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Vets4Pets Amesbury

Meet the team

Sonia and Tom met whilst both serving with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. They married in 2014 and soon after moved to Somerset where they live with their young son Alfie, and two dogs, Brad and Goldie. 

They are really excited about the prospect of opening their new practice. Working together with their combined interests, skills and experiences they look forward to providing an excellent level of care for pets and their owners in Amesbury and the surrounding area.



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Tom Roffe-Silvester
MA VetMB MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in Somerset, graduating from Cambridge in 2007 and spent over 7 years as an Army vet, covering small animal practice worldwide, including in Germany and Afghanistan. 

I have an interest in small animal medicine, rehabilitation and working dogs. With my man-agement background, the challenge to become a Joint Venture Partner with my wife Sonia and Vets4Pets was an obvious next step.  I'm currently studying towards my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and a Masters in Business Administration. 

In my spare time, I dabble in DIY, look after our animals and might attempt the odd fitness challenge..


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Sonia Roffe-Silvester
BSc BVetMed MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up on a farm in the Peak District and knew from an early age that I wanted to become a vet. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007 and started my veterinary career in a mixed practice in Cornwall. I've since worked in a variety of small animal and mixed practices, in addition to spending three years as an Army vet. 

I'm currently studying for my CertAVP (Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice) and enjoy all aspects of small animal practice, with a particular interest in small animal surgery and emergency and critical care. 

In my spare time I enjoy walking our dogs, skiing, and of course looking after Alfie!


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Harriet Powell
RVN

Veterinary Surgeon

Growing up in rural France, surrounded by beautiful countryside and farm animals, taught me early on that I wanted to work with animals. This desire was strengthened by my parents’ soft-heartedness as we took in many waifs and strays over the years. Caring for animals has always been my biggest passion and led me to earn my veterinary degree from Liverpool University in 2017.

Being a practising vet has shown me that my love of looking after animals extends to building a relationship with clients and making a difference for them as well as their beloved pets. I have a special interest in medical cases and also exotic species, hoping to complete a certificate in exotic medicine in the future.

When I’m not at work I am to be found in one of two places, outside on the farm with my partner or curled up on the sofa with a good book and a pile of furry friends. My family includes a scrappy little schnauzer cross, a bouncy semi-working collie, a cantankerous elderly cat and a fluctuating number of other cats. I cannot resist a cat who needs a foster home!

I am pleased to be part of the Amesbury Vets4Pets community and look forward to meeting you and your pets in the future.



 

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Joanna Sanger
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I have always wanted to work with animals and began my journey studying for a BSc in Animal Management at Sparsholt College, graduating in 2012. 

During this time I developed a strong knowledge of exotic species and pursued my love of Asian Elephants working with them in the UK and abroad. 

I then undertook my Veterinary Nurse training, qualifying in 2014 from Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing in Dorchester. 

I am really passionate about being an RVN, especially forming strong bonds with clients and their pets. I particularly enjoy carrying out nurse clinics and dealing with emergency and critical care cases. 

In the future I hope to develop my knowledge in nutrition, rehabilitation and palliative care. I spend my spare time travelling as much as possible, baking, crafting and spending time in the countryside with my partner and dog Nellie.



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Paige Eagle

Veterinary Nurse

I grew up in various countries due to my father being in the Army, my favourite place being Kenya in Africa. I was only 9 years old at the time but it was a place where I was fortunate enough to spend my free time at elephant orphanages, giraffe sanctuaries, rhino adoption centres or on safari. This is when my passion for animals was truly ignited.

My first job after finishing school was in a kennel/cattery, but as I was living in Germany at the time, it was difficult to start looking into the world of nursing. Once I moved back to the UK, I took up work experience whenever I could and finally, this lead to a job as a nurse assistant and then a student nurse.

Last year I joined the Army Reserves and completed phase 1 of basic training, I aim to complete phase 2 of training later this year. Other than being a reservist, I spend my free time with friends and family, keeping fit and enjoying long walks with my lab x collie, Alfie. I look forward to meeting you and your pets at the practice and in my nurse clinics soon!



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Kim Teece

Student Veterinary Nurse

I grew up in North Wales before getting married and moving to Salisbury in 2014. I have always had an interest in animals, so much so that my husband and I got married at Chester Zoo! 

