|MEET THE TEAM
:: AT ALDHAM VETERINARY CENTRE
The Front Desk
Tina, Gill and Ashleigh 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.
more about Tina, Gill and Ashleigh.
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!!
Ashleigh has 2 young children Beau and Blossom, a black lab
called Bruce and a Jack Russell cross called Mash, 2 guinea
pigs called Ghost and Peppa. She has a diploma in human biology,
was a swimming teaching assistant before joining our team.
Ali, Emma, 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.
more about Ali, Emma, Steph and Emma.
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.
Garrood, RVN. Emma qualified in 2009 as an RVN but has dealt
with animals for many years before . Her passion started when
she worked in a pet shop - she soon realised Exotic animals
were her special interest. She gained a lot of knowledge of
reptiles and small furries and has also done alittle grooming.
Emma has a great love for wildlife especially hedgehogs (she
is very proud to own and care for an albino hedgehog) along
with this she has 2 dogs, 4 cats , a rabbit, guinea pigs, aviary
of birds, tortoise, ferrrets, chipmunk - phew!! How does she
have time to work! And amongst all that she manged to gain a
Certificate in Exotic Vet Nursing.
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.
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
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.
more about our vets.
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
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.
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.
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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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.
more about Paul and Andrea.
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.
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
8:30AM - 11:30AM
|8:30AM - 11:30AM
|Saturday appointments are
at The Forge in Halstead - please call 01787 472666
|Emergency Service Vet