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Meet the Worcester Vets Team
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Vets4Pets Worcester

Meet the team

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Jonathan Niccol MRCVS

Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

I have been a Veterinary Surgeon since 1999.

I have always looked after cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets and other small ‘furries’. I recently was responsible for the Ferret Rescue centre in Romford, Essex as one of the principal Vets. I have also had a lot of experience dealing with Working Dogs. as I was the main vet responsible for treating the Unit 2 and 5 Metropolitan police dog units (German Shepherd’s, Malinois’s, Cocker Spaniels and Springer Spaniels) and because of this I was also involved in looking after some of the Transport Police dogs. My ethos for veterinary practice is: to help owner’s to deliver the best health care possible for their pets. This I achieve by using good communication skills.

My Veterinary interests are internal medicine (particularly feline) and endoscopy. I am currently enrolled in a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In my spare time my wife (Jacqui) my son (Arran) and I enjoy taking our Norfolk Terrier ‘Cosmo’ for walks in the surrounding countryside.

I love being a Vet as it allows me to meet lots of people and all their pets all of which have different personalities and characters. I am also a partner in my new surgery at Companion Care Vets in Cheltenham.

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Victoria Smallcombe BVM BVS BVMedSci (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

More info coming soon!
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Kari-Ann Heald

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2008. I worked in a small animal practice in Shropshire for four years before moving to Worcester. I have also started my certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

I have recently taken a photography course and have been combining it with my love of travelling. My other interests include playing sport, reading and music.

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Catherine Johns

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and spent some time at a dog sanctuary and clinic in Thailand before moving to Worcester.

In my spare time I like to fit in as much climbing as possible, either at the indoor wall in Worcester or getting outside to the Peak District, Wye Valley and further afield. If I can't be climbing I am most likely to be found either swimming, reading or planning my next big adventure.

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Victoria Fisher

Veterinary Surgeon

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Ruth Webb

Veterinary Surgeon

Since graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2013, I have been working in small animal practice across Worcestershire. I have a particular interest in exotic species, especially reptiles, and am looking forward to starting a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice focusing on this area. I also enjoy soft tissue surgery and obstetrics.

Before my veterinary education, I completed my PhD in physiology and nutrition, and continue to actively engage clients in discussions about nutritional and dietary conditions. In my spare time I dance modern jive and blues and am developing my beginners ski skills! I am also having fun redecorating my new flat in Worcester.

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Christina Roberts

Veterinary Nurse

After qualifying as a veterinary nurse in October 2010, I gained experience in mixed animal practice which lead me to discover a particular interest in exotic animals, gaining extra qualifications in this area and a view to gain more in the future. I joined the practice in August 2013 and am enjoying the advance nursing that Companion Care is allowing me to practice. As one of the practice's clinical coaches I also enjoy helping the student nurses advance and gain their qualifications.

Even at home my life revolves around animals, owning a range of pets that take up my time from my crazy West Highland white terrier, hawk, owls, ferrets, fish and now a turtle that was found dumped in a factory. I enjoy practicing falconry with my Harris hawk Jesse and am attempting to learn to horse ride, which has led to some hilarious situations! Outside of animals I regular attend country shows throughout the summer season.

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Bryan Thomson

Veterinary Nurse

I joined the practice in September 2013 as a veterinary nurse. I am originally from the Scottish borders and trained as a nurse through Edinburgh’s Telford College. During my training, I spent time in various practices including Glasgow Veterinary Hospital, where I got to see a variety of specialised cases. I qualified in January 2011 and moved into the Worcestershire area in May of the same year.

Since qualifying, I have worked in practice as a nurse and an administrator. In my spare time I enjoy playing outdoor bowls and watching films. I don’t currently have any pets, but I have always had a weakness for west highland white terriers.

Karen Scarff

Head Veterinary Nurse

I qualified in 2004 whilst working at a mixed animal practice where I gained experience in all aspects of veterinary nurse. I started working at Companion Care Worcester in February 2016.

In 2010 I spent 2 months in Borneo at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre helping to rehabilitate orangutans to go back into the wild. This included teaching the younger ones to climb and trekking into the forest to check on any that had already been released.

At home I enjoy spending time with my cat "Cassie" and my evenings are filled with hand making items through sewing, crocheting and knitting. I also have a love of travelling.

