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Colchester Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Colne View Retail Park
Cowdray Avenue

Telephone: 01206 771 984

Closed Now

Need emergency care? See out of hours information.

Opening Hours

  • Monday  - 
  • Tuesday  - 
  • Wednesday  - 
  • Thursday  - 
  • Friday  - 
  • Saturday  - 
  • Sunday  - 

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.

Safe collection of medication available

We are now able to offer safe collection of your pet’s medication and flea and worm preventative mediations. Please contact us to find out more.

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

JF Nell

Dr JF Nell

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


Read Dr JF Nell bio

JF qualified in December 2001 from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoot, South Africa. He moved to the UK in 2003.

In June 2006 he was thrilled by the opportunity to become the founding partner of Companion Care Vets in Colchester. Since then the surgery has gone from strength to strength, employing a great team of experienced professionals who have all contributed to its success. At work, apart from management he very much enjoys orthopaedic surgery and investing in the careers and development of his colleagues.

At home he has black and white, brother and sister rescue cats 'Batman' and 'Chloe', who make sure his sofas and carpets are scratched when he is not looking, as well as two hilarious African Grey parrots, ‘Twiet’ and ‘Jasper’ who can mimic all sorts of sounds including R2D2 at 6am! He enjoys music, cycling to work, indoor climbing and plays cricket and golf. When he is not working you can find him admiring and sampling coffee from antique espresso machines or planting all sorts on his allotment.

Dr Neil Jacobs

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Dr Neil Jacobs bio

Bio coming soon...

Don Crawford

Dr Donald Crawford

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Dr Donald Crawford bio

Don Crawford is from Cape Town (RSA) and grew up on the island of Mauritius. He attended Somerset College for high school and then went on to do his veterinary studies in Pretoria at Onderstepoort. He worked in the Cape Town at a welfare called PDSA during 2016.

Don has a very keen interest in Surgery and has recently completed his GPCert in Small animal surgery. He is now commencing further studies in advanced orthopaedic surgery.

He will never say no to a spontaneous trip away travelling! Otherwise he is a sport fanatic and especially loves his rugby!



Registered Veterinary Nurse

RVN NCert Emergency & Critical Care

Read Iris bio

Iris joined our team in May 2016 after graduating as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the Netherlands.

In 2020 she fulfilled her dream of achieving a certificate in emergency and critical care.

In her free time she loves to travel, swim and dance. She has a passion for wildlife rescue. Iris and her husband enjoy their busy animal household, with Davina the hairless terrier, Lilah the beagle, Hobbes the cat and Bacuna and Lukaku, the rabbits.



Registered Veterinary Nurse

Read Brad bio

Brad wanted to work with animals ever since he started school. He achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management at Eastern Otley College in 2014. He started as an apprentice Veterinary Care Assistant at Companion Care Vets in 2015 whilst studying at Writtle College. He studied a worked based animal management course through which he could learn more about veterinary life.

Brad was delighted to commence his Veterinary Nursing Diploma in February 2017. He is excited and passionate about his work, and is eager to learn as much as possible about patient and client care while at Companion Care Vets.

Brad plays all kinds of sports ranging from cricket, football, bowls and table tennis. He also enjoys music, plays the saxophone and would love to go travelling in the near future.

Brad registered as a qualified veterinary nurse in February 2020.


Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Jodie bio

Jodie joined our team in March 2013 and has since embarked on her Veterinary Nursing Studies whilst working in practice, being one of its big pillars. Her vocation was always obvious, wanting to work with animals since she could remember, so when she left school in 2008 she decided to study for a National Certificate in Animal Care and a BTEC in Animal Management at Writtle College for 3 years.

Jodie helps with our Social Media and is known for going the extra mile to assure the best care to our patients (having a soft spot for Cockapoos)! She cannot wait until she can call herself a RVN! She has two dogs at home: one oldie called Storm and a crazy Cockapoo named Cassie.

When not studying you can find her on a long walk relaxing or exploring the world, having recently discovered Venice and Edinburgh!



Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Emer bio

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work with animals. I’ve worked in a variety of different animal jobs; stables, farms and vets. I have been a Veterinary Care Assistant for the last few years and love seeing the animals go home happy and healthy. 

I’ve grown up surrounded by animals and own 3 cats, one of whom is 3 legged, Bambi, and a German shepherd named Zeus. Zeus is very gentle with all of my cats, and him and Bambi are the best of friends. 

In March 2019 I joined the team at Vets4Pets Colchester, to begin my training to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse.



Registered Veterinary Nurse


Read Emma bio

Emma joined the Vets4Pets Colchester team in September 2020 after moving from Nottingham. Emma has a special interest in the surgical side of her nursing role, in particular anesthesia. In her spare time Emma enjoys painting and baking. At home Emma has two rabbits called Super Hans and Puddles. 


