Ipswich Vets4Pets

Handford Road
01473 222121

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Opening Hours

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  • Thursday  - 
  • Friday  - 
  • Saturday  - 
  • Sunday Closed

Meet the team

Sandra Braunig

Sandra Braunig

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


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Sandra was born and raised in North London. She graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1997. Sandra started her career in a mixed animal practice in Wales where she stayed a year before deciding to work solely with small animals. She worked at a practice in Surrey for eleven years then moved to a practice in Colchester for three years before realising her dream of opening Ipswich Vets4Pets in 2012.

Amy Madden

Veterinary Surgeon


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Amy was born and raised in Ipswich. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and worked in a number of small animal practices in Hertfordshire. Amy joined the Vets4Pets team in January 2018 after moving back to Ipswich.

Amy particularly enjoys surgery and diagnostic imaging and is working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.


Elise Pocock

Veterinary Surgeon


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Ellie was born and raised in Kent. She recently moved to Ipswich with her partner and tabby cat Philip.

Ellie joined the team in December 2021 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020. ​Her interests include feline behaviour and surgery.

In her spare time Ellie enjoys crochet, yoga and pole fitness.

Zoe Vet

Zoe Armes

Veterinary Surgeon


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Zoe graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and has worked in Small Animal practice, doing both first opinion and emergency work since then, while also spending some time as an Area Manager for Vets4Pets.
Zoe enjoys all aspects of the role but has a keen interest in internal medicine and imaging and is hoping to further develop her ultrasound scanning in particular. 
Zoe was born and raised in Suffolk and lives near Woodbridge with her husband, young daughter and her cat Ziggy, who was rescued as strays. 
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and getting out in the Suffolk countryside, often running or wild swimming!
Meet the team Lucy Webb

Lucy Webb

Practice Owner, Veterinary Nurse & Behaviourist


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Lucy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 with a first class Honours degree and in 2016 completed her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. 

Lucy has worked with us since opening in 2012 and in 2018 became a partner of the practice. She is passionate about low stress patient handling and offers behavioural consults for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Lauren Staff

Lauren Staff

Veterinary Head Nurse


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Lauren was born in Kent and moved to Suffolk as a child. She lives here with her husband and three young sons. 

She qualified in 2010 after completing her Veterinary Nurse training at a practice in Ipswich. Lauren locumed at various practices around Suffolk prior to joining our team. Since 2021 Lauren is now Head Veterinary Nurse, a job share with one of our other nurses Bonnie, and a clinical coach - teaching our student nurses.

Sophie Tarrant

Sophie Stairmand

Veterinary Nurse & Pet Health Counsellor


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Sophie was born in Suffolk and currently lives here with her husband, Will. Sophie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010 and has worked in many practices around Suffolk and also spent some time doing locum work before joining us in (insert year).

Sophie is currently undertaking a certificate in Anaesthesia and analgesia.


Zoe Hallaron

Veterinary Nurse


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Zoe started working at Ipswich Vets4pets in May 2021 after moving here from Southend.
She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in March 2021.
Zoe has a passion for cats and has two rescue cats of her own. 

Shelbey Elliss

Veterinary Nurse


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Shelbey joined the team in March 2022 after previously working at an out-of-hours practice. 

She qualified in 2019 after studying for her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the Central College of Animal Studies.

Shelbey has completed the BVNA Oral Care Certificate and hopes to undertake the Certificate in Anaesthesia and Analgesia in the future.

Shelbey has always had a keen interest in animals and learning everything about them. She has grown up with pets, so a career surrounded by them was ideal. 

In her spare time she enjoys going for walks with her husky Koda, reading and socialising with friends.


Fleur Kipling

Veterinary Nurse


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Fleur joined the team in March 2022 when, after two years as a specialist nurse in a referral centre, she found herself missing the wide range of cases and skills used in a general practice setting.

Fleur qualified from the College of Animal Welfare in August 2019. A career with animals was an obvious choice for her having been lucky enough to grow up with a number of different family pets over the years.

Fleur enjoys all aspects of nursing, and particularly loves how no day is the same, with every day throwing in a new challenge.

In her spare time, Fleur spends most of her time experimenting in her kitchen, seeing friends and spending time with her cat, Wiggly Worm (pictured above begrudgingly posing for a photograph).


Abigail Chaplin

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Abbie started her journey with us through a work experience placement. When the opportunity arose in September 2020, Abbie became a student veterinary nurse.

