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Vets4Pets Hastings

Meet the Hastings vet team

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Dan Manda MRCVS

Owner and Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I'm Dan, your new Vet and Practice Partner at Vets4Pets Hastings.

I graduated in Bucharest, Romania in 2009 and I moved to the UK in March 2011.

During my years of experience I worked for different practices in Kent and South London as a permanent and locum vet, but only Vets4Pets have won my heart.

In my spare time I love playing tennis, so feel free to invite me for a game.

I look forward to providing your little friends the five star treatment they deserve!

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Elena Manda

Owner and Practice Manager

I worked in the travel industry for many years before becoming a veterinary receptionist. Prior to joining Vets4Pets Hastings I worked in a busy Veterinary practice in Royal Tunbridge Wells

I like to offer a very warm welcome to our clients and keep the practice well organised.

My husband Dan and I have a hyperactive Staffy called Angel and two cats, Adam and Minnie, all rescued.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking Italian Food and practising Yoga.

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Mike Lazar MRCVS

Veterinary surgeon

After graduating in Veterinary medicine in 2009 from the University of Bucharest, I pursued work within the veterinary pharmaceutical industry until 2014 when I decided to move to the UK having a main interest in farm animals.


Meanwhile my area of interest extended to small animals and exotics. On my days off I enjoy long walks on the seafront and play rugby.

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Florin Joian MRCVS

Veterinary surgeon

I graduated at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - University of Bucharest and worked for the top emergency clinics in Bucharest before deciding to move to the UK.

My main interests are Ultrasonography and Cardiology. I also hold a post graduate degree in Emergency and Critical Care. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and various sports. I got a hyperactive French bulldog called Taz, a less active British bulldog called Grasa (Fatty) and a lovely pair of Sphynx cats Hector and Missy.


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Kayleigh Harman

Student Veterinary Nurse

I have wanted to work with animals since I was a child.

I attended Hadlow College where I graduated with an Animal Management degree in 2011. I have previously worked as an Animal Care Assistant with the RSPCA and hope to become a registered vet nurse in the future.

I have a lively border collie called Max and a cat called Wilbur.

In my spare time I Like to spend time with my friends and be an active member within Girl guiding.

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Nicky Tolhurst

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have grown up surrounded by lots of pets and have always wanted to have a career with animals. I have previously worked in a pet shop and as an Animal Care Assistant for the RSPCA where I gained my NVQ in Animal Care and Welfare. 

I enjoy spending time with friends and family and having playtime with my cats or walking my two dogs along the beach.

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Abi Clarke

Veterinary Care Assistant

Having graduated university with a Bachelor of Science in Equitation Science, I decided to change and pursue a career with small animals. I have travelled and worked with competition horses in Canada and all around the UK, and have also previously been an ice skating elf at Lapland.

My only pets are fish, so be sure that your pets will receive a lot of attention from me, as the fish are not too keen on being cuddled.

When I am not working, I am usually travelling all around the country attending car shows and seeing friends, or fixing my heavily modified classic VW Polo. I enjoy challenges, I completed Brighton Marathon 2017 as well as a few halves. I have since discovered I hate running and prefer pizza.

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Carly Usher


Hi! I have previously worked in retail and I am also a Fully Qualified Hairdresser. I have always loved being around animals and I consider myself very lucky to have the job I've got!

I love meeting new people and their pets.

I have a beautiful Crossbreed rescue dog called Becki who my family and I like taking her on walks to the park and the beach.

In my spare time I like to catch up with family and friends and go watch 'Banger Racing' and 'Speedway' with them.

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Lucy Fitzpatrick


I have worked in retail management for 5 years, but have always dreamed of working with animals. I have grown up with cats and have two very spoilt ones named Django and Haloumi.

In my free time I like to go to comic conventions and play video games with my friends. I also have a passion for music and play the electric guitar.