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Vets4Pets St Albans

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.

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Alina Tinson MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2018, and joined the Vets4Pets team shortly after. Prior to my vet school training, I had studied to gain an additional degree in Bioveterinary Science from the same university. I enjoy all aspects of general practice, with particular interests in internal medicine and clinical pathology.

I have grown up with a variety of animals in and around the home, from hamsters and dogs to horses. Outside of work, I enjoy running and competing in triathlons, as well as riding my mum's 24 year old Connemara pony, Bally.


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Georgina White MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 and after working at several other practices previously I joined the team at Vets4Pets St Albans in February 2018. I love working at the practice and really enjoying meeting all the different animals that come in to us! I really enjoying consulting and have a particular interest in small animal medicine.

In my spare time I enjoy training for half marathons and walking Ruby and Joe (a Labrador retriever and pointer) with my fiance Luke. I am really looking forward to progressing in my career here at Vets4Pets St Albans!


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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 and Peru and then settled in the UK in early 2009.

I have my Certificate in Oral Nursing Care. My main passions are for emergency and surgical nursing as well as general medical nursing, I do love a good challenging case. I have a special interest in cats and am undertaking a certificate in Feline Medicine.

We are an ISFM Cat Friendly clinic and I am happy to be the clinic’s Cat Advocate.

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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Rachel Ward

Student Veterinary Nurse

I have always had a love for animals and growing up I have always wanted to work with animals. I have kept many pets over the years all of which have been strays and rescues. Currently I have a rescue cat and chinchilla.

I attended Oakland’s college where I studied a few animal care and animal management courses. I have worked as an animal nursing assistant in a couple of veterinary practices since. I am currently in the final stages of my Vet Nursing training. I would also like to explore the subject of animal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy in the future.


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Laura Dicker

Student Veterinary Nurse

My name is Laura and I’m a SVN at Vets4Pets. Ever since I was a child I have loved animals and always wanted to work with them. I have two pets at home; a rescue tabby cat called Betty and a Syrian hamster called Diana. I have studied animal care and I’m currently doing a nursing course.

The team at Vets4Pets St Albans are very friendly and I thoroughly enjoy working with all of them.


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Sabrina Saxby

Veterinary Care Assistant

I joined the team in January and I feel so blessed and grateful to get work along side such wonderful and supportive people everyday. I hope to make everyone I meet on reception feel welcome as I love talking with clients. I especially enjoy my vet care assistant shifts as my goal is to study vet nursing once I have completed my course studying animal management at the University of Hertfordshire. I have had pets all my life and I am a big supporter of rescuing animals. I currently have a rescue dog named Theo and two rescue cats Binx and Demelza.


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Laura Thorne

Practice Manager

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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Trish Grogan


Prior to joining Vets4Pets St Albans in July 2018, Trish worked for about 10 years in the finance industry. She moved from Dublin, Ireland looking for a career change. Her love for animals has led her to this exciting role where no day is the same and there is a constant flow of animals to fuss over.

Trish grew up around animals and she has been lucky to have a number of pets over the years, a Belgian Shepherd, a Golden Retriever & a tortoishell cat. She hopes to add a new furry friend to her life in the near future.


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Jean Freeman


Jean has been working here since May 2018 having previously worked for a GP Practice.

She enjoys, meeting new people and having cuddles with all the puppies and kittens when they come into Reception. At home, Jean has a 6 year old Labradoodle called Harvey and a 2 year old Hamster named Antonio.

She enjoys taking Harvey on long walks and often meets clients when out over the park with him.

In her spare time she also enjoys theatre and reading.