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Vets4Pets High Wycombe

Meet the High Wycombe vet team

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Gareth Morris BSc MSc BVM&S MRCVS

Practice Owner and Veterinary Surgeon

I’ve always wanted to work with animals so was thrilled upon qualifying from Edinburgh Vet School in 2000. Since then I’ve spent over 16 busy years gaining a wide range of veterinary experience. I started out in mixed animal practice where I also treated farm animals and horses before moving to companion animal practice.

For the last few years I have mostly worked with pets in the UK but I have also been fortunate to have some great experiences working abroad including general practice in Australia and voluntary projects in Botswana, Thailand, Portugal and Spain.

I love living in the local area where I get to indulge in my main activity away from work, rowing. I’ve rowed competitively for 25 years, most recently winning events at the National Masters Championships and when I’m not at work I can usually be found paddling up and down the River Thames over in Henley.

I enjoy all aspects of being a vet, both medical and surgical, but I would have to say that the most satisfying part is developing a good relationship with my clients and their much loved family pets. My aim has always been to provide friendly, caring and appropriate healthcare advice and treatment to a high standard. Both myself and my fabulous team here at High Wycombe look forward to meeting you and helping your pets soon.



Rita Alitalo

Veterinary Surgeon BSc, BVMS, MRCVS

Rita graduated from Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) in 1996 after fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon. She has worked in 100% small animal practice around Australia and the UK before settling in Buckinghamshire 5 years ago. She balances life as a vet with 4 young children and partner Joe in Amersham. Her dogs Ricki and Fuzzy enjoy lots of lovely long walks with the family. Rita also has 2 cats called Sydney and Auzzie. A pony is possibility in the future!

 

Kayleigh Charman RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Born and raised in Hazlemere, I’ve grown up around cats, dogs and horses and knew from an early age I wanted to work with animals. I gained a Foundation Degree in Animal Welfare & Behaviour from Berkshire College of Agriculture in 2010 whilst working as a kennel assistant at my training practice.

Whilst there, I moved up the ranks to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse in 2014 before moving to a practice in Oxford, but I missed the area so much that I moved back to Hazlemere and was fortunate enough to be offered the role of RVN at Vets4Pets!

I am especially interested in canine and feline behaviour and nutrition as well as canine Addison’s disease since my Doberman, Anubis, was diagnosed with the condition a few years ago. I count myself lucky to be working with such a friendly team that is as passionate about animals as I am!


 

Chantelle Taplin

Veterinary Care Assistant

 After qualifying as a hairdresser in 2014 I decided to have a change of career. I had grown up around animals from an early age and had volunteered at various rescue centers; this motivated my desire to work with animals.

 I started working at Vets4Pets High Wycombe in 2015 and find myself learning something new every day, which I love. I am currently in my final year at Berkshire College of Agriculture studying Animal Management and hope to continue my studies to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

 At home, I have a 14-year-old cat called Snuggles and an 8-month-old Goldendoodle called Lula, who's cheekiness definitely keeps me on my toes!



Kat Gunn

Veterinary Care Assistant

 My obsession with animals started aged 6 when I was given a pet of my own, a Dutch rabbit called nutmeg whom I had for almost 14 years. As a teenager I decided to turn my love of animals into a career and graduated HND animal management in 2006. I’ve always had a soft spot for the weird and wonderful and have over the years have kept everything from Gerbils to Jerboas, chickens to chameleon, hamsters to hedgehogs.

 

I’ve successfully bred some very unusual species such as Guenthers voles, mouse-like hamsters and various rear fanged venomous reptiles such as mangrove snakes and barons racers. I take great pleasure in providing live planted, naturalistic and “Bioactive” enclosures for my animals.

 

Until recently, I worked as a zookeeper/animal technician teaching 16 to 25+ year olds and keeping and breeding rare and critically endangered species as part of ex-situ conservation efforts. My true passion however is dogs. I am constantly studying modern dog training methods and doing short courses to increase my skill set.

 

I live locally with Logan the Lurcher, Maude the Dobermann, Kai, Ember and Riley the domestic silver foxes and Hazelnut the domestic skunk. The thing I love most about this job is that absolutely every day is different. I love to get as hands on as possible and love watching surgeries and working with the team!

Vicky Smith

Receptionist

After leaving University I worked in administration for several years, then in 2009 I went travelling in South America during which I volunteered on a tortoise conservation project on the Galapagos. This was an amazing experience and fuelled my desire to work with animals. On returning home I decided to complete a Diploma in Work Based Animal Care at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. I remained at the hospital to work as a Baby Bird Feeder and then as an Animal Care Assistant in the Visitors Centre.

I am delighted to now be working at Vets4Pets High Wycombe, combining my administration and animal care skills to help you and your pets. I live in Wycombe with my husband and our pet hamster Henrietta!



Kim Maroudas

Receptionist

lived in South Africa until 2002 when we moved to the UK. I have always worked in the banking industry and then did a stint as a receptionist in a care home.I grew up with animals and joined the practice in July 2017. I wish I had done this years ago!

 

I live locally with my 2 dogs, Muffin and Angus and a rescue hedgehog called Pickle.

 

What I love most about my job is watching the team heal sick animals and seeing their dedication.

 

Elaine Gilbert

Receptionist

I am really pleased to have joined the team at Vets4Pets High Wycombe, it is a very friendly atmosphere and I enjoy meeting all the clients and their pets.

I have always worked in admin related roles and now happy to combine admin with reception at Vets4Pets. Meeting all the animals is certainly a perk of the job.

I grew up in London and have had several family pets of my own,including guinea pigs, tortoises and a beagle called Prince. Since living in Holmer Green with my husband and two children, I have been lucky to own other dogs over the years and have gone full circle as we now own a Beagle puppy called Billy!