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Medivet Thorpe Bay is managed by Partner and Veterinary Surgeon, Johan Lategan. He is assisted by Head Veterinary Nurse, Debbie Witherall, and a team of nurses and receptionists.
As well as our permanent staff at Thorpe Bay, we also have a team of mobile staff who work in several Medivet practices across Essex and surrounding areas. Click here to view a list of mobile staff members who may work at Thorpe Bay from time to time.
The staff at Thorpe Bay aim to deliver the highest standards of veterinary care with a personal and caring attitude. We remain dedicated to providing services of the highest standards in a sympathetic, friendly and reassuring manner.
Johan Lategan - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
I started working for Medivet in August 2000 as a floater in North London. After three months of 'floating', I started working as the permanent night vet at our main centre in London. After eight months, I decided to take a position as an assistant day vet at our main centre in Southend-on-Sea where I worked for about one year. A position became available in the Thorpe Bay branch, and I have been here since. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to buy in as a Partner in 2004.
Debbie Witherall - Head Veterinary Nurse
I joined Medivet in September 2003 as a trainee veterinary nurse. I started at the Wickford surgery and after a year I was moved to the Thorpe Bay surgery where I was made Head Nurse. In 2005, I started going to college, at Medivet's own college in Watford. Since I was little I have been very interested in animals and currently have four cats. I have a keen interest in both medical and surgical.
Cassandra Morrison – Patient Care Assistant
I previously completed a work placement experience with Medivet before joining the team as a Patient Care Assistant. I enjoy interacting with people as well as looking after their beloved pets. At home I have two bearded collies, Skye and Rosie. In my spare time, I enjoy film, music and walking/playing with my dogs.
Rosemary Paterson - Client Care Assistant
In 1980 my friend's son opened a veterinary surgery and he asked me to help out there. We worked long hours, treating horses, sheep and wildlife including foxes, deer and badgers. I became very interested in this and loved every minute of it. So in September 1993 when I moved to Leigh-on-Sea, I wanted to continue this line of work. In 1996 I started work as a receptionist for the Thorpe Bay surgery. In 2000 Medivet took over and we grew and eventually expanded into the house next door. I have six dogs.