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The staff at Dartford aim to deliver the highest standards of veterinary care backed up by a personal and caring attitude dedicated to providing service of the highest standard in a sympathetic, friendly and reassuring manner.
As well as our permanent staff at Dartford, we also have a team of mobile staff who work in several Medivet practices across Kent and surrounding areas. Click here to view a list of mobile staff members who may work at Dartford from time to time.
Leon Ringelmann - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
I am convinced that I would do this job even if I had to pay to do it; it is so much fun. I believe my previous practices were places where owners became friends and pets were family. I want Medivet Dartford to become such a place and I would not be surprised if some of our clients would agree that that is already happening. I get great satisfaction out of providing the best quality of care at affordable prices. Moreover, I am in the fortunate position to have a motivated and diverse team of great people who are great fun to work with. In addition, we work in neat and spacious premises with excellent equipment. Then to top that, we belong to a group which collectively can offer most, if not all, that is available to our profession. Finally of course, veterinary services in general in the UK offer highly specialised referrals that are all close at hand when they are needed. What is not to love?
I decided to become a vet when I was about six years old. I had been 'explaining' to my animal-mad grandad that a cow had 4 stomachs. In reply, he declared that I would become a vet. That stuck. I was very privileged to have grown up on a farm in South Africa where it was common for farmer’s children to have access to many animals and I was in the very lucky position to have a very diverse portfolio of pets ranging from canaries to horses and lots in between. Then there was the odd orphaned owlet or fawn that needed raising. This very lucky exposure, coupled with James Herriot's inspiring tails of the life of a country vet, was formative for me. Though, as a South African lad, I could never make out why Yorkshiremen ate pudding with their main meals!
All that is a long time ago, and in the meantime I have managed to rack up 27 years of experience. My joy in and love for the job have, I am pleased to say, not abated but increased as the years have gone by, rather like a good marriage or a quality wine. In the past, most of my formal and informal training has been in surgery. I very much enjoy this field and anyone who has watched the Supervet programmes will surely agree that the many new innovations are exciting. It is a great pleasure to use cutting edge knowledge and technology to improve an animal’s life. I enjoy all aspects of the job. My latest pride and joy is a new scanner which makes it so much easier to see what is going on! I am also enrolled in a post graduate course in emergency and critical care medicine to expand my knowledge and experience in this new and growing field which I am enjoying immensely.
Antonio Ramirez Vargas - Veterinary Surgeon
I'm originally from Madrid, in Spain, and qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2011 from Zargoza University. After completing my degree, I went to Cuba for 5 months where I worked for a wildlife charity. I gained work experience helping large and small animals, and spent most of my time with water buffalos. In 2012, I moved to England to explore the veterinary profession and over the summer of 2014 I worked for the RSPCA. I am currently living in London (and love the big city), and outside of work I enjoy travelling. I am currently studying for a certificate in Veterinary Internal Medicine as want to become a specialist in this area.
Sidney Roels – Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated as an MRCVS in 2003, in Belgium. Before joining Medivet, I worked as a veterinary surgeon in multiple locations across Kent. I am particularly interested in internal medicine, emergency and critical care and diagnostic imaging.
Magdalena Macios – Night Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2012. Before joining Medivet, I spent two years in a practice in London and then two years as a night vet in Essex. My special interests lie within ECC and surgery. At home I have a Terrier Cross called Tosia (who was rescued about six years ago) and a rescued Terrapin called T-Rex. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, swimming, long countryside walks with Tosia, exploring new places and travelling.
Marta Americano – Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2013 from the University of Santiago in Spain. Before joining Medivet, I worked as a veterinary surgeon in Barcelona. My special interests lie within emergency and critical care. At home I have a Daschund called Nutella! In my spare time I enjoy running, doing spinning, reading and travelling.
Sam Jones - Head Veterinary Nurse
I studied for a National Diploma in Animal Management between 2007 and 2008. I am thrilled to now be the Head Veterinary Nurse at Medivet Dartford.
