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Vets4Pets Merry Hill

Meet the Merry Hill vet team

Monish Malhotra JVP Merry Hill

Monish Malhotra MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Partner

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2003. I worked in the Birmingham area in small animal practice for two years before I began working as a locum all over the UK to gain experience. I then worked and travelled around Australia and New Zealand for 2½ years - this was an amazing experience which allowed me to gain invaluable insight into differing clinical practices.

I enjoy being a vet general practitioner, especially the close interaction and relationship between vet and patient. I love providing an excellent service to all my clients and patients - both old and new.

Outside of work I am a sports enthusiast, love to read and I am also a movie buff. My rescued Rottweiler, Beyonce, enjoys coming to work with me regularly!



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Ewa Czernicka MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Warsaw University of Life Science, Poland. I worked in a small animal clinic in Poland before I came to the UK 10 months ago. During my unvicersity time I was a member of IVSA-international Veterinary Student Association, which gave me an opportunity to participate in many research projects I also had a chance to do intership in one of the Equine Hospital, Oakdale, CA, USA.

My professional interests lie in surgery and imaging and in my spare time I love to travel- one of the most amazing places where I have been are Elephants Rescue Centre in Sri Lanka & beautiful Greenland. During my winter time I like to do snowboarding & summer sailing.

I am very happy to be a new member of the Companion Care Team and I am going to do my very best to provide owners & their pets the highest level of care.



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Florena Toma, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi, Romania in 2016. During my university years I volunteered then worked for a small animal practice in Romania. Those experiences helped me gain more knowledge and confidence when working with animals. 


Back home I have a fluffy Bichon, Timmy and his best friend, a stray cat, Codita. He comes visit him every day, but refuses to move in definitively. To me, pets are part of the family and I want to offer them the same medical care as I would like to get. I'm proud to be part of this amazing medical team and I'm excited to become a better vet everyday with their help. In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, swimming and travelling.


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Bogdan Florescu MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born & raised in Romania, I studied veterinary medicine in Iasi, where I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in July 2016.

During university I volunteered & worked inside a veterinary clinic that mostly dealt with small animals, but I also had the chance to work with farm animals for a couple of weeks.

I've always loved animals and one of my dreams was to move to a country that would give me the opportunity to interact with as many animal species as possible. Fortunately this dream came true in 2017, when I was given the chance to join this team.

Outside the work schedule, I enjoy visiting museums, old historical places, and when nobody is listening I really enjoy a good karaoke!



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Ionut Iurciuc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi Romania in 2015. During my studies I’ve completed internships for both small and large animals. I became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London in March 2017 and soon I have the opportunity and pleasure to be employed with Companion Care Vets and their extraordinary team.

Being a vet surgeon is the best challenge for me because I have to consult patients who do not speak, who can’t say in which area there are dysfunctions, patients who often react simply instinctively; so I must be able to "read" the clinical signs of the patient, interpret, diagnose, and intervene for solving the disease. With every happy owner I feel like I’ve achieved my purpose.

I have my best friend Tasa, a 7 year old boxer, here in the UK with me. She is a lovely companion, the best partner for outdoor activities and my constant source of joy.



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Stefan-Vlad Apostol MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Iasi, Romania, in July 2016. During college I volunteered for a small animal practice clinic in Iasi, where I had the chance to apply the things that I was learning. I have also done a practice summer stage at a dairy farm. When the opportunity to be a part of the Companion Care Vets I didn’t hesitate because I knew it will be a great step for my professional development, being able to apply my knowledge but also to gain new experience. I’ve always been surrounded by animals and I would describe myself as a dog person even though I currently have four cats, which I'm very fond of.



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Demi Howen, RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

I started at companion care back in 2012 as a student nurse and graduated as an RVN in 2016. I over see the clinical running of the practices and am a clinical coach to our nursing students. I am currently working towards a specialist certificate in emergency and critical care.

I throughly enjoy working between our three practices especially conducting weight loss & diabetic clinics, as well as having a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery and wound management. I am fond of large breed dogs with a particular soft spot for staffies- stemming from my own crazy staffie Marley. I am extremely passionate about providing the highest level of care to all of our patients and look forward to meeting new clients and their beloved pets everyday.



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Liz Roberts BSc (Hons)

Practice Manager

 

I graduated from the University of Northampton in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Applied Animal Studies, and then started working at Companion Care/Vets4Pets in early 2013.

 

During my time at the practice, I have been involved in a variety of roles - from reception to nursing, and have now progressed to my current role as the manager. My role largely involves administration duties, & overseeing the general running of the practice. I also have the huge task of submitting & overseeing all the insurance claims at all our branches, & I am the resident insurance expert! I am passionate about growing our three practices, and am always looking to improve the care & service provided to our patients & owners.

 

I have a keen interest in dog behaviour & training, & have a particular soft spot for both spaniels and collies - I have previously owned several spaniels & currently own a rescue dog called Molly who is a 5 year-old Springer Spaniel cross Collie (pictured with me here). I also own a very fluffy, Norwegian Forest Cat called Cleo, two guinea pigs called Richmond and Moss, and 3 hamsters called Buffy, Willow, & Neville - all my pets are rescue animals, and most of them have various health problems or physical defects! In my spare time I also enjoy cooking & reading.



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Beth Golding

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am currently training as a veterinary nurse at this clinic whilst studying the Level 3 diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Halesowen College. I also did voluntary work at this practice for several months prior to starting my training which gave me more experience of a variety of animals. I am very proud to be part of the Vets4Pets Merry Hill team. I have experienced service from both ends as prior to starting here I was also a customer and brought my own dog to this practice & have seen that all the staff have the same passion for providing the best possible care and experience to every animal that visits us.

