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Basildon Hospital (Pitsea) Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Old Market Retail Park
High Street, Pitsea
SS13 3BY

Telephone: 01268 585700

We're a 24/7 surgery

This means we're never closed.

RCVS 24/7 Hospital Status

Did you know we are a RCVS accredited 24/7 hospital and we have a CT scanner in the practice

We’re now offering some vaccinations

In response to updated guidance from our regulatory body we are now carrying out some primary and booster vaccinations, where it is safe to do so and required or indicated for your pet’s welfare. If your pet is due their vaccinations please contact us for further advice.

Your pet’s flea and worm preventative treatment delivered to your door

We are now offering our Complete Care Health Plan clients flea and worm preventative treatments delivered safely to your door. Please contact us to find out more.

Meet the team

Shola Idowu

Shola Idowu

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


Read Shola Idowu bio

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!


Fabien Collard

Veterinary Surgeon

MRCVS DVM European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Dipl ECVS) Member of the Veterinary Endoscopic Society

Read Fabien Collard bio

Fabien is a Specialist surgeon based at Vets4Pets Basildon Pitsea who operates a full range of orthopaedic and soft tissue cases. He is based with us in a joint venture with Veterinary Independent Specialists (vis.uk.com).

Fabien works within the Vets4Pets Basildon team and we also welcome local Practices to refer cases to us. He has academic interest in minimally invasive surgery, external fixation and prostatic disease.

After graduating from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse in 2000, Fabien embarked on a further nine years of veterinary study, surgical training and university lecturing in France and Canada. As a result, his veterinary qualifications, knowledge, experience and surgical skills are of a level normally only found in Specialist referral centres – this is invaluable in helping our clients and patients. Fabien is an Anglophile so has taken the opportunity to join us in 2018 to truly experience the privilege of looking after Britain’s pets.

Desiree Herrick

Desiree Herrick

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Desiree Herrick bio

Originally hailing from America I joined the Vets4Pets team in September 2014. I graduated with honours from Virginia Tech with degrees in Biology and Theatre Arts, before completing a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College.

My special interests lie in cardiology and dermatology, and I hope to start towards a certificate in these areas soon.

At home I have 2 dogs, a Doberman named Sasha and a Lab cross named Hawkeye, as well as a horse called Shonee. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time in London, going to the theatre, hanging out with friends and traveling the world.

Dave Livesey

Dave Livesey

Surgical Vet Lead


Read Dave Livesey bio

I moved to London and started with Vets4Pets Basildon in June 2017. Before this I was in mixed practice in Nottinghamshire for 3 years, working with all species, but progressively focusing on companion animal work.  I graduated from the University of Liverpool with distinction in 2014.

I’m the surgical lead for the practice, meaning I take the bulk of the surgical caseload and am responsible for all inpatient and surgical care and standards. I am currently studying for my post graduate Advanced Veterinary Practice certificate in small animal surgery. Clinically my main interests lie in soft tissue surgery, specifically oncosurgery and reconstruction, ophthalmic surgery and critical care. I am also strongly interested in anaesthesia and analgesia.

At home, I’m blessed/cursed with a border terrier, Gimli, who is nothing but trouble! I’m an enthusiastic (if not overly accomplished) climber, and love getting into the national parks for weekends of bouldering wherever possible.


Kat Krasna

Veterinary Surgeon with an interest in exotics


Read Kat Krasna bio

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Czech republic. I moved from Slovakia to pursue my dream and enhance my veterinary career in the UK.

Since graduating I have worked in small animal practices in Slovakia and Newcastle. My keen interest is in internal medicine of small and exotic animals.

In my spare time I love travelling and seeing new and exciting places.

fei fei

FeiFei Lo

Veterinary Surgeon


Read FeiFei Lo bio

I recently graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and I am eager to start my veterinary career with this amazing team. I am keen to practise everything however my interests currently lie in dentistry, exotics, neurology and orthopaedics.

In my spare time I enjoy figure skating, painting and baking. My partner in crime is my rabbit Sir Norman Fluffington who always keeps me occupied with his little tantum for food and attention!


Laura Canela Gavin

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Laura Canela Gavin bio

I studied Veterinary Medicine in Valencia in Spain. I am Spanish however I am quite international as I grew up in the Netherlands and spent a year living abroad in Budapest in Hungary.

My main areas of interest are Soft Tissue Surgery, Inpatient Care and Critical Care. I have a Maltese dog who loves to travel so I often take him out hiking or to the beach. We make a pretty good musical duet which consists of me playing piano and his singing!

I love to travel and I like to combine this with my love for animals, so I often volunteer with wild animals in developing countries. When I am not working or traveling I enjoy cooking, dancing salsa and catching up with friends or family.


