Meet the team
I qualified at Cordoba University (Spain). and moved to the UK in 2007 and have been working as a surgeon ever since, performing a great variety of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeries in small animals. Since moving to the UK I have enjoyed many holidays in Cornwall and I decided this was the best place for me to settle and raise my young family. I hold an AVP certificate in surgery, my special interest is orthopaedic and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery. My compassion for my patients is what drives me to deliver high standards of service and care to our patients whilst looking after their best interests.
Mel graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1999. She went straight into companion animal general practice in Essex. She has worked in Devon and East Sussex but finally wanted to settle in Cornwall to be with her family. Mel joined the team in 2009. She enjoys all aspects of companion animal surgery and medicine, with a slight bias towards feline medicine (this was always inevitable as her first spoken word was “cat”). An interest in animal behaviour has followed her through from childhood and she spends a lot of her spare time learning about dog and cat behaviour, with the help of her own two whippets and four cats. They keep her busy finding new and exciting environmental enrichment and training games. Her whippets have also recently persuaded her to learn the art of canine massage.
The natural world has always been important to Mel, she can often be found on her days off wandering through the beautiful woods, beaches and coast of Cornwall with her dogs, stopping to listen to, or watch, a bird or wild mammal. She was lucky enough to get the opportunity to spend some time in Namibia volunteering with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and at a lion sanctuary in South Africa several years ago. If she ever has a faraway look in her eye it is likely she is thinking about the African Savannah.
Deborah joined the practice in 2020 from a Vets4Pets in Leicestershire. She made the move to sunny Cornwall to be near family and we are lucky enough to be able to call her one of the Truro team now.
Deborah qualified in 2017 from Cambridge and her clinical interests lie in surgery and ophthalmology , areas she would like to focus in in the future.
Outside of work Deborah is a keen baker, especially cakes! She also likes to take long woody walks with her Springer Spaniel Morty.
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Lynsey has been with the practice since we first opened the door in 2008! She has been the head nurse in this time and many of you will have met her with your pets.
Since the practice rebranded and has started to grow she has taken on a more managerial role and is now our practice manager. Never far away and will remain as an experienced nurse, on hand to help our team and clients as needed. She has now completed a Certificate in Veterinary Business Management through Liverpool Vet School.
Lynsey now has a small family so spends her time out of work racing around doing mum duties and enjoying Cornwall life. A keen horsewoman and is riding, leading and generally never far from a horse or pony! She also has little Boston Terrier called Ruby.
Lynsey is also on the committee for Cornwall and South Devon Boxer Rescue so likes to help on fundraising days
Ella joined the practice in 2016 as a receptionist. Since that time many of our clients have grown to love her as we do and her face is familiar on the front desk , alongside her Staffie Alfie!
In 2019 Ella started her first steps on the her veterinary nursing career path in her new role as Nursing Assistant.
In 2021 after having a small break to have a little girl! Ella is back and now officially training as a Vet Nurse apprentice with Duchy College, under the watchful eyes of our fabulous nursing team.
In her spare time Ella loves to walk Alfie especially on the beach and meet her friends .
Rhian joined the practice very early in 2019 as a foundation degree veterinary nurse student part way through her studies. Since then she has become an integral part of the nursing team and in September 2020 qualified and has become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
In 2022 Rhian became our Senior Veterinary Nurse and is relishing the challenges this brings.
Rhian enjoys the busy days in practice and anaesthesia. Nursing hospitalised patients is also something she enjoys.
Outside of work Rhian has 2 dogs Ralph and Holly and a lovely horse , who whilst still young she enjoys bringing on through his early years with big plans for them both one day.
Pip is an experienced nurse and qualified in 2012.She first joined our sister practice at Camborne in 2019 and recently has made the move to Truro a year later.
Pip has lots of experience and there isn't much she hasn't seen, but her clinical interests lie with anaesthesia and critical care cases.
Outside of work Pip has a young family and loves spending time with them . Her big life passions are walking and running and her favourite places for both are coast (especially Kynance) and Trelissick woods. There will also be her nutty Vizla Brea in tow!
Alice has joined the practice in October 2020. A local lady with a wealth of knowledge in her previous sector of health and fitness. ( Perhaps lunchtime workouts could be in order, as we love the cake a bit too much here !)
Alice will be training on the job to assist the nurses with the care of patients and keeping the clinic spick , span and equipment in order. Alice has completed her first year at Duchy College on the ANA course to combine her training both in the college and work environment. She has now graduated on to her first year of a Foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing. She is very much looking forward to taking these next steps in her goal to one day becoming a Registered and Qualified Veterinary Nurse.
Outside of work Alice has a family that keep her busy aswell as a lab x springer called Harvey.
Tash has joined the practice following a move to Cornwall from the Midlands. She has previously worked in both general practice and hospital settings and brings further fabulous nurse skills to our excellent nursing team.
In practice Tash particulary enjoys wound management cases and inpatient care.
She shares her home with her cat Maeve and her indoors tortoise called Irwin.
She is very much looking forward to embracing her new Cornish way of life and meeting our clients and their very loved pets here at Truro.
Christie has been working for Vets4Pets since June 2018, but you may know her working at the Pets At Home store in Truro where she worked for three years. Christie is from Czech Republic and has been living in the UK since 2014. She started working as an Au-pair in London looking after children for a year and then moved to Cornwall. Since 2015 she lives with her partner, little girl and house rabbit called Teddy.
