Andrew Kirby Vets
020 7232 2637

Meet the Team

Meet our friendly team of vets, nurses and receptionists. All of our staff aim to deliver the highest standards of veterinary care backed up by a personal and caring attitude to both owners and patients. 

As well as our permanent staff at Southwark, we also have a team of mobile staff who work in several Medivet practices. View a list of our mobile staff members who may work at Islington from time to time.

Veterinary Surgeons

Giacomo Uva – Veterinary SurgeonGiacomo Uva – Veterinary Surgeon

I was awarded my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Milan University in 2007. As a new graduate I spent two years gaining experience in 24 hour emergency care hospitals before deciding to move to the UK in 2009. My first UK role was in Swindon where I completed a rotational internship. Since then I have worked in practices in Oxford and London before joining the Medivet family in Southwark in March 2015. Currently I am working to further develop my skills in Orthopaedics and Ophthalmology though most areas of medicine and surgery interest me. In my free time I very much enjoy playing and coaching basketball. I love to cook and try, whenever possible, to take opportunities to travel. 

Raquel Martinez CarballoRaquel Martinez Carballo – Veterinary Surgeon 

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon and graduated from the University of Cordoba, Spain in 2013. Whilst studying for my degree, I worked as intern student in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. During the last term of my degree, I moved to Germany, to work at the University Hospital of Hannover, where I gained valuable experience in the treatment of ruminants, horses and small animals. I then moved to the UK to work in first-opinion practices and hospitals before starting an internship programme at a veterinary referral hospital near Wales.

I enjoy all disciplines of small animal care, but have a particular interest in orthopaedics. At home, I have two beautiful cats called Picasso and Nara as well as a dog called Maya. I am very fond of my dog Keko whom I’ve had for 9 years! In my free time I enjoy riding, going for countryside or seaside walks, and travelling. I really enjoy getting to know new people and new cultures! 

Nursing Team

female silhouetteDebbie Jones – Head Veterinary Nurse

I knew I wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse early in life and qualified in the 1980’s. I have lived in the South East London area for over 25 years and love my local community. I find my profession to be highly rewarding. I have a special interest in feline behaviour and minimising stress at home for cats. At home I have two wonderful cats of my own.

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Sue Kelly – Patient Care Assistant

I began working in the veterinary field in 1986, having always wanted to work with animals. I have completed training in animal behaviour and enjoy applying these skills in practice. I have lived all my life in Southwark and I enjoy being a part of the local community. I really value the relationships with our clients that I have developed over the years. Outside of work, my dog Flora and my 2 cats, Hewie and Staffy, keep me out of trouble. 

Cherry LeahairCheery Leahair - Patient Care Assistant

I completed 2 years studying for a BTEC in animal care/management at Bromley College and achieved an overall MPP (merit, pass, pass). I then went on to study for a degree in management in companion and zoo animals. I am enjoying working at Medivet and in the future I hope to become a veterinary nurse.

Michelle BensonMichelle Benson – Cattery Assistant

I achieved a Level Three in Animal Management from Capel Manor in Enfield. Before joining Medivet, I was working in health and safety for Network Rail and LUL. I am animal mad and have always wanted to work in animal conservation, which I am hoping to do once I have completed my degree. In my spare time, I work with snow leopards and other large cat breeds. I am a cat lover and at home I have twenty one cats!

Reception Team

Lisa Bridges - CCALisa Bridges – Client Care Assistant

I began working Medivet Southwark at the end of September 2014. The practice was my local vet to my sweet griffin terrier before I joined the practice as a client care assistant. I look forward to meeting you and your pets in practice.

Josephine Ruddock - CCAJosephine Ruddock – Client Care Assistant

I completed my BSc in Animal Science in 2012. Before joining Medivet, I worked for a London charity, Age UK. I am excited to now join the Medivet team at Southwark.  I thoroughly enjoy greeting and getting to know each new animal that visits our practice. At home, I have a French bulldog named Buster as well as a rescued cat called Comfort. In my free time, I enjoy visiting my family and friends as well as walking the dog. I look forward to meeting you and your pet!