Elissavet Nikitopoulou

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Elissavet Nikitopoulou bio

I recently graduated from Bristol University and moved to Essex to work with this amazing team. I am very keen to learn and practicing all the things I was taught at University. I have a special interest in cats, internal medicine and cardiology.

In my free time I enjoy, the company of my wonderful rescue kitten, travelling, going back to Greece to visit my family, going to the beach, gymming and reading.


Marc Verrall

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Marc Verrall bio

I’m from the sunny South Africa and graduated from Onderstepoort in 2015. I spent my first year working in a rural settlement near Cape Town doing mostly surgery. In 2017, I moved to Colchester where I spent 2 years working in small animal practice before joining the Pitsea team. My special interest lies in surgery, emergency and critical care.

Outside of work I enjoy all things sport, especially rugby and football. When I’m not watching or playing sport, I enjoy travelling and exploring the cultural side of London. My hobbies also currently include buying books I will likely never read and trying to learn Portuguese.

Yaiza Valerón Folden

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Yaiza Valerón Folden bio

I graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2012 at the University of sunny Gran Canaria, Spain. After working in small animal practise for 2 years in Spain, I decided take on the challenge of moving abroad and widening my expertise. I started working for a Veterinary Pharmaceutical Company in Northern Ireland and then moved over to London, to go back to small animal practise which is what I like the most. I recently joined the great team at Vets4Pets Basildon in October 2019.

Clinically, my area of interest is surgery, mainly soft tissue and reconstructive surgery. I am currently finishing my Post Graduate Certificate studies in Small Animal Surgery.

I used to be a dog person until my rehomed black cat called Midnight conquered my heart and turned me into a cat lover! In my spare time, I take any opportunity to go travelling. I love going to the beach and snorkeling, but that is something I can only do back home in the Canary Islands, not in cold UK!

sarah brown


Head Nurse

Read Sarah bio

I have been nursing since 2009 in busy hospital environments and qualified in January 2013 working at a busy vets for 2 years. Here I developed a passion for nurse clinics and specialised in Diabetic and Hyperthyroid Clinics.

Since starting at Vets4Pets I have been promoted to Head Nurse and have continued with my nurse consult expertise, now also offering our K-Laser therapy sessions. I enjoy working closely with the rest of the nursing team and training our student nurses.

I have 2 rescue cats - Jinx and Cluedo. In my spare time I like to turn my hand to something creative such as sewing, painting or fancy dress if I get the chance!

Reece Padian


Head Nurse and Surgical Lead Nurse

Read Reece bio

I began working for Vets4Pets in 2013 as a student veterinary nurse while on placement at university, I quickly fell in love with the practice and the possibilities it would bring my love and passion for providing high quality nursing care. It seemed the love was mutual and I was offered a full time placement and a diploma in veterinary nursing which I completed in 2015. Prior to this I have qualifications in animal management and laboratory technicians. My love for patient care has led me to become the vets4pets night owl, making sure patients are well cared for throughout the night as well as continuing to pursue my interests in anaesthesia, surgical nursing and preoperative nursing. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and looking after my animal family at home including drake my Rottweiler/great dane, Luna my boa constrictor and tazman my kitty cat.
Sarah Rawe


Registered Veterinary Nurse and Weight Management Specialist

Read Sarah bio

I am a registered Veterinary Nurse and joined Vets4Pets in January 2015. I have been nursing for nearly ten years and prior to this volunteered at wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres.

I am married with two young children, and I also have two rescue guinea pigs and a dog called Rosie.

I enjoy all aspects of nursing but particularly enjoy the interaction with clients and their pets advising them on weight loss and managing long term illnesses.

Emily Eaves


Registered Veterinary Nurse and Head of Inpatient Care

Read Emily bio

I started work at Vets4Pets Basildon when the practice first opened in 2010, after qualifying as a veterinary nurse with a BSc (hons) in veterinary nursing from the Royal Veterinary College. I went to work at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the Royal Veterinary College as a Medicine Nurse for a year where I gained valuable experience in nursing more complicated medical cases and general referral nursing. I have a keen interest in nursing rabbits but also in anaesthesia, both of which I have completed further courses on. I have recently gained my Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care allowing me to further my knowledge in this area. Outside of work I enjoy looking after my Abyssinian cat, Leo, my two rabbits Teddy and Scarlett and my Rottweiler, Lola.
Nicole Fowler


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Read Nicole bio

I have been working with the Vets4Pets team for the last 4 years and thoroughly enjoy the huge variety of pets that we see. The areas of nursing which I enjoy the most are ward nursing, spending time with our inpatients and discussing the best healthcare options with our clients in consult.

