I graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2000: according to my mother, I had wanted to become a vet since the age of 3! My first vet job was at P.G. Andre Surgery in Richmond, where I had first seen practice at the age of 16 and where I had worked as a veterinary nursing assistant before going to university.
I completed the IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) course in veterinary acupuncture in 2001. After 3 years of working at P.G. Andre as an assistant, I was made manager at the branch surgery, Twickenham Veterinary Surgery.
When I first took over the surgery we were still only open for a few hours every day; within a year I was there full time. Since taking on Twickenham Veterinary Surgery I have put everything I have into building the surgery and providing the care for my patients that I would want my own pets to have.
I have two cats of my own: Munchkin and Cassius, and we have recently taken on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Susie when her owner sadly passed away. Kevin and I got married in May 2010 and enjoy spending time with our two daughters - Isabelle, who was born in March 2011, and Antonia, who was born in October 2014.
I feel incredibly lucky and honoured to be able to treat the pets of Twickenham and to have been accepted as part of the fantastic community that we share.
I started working at Twickenham Vets on a part-time basis in 2008, and joined full-time in 2011.
My work mostly involves pet consultations and operations, as well as consulting with specialists and sorting out pet passports for those about to travel. I particularly enjoy the surgical side of my job, and also working with my compassionate and enthusiastic colleagues – we all share the same goals and ethics and love working with the patients.
At home I have a 15-year-old cat called JC, and usually a host of foster kittens too!
I joined the Twickenham Veterinary Surgery Team in April 2016, having worked for a while in a veterinary hospital. My days can be very variable, one minute I will be vaccinating a pet, consulting and interacting with owners, and the next I can be operating or dealing with an emergency. I have a particular interest in internal medicine which I will be pursuing in 2017 by studying towards a certificate which may take 3 - 5 years of further study.
I think the thing that I enjoy most about my job is meeting all the animals and discovering all their different personalities as well as following and helping them at different points in their life.
At home I have two cats: a big friendly black bear called Minion and a temperamental tortoiseshell called Bernadette.
I qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2000. Since then I have worked in a variety of practices in the UK as well as a stint working in Australia and New Zealand.
I started work at Twickenham Veterinary Surgery in October 2015.
I spend my time mainly consulting and operating, including some ultrasound.
I enjoy all aspects of my job from meeting all the animals and their owners through to medicine and surgery.
The best bit is working with such a fantastic team of people, it really is a pleasure to come to work! Twickenham Veterinary Surgery is the loveliest practice I have worked at ever, and I have worked all over the UK and Australia/New Zealand!
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2011 and have since also become a clinical coach, which means I assist in the training of student veterinary nurses.
I started working for Twickenham Veterinary Surgery in March 2016 and have been kept busy ever since! My typical day is very varied: I assist with surgical procedures, monitor anaesthetics, look after in patients, assist with X-rays, complete insurance claim forms, and help out with reception duties where needed.
I enjoy medical nursing the most. I love nursing a very poorly patient back to health and watching them run back to their owners with tails wagging, or in the case of cats, purring.
At home I have a cat called Ollie. He was a very ill stray cat when he came in to the vets. After lots of treatment and TLC I couldn’t let him go, so he has lived with us ever since.
I have been working in veterinary surgeries since 2001 and became a qualified veterinary nurse in 2008. I have worked in both first opinion practices and referral centres, both in nursing and management roles, and have been a clinical coach, teaching student nurses, intermittently since 2009. My skills allowed me to traverse the globe and I worked as a vet nurse in Australia for a while.
My main interests lie in surgery and anaesthesia, although I am really enjoying being an all round hospital nurse again and it is great to chat to clients in reception!
I hope to give clients and their pets the best care possible and to be able to build up a great relationship with them.
I am a vegan and am constantly striving to save the planet!
After finishing studying in South Africa in 2000 I worked there for a year then came over to the UK to work & travel as much as possible. I have now been in the UK for 15 years, spending most of the time working at charity hospitals.
I started at Twickenham Veterinary Surgery as a locum after a break to have our first child then promptly had our second & am now back part time covering a colleague’s maternity leave.
I find it rewarding seeing pets go home after treatment or surgery & enjoy getting to know our older patients through nurse clinics.
