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Meet The Sutton In Ashfield Vets Team | Vets4Pets
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Vets4Pets Sutton in Ashfield

Meet the Sutton in Ashfield Vet team

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Stephanie Smith

Veterinary Surgeon & Joint Venture Partner


I am a Veterinary Surgeon and one of the practice partners here at Vets4Pets Sutton in Ashfield. I have worked for Vets4Pets since 2012, initially at Mansfield Vets4Pets before setting up my own practice here in Sutton in Ashfield in 2014.


I have also recently set up a second practice in Kirkby in Ashfield in February 2017. I enjoy all aspects of my job but I have a particular interest in small animal medicine and dermatology. I love my small furry patients especially rabbits and piggies! I have 3 dogs (a Border Collie, a Cocker Spaniel and a Sprocker), 1 cat, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, a zebra finch and lots of chickens! In my spare time I enjoy walking the dogs, meals out and going swimming when I have the time!
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Claire Matan

Practice Manager & Joint Venture Partner

I studied Veterinary Nursing at Bottle Green Training in Melbourne, Derbyshire and qualified in 2007. I have worked for Vets4Pets since May 2010 before deciding to open up Sutton In Ashfield Vets4Pets with Stephanie in 2014. In February 2017 we opened our 2nd practice in Kirkby In Ashfield.

I am married to Stefan and have two beautiful boys called Leo & Charlie. I have a horse, 3 French Bulldogs, 5 cats, a gerbil, fish and lots of reptiles! In my spare time I enjoy riding my horse and spending time with my family.

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Emily Townsend

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a Veterinary Surgeon and have recently joined the team at Sutton in September 2016. I am originally from South Wales and love going home to see my family and spend time at the beach. 

I enjoy all of my job especially getting to meet lots of people and their pets everyday. I would like to specialise later in my career but can't decide what in yet! 

I have no pets of my own at the moment as my beautiful Lab x and handsome horse recently passed away but I can't wait to have a house filled with animals again. In my spare time I like to horse ride, do outdoor activities and go on lots of holidays!

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Cristina Alvarez

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a Qualified Veterinary Surgeon from Spain. Since finishing my degree I started to work in a Veterinary Hospital which I enjoyed thoroughly. After that, I had the opportunity to come to England for an internship in Leeds. I was working there up until December 2015 when I started work at Vets4Pets. 

At Vets4Pets everyday is challenging and rewarding, my workmates are very friendly and hard-working. I really enjoy doing CPDs and I also like puppy and kitten consults. In the future I would like to specialise in Neurology. 

Back in a Spain my best friend was my pet dog called Kiko who sadly passed away but I have recently adopted a pet Hamster from Pets at Home who I have named Rosie.

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Danielle Welch

Head Veterinary Nurse

I have recently joined the Vets4Pets Sutton team in January 2016. I Qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015 after completing my training and working at a 24 hour veterinary hospital in Hertfordshire for 4 years before making the move to Derbyshire. I have also previously worked in a Referral Veterinary Hospital Primarily in the ophthalmology and theatre departments.

I absolutely love my job and how different each day can be. My main interests are anaesthesia and client education, oh and I do love a spaniel! 

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Tracy Watts

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined the lovely team here at Sutton-In-Ashfield in January 2017, having spent the past two years working at a small animal practice based primarily in Nottingham. I find being a vet an incredibly rewarding career and love the fact that no two days are ever the same! I enjoy all aspects of companion animal work and have developed a recent interest in geriatric medicine.


I’m originally from North Lincolnshire however I’ve been settled in the East Midlands for many years now. I’m married and have two gorgeous daughters aged 1 and 6 who keep me very busy! We also have a Staffie called Bella, two cats, two guinea pigs and many fish! In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and trying my hand at different crafts including sewing and knitting.

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Tracey Woodward

Student Veterinary Nurse

I studied animal management before embarking on my career as a Student Veterinary Nurse with Vets4Pets Sutton in Ashfield. At home I live with my fiancé, son and dog Coco who I met roaming the streets whilst on holiday in Turkey. She was one expensive mongrel! I have longed to work with animals for many years and had a change of career later in life.

