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Vets4Pets West Bromwich

Meet the team

Monish Malhotra JVP Merry Hill

Monish Malhotra
MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2003. I worked in the Birmingham area in small animal practice for 2 years before I began locuming all over the UK to gain experience. I then worked and travelled around Australia and New Zealand for two and a half years - this was an amazing experience which allowed me to gain invaluable insight into differing clinical practices.

I enjoy being a vet general practitioner, especially the close interaction and relationship between vet and patient. I love providing an excellent service to all my clients and patients - both old and new.

Outside of work I am a sports enthusiast, love to read and am also a movie buff. My rescued Rottweiler, Beyonce, enjoys coming to work with me regularly.


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Ionut Iurciuc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi Romania in 2015. During my studies I’ve completed internships for both small and large animals. I became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London in March 2017 and soon I have the opportunity and pleasure to be employed with Companion Care Vets and their extraordinary team. Being a vet surgeon is the best challenge for me because I have to consult patients who do not speak, who can’t say in which area there are dysfunctions, patients who often react simply instinctively; so I must be able to "read" the clinical signs of the patient, interpret, diagnose, and intervene for solving the disease. 


With every happy owner I feel like I’ve achieved my purpose. I have my best friend Tasa, a 7 year old boxer, here in the UK with me. She is a lovely companion, the best partner for outdoor activities and my constant source of joy.


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Bogdan Florescu MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born & raised in Romania, I studied veterinary medicine in Iasi, where I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in July 2016.

During university I volunteered & worked inside a veterinary clinic that mostly dealt with small animals, but I also had the chance to work with farm animals for a couple of weeks.

I've always loved animals and one of my dreams was to move to a country that would give me the opportunity to interact with as many animal species as possible. Fortunately this dream came true in 2017, when I was given the chance to join this team.

Outside the work schedule, I enjoy visiting museums, old historical places, and when nobody is listening I really enjoy a good karaoke!


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Ewa Czernicka MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Warsaw University of Life Science, Poland. I worked in a small animal clinic in Poland before I came to the UK 10 months ago. During my unvicersity time I was a member of IVSA-international Veterinary Student Association, which gave me an opportunity to participate in many research projects I also had a chance to do intership in one of the Equine Hospital, Oakdale, CA, USA.

My professional interests lie in surgery and imaging and in my spare time I love to travel- one of the most amazing places where I have been are Elephants Rescue Centre in Sri Lanka & beautiful Greenland. During my winter time I like to do snowboarding & summer sailing.

I am very happy to be a new member of the Companion Care Team and I am going to do my very best to provide owners & their pets the highest level of care.


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Mircea Cebotari MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine back in my hometown of Iasi, Romania I decided on a fresh start and moved to England. This transition was easy as the people here had always welcomed me with an open heart. I got to know different people from all walks of life, I got to make unexpected friends, and slowly I found a home here.

Back in Romania I used to practice veterinary medicine at a dairy cattle farm, a job which I truly loved, but at the end of the day I'm a dog person at heart and I got into this field for this particular reason.

I'm glad that I could join this wonderful team and I'm happy knowing that I'll always do a job that brings joy both to me and my patients.


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Alexandra Scripcariu MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iași, Romania June 2017. I really love the profession I have chosen and have a great passion in this sector. I wanted to do my best to become a good veterinary surgeon... so I decided to take this opportunity and move to the United Kingdom. Even though I left my country just 2 months after my graduation I have no regrets because here at Companion Care & vets4pets I have met a great team and I have extraordinary vets beside me who share their experience and knowledge with me. Back home in Romania I have a German Shepard his name is Ricky. Since he was a puppy he was very naughty and mischievous but I love him with all my heart and I miss him dearly. In my spare time I like Reading, watching Cartoons, cooking and I love long walks. I very much look forwards to meeting all of our clients along to way and our pet patients!
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Marta Cziriak MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ever since I was a child, I liked and loved the animals, and I wanted to be a veterinary surgeon. My dream became a reality when I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Cluj Napoca, Romania. During the faculty I had the opportunity to practice and volunteer in small animal clinics, but also in some farms. I also had the opportunity to go with the Erasmus Scholarship to Italy for an exchange of experience.

My dream of working in a veterinary clinic with small animals became I reality when I became a member of the team at Companion Care & Vets4Pets. I am very happy and proud to be part of this great and extraordinary team.

