We are open for essential care only
In line with government guidelines, we are only offering medically essential appointments, so please contact the practice team before travelling. Our opening hours may also vary, so please monitor our webpage to keep up to date with the latest information.
We are taking steps to help keep you and our colleagues safe:
- If you do need to visit, we ask that only one person per pet comes along, to help reduce the number of people in the waiting area at any one time.
- Social distancing is crucial at this time. When arriving, you may be required to call ahead and wait to be invited in by a member of our team. You will be informed if this is necessary when you call us to make your appointment.
- Once inside the practice, we ask that you please respect a two metre distance from our colleagues and other clients.
- We are only accepting card payments to help minimise contact between you and our colleagues.
- If you can’t visit the practice and are concerned about your pet’s health, please contact us to discuss available options.
We will continue to share regular updates here and on our Facebook page. We thank you for your patience at this time.
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.
Anca graduated from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest, Romania in 2006 and her career within the UK began early in 2010.
She has a particular interest in small animal medicine and recently commenced a postgraduate certificate (PSCertSAM) within the field; following a long period of study she is due to complete her development in 2015.
She joined Companion Care in April 2013, following a successful period at a partnership practice in Hockley, Essex during which she was presented with national awards of employee of the month; and the vet that nurses most like to work with.
Outside of work, Anca has a keen interest in Salsa, travels whenever possible and uses any opportunity to practice Italian! Anca is currently on maternity leave.
Veronica was born in Mexico, she spent part of her childhood in Germany and went to High School and University in Spain. She qualified in 2018 from UAB - University of Barcelona in Spain and joined Vets4Pets in February 2019, after doing work experience in Germany and in the vet charity PDSA in the UK.
Veronica enjoys both medicine and surgery, and is looking forward to finding the field in which she wants to broaden the development of her skills to give the best possible care to all animals. In her spare time, she loves travelling, doing sport outdoors and play the piano.
Bio coming soon...
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!
Bio coming soon
Registered Veterinary Nurse
RVN NCert Emergency & Critical Care
Iris registered as a RVN during the summer of 2016 after graduating from the Netherlands.
She has a passion for animal healthcare as well as animal psychology and training. Iris completed her certificate in Emergency & Critical Care in January 2020.
In her free time she loves reading, dancing, travelling and volunteering in wildlife centres around the world. Iris has grown up around various kinds of animals, she has had several species of reptiles, trained birds of prey and loves small furies.
Iris has a family dog named Caellepo and is now making up her own family with a cat named Hobbes and dogs called Davina and Lilah.
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.
Alannah has been working in veterinary practice since 2010. She started at a large mixed practice working with horses, farm, zoo and companion animals.
Since then she has enjoyed working within all the different roles of nursing and particularly enjoys canine and feline behaviour and nutrition and shelter medicine.
Alannah is passionate about animals and has a few pets including three dogs, one cat, two Horsfield tortoises, a bearded dragon and an Axolotl. She also has a keen interest in rescue and rehabilitation of pets and is involved with different animal rescues in aid to raise funds or find homes for pets who need it.
Eve spent four years studying for a BA in Merchandise Management, before deciding to change direction! She completed a Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Animal Behaviour, and then tried her hand at zoo keeping, before finally settling in to the veterinary industry as a Veterinary Care Assistant.
Eve loves to spend quality time with her husband, four-year-old son, two-year-old daughter and the pets! She has a rescue cat, Aria, and a dog, Ivy.
She regularly attends obedience and agility training with Ivy, which they both thoroughly enjoy. When she does get time to herself, which is rare, it is spent with her head in a good book, sewing, or spending time outside exploring nature with the kids.
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!
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.
Beverley started nursing in 2009 and qualified in the summer of 2013. Beverley’s main interests in nursing have included running nurse clinics, ward nursing, intravenous fluid therapy treatment and emergency and critical care. She also has a huge interest in feline behaviour and completed her ISFM certificate in feline friendly nursing.
Beverley joined Vets4Pets Colchester in July 2018 after having twins in September 2017, and has returned back to work part time in a reception, client care role. Beverley was promoted to Client Care Manager in October 2018. She very much enjoys working on reception and all of the tasks this involves, and really enjoys client contact and delivering high standards of customer service.
In her spare time (the little that she has!) she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and very much looks forward to the rare night out socialising with friends and family.
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.
Sue worked in the Civil Service for 23 years, before making the move to work with animals. She’s a natural. Well she’s bound to be with 6 cats, a rabbit and a Syrian hamster called Doreen of her own!
Sue enjoys reading, cinema, watching athletics and pottery.
Veterinary Care Assistant
BSc (Hons) Zoology, MSc (Distinction) Global Wildlife Health and Conservation
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).
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
OrthopaedicsSurgery of joints and bones.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
Digital X-RayDigital X ray equipment is available.
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Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
UltrasoundGenerates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
BiochemistryAllows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
HaematologyAllows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
Soft TissueSurgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease