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Vets4Pets Thurrock

Meet the Thurrock Vet team


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.


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.


Warren de Melo MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Michelle Jenkinson RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach

I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in March 2016 after studying at The College of Animal Welfare. Prior to my Veterinary Nurse Training I completed a degree in Animal Management and shortly after undertook a course in Canine hydrotherapy as well as level 3 dog grooming qualification.

I joined Vets4Pets Thurrock in March 2016 after leaving a very busy 24 hour veterinary practice, I enjoy getting to meet new clients and patients every day and have a soft spot for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs.

At home I have a 4 rabbits and share ownership of a Labradoodle called Archie with my parents.


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Katie Eastment

Student Veterinary Nurse

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 Veterinary Nursing at Writtle University College in September 2018 to pursue my dreams and become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Although I am a dog lover at heart, in March 2018 I was able to hand rear a kitten, now named Marble from 4 weeks of age who I couldn't resist keeping after falling in love with him straight away. I am still hoping to get 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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Scott Smith

Veterinary Care Assistant

I started at Vets4Pets Thurrock in September 2018 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. In July 2018 I achieved a diploma in Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3.

From a very young age I have always had a huge love for animals and have owned many pets from small furies to exotic reptiles and have been fascinated with them ever since.

I have a strong background in customer service within various different industries and have had varied experience within the animal care industry itself.

My future goals would be to work towards my Veterinary Nursing and be seen as a qualified Veterinary Nurse and continue my passion working with animals. I also aim to study and qualify in hydrotherapy and physiotherapy for animals as this is another field that interests me.

I currently own two adorable cats who have very different but loveable personalities and a little Cockerpoo puppy named Buddy! (He’s a little terror!)

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends, travelling and photography.


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Emma Naphtali

Veterinary care assistant

I joined vets 4 pets in Thurrock in July of 2018 after leaving a very busy 24 hour veterinary practice, where I worked for nearly three years. I have worked within the animal industry for some time and animal care is my number one passion. I previously worked for Pets at home for some years prior to working in a veterinary industry.

I have had a variety of pets in my life (dwarf hamsters, a gerbil, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, and budgies) but my main love is for cats. At home currently, I have two female cats called Newt and Luna and also two female doggies called Poppy (a jack /staff) and Titch (a miniature Yorkshire terrier). I could not imagine a life without animals being around me!

I enjoy learning new things every day within the animal care industry, and especially enjoy meeting all the patients that step through the door here, where I can do my best to make the animals feel comfortable, calm and settled.

My other passions in life are drawing and creating art, watching all types of films and reading lots of books.


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Jade Evans

Client Care Advisor

As a Client Care Advisor I started my journey with Vets4Pets in August 2018. I have always wanted a career with animals big or small. I live on a livestock farm with my partner accompanied by cattle, pigs, sheep, 8 Shires horses, my ridden horse and our three spaniels Ollie chops, Princess Bella and Mighty Mouse. My partner and I regularly compete the Shires all around the country and our biggest achievement so far is getting one of our mares to Horse of the Year. We have had much success this year with our homebred foals and yearlings, and there is nothing more special and exciting then breeding, competing and expecting fresh new feet.

With three working spaniels I am often referred to as the "crazy spaniel lady" however, if I had more room I would give any dog a home no matter how big or small. I love working with dogs and their individual personalities, between me and my partner we have trained our three very special spaniels as working gundogs, which they absolutely love! I have always perused a career with horses and have extended qualifications within this field, with Equine Management and Animal Rehabilitation being some of them.

After working for many years as a Manager at a professional equine livery centre my love and passion for Veterinary and Animal Rehabilitation still remained and lead me to Vets4Pets in my current role. I do hope to continue my learning in hope to become a Veterinary Nurse in the future. I also plan to carry out my Animal Sports Physiotherapy course, Equine and Canine Hydrotherapy and finish my degree in Animal Rehabilitation.


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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.