoe joined FirstVet in June 2020.
Jill qualified from Edinburgh University in 1981. She started work in equine and small animal practice, which she loved. After having her children, Jill worked primarily as a small animal clinician. Jill has a wide range of interests including surgery, soft tissue and orthopaedics, ophthalmology and medicine including geriatric medicine and welfare. She has also worked for VetsNow emergency clinics and for the Pet Blood Bank running donation sessions in the midlands. Jill is an Official Vet for Small Animal export Certification. In her spare time Jill enjoys riding (previously competing in eventing) and is a qualified dressage judge. She enjoys walking and scuba diving, recently qualifying as a Dive Leader. Jill is also an enthusiastic cook and has two grown up children. Jill joined FirstVet in June 2020.
Kathy graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2010 and went on to work in a mixed animal practice in North Wales. Following this Kathy undertook training in emergency and critical care with Vets Now and spent several years working in a fantastic small animal practice where she developed a keen interest in ophthalmology and dentistry. 10 years after graduation she is still in North Wales, married to a dairy and 32000 chicken, free range egg farmer. Most importantly she is a proud mum to a 4.5 year old and a one year old. Kathy currently works part time as a government vet and locum in a local small animal practice (when she has the time!). Kathy joined FirstVet in June 2020. She is very excited to be part of the fantastic team of vets at FirstVet and to be able provide such a unique service to pet owners.
Mary qualified from the University of Edinburgh Vet School in 2012. She initially worked as a mixed practice vet in the North East of England before moving back to Edinburgh in 2014 to work solely with small animals. She became a locum veterinary surgeon in 2016. This has given her more time to travel the world and carry out veterinary volunteering. Mary enjoys all aspects of general practice. When not working or travelling, she loves to bake and spend time in the beautiful Scottish outdoors! Mary joined FirstVet in June 2020.
Zahra has been working with companion animals since graduating in 2013. She has worked in 24 hour hospitals and loves all aspects of small animal internal medicine. In her spare time she will often be indulging in her home improvement projects, or looking after her two rescue cats. Zahra joined FirstVet in June 2020. She looks forward to meeting you!
Clare graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. After graduating, she spent nine months traveling and volunteering in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji before coming back to the UK. She worked for three years in a small animal hospital in South Devon, where she helped establish a CT referral service and performed keyhole surgeries. Her favourite part of the job has always been getting to know clients and their furry companions. In 2018, she moved to Vancouver, Canada for a year, working as a locum vet and volunteering with the pets of disadvantaged families. She loves the outdoors and gardening, and teaches acroyoga. Clare joined FirstVet in June 2020.
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1997 Rachel worked in a number of large and small animal practices but has focused on small animals for the last 15 years. She particularly enjoys working with older animals and is really passionate about making a veterinary consultation a positive experience. Rachel joined FirstVet in June 2020. When she is not working she spends her time walking her greyhound Maisie and ferrying her children around to various sporting events.
After graduating in Spain in 2002, Yaiza started working in the Canary Islands, which is where she is originally from. Yaiza then worked in Germany for a little while, and finally moved to the northwest of England in 2011. Despite her RCVS Advanced Practitioner qualification in Feline Medicine, Yaiza loves dogs! She is also studying towards the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour. Yaiza currently works as a small animal vet, and dedicates her spare time to science communication. She has two cats, a dog and a horse. Yaiza joined FirstVet in June 2020.
Elena qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2004 at the faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Padova, Italy. While working in small animal general practice she completed a Masters degree in International Veterinary Co-operation and she started working worldwide with both farm and companion animals. In 2013 she completed a PhD in animal welfare which gave her a more comprehensive vision and approach to veterinary medicine. She enjoys travelling to discover new places and people and, when possible, to help animals in need. Elena adores cats. She has three: Brunilde, Fluke and Yoga. Elena joined FirstVet in June 2020.
