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Meet the Eastleigh vet team

Eastleigh Vets4Pets Mark Collins

Mark Collins BVSc MRCVS 

Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

Since graduating from Bristol Vet school in 2008, I quickly found my calling working in small animal practices. Based mainly in Bournemouth, I progressed to become the senior vet in charge of a busy RCVS and ISFM Gold standard surgery, also spending time handling emergency and critical care. I thrive in the high pressure environment of an out-of-hours clinic and believe that there is no better feeling than using my medical and surgical skills to save a life. I enjoy the variety that general practice brings and the chance to really get to know my patients and their owners.

Away from work I live with my wife Sarah, also a vet, and son Riley. I spend my spare time getting thrown around the judo mat, pretending I can play golf or dabbling up to my elbows in my fish tank. When it all becomes too much, we escape on a nice long walk in the forest with labs Mia and Mila, often with cat Oreo in hot pursuit!


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Dr Julia Behrends MRCVS CERP

Veterinary Surgeon

 

After graduating from Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Germany, in 1994, I followed my heart to Lincolnshire, UK, and started working in mixed practice next to doing my post graduate qualification in animal behaviour. After a few years in practice my interest in complementary medicine started to form with a focus on acupuncture and pain management and I trained as a Canine and Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner at the University of Tennessee, USA.

 

From 2008 until 2016 my family moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where I was working also with horses, from leisure horses in desert stables to race horses at various race courses. I was privileged to work as a veterinary official at major races in UAE including at the Dubai World Cup.

 

After moving back to the UK I wanted to reconnect with small animal practice and joined Vets4Pets. At home I have 2 elderly well-traveled Jack-Russell Terriers Vicky and Ronja and Piper, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon rescue bitch from Spain. My passion is my 2 Quarter Horse mares Peppy and Pepsy which I ride and compete in Western Riding and my big French Show Jumping horse Mozart which we brought back from Dubai.
Eastleigh Vets4Pets Debbie Major

Debbie Major

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I began my veterinary nursing career in 1999 at a local practice. I have worked with a large variety of species including farm, equine and zoo species (due to my previous life as a keeper at Marwell Zoo).

At home I have two rescue cats called Freddy Kruegar and Luna Mooncat and varying quantities of Guinea pigs and chickens.

I enjoy all aspects of my job, but particularly enjoy dealing with aggression and behavioural issues.


Eastleigh Vets4Pets Kirby Davis

Kirby Davis

Head Receptionist

I am Kirby one of the veterinary receptionists here at Vets4Pets Eastleigh. I can not put into words how much I enjoy working at the surgery and getting to know and meet all the animals from our area.

My friends and family call me animal-obsessed as I love every animal and would own one of everything if I could. I currently own four dogs, three cats, a chameleon, a tortoise and a royal python. I have owned all varieties of animals including bearded dragons, rabbits and guinea pigs. My passion is with reptiles and dogs and could never be without them.

When I am not at work you will find me in a field or forest with my two Labradors and two miniature dachshunds or curled up on the sofa with all of them watching a DVD.


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Victoria Mitchell

Receptionist

Hi my name is Vickey and I have the pleasure of working for Vets4Pets. A dream Job!

I have had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember. Since having my three daughters and working part-time we now have 23 pets at home consisting of dogs, cat, hamsters, degus, conures (parrots), budgies, snake, rat, chinchillas, rabbits and fish. Most were unwanted and needing a home. Hard-work it may be, but very rewarding at the same time and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So now I have the best of both worlds, I get to meet and cuddle your faithful friends and then go home to cuddle mine!

 


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Penny Smith

Receptionist

I’m Penny, one of the Receptionists here at Vets4Pets Eastleigh.

I have two very naughty sprocker spaniels who are totally bonkers, always getting into trouble, mainly stealing and if not caught in time eating TV remote controls and socks! Soft imploring eyes ensure that they are always quickly forgiven.

I am a total softie for all animals and my family have threatened to leave if I bring any animals home. In my spare time (whatever that is) I help run a junior football team, love cooking and recently rekindled my ability to play tennis.

Working with the Vets4Pets team is probably the best job in the world, on a daily basis I get to cuddle puppies. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!


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Sophie Cunningham

Student Nurse

After completing a two year diploma at Sparsholt College I joined the Eastleigh Vets4Pets Team in June 2015 as an Animal Care Assistant. As of January 2016 I became a Student Veterinary Nurse training at the practice and MYF College.

Becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse has always been a dream of mine and I am so happy to be completing my journey here at Vets4Pets Eastleigh.

At home I have two beautiful German shepherds named Kia and Blade and a cat named Oscar.


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Emily Bran

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Clinical Coach

I began my career as an animal nursing assistant back in 2003 when I was 17 after completing my first year at Sparsholt College on an animal diploma course. I worked as an animal nursing assistant for a few years before enrolling as a student veterinary nurse, and later qualifying in 2009 as a registered nurse. I am an experienced animal groomer and recently became a clinical coach to help future student nurses with their training to reach qualification. 

I have two wonderful children and two lovely Jack Russell’s at home keeping me on my toes when I’m not working. I joined Vets4Pets on a part time basis at the beginning of this year because I was craving a new challenge and I love getting stuck in with hands on nursing and emergency care.

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Alexandria Willman

Registered Veterinary Nurse

My name is Alexandria Willman (Alex for short) and I am a qualified veterinary nurse. I have a cat called ebony that we rescued many years ago.

I started working at vets4pets early this year and so far I am enjoying working here, both staff and clients are very nice and it is a joy to be here.

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Vicki Haydock

Receptionist

I’m Vicki, the newest receptionist here at Vets 4 Pets, I love how varied every day here is and I really enjoy meeting all of the patients and especially cuddling all of the puppies. 

At home I have a really naughty pug called Doug, myself and my daughter are currently trying to convince my husband that Doug will calm down if he has another pug brother, a cat and a rabbit! 

In my spare time I love being at home with my family, when we aren’t at home we are exploring places or at a pug meet laughing at all of the crazy pugs. 

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Natalie Woodgate

Registered Veterinary Nurse

 

I have been in veterinary practices since 2002 and qualified in 2008 from MYF College in Aldershot. I have a particular interest for impatient care, dental hygiene and kidney disease as two of my cats have kidney problems.

 

At home I have three cats Izzy, Ella and Ted who like to cause havoc then look completely innocent while asking for a cuddle.