Our experienced team are dedicated to treating your pet like one of their own
B.Vet.Med., Cert.V.R, MRCVS – Managing Director
After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 1989 Jonny undertook various jobs, including one that involved a stay in Hong Kong. Here he learnt not only a great deal of orthopaedics but also how to wield chopsticks – useful skills all round!
Jonny arrived in Hungerford in 1997 to join Pip, having known him for a number of years through the Veterinary Golf Society. Soon after that, he decided to study for a post-graduate exam in radiology and drove everyone mad at work and at home with his head constantly in books. Fortunately he achieved his goal in 2001.
Outside of work Jonny’s family includes Jess, Ella, Edward, a few dogs and two horses. Jonny states that family time has changed dramatically in recent years as he now supplies a taxi and banking service for his teenage children.
BVSc CertSAS MRCVS – Clinical Director
Will graduated from Bristol University in 2000 with a degree in veterinary medicine. Three years later, after working in a mixed veterinary practice, he moved to the Kent-London borders and embarked on his RCVS certificate in small animal surgery, which he attained in 2010.
After six years in London Will returned to Hungerford and joined The Veterinary Hospital in September 2009 with a wife and small daughter in tow. In November 2010 a second daughter arrived, leaving him indefinitely outnumbered and outmanoeuvred!
When Will isn’t working he enjoys his self-proclaimed “very amateur” career with Marlborough Hockey Club. He also likes to go mountain biking whenever he gets the chance, in between spending time with his family.
BVSc GPcertSAS MRCVS – Assistant Vet
“I have been heading up the team at Belmont Vet Clinic since November 2015 when the practice was taken over by Hungerford Vets where I have worked ever since graduating from Bristol University in 2007.
When the opportunity arose to work in Pewsey, I was delighted to take on the role and being Wiltshire ‘born and bred’ it is an area I know well. My aim is to provide the high standard of care that the pets of Pewsey deserve as well as being a friendly and familiar face to their owners.
My interests in work lie in soft tissue surgery and emergency and critical care, but I have a wealth of experience and a genuine love of animals that allow me to tackle most situations!
Outside of work I am a keen runner, competing in ultra-marathons of up to 100 miles, and I try to get out into the countryside as often as possible, the more mountainous the better. However my wife and expanding family soon drag me back down to earth! ”
MaVetMB MRCVS – Assistant Vet
Stef first started working for Jonny in 2002 as his babysitter, and in July 2013 he decided to take her on as a member of the Vet team! She grew up in Hungerford and after finishing her studies in Cambridge, was ecstatic to be able to join the team at The Veterinary Hospital.
Stef recently got married, and now lives with her husband James and their Labrador Tosh. Outside of work you may see her walking Tosh and her mother-in-law’s cocker spaniel Scout, or just helping out behind the bar at home! When Stef’s feeling active she also enjoys going to aerobics classes and playing netball.
BVSc, MRCVS – Assistant Vet
Kirsty has been a vet since 1999. She spent eight years in Kent, gradually developing her interest in surgery, and moved to Wiltshire for her husband’s job in December 2010.
At home Kirsty’s family consists of her husband Andy, their young son Austin and their dog Flea, who they took in after someone found him abandoned on the street with a broken leg. They all love walking and outdoor sports – a very active family!
After working relatively few hours at a local practice during Austin’s first year, Kirsty is really enjoying being part of the team at The Veterinary Hospital.
Having qualified from Bristol University in 2002 Emma spent four years working in a mixed practice before deciding to focus her attention on small animal care.
Her main area of interest is soft tissue surgery and in 2005 she gained her GP certificate in this discipline. Ever since then Emma has continued to grow and improve her knowledge in differing areas of veterinary care. This passion to continue learning is just one of the things that makes her such a fantastic member of our team.
Away from the practice Emma likes to spend time walking with her terrier Jelly. She has also requested that we mention she is ‘amazing’ and ‘extremely modest’.
Aaron joined Hungerford Vets in August 2015. He grew up in North Wales and studied at Liverpool University before making the long journey south to work in a busy referral and first opinion practice in Swindon.
Aaron’s main interests are in medicine and cardiology and he hopes to start a certificate in the near future.
Outside of veterinary Aaron lives with his partner Amy who is also a vet in Newbury.
Zoe Dicker – Vet
Zoe has worked in a variety of practices across the south of England during her veterinary career, and has also spent time in practices in New Zealand too.
She’s now much more local though, having lived in Pewsey for the past two years, and has recently become heavily involved in the local community. She is based at our Pewsey practice and loves having the opportunity to get to know more people (and pets) in the area!
Rebecca Williams RVN – Head Nurse
Rebecca has been at The Veterinary Hospital since 2002, having originally been employed as a trainee veterinary nurse. In April 2007 she completed the last of her exams and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Since then she has slowly been working up the ranks and took over the Head Nurse role in 2012. She is also a qualified clinical coach so has a role in training the trainee Vet Nurses in practice.
