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Vets4Pets Thurrock

Meet the Thurrock Vet team


Melina Mihaylova MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

In 2015 I graduated from the University of Forestry in Bulgaria and I hold a Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine. Since then I’ve been working as a vet in the UK.

In January 2017 I did a course in veterinary dentistry as this is one of the areas I am particularly interested in, along with dermatology and ultrasonography.

Back at home I have 3 wonderful Golden Retrievers - Artemida, Ahinora and Astra. My interests outside of work include photography, blogging and traveling.


Waren de Melo MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon


Dipty Mahind

Practice Manager

I am a vet by profession and have decided to pursue my career as a practice manager. I qualified as a vet in the year 2000 and since then worked as a vet for short duration in a small animal clinic and for 5 years in an equine hospital. I've completed my graduate certificate in business management and professional key skills in the year 2010 and I'm a certificate holder of European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies.

I'm excited to be a part of the team at Vets4Pets Thurrock and looking forward to coming back to work after taking a long break to raise the kids.

My favourite pet is a cat and outside work I'm interested in cooking, movies, music and spending time with my husband and kids.

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Abigail Martin 

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started here at Vets4pets Thurrock in August 2015 as a Veterinary Care Assistant after previously working the same role at a different practice. My ambition has always been to work with animals, mainly dreaming of working in the line of rescue. I studied at Writtle College after school, working at a local groomers for 3yrs, later progressing to my previous practice for almost 2yrs which I loved, and ultimately decided that the veterinary industry was for me. I hope to attend college once more in 2016 to train to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse, which I am more than a little excited about!

I have a family dog, Golden Retriever, Basil, who has seen me through many important years of my life from a 9yr old girl to a now 23yr old woman, and he's still alive and kicking! He left a huge whole in my heart when I left the nest with my partner to a house of our own, living with his Border Collie cross Cassie, my 2 new babies domestic moggies Jeffrey and Morris and of course my Citrus Bearded Dragon, Spike.

In my own time I love cooking, kitty cuddles, nap times, the great outdoors, chatting with friends and cuddling up in front of the box for a good long film fest!

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Katie Eastment

Veterinary Care Assistant

I started at Vets4Pets Thurrock in June 2017 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. Before coming to this practice I had previously volunteered at another Vets4pets which aided me in realising that this is the profession I wanted to go into. I had also spent two years at Writtle University College studying a Level 3 Animal Management Extended Diploma.


I have always wanted to work with animals, specifically nursing, and I am passionate about animal welfare and health. I am starting a Veterinary Nursing course at Writtle University College in February 2018 to pursue my dreams and become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.


I am a dog lover at heart, and although at the moment I don’t own any animals apart from a few of fish I have had many furry friends in the past and I am looking at getting a dog or two in the future. Outside of work my hobbies include, reading my favourite books and socialising with friends.


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Lauren McCarthy

Veterinary Care Assistant

I started at vets for pets Thurrock in September 2017 as a veterinary care assistant. I have studied animal care / management for 2 years and am now in my last 2 years of my level 3 qualification. I have always had a passion for animals since the age of 7 and have always known I wanted to help and rescued animals.

I also hope to do a hydrotherapy course in 2018 in my spare time adding to my qualifications, of animal first aid, canine communications, level 2 animal management and level 2 dog grooming.

I only have a dwarf hamster at the moment, although I normally have a bigger number of animal family members. I hope to expand them when I move out into my own home. Dogs are my animal fav and I hope to have double digits of dogs when I'm have my own home. In my spare time I like to socialise with my friends and visit my family farm in Scotland.


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Kelcy Paris


I joined Vets4Pets as a part time Receptionist in March 2015.

I have never worked within in the veterinary industry before but I have a huge passion for animals and to work with animals of all varieties is an honour and a privilege. I love all animals but I have a special affection for Siamese and Oriental Cats.

When I am not at work I am a single mum to two wonderful little girls, who keep me very busy. Currently we don’t have any pets of our own, but hopefully one day we can change that and adopt a few cats and dogs. I think it’s very valuable for a child to learn the importance of animal welfare, and the responsibility of how to keep an animal happy and healthy.

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Julie Hunt

Head Receptionist

I have worked in the veterinary profession, as a nursing assistant, since leaving school 27 years ago. I joined vets4pets Thurrock June 2015 as part of their reception team as I liked the idea of joining a new and fresh surgery.

I enjoy meeting and greeting clients and their pets and hopefully help make them feel at ease when they visit us.

At home I have 6 cats, ranging from 16years to a 9 week old new addition, and my daughter also has 3 rats. My spare time is mainly spent socialising with my family and friends, reading and looking after my furry babies.