Client Care Advisor

Read Charlotte bio

I joined Vets4Pets Colchester in July 2018. In my previous employment I worked as a Reception Manager at a Spa. I am a qualified Beauty Therapist. I have always loved animals and grown up around my family pets. At home I have a Chihuahua cross Dachshund called Bailey. We love going on long walks with his best friend Harvey. I also like to travel and see new places.


Client Care Advisor

Read Sue bio

Sue worked in the Civil Service for 23 years, before making the move to work with animals. At home Sue has a cat, a rabbit and some gold fish.



Veterinary Care Assistant

BSc (Hons) Zoology, MSc (Distinction) Global Wildlife Health and Conservation

Read Eleanor bio

Eleanor has had a love for animals and all things David Attenborough ever since she was little and always aspired to be a wildlife vet in Africa, just like in the television series, "Wild at Heart." After finishing her A Levels at Colchester County High School for Girls, she completed a Bachelors in Zoology at the University of Exeter's Cornwall campus which developed her current passion for wildlife conservation and travel through many field trips including one to the incredible Galapagos Islands! 
Many hours of volunteering at Colchester Zoo and an internship on the zoo's UmPhafa nature reserve in South Africa led to a Masters in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at the University of Bristol's vet school, in which her fascination for veterinary medicine and African wildlife conservation grew stronger. She has now settled into the veterinary industry as a Veterinary Care Assistant and is excited to put her skills to the test whilst developing new ones.
Eleanor enjoys spending time outdoors visiting local nature reserves and catching up on the latest David Attenborough documentaries. She has two family Ragdoll cats named Reggie and Poppy and has herself kept an array of pets from rats to a bearded dragon.


Veterinary Care Assistant

Read Lorna bio

I am a huge animal lover. I have always been brought up with animals in the household and knew from a young age that working with animals would be my dream job. I love the outdoors, muddy walks, exploring, fossil hunting and antiques are some of my passions.
Chantel Peskett


Veterinary Care Assistant

Read Chantel bio

I joined Vets4Pets in January 2020, I have always had an interest in working with animals. I’ve always been surrounded by the most amazing wildlife growing up in South Africa. I started studying and working with animals in 2016 when I completed my first college course in animal care. I then went on to study for another 2 years doing a technical diploma in animal management. I have worked in various different animal environments such as zoos, stables, day cares and farms.


Veterinary Care Assistant

Read Kezia bio

Kezia has always had an interest in animals since a young age. She particularly has a passion for wild animals and loves dogs, especially our senior patients. Kezia has a BA (HONS) in fashion and textiles but decided to pursue her passion for animals when she joined Vets4Pets in March 2020.

Kezia is a VCA and hopes to complete her training as a veterinary nurse in the future. Kezia enjoys visiting wildlife parks, travelling and spending time with her 18 year old Papillion Brandy.  

Kelly Ann


Client Care Advisor

Read Kellyann bio

Kellyann joined the team in September 2020, previously working within facilities such as fitness centers and care homes. She loves the caring aspect of the job which is part of the reason she joined the team, as well as her love for being around animals. Originally from Hartlepool, Kellyann grew up in a household that always had dogs. She has had an interest in animals from growing up around them, to watching the ducks in the park and visiting zoos. 



Client Care Advisor

Read Louise bio

Growing up with a range of different animals from cats, to rats, to chameleons, Louise has always been interested in animals and animal welfare. Originally completing a degree in classical music and becoming a peripatetic music teacher, teaching for three years, Louise decided that teaching wasn't her calling and decided to retrain. Helping animals was an obvious step for her and everyone close to her agreed. This led Louise to join the Vets4Pets team as a client care advisor in September 2020. 



Apprentice Veterinary Care Assistant

Read Alicia bio

Alicia joined our team in September 2020 and is currently completing an apprenticeship to become a veterinary care assistant. In her free time, Alicia loves creating art and going on walks with her two adorable cockapoos, ages 6 and 1. At home she also has 2 loving playful cats as well as a corn snake called Buttercup. Alicia grew up with horses, working in the stables and entering junior riding competitions, which sparked her love for animals at a young age.  

Welcome to Vets4Pets Colchester. I am JF Nell, the Joint Venture Partner of this practice!

Please explore this site to find out more about your local Vets4Pets surgery in Colchester (formally Companion Care Vets Colchester).

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  • 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.
  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.

Show more services

  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • Ultrasound
    Generates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • 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.
  • Soft Tissue
    Surgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
  • Medication
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

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Practice accreditations

  • RCVS accreditation EDITED

Health Plans

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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Out of hours

Vets Now Colchester
70 Brinkley Lane

Telephone: 01206 842 224

Standard consultations before 9pm start from £185.50. Standard consultations after 9pm start from £239.00.

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