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Vets4Pets Southend-on-Sea

Meet the Southend-on-Sea

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Gavin Young 

Veterinary Surgeon and Practice Partner

After graduating in 2004 at the RVC, Gavin was employed at Springwell Veterinary Practice in Hertfordshire for seven years before opening Vets4Pets Southend in April 2012. Gavin opened the practice with only two receptionists and one nurse. The staffing has now grown to employ two vets, two receptionists and two full time nurses and a practice manager. Gavin has two beautiful daughters aged 6 years and 18 months. 

Pets: Poppy the practice Jack Russell X

Animal lookalike: Gorilla

Do you own a onesie? No

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Elinor Hinton

Veterinary Surgeon 

Elinor has visited many countries, starting in South America in her gap year before beginning her Veterinary training at the RVC in 2004.  After graduating, Elinor has worked in the Southend area previously and then spent six and a half months travelling to south East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii before coming back to sunny Southend and joining the Vets4Pets team in May 2014.

Pets: Flint, a Leopard Gecko. Walter and Jessie, both Blue Tongue Skinks. A Corn snake called Pop and a Royal Python named Obelisk. 

Animal lookalike: Blue Tongue Skink

Do you own a onesie? Yes, a Giraffe.

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Claire Dudden RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse 

Claire worked at Tropical Wings Zoo as a zoo keeper from 2007 – 2009. Her love for animals drove her to complete a degree in Animal Management before working at Vets4Pets Rayleigh for two years. Claire then transferred to Vets4Pets Southend in November 2012 where she began her veterinary nurse training.  In her spare time, Claire enjoys the theatre, music events, dog walking and has participated in “Shine” Marathons in London for the past two years.

Pets: Bonnie (BonBon) a miniature schnauzer and a very stressy pussy cat named Maddison. 

Animal lookalike: Orangutan / Full pouched Hamster

Do you own a onesie? Yes. A cow print, Christmas print and a personalised “Loser” onesie. 

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Kamila Jachacz

Registered Veterinary Surgeon

Kamila joined the team in February 2017 from Poland after graduating in 2016. Kamila worked in an animal shelter in Gdansk for 6 months assisting in their neutering programme. She then spent time in Italy assisting a neurological team which she thoroughly enjoyed. Kamila now has a keen interest in Neurology along with Feline medicine.


Pets: two rescue cats named Roman and Andrew.


In her spare time, Kamila enjoys scuba diving, cooking, going to the gym and reading.


Onesie: Foxy


Animal lookalike: Tawny Owl Kamila loves cuddling puppies and kittens and feels she was born to be a vet!
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Sandra Bak

Student Veterinary Nurse 

Sandra came to Vets4Pets Southend to gain experience working in animal care. Due to Sandra’s hard working, we snapped her up and began employment eight months later working as a nursing assistant and on weekend Reception. Sandra is now enrolled in her 1st year as a student veterinary nurse at the RVC.

Pets: Three year old pussy cat Tia, Rupert a long haired ginger male and Serafina whom she adopted after she came in to Vets4Pets care. 

Animal lookalike: Bush Baby 

Do you own a onesie?  No 

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Emma Bewers

Student Veterinary Nurse

Emma was enrolled in Animal Care and Animal Science at Southend College between 2011 and 2013. Emma gained two years work experience at Earls Hall Veterinary Practice before coming to Vets4Pets Southend and shadowing our nurses. Emma’s experience with us flurried into a permanent job on reception in April 2014. Emma loves to clean (constantly) and shopping! 

Pets: A King Charles Cavalier called Alfie, Lucy a Bracco Itailiano, Poppy a Cocker Spaniel and three pussy cats Bleu, Ruby and Ted. Charlie, an African Grey parrot, three chickens (Fluffy, Mars Bar and Harriot). A Bullfrog called Derek and a Bearded Dragon named Tina. 

Animal lookalike: Giraffe 

Do you own a onesie? Yes, Kermit the Frog 

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Daniella Norman

Practice Manager

Daniella has had a varied career before joining the Vets4Pets team in April 2012. Daniella worked as a croupier in London casinos for 3 years and managed champagne and wine bars in London for 5 years, (she likes a good drink)!  Daniella has two beautiful children aged 10 and 7.  

Pets: Roxy and Ronnie both female Staffordshire Bull Terrier X. Rocks the cat and Kitty the cat. 

Animal lookalike: Tasmanian Devil 

Do you own a onesie? Yes. Tiger print.  

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Katy Robertson


Katy previously worked as part of the Hospitality Team at the famous Cliffs Pavilion Theatre. Whist meeting many celebrities such as Michelle Collins, Katy studied Animal Management at Southend College whilst gaining work experience with Vets4Pets Southend for a year. Katy was offered  employment at Vets4Pets Southend in June 2016. 

Pets: Jack and Alfie, two lovely  Cocker Spaniels.

Animal lookalike: Lemur

Do you own a onesie? No 

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Shannon Channell


Shannon was previously employed as a kennel maid/walker at a dogs' kennels in Latchingdon where she had worked since the age of 16. Shannon has a three year old son. In between motherhood and working at the kennels, Shannon has managed to study Animal Care, Animal Science and Biology. Shannon is our newest member of staff, starting with us in July 2016.

Pets: Narla, Page and Vinnie; three adorable Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Two Geckos, Giz and Mo.

Animal lookalike: Pitbull

Do you own a onesie? No

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Tammany Simpkin

Nursing Assistant 

Tammany (named after the Tammanies Red Indians) worked for Vets4Pets Rayleigh from 2000 – 2013. After covering staff holidays at Vets4Pets Southend, we nabbed her from Rayleigh (naughty vets) knowing she would be a valuable addition to the team. Tammany also owns Wood View kennels in Ashingdon and fosters for the RSPCA. Tammany is awesome! 

Pets: Rottweiler’s Millie, Lanza and Shanti.  Wire-haired Dachshund Shutzi. The Kennel’s Cat,  Meow and a Mealy Amazon Parrot called Buzby. 

Animal lookalike: Rottweiler 

Do you own a onesie? No 

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Poppy Young

Practice Pup 

I am two years old and have given birth to five little pups. Gavin treated me the whole way through my pregnancy and he fell in love with me (understandably) and as I only had a temporary home with Many Tears Rescue, Gavin adopted me! I am very happy with my new family at Vets4Pets and I love all animals, although I do like to try and chase rabbits but hey, that’s the terrier in me! 

Animal lookalike: Poppy of course! 

Do you own a onesie? No, But the staff do like to dress me up in surgery and staff clothing