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

Meet the team

Shola Idowu

Shola Idowu

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


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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

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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 ( Fabien works within the Vets4Pets Basildon team and we also welcome local Practices to refer cases to us. He also 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


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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


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I moved to London last year 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


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Katarina qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Czech republic. Kat moved from Slovakia to pursue her dream and enhance her veterinary career in the UK. Since graduating she has worked in small animal practices in Slovakia and Newcastle. Kat has a keen interest in internal medicine of small and exotic animals. In her spare time she loves travelling and seeing new and exciting places.

FeiFei Lo

Veterinary Surgeon


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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


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My name is Laura Canela Gavin and 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


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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


Sarah Rawe

Sarah Rawe

Head Nurse and Weight Management Specialist

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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.
Reece Padian

Reece Padian

Surgical Lead Veterinary Nurse

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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 Brown

Deputy Head Nurse

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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 continued with my nurse consult expertise and now also offer our K-Laser therapy sessions. I was been promoted to Deputy Head in 2018 and enjoy working closely with the rest of the nursing team and training our student nurses. I am married with 2 young children and 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!

Suzanne Walington

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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On leaving school I studied for a Diploma in Animal Management though I was unsure what I wanted to do after this so I began grooming, which I did for around four years. I then felt that I wanted a change in my career so I began nursing in 2010 and went on to study my Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, which I achieved in 2015. My favourite part of nursing is diagnostic imaging, which I find very interesting. I also enjoy medical nursing. At home I have two guinea pigs called Leonard and Sheldon and a Hungarian Vizsla called Ava, in my spare time i enjoy competing in breed and agility shows.
Emily Eaves

Emily Eaves

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Head of Inpatient Care

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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.

Alicia Tomkins

Student Veterinary Nurse


Gemma Sorrell

Student Veterinary Nurse

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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. I am currently working in the Night Services Team. I enjoy being part of the Night Services Team as it’s different every night, she enjoys making sure the animals are as comfortable as they can be in a different environment.


Hayley Hayes

Student Veterinary Nurse

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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 as a night student nurse because it’s all about the animals and spending more quality time with them giving them lots of TLC and pampering.

Lucy Falkingham

Student Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Fowler

Nicole Fowler

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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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!

Candice Daisley

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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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!


Imogen Ross

Student Veterinary Nurse


Tilly Woodward

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Nancy Gray

Student Veterinary Nurse


Jodie O'Brart

Student Veterinary Nurse

Nikki Idowu

Nikki Idowu

Owner & Practice Manager

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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.

Vets4Pets Basildon is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, 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

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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.

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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