Guernsey St Martins Vets4PetsLes Merriennes
Telephone: 01481 239 101
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Guernsey Wellness Centre
Our Wellness Centre offers specialist services such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, electrotherapies and tips for remedial exercises and home adaptations for your pet.
Meet the team
Dr Les Van Blerk
Owner and Veterinary Surgeon
B.Sc.Hons., B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S., RCVS recognised Advanced Practioner in Surgery, PGcertSAS, GPadvcertOrtho, GPadvcertSoft-tissue
I am the Joint Venture Partner for the Guernsey Vets4Pets surgeries, opening our St Martins branch in 2004 and our St Sampsons branch in 2010. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and I graduated with my first degree of a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ichthyology: Fisheries science, from Rhodes University and completed my Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2000 from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort. I have worked in Cape Town, Saudi Arabia and the UK but have been in Guernsey since 2004 when I opened the first practice. I particularly enjoy orthopaedic, neurology and soft tissue surgery and have completed the Post Graduate Degree in Small Animal Surgery in 2018, the Advanced Orthopaedic Certificate in 2019 and have just finished the Advanced Soft Tissue Surgery Certificate. I have recently been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon with the award of Advanced Veterinary Practioner in Surgery. I enjoy traveling and spending time gardening and walking the dogs.
I was born and grew up in Vienna, Austria. I graduated as Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Vienna in 2001. I then spent 5 years working in the UK before I moved back to Austria to open my own practice. I sold my practice in 2012 to move with my son, Kimo, to work as a senior clinician for Vets4Pets in Guernsey. I am completing my Post Graduate Degree in Small Animal Internal medicine and I am responsible for administering our internal Dermatology referral clinic. I love the island life, enjoy the beach and taking our two dogs Eevee, Sebastian and Dante for walks.
In June 2022 I have been promoted to hospital director, and look forward to leading our amazing team with a real focus on client and clinical care.
I qualified as a Veterinarian in 2014 from the University if Berlin. During my studies I took a strong Interest in Avian Medicine and completed externships in the Falcon Hospital in Abu Dhabi, at the Loro Parque in Tenerife and at an Avian/Exotic Hospital in San Francisco. Following my degree I enrolled in an Internship in Neurology at the Small the Animal Hospital in the University of Berlin. After a short Break I moved to Guernsey and started at Vets4Pets. Currently I am working on a Master’s Degree in Neurology at the European School for Advanced Veterinarian Medicine at the University of Luxembourg
I was born in Germany but grew up in The Gambia, in West Africa. I graduated from the Veterinary University of Hanover, Germany in 2017 after finishing my prior bachelor degree in equine science and management. After gaining experience in a 24 hour referral hospital in Dresden for two years, I decided I wanted a change which led me to finding an opterunity to start at Guernsey Vets4Pets. I have a keen interest in emergency medecine and critical care and am currently working towards a postgraduate certificate in this area. I have moved over to Guernsey 2 years ago with my little rescue Yorkshire Terrier Bonsai. I really enjoy living and working in Guernsey and have also started to teach spinning classes in a fitness facility on the Island in my free time.
Vicky Babbé studied Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University and graduated in 2003. She moved to Guernsey and joined Vets4Pets in 2011, working part time as she bought up her young family, having worked in mixed and small animal practice in the UK.
Vicky’s main interests have developed over her career, ranging from ophthalmology to chronic pain management to emergency medicine and she happily engages in all three during her time at Vets4Pets!
You may meet Vicky during a weekend shift if your pet has an emergency. You may also see her during the post op rehabilitation clinics or chronic pain clinics where she uses a combination of medicines, acupuncture and physiotherapy modalities to help your pet recover and improve their quality of life, working together with our Physiotherapist Nikki Shingler.
She also manages more challenging eye problems for your pet, engaged by Vets4Pets as a peripatetic RCVS certified ophthalmologist to give Vets4Pets patients a more advanced level of care for any eye condition.
At home Vicky enjoys the company of her menagerie of dogs, cats, guinea pigs and chickens! You may see her out at events with her family, or hanging out at the beach! She loves to meet your dogs out walking so do say hello!