Charlotte McNamara – Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse
I have a BSc Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare) degree from Plymouth University. I obtained a Level Three Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (RVN) and qualified in 2014. Before joining the Medivet family, I worked at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital. My interests range from working with students and spending time with clients, to laboratory and theatre work. At home, I have a 17 year old Domestic Short Hair cat called Misty. In my free time I enjoy painting, drawing and keeping fit.
Daniel Denness – Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as a veterinary nurse 2004 at Myerscough. Before joining Medivet, I worked in other veterinary practices. I am particularly interested in emergency and critical care and exotics. At home, I have three dogs, two cats, millipedes, tarantulas, cockroaches and a stick insect. Outside of work I am interested in horticulture and run my own orchid nursery. I also talk at schools about invertebrates.
Nicola Clarke - Student Veterinary Nurse
I have always enjoyed looking after animals and so I decided to train as a Veterinary Nurse with Medivet. I am particularly interested in dentistry and radiography and hope to do further studies in these areas once I qualify. I am currently the owner of four clingy cats and two very naughty chinchillas!
Jennifer Reed - Student Veterinary Nurse
After completing my A-levels and volunteering for an animal sanctuary I am now a patient care assistant, hoping one day to become a qualified veterinary nurse.
Siãna Giles - Student Veterinary Nurse
I previously worked as an Assistant Store Manager before joining Medivet as a Patient Care Assistant. I have a special interest in dogs particularly. At home, I have 3 dogs of my own and 1 cat.
Ellie Barnfield – Patient Care Assistant
Before joining Medivet, I went to Chelsea College of Art & Design where I studied textile design. I have a special interest in working with dogs. I am excited to learn more about working with dogs in practice. At home I have 3 cross Norfolk Cairn Terrier, a Shih Tuz and bichon puppy and a cockatiel. In my spare time I love going for walks in the local woods near my home and letting my dogs run off the lead.
Vanessa Woollacott – Night Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 from Canterbury College. Before joining Medivet, I worked in locum nursing for a year and focused on emergency critical care. I am currently studying towards an ESVPS Certificate in anaesthesia and critical care. At home I have a ten-year-old Labrador named Rocky and a fifteen-year-old Parrot named Eddie. Outside of work, I volunteer at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden, working with big cats.
Victoria Staley - Client Care Assistant
I enjoy client interaction and ensuring clients and their pets have a great experience in practice. I am thrilled to join Medivet Dartford as a Client Care Assistant. I have 1 dog of my own named Bonnie. I enjoy being with my family and friends in my free time.
Ella Fox – Client Care Assistant
In 2014, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc degree in Zoo Biology. Before joining Medivet, I worked in customer service roles in retail and at a zoo. I am particularly interested in feline behaviour. I have two cats and a corn snake at home. Outside of work, I enjoy scouting, volunteering at zoos and just being outdoors in general!
Matt Holgate – Senior Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated from the Edinburgh Vet School in 1999 and spent 2 years in Northumberland before moving down to Carshalton, Surrey. In September 2004 I joined Medivet as a 'floating' vet and became a full time member of the Battersea team in October 2005. My interests are in medicine, particulary ophthalmology, and I have a special soft spot for bunnies. I intend to be very involved in building up the Oxted branch region while continuing to organise our Medivet CPD with John and Anna.
Haley Gaywood – South East Area Manager
I have always had a passion for animals from an early age. I started my career in the veterinary profession when I was 16 years old as a PCA. I worked in a private practice whilst I was at college and continued here until I finished my BSc (Hons) in Animal Management. I then started working at Medivet and quickly took a position at their newly aquired practice, Chafford Hundred. I have been climbing the career ladder ever since. I went on maternity leave in November 2013 to have my gorgeous son, Harrison and returned to my wonderful team in December 2014. At home I have lots of lovely fur-babies including my dogs, cat, rabbits and ducks.
Roule Stam – South East London Area Manager
I started my career as a veterinary surgeon after graduating from Onderstepoort in South Africa and later moved into practice management. I enjoy working as an area manager in the Dartford region and also with the rest of my ‘Medivet family’ in the wider area. Over the years I have had a number of pets, including dogs and cockatiels. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and growing vegetables and flowers on my allotment.