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Meet the Guernsey vet team

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Les Van Blerk MRCVS

Owner and Veterinary Surgeon

I am the Joint Venture Partner for the Guernsey Vets4Pets surgeries, opening our St Martins branch in 2004 and our St Sampsons branch in 2010. I am based in the St Martins branch along with Raz.

I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and I graduated with my first degree of a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ichthyology: Fisheries science, from Rhodes University and completed my Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2000 from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort.

I have worked in Cape Town, Saudi Arabia and the UK but have been in Guernsey since 2004 when I opened the first practice.

I particularly enjoy soft tissue surgery and am currently studying for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association certificate in surgery.

Guernsey Vets4Pets Christine Fleischmann

Christine Fleischmann MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born and grew up in Vienna, Austria.

I graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna in 2001. I then spent 5 years working in the UK before I moved back to Austria to open my own practice. I sold my practice in 2012 to move with my son, Kimo, along with our golden retriever, Amadeus, to Guernsey to work for Vets4Pets.

I am based at our St Sampsons branch and I also run our mobile veterinary clinic.

I am interested in ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery and in September 2013 I enrolled onto a course with the RCVS to complete a certificate in advanced small animal practice.

Guernsey Vets4Pets Raz Feldmesser

Raz Feldmesser MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born and grew up in Tel-Aviv, Israel and was always surrounded by animals. I could never imagine my life without them and becoming a vet was just a matter of time along with support from my parents.

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Kosice in Slovakia, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. After graduation I moved to London where I began working in a busy RSPCA clinic and I also worked in a few private clinics and referral hospitals. I am currently studying for my Diagnostic Imaging Certificate.

I moved to the island In July 2013 with my wife Clarisse, our dog Georgette and cat Chaya.

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Vicky Babbe MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Cambridge University in 2003, having always wanted to be a vet! I have worked in both mixed and small animal practices in the UK before switching to working with purely pet animals.

I have a particular interest in eyes and ocular disorders, and studied part time for several years with various specialists to obtain the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

At home I have three cats and a dog, all rescue animals. In Guernsey I enjoy growing my own veggies, hanging out at the beach with my two children and getting the odd surf in. Who could ask for more?!

Guernsey Vets4Pets Jennifer Ninnim

Jennifer Ninnim RVN

Practice Manager

I was born and grew up in London and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1992. I worked for the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital for many years as a theatre staff nurse and am proud to be the first veterinary nurse to have ever performed surgery on TV for Animal Hospital whilst studying for my surgical diploma. I moved to Guernsey in 2004 and worked with Les as his Head Nurse, helping to build the business to where it is today. I left in 2011 for 3 years to pursue other things but have now come back as Practice Manager.

I have two mad cats at home, ‘Jock’ and ‘Dexter’ and am currently studying for a veterinary management degree. In my spare time, I enjoy drawing and painting and have my own pet portrait website where I do commissions.

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Julie De Heaume RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been fortunate enough to have worked in the Veterinary industry for 16 years and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2008. I have joined the Vets4Pets team in April 2015 as a veterinary nurse and look forward to a long and happy career here.

I am also trained as an assessor and hope to be working with the student nurses to help them achieve their qualifications as we are a registered training practice.

I have three grown up sons and seven grandchildren, which keep me very busy!

I also have one cat called ‘Tiddles’, who I rescued 16 years ago, so he must be about 18 years old now - a real senior citizen!


Guernsey Vets4Pets Lyndsay Martin

Lyndsay Martin RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004. I am currently working for Vets4Pets as the on call nurse and have the out of hours emergency phone all year round. I work in practice three days a week and cover shifts when needed and look after the patients who stay with us overnight.

I have three sons, Jake, Jack and Ollie and also four dogs and six cats all of whom take up my spare time.

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Louisa Hibbard RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I completed my BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design in 2009. After finishing my diploma and having always wanted to work with animals, I volunteered at Guernsey Animal Aid, after which a vacancy arose within Vets4Pets.

I joined the practice in August 2010 and have been working as a veterinary healthcare assistant until September 2013, when I enrolled onto a two year Veterinary Nurse training course to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

I have three cats Boy, Neville and Joey and two mice, Moon and Star. Outside of work I enjoy doing Pet/Animal Portraits.

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Poppy Jo Machon SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

I recently joined the Vets4Pets team in February 2015 as a student veterinary nurse. Having almost 3 years experience in the Veterinary Industry, I have now been enrolled onto a two and a half year course to train and qualify as a Veterinary Nurse, which I am really excited about. I will be attending block release at Myerscough College in Preston for my theory and completing my training here at the surgery, which is a registered training practice. 

I have a 2 year old Beagle called ‘Penny’ at home who takes up all of my spare time!

Guernsey Vets4Pets Kirsti Mahieu

Kirsti Mahieu

Animal Nursing Assistant

I left school in 2001 to work within the veterinary industry as an Animal Healthcare Assistant.

I left my previous veterinary position to raise my two children, who are now 8 and 10 years old. We have a family Boxer dog called Ellie.

When my youngest child started school I decided I wanted to carry on my career within the veterinary industry. I applied for a job at Vets4Pets where I enrolled on an Animal Health Care course in 2013. I qualified in 2014.

Assisting the veterinary surgeons in theatre is a great interest to me, especially orthopaedic surgery.

I also run the Vets4Pets puppy parties with the other members of staff.

Working for Vets4Pets is enjoyable as we have a great team. I love building relationships and special bonds with our clients and caring for their pets.

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Matthew Lowe


Profile coming soon!

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Joe Streeting

Trainee Animal Health Assistant

I left school after my 12th year in order to pursue a career in animal care, and after applying for a job was luck enough to be picked up by the Vets4pets team as a trainee care assistant in October 2015.

I have lived with animals all my life and currently own three cats, two dogs and two parrots and have volunteered at the local animal shelter since 2012 where I discovered my passion for animals.

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Maria Potamopoulou MRCVS


Veterinary Surgeon

I was born in Veria, a Greek town. I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in July 2015, and was awarded for being in the ten top ranking students with distinction graduating grade.

My "next stop" was working in a 1st and 2nd opinion referral centre, CYVETS, in beautiful Cyprus and finally, I accomplished my initial goal which was working in the UK. I moved to Guernsey in July 2016 and I am planning to start my certificate this January. Surgery and Neurology constitute the main fields of my interest, but I am also keen on Diagnostic Imaging.

I have been a volleyball player for 14 years and during my five years studying, I was also working as a volleyball coach for young girls. My little three legged dog, Zouzou, has been following me everywhere for the last 6 years.