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Meet The Chelmsford Vets Team
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Vets4Pets Chelmsford

Meet the team

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Simone Dent MRCVS

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Massey University in New Zealand 21 years ago. I worked in New Zealand for 8 years before moving to England to live. 

For the first 8 years here I worked in various practices and then in October 2004 I was fortunate to open Companion Care Chelmsford as the sole partner, fulfilling a long term career goal. I love my work and it has been very rewarding to see the practice grow from zero clients to where it is today.

I live in Essex with my English husband and a very naughty Bengal called Smeagol. When I am not working I enjoy target archery, scuba diving, the gym, watching movies and socialising.

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Gail Robertson

Veterinary Surgeon

Gail, Essex born and bred, qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1986 so has recently celebrated her 23rd ‘official’ birthday! Working in many different walks of veterinary life over the years, mixed practice, equine practice, small animal practice and 5 years as a dedicated emergency vet on night and week-end shifts has taken her all over the country – and to the other side of the world!

Gail joined us in May 2009 and says she is content to be back on the day shift as “The Old Part-Timer”!! Her veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging and metabolic disorders.

She enjoys contributing to the profession through her many roles on the Council of Essex Veterinary Society over the past 10 years, including her “proudest moments” as President in 2002 and 2003. Hobbies include motorcycling, dancing, swimming and skiing.

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Monica Giarrizzo

Veterinary Surgeon

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Becky Sany MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Becky, originally from Chelmsford, graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006. Her first job was in a mixed animal practice ion North Cambridgeshire, it was a great introduction to the beginning of her veterinary career. After 3 years she decided to move back to Essex after spending some time travelling to Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

Becky started at Companion Care in September 2010. Her veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery and medicine – especially endocrinology. She loves being a vet and enjoys looking after her flat-coated retriever, staffie cross and a ginger and white cat called Harvey.

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Kelly Gordon

Head Veterinary Nurse

Kelly has been a qualified veterinary nurse since June 2009. She gained her qualification as a degree from the Royal Veterinary College and completed many of her nurse training placements with this practice. Kelly was promoted to Head Nurse within the practice in January 2016.


Kelly really loves being a veterinary nurse and, as the practice clinical coach, is responsible for the training of the student veterinary nurses. She loves the challenges teaching presents and finds it really rewarding seeing her students progress. Kelly lives in Chelmsford with her cat Pud and her guinea pigs Lana and Betty.





Neil Hodges

Veterinary Surgeon

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Kerry Harding

Veterinary Nurse

Kerry wanted to become a veterinary nurse since she was a little girl. In December 2003 she qualified. Kerry has worked for Companion Care Chelmsford since 2006. 

Her particular interest within the veterinary field is animal behaviour, especially in dogs. Kerry lives in Chelmsford with her collie cross dog, Zac and various other furry friends. She loves socialising with her friends on evenings and weekends. She also enjoys walking with Zac – Hylands Park is a favourite of both of theirs.

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Emma Martin

Veterinary Nurse

Emma moved back to Chelmsford and joined the Companion Care team in February 2014 after spending 10 years in New Zealand.

She graduated as a Veterinary Nurse in 2008 and spent time working in a mixed animal practice before returning to university in 2011 to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University Teaching Hospital, NZ. Emma enjoys working with cats, dogs and small mammals and has a keen interest in birds. 

She loves her job and has a particular interest in conducting nurse clinics and preventative health care for pets. In her free time, Emma likes to travel, socialise and spend time in the outdoors, being an active relaxer.


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Chloe Haynes

Student Veterinary Nurse

Starting at Companion Care in September 2015 as a Veterinary Care Assistant, Chloe has since begun her training to become a Veterinary Nurse.


Chloe is Chelmsford born and bred and lives with her family and two year old Tabby cat, called Cookie. Her favourite part of the job is assisting clients and their pets and helping them leave the practice happy and healthy after appropriate advice, care and treatment.

In her free time, Chloe enjoys socialising with her friends, watching movies and playing acoustic guitar.

Louise Hards

Veterinary Nurse


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Kate Sutton

Student Veterinary Nurse

Kate qualified as a Veterinary Care Assistant at Writtle College in May 2014 and started working at Companion Care in June 2014. 


She has since commenced her Advanced Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare in Potters Bar and attends the course on a day release basis. Kate enjoys horse riding and has two horses called Pippa and Spot who she completes on at various showing, jumping and cross country events. 


She loves attending Olympia as a spectator! Kate also owns a ‘naughty’ Jack Russell called Mazey and a Bearded Dragon called Lenny.


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Philippa Rowden

Practice Administrator

Philippa lives in a village just outside Chelmsford with her husband and secondary school age daughter and always looks forward to regular visits from her four other children, all of whom are currently away at different work locations and universities.

Her family have a number of pets including two German shepherd dogs, two bunnies and a hamster. Philippa’s hobbies include walking, especially in the local wooded countryside and along the coastal footpaths; supporting and often attending home matches of her lifelong football team (currently in the Premiership!); sailing and power-boating; taking-part and assisting in various activities within the church she regularly attends; and helping her daughter with pony care and riding.

She worked with Companion Care from 2007 to 2011 as a part-time receptionist and returned in November 2014 to take up the role of practice administrator. Philippa enjoys working with her colleagues in an animal care environment, aiming to provide the best possible service to clients and their pets.

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Carly Leff


Carly has lived in Chelmsford for five and a half years and has worked at Companion Care for two years.;


She has two primary school age boys and many animals including a dog, cat, hamster and guinea pigs. In her spare time, Carly likes to spend time with her family especially in activities such as swimming, football and visiting the seaside. 

Carly enjoys the challenge of working in the busy environment of Companion Care Veterinary Practice and the variety of work which her role demands.

Anne Heelis


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