Introducing Our Practice Team 

 

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team brings a wealth of experience to the practice, and each member has individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.

Your first point of contact will invariably be with our reception team who answer the telephones and keep front-of-house running smoothly. Between them, they have more than one hundred years of service with Colne Valley Vets.

We also have a capable team of cleaners working on all areas at the main and branch surgeries.


Ben Bennett
Ben Bennett
Veterinary Surgeon
BVM&S, CertVC, MRCVS

Ben has been qualified for over 30 years. He is a general small animal vet and a certificate holder in veterinary cardiology. Ben has three cats at home, and has long had an interest in reptile and avian medicine.

John MacBrayne
John MacBrayne
Veterinary Surgeon
BVMS, MRCVS

After qualifying from Glasgow Vet School in 1992, John spent two years at a vet practice in Reading and then a few months working abroad before moving to Colchester in 1996. He initially intended to stay for five years or so, but found Colne Valley Vets to be such an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work that he did not want to leave. John became a partner with the practice in 2000 and continues to enjoy working here, helping the practice grow and develop. He spends much of his spare time looking after his three boys with their many sporting activities. John's family has a lurcher called Mabel, and a whippet called Percy.

Clare Hogston
Clare Hogston
Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed, MRCVS

After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1989, Clare worked in mixed practice in Wales before coming to Colchester. She has been with Colne Valley Vets since 2001. Clare is particularly interested in internal medicine and ultrasound imaging. In her spare time, she enjoys hill-walking, photography and travelling.

Kate Jones
Kate Jones
Veterinary Surgeon
MVB, MRCVS

Kate graduated from University College Dublin in 2001 and has worked in small animal practice ever since, joining Colne Valley Vets in 2005. She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and pain management, and can perform acupuncture on your pet as an adjunct to conventional treatment. When not at work, Kate enjoys running, travelling, books and films.

Alison Logan
Alison Logan
Veterinary Surgeon
MA, VetMB, MRCVS

Born and educated in Colchester, Alison joined a small animal practice back in her home town after qualifying from the University of Cambridge in 1989, and has been with Colne Valley Vets since 1991. She enjoys consulting and has a special interest in internal medicine. Alison has also written for various publications, and a series of dog breed books. Recently, she was involved in writing books on dog care and and cat care, which included photoshoots here.

Alexa Chatterton
Alexa Chatterton
Veterinary Surgeon
BSc (Hons) BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

Alexa graduated from Bristol University in 2007, having achieved a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare as well as Veterinary Medicine. She has a keen interest in veterinary dentistry, and enjoys being able to diagnose and fix dental problems which are often chronic and have such a dentrimental yet hidden effect on animals’ quality of life. Alexa is also a qualified acupuncturist, which she finds is especially beneficial to help manage arthritis pain. When not working at Colne Valley, she enjoys cycling, baking, running and paddleboarding – most of which her rescue Labrador Roscoe will join in with given half a chance!

Amy Vandermeer
Amy Vandermeer
Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed MRCVS

After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in London, Amy worked in a small animal practice further down the A12 from Colchester before joining us in October 2016. Amy is interested in dermatology (skin conditions) and also surgery. In her leisure time, she enjoys baking, knitting and travelling.

Jeremy Holland-Howes
Jeremy Holland-Howes
Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed, MRCVS

Jeremy qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990 and has been consulting on alternate Saturdays since 2000, more recently on one Saturday in four.

Hannah Watts
Hannah Watts
Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed, MRCVS

Hannah qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2008. She joined us in 2013 to consult on some Saturdays, and now on alternate Saturdays, but has known Colne Valley Vets since 2003 when she was a Saturday student and then seeing practice with us during her training. Her interests are internal medicine in general, dermatology specifically. Hannah has worked in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry since 2010. She has three horses and two Patterdale terriers called Ted and Bruce.

Lorna Nuttall
Lorna Nuttall
Veterinary Nurse
RVN, MBVNA, C-SQP

Lorna is the practice's Head Nurse and Suitably Qualified Person (SQP). After qualifying in 1991, Lorna worked in various mixed and small animal practices before joining Colne Valley Vets in 1994, with two brief periods of maternity leave since then. Her particular interest is managing the pharmacy, but she still really enjoys hands-on work with patients. Lorna has also completed a veterinary practice management certificate, and has been a Pets As Therapy (PAT) assessor since 2001. She has a golden doodle called Inka and a cat called Buttons.

Xanthe Hodgkinson
Xanthe Hodgkinson
Veterinary Nurse
RVN, MBVNA, C&GCert.Exotic

Xanthe has been working at Colne Valley Vets since 2002. Her special interests are nursing exotic animals, and the care of geriatric cats and dogs. When not working, she likes to travel as much as possible.

Antony Ashford
Antony Ashford
Veterinary Nurse
RVN, MBVNA, CertSAN, PHC

Antony joined Colne Valley Vets in 2005. His main interests are managing the practice nurse clinics, including weight management, mobility and dental care, and puppy, kitten and senior pet health. Antony has three cats called Dillon, Marley and Tiggz, and in his spare time he sings with a group called The Skittlez.

Rhiannon Haygreen
Rhiannon Haygreen
Veterinary Nurse
RVN, MBVNA

Rhiannon has worked here since 2007. She has a keen interest in dentistry. Rhiannon has a tabby cat called Jack.

Lucy Doyle
Lucy Doyle
Veterinary Nurse
BSc (Hons), RVN, MBVNA

Lucy started training to be a veterinary nurse at Colne Valley Vets in 2009, qualifying in 2012. Her special interests are pain management and feline care. She has a horse, and a cat called Ollie.

Sian  Plume
Sian Plume
Veterinary Nurse
RVN

Sian qualified in 2014 after spending three years training in a veterinary hospital in Suffolk. She has a particular interest in emergency and critical care cases. Sian has a cat called Florence.

Esther Riley
Esther Riley
Veterinary Nurse
RVN, MBVNA

After qualifying in 2000, Esther worked in a mixed practice, a London RSPCA clinic and the VRCC before joining Colne Valley Vets in 2006. Her special interest is pain control. Away from Colne Valley, she is busy with family life, looking after her greyhound Tulip as well as being mother to two children.

Andrea Hazeltine
Andrea Hazeltine
Veterinary Nurse
RVN, MBVNA

Andrea joined Colne Valley Vets in 2000 to train as a vet nurse and, following qualification, worked here full-time until she had her children. Andrea now works on a part-time basis. She have a cat called Jasper.

Emma Illingworth
Emma Illingworth
Veterinary Nurse

Emma qualified in 2004 and has recently returned to nursing from a career break after having two children. Her special interest is nursing exotic animals and large breed dogs especially Great Danes.

Darcy Ruddock
Darcy Ruddock
Nursing Auxiliary

Darcy initially joined the practice as our Saturday nursing auxiliary, but she took over the role of our main auxiliary in January 2017 when Emma left for her maternity leave. Darcy has two dogs and two cats, and in her spare time enjoys needlework.
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