June, Gill, Tina and Rippley share reception duties. They are usually your first line of contact with the surgery whether you phone for advice, to make an appointment or to check on an in-patient.
Tina's enthusiastic approach to life rubs off on everyone in the practice. Tina involves herself in numerous community and family events. When she has time to relax it is done by looking after her cat, Poppy, and dog, Mabel.
June has been a key part of the practice for 28 years. In the past she has been a keen supporter of local football and still regularly tends The Bar at Earls Colne Recreational Club. Most of her time these days is taken up spoiling her grandchildren.
Gill has been a veterinary receptionist for 28 years and has worked at The Forge since 2001. A rugby lover she supports Wasps and her nephew's school team with great enthusiasm. She is kept busy with her new puppy Ralph who is full of mischief!!
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Vicky has a great knowledge of the everyday running of the practise and gets involved in everything from nursing to Insurance forms and maintaining the website. She has a keen interest in dog behaviour and completed a 2 year course and is a qualified dog obedience trainer. She loves the cinema and baking - which the other staff benefit from - and spending time training her new dog Reg.
Ali Braby RVN
Ali qualified in 1999 in a mixed animal practice mainly concentrating her skills with small animals. Later on she took a slight detour and became a nutritional advisor for a large petfood company. This involved a lot of travelling so after 10 years she returned to nursing. Ali went into emergency Care work at night time but now works with us daytime to have more time with her family. Ali has 2 daughters and a Border Terrier called Mabel.
Emma Illingsworth RVN
Emma has been nursing for over 20 years starting at RSPCA Harmsworth animal hospital for 10 years with a range of animals. She has also worked for the Dogs Trust, the PDSA and private practices. She particularly enjoys looking after large breed dogs especially Great Danes! She enjoys every aspect of working in practice but has a particular interest in taking X-Rays. In her free time Emma is kept busy with her 3 children, arts and crafts.
Steph began nursing in 1999 and has worked in several practices across Essex, Suffolk and Surrey. Steph has a special interest in rabbit care, husbandry and behaviour and has put her knowledge to good use at both work and home taking care of her own 2 rabbits Walnut and Hazel. She also has 2 cats called Smudge and Minkie. Steph is currently also working towards a diploma in Feline Care, Welfare and Behaviour.
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We are lucky to have an experienced team of veterinary surgeons - 2 of them have been part of the practice for a number of years and our newest vets Zoe and Kitty have quickly become part of our family.
Nigel Sproule MVB MRCVS
Nigel has worked at The Forge for the best part of 25 years and became owner of the practice in 2005. He gained valuable experience working and travelling overseas in Australia, Dubai and Ireland before settling in Essex. He has developed a broad interest in medicine and surgery of all species presented at the practice. Nigel is a keen gardener and cook.
Beate Latus Vetmed MRCVS
Beate has worked in England for 19 years since leaving Germany to gain experience of British practice, spending 16 of those years at The Forge. As well as general medical and surgical skills she has a special interest in our smaller patients such as Rabbits and Guinea Pigs. Beate is a keen runner, swimmer and a great baker.
Zoe is our newest vet - she qualified from Bristol in 2010 and has been working as a small animal vet in North Essex before joining the Forge family. She has a post graduate certificate in small animal medicine. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, triathlons, cycling and running and looking after her 6 guinea pigs. Zoe has recently welcomed a baby boy called Theo into the family.
Kitty qualified in 2007 from the Royal Veterinary college in London. She enjoys all aspects of first opinion small animal practice, especially surgery and orthopaedics. Kitty has mostly worked in Suffolk but also gained experience in other countries including New Zealand and Botswana. Outside of work Kitty enjoys running, swimming and walking her naughty wire haired daschund, Frank.