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St Albans Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Abbey View Retail Park
Griffiths Way
St Albans

Telephone: 01727 791850

Closed Now

Need emergency care? See out of hours information.

Opening Hours

  • Monday  - 
  • Tuesday  - 
  • Wednesday  - 
  • Thursday  - 
  • Friday  - 
  • Saturday  - 
  • Sunday  - 

Parking details

2 hours free parking

Meet the team

James Thorne

James Thorne

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


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I qualified in 2009 from the Royal Veterinary College. I enjoy all aspects of my veterinary work with a keen interest in internal medicine, dermatology and surgery. I am really looking forward to working for a progressive company, which gives me the opportunity to provide superb service to my clients and first class care to their pets. I love all animals but I get most satisfaction when dealing with those with a bit of personality. If I had to choose a favourite pet it would have to be the good old Labrador. However, at home I have a pair of Jack Russell Terriers, both of whom were adopted from the RSPCA Southridge after being abandoned in poor health. Maggie was a puppy with a severe case of sarcoptes mange and lungworm. Peggy we adopted after she had surgery to remove her heavily infected right front limb and it hasn't slowed her down, not even a little bit.
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Alina Tinson

Veterinary Surgeon


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I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2018, and joined the Vets4Pets team shortly after. Prior to my vet school training, I had studied to gain an additional degree in Bioveterinary Science from the same university. I enjoy all aspects of general practice, with particular interests in internal medicine and clinical pathology.

I have grown up with a variety of animals in and around the home, from hamsters and dogs to horses. Outside of work, I enjoy running and competing in triathlons, as well as riding my mum's 24 year old Connemara pony, Bally.

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Hugh Henshall

Veterinary Surgeon


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After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019, I enjoyed a well-earned summer off before beginning my career as a veterinary surgeon. I have a keen interest in internal medicine and therapeutics. At home I have a 1 and a half year old Roborovski hamster called Gordon and, in my spare time, I love watching, playing and talking about football and cricket.

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Jilly Freedman

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach


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Since leaving South Africa in 2001 to study, I have nursed my way around the world including Australia, Canada and Peru and then settled in the UK in early 2009.

I have my Certificate in Oral Nursing Care. My main passions are for emergency and surgical nursing as well as general medical nursing, I do love a good challenging case. I have a special interest in cats and have completed an International Society of Feline Medicine Certificate in Feline Nursing.

We are an ISFM Cat Friendly clinic and I am happy to be the clinic’s Cat Advocate.

I have two comical cats Rasputin & Cecil.


Sabrina Saxby

Student Veterinary Nurse


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I have been working at the practice since January 2018 and am very excited to begin student nursing. I am very proud to have completed my foundation degree in animal management from the University of Hertfordshire. I have one rescue dog called Theo and one rescue cat called Binx.

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Laura Dicker

Student Veterinary Nurse

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My name is Laura and I'm a SVN at Vets4Pets. Ever since I was a child I have loved animals and always wanted to work with them. I have an animal care diploma and I'm currently working towards nursing. I have a little Syrian Hamster at home called Diana, whom I've owned for 2 years. The team at Vets4Pets St Albans are very friendly and I thoroughly enjoy working with all of them.

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Rachel Ward

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I started my veterinary nursing training within Vets4Pets and qualified in August 2019. I have always grown up around animals and always wanted to be a veterinary nurse. Growing up I have kept a range of pets. Before I started my veterinary nurse training I attended Oakland’s College where I completed courses in animal care and animal management and then progressed into working in a number of veterinary practices as a nursing assistant. Before progressing with my training to become a nurse I completed a course in anaesthesia with the college of animal welfare. In the future I would like to explore the subject of animal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

Laura Thorne

Laura Thorne

Practice Manager

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I have always taken a keen interest in animals, owning small furries and horse riding from a young age. I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care from Oakland College achieving the highest grade possible.

I have many years experience in the animal care industry with a number of jobs ranging from a sales person in pet shops to a groom in a riding school. My main experience comes from working for the RSPCA for over 9 years and also owning my own pet care business which included home animal boarding and dog walking. 

I have 2 rescue dogs, Maggie and Peggy, who I fostered from the RSPCA and ended up staying. They both have health issues, mainly Peggy as she is missing a leg, however this does not slow her down at all and she will always beat Maggie in a race for the ball. I've also owned my horse, Fred, for 11 years. Despite Fred being 26 years old, he is still ridden regularly and takes part in local competitions. 


Chyna Tobias

Client Care advisor & Veterinary Care Assistant


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Ever since I can remember, I have had a love for animals; in particular dogs and horses. I have owned pets my whole life and currently have 3 dogs, 2 rabbits and a cat at home. I started horse riding and volunteering at a riding school when I was 10, which inspired my choice of degree; BSc Equine Sport Science of which I graduated in 2013. Before joining Vets4Pets St Albans, I had worked in retail management and decided to take a career break to go travelling. I went for just over a year, 9 months of this was spent volunteering at a rescue centre for cats & dogs in Thailand, whereby my love of working with animals grew even more. I saw animals in horrific conditions, however seeing them recover and go on to get adopted was so heart-warming. This was when I decided, upon returning to the UK, that I would start my animal career. My goal is to study Veterinary Nursing and am excited by the prospect of being able to work through different roles at Vets4Pets to achieve this, but at the moment, thoroughly enjoying working on reception!

Having opened in March 2015, Vets4Pets St Albans is a family run veterinary practice. Head veterinary surgeon James and the team look to offer a first class service and wish to make all clients and patients feel as comfortable as possible when they visit the practice. 

The surgery offers veterinary care from general health checks, microchipping and vaccinations to urgical expertise and diagnostics. 

With free parking, the surgery is home to a full operating theatredigital X-ray facilities, in-house laboratory, separate dog & cat hospital wards plus much more. 

To find out more and to meet the team, why not drop into the surgery where you are guaranteed a warm welcome.  



  • 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.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.

Show more services

  • 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.
  • Nurse Clinic
    Appointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Practice accreditations

  • $R011TVO

Health Plans

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

Queen Mother Hospital for Animals
Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms

Telephone: 01707 666 399

Standard consultation from £142 (After 11pm)

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