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Vets4Pets Hartlepool

Meet the Hartlepool vet team


Gert Briers BVSc MRCVS

JVP & Veterinary Surgeon

Gert qualified at Onderstepoort South Africa and over the years gained experience of mixed practice: Small animal, large animal and in wildlife.

He relocated to the UK in 2005 and opened Hartlepool Vets4Pets in 2008. His passions are: cytology, surgery and internal medicine.

Hobbies: Running, cycling and visiting new places.

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Riana Briers

JVP & Practice Manager

Gert and I moved from South Africa to the UK in 2005. We opened Hartlepool Vets4Pets in 2008. 

My daily tasks include the practice admin, liaising with Support Office, taking care of and supporting the team. 

Our lovely clients and their pets feel like our family and that makes it worth coming to work every day. The team at Hartlepool Vets4Pets stand together and we have loads of laughs here. In my time off, I love all kinds of crafts, reading and the great outdoors. Our 4 children (in South Africa) are all married and we have lots of grandchildren to spoil.


Barbara Matos

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Lisbon University, Portugal in July 2017, and moved to England to work at Hartlepool Vets4Pets two months later.

I love working here, because of the great atmosphere between the staff. My veterinary interests are ultrasonography and internal medicine (specially endocrinology).

In my spare time I like to cook and explore the north east area. I have a Husky cross called Snoppy in Portugal, which whom I Skype frequently.

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Cristian Buzgau

Veterinary Surgeon

I am Cristian Buzgau and I am a veterinary surgeon. I was born in a small town in the north west of Romania. After I finished High School, I went to Cluj Napoca to study Veterinary Medicine. Vet School was a nice time of my life and I am very happy that I chosen to study there.

I graduated in 2016 at the University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine from Cluj Napoca, Romania. After graduation I came to the UK and since then worked as a vet.

When I'm not a vet, I like to go out, visit new places and socialise.

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Laura Catana MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I have graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Romania 3 years ago. After I qualified, I started to work in Scotland as a veterinary surgeon. In December 2017 I joined the Hartlepool Vets4Pets team. I love working with animals and make them feel better.

I have my own animal, a nice, special, clever and unique cat that waits for me every evening when I finish work.

I enjoy working everyday with a lovely team, nice clients and their pets.


Hannah Spicer

Hannah Spicer

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the team in March and love coming to work everyday. My role includes helping clients understand their pets and educating them about animal care. I assist in surgery and look after your pet when they come in for the day. My faviourite part of my job is helping pets get better. 

I have four children and 3 Bichon Frise’s and a young Labrador to keep me busy when I am not at work.


Ellie Johnson

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started working for Hartlepool Vets4Pets in December 2014 as an Animal Care Assistant. 

I am currently a Student Veterinary Nurse on day release at the College of Animal Welfare in Leeds. My two boys keep me busy and we have 3 cats, a dog and a guinea pig to care for.


Emma Bayley

Animal Care Assistant

I started to work at Hartlepool Vets4Pets in December 2014 as a ACA and I am currently studying to become a qualified Veterinary Care Assistant. 

At home I have 2 guinea pigs, 1 rabbit, 2 dogs and a horse.


Julie Crute

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have worked at Hartlepool Vets4Pets since 2012 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I am passionate about meeting clients and their pets and giving the best advice and service that I possibly can. 

When I am not at work, I love spending time with my 2 children at my allotment and looking after my two cats, Merlin and Willow.


Glynis Brown


I have worked for Hartlepool Vets4Pets since 2012. I am responsible for booking appointments and getting your pets seen as possible! 

Customer care is paramount to me and I always try and make the client and pet’s visit as positive as possible. I have a little 10 year old WestieXYorkie called Toto.


Emily Watson

Part-Time Receptionist

I have been working as receptionist at Hartlepool since December 2014 alongside Karen and Glynis. 

I currently have 3 cats and a Newfoundland dog.


Cheryl Graham


I joined the Hartlepool Vets4Pets team in February 2017. I really enjoy meeting our lovely clients and their much loved pets.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time off work with my husband, 3 children and our 2 Lhasa Apso puppies.

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Tammy Meek


I joined the team in February 2017. I am very passionate about making the client's and pet's visit as positive as possible.

Currently i have no pets, but love animals. In my spare time I love spending time with my son and I love to draw.

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Deborah Magill


I started working for Hartlepool Vets4Pets in December 2017. I love getting to know clients and their pets whilst at work and spend time with my family and much loved cat Lexi when at home.

In my spare time, I like to go walking in the lakes, shopping and socialising with friends.