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Coming September 2022!
We are opening a second, larger, state of the art practice in September 2022!
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 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 Donald Crawford
Clinical Director & Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc, PgC SAS, MRCVS
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 finishing off his Advanced Orthopedic Post-Graduate Certificate.
He will never say no to a spontaneous trip away travelling! Otherwise he is a sport fanatic and especially loves his rugby!
Dr Ryan Walton
BVSc MRCVS, Pursuing a Small Animal Surgery Post-Graduate Certificate
Ryan is from a town called Benoni, 40km east of Johannesburg, South Africa. He qualified from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort) in 2019 and recently moved over to the UK after doing a year's work of welfare in South Africa.
Ryan has wanted to be a vet since he was a young boy. He has a keen interest in surgery and is currently working towards his small animal surgery certificate. He also has a soft spot for Staffies!
In his spare time, you can find Ryan playing or watching sport- rugby, football, Moto GP and cricket. He also enjoys travelling and has a keen interest in tropical fish.
Dr Damon Knoop
BVSc MRCVS, Pursuing a Small Animal Medicine Post-Graduate Certificate
Damon grew up in a small town in South Africa called Benoni. Damon has had a love for animals all his life and pursued a career in veterinary science after job shadowing at his local vet practice for a number of months.
He qualified from the University of Pretoria in 2019, completed a year of work in a small rural town in 2020 and joined the Vets4Pets Colchester team in 2021. Damon enjoys working up cases and diagnostic imaging and is currently completing a post graduate certificate in small animal medicine.
In his spare time, Damon enjoys watching rugby or football. He is also trying (with great difficulty) to improve his golf game. His favorite dog breed is a British bulldog.
Dr Bianca Borrageiro
BVSc MRCVS, Pursuing a Small Animal Surgery Post-Graduate Certificate
Bianca graduated in 2019 from Onderstepoort, South Africa. She spent a year working at a welfare centre in Cape Town where her interest for surgery grew.
In 2021 Bianca joined Vets4Pets Colchester and is excited to be part of such a big wonderful team. In her downtime she enjoys being active, planning adventures and watching Netflix.
Dr Johan Kritzinger
BVSc MRCVS, Pursuing an Exotic Animal Practice Post-Graduate Certificate
Johan is from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He graduated from the University of Pretoria at the end of 2019 and in 2021 joined the Vets4Pets Colchester team.
Johan has a real soft spot for labradors. However, he has a passion for the small and furry animals and is excited to complete his exotic certificate at the end of 2022. This will add a new dimension to the practice.
Johan enjoys a multitude of sports and spending time in the ocean doing scuba, snorkeling or riding the waves on a body board. When he isn't busy at work or on the sport fields, Johan enjoys bird watching and gardening.
Dr Anita Neethling
BVSc MRCVSy, Pursuing a Small Animal Medicine Post-Graduate Certificate
Dr Stacy King
BVSc MRCVS, Pursuing a Small Animal Opthomology Post-Graduate Certificate
Stacy grew up in a town called Edenvale, just outside Johannesburg, in South Africa and graduated from the University of Pretoria with distinction in 2019. She spent 2020 completing her compulsory community service year at the PDSA in George, South Africa.
Although she loves South Africa dearly, she always dreamt of coming to live and work in the UK and was fortunate enough to meet her partner, who is also a vet and find out he had the same goal. They made the big move in January 2021 and Stacy has enjoyed meeting all the wonderful clients and their gorgeous pets. Stacy has a keen interest in Ophthalmology and will soon commence her ophthalmology certificate studies.
When she is not busy looking after her patients she enjoys traveling, socialising, baking and keeping active- especially hiking.
Dr Caitlin Williams
BVSc MRCVS, Pursuing a Small Animal Emergency Medicine & Surgery Post-Graduate Certificate
Caitlin grew up in East London, a small coastal town on the Southeastern border of South Africa. From a young girl, she always dreamed of pursuing a career in which she could work with and help animals on a daily basis. This dream became a reality when she was accepted into vet school in Onderstepoort, South Africa. She qualified in 2019, whereafter she practiced in a rural community in the Eastern Cape.
When the opportunity arose to broaden her horizons and move to England, she snatched at that chance and moved to Colchester at the beginning of 2021 with her partner, Dr. Damon Knoop (also a veterinary surgeon at Vets4Pets). She has a soft spot for welfare work and has 3 rescue animals (Rey, Kylo and Nixi). She is currently completing a certificate in emergency medicine, surgery and critical care. She is passionate about the adventure that awaits each day at Vets4Pets Colchester clinic, and looks forward to meeting the community and their precious furry friends.
Garrick was born and bred in Sunny Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied at the University of Pretoria and graduated in 2019. He spent a year working in rural communities close to the Kruger National Park, helping all species of animals.
He moved over to the UK in 2021 working in a small animal practice in Essex, and joined Colchester in early 2022. Garrick loves Dachshunds and English Bull terriers.
When he is not at work he can often be found running, swimming and cycling.
Fladia is from Johannesburg, South Africa, and qualified as a veterinarian at the beginning of 2021. She completed her community service year in Nelspruit and was fortunate enough to work with a multitude of wildlife and small animal species.
She has a passion for primates, their rehabilitation and care, as well as a keen interest in all exotic species. She thoroughly enjoys working with small animals and performing surgeries. Fladia looks forward to furthering her studies later this year.
