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Vets4Pets Oadby

Meet the Oadby vet team

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Amie Hanks

Head Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

Joined the Practice in 2010.

I qualified from the RVC in 2007 gaining my BVetMed MRCVS. In 2010 I gained a Certificate in Animal Behaviour, in 2011 I completed a Foundation Course in Veterinary Acupuncture and in 2016 I also completed my PgC in Small Animal Surgery. 

I live near Market Harborough, am married to Ben and currently have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 rabbits and a horse. 

I genuinely enjoy the variety that working in general practice brings along with the additional challenges of running a busy clinic. However, my passion lies in operating so any complex and weird and wonderful surgery and I'm in my element!

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Jackie Howell

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

I was born and grew up on my family’s Dairy Farm, working with animals was the only career I ever considered doing. I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1987 and went to work in a mixed practice in Coalville where I stayed for 16 years with a few year's break at different practices.

In 2003 I went to a meeting with the newly formed Vets4Pets recruitment team and liked the fresh ideas that they had for Companion animal practice. I opened Oadby Vets4Pets in 2004 with 2 colleagues and no clients but the practice soon grew and now I have a great partner in Amie Hanks and we have 14 colleagues working with us providing the best care we can for over 8000 patients

I have been married to Glyn for 15 years and we have moved back to my family farm in Northamptonshire after my father died to keep my mother company. I have 5 dogs, 3 step children and 4 grandchildren.

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Paula Darker

Veterinary Surgeon

Qualifications: BVMS, MRCVS.

Joined the Practice in 2013.

I am married with 2 young boys, 1 cat, 2 gerbils and 2 fish.

I love most things about my job but I probably lean more towards medicine, in particular Cardiology and Endocrinology.

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Jo Large

Veterinary Surgeon

Qualifications: MRCVS.

Joined the Practice in 2013.

I live with my partner, 2 naughty torties, a bunny and some fish. I enjoy playing the piano, supporting Norwich City football club (someone has to!) and socialising with family and friends.

My main interests are in small animal medicine and I am about to start studying towards a postgraduate certificate in this area.

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Michelle Nkrumah

Veterinary Surgeon

Qualifications: BSc(hons) BVetMed MRCVS.

Joined the Practice in 2012.

I live at home with my husband, two children and two family pets, which are a cat, called Mollie and a Border Collie, called Toby. I now work part time at Oadby and mostly spend my days off keeping the children entertained.

I enjoy many different areas of first opinion practice from the routine day to day surgeries and consultations to the more complex cases. I have particular interests in medicine, emergency and critical care and small mammals.

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Amy Parr

Veterinary Surgeon

Qualifications: EVSC MRCVS.

Joined the Practice in 2016.

On my days off or weekends I like cooking & baking. I enjoy long walks with the family dog in the country and the evening are spent socialising with friends and family.

As a newly qualified vet I am still enjoying all aspects of small animal practice. At university I was very interested in anaesthesia so this might be something I look to gain a further qualification in, in the future.

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Bev Gwyther-Canton

Practice Manager

Qualifications: ANA and Distinction in animal care.

Joined the Practice in 2007.

I live at home with my husband and have a grown up son that lives in London. We have two furry children that meow. If I'm not at work I can be found down the gym. I enjoy socialising with family and friends and pottering in the garden. Love to learn new things.

No two days are the same in my job so it is very varied. I like to turn my hand to anything so I am very versatile in the practice to assisting with procedures to hoovering. Really enjoy working in this team as they are like my second family and all bring different attributes to the challenges of the day. I look forward to many more years with this growing practice and learning along the way.

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Leah Reeve

Registered Head Veterinary Nurse

Qualifications: RVN, Pet Health Councillor.

Joined the Practice in 2007.

I live with my two gorgeous cats Max and Paddy Oh and my husband Jay, I enjoy Pilates and running-generally keeping fit. I love spending time with family and friends socialising.

I love every part of my job and I cannot say that I have a particular interest in just one area but I do love consultations and being able to help clients with any problems they may have with their pets. My priority is making sure that all of our in-patients are cared for to the highest standards on a daily basis.

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Lisa Brown


Qualifications: Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Joined the Practice in 2017.

I have been nursing for 15 years taking breaks to bring up my two children that are grown up now. I have a mush loved elderly Jack Russell cross dog called Ashley. I enjoy assisting with operations and nurse consultation's. Everyday is different and the variety of cases is always of interest. for the future I am looking forward to getting to know the Vets4Pets owners and their pets and being part of the veterinary team.

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Andrea Gillibrand

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Qualifications: Veterinary Nursing NVQ level 3.

Joined the Practice in 2004.

I'm married with 2 children aged 9 and 6 and have an 8 month old Bedlington terrier. I enjoy travel, live music events and dining out.

I enjoy all aspects of being a veterinary nurse and just working in a fun happy team and looking after some fantastic patients is enough.

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Ionie Roberts

Student Veterinary Nurse

Qualifications: HND Animal Management, Student Veterinary Nurse

Joined the Practice in 2017

I live at home with my mum, younger brother and little dog Pickles. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with family and friends, and I have a strong passion for travelling.

I enjoy learning new things and I’m very excited to gain further experience as I study to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse.


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Claire Wait

Kennel Assistant

Qualifications: BSC Hons Equine Science and Horse racing.

Joined the Practice in 2014.

I live with one or two pets with my partner. We enjoy walking the dogs we have in the country side or days out to the sea side.I enjoy learning new things that really interest me.

I like being a best friend to all our patients and feel maternal towards them, to help ensure their time with isn't too stressful. I enjoy assisting on medical procedures-the gooeyer the better!

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Cerys Johnson


Qualifications: City and guilds Level 3 diploma in animal care and animal management,certificate in anatomy of dog grooming and city and guilds Level 3 introductory in Dog grooming and working towards my diploma.

Joined the Practice in 2017.

I've just recently moved up to Leicester to be with family after living in Bournemouth most of my life. I've also had a keen interest in animal ever since I was little as my dad is a farrier. At home we have 3 dogs, two Labradors called Betty and Ollie and a schnoodle called Mac. I've been lucky enough to do 2 weeks work experience at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire which I really enjoyed and joined knowledge. Before working at vets4pets I worked in a groomers for nearly 4 years and got my qualification and now I working towards a higher one.

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Mary Marriott


Qualifications: Pet Plan Adviser.

Joined the Practice in 2005.

I have 3 daughters, 2 cats and 2 Romanian Rescue Street dogs. 

I do fostering for 'Romanian Rescue Strays' and also help out with home checks. I'm very interested in Dog Behaviour, especially now that I have two rescue dogs. I love going on long walks and running in my spare time.

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Maria Sanderson


Qualifications: Animal first aid.

Joined the Practice in 2012.

I have two grown up children and have a lodger that looks after my garden tortoise for me. I really enjoy going to the theatre with family and friends.

I love the variety of work that each day brings to the practice. We have a lovely working atmosphere with colleagues and good relationships with the clients and their pets. I feel most rewarded when a poorly pet goes home better.

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Michelle Wrathall

Part-time Receptionist

Qualifications: Petplan health advisor.

Joined the Practice in 2010.

I live locally with my husband, son and "fur" daughter (ginger ninja cocker spaniel Sandy!!)

I love all our furry customers! Especially FERRETS! We do not get that many in so I always give them a special ferrety fuss when we do.

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Kay Wood



Joined the practice: 2017


I am married with 2 grown up children . I have a dog and enjoy walking, going to the cinema , music and I make lace and belong to an embroidery class. I also enjoy knitting and crochet.


At work I enjoy seeing all the lovely pets the visit us here.