Meet the team
Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
BSc(Chem.Eng.), M.Ing., BVSc, MRCVS
Antony, after working as an engineer, graduated as a vet in South Africa in 1998, and moved to Portmouth. Antony, along with Mackie, became a Joint Venture Partner in the Portsmouth surgery in 2001. Together with the other partners, there is now a group of associated practices within the Solent area: Companion Care Vets in Portsmouth, Fareham Park Gate and Fareham Collingwood, and Vets4Pets in Waterlooville and Havant. Antony has a keen interest in exotic patient care, medicine and surgery.
Antony often uses his engineering background and can be found tinkering, building and making things, at home along with his son.
Antony often uses his engineer background and can be found tinkering, building and making things, at home along with his son.
Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
BSc(Agric.), BVSc, MRCVS
Mackie graduated in South Africa in 1998, moved to the UK and joined Antony as a Joint Venture Partner in Portsmouth in 2001. Together with the other partners, there is now a group of associated practices within the Solent area: Companion Care Vets in Portsmouth, Fareham Park Gate and Fareham Collingwood, and Vets4Pets in Waterlooville and Havant.
Mackie spends part of the year working in South Africa treating anything from lions to helping kittens at welfare centres. His wife, Jess, who previously worked at the Fareham Park Gate surgery, may be seen doing locum cover over the summer holidays. Mackie has 2 dogs, Dougie (a chocolate lab) and Pumkin (a cross breed rescue) and 3 cats (Larry, Mips and Chips). He has an interest in general medicine and surgery.
Christiane graduated in 2001 in Munich, Germany, and completed her PHD in neuro micro surgery in 2005. Christiane joined the team in 2009 and has a keen interest in ophthalmology, rabbit medicine and feline medicine.
Christiane always has her nose in a book or doing some research in new areas of medicine and is affectionately referred to as our 'Christipedia'. In her down time Christiane enjoys photography and tending to her cacti.
Vera graduated in 2007 in Portugal. After working for two years in a small animal hospital, she decided to come to the UK, to be an intern in an oncology referral centre.
Vera joined the team in 2010 and since then she has completed a Surgery and Anesthesia Post Graduate Diploma from the University Autónoma of Barcelona and currently is working towards a Small Animal Practice certificate, focusing mainly in Internal Medicine.
Vera has a lovely rescue staffie, Pudding, and enjoys travelling.
Roberto joined the team in 2013, via the PDSA where he worked for 4 years. After graduating in 2002 in Italy, he spent some time in small animal practices in Rome and Sardinia before deciding to travel to England.
Roberto has a keen interest in orthopaedics, loves travelling and enjoys martial arts.
Gideon qualified in 1988 in Onderstepoort, South Africa, and came to work in West Sussex in 1991. In 2008 Gideon became a Joint Venture Partner in Companion Care Vets Rustington and Companion Care Vets Chichester, before selling his partnership in 2014. Gideon locumed in a few local Companion Care Vet practices before joining our team permanently in 2017.
Gideon has a keen interest in dermatology and feline medicine, and in his spare time enjoys hiking, photography and travelling.
Paulina graduated in 2018 in Poland and, after working a year in Poland, she moved to the UK in 2019 and joined our team the same year.
Before graduating, Paulina worked in a few countries including Slovenia and Portugal, as well as working with a charity in Cyprus and Greece. Paulina has also previously worked in an oncology referral centre. She has an interest in oncology and surgery.
Donna is our head nurse, who qualified in 2001. She joined Companion Care Vets Fareham Park Gate in 2003 and moved to the Portsmouth team in 2010. Donna became our head nurse in 2014 and has a keen interest in theatre work and dental care.
At home Donna enjoys nothing more than spending time with family and friends and looking after the waifs and strays she adopts.
Hannah started her nursing journey in 2009 and qualified in 2014. Hannah joined the team in 2015 and is one of our Deputy Head Nurses. Hannah is also one of our clinical coaches and aids the next generation in their studies.
Hannah has a keen interest in rabbit and guinea pig health, husbandry, medicine and operations, and no surprise, has an ever growing list of rabbit and guinea pigs at home.
Kirsty joined the team in 2015, having started her journey in 2008 and qualified in 2011. Kirsty enjoys coaching our VCAs and SVNs and has a keen interest in anaesthesia and theatre work.
Kirsty spends most of her spare time with friends and family, and caring for her pets.
Kayleigh qualified in 2015 and joined us in 2018 having relocated to the area. Kayleigh's experience includes working in a 24 hours hospital where she gained lots of knowledge in emergency care.
Kayleigh is one of our clinical coaches so helps support our student nurses in their journey to become Registered Veterinary Nurses, and often provides continued training in emergency and critical care to the entire team. Kayleigh also enjoys theatre work, anaesthesia and inpatient care.
Nikki joined us in 2011 as a receptionists and after helping out as a VCA took the decision to move onto the nursing team shortly after, and qualified in 2018.
