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Meet The Maldon Vet Team | Vets4Pets
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Vets4Pets Maldon

Meet the Maldon vet team

Samantha Baker

Samantha Baker

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

Having originally trained in New Zealand, I graduated from Massey University in 1995 and have been practising in the UK since 1998. I worked in Essex for 7 years before having the pleasure of opening Braintree Vets4Pets in March 2014 and Maldon in August 2014.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far, during which time I have developed a passion for canine and feline medicine and therapeutics and a great enthusiasm for working with small furries (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters…)

At home I have two cats - Jack (my hand-reared orphan) and Tom (my rescue cat). When not at work, I enjoy the outdoors, rock music, theatre, cinema and travel.


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Katie Thompson

Veterinary Surgeon

Since graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in the summer of 2012 I have worked exclusively with small animals in my home county of Essex, moving to Vets4Pets Maldon in July 2016.

My particular interests lie in soft tissue surgery and geriatric cat care, and I also enjoy the challenges of shelter medicine, having worked at charity projects both in the UK and abroad.

Outside of work I love to travel and am also an avid reader, devouring anything in the fantasy fiction genre. I have a seven-year old Labradoodle called Lola and a badly behaved rescue cat named Dusty.

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Ailsa Wyatt

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a Vet in 2012 from The Royal Veterinary College in London, and have since enjoyed a varied career in mixed general practice in Essex.

For the past 2 years I have provided locum cover at both the Braintree and Maldon Vets4Pets branches and in January 2017 joined the Maldon team as a permanent member of staff.

I enjoy all aspects of my role, and I have a particular interest in feline and internal medicine. I have 2 cats, called Holmes and Watson, who come second in life to my husband!

Maldon Vets4Pets Katharine Sewell

Katharine Sewell

Part Time Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2008, I have worked in a few locations around my home county of Essex. I started with traditional mixed animal practice in Harlow (everything from small furries, cats and dogs to pigs, goats, cows and horses!) before deciding to concentrate on small animals. I spent almost four years working with pets in Tiptree before joining the Vets4Pets Braintree team in April 2014 and now splitting my time between the Maldon and Braintree branches.

Clinically I enjoy surgery, and the challenges and rewards that this discipline provides. I also like working with small mammals, with a particular soft spot for ferrets.

Outside of work I am very keen on martial arts, and make the time to train several times a week. At home I have a cat, Elsie, who is always very badly behaved whenever she needs to come into the clinic!


Jane Hayden

Practice Manager/Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1994, and spent 12 years nursing in general practice.

I have spent the last 15 years working in the Veterinary Pharmaceutical industry, where I was heavily involved in practice staff training in customer service, and preventative health care (vaccination, parasites). During this time I maintained my nursing qualification by working weekends as a nurse at the Romford, Harlow, Chelmsford and most recently Braintree Vets4Pets practices.

In January 2017 I returned to my roots, and joined the fabulous Maldon Team as Practice Manager, a new challenge that I am really excited to be taking on.

At home I have a husband, a 5 year old son, a 1 year old daughter, 4 cats, 2 dogs and 2 guinea pigs!

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Abigail Feuillade

Head Veterinary Nurse

I started my training as a veterinary nurse in 2007 at university and got my first job working in practice in 2009. Since then I’ve never looked back.

I started my career in Wiltshire in a small friendly mixed practice. I only moved away from Wiltshire when my husband got a job in Essex in 2013. I took the opportunity to work in referral hospitals and loved the care that I could provide to the sick animals I saw every day. My real passion when working within the referral hospitals was physiotherapy and surgical nursing.

Sadly I missed the client contact and knowing animals for their whole life. I was lucky enough to take a job in a private practice as a head surgical nurse. This gave me the chance to manage a team of nurses and the vets. Working as a surgical nurse was a brilliant experience and I was able to train other nurses using knowledge I had gained in the referral hospital.

I was excited to join the Vets4Pets team in Maldon in 2016. I am now able to get to know the clients and their animals. I have learnt so much in my time at Vets4Pets as we see a lot of exotic patients, few of which I had met before during my career.

Outside of work I have a naughty horse called Juniper and we enjoy exploring the countryside together. I am lucky enough to be able to compete Juniper, we love cross country jumping. I also have a cheeky cat called Caramel. I have a real passion for the country life and enjoy going walking. My husband and I enjoy clay shooting and I also help rebuild the classic land rovers and tractors that my husband brings home.


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Beverley Wood

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Having always wanted to pursue a career as a Veterinary Nurse, I started nursing in 2009 and I attended Writtle College to complete my NVQ Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant course. This allowed me to progress onto level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare where I qualified in the summer of 2013.

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing, especially feline behaviour, taking care and nursing the patient; I enjoy running nurse clinics offering support and advice on routine preventative treatment and diet.

I am a member of the British veterinary Nursing Association and attend as many local CPD events as possible. I plan to attend further courses on feline behaviour and fluid therapy treatment, as this is another keen interest of mine.

