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Meet The Sidcup Vet Team | Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Sidcup

Meet the Sidcup vet team

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Javier Herrero MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Owner

I am originally from a village in the pure Spanish countryside, where the closest city is Segovia, which is very near Madrid. I graduated in Leon in 2007 after spending my last year of university in Valencia. I have been working in South East London since 2010 in various Small Animal Practices and Emergency and Out of Hours centres; This year as well as stating up this practice I also plan to start a post graduate certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

Outside of work, I spend the very little time I have with friends, enjoying the amazing British countryside and enjoy watching movies. I particularly enjoy football and tennis and have a tendency to be slightly competitive. Last year I took on a very young stray cat with a spinal problem, it was quite sad at the time, as he could not use his hind legs. That was around a year ago but now, he is "unstoppable", although he still walks a little bit like Charlie Chaplin, which is how he got his name, "Charlie. He has got a very strong personality too. My aim is to be able to provide the most professional and educated service to both, patient and client; and with honesty as the main rule.

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Rafael Garrido MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeons & Practice Owner

I am originally from Granada in southern Spain and qualified as a vet in 2006. Since February 2009. I have been working within the Sidcup area of the UK in small animal practice. I Love being in the operating theatre and I have always been interested in echography (echocardiography, abdominal ultrasonography, eyes). I have a strong passion for small animal internal medicine and I'm currently undertaking a 2 years certificate in small animal internal medicine.

When not working my hobbies include fossils, picking mushrooms, photography, reading and of course animals. I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I'm happily married to Katarina, who is a vet as well, and we have a six and a half months old daughter called Lucia. Our pets are Lady and Cesar both of them 6 and a half years old. We also have some Neon fish and 3 Yamato shrimps!

I would like to offer a very good service to my clients and to provide the best treatment for my patients. My next goal will be to do some advance courses on ultrasonography and cardiology.

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Victoria Barrett BSc(hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Vicky joined Vets4Pets Sidcup in August 2015 after completing degrees in Pharmacology and Veterinary Medicine. 

Prior to taking the plunge and becoming a vet herself, Vicky worked for three years as veterinary receptionist and nursing assistant in different practices in South East London.

Outside of work her hobbies include cycling, reading and borrowing her parents’ dog Betsy. Vicky enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is keen to pursue further study in internal medicine and exotics medicine in the future.

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Registered Veterinary Nurse

Katie has worked in the veterinary field since 2008 and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in February 2013. 

She also has a national diploma in equine management. Prior to starting at Vets4pets Sidcup when it opened in 2014 she worked as an emergency and critical care nurse in a 24 hour veterinary hospital. 

In her spare time Katie enjoys socialising with friends and family (including the fur babies) and horse riding. She has a dilute tortoiseshell cat called Muffin who is 6 years old and a rescue Chinese dwarf hamster called Lemon who is 1 year old.

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Veterinary Care Assistant

Lauren joined Vets4Pets Sidcup in November 2014, after having been working at a different practice for over a year. 

She had previous experience volunteering at small animal and wildlife rescue centres and she will start her course to become a Qualified Veterinary Nurse in the near future. 

In 2014, Lauren completed the Level 2 Animal Nursing Assistant course. At home, she has three rabbits (Maisy, Poppy and Marley) and three cats (Dizzy, Artie and Milou).

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Sam joined Vets4Pets Sidcup in October 2015, after having been working for a large animal rescue and rehoming centre for 13 years. 

She has been a member of various dog clubs for 24 years, ranging from Agility, Heelwork to Music and Obedience. Her hobbies include photography, scrapbooking, bike riding, spending time with her husband and daughter and training her dogs. 

She is owned by two crazy Lurchers, Moco Loco and Vogue as well as 4 rabbits, Button, Henry, Fluffles and Oreo. She is continuing to work on her husband to own a Dexter Cow!

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Monica has been working at Vets4Pets Sidcup as a receptionist since we first opened.

 She lives with her cat Bea, who is 9 years old this year, and Coco, a lovely Shih Tzu puppy who just joined her family.

 Her interests are anything to do with crafts and she crochets blankets for the surgery.

She enjoys her job very much, meeting all the animals and making a fuss of all of them.