 

 


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Cosmin Balan MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born in a small town in Romania, and graduated the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. I then moved to the UK that same year, where I began work as a Meat Hygiene Inspector, ensuring food safety at several abattoirs within Scotland. Getting this job within Vets4Pets really meant a lot, as my dream was always to work in a veterinary clinic. I feel lucky to be surrounded by a supportive team who have been very welcoming & have helped the growth of my career.

 


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Ilias Nestoratos MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am Ilias and I am happy to have recently joined the team at Companion Care & Vets4Pets. I qualified as a vet in Iasi, Romania in 2013, and worked as a vet in Greece gaining experience in both small animal and larger farm animal environments. I have been a registered vet in the UK since 2016 and have been looking to broaden my professional horizons and further develop my skills, and I have also worked in quality control services. My main interest is small animal surgery, and I am committed to ensuring that the best possible treatment and medical care is provided.

I grew up in the countryside, and a cat or a dog were never missing from my house, so it did not take long for me to realise my interest in the field. I consider myself lucky to be doing what I love and to provide care and treatment to animals who mean so much to their owners.

After work I enjoy playing football, which I am a big fan of, and spending quality time with friends, which always helps me to wind down after a long day.I am very happy to be a member of the team at Companion Care & Vets4Pets, and I am excited to meet my four-legged patients!



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Elena Ignat MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi, Romania in 2017. I came to the UK 7 months ago. My first job here was as a Meat Hygiene Inspector. I grew up with a variety of domestic animals and maybe because of this, I developed a great passion for them.

In Romania, I have a Labrador named Chelsea, and in my free time I like to travel, to read and to spend time with my friends. I am very proud to be a part of the Vets4Pets team.



Jenny Letherbarrow MRCVS

Night-time Veterinary Surgeon

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Demi Howen, RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach

I have been with Companion Care for 6 years, starting as a student nurse and graduated as an RVN in 2016. Many years on and I am the head nurse of our three practices and clinical coach to our students.

I oversee the clinical running of the practices and am currently working towards a specialist certificate in emergency and critical care, with hopes to move to a referral practice In the distant future. I thoroughly enjoy working between our three practices especially conducting weight loss & diabetic clinics, as well as having a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery and exotics. I am very fond of large breed dogs with a particular soft spot for staffies stemming from my own crazy staffie Marley.

I am extremely passionate about providing the highest level of care to all of our patients and look forward to meeting new clients and their beloved pets every day.



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Sue Shepherd RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I qualified from Berkshire college of agriculture in 1987, and have worked in small animal practices for over 25 years. I have a particular interest in surgery and anaesthesia. My role here at Vets4Pets is as an emergency night nurse - I very much enjoy my role & the great team I work alongside

I have always had a passion for animals and their welfare. Outside of work I am involved in Bull Terrier Rescue. I have my own rescue dog, a miniature bull terrier called Minnie, and I enjoy long walks with her.

I also enjoy travelling as much as possible, and I love to line dance and learn Spanish.

 


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Katy Sheppard RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I have been part of the West Bromwich emergency team since June 2017 and really enjoy working with all of the team.

I have been a qualified RVN since 2003, and have studied and completed many additional, relevant certificates. I gained the Advance diploma in Nursing, and I also hold the certificate in Emergency and Critical Care, which enables me to provide the best possible advice & care for our out-of-hours clients & patients, at a time when they need us most. I am also a lecturer in veterinary nursing, and have taken many students through to qualification - training & developing future nurses is an area I particularly take pride in.

I own several horses which I compete with, 2 rescued German Shepherds who are a challenge, and a very ancient, much-loved Labrador called Doggy.



Tracy Volante RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I am a registered veterinary nurse – I have been in practice for 22 years, and I qualified in 1999 at a busy mixed practice in Solihull. I have a range of small and large animal experience, in a hospital setting. I work here as a night nurse to offer emergency and critical care “out of hours” to all our patients. My main area of interest is in physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and I have just finished studying a level 6 diploma with the hope of offering our patients advanced physiotherapy services once I’m qualified.

I have many years of experience showing and breeding cats and dogs, and more recently horses. I would describe myself as an equine enthusiast and a slave to my 3 horses!

 


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Liz Roberts BSc (Hons)

Practice Manager

I graduated from the University of Northampton in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Applied Animal Studies, and then started working at Companion Care/Vets4Pets in early 2013.

During my time at the practice, I have been involved in a variety of roles - from reception to nursing, and have now progressed to my current role as the manager. My role largely involves administration duties, & overseeing the general running of the practice. I also have the huge task of submitting & overseeing all the insurance claims at all our branches, & I am the resident insurance expert! I am passionate about growing our three practices, and am always looking to improve the care & service provided to our patients & owners.

