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Vets4Pets Sudbury

Meet the team

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Tom Berry BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up locally in Steeple Bumpstead near Haverhill, and have fond memories of Sudbury from regular visits to the Kingfisher swimming pool as a child. Having always loved animals, I wanted to be a vet from a young age, inspired by both James Herriot's antics and Sir David Attenborough's nature documentaries.

At Durham University I studied Zoology, graduating with honours; I then joined the BBC where I worked on documentaries for the Science Department. I returned to university to study Veterinary Medicine and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010.

I have gained varied and extensive experience across all aspects of general practice (including medicine, surgery, dentistry, diagnostic imaging and emergency and critical care) having worked at an animal hospital and in several smaller practices over the last few years.

My wife and I have two small children and a rescue Jack Russell Terrier called Maggie - you may see her at Reception.

I am extremely excited about opening my own practice and being able to offer Sudbury pets and their owners excellence in clinical services from a friendly and caring team who they can get to know and trust.

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Elliott Clark BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am originally from South Wales and lived there until moving to London to attend the Royal Veterinary College. After graduating from the RVC in 2015 with honours and moved back to South Wales to work in an independent small animal practice.

 

In 2016 I moved to Newmarket to undertake a rotating internship at the Animal Health Trust, being involved in the day to day and overnight care of cats and dogs often with complex problems. I'm looking forward to further general practice work as I am interested in all aspects of veterinary care but I am particularly interested in surgery.

 

When not at work I live in Newmarket with my wife Anna (also a vet!) and two rabbits Carl and Harley. On my days off I can be found pursuing a range of outdoor pursuits including cycling, climbing, kayaking, hiking and slacklining!

 

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Dinah M Skertchly BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Originally from Leicester in the Midlands, I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2003.

I have always loved animals - my first word was dog - and knew I wanted to work with them from a very early age. My respect and admiration for animals has continued to grow as I have had the privilege to care for so many people's companions during my years since qualifying.

I have worked in several practices across the country, both urban and rural and including a large veterinary hospital and have thus accumulated wide-ranging experience. I am delighted to have joined the Vets4Pets team in Sudbury at the end of my maternity leave. I am looking forward to further developing my interests in all aspects of companion veterinary practice, but particularly in the medicine and diagnostic imaging fields.

Outside of work I am kept very busy, along with my husband Carl, looking after our two lively daughters, Harriet aged 4 & Beatrix aged one. I also enjoy choral singing and walks in the countryside, especially in the mountains when I can get to them!

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Claire Beck FdSc OCN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have worked in the veterinary industry since 2003. I kick started my career as a kennel assistant in a small referral hospital based in London before moving to a first opinion practice in my home town. I completed my veterinary nurse training at Writtle College, qualifying as a RCVS registered Veterinary nurse in 2009.

After working for eight years amongst my neighbours and friends I took a brief break from working in practice to teach future generations of veterinary nurses. A decision to move to a village on the Essex/Suffolk borders and missing working in practice lead me back into nursing after nine months of teaching in 2015. I have a keen interest in anaesthesia, theatre practice, small animal nutrition and helping to teach budding veterinary nurses.

Outside of the veterinary world I enjoy walking, yoga and spending time with my family including my two working type cocker spaniels Peggy Poo and Diesel.

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Davinia Sweeting Wood OCN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I was born in Sudbury and qualified in 2002 as a Veterinary Nurse. I then moved to Peterborough and spent 5 years working as a Senior Nurse in a small animal first opinion practice.

I returned to live in Sudbury in 2007 and have been working as a Head Nurse at an orthopaedic and soft tissue referral practice in Ipswich, providing me with up to date knowledge of pain management and surgical techniques.

I am excited to be joining Sudbury Vets4Pets in my home town and return to first opinion nursing. I have a Pug and a Yorkshire Terrier who are very much my babies!

 

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Sarah Mitson

Student Veterinary Nurse

After 10 years of working in an office environment, I moved to a veterinary referral practice in 2013 to work as a night nursing assistant, fulfilling my ambition to work with animals. I currently work solely with cats and dogs and I am therefore looking forward to working with other species too at Sudbury Vets4Pets. I get a great deal of satisfaction seeing pets return to their families happy and well.

I have loved being around, and caring for, animals from a young age, spending my childhood in a very animal orientated family with numerous pets, including sheep!

Outside of work I love to spend as much time as possible with my Border Collie, Boo, going for long walks and spoiling him rotten!

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Courtney Christmas

Receptionist

I have worked in veterinary practices for 5 years doing Receptionist and Veterinary Care Assistant work. I completed my VCA qualification in 2013 at Writtle College and I have also received bereavement training from the Blue Cross.

I have a love of animals and have a chocolate working cocker spaniel named Willow who I have had since she was a puppy.

I love taking Willow on very long walks with her tennis ball and taking her to training classes. I also love to go horse riding on the weekends.


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Samantha Hart

Receptionist

I am originally from Dagenham, Essex but moved to Sudbury when I was 11. I have spent the last 18 years in retail management but am now pursuing a career in animal welfare.

I grew up surrounded by a variety of pets, and my home would always be full of animals I had rescued on my travels, from hedgehogs to bats to ferrets! I've been horse riding from the age of 3 and over the years I have competed at a high level. I loved a challenge and would always pick the crazy horses to train, resulting in my falling off in water, ditches and stinging nettles among other things!

I have just begun a home study course in Animal Management and I hope to become a Veterinary Nurse in no time. Outside of work I have my hands full with my 2 children, Elodie and Kellan, a pony named Biscuit, 2 guinea pigs called Bubble and Squeak and our cat Purdy.