In her spare time Abbie enjoys reading and spending time with her two dogs.

Hayley Brock

Hayley Brock

Animal Healthcare Assistant

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Hayley was born in Ipswich; she worked for BT for fifteen years. Following a career break to raise her two children, she decided to go to Otley College and complete a level three animal management diploma. Hayley started at Vets4Pets in 2012 as a volunteer and is now employed as an Animal Nursing Assistant.

Megan Kane

Animal Healthcare Assistant

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Megan joined us in November 2019 after working for Pets at Home. Previous to this she spent many years working in retail.

Megan was born and raised in Essex but moved to the local area in 2018. 

She has always had a love of animals and decided to rehome a rescue dog called Watson from the Blue cross in 2021.   

In her spare time she enjoys gaming and crocheting (especially lots of bumble bees which you may discover around the practice).


Stephanie Towler

Practice Manager

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Stephanie joined us as a receptionist in March 2021 after 16 years in retail. Stephanie has had a love of animals from a young age so when the practice management role came up in November 2021 she knew it was the right move to make, combining her love of customer service and animals.  

She has owned many weird and wonderful pets over the years. She currently has a Korthal Griffon called Nelson, a tabby cat called Mr Digby and 11 ducks (Quackie Chan, James Pond, Quack Efron and Duck Norris to name a few). 

In her spare time she spends time with her children and family going on long woodland dog walks.

Kit Hearsum

Kit Hearsum

Head Receptionist & Insurance Clerk Administrator

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Kit was born and raised in Ipswich. She has been a customer of ours since 2012 with her two very mischievous Bengal cats, Halo Master Chief and Logan Wolverine and joined us in 2014 as a receptionist.

Prior to this Kit was a legal secretary. Since 2018 Kit has been a senior receptionist and is our insurance clerk.

Outside of the practice Kit is also a professional baker/cake decorator. She lives locally with her young daughter and fiancé.


Doug Pearson

Practice Administrator

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Doug joined us in 2021 after a long career in finance and a poor attempt at retiring. He found this delightful Vets4Pets practice where the staff have a great love of caring for their visitors.

In his own time, he enjoys walking (in particularly around golf courses), gardening and being a Grandad.


Tammy Morton


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Tammy is one of the Receptionists at Vets4Pets, she joined the team in August 2020.

Tammy's background is mainly in retail but her last position was working in the events department at a hotel. Tammy's passion has always been animals and has always wanted to be a vets receptionist, so was very happy when this opportunity arose.

Being a pet lover, having her Jack Russell Max, and her cat Sophie, she knew a job with animals was for her.

Tammy's world revolves around family life and enjoying dog walks with her very own "Paw Patrol" friends.


Jasmine Dove


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Jasmine joined us at the start of January 2022 after moving to Suffolk. She previously worked at the Vets4Pets in Redhill so knew she wanted to continue her career working with animals.

Jasmine was born and raised in London and studied Sociology at the University of Exeter.

She has three rescue cats but her biggest dream in life is owning a Golden Retriever.



Office Director

Gravy Bone Inspector

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Sketty joined the team at the start of 2016. 

Sketty spends his time at work in the office supporting the staff wellbeing. 

Since joining us Sketty has gained a qualification in Chief Gravy Bone Inspector.

In his spare time he loves exploring the outdoors and watching local wildlife.


Ally Parry-Jones


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Ally joined Ipswich Vets4Pets in 2016 where she worked as a receptionist for four years. In 2020, she briefly left us to explore traveling and time with her husband, but rejoined in 2022 because she couldn't keep away! (Her words, not ours!)

Despite loving all animals, Ally is a self proclaimed "dog person", and has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Gruff.
In her spare time, Ally loves to travel, with Slovenia and California being some of her favourite destinations so far. She also tries to run and keep fit, and enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with friends outside of work.

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Vets4Pets Ipswich 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.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Show more services

  • Haematology – Blood testing
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • X-Ray
    Generates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.

Health Plans

Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8* per month
Save over £300† on routine healthcare
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Health Plan

Complete Care Plus

From £19* per month
Our most comprehensive plan for dogs and cats

Health Plans

Flea & Worm Pack

Protect your pet and your pocket!
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Out of hours

Vets Now Ipswich
c/o Orwell Veterinary Group – Kesgrave
1 Tommy Flowers Drive, Hartree Way,
Grange Farm,
Kesgrave nr Martlesham

Telephone: 01394 548484

Standard consultations start from £296.50.