Since working with Vets4Pets I have also gained a very handsome one eyed cat named Englebert who has now turned me into a crazy cat lady. I am sure as my career continues I will ‘adopt’ several more waifs and strays!



Registered Veterinary Nurse

Read Candice bio

I began my training as a student veterinary nurse at the Animal health trust referral centre before graduating university with a Bsc (Hons) in veterinary nursing science in 2016. Since then have worked in a small veterinary practice for 3 years until I recently joined the Vets4Pets team in July.

I am really enjoying my time here and am learning more and more every day. I love how knowledgable and friendly the staff are and that the patients really do receive gold standard care. I also work as part of the night team which has helped me develop my skills and confidence and means I get to spend lots of time nursing the in-patients.

In my spare time I enjoy baking and decorating cakes and keeping fit at the gym. I have two rescue dogs called George and Jai who love to cause lots of mischief!



Registered Veterinary Nurse

Read Tilly bio

I started working in the veterinary environment when I was 17, where my interests quickly expanded. I received my first diploma as a VCA in 2014 and completed my training as a veterinary nurse in 2018 during maternity leave. I worked as a locum for a short while before finding myself at this wonderful 24 hour hospital.

I have always had interest in emergency work, however since working with Vets4Pets for only a few months I have now discovered my love for triage and have developed my skills and knowledge. I have had numerous animals requiring specialist care for a variety of rare neurological conditions. I enjoy neonatal care and I rescue wildlife in my spare time.



Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Gemma bio

I have only recently joined the vets4pets team as a student nurse but am already finding it to be a very welcoming environment and am looking forward to learning more with this amazing team supporting me.

Before joining vets4pets I studied for a degree in Animal behaviour at university and have spent the last two and a half years working in a rescue centre.

At home I have a Rex rabbit called Robyn and in my spare time I enjoy seeing friends and family, eating out and I love to read.



Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Hayley bio

I previously undertook the level 3 diploma in Animal Management at Capel Manor College which I finished in 2013. During which I enjoyed carrying out a lot of volunteer work in farms, stables and zoos. After college I enjoyed working with reptiles for three years before joining Vets 4 Pets at the start of 2018.

I have always kept many pets including reptiles, small furries and my rescue cat Tom and two rescue dogs Nina and Raffles. I love working here because it’s all about the animals and spending more quality time with them giving them lots of TLC and pampering.



Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Lucy bio

I joined Vets4pets in 2018 after leaving school. I am currently studying at Writtle college to be a veterinary nurse, whilst working here at the practice. Before joining Vets4pets I had several part time jobs in kennels and a cattery.

I’ve always loved animals and caring for them. I have my own pets at home including a Welsh springer spaniel Oscar and a horse called Eddie. In my spare time I enjoy going out with my friends and spending time with my pets.

I am really enjoying my time here at Vets4pets. The staff are very friendly and make you feel like you’re part of the team. 




Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Imogen bio

I started working in the vets in 2016. I previously undertook a level 3 diploma veterinary care assistant at the College of animal welfare which I finished in 2019. I am currently continuing my studies as a student vet nurse.

In my spare time I enjoy competing my two horses Ted and Miss Grace at British dressage. I love working here because it’s all about the animals and spending quality time with them, giving them lots love and TLC to ensure they are happy and settled while at the vets.



Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Nancy bio

I started working at Vets4Pets in April 2018 as a Veterinary Care Assistant and have since furthered my training as a Veterinary Nursing Student.  I have always wanted to work in a veterinary hospital since a small child.

In my spare time I enjoy weight training at the gym and walking my german shepherd named Shola.


Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Jodie bio

I joined vets4pets in June 2018 as a veterinary care assistant. I am due to start my veterinary  nurse training in February 2020.  My favourite parts of nursing are inpatient care and theatre practice.

In my spare time I enjoy taking my crazy boxer ‘Red’ for long walk and keeping fit in the gym.

Josie LG


Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Josie bio

I began working at vets4pets in June 2019 as a receptionist and veterinary care assistant, I had previously been volunteering at the practice one day a week for around 10 months for my college course.  

Prior to working at Vets4Pets I completed a level 2 and level 3 animal management course at Writtle college. I have worked in animal sanctuary’s, kennels and Cattery’s and farms, but have always known that the veterinary environment was where I really wanted to be. My main goal is to become a veterinary nurse, and am now working as a veterinary care assistant which I really enjoy.

My favourite animals are guinea pigs and in my free time I like to go on dog walks, go shopping and spend time with my friends and family.