In her free time she enjoys spending time going on adventures with her young family. She also likes to spend her days off with best friend Ella walking her staffie Alfie around the beaches in Cornwall. Christie has always enjoyed helping people and looking after animals. She has a big family in Czech and visits them twice a year.
Since coming back from maternity leave Christie is really enjoying combining her role her and being a mummy at home .
Emma joined the practice in 2019 from a wealth of retail background so lots of customer service to help look after our clients. Her favourite part of the job so far is greeting clients and their pets and welcoming them to the practice.
Emma has 2 cats at home Billy and Charlie and her 2 young children keep her very busy!
In their spare time she enjoys family walks and exploring National Trust sites and generally getting out enjoying family life
Dara joined the practice in 2020. After starting her veterinary nurse training Dara had a short break to have her little boy . She really enjoys getting our for walks with the family and Winnie her Bulldog and when time allows Dara loves horse riding and looks forward to being able to get back competing one day.
Dara is now getting back into the swing of veterinary practice by joining our team of Client Care Advisors on our reception desk and is looking forward to meeting our fabulous clients and pets..
Amy joined the team in the very days of 2021. Amy is our reception supervisor covering Ella whilst she is off on maternity. We knew she would have big shoes to fill, but with her warm bubbly character and friendly smile Amy is already settling in and doing a great job.
From a customer service background, Amy is really enjoying meeting and getting to know our clients and offer that warm welcome that's so important.
Amy is a music fan and this is clear when you hear her pet names Prince Rogers Nelson and Ada . Since joining the team here at Truro she has also now recued a blind and deaf rabbit who is called Stevie Wonder and living a very pampered indoor safe life now along with Ziggy Stardust the cat who came in to the clinic as a stray.
Amy has had a lot to learn but is fast becoming the organiser and problem solver of the front of house. She says she is most looking forward to being part of a team that work together to help keep families loved pets happy and healthy.
Sam joined the reception team in 2021. Our growing team of receptionists do they best to provide a warm welcome and to be as helpful as possible for our clients and its a busy varied role.
Sam has come from previous sectors including hospitality and various front of house roles including a chocolate factory!
At home Sam has 3 horses Ben, Tawny and Mocha who she enjoys riding and competing when she can. She also has 2 Patterdale Terriers Nellie and Poppy and additionally enjoys kyacking so being busy comes naturally to her. Which is helpful here!
Emma joined the team from a strong previous background of retail and customer service. Looking after people is her thing!
We are lucky to have 2 Emmas here now and you can identify Emma C by the lovely Disney pins she wears. Emma is in her 4th year of a psychology degree and has a busy family home life with children and a husband who are very much into their rugby.
The family have 2 lovely cats called Apache and Lilly and in any spare time Emma loves to sew and to bake.
Emma is enjoying getting stuck into to the varied role at reception and enjoys meeting all the clients and their pets.
Client Care Advisor
If your pet is injured or doesn’t seem their usual self, you’ll want to get to a vet as soon as you can. Our vets’ practice in Truro is RCVS accredited, which guarantees the highest standards of care. Run by an experienced team, the vets and assistants at Truro will look after your pets like they would their own.
From routine check-ups to more specialist treatment including orthopaedic surgery, x-rays and endoscopy our Truro practice is ready to help with any pet problem thanks to modern and well-equipped facilities, including a lab, pharmacy,
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
Open 7 Days a WeekWe are open 7 days a week.
Airway SurgeryAirway Surgery
AnaesthesiaGeneral anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
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ArthroscopyArthroscopy (also called arthroscopic or keyhole surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage is performed using an arthroscope, an endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.
BiochemistryAllows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
Cruciate SurgerySurgery to repair damaged stifle ligaments.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
Digital X-RayDigital X ray equipment is available.
Ear SurgeryEar Surgery service is available to keep your pet free from any infections.
ECGECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
Echocardiography (heart scans)Generates a 2D moving image of your pet's heart.
ElectrolyteEnables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
EndoscopyEnables us to capture real-time images of internal organs and structures using an endoscope.
Fracture RepairOrthopaedic surgery to correct broken bones.
Haematology – Blood testingAllows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
Health PlansDesigned to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
Keyhole SurgeryIn 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.
MicrochippingA microchip can help retrieve lost pets
Nurse ClinicAppointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
OrthopaedicsSurgery of joints and bones.
Oxygen ChamberEnables us to provide supplemental oxygen when needed.
Pet Passport / Animal Health CertificateTrained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
PrescriptionsWe can provide written prescriptions upon request.
Separate Cat & Dog Waiting AreasSeparate cat and dog waiting areas, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
Separate Cat & Dog WardsSeparate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
Soft TissueSurgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
Tonopen - Eye Pressure TestingMeasures eye pressure.
UltrasoundGenerates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
Weight ClinicMonitoring clinic to help dogs and cats achieve optimal weights – both if they have been under or overweight
X-RayGenerates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
X-Ray & UltrasoundX-Ray & Ultrasound
Out of hours
The Old Dairy
Tel: Telephone: 01872 560952
Out-of-hours emergency consultation fees start from £80. Any necessary treatment or medication administered by the emergency service will be charged in addition to the emergency consultation fee.