Poole Holes Bay Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Wessex Gate Retail Park
Broadstone Way
BH15 3TE

Telephone: 01202 677 675

Opening hours

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Meet the team

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Dan Makin

Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

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Hi, my name is Dan Makin and I am the Joint Venture Partner here at Vets4Pets Poole Holes Bay. I am delighted to welcome you to our page and hopefully to my clinic. I am privileged to work with an amazing group of vets, nurses and receptionists to offer 'top notch' care for all our patients. I am originally a northern boy from Manchester and moved to Poole in 2009. I love it here! I qualified from Glasgow University in 2003 and have spent the time since working in mixed, equine, and small animal practice. I lived in New Zealand for two years working in a large equine hospital before returning to the UK to take up full time work as a small animal vet. In 2013 I gained a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice concentrating on small animal medicine. I have a real interest in medical conditions affecting cats and dogs with a special interest in hormonal disease and gastrointestinal conditions. I live in Poole with my partner and my cat Milo and our gigantic dog, Hudson. Hudson comes with me to work so you may see him pottering around. I can’t wait to meet you and welcome you the practice!

Alfonso Candenas

Veterinary Surgeon

Will Hardyman

Veterinary Surgeon

Rachel Tucker

Veterinary Surgeon

Holly Broadhead

Veterinary Surgeon

Sara Cavaller

Veterinary Surgeon

Victoria Stowers

Practice Manager and Veterinary Nurse

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Vicky has been at the practice since 2003, working her way up to obtaining her full nursing qualification in 2009, along with her A1 student vet nurse assessor qualification. 

Vicky is now a practice manager and enjoys having cuddles with in- patients and enjoys anaesthetics.

Vikki Naylor

Practice Manager and Head Veterinary Nurse

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Vikki has been at the practice since 1999. She is a practice manager and enjoys the variety of the job on a daily basis, doing both nursing and management! 

She has a cat called ‘Squishy Monkey’ who is very crafty! She is also the main driver of the ambulance which is pink so you cannot miss it! In her spare time, she likes socialising and reading.

Jeni Wood

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Tara Peaty

Registered Veterinary Nurse

April Wilhelmus

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Vicky Effemy

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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Vicky has been at the practice since 2010. She is close to completing her veterinary nurse training and aims to be a registered veterinary nurse by the end of 2016. She enjoys in-patient care, critical care nursing and cuddling all fluffy animals!

She has a German shepherd called Martha and two cat protection league cat’s called Millie and Mogwai. In her spare time, she has a feral son to keep her busy! And enjoys walking and being outdoors.

Chloe Whiteman

Veterinary Care Assistant

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Chloe has recently joined the practice in 2016. She enjoys general procedures and maintaining welfare standards of all animals that come into the surgery. She has a labradoodle called Bracken, two rabbits called Pepper and Emily and a leopard gecko called Hercules. 

She wants to study a degree or an apprenticeship in veterinary nursing in the near future! In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors and let her labradoodle run loose!

Miranda Cockerill

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Miranda has been at the practice since 2013, she was an animal care assistant and is now started her veterinary nurse training in 2016 and is aiming to qualify and complete her training. She has a keen interest in exotic species such as bearded dragons and enjoys assisting in animal recovery.

She has three Staffordshire bull terriers, a rabbit, two degus, a corn snake and two bearded dragons to keep her busy! In her spare time, she enjoys walking the dogs, kick boxing and reading.

Helen Starmer

Client Care Advisor

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Helen has been working for the practice since 2013. Helen enjoys interacting with clients and their animals.

She has several fishes and two dogs called Wally and Rebel. Whilst not working, she enjoys walking the dogs, being outdoors and spending time with her family

Lia Cope

Client Care Advisor

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Lia has been working for the practice since 2016. Previously she has worked for the RSPCA and Lynwood. She enjoys meeting clients and their animals; especially puppies! 

She has a black cat called Aggy that she rescued from the RSPCA, as well as a Border Collie named Merlin! In her spare time, she likes nature, walking and spending time with family and friends.

Fiona Bennett

Client Care Advisor

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Fiona has been working for the practice since 2014. Fiona enjoys reception work and especially enjoys puppy and kitten cuddles! 

She has two cats called Urkel and Nigel as well as a Degu named Simon that she rescued from a garage! In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, running, cross stitching and being with family and friends.

Vets4Pets Poole Holes Bay 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.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Endoscopy
    An 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.

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  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • Ultrasound
    Generates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Haematology
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • X-Ray
    Generates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Health Plans

Starter pack protection

Best Start in Life

Our Best Start in Life starter pack includes everything they'll need from a veterinary perspective to grow up happy and healthy, from a microchip to their first vaccinations.

Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health
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Health Plans

Flea & Worm Pack

Protect your pet and your pocket!
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Health Plan


Just £99
Vac4Life is a preventative plan following primary vaccinations

Out of hours

Emergency Vet Care
101 North Road
BH14 0LT

Telephone: 01202 382 843

Fees start from: £120

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