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.

Normal Opening Hours

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

Holiday Opening Hours

Good Friday

  • Friday 07 Apr  - 

Easter Saturday (existing registered clients only)

  • Saturday 08 Apr  - 

Easter Sunday (Closed)

  • Sunday 09 Apr Closed

Easter Monday

  • Monday 10 Apr  - 

May Day Bank Holiday

  • Monday 01 May  - 

Coronation Bank Holiday

  • Monday 08 May  - 

Spring Bank Holiday

  • Monday 29 May  - 

Parking and access information

2 hours free parking

Meet the team

James Thorne

James Thorne

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


Read James Thorne bio

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


Read Alina Tinson bio

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.


Daniella Parsons Di-Fonzo

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Daniella Parsons Di-Fonzo bio

I graduated from the RVC in 2020. Having spent a lot of time with Vets4pets St Albans, I always knew I wanted to come back here. As well as working with cats and dogs, I also enjoy looking after rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and birds. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family (including the furry and feathered kinds). Currently my menagerie including a ferret, cats an orphaned duck, an adopted rabbit, horses, fish and a dog.


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Georgina Vasiliou

Veterinary Surgeon


Katie White

Veterinary Surgeon


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Jilly Freedman

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach


Read Jilly Freedman bio

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.


Chyna Tobias

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach


Read Chyna Tobias bio

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!


Lily Cummins

Student Veterinary Nurse

Read Lily Cummins bio

Ever since I was able to talk I have dreamed of becoming a veterinary nurse. I am now currently halfway through my first year of student nursing and I am loving every second of it. I love being able to apply the knowledge I’m learning to make my patient’s care the best physically possible, whether this applies to a routine procedure or a major operation/hospitalised sick patient.
In the future when qualified, I hope to complete a certificate in emergency and critical care, as I love nothing more than the cases that make us rack our brains and to push myself to become a better nurse. 
I have some fur babies of my own, 2 half main coones called Caesar and Tallulah, a leopard gecko called Nebula, cornsnake called Nathan and a Dutch rabbit called Prince.

Millie Ewen

Student Veterinary Nurse

Megan Jones

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Laura Thorne

Laura Thorne

Practice Manager and JVP


Read Laura Thorne bio

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 16 years.


Lauren Hawes

Head Client Care Advisor

Read Lauren Hawes bio

I started here in March 2020 with no previous experience working with animals, however have had plenty of experience owning them! When I am not working I am at home with my 5 year old Ridgeback X Shar Pei, Oscar, fighting over something he should not have in his mouth! I look forward to meeting you and your animals in the future!


Alice Stirling

Client Care Advisor

Read Alice Stirling bio

From the cool cats and kittens to the big dogs, I like them all. I have a well behaved Chihuahua called Pandora and a shy Cavapoo called Peggy. Whilst working here I also adopted an unwell bunny who was surrendered to Pets At Home. He beat all the odds and has the most wonderful character. I called him Martin. He now has a wife named Nana who are a lovely pasteurella pair. When not at work or walking the dogs you’ll find me gardening or listening to true crime podcasts.

Harley Atkins

Client Care Advisor


Holly Armitage

Client Care Advisor

Read Holly Armitage bio

I have recently started my career in the veterinary environment having previously worked with exotic animals in sanctuary based settings. I love all animals and feel extremely lucky to have worked with lots of species so far, ranging from rabbits to racoons and mice to monkeys! I found my love for animals when volunteering in Costa Rica and I feel very passionate about conservation and animal welfare. When I'm not at work you'll find me at the cinema or with my head in a good book!

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 surgical expertise and diagnostics. 

With 2 hours 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.
  • Open 7 Days a Week
    We are open 7 days a week.
  • Airway Surgery
    Airway Surgery
  • Anaesthesia
    General anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.

Show more services

  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • Chemotherapy & Cancer Treatment
    Dogs and cats that receive chemotherapy feel normal the day they are given the drug.
  • Cruciate Surgery
    Surgery to repair damaged stifle ligaments.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease
  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.
  • Ear Surgery
    Ear Surgery service is available to keep your pet free from any infections.
  • ECG
    ECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
  • Echocardiography (heart scans)
    Generates a 2D moving image of your pet's heart.
  • Educational Workshops
    Educational workshops are held to create awareness.
  • Electrolyte
    Enables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
  • Fracture Repair
    Orthopaedic surgery to correct broken bones.
  • Haematology – Blood testing
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • Health Plans
    Designed to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Locally Owned
    This practice is locally owned.
  • Medication
  • Microchipping
    A microchip can help retrieve lost pets
  • Nurse Clinic
    Appointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
  • Nutritional Advice
    Advice and support for your pet's diet.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Orthopaedics
    Surgery of joints and bones.
  • Oxygen Chamber
    Enables us to provide supplemental oxygen when needed.
  • Pet Passport / Animal Health Certificate
    Trained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
  • Prescriptions
    We can provide written prescriptions upon request.
  • Rabbit Medicine and Testing
    Rabbit Medicine and Testing
  • Separate Cat & Dog Waiting Areas
    Separate cat and dog waiting areas, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
  • Separate Cat & Dog Wards
    Separate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
  • Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
    Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
  • Soft Tissue
    Surgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
  • Tonopen - Eye Pressure Testing
    Measures eye pressure.
  • Ultrasound
    Generates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
  • Weight Clinic
    Monitoring clinic to help dogs and cats achieve optimal weights – both if they have been under or overweight
  • X-Ray
    Generates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
  • X-Ray & Ultrasound
    X-Ray & Ultrasound

Practice accreditations

  • RCVS accreditation EDITED
  • Small_Animal_Practice
  • Cat Friendly Clinic Logo Silver (1)
  • ISFM


Vets4Pets St Albans

£85 Puppy & Kitten Pack

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Health Plans

Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Save at least £215 on routine pet healthcare
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
Save at least £342 on routine pet healthcare
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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)