Nikki keeps her hand in with reception, so you might see her sat on the front desk every now and again, but her passion lies in providing the highest standard in inpatient care and has helped implement positive changes for our patients.
Beth joined the team in 2018 and started her journey to become a registered veterinary nurse the same year.
Beth works closely with her clinical coach to ensure standards are high, and is enjoying the new aspects of everything our first opinion practice has to offer.
Imogen joined the team in 2018 and her aim is become a registered veterinary nurse in the future. Imogen has a keen interest in wildlife and caring for our stray patients and (hopefully) reuniting them with their owner.
Lauren joined the team in 2019, having previously working in a local Pets at Home store. Lauren is keen to learn all our first opinion practice has to offer and is enjoying the variety each day brings.
Rhiannon joined the team in 2015, having been a client for many years. The experience of being a client has given Rhiannon insight into both sides of the desk and Rhiannon uses this experience, along with her background in customer service and administration, to ensure we provide a high standard of care and attention.
Rhiannon is always open to receiving feedback from clients, so feel free to drop her an email at email@example.com
Anne joined the team in 2003, having initially trained as a childminder and then a dog behaviourist and trainer. Anne runs our puppy parties, our puppy training classes and provides behaviour advice and clinics.
At home she enjoys relaxing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, her rescue lurchers and tending to her ponies.
Kym joined the team in 2017 having previous experience in customer facing roles. Before joining us, Kym was running the bar staff of a large night club, so is finding our team, clients and patients a breeze to help.
When not spending time with friends and family, Kym can be found supporting local charities, by running in as many fun runs as she is able to.
Amy joined the team in 2015, having previously had over 12 years of experience in customer service and administration. Amy spent the 5 years prior to joining us, working in a local community centre.
Amy has a passion for all animals and is especially getting involved with our wildlife patients. Amy enjoys playing mamma bird to the youngsters and taking them home to her husband (who has a slight fear of birds).
Lisa joined the team in 2018, having spent a few years running her own dog walking business. Lisa has a history full of animals and has previously ridden and worked with horses, worked with Pyrenean mountain dogs and has shown them in Crufts.
Lisa has also participated in agility since 2009, and part of Lisa's agility includes weekly classes, weekend competitions and attending Kennel Club agility competitions, where see has gained a grade 7 (the highest possible).
Jill joined the team in 2016 and assisted in the opening of our sister surgery Waterlooville Vets4Pets, and stayed there until 2018. Jill moved to Companion Care Vets Portsmouth and Havant Vets4Pets in 2018 and can be spotted working in both surgeries.
Jill is one of our Health Care Plan advocates and likes nothing better than seeing a patient receive their preventative care. Jill has a passion for not only client care but all rabbit health and husbandry and has a horde of rabbits at home.
Leanne has plenty of previous experience in customer facing roles and has previous veterinary experience, having worked in a local practice before joining us in 2018.
Leanne has a degree in photography and has been known to freelance her skills. Leanne is keen to progress within the industry and hopes to one day become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Mel originally trained in accounts and credit management, but after the birth of her twins in 2006, decided to take a change in direction. Originally Mel joined us as a receptionist in 2007 but shortly after moved onto the nursing team, and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2013.
Mel went onto be our Reception Manager in 2014 and became our Practice Administrator in 2019. Mel occasionally still nurses and has a keen interest in endocrine disorders and inpatient care.
Havant Vets4Pets is on the Solent Retail Park inside Pets at Home. Offering a whole new veterinary concept with individually heated cat and dog kennels, operating theatres, digital X-Ray, dentistry treatments, tonometry and endoscopycombined with affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a laboratory, pharmacy and free on-site car parking!
We form part of a family of veterinary surgeries which include Companion Care Vets Portsmouth, Companion Care Vets Fareham Collingwood, Companion Care Vets Fareham Park Gate, and Waterlooville Vets4Pets which are all open 7 days a week and have onsite parking.
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
Separate Cat & Dog WardsSeparate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
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EndoscopyAn endoscope is a long tube connected to a light source and video camera that sends real time images to a television screen for viewing. Endoscopy is the use of an endoscope within internal structures and organs of the body. The endoscope can be inserted through natural openings such as the mouth, nose or rectum to reach the structure of interest.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
ECGECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
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.
X-RayGenerates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
Health PlansDesigned to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
Pet PassportTrained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
Nurse ClinicAppointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
Laser TreatmentTherapeutic laser therapy.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
Exotic PetCan see a range of patients, from small animals through to reptiles.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
Out of hours
Tel: Telephone: 023 9241 4458
Contact the surgery on our normal phone number and remember to have a pen and paper ready. You will be given a contact number for our out-of-hours service to phone. The vet will ask you a few questions about your pet's condition and may advise some immediate first aid care. The vet will then arrange to meet you at the out-of-hours clinic should this be necessary. Standard consultations before 9pm start from £167. Standard consultations after 9pm start from £215.