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Vets4Pets Southend Victoria

Meet the team


Noa Peter Chiwawa MRCVS, BVSc, MSc Anim Reprod

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

Peter graduated with a B.V.Sc degree in 1992 at the University of Zimbabwe, worked 10 years sole charge mixed practice based in Centenary - Zimbabwe which was a very vibrant commercial farming District.

He had vast experience working with companion animals and livestock over the decade and took special interest in Animal Reproduction as he did Artificial Insemination in cattle and dogs then. He came for post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Animal Reproduction at Liverpool University in 2005, became a MRCVS in 2007 and has worked in Small Animal Practice since then. Peter has worked at Upton Vets on the Wirral, at Beech House Vets in Warrington, Chester Gates Animal Referral Hospital in Chester amounting to vast experience in his illustrious 22 years of cumulative veterinary practice. 

He has recently joined Companion Care Southend as a Joint Venture Partner [JVP] and shall be offering Companion Animal Reproduction Services – ranging from fertility testing of breeding animals, semen collection, cryo-preservation & storage, semen import & export services and Trans-Cervical Inseminations [TCI]- thus helping all companion animal breeders realise their potential in producing top pedigree pets through the use of current reproductive technologies.

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Shola Idowu MRCVS

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

I have been a veterinary surgeon for the last 10 years working all over the world. I have been privileged to live and work with some great people in Essex for the last 8 years practising veterinary medicine.

My passion for excellent delivery of animal care and high quality customer centered service has been the main drive throughout my career. My special interests are all aspects of internal medicine and cardiology; I am currently studying for a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

When I am not working, I enjoy reading, jogging, playing football with my three boys and actively policing our exotic fishes from being overfed by the boys!


Stefan MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Stefan graduated U.S.A.M.V. degree in 2003 U.S.A.M.V. IASI Romania.

I had my clinic between 2003-2010.

2010-April 2016 manager at medvets veterinary clinic - paralimni Cyprus

April 2016 - Jan 2017 Sanctuary Clinic Portsmouth

From January 2017 - joinedCompanion Care Southend Victoria team as Veterinary Surgeon.

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Laura Canela Gavin MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a newly qualified Veterinary surgeon that joined a few months ago. I qualified in Valencia Spain 2017.

I graduated from university last year and I am enjoying working in practice;my interests involve soft tissue surgery which I am currently undertaking a master degree in. My hobbies include traveling, cooking, going to the gym. My favourite animal is rhinos and all African wildlife.


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Rachael Smith

Head Veterinary Nurse

I joined Vets4Pets last year having worked at another local practice. I have been nursing now for 12 years and enjoy the challenge of being a head nurse and training the students.

In my spare time I enjoy dancing ballet and am currently training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.



Lucy Findlay

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Lisa Fox

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Rosie Worth

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi I’m Rosie; I joined Companion Care in March 2013, previous to this I worked at pets at home. I’ve worked in the Veterinary industry for just over 2 years. I enjoy working at companion care as something new happens every day; I’m always learning something new. I love caring for all the animals that come in to the vets and helping the owner care for their animals.

At home I have 2 rabbits called Roy and Dolly. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends shopping and going on holiday.



Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi I'm Chelsea and I joined Companion Care in January 2016, previous to this I used to work for the NHS. I am currently undertaking studies at Writtle College and hope to get my Veterinary Nursing Diploma. I enjoy working at Companion Care as there is never a dull day! I love to meet new people and love working with all the animals, it is so rewarding. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends, going on holidays, painting and seeing family.

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Caroline De Oliveira

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I have been working with animals for the last 10 years and have completed a qualification in veterinary care assistant. I will be starting college in February to become a qualified veterinary nurse which I am excited to start.

My hobbies include seeing my family in my spare time I have 3 children and one dog.



Stephanie Bassett

Practice Manager

Hi I’m Stephanie, I joined Companion Care in January 2015,I enjoy working at Companion Care with such a close supportive team.

Every day is different and it is especially rewarding when you get to see happy returning clients with their animals. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family.


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Caroline Saunders


Hi I’m Caroline, I joined companion Care in July 2012. I previously worked in London for many years as a receptionist dealing with accounts. I enjoy working for companion care as I enjoy working with a great team, meeting all the clients and their animals. At home I have two guinea pigs, three fish and a Scottish terrier called Woody. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, meeting friends and I also enjoy drawing and painting.

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Tapiwa Chiwawa


I joined the team at Vets4Pets last year. I am studying Business studies at The University of Chester at the moment and am on a year placement to gain business experience.


In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and playing football.