Filipe knew that he wanted to become a Veterinary Surgeon from a very young age and followed his dream to become a reality. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - University of Lisbon, with a Master’s degree in 2008. After two years working with all kinds of creatures in a busy first option practice, Filipe ventured to the UK to take on a Junior Clinical Scholarship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Cambridge. Filipe enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and is particularly interested in orthopaedics and internal medicine. He greatly values the relationship with both patients and clients. Filipe has more than 11 years of experience working in emergency and critical care, referral hospitals and first opinion sole charge practice. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. In his spare time, Filipe enjoys travelling, playing sports and spending time with his pets, family and friends. He joined FirstVet in June 2020.
Nina qualified from Cambridge University in 2011 after first completing her degree in Bioveterinary Science in Liverpool. Nina started in a mixed and exotics practice and has since continued with small animals, exotics, and work with local charities. She loves to see all the small furries and scalies. Nina’s keen interests are dermatology, allergies, pain management and wellbeing in all species. She has a passion for the nutrition and husbandry of exotic species. Nina likes to spend her spare time outdoors or learning more about her passions.
Elise completed her degree at Massey University, New Zealand in 2007. After 3.5 years working in mixed practice in New Zealand, she moved to England. Since then Elise has worked in small animal practice, both in England & Australia. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary science, and her particular interests include small animal medicine and emergency & critical care medicine. Outside of work, Elise has a passion for travel, languages and all things outdoors. She joined FirstVet in August 2020.
Jonathon qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. He then worked in a 24 hour emergency practice in Liverpool. Since then, Jonathan has spent a number of years at a first opinion clinic, and recently progressed to senior vet. He has a keen interest in surgery and endocrinology. Jonathon’s ambition is to own and run his own practice in the future. He is an Official Veterinarian qualification, which allows him to issue pet passports. Jonathan is also considering undertaking a surgery certificate. He is married and has two young children. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, gaming and outdoor activities. Jonathon joined FirstVet in August 2020.
Sean graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2016, where, prior to this he also graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry. Sean is originally from the northwest coast of Ireland. He moved to the UK after graduating where he worked as a mixed veterinary surgeon in Cheshire. He now works as a small animal vet and is studying towards a certificate in small animal surgery. He enjoys all aspects of general practice but is particularly interested in small animal soft tissue surgery and also enjoys working with exotic animals and wildlife. In his spare time, Sean likes to travel and explore the outdoors, keep fit, eat out and meet up with family and friends. Sean joined FirstVet in August 2020.
Iris qualified at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Zagreb in 2017. Just before graduating she worked at the University of Turin and at a veterinary clinic in Portugal in order to expand her experience and knowledge. Soon after graduation she relocated to the UK where she worked in a small animal practice. Iris particularly enjoys all aspects of internal medicine especially cases involving Cardiology. In her free time she enjoys walking her dog in nature, sailing, mountain climbing and travelling. Iris joined FirstVet in September 2020.
Victoria graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2012. Victoria joined First Vet in September 2020 and has worked most recently in small animal vet practice as well as farm vet practice in the Cotswolds. She has also worked in Thailand and Cambodia, studying swine flu in pigs. Her main interests are in dog and cat medicine and soft tissue surgery, as well as preventative medicine. Victoria currently teaches veterinary students at the university of Bristol. She lives in Bristol and in her spare time likes to be outdoors, running, skiing and hiking.
Tara Card BBA BVMS MRCVS grew up in the Midwest of America surrounded by dairy cattle and caring for the barn cats on her grandparent’s farm. She knew she wanted to heal and save all animals by the age of 5. She completed a Business degree at the University of Wisconsin, USA in 1998, however, she spent many years working abroad and volunteering her time in underdeveloped countries along with spay and neuter schemes on islands around the world. She qualified from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 2009 and has since practiced in Scotland, America and England. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with a multitude of small animal infectious diseases in all countries and has now settled with her family in the Midlands. She is currently obtaining her Advanced Veterinary Practice status in Small Animal Medicine and Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia through the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a particular love for challenging skin cases and backyard farm pets. Her favourite rescue hen, Queen Elizabeth (pictured left) is part of the family. When she isn’t healing and saving, she spends most of her time with her family and chauffeuring her two daughters to dance and athletics. She also resides with her loving rescue cats; King Arthur, Peanut and Bob. The family recently said a peaceful goodbye to her 18-year-old rescue dog Zuni.
