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Meet the Medivet Richmond Team

The staff at Richmond 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 Richmond, we also have a team of mobile staff who work in several Medivet practices across South West London. Click here to view a list of mobile staff members who may work at Richmond from time to time.

Veterinary Surgeons

Yorram ArielYorram Ariel - Senior Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

I joined Medivet in 2000 after spending 4 years in partnership with Jan Doedens running the DNA Veterinary Group. Since joining Medivet, I have been able to focus on my true passion of being a veterinary surgeon. In addition to this, I spent seven years helping to build up Medivet clinics in the South West of London before moving to Oxted. I am now back in my home clinic, Richmond and enjoying working in a team of dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic vets, nurses and reception staff.

Alba CarrerasAlba Carreras - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from Barcelona in 2006 and then moved to England to work for The Blue Cross charity. I first started work with Medivet in 2007 but went on to complete an internship at a specialist referral centre before returning Medivet to run a clinic in North London.

In September 2010 I started at the Richmond practice, and in 2012 I became a partner. I love this area of London, the people, and the animals I treat. I really enjoy seeing my patients in Richmond Park looking healthy! I have a special interest in internal medicine but enjoy all aspects of my work. I live happily in Richmond with my husband, daughter and my beautiful cat, Luna.

Aimee BairdAimee Warner - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated in 2009 from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. My first job was at Medivet's Enfield hospital, but in 2010 I moved to the Richmond practice and in 2012 I became a Partner. I grew up in Southfields, and then lived in sunny Kent. I now live with my husband in Battersea with our gorgeous cat, Tiggy, and one day I hope to be able to own a dog too. I am passionate about veterinary medicine and enjoy the challenges each day has to offer. I have particular interests in feline internal medicine, surgery and ultrasound.

Almudena Vicente MarcosAlmudena Vicente Marcos - Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Madrid 2008, and lived in Milan, Italy for 1 year before moving to England. In 2011, I joined the Medivet family and began working at Richmond in 2014. At the beginning of 2015 I became a partner here. Many years ago I rehomed a feral cat, so I have become very used to stressy cats. In the future I would love to own a dog. I have special interest in internal medicine and ultrasound. 

Maria PerezMaria Perez - Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified in 2008 in Madrid. I previously worked as a veterinary public health official. I also worked for two as a volunteer at the Blue Cross and also worked alongside Marta Sanchez at Medivet Stanstead Abbotts. I am interested in orthopaedics and exotics. My dream is to specialise in orthopaedics in the future.

male silhouetteManuel Fernandez Monterde – Resident Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated as a veterinary surgeon in January 2016 at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Before joining Medivet, I worked as an au pair in Scotland. In my spare time, I enjoy running, dancing, cooking, music, reading and outdoor activities. 

Nursing Team

Sara Humphries - Deputy HNSara Humphries - Head Veterinary Nurse

I started working for Medivet in August 2009. I have worked in South Africa for 6 years in vet clinics and found a passion for animals. I have two dogs of my own, Popcorn a Maltese poodle and Nelson my stray cross-breed dog who lives with my folks in South Africa. I miss my doggies very much but get weekly updates!

Sophie MastersSophie Masters - Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

I started working for Medivet in April 2010. Before this I was working as a dog groomer which I did for 5 years after finishing school. I have a crazy dog called Zippy who I go running with and 3 rescued guinea pigs called Pegg, Ham and Badger. We might also be getting chickens soon! I am really enjoying working and progressing in the Medivet Richmond team.

Emily GreenEmily Green - Student Veterinary Nurse

After graduating with a degree in Animal Behaviour, I joined Medivet in July 2012. I own 2 yellow-bellied slider turtles ("the boys") and want to get a Husky puppy.

Petra DufkovaPetra Meredith-Smythe - Student Veterinary Nurse

I previously studied Ecology and Agriculture in the Czech Republic. After moving to the UK, I joined Medivet in 2012. I am currently studying to become a qualified nurse. I have passion for all creatures great and small, especially horses and cats.

Harriett NobleHarriett Noble - Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined Medivet in December 2014 as a mobile patient care assistant. I am now studying to become a student veterinary nurse and work at our Richmond practice. Before working with Medivet, I completed my Equine First Aid in 2013 as well as working as an Equine Groomer. In my spare time, I enjoy riding with my horse, Jack. 

