The Front Desk
Tina, Gill and Charlotte share reception duties. They will be your first line of contact with the surgery whether you phone for advice, to make an appointment or to check on an in-patient.
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Tina's enthusiastic approach to life rubs off on everyone in the practice. Tina is very family oriented and involved in numerous community events. When she does get time to relax she enjoys long walks with her dog, Mabel, and sitting with her cat, Poppy.

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!!

Charlotte has always been passionate about animals. She studied Animal Management at University and has enjoyed working within veterinary practices since. Charlotte enjoys travelling. In her spare time she cares for a large flock of free range chickens and enjoys going for long walks with her 2 great danes.

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Ali, Steph and Emma have created a nursing team that is both caring and efficient. As well as assisting our vets and caring for in-patients, our nurses are on hand to give advice and offer life stage clinics which can be tailored to a patient's individual needs to complement other aspects of their vet care.
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Ali Braby, RVN. Ali qualified in 1999 in a mixed animal practice mainly concentrating her skills with the 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 decided to come back to the nusing side. Ali also went into the emergency Care work at night time but has now decided to come to us to work daytime hours and 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 ten years with a range of animals and wildlife. She has also worked for the Dogs Trust and the PDSA as well as a number of 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 three children, sewing, arts and crafts and family bike rides through the country.

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. Steph also has 2 cats called Smudge and Minkie. Steph is currently also working towards a diploma in Feline Care, Welfare and Behaviour. In her spare time she enjoys baking and sugar craft. She has also taken up running and has completed her first 5k charity run.

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We are lucky to have an experienced team of vet surgeons. Three of them have been a part of the practice for a number of years and Zoe & Kitty, our newest vets, have quickly become part of our family.
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Nigel Sproule MVB MRCVS. Head vet Nigel has been helping animals large and small for the past 25 years. 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. When not caring for his patients Nigel is a keen gardener and cook.

Beate Latus Vetmed MRCVS. Beate has worked in England for 17 years since leaving Germany to gain experience of British practice, spending 15 of those years as a valued member of the practice. As well as general medical and surgical skills she has a special passion in the smaller patients, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Beate is a keen runner, swimmer and baker.

Emily Nightingale DVM MRCVS. Emily qualified in 2007 from the University of Copenhagen and since then has been working with all sorts of animals from alpacas and goats to horse, dogs and cats. Emily has three small children but also finds time to attend knitting club and look after her allotment.

Zoe Gresham. 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.

Kitty Craig qualified in 2007 from the Royal Veterinary college in London. She enjoys all aspects of first opinion small animal practice , but 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 called Frank.

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Specialist Services
Paul Smith, a specialist cardiologist and Andrea Cauvin, an internal medicine specialist, visit our practice to offer their expertise in more involved cases enabling us to treat your pet in familiar surroundings as part of our "stress free" philosophy.
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Paul Smith. Paul graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1997. He spent a year in first opinion practice before completing a junior clinical training scholarship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and then a three year senior clinical training scholarship in Veterinary Cardiopulmonary medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Since this time he has been working in private referral practice. Paul passed his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2003 and was made an RCVS specialist in Veterinary Cardiology in 2005. His main interest is clinical cardiopulmonary medicine. Paul set up a mobile referral service in 2009.

Andria Cauvin BVMS, Cert VR, Cert SAM, DiplECVIM - CA, MRCVS. Andria qualified from Glasgow Veterinary school in 1992, after a short spell in Small Animal practice in Aberdeenshire she returned to Glasgow as an intern in Veterinary reproduction during which time she developed an interest in imaging and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Royal Vet College. She then spent 5 years in a Small Animal hospital in Hertfordshire where she became clinical director. Andria then moved to Essex where she spent 7 years at a busy referral centre working on an array of Internal medical cases and since 2003 has been a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal medicine Companion Animals and a recognised Specialist in this field.

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Opening Times ::
Monday - Friday ::
8:30AM - 6:30PM
Sunday ::
8:30AM - 11:30AM
Saturday ::
8:30AM - 11:30AM
Saturday appointments are at The Forge in Halstead - please call 01787 472666
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Aldham Veterinary Centre
New Road
01206 809199
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