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Meet the Medivet Wantage Team

Our vets at Medivet Wantage have a wide range of interests in various areas of animal medicine and surgery. This allows us to practice to a high veterinary standard across a wide field. You can rest assured that whatever the problem, we have the expertise and knowledge to help.

We are all passionate and committed to the welfare of animals under our care and we will do everything we can to get your pet back to full health.

As well as our permanent staff at Wantage, we also have a team of mobile staff who work in several Medivet practices across Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. View a list of mobile staff members who may work at Wantage from time to time.

Veterinary Surgeons

Daniel Varian , Wantage - Vet - PartnerDaniel Varian - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated in Dublin in 2002. I take a special interest in internal medicine, and cuddling puppies and kittens! I love working as a vet and I was very proud to have been nominated by clients for Petplan's National Vet of the Year Award 2015 and 2016. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife, my kids - Leo, Holly and Rufus, my beloved springer Castro and working cocker Puli. 

Jessica Upton , Wantage - Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

Jessica Upton - Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Liverpool in 1993. I worked in Birmingham for 3 years and met my now husband there. We settled in Oxford and I began part time work so we got to see each other. I've only ever done 'companion' animal vetting and enjoy being a decent GP vet.

Katie Giles , Wantage - Assistant Veterinary SurgeonKatie Giles - Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of California in 2006 and moved to Washington DC to complete an internship in emergency and critical care. I decided to move to England to finally be with my husband. We live just outside Bicester with Lola, a mixed-breed dog, and Jesse, a former feral cat.

Nimi Nirdosh - VetNimi Nirdosh - Veterinary Surgeon

I completed my BVSc in Veterinary Medicine from Bristol University in 2011. I have also completed a BSc in Economics and Biochemistry in the USA. I joined Medivet directly after qualifying and have been with them since. I have a special interest in Internal Medicine. I am currently completing my BSAVA Medical Certificate. I have a cat at home named Jon who I rescued from Medivet Woodstock. I enjoy baking bread, growing vegetables, gardening and hot yoga in my free time.

Erin McDaidErin McDaid - Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in July 2015 from the Royal Veterinary College. I have a special interest in internal medicine and hope to complete a medicine certificate in the future. I have a family dog called Molly. She is a Lakeland Terrier. I enjoy playing hockey, long walks with my dog and catching up with friends in my spare time.

Nursing Team

Joanna Brown , Wantage - Head NurseJoanna Brown - Head Veterinary Nurse

I started working for Medivet as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse in 2008 and qualified in August 2012, becoming the Head Nurse in November 2012. I have 2 rabbits, Dora and Dylan, and 2 Jack Russells, Lucy and Pip. I am particularly interested in anaesthesia, theatre nursing and nutrition and have been running weight clinics at my practice for several years.

Emma LushEmma Lush – Veterinary Nurse

I qualified with Medivet as a registered veterinary nurse in 2013. I am currently completing my ISFM certificate in Feline Friendly Nursing (which is due to finish in August). I worked and trained with Medivet from 2009-2013, then worked at Bicester Vets and The Oxford Cat Clinic before eventually returning to Medivet. I love cats! I am very interested in being part of a feline friendly practice and handling the animals, as well as understanding their behaviour. I am also interested in inpatient care and medical nursing. At home I have two cats; Casper and Lottie, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Harvey. Outside of work I enjoy reading.

Emily TrevenaEmily TrevenaStudent Veterinary Nurse 

I have always loved animals and have been lucky enough to work with all kinds of African wildlife. I look forward to gaining my veterinary nurse qualification with Medivet.

Melissa Whitty - Mobile PCAMelissa WhittyStudent Veterinary Nurse 

I completed my A Levels in 2014, and joined Medivet as a Patient Care Assistant. I am looking forward to learning more about the Veterinary profession and getting to meet lots of patients.    


Heather Atkinson - PCAHeather AtkinsonStudent Veterinary Nurse 

I received my BSc in Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation from Wolverhampton University in 2013. Before joining Medivet I volunteered as a home visitor for the RSPCA. I have a special interest in horses as well as cats, which I look forward to further developing my expertise in both of these areas in the future. At home, I have a cat called Stripes. I enjoy keeping fir in my spare time as well as horse riding and exploring new places. 

Reception Team

Theresa Madge , Wantage - CCATheresa Madge - Client Care Assistant

I originally joined Danetree in 1987 as a trainee veterinary nurse. My role within the practice changed in 1990 when initially I became the farm animal receptionist then the Office manager at the Faringdon branch. I am now working part time as receptionist at the Wantage surgery.

Cate Hopkinson , Wantage - CCACate Hopkinson - Client Care Assistant

After a slightly varied career I began working for Day and Partners (which very shortly changed to Danetree Veterinary Surgeons) in 1995. I qualified as a veterinary nurse from Berkshire College of Agriculture in 1998. I left Danetree in 2001 and took two years out on maternity leave, returning as a part-time receptionist in 2003.