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Meet the Southend Airport Team

Southend Airport Vets4Pets Carlo

Carlo De Vito DVM MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon 

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Italy in 1998 and after practising as a vet in Italy, I moved to the Middle East (Kuwait and Qatar). I have been working in the UK since 2011.

My special interests are all first opinion conditions in dogs and cats, along with ultrasound and orthopaedic procedures.

Southend Airport Vets4Pets Shola

Shola Idowu MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon 

I have been a veterinary surgeon for the last 10 years working all over the world. I have been privileged to live and work with some great people in Essex for the last 10 years practising veterinary medicine.

My passion for excellent delivery of animal care and high quality customer centred service has been the main drive throughout my career.

My special interests are all aspects of internal medicine and cardiology; I am currently studying for a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

When I am not working, I enjoy reading, jogging, playing football with my three boys and actively policing our exotic fishes from being overfed by the boys!

Southend Airport Vets4Pets Anna Dombek

Anna Dombek MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon 

I graduated from Warsaw university of life sciences with a degree of veterinary surgeon. I own the best pets in the world, a rescue dog called Freda and a rescue cat called Freya. They both bring a lot of joy to my life.

Apart from small animal internal medicine, my field of interest is veterinary physiotherapy. I completed a certificate in small animal physiotherapy in the last year of my veterinary education. I Also hold a BSc degree, which I completed at Melbourne university, Australia.

In my free time I enjoy outdoor recreational activities, like cycling or hiking.

Southend Airport Vets4Pets Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith RVN

Veterinary Nurse 

My name is Rachael, I'm a qualified veterinary nurse working at Vets4Pets Southend Airport. 

I qualified in 2014 but have been nursing for other clinics for 10 years. 

I have a cat called Poppy and a tortoise called Lollypop. 

In my spare time I enjoy socialising and cooking. 

Southend Airport Vets4Pets Stacey McMillan

Stacey McMillan 

Student Veterinary Nurse 

I graduated from university in 2013 with a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. I then volunteered at Vets4Pets Southend for 6 months as a Nurse Assistant, before progressing to Companion Care Chelmsford with a job as a VCA. I transferred to this surgery when it opened and I'm excited to work with my new team.

I have a Golden Retriever called Brody, two guinea pigs called Patrick and Rupert and a chicken called Fleur. I've been horse riding since I was 9 years old and ride every week. I also enjoy socialising with my friends in my spare time. 

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Caroline De Oliveira

Veterinary Care Assistant 

My name is Caroline and I work part-time as a veterinary care assistant. I have been working with the team since September 2015 but I have worked in other practices on and off for about 10 years whilst raising my 3 children.

I have a dog called Buzz.

Southend Airport Vets4Pets Carol Putt

Carol Putt

Head Receptionist

I am really enjoying my role at the new practice. I have always worked in customer services and I love welcoming our new clients and meeting their gorgeous pets. 

At home I have a chocolate Labrador puppy called Rolo who is a delight, along with 3 cats a rabbit and a goldfish!

When I'm not working my 4 children keep me busy and to relax I like to read and go away for the weekend in our caravan.

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Karen Croft


I joined the team in September 2015 and am loving being back in veterinary care after a break of nearly 10 years.
When I am not working, I am kept busy at home by my two young children and retired greyhounds Jimmy & Molly. 

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Leah Burch


I joined Vets4Pets in 2015 and couldn't love my job as a receptionist more!
It has always been my dream to work in an animal environment and to top it off I work with an amazing, friendly team.

When I'm not working I'm kept very busy with my 2 children, 2 dogs (my rescue Missy Kissy & Booboo), and our bearded dragon Rexi.

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Ellie Putt


I joined the team in June 2015 as a part time receptionist whilst studying for my A levels. I really enjoy working here and meeting all our clients and their pets. I have always loved animals and couldn't imagine a better team to work with for my first job!

I love to spend time with my pets and at home we have a gorgeous chocolate Labrador, 2 cats and a rabbit.