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Lee-Anne Grassi

Veterinary Nurse

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Megan Bancroft

Veterinary Nurse

I joined Vets4Pets Worcester just before Christmas 2016, having worked and trained in mixed practices for the last five years. My work doesn’t stop when I leave the practice with two cats, guinea-pigs and tropical fish waiting for me at home.

I am looking forward to working with a wide variety of animals in practice and continuing with my passion for feline care and nursing.

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Charlotte Walters

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a first year veterinary nursing and practice management student at Harper Adams University. I have always had a interest in anatomy and physiology with animals. In 2015, I achieved an Extended Project Qualification in the use of artificial aids and prosthetics in animals, which I intend to continue in later years.

In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding, hacking and show jumping. Before University, I enjoyed dancing. I also enjoy ice-skating and reading Harry Potter in French, which I studied alongside science at A-Level. I don't have any small animal pets at the moment, but I intend to purchase a few next year at University.

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Chloe Conyers

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Laura Schutte

Receptionist & Marketing Coordinator

I was born in South Africa and lived there until the age of 14. I have been living in the UK since 2001, and despite it being very different, I love it. I graduated in 2011 from the University of Northampton with a degree in Marketing and German. Contrary to my degree, I am a bit of a science nut and did 2 years of a Forensic Science course and absolutely loved it.

I enjoy working at Companion Care Vets and feel it has broadened my repertoire of skills as well as making use of the skills I have already. I have the unofficial title of Marketing Co-ordinator at the practice, which in layman’s terms, means I am in charge of promoting the practice via a variety of channels and keeping the team up-to-date with all our promotions. I am kept very busy maintaining our social media channels.

I am a keen swimmer and have only just started up again. I have also recently started running, which is absolutely exhausting but rewarding! I also love to read in my spare time and will read just about anything put in front of me. I have an amazing group of friends from school and university, whom I like to meet up with on my free weekends to catch up.

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Cindy Schutte

Vet Practice Manager

I lived and worked in South Africa for over 20 years, and moved to UK in 2001 with my husband and daughter. For the last 9 years, I’ve worked for a family business in Northamptonshire but I am looking forward to the change of location and the new challenges that this position will bring.

In my spare time, I enjoy anything crime-related from reading a good crime novel to watching TV shows. My family say it’s an obsession! When I get the chance, I love to spend a day with my daughter on a marathon shop, interspersed with coffee breaks. My husband and I enjoy exploring the UK and hope one day to see the length and breadth of this beautiful island. I have a very wide knowledge of sport, especially rugby, as my husband is a huge Springbok supporter.

My family and I have no pets at present, but we have had a menagerie of animals in the past ranging from tropical fish to dogs. Once settled in Worcester, we hope to get a new pet!

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Hannah Sandbrook


I have recently joined the Vets4Pets family as a member of the reception team. After working with the bereaved for a number of years, I decided it was time for a change and to follow my dreams of working within a veterinary practice.

I am very excited about getting to know all of our clients and their pets. You will find me trying to steal a cuddle or two when I can! In my spare time I love reading, listening to music and spending time with my family.

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Cathy Walker

Veterinary Care Assistant & Receptionist (Maternity Leave)

I joined Companion Care Worcester in July 2015. I am currently studying for my Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants with the College of Animal Welfare. Once I complete this I hope to go on to study to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I'm a full time member at the practice and you will see me split my time between nursing and reception.

I am known at the practice as the resident crazy cat lady, as I have a keen interest in anything feline. I share my home with two hairless Sphynx cats and two Egyptian Mau's, plus a recently adopted one eyed Guinea pig. I am very into my music and play bass and sing in a local band.

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Holly Downton


I graduated from Plymouth University in 2015 with a degree in English Literature, and I continue to love reading to this day, I have been working for Vets4Pets Worcester for a little while and have loved getting to know the team and making friends with all the animals!

I have a Mini Wirehaired Dachshund called Teddy and am known as the crazy sausage dog lady! I enjoy going on the Worcestershire Dachshund walks when I can. In my spare time, I love to go to gigs and enjoy playing piano and bass player.

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Deborah Brotherton


I enjoy working for Vet4Pets Worcester as a member of the reception team as I enjoy dealing with the public and I am an animal lover. My dad kept rabbits most of his life, so I have grown up with them.

I currently have five rabbits, which have come from Pets at Home Support Adoption and sanctuaries. I have even named one of my rabbits, Alfie, after my dad.

My hobbies include going to cinema and going out with husband on the back of his motorbike. I also do 1950s jive dancing, which allows me to see a lot of bands.