After graduating from University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2017, Dimitris spent 2 years in mixed animal practice in Northern Ireland. Having realised that his passion lies in small animal medicine, he came to England in 2019 working in a variety of roles as a small animal veterinary surgeon. Most recently he has undertaken an Emergency Critical Care position in London. Dimitris has a keen interest in orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging. His spare time is dedicated to his daughter, the outdoors and travelling. Dimitris joined FirstVet in September 2020.
Alan graduated from University College Dublin in 2016, and moved over to the U.K after he qualified. He originally worked in mixed animal practice for a number of years on the beautiful North Cornwall/Devon coast treating all animals great and small. He has since moved to London and started working as an emergency and critical care vet treating animals that require urgent attention, and has found this to be a challenging but very rewarding career path. He also owns a cat, called Marvin, whom he rescued about 4 years ago. Alan joined FirstVet in September 2020.
Adriana graduated in 2013 in Wrocław, Poland. Since she has developed her interests in evidence-based medicine for dogs and cats. She is currently studying towards a certificate in Evidence Based Small Animal Medicine. Adriana has worked as an emergency vet and her interest in toxicology has led her to undertake a postgraduate qualification in general toxicology. In 2019 Adriana became a RECOVER instructor, which enables her to be able to resuscitate a patient, if required. Since then she has shared her knowledge not only with owners and veterinary professionals but also with specialist Search and Rescue dog handlers. Outside of work Adriana is married, and has a child, and two rescue pets, a dog and a cat. Adriana joined FirstVet in September 2020.
Erin qualified from University College Dublin in 2016. After a brief period in mixed practice, she moved to London where she currently works as a small animal veterinarian. She has worked in many referral level practices in emergency and critical care and is currently studying for advanced practitioner status in veterinary dermatology. Erin also has a passion for surgery and internal medicine. In her free time, Erin likes to travel and keep active. Erin joined FirstVet in September 2020.
After qualifying as a vet in 2007, Horatio moved to the UK to work for the Food Standard Agency. After that he undertook a small animal rotating internship in a referral hospital where he developed an interest in small animal surgery. He then moved back into small animal practice and undertook a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, which he passed with commendations in 2015. In 2019 he was recognised by the MRCVS as an advanced practitioner in small animal surgery. At present he is working in a referral hospital where he manages surgical referrals from veterinary surgeons in first opinion practices across the Midlands. He is the co-author of several peer reviewed case reports and he regularly holds CPD sessions for the veterinary surgeons in his area.
Meera graduated from Bristol University in 2015. She then completed a research Masters focussing on post surgical pain in dogs and cats. She enjoys both surgical and medical aspects of veterinary medicine but her main interests are pain management and behaviour. Meera understands how stressful it can be when our pets become ill and joined FirstVet to help provide reassurance in these situations. Meera started out working in London, then moved to Bedford and has recently made the move to Devon. When not looking after your pets she enjoys travelling, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Meera joined FirstVet in August 2020.
Lucy graduated from London's Royal Veterinary College in 2010. After a short time in general small animal practice, she went on to work for an emergency and critical care (out of hours) service for 4 years, where she honed her skills in triage and urgent care. In 2015 she moved to Australia and back into general practice alongside an emergency role. She counts herself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Australian native wildlife. Returning to the UK in 2019, Lucy continued her work in general practice, and is now excited to join the FirstVet team. She is currently working towards her certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice. Lucy joined FirstVet in October 2020.
Rebecca’s passion for veterinary medicine started from a very young age. She grew up around lots of animals, including horses and pets. By the time she went to secondary school her interest in science and nature grew and so becoming a veterinary surgeon was a career that she was drawn to. Her dream came true when she was offered a place at Glasgow University Veterinary School. Rebecca’s enthusiasm continues to this day, many years on, and she continually studies to acquire new knowledge to improve her ability to heal and treat. These days in veterinary practice Rebecca mainly works in emergency and critical care. When not working, Rebecca spends her time looking after her family of people and four legged friends. She also enjoys mid distance trail running, playing tennis and growing her own food. Rebecca joined FirstVet in October 2020.
