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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.

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Hajara Danagana

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) many years ago and upon graduating began work with the Nigerian Police Dog Section and Mounted Troops.

I also spent some time at the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography where I was one of a team responsible for fish farming. 

In 2013 I sat my statutory membership exam to become a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons enabling me to practice in this country. I then worked for a PDSA charity hospital for 15 months. 

I also hold a teaching qualification and have taught and co-ordinated animal management courses at Basingstoke College of Technology. 

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice but I have a particular interest in internal medicine and really enjoy the challenge of working on complicated medical cases. I also have a keen interest in dentistry and ophthalmology. 

In my spare time I spend time with my husband and twins boys and look after my tropical fish and Giant African Land Snails who all keep me busy! 

When I have the chance I love reading and cooking and I like to dabble in a spot of gardening. I also like to visit museums in London.

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.


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Vicky Chalcraft

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started with Newbury Vets4Pets as a student Veterinary Nurse in October 2015 and I know this is the perfect profession for me as I feel we're making a difference. 

I love working with animals and the team here are amazing! I feel very privileged that my job involves spending lots of time with our lovely patients, looking after them, helping to get them better and just generally giving them loads of fuss and cuddles! 

I did a year of animal science at Reading University before starting at MYF College doing an NVQ in Veterinary Nursing. It's the perfect combination of learning practical skills alongside the theory from college. 

I have two pets; one named Martha who's a young Chihuahua X Jack Russell (the naughtiest member of the team) who comes to work with me everyday and a cat named Petit Choux Fleur (which means my little cauliflower). She came in as a stray to the practice with an aural haematoma (a cauliflower ear!) 

I am particularly interested in lab work and really enjoy running all the various diagnostic tests we do here. One of my main responsibilities is looking after all the lab machines and making sure that they run smoothly.

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Sophie McAuley

Student Veterinary Nurse

I have recently moved to Vets4Pets from another practice out of my area to continue my training. 

I grew up in Newbury and Hungerford and I've always loved the country side in this area. 

It was a few years ago that I decided I wanted to train as a veterinary nurse. It took a long time to gain work experience and be accepted into a training practice but luckily in January 2015 I started at MYF training college in Aldershot. 

I'm about to go into my final year and I can’t wait to be qualified. At home I have two cats Nala and Kevin, I adore them more than anything! 

Although I love dogs my heart will always lie with my feline friends! You could say I'm a crazy cat lady! At home I love to bake which, could be good for my new team here! 

Everyone has been so kind and welcoming here so I'm really looking forward to working alongside such lovely people!

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Olivia Shotliff

Receptionist

I’ve spent most of my life surrounded by horses and other animals and my first job was a Yard Assistant. 

I originally started a Psychology Degree but soon realised that I was more interested in Animal Psychology and decided to transfer to an Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree at UWE. 

After making this decision, I saw the receptionist job advertised for Vets4Pets in Newbury and thought it would be perfect for gaining knowledge and experience in a small animal practice. 

Since working here, I have learnt so much about a variety of species of animals and it has ensured me that working with animals is the right career choice. 

The team at Vets4Pets Newbury have been so helpful, answering any questions and helping develop my understanding of animals. I really enjoy listening to the clients talk about their pet’s behaviour and what training techniques they use.

Newbury Receptionist Sarah Peacock

Sarah Peacock

Receptionist

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.