Taking care of animals has always been my passion, and I currently own two very energetic Springer Spaniels; Jake and Archie, who I enjoy walking in my spare time. 

My career with animals began in 2009 when I studied a Foundation Degree in Animal Care at university, which I successfully completed in 2011. I furthered my education by completing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Animal Studies in 2012, enjoying all aspects of the course but with a particular interest in animal health and behaviour. 

I have volunteered at many rescue and wildlife centres, in addition to working as a kennel maid at a boarding kennels for three years, before joining the veterinary industry as a receptionist. 

I thoroughly enjoy this role, particularly meeting clients and their beloved pets. I have been lucky enough to have been part of a Vets4Pets team before in my home town and cannot wait to be a part of the team again.  

I look forward to meeting you all at the new Amesbury practice.



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Kate Martin

Head Receptionist

I am originally from Surrey where I studied hotel management and catering. After 10 years in the food and beverage industry I met and married my husband. 

His work took us to Germany and soon after our move we decided that we wanted to share our lives with a dog. I’ve always loved animals (especially dogs and horses) and so this is where we met the new addition to our family, our black Labrador Toby. 17 years of marriage has seen my husband and I move several times and as a result I have worked in numerous roles ranging from IT, the motor trade, medical practices, and teaching and instructing roles. What I enjoyed most with these roles was working with people, so when the position of a veterinary receptionist became available I couldn’t believe my luck! 

In my spare time I love walking and keeping fit, travelling abroad, trips to the theatre and most of all, spending time with Toby. I have always loved animals and enjoy working with people, so I can’t wait to join the Vets4Pets team and look forward to meeting you and your pets soon.



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Sarah Pendleton

Receptionist

Most of my life I have lived in Wiltshire.  As a family we travelled abroad as my father was in the services but we settled in Wiltshire and I now live in Amesbury.

I have been a receptionist for many years with various different companies and I am looking forward to my first role as veterinary receptionist.

My husband and I have just bought our first puppy called Milo. His mum is a miniature Yorkshire terrier and his dad is a teacup Yorkie. He is a bundle of fun and has completely stolen our hearts!

In my spare time I enjoy the theatre and am a regular at Salisbury playhouse and City Hall.  I also enjoy visiting art galleries, museums and historical houses, and am a keen gardener. 

I look forward to meeting you and your pets at the new Vets4Pets in Amesbury.



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Amber Bell

Receptionist

I am originally from Yorkshire and moved to New Zealand when I was 12 years old. Over there I spent a lot of time volunteering at a horse trekking centre and immersing myself in the outdoor lifestyle. I have always had a love for animals and throughout my childhood I had cats, rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and have always had a keen interest in horses and livestock. 

Once I returned to the UK and finished school, I studied at an agricultural college and in 2013 I got married and my husband and I moved to Germany for three years. Here we got our two dogs Alfie and Rex, both of whom are English Springer Spaniels. 

In my free time, I love taking them out for long walks, training them and going out on our local shoot. Since moving to Salisbury I have volunteered at the local Dogs Trust, which has further encouraged me to pursue a career with animals. 

I initially started working at Vets4Pets Amesbury doing weekend voluntary work to learn more about the veterinary nursing side of things. I continue to do this alongside my receptionist position to further my knowledge within the practice and the profession. 

This is my first time being a receptionist in the veterinary industry so I am excited about being part of the Vets4Pets team and really looking forward to meeting you and all your pets.



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Debbie Cooper

Receptionist

I grew up in Hampshire and was lucky enough to have a cocker spaniel and ponies from a young age.

As I always knew I wanted to work with animals, I went on to study Horse Management at Sparsholt College. Following this I worked on various yards, including livery yards and eventing yards before deciding on a career change and joining Hampshire Police when I was 21.

After a few years ‘on the beat’, I moved into a specialist department where I worked until my military husband was posted to Germany; where we spent a very happy 18 months with our two children, Abigail and George.

We have since been posted back to Bulford where we have settled along with our black Labrador, Blue. As a family we enjoy competing at Pony Club with Abigail or practising archery with George; and when we can - heading off in our caravan with Blue (we especially love Wales!).

Becoming a receptionist at a Veterinary Practice feels like something I have always wanted to do so I am over the moon to have the opportunity to work at Vets4Pets Amesbury.