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Meet the Richmond vet team

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Roger Bralow BVSc MRCVS CertSAS CertSAP

Practice Owner and Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Queensland Australia in 1997. After working in small animal and mixed practice in Australia for three years I headed over to the UK. I have now been a resident for over 15 years and lived all over London before settling in Southwest London.

I've gained a wide range of experience working as the Head Veterinarian for a very busy hospital for the seven years, practising at the highest possible level. More recently deciding to take on a new challenge and open my very own Vets4Pets.

I have postgraduate certificates in small animal practice and surgery and I'm currently studying a cardiology certificate. I'm passionate about providing the best standard of care for all animals.

I have a lovely cat named Callan which I adopted as an abandoned stray.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids and can usually be found cycling with them, climbing or running in Bushy Park.

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Roger Irish BSc(Hons)Pharm MVB MRCVS

Practice Owner and Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a Vet from UCD in Dublin in 2009, and spent two and a half years working in mixed practice in Ireland. My wife is from London, so we moved back in 2012 and I have been working in small animal practice ever since. 

I am currently undertaking a post graduate certificate in small animal medicine. I enjoy all aspects of being a vet, both medical and surgical. I grew up on a family farm, surrounded by animals. Despite originally becoming a Pharmacist and working in that profession for several years, I always knew that veterinary medicine was where my heart was, therefore it was back to university for me. 

I am now very fortunate to do a job that I love. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, two daughters, and our Springer Spaniel, Blaise. I am also a keen sportsperson, although sadly my playing days are just about finished. I guess it comes to us all!

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Elizabeth Shrimpton BVSC (Hons), Cert GP SAM, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Having always wanted to be a vet from an early age, I graduated from Bristol University in 2001. I worked in a very busy small animal hospital and mixed practice for two years in South Wales before heading to the London area and concentrating on small animal practice.

I have lived and worked in the Richmond area for 11 years, working as both a sole charge vet and also as part of a much larger team. I work part time at Vets4Pets and spend the rest of my working life in either a busy emergency clinic in central London or locuming at other practices locally in which I have previously worked.

My areas of interest at work are Feline medicine (I have a general practice certificate in small animal medicine) and chronic pain control – I have also completed a course in acupuncture and find its use helpful for many of our patients, alongside more conventional medicines. 

Outside of work I enjoy riding and running in Richmond Park, I have a lovely ginger Moggie cat called Monty, who was hand reared having been found dumped in a cardboard box at two weeks old. 

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Christopher Berkett

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Bristol University in 2015 and, after some travelling, a hectic month of locuming and some inspiring wildlife veterinary work in South Africa for 3 months, have eventually settled into my first full time veterinary job with the Richmond Vets4Pets team, with whom I’ve been since May. 

It’s all very new and exciting at the minute, but I particularly enjoy working up medical cases, and look forward to progressing my surgical skills. 

My main passion outside of work is fitness and health, and in particular I love watching any bit of cricket I can get my eyes on, as well as playing for my local team, which I captain, in the summer. 

I love spending free time with friends and family and I’ve got three beautiful yellow Labradors – Wattle, Themba and Thula.

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Ruth Elliott MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I have wanted to work with animals as long as I can remember. After completing a zoology degree, I decided to put myself through even more study to become a vet. I completed my veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London. After graduation I went to India to help neuter the street dogs and vaccinate them against rabies which was a really rewarding and eye opening experience.

After returning I spent a year working in a busy hospital where I saw loads of interesting cases before working in an equally busy first opinion practice in Caterham. I was very lucky to be offered a job for Vets4Pets after returning from maternity leave.

I am very interested in internal medicine and I am also looking forward to developing my exotics knowledge.

I enjoy spending time with my family and taking my lovely viszla Effie on long walks around Richmond Park.

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Jen Harker RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I started working with animals at the age of 15 when I worked at a large boarding kennels in south east Sydney. This experience allowed me to work closely with the head trainer for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). At this time I learnt first-hand how the dogs are trained for both passive and active response to contraband. I was also lucky enough to be allowed the opportunity to train some young puppies that would hopefully one day be a part of AQIS.

I started working at a veterinary surgery in Sydney Australia in 2005 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009. I’ve worked in the UK from 2012 as a locum veterinary nurse, working in general practice and a referral hospital setting where I also worked out of hour’s emergency nursing.

I have two small dogs that currently live with my parents in Australia. Stanley is a chihuahua x cavalier who was rescued from my first practice and is the ‘problem child’ of the two. My other dog Lani is a long haired chihuahua. Outside of work I can be found roller skating through London or in Hyde Park and love getting together for BBQs with friends and family.

I enjoy working with pet owners to help educate them in preventative health care and also have an interest in wound management and medical nursing.

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Celine Harte RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Celine. I am originally from Ireland but moved to the UK in 2006. I have always wanted to work with animals and started my training as a veterinary nurse in 2008. I qualified as an RVN in 2013. I worked in a very busy 24 hour hospital throughout my training.  I loved the variety that working in a hospital provided and each day brought new challenges! I enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know the animals that came in to stay with us and nursing them from the time of admit until they were well enough to go home. 

I started work at Vets4Pets in June 2015 after taking time off from vet nursing to have my son. 

I have a special interest in animal behaviour and hope to begin studying towards a certificate in animal behaviour next year. 

I have 2 female pet rats, Penny and Bean. 

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Hannah Powell


My name is Hannah and I started working at Vets4Pets in late 2015. I've grown up with a strong affinity and passion for caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. Having being brought up with dogs in the family home that happened to suffer with medical conditions, it's encouraged me to learn how to care for and nurture animals which I have always found extremely rewarding. 

I'm currently the owner/mummy of a cheeky blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier with epilepsy who never fails to keep me on my toes! I have always enjoyed the company of animals and in my spare time can often be found behind a camera lens taking pet portraits. 

I was inspired to complete studies in Kennel operations and have since been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work with Vets4Pets in Richmond. From the moment I stepped in the door, I was overwhelmingly impressed by the standard of care, capabilty and pleasant nature of the staff here. I am very proud to be part of the team and hope that this is just the beginning of my journey to achieving my goal of becoming a Vetinary Nurse. 

Richmond V4P Aimee Kennison

Aimee Kennison


I have always wanted to work with animals since I was little, so jumped at the chance to do some work experience at my local vet when I was 15 years old. I carried this passion throughout my school years and went on to get a degree in BSc (Hons) Animal Management and Welfare at Lincoln University. While I was at University I got to work with a number of different species of animal from dogs, cats, rabbits to snakes, bearded dragons and tarantulas. We even had a few marmosets that were quite fond on grabbing any loose clothing as you walked past or throwing nasty things at you!

When I graduated from university I started volunteering at Weirfield Wildlife Sanctuary while I was looking for my dream job. The sanctuary took in native wildlife with the aim of releasing them back into the wild once they were well enough, so we had to keep interactions to a minimum, this included talking to them which I personally found quite difficult (how can you not say hello when you see a cute little fox cub!)

I have always loved animals but haven't owned nearly as many as I'd like, I've had a dog (Diephenbaker), cat (Whisper), a couple of rats (Mr Biggles and Stuart Spike Lee), a fire-bellied newt (Hot Foot) and Roborovski hamsters (Penn and Teller, Pipper and Pepper). I currently live with (I say it like this because he think he owns the place) Chester Copper-pot the Newfoundland who I swear thinks he's the size of a chihuahua and Heisenberg my lovely little black and white kitty!

My goal is to train to become a Veterinary Nurse Assistant and eventually a Vet Nurse which may now be possible thanks to Vets4Pets.