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Meet the St Albans Vet team

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James Thorne BSc MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon 

I qualified in 2009 from the Royal Veterinary College. I enjoy all aspects of my veterinary work with a keen interest in internal medicine, dermatology and surgery. I am really looking forward to working for a progressive company, which gives me the opportunity to provide superb service to my clients and first class care to their pets.

I love all animals but I get most satisfaction when dealing with those with a bit of personality. If I had to choose a favourite pet it would have to be the good old Labrador. However, at home I have a pair of Jack Russell Terriers, both of whom were adopted from the RSPCA Southridge after being abandoned in poor health. Maggie was a puppy with a severe case of sarcoptes mange and lungworm. Peggy we adopted after she had surgery to remove her heavily infected right front limb and it hasn't slowed her down, not even a little bit.

Silvia Prigitano MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon 

I qualified as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine back in April 2005 in Turin, Italy. I had been working  for 5 years in Italy as a vet in a 24/7 hospital then decide to improve my skills in veterinary medicine along side  the English language and moved to England in January 2011. I worked as a mobile vet for a couple of years in the Oxfordshire then went travelling for a few months in Australia. When I came back to England I started to work as a night vet in a 24/7 referral centre in  Northampton. I've also  travelled to Peru for a scientific expedition with Amazon forest animals as I love to travel the World to discover the local fauna.

At the beginning of 2014 I was enrolled to the BSAVA Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Internal Medicine and I've been attending monthly lectures and studying to get my Certificate.

I have one rescued cat in England and 4 other pets in Italy, my beloved dog Collie-cross Kathie and 3 wonderful cats; Minu, an old queen of 16 years old, Giulio, a French cat and Winnie, all rescued from kennel or the streets, as I strongly believe pets need to be rescued and not bought.

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Emanuel Borgstrom MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I’ve wanted to be a vet ever since I was a child. I’ve always loved animals and have grown up with both cats and dogs in the family. Although originally from Sweden, I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Poland in March 2016, and have since graduating worked both in Sweden and England. I have a keen interest in surgery and plan to pursue a certificate in the future. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, sewing, playing piano, and video games. 

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Rachel Penn RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the St.Albans Vets4Pets team in 2015 as a newly qualified RVN. I enjoy working here as every day is different and I get to meet lots of wonderful patients and caring clients. If I chose my favourite pet it would be the West Highland Terrier as I used to foster Westie's for charity and they have plenty of personality. At home I have two thoroughly spoiled guinea-pigs called Pop and Angel who I adopted.

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Jilly Freedman RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Since leaving South Africa in 2001 to study, I have nursed my way around the world including Australia, Canada, Peru and then settled in the UK in early 2009. I have a passion for emergency and surgical nursing as well as general medical nursing.

I have two comical cats Rasputin & Cecil. When I am not working, I enjoy going to the theatre, cinema and travelling.

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Natalie Rincon SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Having always been an avid pet lover, it only makes sense to work with animals. I have previously worked on a petting farm, the pet shop Pets at Home, and I am now proud to have the role of Student Veterinary Nurse at the Vets4Pets St Albans. I currently own three Roberovski Dwarf Hamsters; Lily, Rosie and Daisy, and the cheekiest house rabbit Bam who all manage to keep be busy in my spare time. 

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Amy Norton SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

My name is Amy and I’m a second year student at The College of Animal Welfare. I have worked for Vets4Pets St Albans since September 2015. I enjoy nursing patients in our wards as well as assisting during surgery. 

I own two Jack Russell terriers; Freddie and Tilly, as well as 3 goldfish. I also spend a lot of time with my partner’s cats Martin and TZ. TZ got her name from the motorbike he races! 

I enjoy working for V4P St Albans as we are a great close-knit team.  

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Laura Thorne

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have always taken a keen interest in animals, owning small furries and horse riding from a young age. I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care from Oakland College achieving the highest grade possible.

I have many years experience in the animal care industry with a number of jobs ranging from a sales person in pet shops to a groom in a riding school. My main experience comes from working for the RSPCA for over 9 years and also owning my own pet care business which included home animal boarding and dog walking. 

I have 2 rescue dogs, Maggie and Peggy, who I fostered from the RSPCA and ended up staying. They both have health issues, mainly Peggy as she is missing a leg, however this does not slow her down at all and she will always beat Maggie in a race for the ball. I've also owned my horse, Fred, for 11 years. Despite Fred being 26 years old, he is still ridden regularly and takes part in local competitions. 

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Helen Sainsbury

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have always had a keen interest in animals from a young age and always knew I wanted to work with them. I therefore  decided to study the ‘Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management’ at college  and I am currently working at a petting farm and also at Vets4Pets St Albans as a Veterinary Care Assistant which I am thoroughly enjoying working with both the team and the animals. I have fostered for the RSPCA North West Middlesex Branch for 9 years and have cared for a range of animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters and feral kittens. I own a black Labrador called Noddy, two cats Arthur and Bubbles and two rabbits, Tally and Tina.

St Albans V4P Sarah Latimer

Sarah Latimer


Since childhood, I have always loved animals and will always have very fond memories of all my Family’s pets (4 Scottish Terriers, 1 black Labrador, 1 Rabbit, several Gerbils, Newts and Goldfish!). I have worked in Administration, mainly for corporate companies, for over 20 years. I've always wanted the opportunity of working within a Veterinary Surgery and I've a keen interest in meeting/helping people and their much adored pets

I now own 2 mature female Cats, who came from the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary in Stadhampton. They both have very individual characters and are very much loved.

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Jacqui Bryanton


As far back as I can remember I have lived with animals and loved being around them. As a child I grew up in a household of Labradors, cats and rabbits. As soon as I had a place of my own my husband and I were soon joined by a rescue dog and 2 cats. Having worked as a Training Manager in the police service for 29 years I decided a career change was needed and I am delighted to finally be working with animals. I love meeting them all although my 2 dogs Millie, a Springer spaniel and Dougie, a Cocker spaniel do wonder why I now come home with interesting animal smells on me each evening!