Bev qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990. She has worked in small animal practice since graduating, both in day practices and emergency out of hours clinics. Bev is particularly interested in small animal medicine, including cardiology, ophthalmology, acupuncture, laser therapy, animal behaviour and she is passionate about animal welfare and conservation. Bev loves travelling to new places around the world, especially walking in mountains. She enjoys getting away for a few days with her husband and their rescue dog Wylie, in their dear old VW camper, whenever they get the chance. Bev joined FirstVet in October 2020.
Nick graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2016, having already undertaken a degree in Veterinary Bioscience from the same university. He has worked in general small animal practice since graduating. Nick has a keen interest in small animal surgery, a subject in which he is currently working to achieve an advanced practitioner certificate. When not working his life is consumed by my young growing family. Nick joined FirstVet in October 2020.
Louise graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2013. Prior to this she obtained a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Kent. Before joining FirstVet, Louise worked in small animal practice (with a little bit of equine) in the South East of England, in both general practice and emergency and critical care. She has a particular interest in emergency medicine. Outside of work she lives with her husband, son and a Labrador in Kent. She has a smallholding where she keeps sheep, goats, donkeys and horses. In her spare time she loves long dog walks and baking and is currently learning baby sign language. Louise joined FirstVet in October 2020.
Magda graduated from the University in Poland in 2011. She spent a few years working in first opinion practices in South England. She completed a rotating internship at Southfields Veterinary Specialists and an oncology internship at Fitzpatrick referrals. Her special interests lie in diagnostic imaging and oncology. As such, she is currently studying towards a Diagnostic Imaging Certificate at the University of Liverpool. Magda likes spending her free time actively, by jogging and playing team sports. She has a cat, Vlad, and German Shepherd, Frodo. She looks forward to meeting you!
Jeanne graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2012. Since she was a little girl she knew she wanted to be a vet. Her parents owned a game farm and she was exposed to a large range of animals from a very young age. Jeanne subsequently followed in her brother’s footsteps to become a vet. She has worked in small animal first opinion practice since qualifying and has a keen interest in both medicine and surgery. Since moving to the UK five years ago she has been based in Surrey. She very recently spent a year working in an out of hours emergency practice, gaining valuable experience in emergency critical care medicine and surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her animals, family and friends. She also enjoys skiing, surfing, travelling and cooking. Jeanne joined the FirstVet team in October 2020 and looks forward to helping pet owners from the comfort of their homes.
After graduating Veterinary Medicine in 2014 from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Jurgita moved to the UK to pursue her veterinary career. She started working as a vet treating small animals and horses, but in 2017, decided to focus on small animals. Jurgita enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery. For this reason, and after becoming a partner at a small animal surgery, Jurgita decided to undertake a certificate in this field. Jurgita has two horses, Pumpuras and West, who she brought all the way from Lithuania. She also has a Tamaskan dog, Apache, and a Bengal cat, Fergie, who keep her busy on her days off. Jurgita loves spending time training them to do all the crazy tricks, and just recently Apache learnt how to ride a horse. In addition, she loves being outdoors, mountain hiking and camping accompanied by Apache and Fergie, who loves exploring new places. Jurgita loves travelling to different countries, meeting new people and getting to know new cultures. She can’t wait to meet you all!
Rachel graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006, also gaining a BSc in Veterinary Conservation Medicine alongside her Veterinary degree. She has since worked exclusively in small animal practice in the South of England, and is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine, ultrasonography and other diagnostics. Rachel currently works as a locum vet providing much needed holiday cover for other vets in practice. She lives with her husband and two small children, and her cat Sylvester who was a rescued stray. She looks forward to meeting your furry friends! Rachel joined FirstVet in October 2020.
Serena Musto was born in Italy and has been working as a small animal veterinary surgeon for the past twelve years. What she enjoys the most about her job is teaching clients and discussing with colleagues about preventive care: “How do we best look after our furry mates considering the different stages of life?” She enjoys helping and supporting owners and their pets in making the right decisions during difficult or stressful moments with confidence, kindness and compassion. Serena has a special interest and has gained extensive experience in small animal medicine by working in several practices, hospitals and referral centres, in Spain and the UK. She completed a General Practitioner Certificate in small animal medicine in 2012. When it comes to how to interact with our pets, Serena started to practice and then teach staff and clients low-stress techniques to help reduce anxiety and fear-induced behaviours. Her aim is to give our pets what they need and deserve, by thinking from their perspective. They deserve a positive experience each time we interact with them. When she is not working, Serena enjoys cooking, baking, reading, gardening, learning new things and going out for walks.