I absolutely love my job and have lots of love to give all the animals that come into the practice.

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Geraldine Marriott

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the vibrant Sutton Vets4pets team in January 2017, after working for several years in the emergency and critical care area of nursing. Previous to this I qualified as an RANA in 1977 which is now known as an RVN.


Veterinary nursing is my lifetimes passion and I continually challenge myself with always learning new things with within the veterinary industry. I have been nursing in the area for over 40years...Some of you may even know me!!


In my spare time I enjoy carriage driving with Woolley my horse and Jessica my border collie who likes to come along side me around the woods. I also have a grey long haired naughty cat with behaviour problems who likes to give me the odd bite! I have two bubble eyed, big bellies fish who are a constant amusement to me. 

I enjoy driving, DIY, music and going to folk music nights locally.

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Jessica Milne

Student Veterinary Nurse

I have studied animal courses ever since leaving school in 2012. I am currently studying Veterinary Nursing at Nottingham Trent University. Since being a young child, my dream career is to be a Veterinary Nurse which I am part way achieving.


I enjoy every aspect of a being a Veterinary Nurse and especially thinking on my feet with emergencies. I joined Vets4Pets after completing placement and coming to work everyday is a delight. Out of work I love keeping active with my two labradors (Max and Mollie) and my Chihuahua cross (Millie) also living at home is my corn snake (Piper).
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Sean Cooke

Student Veterinary Nurse

When I was given the chance to work with animals in 2012, I jumped at the opportunity and am currently in my final year to become a veterinary nurse.


Although its taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get were I am, I'm glad I took the career change and hope to be working along side animals for many years to come. Since becoming a part of the Sutton In Ashfield branch I still find myself learning new things and have enjoyed meeting my new clients and their pets.

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Rebecca Bramwell


I started as a receptionist at Vets4Pets in April 2016 after working at a hairdressers in Kirkby for 3 years. I have a passion for all animals as well as being creative with hair. I enjoy meeting new animals and hearing about the mischievous stories of what they get up to. I have already learnt so much more about animals in the short space of time I have been with Vets4Pets. I currently still live at home with my Mum and Dad, 2 dogs Lexy & Kizzy, my cat Kitkat, Bunni the rabbit and 4 chickens. If I could have a house full of animals I would!

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Philippa Griffith

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Sutton-in-Ashfield Vets4Pets in March 2017, after working at another Vets4Pets branch for 3 and a half years. I am in my second year of Veterinary Nursing training at Bottle Green Training which I am really enjoying. I love learning new skills that help me do my best for the animals we see.


At home I have a cheeky Jack Russell called Charlie, who I enjoy taking for long walks."

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Lizzy Harvey


I have been a member of the team at Sutton in Ashfield as a receptionist since 2014, before this I worked for Pets at Home so have always been very interested in pets. At home I have a rabbit, two dwarf hamsters, a dog and some goldfish. I enjoy meeting new people and their animals and hearing all the stories about them!

In my spare time my hobbies include Zumba, reading, swimming and going to concerts.

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Charlotte Watson


I joined Sutton-in-Ashfield Vets4Pets in November 2015 as a receptionist. I enjoy listening to stories of what everyone's pets get up to. I love all animals especially reptiles and rabbits. At home there's my husband Greg, our two sons Riley and Jonas, tortoise Esiotrot and 2 house rabbits Lola and Henry.

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Shelby Rowbottom


I have recently started at Vets4pets as a receptionist in march 2017, I am enjoying meeting all the clients and their pets already! My ambition is to become a registered veterinary nurse.


I am currently in my second year studying animal management at Nottingham Trent University, which I love. In September 2017 I will start my veterinary nursing degree. I have 3 cats, Jermaine, Luna and Freda, who I rehomed whilst on work experience at the practice. I love all animals and can't wait to meet you all and your pets!