I am currently completing an ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) Certificate in feline friendly nursing and will be running senior, and behaviour cat clinics in the future. We are also working towards turning our clinic into an ISFM cat friendly clinic.

I have a ten year old cat called Alfie, he is a very sensitive little character and isn't too fond of sharing his territory! In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, camping, bike rides and travelling.


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Vici Gower

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2005 and since then worked in small animal practices in Essex. I enjoy all aspects of Veterinary Nursing especially running nurse clinics and exotic animal nursing. I am a qualified Clinical Coach and enjoy helping to train student nurses.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family and taking my lively Springer Spaniel for long country walks.

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Gemma Stephens

Veterinary Care Assistant

Animals have always been a large part of my life, although up until the age of seven I was actually scared of dogs! This persisted until I became surrounded by puppies and my fear turned into love, which in turn landed us with a Westie, who stayed by my side for 16 years.

In 2012 I started working at Farcroft Kennels and Cattery and completed an apprenticeship in Animal Care and Management with The College of Animal Welfare in 2014. I soon realised I wanted to broaden my horizons and venture into the Veterinary Nursing world. I have a particular love for canine behaviour and enjoy a challenging dog. I began working at Vets4Pets Maldon in July 2016 and have learnt so much already. I can’t wait to learn more and begin my nurse training.

At the moment I have no pets in my (home) life, so every animal that comes into the practice gets loved as though they are my own.


Maldon Vets4Pets Jo-anne Schultz

Jo Schultz

Veterinary Care Assistant & Receptionist

Animals have always been a huge part of my life and I was lucky enough to have parents that encouraged my passion. I was always surrounded by animals from an early age (before I could even walk!) and my favourite companion was a blind Border Collie. I also owned various small furries, which I cared for by myself as my mum was terrified of them.

My childhood dream came true at the age of 10 when I was privileged enough to own the most beautiful Pony, whom I spent 15 wonderful years with. We competed at Show Jumping and Cross country before his old age parted us. I then went on to rescue a Thoroughbred, whom I nurtured back to health, and again spent many happy years together.

I have since got married and had a gorgeous son, who also seems to have his mummy's love of animals. We now have two rescued Guinea pigs, brothers Billy and Bertie.

Working in a veterinary practice and meeting people and their beloved pets is very rewarding and I am very happy to be part of this new adventure.


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Lizi Langley

Receptionist

Over my life I have never gone long without having some kind of small animal as part of the family. From gerbils called Bubble & Squeek, a Dog called Toby and 2 Budgies, Phil and Lil to Guinea Pigs and Rabbits.

My life took a different path and I did not think of working with animals until recently, when I met Mel who works as a Veterinary Nurse here at Vets4Pets. I became a Receptionist at VetsNow Emergency vets where I thoroughly enjoyed working with both the animals and the team. I prefer to work within a practice as you get to know the clients and the animals and build good relations.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner and my daughter who is 8 and loves animals and would like to work with animals, especially Giraffes.

We have a 19 year old cat called Stanley, who we refer to as a Sampoody Tiger and a mad but lovable Labradoodle, Lulu. We have also fostered Labradoodles and Goldendoodles from the Labradoodle Society until they could be found a forever home.

Within the first week of working at Vets4Pets we adopted a beautiful Black Rabbit called Gizmo who lives as an indoor Rabbit and cuddles up with Stanley and Lulu.


Helen Hibbs Maldon

Helen Hibbs

Receptionist

Despite not coming from an animal orientated family, I have loved animals ever since I was small. Over the course of my life so far, I have probably looked after most types at one time or another. Through my late teenage years and early twenties, I owned a lovely part thoroughbred horse, which I bred myself and I was there when she was born. We had a very close bond and she acted more like a dog than a horse.

Then came babies; a son, followed by twin daughters, one of whom is now a Vet Nurse. Her one year old daughter really loves animals too, so it seems to run in the family!

I now have three rescue dogs - Fern, a 15 year old Border Collie, together with Peggy and Jazz, two mischievous terries whom I love to walk with my partner. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with all my family.


Beverley Wood

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Having always wanted to pursue a career as a Veterinary Nurse, I started nursing in 2009 and I attended Writtle College to complete my NVQ Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant course. This allowed me to progress onto level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare where I qualified in the summer of 2013.

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing, especially feline behaviour, taking care and nursing the patient; I enjoy running nurse clinics offering support and advice on routine preventative treatment and diet.

I am a member of the British veterinary Nursing Association and attend as many local CPD events as possible. I plan to attend further courses on feline behaviour and fluid therapy treatment, as this is another keen interest of mine.

I am currently completing an ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) Certificate in feline friendly nursing and will be running senior, and behaviour cat clinics in the future. We are also working towards turning our clinic into an ISFM cat friendly clinic.

I have a ten year old cat called Alfie, he is a very sensitive little character and isn't too fond of sharing his territory! In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, camping, bike rides and travelling.