Charlotte qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2012. She has worked in a variety of practices as a small animal vet and has a secret love of pet rats! As well as clinical work she has a teaching qualification and mentors new graduate vets in their first years of practice. Charlotte enjoys travelling and outdoor activities with her young family and has two rescue cats, Jess and Schmidt (Schmidt is seen in the picture!). Charlotte joined FirstVet in November 2020.
Paul graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2003 and then promptly got on a plane to take his first job in mixed practice here in the UK. After a few years of getting a good foundation in all forms of medicine & surgery (including a fair share of midnight calvings), Paul changed course and went on to complete a Masters degree and 2.5 year residency in Zoo Medicine through the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Zoo. Over the past 15+ years he has worked in a large variety of environments from small private clinics to large, busy urban hospitals, and large charities to locum sole charge work. At every place of work, high quality and compassionate medical care has been fundamental to Paul in helping both animals and concerned owners alike. Paul also has a Zoology degree from the University of Washington in the US. He volunteers as a wildlife vet when he can and is experienced in animal rescue. Paul currently locums in the Midlands as an emergency & critical care and small animal veterinarian. When not working as a clinical vet, Paul enjoys filmmaking, conservation work, international travel and exploring the countryside with his family. Paul joined FirstVet in November 2020.
Yvette knew from the age of 7 that she would become a Veterinary Surgeon one day. She graduated from the University of Porto, Portugal in 2014 and soon after moved to the UK. Having worked in a variety of settings, from large corporates, to smaller independent practices and charities she is now proud to be part of the FirstVet team. Meanwhile, she has developed a special interest in internal medicine and is particularly passionate about the geriatric patients. Yvette speaks fluent English, Dutch and Portuguese. Outside of work she enjoys going for long walks with her dogs and exploring new places. Yvette joined FirstVet in November 2020.
Mandy graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 1994 and after her first position in country Victoria, came to the UK in 1996 and never quite left. She has always worked in companion animal practice and has a particular soft spot for cats, completing the GP Certificate in Feline Practice in 2010. She enjoys surgery and dentistry and considers herself a General Practitioner. Since selling the successful veterinary practice she founded 4 years ago, she has spent her time travelling and volunteering in between locum work. She lives with her lovely terrier-cross Ben who loves having her at home more, and Tess the cat who is OK with that too. Mandy joined FirstVet in November 2020.
Anita grew up in sunny Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009. Anita started out working in first opinion practice in Newcastle and Sydney. She has worked in some of the leading specialist and referral hospitals in Sydney, including Animal Referral Hospital (medicine internship) and University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital (rotating internship). She has also worked as an emergency clinician for several years. Whilst working full time, she graduated with a Masters in Veterinary Clinical Studies with Murdoch University in 2015. She moved to the UK three years ago to travel extensively in Europe. Anita returned to teaching veterinary students at the Royal Veterinary College (Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital) in between 2017 and 2019. She has since moved back to first opinion private practice, working as a locum in London. Anita particularly loves small animal internal medicine and emergency medicine but has a growing fondness for pain medicine having recently learnt how to do acupuncture. Anita lives with her husband and rescued exotic shorthair cat, Norman, who only has one eye. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, reading, travel, and spending time with friends and family. Anita joined FirstVet in November 2020.
Stephanie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2011 and has since worked in small animal practice throughout the UK. In 2016 she moved to Sydney to work as an emergency and critical care vet in a referral hospital before going on to complete an internship at the University of Sydney veterinary teaching hospital. Stephanie currently works in first opinion small animal practice and has a special interest in complex medical cases and emergency care and she is currently completing a postgraduate certificate in advanced veterinary practice in small animal medicine. In her free time Stephanie takes her two whippets out on hikes, enjoys yoga, horse riding and often travels to enjoy skiing and scuba diving. Stephanie joined FirstVet in December 2020.