Fladia’s interests include music, as well as playing the violin and saxophone, outdoor activities, and exploring the world.
Mr Pawel Kowalczyk
MRCVS, Pursuing a Small Animal Surgery & Endoscopy Post Graduate Certificate
Pawel graduated in 2016 from Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland. Ever since he has been practicing in UK veterinary surgeries in Dorset and Essex.
Pawel's interests involve soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, endoscopy and endosurgery. He has enrolled in two postgraduate certificates: small animal surgery and endoscopy and endosurgery. Pawel is very ambitious and always will try to provide the best available care to your animals.
It was apparent ever since she was a young girl that working with animals would end up being her passion. Jodie graduated from Writtle College with a National Certificate in Animal Care and a BTEC in Animal Management. Jodie joined our team in March 2013 and has since become a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) as well as a Practice Manager.
Jodie has a Cockapoo at home named Cassie and has a very soft spot for this particular breed. She has a strong interest in surgery and emergency critical care.
When not at work, Jodie enjoys spending time exploring, travelling, and rain or shine you could always find her out and about on a paddle board.
Practice Manager & Registered Veterinary Nurse
RVN NCert Emergency & Critical Care
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.
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.
Emma graduated in 2017 from Nottingham Trent University with a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing. After 3 years of working in Nottingham, she joined the Vets4Pets Colchester team in September 2020.
Emma has a special interest in the surgical side of her nursing role and in particular, anesthesia.
At home Emma has two rabbits called Super Hans and Puddles. When not at work, she is always looking for an opportunity to travel in her campervan and explore new places.
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.
Shannon is from Johannesburg, South Africa. She graduated as a Veterinary Nurse in South Africa at the end of 2018 and worked at a Specialist Referral Hospital in Johannesburg before moving to the UK.
Shannon joined Vets4Pets Colchester in the middle of 2021. Her main interests are surgery and is currently studying to become a Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Jadie comes from a small town in South Africa close to the Zimbabwean border. Jadie qualified as a nurse in 2018 and spent 2 years working at a specialist practice in Johannesburg, South Africa before moving to Colchester in May 2021.
Jadie has always had a passion for caring for animals and a keen interest in surgery and critical care.
Tayla-May joined us from Johannesburg, South Africa in January 2022. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2021. Tayla-May studied psychology, communications and entrepreneurship whilst competing as an athlete for her University on the rowing team. She has competed on the international stage as a rower for a number of years. Her commitment to hard work and challenge grounded in the teamwork of a successful programme.
Tayla-May has a vested interest and passion for helping others and working with people. She is excited to be working for Vets4Pets as a Practice Manager, whilst having the opportunity to work with colleagues and clients who love their pets as much as she loves her own border-doodle named Ollie.
When Tayla-May is not working she’ll be out exploring new sporting activities and adventure opportunities.
Client Care Manager
Keshia 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. Keshia has a BA (HONS) in fashion and textiles but decided to pursue her passion for animals when she joined Vets4Pets in March 2020.
Keshia is a VCA and hopes to complete her training as a veterinary nurse in the future. Keshia enjoys visiting wildlife parks, travelling and spending time with her 18 year old Papillion Brandy.
Bethany graduated in 2021 from Writtle University with a Animal Science Bachelors Degree with Honours and joined the team in March 2022.
Bethany has worked with a wide variety of animals from companion, exotics, reptiles and livestock. Her work has lead her both travelling up and down the UK, and working on her own 600 acre family farm managing the lambing and calving yards from 200 too 1,000 head of sheep, and heard of 50+ Cattle.
It wasn't until she finally owned two dogs of her own: Belle, a working Border Collie and Lola, a Podenco Spanish rescue that she really understood the love, time and care that goes into owning animals. She wanted to do more to really help others, realising that the veterinary industry was the perfect path for her to take.
Charlotte joined the Vets4Pets team in July 2018. In her previous employment she was a spa therapist and also worked as a reception spa manager.
Charlotte has always loved animals and grown up around family pets. At home Charlotte has a Chihuahua cross Dachshund called Bailey, who loves going on long walks with his best friend Harvey.
Charlotte loves to travel and to see new places. She also loves going on long walks, keeping fit as well as trying new things to tick off of her bucket list.
Client Care Advisor
Victoria joined the team in December 2020 having always had a passion for animals, growing up with a variety of pets and owning horses.
When Victoria isn't at work she spends all of her time with her fiancé and daughter Maddison. At home Victoria has 2 rescue cats Lilo and Stitch and 3 rabbits, Bubba, Bailey and Peanut.
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.
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
Welcome to Vets4Pets Colchester! We are a small animal practice with a diverse team that strives to provide the highest standard of patient care for your beloved family pets. We aim to effectively communicate and make sure the health of your animal is always at its best.
Please explore this site to find out more about your local Vets4Pets surgery in Colchester (formally Companion Care Vets Colchester).
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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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.
Dental X-RayUnlike humans, dogs need to be under general anesthesia for dental X-rays. Anesthesia is considered to be a safe procedure and will be performed after a general examination. It is tailored to the individual and your dog is continuously monitored during the dental exam.
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.
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.
MicrochippingA microchip can help retrieve lost pets
Nutritional AdviceAdvice and support for your pet's diet.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
OrthopaedicsSurgery of joints and bones.
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.
Rabbit Medicine and TestingRabbit Medicine and Testing
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