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Meet The Newbury Vet Team | Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Newbury

Meet the Newbury vet team

Charlotte Lewis - JVP at Newbury

Charlotte Lewis BVetMed BSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Joint Venture Partner

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1999, after completing an Intercalated Veterinary degree, (BVetMed and BSc(Hons) Physiology). I have spent the last 15 years in small animal and exotic practice and I completed a General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice in 2011. As you can probably tell my specific clinical interests lie in exotic animal work (every thing from snakes to birds of prey) but I also love working with cats and dogs and have an interest in dermatology and internal medicine.

I took over as joint venture partner at Newbury Vets4Pets in January 2012. We have been working hard as a team to achieve high standards of clinical excellence as both a first opinion and exotic referral practice. I was incredibly proud when we were the first practice in Berkshire to be awarded a Gold Standard Cat Friendly practice by ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine).

When not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and our pets, we have three dogs, a cat and a tortoise. In the past I have also helped raise/ been surrogate mum to a Canadian goose, a magpie and a tawny owl. I enjoy travelling, learning new languages, and I have recently taken up diving.

Ivan at Newbury

Ivan Crotaz BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ivan works part-time with us and is in on Thursdays and Fridays, he graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1999.

His special interests are in rabbit medicine, and anaesthesia. He has extensive experience in the practical management and treatment of acute and chronic rabbit disease and has research interests in dental disease and anaesthesia techniques. Ivan is a general practitioner who also sees second opinion medical and surgical rabbit cases, as well as lecturing on rabbit husbandry. He also enjoys the challenges of working in a first opinion small animal practice.

Ivan is married with two children. In his spare time Ivan enjoys being with his children, and also ballroom dancing, mountain biking and boating. He is also a dab hand at DIY.

Newbury V4P Sam

Samantha Walker MVDr MRCVS

Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in Newbury surrounded by animals and from a young age had a burning ambition to be a vet. On leaving school I took a degree course in Animal Biology at the University of Gloucestershire, after which I started my veterinary studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Slovakia. I qualified as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

After qualifying as a vet I spent a month volunteering at LASSie, a charity clinic in Malaysia, where we ran neutering programs for both street dogs and family pets. We also treated many infected wounds, injured animals and many were riddled with parasites!

I joined Vets4Pets Newbury on the Graduate Development program in August 2014, and I am really enjoying getting to know all the patients – and their owners!

Newbury Vets4Pets Clare Smith

Clare Smith

Practice Manager

I am the practice manager here at Vets4Pets Newbury, previously I was head nurse before going on maternity leave.

I have worked with animals ever since leaving university, before I trained as a veterinary nurse I worked for an animal charity looking after a range of animals from chinchillas and rats to alpacas, pigs and horses. I also spent a large amount of time attempting to control a large and unruly band of volunteers as we held numerous Christmas fairs, open days and pet blessings! During this time I realised I enjoyed working with other team members, volunteers and the public as well as animals so I will be working hard to try and involve Vets4Pets Newbury in the local community as much as possible. I will also be working hard to ensure we carry on offering the best clinical standards, the most sympathetic nursing and the friendliest client care we can possibly manage.

When I am not working I mainly run around after my twin babies who are an extremely lovable pair of gremlins. Since having children hobbies have become the thing of legend but given the chance I enjoy horse riding, playing and watching rugby and being a rubbish but ever hopeful grower of vegetables.

Newbury V4P Jenni

Jenni Robertson

Head Nurse

I am Australian born and bred living in the UK with my family so we can see a bit of the world. I qualified as a vet nurse many moons ago and despite being in the job for as long as I have, I still love what I do. I have a Diploma in Horse Husbandry and I was a riding instructor for many years. I have a Certificate in Anaesthetics which comes in handy every day.

I have had a huge variety of pets in my lifetime; Guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, rats, mice, dogs, cats, and fish have all been a part of my family at some time or another. My favourites would have to be a toss up between rats and horses. My favourite place in the world to be is sitting astride a horse. They are amazing to work with and always a challenge. I have no pets in the UK but I get my animal fix every day at work.

Since being in the UK I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful and much loved pets. I love my team and enjoy being able to work with a variety of interesting animals and cases. I run nurse clinics every week day for nutritional guidance, weight clinics, parasite control and anything that concerns you about the general well being of your pet. I am also the PetPlan insurance advisor so feel free to talk to be about Insurance protection for your beloved cat, dog or rabbit.

My mantra is - 'You're never too old to learn'!

Newbury V4P Marion Newman

Marion Newman BSc(Hons)

Veterinary Nurse

Since a young age I wanted to work with animals and following my degree course in Biological Sciences at Plymouth and a year out working as a nanny, I started veterinary nursing in 1995, and qualified in 1998.

In 2000, I did voluntary work with a cat neutering charity in Spain whilst I was pregnant with my first son. I was pregnant with my second son when I first started working at Vets4Pets Newbury not long after it opened in 2003. I was initially employed as a part-time receptionist, until I returned to work after the birth of my daughter in 2007 as a veterinary nurse.

I am currently running morning nurse clinics between 11am – 12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. There are nurse clinics on Tuesdays, but that’s my day off when I have to look after my own pets!

I am about to start upon two courses in order to become a Pet Diabetes Counsellor, and a Pet Bereavement Counsellor, as I feel these are two areas in which owners may require more support than may be currently available.

Newbury V4P Sydney Sova

Sydney Sova (Syd)

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have been a Veterinary Care Assistant at Newbury Vets4Pets since March 2014. Before this I gained lots of experience volunteering at Trindledown farm animal rescue centre for 6 months, and volunteering at Vets4Pets Newbury every Thursday for a year (before they finally caved in and offered me the job).

I love working with the animals and couldn’t think of anything more rewarding! Helping clients and their pets is a number one goal! I also enjoy lab work, and managing the the practice laboratory is one of my areas of responsibility.

I am currently studying at Sparsholt college in Hampshire doing the Veterinary Care Assistant course with the intention of going on to the veterinary nursing course next year. I really enjoy it there and love learning new things!

Newbury Receptionist Sarah Peacock

Sarah Peacock


I grew up with a wide variety of animals from ferrets to ponies and always wanted to work with animals. However, I somehow ended up as a qualified dental nurse! Four years ago I decided to make the change and began a 9 month maternity cover role and they haven't managed to get rid of me since.

I am owned by Freddie, my OAP tortoise with attitude and also Eddie and Sam that I adopted from DogsTrust many years ago. Recently, in a moment of madness, I took on a young lurcher called Merly that was brought into Vets4Pets as a stray. I am planning on starting training classes with her soon!

In my free time I volunteer for various animal rescues as a homechecker and I also make dichoric glass jewellery. 

Claire Pickett - Receptionist @ Newbury.

Claire Pickett


What is your favourite animal and why?
Red eyed tree frog, vivid colours and really cute. 

What pets do you have and what are their names?
I have two dogs, Atka and Millie, a cat called Morph and Splodge the guinea pig. 

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across?

What is your favourite famous animal?
Elsa from Born Free. 

What's the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets?
Knowing that you are helping in some way.