Victoria has been a veterinary surgeon since graduating from Liverpool in 2006. Most of her career so far has been focused on working with dogs and cats, and she obtained a certificate in Small Animal Medicine and Critical Care in 2014. Having worked in a busy 24h hospital for many years, Victoria has experience dealing with most types of emergencies as well as routine cases, she has also travelled to over 65 countries and volunteered in places like Ecuador, India and Thailand. Victoria joined FirstVet in December 2020.
After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014, Liv spent her first two years as a mixed practice vet in North Wales. Since then, she has worked in a variety of small animal practices in the North West of England, including a position as a lead vet. Liv has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and companion animal behaviour. She enjoys hiking in the Peak District with her dog, Archer, and cooking new food at home with the help of her cat, Oscar. Liv joined FirstVet in January 2021.
Bhavni graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2017. After some time travelling around Asia, she joined a small animal practice in Northamptonshire. Bhavni has since worked in a variety of different practices around East England, with a keen interest in internal medicine and behaviour. When she is not working, Bhavni enjoys travelling, baking, and exploring the countryside with her young Labrador, Whiskey. Bhavni joined FirstVet in January 2021.
Carla graduated in 2006 in sunny Lisbon. After initially working in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry in Portugal and in France, she moved to the UK to dedicate her time exclusively to small animal practice. Since then Carla has been working in referral and first opinion clinics and hospitals in the south of England, providing high standards of pet care. To help provide the best advice to pet owners she continued studying after her degree and completed a certificate in Small Animal Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College, as well as one in Diagnostic Imaging from the University of Liverpool. Carla loves teaching owners how to take care of their pets. A healthy pet is a happy pet! Carla is currently based in London and tries to make the most of her spare time learning new skills such as tailoring and painting, enjoying the diverse cultural offerings of London and hanging out with her little daughter. Carla joined FirstVet in January 2021.
Odile graduated as a vet from university in Western Australia in 1993. In her early years she worked at the university vet school, both as a clinician in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital and as a tutor in animal ethics and welfare. After moving to the UK in 2004, Odile worked in a holistic practice in central London for 13 years and since then has locumed in multiple small animal practices and emergency 24 hour hospitals. Odile is passionate about education and to try to help empower owners when it comes to looking after their furry friends. Odile is currently studying to become a yoga therapist, specialising in both mental and physical health conditions. She hopes to use this training to support her colleagues and clients in tackling the many life challenges we face, in an ever changing world. In her spare time, Odile tries to embrace the cultural landscape of London, travelling when she can and spending time with her rescue cat, Leonard, who has been one of her best teachers. Odile joined FirstVet in February 2021.
Sue qualified from Bristol University in the UK in 1984. She has over 36 years of experience caring for small animal pets and loves meeting new clients and their animals. Over the years she developed a particular interest in feline medicine and surgery and is at present studying the ISFM Advanced Feline Behaviour course. For the last ten years she has been mainly working in a cat clinic, the last two being Clinical Director. Sue also loves meeting other pet species. She has worked for the local R.S.P.C.A and another local general small animal practice, after moving South. Prior to this, Sue worked in clinics in London, including six years at a busy veterinary hospital seeing many emergency cases. She also worked for a spell at the S.P.C.A clinic in the Fiji Islands. Her spare time is spent kayaking and sea swimming in her local area, and making a fuss of her own cat, Colin. Sue joined FirstVet in February 2021.
Victoria qualified from Liverpool University in 1998 and has worked in first opinion companion animal practice since; initially in the Midlands, then Australia and from 2001 onwards on the Hampshire/Wiltshire borders. She enjoy all aspects of being a small animal general practitioner and especially enjoys rabbit medicine and surgery. Over the years Victoria has loved getting to know her clients and their pets. Outside work she is kept on her toes by her two children, her husband and their various pets – currently two cats, two rabbits and a huge snapping turtle. Over the years Victoria has also had guinea pigs, hamsters, a gecko and two diabetic dogs – all rescues! She also enjoys gardening and baking (& eating) cakes. Victoria joined FirstVet in February 2021.