I have always had a passion for animals, so choosing a career path was extremely easy for me. In the future, I aspire to become a fully-qualified veterinary nurse, and hopefully own more animals! I currently live with my Shih-Tzu Oscar and my rabbit Charlie both of whom I adore!

    

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Jodie Young

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a new member to this team, I am currently studying Veterinary Nursing at Halesowen College where I have developed a particular interest towards hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. I hope to complete further training in these areas in the future.

 

I've always lived around animals growing up including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and lizards. Now I live with my pet husky called Marni and hamster called Fluffy.

 

I have gained a huge insight of the Veterinary world here and enjoy it thoroughly, working between our 3 branches allows me to meet more clients and their pets which I always look forward to!



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Michelle Vale

Head Receptionist/Animal Care Assistant

I have recently joined the practice and am thoroughly enjoying my time here. I am very animal orientated and have always aspired to work in the veterinary sector. I have completed a Level 3 diploma in Animal Management and hope to further my education & qualifications in the future. Throughout my childhood I owned a large variety of pets including rodents, birds, cats and dogs. I particularly have a soft spot for the larger dog breeds. I thoroughly look forward to meeting all the clients and their pets!

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Dom Allen

Client Care Manager/Animal Care Assistant

I previously worked at Pets at Home & during that time I gained hands-on experience with numerous animals, and completed several animal-related exams. This experience in the animal industry reinforced my natural passion for animals and made me want to pursue a higher level of training. I am hoping to return to college to train as a fully-qualified vet nurse in the near future.

I am an avid video maker and most of my free time is spent making short films and videos. I'm also a huge football and boxing fan. I've always had a huge love of animals which is shown through my large pet collection which consists of a Leonberger mountain dog, a Bengal cat, a rescue cat, two rabbits, two gerbils and a bearded dragon.



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Becky Turley

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a new member of the team. I have recently started studying veterinary nursing at Halesowen College. I have a great passion for what I am working to become. I have previously taken part with work experience at a mini zoo and stables where I cared for farm and exotic animals! At home I have a Chug (Chihuahua cross with Pug), a rescue Collie, a cat, Lion head rabbit and a young pony which I spend a lot of time with! I look forward to meeting all clients and their pets!
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Jamahl Stewart

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started at this surgery in 2013 as a student Animal Nursing Assistant &, upon completion of that, I progressed onto Veterinary Nursing and will soon be a fully-qualified veterinary nurse.

In my free time I love to travel, go to music concerts and watch nature programmes on TV. I have always had a passion for all animals and live with two cats called Lily and Twinkle, a rescue greyhound called Tudor and a 5ft Corn snake called Pebbles.



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Zoe Davis

Deputy Practice Manager/Animal Care Assistant

After completing a BTEC national diploma in Animal Management at Halesowen College, I started working at our surgery in Oldbury (Companion Care Oldbury) before moving to this Merry Hill branch. I feel very privileged to be working with such amazing team of individuals, I also enjoy interacting with the clients and their animals and maybe having a munch or two!

I have a particular soft spot for the larger dog breeds such as Saint Bernard’s and Mastiffs. I volunteered in the equine industry for over 5 years before getting a horse of my own. During this time I have also owned a variety of small animals, and currently share my home with my cockapoo Milo, 1 Gerbil, 3 Rats, and a cheeky English Lop who thinks he is a dog. In my spare time I enjoy having a relaxing day down the stables and playing pool on the weekend with friends.


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Samanta Celeste

Nursing Assistant

I graduated from veterinary Medicine in 2008 in Brazil, and then I did two years of internship with a small animal practice which helped me to acquire more knowledge in internal medicine & surgery. After that, I did two specialization courses to complement my knowledge.

 

I have moved to the UK recently & I am very happy and proud to be part of this outstanding team at Companion Care. My aim for the near future is to accredit my diploma at the RCVS and work here as a Vet.

 

Throughout my life I have owned some dogs, cats & one rabbit. I adore cats. In my spare time, I love to stay with my family, practice sports and travel. I also like to watch movies & study new subjects!



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Saskia Bradley

Receptionist/Animal Care Assistant

I am currently a student in my last year of college doing GCSEs, I started working at the Merry Hill practice as work experience in July, this was followed by four months voluntary until November when i turned 16 and was offered a Saturday job.

I have a great passion for my job and intend to continue this in college by taking my sciences to hopefully become a vet in the future, i have always had a strong passion for animals and so choosing this career path was extremely easy for me.

At home i have two guinea-pigs and a horse. I have a particular soft spot for pugs and French bulldogs. I am very much looking forward to meeting all of your pets!

 

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Shannon Burrows

Receptionist

After years of working for a corporate company and then being made redundant I decided to use my redundancy money towards a long time passion of mine to work with animals.

 

I entered into college as a mature student and obtained my National Diploma in Animal Care and then went on to start my HND in Animal Management at Solihull College. During my college time I entered into many work placement experiences which included Hoo Farm & West Midlands Safari park which just fuelled my passion all the more.

 

After college I secured my first full time paid animal job at Brockswood animal sanctuary where I looked after animals and students.

 

Currently I work as a Dog Groomer part time, and at Vets4Pets/Companion Care on weekends, which I have enjoyed so much that I am hoping to return to college to train as a vet assistant or vet nurse, so 'watch this space'



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Lauren Farquharson

Receptionist

I've recently joined the team at Companion Care Oldbury, and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here - meeting all the lovely, dedicated clients and their pets.

 

I attended Coventry university and graduated with a BA Honours degree in Dance and Theatre, so I have a background in performing arts, however I was looking for a change in career & I can't wait to see what the future holds for me here.

 

I have had a few pets over the years, and currently have a handsome cat called Louie who has been by my side for 7 years. I definitely have a soft spot for cats and puppies, and I enjoy meeting each patient that visits the clinic.