Veterinarians

FirstVet vets can help you decide whether a visit to your vet is necessary, or if your pet can be treated from home. During your video call with your FirstVet vet, you will get advice, simple treatment recommendations or a referral to a local veterinary clinic for more serious issues. FirstVet can help you and your pet avoid unnecessary trips to the vet.

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Dr Massimo Orioles

Dr Massimo Orioles

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.

Dr Imma Sgulo

Dr Imma Sgulo

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.

Dr Louise Cox-O’Shea

Dr Louise Cox-O’Shea

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.

Dr Silvia De Cecco

Dr Silvia De Cecco

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.

Dr Andrea Di Sante

Dr Andrea Di Sante

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.

Dr Sarah Dantas-Goddard

Dr Sarah Dantas-Goddard

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.

Dr Sophie Milligan

Dr Sophie Milligan

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.

Dr Emma Bower

Dr Emma Bower

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.

Dr Jessica May

Dr Jessica May

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.

Dr Eve Hanks

Dr Eve Hanks

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.

Dr Jillian Hall

Dr Jillian Hall

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.

Dr Mark Conboy

Dr Mark Conboy

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!

Dr Rachel Heygate

Dr Rachel Heygate

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.

Dr Scarlet Aflalo

Dr Scarlet Aflalo

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!

Dr Alison Mauchlen

Dr Alison Mauchlen

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.

Dr Zoe Miller

Dr Zoe Miller

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.

Dr Jill Mellink-Davidson

Dr Jill Mellink-Davidson

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.

Dr Kathy Mackinnon

Dr Kathy Mackinnon

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.

Dr Mary Dockery

Dr Mary Dockery

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.

Dr Jessica Maguire

Dr Jessica Maguire

Jessica qualified as a vet from Nottingham University in 2011 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She has worked in a wide variety of practices including referral, charity and emergency and critical care. She currently works in a small animal practice close to her home and is studying for her post graduate certificates in small animal dentistry and oral surgery. Aside from this, Jessica also produces written veterinary information for animal related courses. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, travel and looking after her pet tortoise. Jessica joined the FirstVet team in June 2020.

Dr Zahra Rutherford

Dr Zahra Rutherford

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!

Dr Clare Sparks

Dr Clare Sparks

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.

Dr Rachel Cox

Dr Rachel Cox

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.

Dr Yaiza Gomez-Mejias

Dr Yaiza Gomez-Mejias

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.

Dr Elena Fraccaro

Dr Elena Fraccaro

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.

Dr Filipe Dias

Dr Filipe Dias

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.

Dr Nina Adeyeye

Dr Nina Adeyeye

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.

Dr Rosina Traverso

Dr Rosina Traverso

Rosina qualified from Liverpool University in 1998 and went straight into small animal clinical work. She has moved around since then and worked in Norfolk, London, Surrey, Gibraltar, and Sussex, before finding her forever home in Cornwall. In Cornwall she works part time, and enjoys wild swimming and walking her dog in the stunning countryside in her spare time. Rosina loves being a GP Vet, and thrives on the relationships she builds with her clients and patients. She loves her real-life puppy and kitten cuddles at work, and is thrilled to be a part of the FirstVet family, bringing veterinary advice to concerned clients in a new and revolutionary way at the forefront of technology.

Dr Elise Watson

Dr Elise Watson

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.

Dr Jonathon Kelly

Dr Jonathon Kelly

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.

Dr Alexander 'Sandy' Edwards

Dr Alexander 'Sandy' Edwards

After graduating from Glasgow in 1980, Sandy spent some years working in mixed farm and companion animal practice in the north east of England, before establishing his own practice in 1986. He worked as a senior practitioner with farm, equine and companion animals until 2001, before then choosing to specialise in companion animals until 2016 when the practice was sold. In recent years, Sandy has worked as a locum in a number of practices across County Durham. Sandy has a reassuringly ‘down to earth’ attitude to his work, and his many years of experience give him the ability to advise on a wide range of conditions. He has a particular interest in helping clients find pragmatic solutions to veterinary issues. He lives with his own eclectic pack of dogs, including a spaniel, a poodle and a mini wire-haired dachshund, and is hoping one day to have another little cat to replace his beloved Lily. Sandy joined FirstVet in August 2020.

Dr Sean Mc Tiernan

Dr Sean Mc Tiernan

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.

Dr Joan Burke

Dr Joan Burke

Joan graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2016. Originally from the west of Ireland, she has practiced as a small animal veterinary surgeon in the UK since 2016. Joan works in both first opinion practice and 24-hour emergency critical hospital care. She completed her RCVS Advanced Practitioner Qualification with focus on small animal Dermatology in 2020, but also enjoys other aspects of veterinary medicine including ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery and oncology. Joan is also an Official Vet for Small Animal Export Certification. Joan spends the majority of her spare time exploring the UK countryside with her two Irish Setters and when life allows for it, she enjoys travelling to experience new cultures and places. Joan joined FirstVet in August 2020 and is excited to help pet owners in a new innovative way.

Dr Iris Williams

Dr Iris Williams

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.

Dr Victoria Duggan

Dr Victoria Duggan

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.

Dr Tara Card

Dr Tara Card

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.

Dr Dimitris Sklias

Dr Dimitris Sklias

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.

Dr Alan Sweeney

Dr Alan Sweeney

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.

Dr Adriana Wawrzyniak

Dr Adriana Wawrzyniak

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.

Dr Erin Brennan

Dr Erin Brennan

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.

Dr Horatio Marchis

Dr Horatio Marchis

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.

Dr Meera Shah

Dr Meera Shah

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.

Dr Lucy King

Dr Lucy King

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.

Dr Rebecca Aldren

Dr Rebecca Aldren

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.

Dr Bev Irving

Dr Bev Irving

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.

Dr Nicholas Cameron

Dr Nicholas Cameron

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.

Dr Louise Gibson

Dr Louise Gibson

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.

Dr Magda Gracz

Dr Magda Gracz

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!

Dr Jeanne Visser

Dr Jeanne Visser

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.

Dr Jurgita Norvaisaite

Dr Jurgita Norvaisaite

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!