Polly graduated in 2007 from the University of Bristol. She has worked in small, mixed and equine practice gaining valuable experience across all aspects of veterinary medicine. She currently works in small animal practice. Polly’s specific interests include surgery, dentistry and emergency work. Outside of work she’s kept busy entertaining her two children and working cocker spaniels. Polly joined FirstVet in February 2021.
After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2008, Llinos spent a couple of years working in the South West in small animal practice before returning home to North Wales in 2011. Whilst working in a busy practice at the foot of Snowdonia she developed her interest in dentistry. She now works for a private practice as well as for the RSPCA. She is very excited to meet you all. In her spare time, she loves gardening, spending time on the lovely beaches of North Wales and running after her 2 year old daughter. Llinos is a fluent Welsh speaker and very happy to consult in Welsh if required. Llinos joined FirstVet in February 2021.
Angela qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the university of Padova, Italy, in 2010. Soon after graduation she moved to the UK where she worked in first opinion small animal practice in Norfolk and Bedfordshire. Having developed a keen interest in nutrition, Angela recently completed an MSc in Nutrition at the King’s College, London, qualifying as a Registered (Associate) Nutritionist. In her spare time, she enjoys all things food, running, practicing Pilates, and spending time with her cat, Moka. Angela joined FirstVet in February 2021.
Roz graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007 with degrees in Veterinary Science and Conservation Medicine. Since then she has worked in small animal practices in the south east of England. Roz has spent many years working as a night vet developing her skills in emergency and critical care medicine. Currently, she works as part of a large team at a busy hospital in Brighton caring for all their inpatients. Roz has a keen interest in internal medicine, enterology (digestive disorders), haematology and transfusion medicine. Roz is also a team lead for the StreetVet team in Brighton, which is a branch of the national charity who look after the dogs and cats of the local homeless community. Outside of work Roz loves digging her allotment, listening to music, getting stuck into anything creative and has a passion for running with her big spotty dog, Teddy. Roz joined FirstVet in March 2021.
Airan qualified as a vet in Valencia, his hometown, in 2008. After working in Spain for three years he decided to move to the UK in order to progress his career. In his time in England he has worked for over eight years in both first opinion and emergency small animal clinics. He has developed an interest in Emergency and Critical Care medicine which has led him to gain further qualifications in this field. First he obtained a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Practice and has now gained the Advanced Practitioner Status awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He enjoys the action and sense of accomplishment that dealing with emergency cases brings him but also likes all aspects of preventive medicine and improving pets’ quality of life. Outside of work Airan enjoys outdoor sports, travelling with a focus in wildlife, any sea-related activity, and also socialising. Airan joined FirstVet in March 2021.
Lesley graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. After graduation, she spent 4 weeks in Langkawi, Malaysia volunteering for a charity clinic where we treated pets and ran a busy stray neutering scheme. Lesley was offered a permanent job with the charity whilst volunteering and worked there for two years. Lesley then volunteered in Thailand for four weeks at Lanta Animal Welfare, before moving to Singapore where she worked for a purpose built and very busy small animal hospital for three years. Whilst in Singapore, Lesley adopted a stray dog named Marvel who came into the clinic after being hit by a car. She moved back to the UK with her partner and Marvel in 2017. Initially Lesley worked as a locum vet before becoming lead vet in a first opinion small animal practice, where she currently works. In my spare time Lesley enjoys eating pastries, walks in the countryside with Marvel, eating her husband's cooking and sometimes will reluctantly head to the gym in an attempt to burn off the calories from all the pastries. Lesley joined FirstVet in March 2021.
Charlie is a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). He graduated from Bristol University in 2016. He spent the next 2 years working in mix-practice in West Cornwall treating all creatures great and small, before moving back to London in 2018. Charlie has a particular interest in internal medicine as well as animal behaviour, achieving a distinction in a master’s in clinical animal behaviour in 2019. His other areas of interest are in dermatology and helping manage chronic pain. Outside of work Charlie can often be found enjoying the outdoors with his springer spaniel Smudge or at the climbing wall. Charlie joined FirstVet in March 2021.