I joined the team at Vets4Pets at the end of January 2017. Working with animals is something I have always wanted to do. Since qualifying as a RVN, I have taken on a greater management role within the nursing team, and was thrilled to be offered the Head Nurse roll in 2021. Our team has grown and we now have a number of veterinary nurses and veterinary care assistants, and I am very proud of how they have managed to meet our clinical expertise and client care during the very challenging covid period.
Hello! I moved from Cornwall to guernsey in 2019 as a newly qualified veterinary nurse. I completed a 3 year Foundation degree through Plymouth university. I have always had a passion for animals and enjoy working with a wide range of species. During my training I had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals including working closely with some zoos in the area. I am now completing a series of advanced nursing certifications in reptiles, amphibians, birds and small furries. I enjoy working with all species but have a particular interest in anything weird and wonderful! I currently only have one pet myself, a labradoodle called Evie who certainly keeps my hands full and keeps me entertained! As well as working with the weird and wonderful species I also love working in a client facing role and massively enjoy nurse consultations and chatting to our lovely clients. I’m greatly enjoying the island life and hope to be here for a long while yet
Registered Veterinary Nurse
My name is Nikki Shingler and I am a fully qualified, IRVAP accredited, veterinary physiotherapist at the Guernsey Vets4Pets Wellness Centre in St Sampson.
I have always loved animals - volunteering at animal rescue centres and veterinary practices from a young age. Naturally I wanted to continue this passion and create a career from it. I decided to study a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University. There I learnt how veterinary physiotherapy can be used to help a range of animals. As well as three years of learning theory and practical skills, I had a year gaining experience on an industry placement. I spent this time at an equine veterinary practice and a small animal rehabilitation centre, complete with a hydrotherapy unit. It was whilst at the rehabilitation centre that my passion for small animal physiotherapy really grew, I learnt so much about how to care for animals with a range of conditions that I felt compelled to continue in this field.
Veterinary physiotherapy involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and/or neurological conditions using a range of therapeutic modalities. It can be used to manage an ongoing condition, after surgery or injury, and promote fitness. The aim is to restore or maintain function and physical wellbeing. As a veterinary physiotherapist, we work alongside our Vets4Pets veterinary surgeons and nursing team to provide a holistic animal care plan which will involve medicinal options and may include acupuncture as well.
I joined the Vet4pets team in 2021. I have 3 years experience within veterinary practice. In my own time I enjoy riding horses that I have grown up with and caring for my own animals. I also enjoy outdoor sports. It's always been my passion to work with animals and I am currently undergoing my nursing diploma. At home I own a menagerie of animal including; horses, cats, dogs and guinea pigs.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Miss Samantha Roberts
Student Veterinary Nurse
My name is Lucy, I joined the team at Vets4Pets in January 2022. I have always had a growing passion for animals! I first fell in love with animals when I came home to my first dog, Gala. She is now 16 years and going strong! All through my school years I knew I wanted to work with animals and had my heart set on achieving this goal, so when I saw this opportunity I couldn't give it a miss. I'm always busy at home looking after my three dogs, two rabbits, four fish and my cat Max, as well as helping out at the stables where I ride. I am extremely grateful to be working with such a loving and caring team and am excited for what the future holds.
I started at vets4pets in November 2018 as a receptionist, and I was lucky enough to become a vca which I love! and to work alongside so many lovely people.
I’ve had a range of animals in my life such as goats, rabbits, cats, dogs and gerbils and I currently have a cat called Milo who is 5, I have quite a busy household with also having 3 children, so in my spare time, we enjoy spending time together and getting out as much as possible when the sun is shining
Animal Nursing Assistant
Since I was young I always had a passion for animals, I have grown up with my dog Crumble and tortoise Rice.
I am currently in my second year of sixth form at The Ladies’ College studying geography and 3D design.
I joined the Vets4pets team in June 2021 for work experience and started part time work in July 2021. I am so grateful for the opportunity that vets4pets has given me and excited to see where my career goes next.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Training Nursing Healthcare Assistant
I came to Vets4Pets Guernsey as Head Nurse when we first opened in 2004, having qualified as a veterinary nurse back in 1992 in the UK. I worked for many years as a staff nurse for the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital before moving to Guernsey, where I continued to nurse and coach student nurses. I moved up to the position of Practice manager back in May 2014 but still continue to coach and do some nursing.