I have a keen interest in dog behaviour & training, & have a particular soft spot for both spaniels and collies - I have previously owned several spaniels & currently own a rescue dog called Molly who is a 5 year-old Springer Spaniel cross Collie (pictured with me here). I also own a very fluffy, Norwegian Forest Cat called Cleo, two guinea pigs called Richmond and Moss, and 3 hamsters called Buffy, Willow, & Neville - all my pets are rescue animals, and most of them have various health problems or physical defects! In my spare time I also enjoy cooking & reading.


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Zoe Davis

Deputy Practice Manager

I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management at Halesowen College in 2011 & started working at our Oldbury surgery shortly after. I now split my time between the Oldbury & Merry Hill clinics. I feel very privileged to be working with such an amazing team of individuals & I thoroughly enjoy interacting with the clients and their animals & maybe having a cuddle or two!

I have a particular soft spot for larger dog breeds such as Saint Bernard's and Mastiffs. I volunteered in the equine industry for over 5 years before getting horses of my own. During this time I have also owned a variety of small animals including ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, a hedgehog and currently live with my black cockapoo Milo and a cheeky English Lop rabbit who thinks he's a dog.

In my spare time I enjoy having a relaxing day down at the stables with my horses and playing pool on the weekend with friends.


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Becky Turley

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am currently studying veterinary nursing at Halesowen College. I have a great passion for what I am working to become. I have previously taken part with work experience at a mini zoo and stables where I cared for farm and exotic animals! At home I have a Chug (Chihuahua cross with Pug), a rescue collie, a cat, a lion head rabbit, and a young pony which I spend a lot of time with! I am look forward to meeting all clients and their pets!
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Jess Ferriday

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have recently joined the team after working for 7 years in the Pet Retail industry. I am a C-SQP and I completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management in 2012.

Working with animals has always been a passion of mine and I am looking forward to learning more about veterinary care, with the aim of becoming a veterinary nurse.

At home I have two Bunnies called Harley, who is a Lionhead Cross and Lola, who is a Dwarf Lop. So a lot of my spare time is spent maintaining their shed and ensuring they have plenty enrichment to keep them occupied. In my spare time I also take the time to work on my Wildlife and Zoo Photography.

 

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Alex Robinson

Veterinary Care Assistant

I studied to be a veterinary nursing assistant at Solihull College and qualified in June 2016, I have always had a passion for animals. I grew up with a variety of domestic and exotic animals. I always knew I wanted to work in a veterinary practice. I was keen to expand my experience so I did an internship at a stables while at school. In my free time I love reading, paint balling, and horse riding. I have a passion for music, history, art and design, culture and love expanding my knowledge whenever I can. At home I have a variety of parrots, dogs and a cat called willow.

 

Olivia Hipkiss

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have been with the team for over 6 months now, and I really enjoy working with such amazing people. I have been able to meet lovely clients and their pets. I mainly work between the Oldbury branch and the West Bromwich emergency branch.

I attend Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) which is a performing arts college in Birmingham, and I study Performing Arts Dance.

I have had quite a few pets over the years - currently I have a kitten named Tonks and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Marley.

 

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Courtney Ellis BSc (Hons)  

Veterinary Care Assistant

I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2016 with a degree in Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons). I have always had a keen interest in animal behaviour, during my degree I had the opportunity to travel to South India to study Asian elephants and track Tigers. I also travelled to Slovakia to track Bears and Wolves. I loved it!

Over the years I have had many family pets such as cats, dogs, ferrets and even the occasional rescued baby bird. Now I have my very own fur sole mate, my rescued beagle, Nancy. She is challenge and has epilepsy but I would not change her for the world and is definitely one of a kind.

 

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Helen Hardwick

Receptionist

I have a lifelong passion for animals and have always been surrounded by a varied collection of pets. At the moment I have 14 Maine Coon cats, a long-haired chihuahua called Denis, four tanks of tropical fish & a pond of Koi Carp. I breed and occasionally show my Maine Coons and I am a G.C.C.F. Judge of Maine Coons, Siberians & Norwegian Forest Cats.

I love spending time with my family and friends and, when I have the opportunity, I am regularly found with my head buried in a book, I especially enjoy thrillers. I have been a client of this practice & the sister surgeries in Oldbury & Merry hill for several years and am thrilled to be part of the team.