I have been working in veterinary practices since 1999 and qualified in 2004. I have worked at Twickenham Veterinary Surgery since November 2009, after taking a year out of veterinary nursing to go travelling.
I enjoy working with animals and their owners and particularly enjoy developing the nurse clinics. My interests are geriatrics, feline behaviour and nutrition. Outside of work, I am a keen runner, mummy and shopaholic!
I came back to the surgery part time following the birth of my first son, Stanley, on 6th November, 2014. I am currently on maternity leave following the birth of my second son, Eddie, on 10th March, 2017, and I am enjoying getting to know him.
I have been qualified since 1995, but I left nursing to have my children in 2006, returing again in 2014 as part of the Twickenham Veterinary Surgery team.
I have always found veterinary nursing incredibly rewarding and I think seeing a patient walk out of the surgery, after a stay in the ward, back to its owner has to be job satisfaction at its best!
I joined Twickenham Vets in 2005. My job involves meeting and greeting clients and their pets, helping to look after inpatients, cleaning instruments and drapes after operations, and discharging patients. Stock control is also a large part of my job, but I particularly enjoy getting to interact with clients and their pets.
At home I have two rescue dogs, three rescue cats, many fostered rabbits and am now fostering children as well!
I started working at Twickenham Veterinary Surgery as Practice Manager in August 2009, mainly to take a large chunk of work off Christabel’s hands, and in the vain hope that we may be able to spend more time together! I had previously been working for Toshiba, after an extensive bout of travelling the world.
I have really enjoyed the challenges that working at the surgery has brought: I love animals and although I don’t do much hands-on with them (I leave that to the vets and the nurses!), I know I can always escape the office and come down to cuddle a dog or a cat! The surgery has taken over both Christabel’s and my life for the past few years, but with the little spare time that we do have, I enjoy spending it with our two daughters, Isabelle and Antonia.
My role is ever changing, and lately I have taken on the new position of accounts manager, largely to deal with the financial side of things so that Christabel does not have to, and to allow our new Practice Manager to concentrate on the more important clinical side of things.
I joined Twickenham Vets in January 2017 after 20 years working in the media. It‘s a huge career change for me, but I can honestly say I couldn’t have chosen a better one. Not only do I work with lovely, caring and compassionate people who, like me, adore animals, but I get to spend time cuddling lots of gorgeous pets as well as getting to know their owners.
I currently work on reception but will be making the leap into vet nurse training in September, which I’m really excited about - not sure my cat, Vince, will feel the same when I start practising my new-found skills on him, though. I love travelling in our campervan with my husband and two fab children - it would be even better if we could take Vince with us.
I started working at Twickenham Veterinary Surgery in February 2017 after a long five years of working in retail and as a receptionist in a hectic accident and emergency department. I spend most of my time here at the surgery having lots of cuddles with all of the lovely pets that visit us, as well as of course booking appointments, creating displays for the waiting room and helping out clients with their enquiries.
I‘ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember and my house has never been pet free, over the years I’ve had numerous hamsters, a budgie, goldfish and even a couple of mice! I‘m currently the proud owner of Smudge the hamster and Loki the mischievous Norwegian Forest cat. I’d love to one day own a Pomeranian!!
My decision to apply for the job here at the vets came after my Mum and Aunt reminded me that from the age of three I‘d always wanted to become a veterinary nurse: every day I’d get my teddies out and pretend I was caring for them in my imaginary vets. Without a second thought I applied for the job here and I haven’t looked back since!!
After being a Twickenham Vets client for over 10 years I finally joined the team as a part time receptionist in February 2017. My job involves meeting and greeting clients and their pets, taking phone calls and other administrative duties. My favourite part of my job is working with our friendly team and meeting and getting to know clients and their furry friends.
At home I have a beautiful 10 year old black Labrador called Cole and would like another dog too if my husband would let me!
I joined Twickenham Vets in September 2016 as a Saturday receptionist after finishing a degree in a healthcare subject. Although my full time work is healthcare related I decided to complement my job with reception work at the vets due to my love of animals. I grew up owning many small furries and I currently own Percy, the most chilled out hamster ever. I always enjoy working at the vets as the team is so knowledgeable and friendly and I hope in the future to work more closely with animals in a healthcare capacity.
My role involves meeting and greeting clients, taking calls, booking appointments, general admin and of course having cuddles with your furry friend!