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Medivet Watford 24 Hour Hospital is one of five 24 hour Hospitals operated by Medivet. Medivet Watford is managed by Senior Partner, Guy Carter, and Partners Candice Summers and Andrea Centinaro. They are ably assisted by a team of nurses and receptionists.
As well as our permanent staff at Watford, we also have a team of mobile staff who work in several Medivet practices across Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. View a list of mobile staff members who may work at Watford from time to time.
The staff at Watford aim to deliver the highest standards of veterinary care with a personal and caring attitude. They remain dedicated to providing service of the highest standard in a sympathetic, friendly and reassuring manner.
Dr Guy Carter - Senior Partner, Head of Watford Region and Senior Project Manager
I love animals and have always wanted to be a vet. Soon after qualifying in South Africa I was drafted into 2 years of military service. Upon completing the Army Officer's course I was seconded to Zululand where I oversaw the health of the National cattle herd in an area the size of Wales! In particular, I was privileged to be responsible for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's Nguni cattle herd. Following this, I enjoyed travelling around the UK, working in both small and large animal surgeries, before joining Medivet. I am married with two children and two dogs - Dixie, a Border Terrier, and Wallis, a Rhodesian Ridgeback. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, skiing and reading. One of my most memorable experiences was standing on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2010.
Candice Summers - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and have since then gained my RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Medicine. I am one of the lead Veterinary Surgeons at Medivet Watford 24hr Hospital caring for many of our inpatients. I have a special interest in looking after our many pets with chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Kidney and Thyroid Disease. As part of our Clinical Committee, I am dedicated to help develop care guidelines and maintain best standards of care for all the pets we see. I have recently adopted a stray little black cat now called Sebastian who I look forward to giving a hug to every day after work!
Andrea Centinaro - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated in 2009 and worked with horses for the first 3 years. I then chose to work with small animals and I am particularly interested in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Following these interests I have completed a certificate in Small Animal Surgery in October 2014.
Pablo Antonio Hernan-Goimez - Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated in Madrid, Spain in 2008. I completed a scholarship in Minimal Invasive Surgery and this has now become a special area of interest for me. I specialise in emergencies, ultrasound diagnosis and anaesthesia. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, culture and music.
Patricia Caleiro – Veterinary Surgeon
I have a degree in veterinary medicine and have worked in a small animal practice in Lisbon, Portugal, before starting at Medivet. I am particularly interested in ultra-sound, cardiology and soft tissue surgery. At home, I have several pets, including two European Shorthair cats and two dogs (one is a Shih Tzu and the other is a cross-breed). In my spare time, I enjoy running, dancing, going travelling and hanging out with friends.
Emily Goodband - Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified in 2015 from the University of Cambridge. I have a particular passion for giant dog breeds! I am a keen runner and I used to complete for Cambridge University athletics club in the 400m. I am currently in training for a half marathon. I look forward to meeting you and your pets in practice.
Natalia Starlzewska – Night Veterinary Assistant
I completed my degree in 2012 from Warsaw University of Life Science. Before joining Medivet Watford, I worked as a pet nanny in London. I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, hiking and music in my free time.
Giulio Marzioni – Night Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Università degli Studi di Perugia and graduated in March 2014. Before joining Medivet, I undertook an internship in a veterinary hospital in Rome during April 2014. My special areas of interest are surgery and emergency care. At home I have a lovely dog. Outside of work I enjoy running, keeping fit and have a keen interest in photography.
Raymond Paroud – Resident Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2006, in Cluj-Napoca Romania. Before joining Medivet, I worked for Heathrow Veterinary Services ltd (mainly dealing with pet exports). My special interests lie within internal medicine. At home, I have a Pipoka Corn Snake, two dogs (Holly, a Bichon-frise and Charlotte, a Chihuahua) two cats, Melody and Lily Burmese cats. In my spare time, I enjoy motorcycling.
Petra Fabova – Night Veterinary Surgeon (maternity cover)
I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in September 2011 in Brno, Czech Republic. Before joining Medivet, I was working as a head veterinary surgeon in a 24 hour hospital. I am passionate about emergency and critical care, as I have already enrolled for my CertAvp in small animal soft tissue surgery. I have a one and a half year old adorable rescued cat, called Florian! Outside work I enjoy playing most of kind of sports.
Channell Chaffe – Head Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse at Medivet and the College of Animal Welfare in 2012. I first started training in Medivet in 2009. I left halfway through my course to work at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. I then returned to Medivet once I qualified to do night shifts. Afterwards, I worked as an emergency nurse in Australia for a few years, but now I’m back! My special areas of interest lie in emergencies and hand rearing orphan puppies and kittens. At home I have two dogs; Titch and Daisy, and three cats; Darling, Teddy, and Pudding. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and travelling.
Liz Cockings - Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse
I started working for Medivet in October 2006, shortly after completing my A Levels. I then enrolled at Medivet Training College and completed my VRQ Level 3 qualification in veterinary nursing. I've worked in several of the practices during my time with Medivet; I came back to Watford in November 2015 to be the deputy head nurse after previously being at the St Albans branch for six years. My main interests within the veterinary field are radiology, surgical nursing and wound care. I love being hands on, and having studied photography at school really helped me initially with radiology as I had an understanding of exposure times, contrast and film faults. At home I have a Chihuahua cross Chinese Crested called Badger; he is featured here in my photo at eight weeks old.
