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Meet The Braintree Vet Team | Vets4Pets
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Vets4Pets Braintree

Meet the Braintree Vet Team

Samantha Baker JVP

Samantha Baker

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

Having originally trained in New Zealand, I graduated from Massey University in 1995, and during the 19 years that have flown by since then, I have gained a wealth of knowledge in small animal practice. I have been practising in the UK since 1998. In 2006 I began working at Companion Care Chelmsford, which has grown hugely from the two-vet clinic it was when I first started there, into the busy four or five-vet clinic it is today.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far, during which time I have developed a passion for canine and feline medicine and therapeutics and a great enthusiasm for working with small furries (rabbits, guinea pigs & hamsters). I now relish the challenge that having my own clinic will bring, along with the chance to develop and nurture my fabulous team, some of whom I have worked closely with before.

At home I have two cats – Jack and Tom - as well as Mr D my guinea pig and Martha my hamster. When not at work, I enjoy the outdoors, live (rock) music, theatre, cinema and travel. At Vets4Pets Braintree, clients can be assured of receiving the best level of both clinical and customer care. I shall endeavour to instil an atmosphere where they feel welcome, nurtured and respected and where their pets are treated as though they were part of our family.


David Taylor

Veterinary Surgeon 

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William Lewis

Veterinary Surgeon and Exotic Specialist

Growing up in South Africa I always wanted to work with animals. As a youngster I kept all the usual small mammals and fish and also had a large collection of birds. Holidays were spent working at the local Pet Shop or at Horse Stud farms.

I graduated in 1988 in South Africa and after 2 years Military Service I started work in small animal practice.

I moved to the UK in 1993 and have worked in a number of small animal practices in Woolwich, Acton, Leamington Spa, Wickford, Upminster and Brentwood.

Two of the practices were run by Exotics specialists, and I obtained my Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2003. Whilst I enjoy seeing all pets, a large proportion of my time is spent in practice with exotic pets from hamsters to alligators, rabbits to parrots and even the unusual pets like raccoons, raccoon dogs, skunks, sugar gliders as well as snakes and lizards. I have also been lucky enough to work with lions and elephants.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and have written chapters in 3 textbooks, published a number of articles and have lectured extensively both in the UK, Ireland, Latvia and the Czech Republic. I teach Exotics to students at Universities in London and Cambridge and teach MSc students at London Zoo how to neuter Lizards.

In my spare time my 3 daughters keep me busy. My wife and I take part in triathlon and marathon running. We have completed 6 Marathons and 3 Ironman Triathlons in the past 3 years. The last member of our family is Sammy - our lovely cat who came with my wife from South Africa.

Gemma Rudd Vet Nurse Braintree

Gemma Rudd

Head Nurse

Having been brought up on a dairy farm, working with animals has always been part of my life and I could never imagine doing anything else. Every day is different and just as rewarding as the next.

I began a work placement at Companion Care Chelmsford in 2007 and I was then lucky enough to join the team to train to become a nurse. I have been nursing now for seven years and qualified as an RVN in 2011.I am also a trained clinical coach, so I can pass on my knowledge and skills to other nursing students, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Outside of work, I have two guinea pigs, Toffee and Lola, of which I share ownership with my younger sisters. I enjoy the usual things in life: seeing friends, eating out, films, music and reading.


Nikki Baker

Veterinary Nurse

Sian Braintree

Sian May

Veterinary Care Assistant

In 2012 I finished my Animal Management Degree at Writtle College and since then I have thoroughly enjoyed working in zoos, farms and most recently a supervisory position at a Pet shop. I'm excited to now be working at Vets4Pets Braintree in a Veterinary Care Assistant role which will be another stepping stone for me towards my main goal which is to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

I currently have two dogs, Honey and Sam, a cat named Kit, a Chinese Hamster called Kiwi and a three year old pony Oreo who all keep me busy when I'm not at work, though I definitely plan to expand the 'family'! My other interests outside the clinic are animal training, nutrition and photography.

Hollie Sawyer Receptionist braintree

Hollie Sawyer


My interest in animals began when I was a small child and I was thrilled when my parents bought me a puppy Westie when I turned 13. I walked him, bathed him, trained him and spent every spare minute I had with him.

Two years ago I applied for a weekend receptionist job at a veterinary surgery and was over the moon when I got the job. I loved my time there and gained my interest in the veterinary industry. I am very excited about my new venture as a full time member of a veterinary team and meeting lots of new people with their furry friends in the Braintree District.

I have Alfie the Westie who is now 11, Flo the rescue kitten who is now roughly 6 months and they keep me very busy. I enjoy netball, socialising, cinema and long walks with Alfie and cuddles with Flo.

Janette Braintree

Janette Groombridge


I have lived in Braintree for 30 years now and for the past 8 of those I have worked as a receptionist in a small animal veterinary practice. I thoroughly enjoy meeting the general public and their furry friends.

I am kept very busy at home with my dog Bonnie, two cats Pebbles and Lucky, in addition to two guinea pigs and one rabbit. My husband Alan and I spend a lot of our spare time walking Bonnie on the very pretty country walks around this district and we also love travelling to France and Spain. I also like to find time to visit places of historical interest such as museums, stately homes and castles and to paint water-colours, mostly landscapes or seascapes. I have a love of musical theatre and visit London as often as possible - not forgetting my favourite football team: Arsenal!

Jennifer McKinlay