Tara Collins - PCATara Collins – Patient Care Assistant

I have a diploma in Animal Management and a Microchip certificate which I received in 2014. Before joining the Medivet family, I worked for Wood Green Charity assisting in animal rehoming. I also have experience working at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre as well as working at Silverdale Kennels. At home, I have a 5 year old black and white cat called Tia. In my free time, I enjoy reading, eating out, horror movies and much more. 

Emily GreenhalghEmily Kate Greenhalgh – Patient Care Assistant  

Before joining Medivet, I spent time in a doctor’s practice working with the elderly in the community and also spent a year in sales. I love the opportunity of working with both animals and people and making a difference when I can. At home, I have a ten year old Westie who now lives with my mum and Nan while I’m in London. I am very active and outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors and seeing friends and family. 

Reception Team

Taylor Rae West - Head CCATaylor Rae West – Head Client Care Assistant

Before joining Medivet, I completed a diploma in Animal Welfare in 2010. I have also completed a certificate in animal first aid in 2013. I previously worked as a night animal care assistant at The Mayhew Animal House. I have a special interest in customer care, animal welfare and cats. In my free time I enjoy working with and walking my dog as well as socialising. 

Sonja HaighSonja Haigh – Client Care Assistant

I hold a diploma in Hotel Management and travel and tourism, which I obtained from Varsity College in South Africa. Before joining Medivet, I was a stay-at-home mum. I really enjoy my job; I love animals and getting to meet different pets and their owners. At home, I have two rabbits (Basil and Daisy), two Jack Russell dogs (Buddy and Holly) and two goldfish called Goldy and Goldy, named by my daughter! Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with my family and dining out.

Night Team

Natalia Pena- VetNatalia Pena - Night Veterinary Surgeon

I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2010 from the University of Pisa, Italy.  I completed my second Master’s degree in Veterinary Oncology in October of 2013 from the University of Pisa. After completing my degrees, I worked in practice in Italy as well as completed an internship within the UK. I have a special interest in emergency and critical care, oncology, and soft tissue surgery.  In my free time, I enjoy riding and walking in the countryside with my two dogs. 

Laia Granell SazatornilLaia Granell Sazatornil – Night Veterinary Surgeon

I have joined Medivet after working as a vet in Spain for 5 years. I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. I particularly enjoy doing surgical procedures, ultrasounds and emergencies. I also find working with exotic pets really interesting. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, running and playing volleyball. I also have two cats.

Patricia HowardPatricia Howard - Night Veterinary Nurse

I began working with animals from the age of 11, helping out at a local kennels during my school summer holidays. I first worked in a nursing capacity at the RSPCA Sir Harold Harmsworth Memorial in north London for a number of years, where I was very happy. I left in order to travel and a couple of years after that I started my family. I spent a decade bringing up my two children and completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Primary Teaching. I finally decided that what I really loved doing was working with animals and was delighted when I was employed by Medivet in November 2008. I am very happy here and really enjoy my work as one of the night nurses.

Support Team

Jan - CircleJan Doedens - Senior Partner, Head of South West London Region and Senior Project Manager

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. I graduated from Onderstepoort Veterinary School in 1989. In 1995 I started to work at DNA Veterinary Group in south west London, the group then joined the Medivet Partnership in 2000.

Lynda ChurchLynda Church - Area Manager

I have worked in the veterinary industry since 2003 as a veterinary nurse, head nurse and practice manager. I am a qualified nurse, clinical coach and have completed a level 5 diploma in management. My hobbies include horse and dog showing, cooking and horse riding. My husband and I have a horse stud and breed Welsh section A mountain ponies.

Karen ConnellKaren Connell - Area Manager

I started working for Medivet in January 2002, as the Head Nurse at Twickenham. After a year I got involved in nurse training and moved to the Support Centre to take the role as Head of the VNAC. In April 2006 I had my daughter Isabel and returned to work in November 06 as a part time internal verifier again with the college. In March 2008 I relocated to work from the Richmond branch. I now split my duties between working with Pet Health Education continuing as an Internal Verifier for the South London practices and also now work as Regional Manager.