Donna Saunders - Veterinary Nurse
I started my nursing career in February 2000 qualifying in December 2003. My biggest love in life is cats; I completed the ISFM feline nursing certificate in December 2014, which has improved my knowledge on cat behaviour/nutrition and how to reduce stress for them in our hospital. I enjoy all aspects of nursing and have an interest in wildlife too. I often take home and hand rear orphaned kittens/pigeons and other orphaned birds/small mammals. I have 4 cats, 3 hamsters (which I rescue frequently) and 2 guinea pigs.
Adrienne Pettit - Student Veterinary Nurse
I first started working for Medivet as a patient care assistant in 2011. I am now a permanent staff member at the Watford 24 hour hospital where I’m training as a veterinary nurse and I couldn't be happier! I really enjoy the surgical side of nursing and it's a big part of my role at the branch. I have two dogs, Spike the Jack Russell Terrier, Albie the English Bull Terrier cross and a cat called Cake.
Anna Court - Student Veterinary Nurse
I have always wanted to work in the veterinary industry, and after finishing my A-Levels I completed 2 weeks work experience in two different veterinary practices, as well as gaining a certificate in animal behaviour and welfare. I am enjoying working for Medivet, and hope to eventually qualify as a veterinary nurse.
Emma Spavin - Student Veterinary Nurse
Tara Ihlenfeldt - Student Veterinary Nurse
I have had a love for animals since a young age, and have been working with them since finishing secondary school. I am looking forward to furthering my career to become a qualified veterinary nurse with Medivet.
Emma Spurrs - Student Veterinary Nurse
I have always wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Nursing. I have two cats called Barney and Binx. I like to spend my spare time socialising and spending time with my cats.
Sarah Fielding – Student Veterinary Nurse
Before joining Medivet, I completed a diploma in Nursing and Midwifery in 2009 and was a care giver to the elderly. I am happy to join Medivet to gain further experience with care giving, but with small animals! At home I have a Golden Retriever named Bailey. In my free time I enjoy walking my dog, swimming, watching films or TV and spending time with my friends and family.
Hollie Walker - Patient Care Assistant
After leaving school, I completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management before commencing work in a local vet practice. I joined medivet in September 2014 and shortly after became a permanent member of the Watford team. I have lots of pets myself including a horse, dogs, rabbits, a guinea pig, leopard geckos and snakes! I look forward to becoming a qualified Veterinary Nurse in the future.
Vicki Gardner – Head Client Care Assistant
I worked for Medivet a few years back, but then pursued my dream to work with horses. I have now returned to work for Medivet. I cannot wait to meet you and you pets. At home, I have three dogs; a pointer, a mad springer spaniel and a Jack Russell. I also have a rescue cat and two horses; one is a rescued foal and the other I have had for sixteen years! Outside of work, I enjoy horse riding, dog walking and on the odd occasion (when I have time) watching a good film with ice cream.
Ashleigh Carter – Client Care Assistant
I was 16 when I started working at Medivet during the school holidays as well as on occasional weekends. I am now in my final year at university studying History. I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Wallis who is 6 years old. In my spare time I enjoy baking.
Jodie Menzies – Client Care Assistant
Before joining Medivet, I helped with the training for care home staff. I have also worked in housing, pubs and gyms. Since a very young age, I have always loved animals and it has been a lifelong ambition for me to become a vet one day. At home, I have a springer spaniel named Tilly and my partner rescued her when she was four. She is now ten! I have had cats, rabbits and horses as pets. In my spare time, I teach riding lessons to a few students and train horses. I also like to socialise and spend hours at the gym. I am very enthusiastic and bubbly, and I am never without a smile on my face! I hope in the future to have more dogs, horses and run my own livery yard.
Mairead McKenna – Client Care Assistant
I studied HR at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland and then worked for a finance company. I decided I needed a change of career and needed to do something that I have always been passionate about. I love working with people and animals, and love making them happy. I would like to develop my career at Medivet further and become a veterinary nurse. At home, I have two cats called Gucci and Tiny Little. In my spare time, I love to play rugby and take my dogs for walks with my cousin and her dog, Rogue, who is a Rottweiler.
Becky Wallis – Patient Care Assistant
I obtained a level 3 Animal Management at Oaklands College in 2015 and I also have obtained a level 2 as a Grooming Assistant at The Hair of the Dog. Before joining Medivet, I worked at a petting farm and a kennel which I found very rewarding. I am very interested in animal conservation and I hope to develop my knowledge in this area. At home I have a cat, a chinchilla, six rabbits, four guinea pigs, two leopard geckos, and fish! Outside of work I enjoy camping, stand up boarding, and wedding planning!
Denise Turner - Watford Area Manager and Blood Bank Manager
I began working for Medivet in January 1999 originally as a patient care assistant, then a head nurse and now an area manager and blood bank manger. Although I love nursing I really enjoy the management side of my role and am happy to assist with nursing whenever I can. I have a particular interest in emergency/critical care nursing and also enjoy hand rearing. At home we have three rescue dogs called Boston, Jeffrey and Loki as well as our cat Flame.
Rose Stanton – Assistant Watford Area Manager
I started working for Medivet again in January 2016, but in a completely different role that I had been in before. I was previously training to be a veterinary nurse, with Medivet and Companion Care. I decided to leave the nursing profession after 2 years due to the emotional strain. My new role is a huge challenge, and one that I am thoroughly enjoying. I have one pet, my beautiful cat Ollie. I would happily have more but Ollie is terrified of his own shadow; so he is quite rightly utterly spoilt!