I hold a level 5 certificate in Leadership and Management, a level 5 diploma in Animal Psychology and I am also a Mental Health first aider for the practice team.
My passion is the role I play in helping clients and their pets but I am also a crazy cat lady and have 2 of my own that keep me busy at home.
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004 and have progressed through several different roles within the practice. I currently take the out of hours calls and am the assistant practice manager although I still enjoy some clinical work from time to time! I own seven dogs, 5 Boxers, a Labrador and a Springer Spaniel which I enjoy walking each day.
Julie Du Heaume
Veterinary Reception Lead
Born in Manchester, grew up in Cheshire. Moved to London after A levels to join the BBC. Eventually worked on Panorama.
Met and married a Guernsey man. Moved to Guernsey in 1990. Worked at Guernsey Airport for 20 years, then the OGH for 8 years, organising events. Now divorced, I have two grown up sons and two grandsons, who all live in the UK.
Wanted a complete change and joined Vets4Pets in December 2019. The team are great to work with and have been very supportive over the last few months, when I have had some health issues.
I have had many pets, including many rescues, over the years and currently have a cat called Maggie, who came to be from Animal Aid 8 years ago.
I was born in South Africa and grew up in Cape Town and Namibia. I received a job offer in Guernsey in 2009 and have been here ever since. I love animals and was very excited about the opportunity to join Vets for Pets in 2020. I have learnt so much during my time at the practice and every day brings something different.
Receptionist/ Animal care Assitant
Ms Taylor Fletcher
Client Care Co-ordinator
Miss Christina Palmer
Client Care Co-ordinator
Miss Kirsti Mahieu
Client Care Co-ordinator
I was born and grew in Madeira, Portugal. I decided to move to Guernsey in 2016 when I saw an opportunity of having a better life. I always loved animals, and to be able to work with them is a dream come true that Vets4Pets made it happen for me. On my spare time, I like to read and write romance stories, and love to go on walks around the island.
Mrs Maria O`Keefe
Behind the scenes look at Vets4Pets Guernsey
Vets4Pets Guernsey St Martins 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!
Working in partnership with Guernsey Animal Aid
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Guernsey Animal Aid.
Our partnership is one based on a shared passion for helping pets stay happy and healthy.
Our partnership is one based on a shared passion for helping pets stay happy and healthy. At Vets4Pets Guernsey, we always strive to put pets first too! So this is a fantastic partnership for all of us.
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
AcupunctureAcupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into particular locations on the body in order to alleviate pain, improve recovery rates and increase resistance to disease. It has been practised by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses in people and animals.
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.
Bereavement SupportMaking the decision to say goodbye to your pet is one of the toughest you’ll ever make. Pets provide us with unconditional love, friendship and comfort, so it is normal to have intense or conflicting emotions when it comes to euthanasia. At Vets4Pets we’re here for you and your pet for every step of your journey together.
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.
Blood TransfusionTreats many critically ill cats and dogs and our pioneering blood donor programme helps keep them alive.
Chemotherapy & Cancer TreatmentDogs and cats that receive chemotherapy feel normal the day they are given the drug.
Cruciate SurgerySurgery to repair damaged stifle ligaments.
CT ScanProvides 3D imaging for a view of internal organs and bones.
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.
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.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
HydrotherapyOur hydrotherapy centre incorporates an aquatic treadmill allowing full gait extension and analysis.
In house blood transfusionsIn house blood transfusions
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.
Laser TreatmentTherapeutic laser therapy.
Locally OwnedThis practice is locally owned.
Nurse ClinicAppointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
Nutritional AdviceAdvice and support for your pet's diet.
OncologyMedical care of cancer.
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.
PhysiotherapySupports your pets' strength and mobility.
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.
Small Mammal Medicine and SurgerySmall Mammal Medicine and Surgery
Soft TissueSurgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
Stem Cell TherapyStem cell therapy can be used in the treatment of arthritis, fractures, and ligament injuries.
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
Guernsey Animal Aid Partnership
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