Vets

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Richard Cordery
MA VetMB MRCVS

Richard graudated from Cambridge Vet School in 1989. He has been in solely small animal practice since 2001. He is interested in all aspects of general practice. Richard lives with his wife and two children and has a cat called Marble.

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Andy Elliott
BVM&S MRCVS

Andy graduated from Edinburgh University in 1993. He has a rescue cat Vita and a 91 year old tortoise Jospehine. His areas of special clinical interest include dermatology (skin), clinical pathology (cells and blood!) and veterinary dentistry.

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James Elliott
BVetMed, CertVR MRCVS

James attended Brockenhurst College before studying at the Royal Veterinary College, London qualifying in 1984. James’ particular interest is diagnostic imaging and he has a post-graduate qualification in radiology. He and his wife Sally have three children, two dogs, one cat, two rabbits, one new forest pony, three goldfish and a tortoise!

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Rachel Gibson
BVetMed MRCVS

Rachel qualified in 2007 from The Royal Veterinary College, London. Her particular veterinary interests include endocrinology. Outside of work Rachel enjoys exploring the New Forest with her Springer Spaniel Derwent

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Heidi Heath
BVetmed BSc (Hons) MRCVS

Heidi initially qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from Hartpury College in 2006. After a year in practice, she then attended the Royal Veterinary College in London qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2012. Heidi has since worked solely in small animal General Practice and has a special interest in Surgery and Cardiology. Heidi has two rescue cats Travis and Tinkerbell. When not at work, she enjoys swimming, cycling and country walks.

Nurses

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Donna Blandford
RVN

Donna is a member of our nursing team at Lyndhurst. She joins the team part time, coming from a practice in Bishops Waltham. Donna has worked in veterinary practice for 5 years, qualifying as an RVN in 2014. Donna has a young son and a dog, Woody to keep her on her toes when she is not at work.

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Lizzie Cronin
RVN

Lizzie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 and takes a share of the on-call duties for us. Her interests include running weight clinics, rabbit care and anaesthesia. She has 4 rescue cats called, Roger, Seattle, Spooky and Pumpkin

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Sarah Everard
RVN

Sarah qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1993 and has since worked at Midforest Veterinary Practice for all but one of the following years. Sarah gained an OCN diploma in canine massage therapy in 2007, which she now uses to help dogs who are suffering stiffness or discomfort following exercise; she is particularly interested in helping canines to enjoy a comfortable and happy lifestyle during their senior years. Sarah is a keen gardener in her spare time and her cats, Chaz and Spike, enjoy helping her with the flowerbeds.

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Jill Firstenberg
Animal Care Nurse

Jill comes to us from California where she has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for almost 30 years. When not working caring for people’s furry, feathery, fuzzy and sometimes prickly pets, she enjoys walking in The New Forest with her 81 kg rescue Newfoundland, Ella.

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Emily Loosemore
RVN

Emily joined the Midforest nursing team at the end of January 2017 having moved into the area from Dorset. She qualified in March 2012 and has special interests in canine behaviour and in-patient care. Emily has a cheeky border terrier called Oska as well as two rescue cats called Norbert and Maggie. Her little boy keeps her busy at home, but when she does have some spare time, Emily and her family enjoy taking long walks in the New Forest with Oska.

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Eva Petersen
RVN

Eva qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2009. She now works part time at our Lyndhurst surgery and enjoys running nurse clinics. In her spare time, Eva loves long walks in the New Forest with her dogs Nelly and Nora and partner John.

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Ali Smith RVN

Ali qualified as an RVN in 2014 and has over six years experience of veterinary nursing in clinical practice.  She is particularly interested in emergency and critical care (EEC) nursing and will start her certificate in this area whilst working at Midforest Vets. She lives with her partner and two naughty little dogs.  In her free time she enjoys climbing, running and obstacle racing. Always up for a new challenge, she is also trying to learn Swahili too!”

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Bev Williamson
RVN

Bev works at our Totton surgery. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2001 and is now our head nurse. Her special interests are obstetrics, paediatrics, preventative healthcare and she runs bereavement counselling sessions.
Bev lives locally with her husband Mark and two rescue cats Ivy and Trouble!

Receptionists – Lyndhurst

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Nina Cope

Nina is married with two step sons and lives in Totton. She has two cats, two rabbits and two guinea pigs. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends and family and looking after her menagerie.

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Karen McFarlane

Karen is married with 3 grown up children and 1 granddaughter. She moved to Brockenhurst in 2015 with husband Bruce and their 8 year old Labrador Lucy.
Karen enjoys taking Lucy on long walks and cycle rides in the forest, but also loves exploring further afield in their camper van. She spent many weeks in 2015/16 travelling around Europe in the van and, thanks to the pet passport scheme, Lucy went too!

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Caroline Pollard

Caroline works on reception at our Lyndhurst Surgery and lives in the village. When not at work Caroline is kept busy with her terriers. Any remaining spare time is spent trying to help keep the garden tidy and making sure the terriers don’t get into the bantam run!

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Sarah Spencer

Sarah works full time at our Lyndhurst Practice. She joined the Midforest team in March 2016. When not at work Sarah enjoys dog walks and being at the gym.

Receptionists – Totton

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Diane Dovey

Diane works in reception at our Totton surgery. She is married with two grown up children and a Persian cat Charlie. Out of work Diane enjoys Pilates and flower arranging.

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Anna MacTavish

Anna works on our Totton reception team full time. She is married and has 2 daughters. She has a wealth of customer service experience and is a lifelong cat fanatic. She is currently owned by 2 cats, Pezley and Polo!

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Becky Pollard

Becky is part time receptionist at our Totton surgery. She has a national diploma in animal care and an animal nursing assistant certificate. Becky has two children, two ponies, a cocker spaniel and a rabbit!

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Jill Salsbury

Jill has over a decades experience working in a vets reception and she enjoys meeting people and their pets.
Jill has three dogs and a cat of her own. The dogs are called Cuba, Lilley, and Mr Darcy: and her cat is Mr Ripley. She enjoys walking her dogs in the New Forest. She has a grown up daughter and a son

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Sue Spencer

Sue works in reception at our Totton surgery. She is married with a son Adam and has an English Bull Terrier called Nugget and a cat called Brigham. Sue enjoys dog walking, gardening, riding pillion on her husband’s Harley and being a party animal!

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Liza Datlen
Practice Manager

Liza joined Midforest Veterinary Practice during September 2016. She lives locally, handily located between the two practices. Liza and her husband have two girls, both of whom are nearly all grown-up. Liza has worked alongside varied farm animals for over ten years and has enjoyed the privilege of living with a large number of oriental cats throughout her life, the latest being a red point Siamese called Korky who is very spoilt!

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Molly Cross
Out of Hours Receptionist

Molly is our ‘out of hours’ telephone receptionist. She has been involved in the veterinary profession for 40 years, working in nursing, management and reception. Molly has wide experience in equine,farm and companion animals.