My association with St George’s actually started as an equine client in the 1980s. As a vet student, I spent time seeing practice here and subsequently qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in July 1999. I was always impressed with the high levels of patient and client care I witnessed at St George’s, so was delighted to join the practice in October 2000, after spending a year working in Yorkshire.
I spent time working in both the hospital and the branch surgeries and in 2006 I joined John and Andrew as a director of the practice. I no longer work at the hospital, but am one of the vets at our Bushbury surgery. I can often be found covering shifts at the other branches too. As a director, I’m responsible for our branch surgeries, and strive to ensure that they’re friendly and approachable places, where our clients can always come for pet care advice – no matter how small they may feel their problem is.
Outside of work, I have 2 horses and 2 dogs, which take up most of my spare time. I also enjoy seeing live music and going on holiday.
My first association with St.George’s was as a final year vet student. I was so impressed with the level of clinical skills of the staff and patient and client care that I knew that this was the Practice for me. 17 years later I am pleased to say I am still here!
I graduated from Liverpool University in 1999 and started as a mixed practice vet. I enjoyed the mix of my initial few years, with the challenges of midnight calvings, equine colic cases, (James Herriot was my childhood inspiration), but soon realised that small animal work was where I wanted to focus.
In 2003 I gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology and have continued to take a special interest in diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound.
I spend my time at our Wolverhampton Hospital where I enjoy many aspects of small animal work, both medical and surgical cases, however over the years I have found one of my greatest joys is being involved with clients and their pets and helping them through the ups and downs of their lifetime journeys.
I was delighted to return to work full time in May 2016 to take on the role of Joint Clinical Director for St.George’s Veterinary Group. My role includes being Clinical Coach for our new graduate vets. I still remember and appreciate all the help and support I had from the St.George’s team when I first graduated and enjoy sharing knowledge and experiences. I am still actively involved in Imaging and I am looking forward to moving forward with our plans for an updated ultrasound machine and the installation of our CT scanner.
In my spare time I love to take part in sporting events, particularly triathlon and open water swimming, and enjoy camping adventures with my family.
In 2005 I started working for St George’s Veterinary Group to cover maternity leave. Around about that time the mobile visiting service was just starting and it worked out so well for me, I stayed on. I suspect the mobile service suits me so well because I enjoy a challenge and problem solving. My adventurous side has taken me to the heights of sky diving, the depths of scuba diving and plenty of other quests in between.
Originating from South Africa, nature is very close to my heart. As a result my pets are part of my family, so I treat my patients like a family member, not just an owned pet. St George’s values allow me to do this with ease.
From a veterinary point of view I am a surgeon at heart, so I get to work in the Wolverhampton hospital on a Thursday to do more involved surgeries that are not routinely done at branches. Most of the time I am based on the mobile service which gives clients a more personalised experience. As a Clinical Director, I share the responsibility of looking after the branch surgeries with Stuart ensuring we continually provide the best clien