Nikki Idowu

Nikki Idowu

Owner & Practice Manager

Read Nikki Idowu bio

I started my career as a neuro physiotherapist in the NHS many years ago which has and would always be one of the most fulfilling roles I have ever done. Whilst in the NHS, I gained further qualifications in management and progressed into working as a clinical manager organizing and delivering services across South West Essex.

I left this role to team up with Shola to achieve our long term dream of being able to offer excellent patient focused care to all the pets we are privileged to look after whilst at the same time delivering great client experience.

I am blessed with three beautiful boys who ensure that I don’t ever have a dull moment! Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies and travelling the world.



Finance Co-Ordinator

Read Karen bio

I have been with the team since we opened in 2010. I started off in reception but found my expertise lies within insurance and finances and am proud to say I now run this department. I love my job and every day provides something new.

I enjoy spending my free time with my family and taking my teenage son to his many football matches. I also have a staffie called Daisy and a 50 year old tortoise called Dave.



Deputy Client Service Manager

Read Claire bio

I have been part of the Basildon team since April 2016. I am loving being back in the veterinary scene after having a break from it for 10 years.

I have worked with animals in one way or another since I was 14 so I think you could say I'm pretty obsessed by them! Every day brings a new challenge to my role but I enjoy the fact that no 2 days are the same.

At home I have an 11 year old Cocker spaniel named Ruby and a budgie named Summer.



Head Receptionist

Read Hanna bio

I started working in the Veterinary industry in 2017, working in front of house and customer service. I have always had a passion for customer care and am constantly learning new tricks and tools in ensuring all clients are given optimal service.

Working with the vets4pets Pitsea team has allowed me to grow and learn more about the industry I love. It has given me new ideas and supported them. The team has been extremely welcoming and kind and there are always amazing staff room snacks! which is a bonus!

I am originally from a small country town in New Zealand and moved to the UK in 2017 after living in Canada and Exploring the U.S.A. In my spare time I look after a very handsome Labrador and adventure around the globe!



Senior Receptionist

Read Jackie bio

I have been part of the amazing Reception team since mid-2017, and previously worked in animal welfare from a young age.

I own 2 cheeky dogs named Lupin and Mini, collectively known as the Binky’s. And have a keen interest in exotic’s and insects, owning a growing selection of Beetles, Millipedes, Insects, Frogs and Reptiles.




Read Shajeda bio

I joined the Vets4Pets team as a client care advisor at the end of June 2018. I have so much love for animals - big and small. I've always wanted to help them one way or another. When I was 14 I sneaked a stray cat into our garage, gave her food and made a makeshift bed. 10 years later and she now sleeps on my bed!! All together we now have 2 cats and a boisterous Labrador.

I am very proud to be a part of the team at Vets4Pets because they are very caring, very compassionate and put 100% into everything they do! I'm really enjoying my time at the practice and learning new things everyday. I'm looking forward to growing with the team, and the company.




Read Brittany bio

I have been working at Vets4Pets since August 2018 and I’m so lucky to work with such a passionate and caring team! 

I have 3 cats called Jazz, Pebbles and Tinkerbell - who’s 20 years old and is still going strong! I also have a one eyed dog called Pablo who absolutely loves all the fuss we give him and the long walkies we go on.



Receptionist & Care Assistant

Read Natalie bio

I have recently joined the Vets4pets team working as a receptionist and veterinary care assistant. I have always had a keen interest in animals particularly exotics. I have volunteered at various zoos and have volunteered at a reptile house for a couple of years now.

I have 3 lizards at home plus an African pygmy hedgehog. In time I’m hoping to gain more and more experience here and eventually look into becoming a veterinary nurse.

Vets4Pets Basildon is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, CT scanner, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!

The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their new clients!



  • Emergency cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Orthopaedics
    Surgery of joints and bones.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • CT Scan
    Provides 3D imaging for a view of internal organs and bones.

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  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.
  • Haematology
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • Health Plans
    Designed to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
  • Laser Treatment
    Therapeutic laser therapy.
  • Keyhole Surgery
    In human medicine ‘keyhole’ surgery or laparoscopy has been used for many years given its reduced surgical trauma and quicker recovery times compared to traditional 'open' surgery.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Practice tour

Practice accreditations

  • Small_Animal_Hospital

Health Plans

Starter pack protection

Best Start in Life

Our Best Start in Life starter pack includes everything they'll need from a veterinary perspective to grow up happy and healthy, from a microchip to their first vaccinations.
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Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health
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Health Plans

Flea & Worm Pack

Protect your pet and your pocket!
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Health Plan


Just £99
Vac4Life is a preventative plan following primary vaccinations

Referral service

For all referrals please complete the referral form

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