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Meet The St Albans Vet Team | Vets4Pets

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Meet the St Albans Vet team

St Albans Vets4Pets James JVP

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.

St Albans Vets4Pets Jo Hutchcraft

Jo Hutchcraft RVN

Veterinary Nurse 

I've had a love for animals since a young age, so a career with animals was inevitable. I began working with animals at the RSPCA in 1999 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2005.

I like being “hands-on” with my patients, so enjoy the medical side of nursing. I also have an interest in nurse clinics, as I like to be able to interact with clients and their pets and to pass on my knowledge.

I own an English Bulldog called George and two cats called Houdini & Winnie. They all manage to keep Me busy when I'm not working.

St Albans Vets4Pets Hollie Weston

Hollie Weston

Veterinary Care Assistant 

Being brought up around animals from a very young age made me an animal lover. Growing up I always wanted to work with animals, so when I was 17 I completed an animal care course at Oaklands College.

After having various part-time jobs in retail and kennels, I became a self-employed dog walker. I am now very lucky to have started my dream career here at Vets4Pets, but still do my dog walking part-time.

I have owned many pets such as mice, geckos and even a horse, but now own a Labradoodle called Poppy, a Cockerpoo called Otto and three guinea pigs- King, Ralph and Solomon.

St Albans Vets4Pets Laura Thorne

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. 

St Albans Vets4Pets 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.