Rebecca has two Jack Russell terriers – Taylor and Connie – who both come to work with her daily and keep her company on night duties. She states that home life isn’t too different to work as her house is becoming more of a rescue centre with all the animals she has brought home over the years.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys walking her dogs in the hills around Lambourn and pottering about with her three elderly horses. She hopes to be able to get a younger horse in the near future and starting competing again.
Rowena Lawrence RVN NCert (A&CC) – Head Nurse
Rowena joined the team in 2002 as a trainee nurse and qualified to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2007. In January 2012 she was promoted to Head Nurse, along with Rebecca.
Rowena has always wanted to work with animals and has obtained a distinction after studying a national diploma in animal management. In December 2013 she also gained her Nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia & Critical Care.
Over the past five years Rowena has developed her hobby of agility training with her dogs. She currently has three dogs: a black Labrador called Rodney and a red Labrador called Della, who both accompany her to work, and a new border collie puppy called Zero.
Kim Withycombe – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Kim qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse back in 2000 down in sunny Devon. She then spent a year travelling around Australia, where she also worked as a locum on a couple of occasions. On returning to the UK Kim continued her locum work for about a year in between more international travels. She finally settled in the Cotswolds where she worked for 10 years in a small animal and equine practice.
In April 2014 Kim joined the team at The Veterinary Hospital after moving to Newbury with her partner and her cat, Princess Maisie.
Outside work Kim is a keen triathlete, so spends a lot of her time training for all three disciplines. She especially loves open water swimming.
Louise is one of our fantastic veterinary nurses here at The Veterinary Hospital. Having joined us in 2015 she quickly became an important member of the team. Her approachable personality and desire to help animals make her a big hit not only with our staff, but also her patients.
Louise has eight years experience in veterinary nursing and before joining us she worked at a rescue centre caring for inhibited animals.
Whilst not at work she enjoys spending time with her dogs Charlie and Bree, whom she regularly takes on long relaxing walks.
Jenny Shipman – Veterinary Nurse
After having studied at Aberystwyth I decided on a change of career and went into veterinary nursing. I’ve been a regeisterd veterinary nurse for 3 years now. I love all aspects of my job but particularly enjoy the feline customers!
Living in Great Shefford with my husband (James ‘Batman’, the local bat enthusiast) and cat Princess Macey I enjoy exercise and recently completed my first triathlon.
Hannah Sadler – Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Hannah has always had a keen interest in animals having grown up on a game farm. She spent her childhood mostly rearing chicks and helping out on the farm.
She joined the team at The Veterinary Hospital in 2013 after qualifying with a triple Distinction in Animal Management at Sparsholt College.
Outside of work Hannah enjoys taking part in agility with her Springer spaniels Rosie, Willow & Bow.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Ginnie started with us as a Kennel Assistant. Since working here she has completed a level 2 qualification in animal nursing and has now progressed to a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. Ginnie enjoys all aspects of her work but getting to spend time with the in-patients is her favourite!
At home Ginnie has a mini dachshund called Dudley and she is also getting a brand new female puppy dachshund called Binky. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, fiancée and pets. Ginnie also loves animals, fashion, food, holidays, days out and Tom Hardy (don’t mention the last bit to the fiancée…)
Kerri Bailey, Trainee Nurse – Since joining the practice Kerri has been a fantastic addition. Day to day she carries out a number of duties including, advising clients on pet health, providing care for our patients and assisting the nursing staff. Kerri is looking to go to college later this year and become a fully qualified veterinary nurse.
At home she has two staffies (Ella and Sasha) who she enjoys taking on long walks in her free time. Kerri also has rabbits and ducks and enjoys horse riding.
Prior to working at the Hospital, Alex ran the Marlborough College Summer School, was Show Manager of the Royal County of Berkshire County Show, and also completed a stint as a racehorse trainer’s secretary.
Alex joined The Veterinary Hospital in January 2006. On a day-to-day basis she mainly deals with the administration of the practice including the accounts, wages, credit control and a few other miscellaneous jobs.
Harriet Knowles – Assistant practice manager
Harriet has an extensive study and training background, including a psychology degree, a certificate in counselling, an exercise to music qualification, and a yoga diploma. She’s also worked as an on-course bookmaker and managed various health clubs before joining The Veterinary Hospital in Hungerford!
Prior to becoming the Hospital’s receptionist, Harriet’s only experience with animals was her sister’s cat. She likes to think her knowledge of all animals has significantly improved since then and hopes you would agree!
When she’s not at work, Harriet enjoys spending time with her family, going for a run or having a drink with friends.
Maria Casson – Receptionist
Maria initially started working for The Veterinary Hospital in 1984 at the branch surgery in Tidworth, and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1988. After qualifying she moved to an Equine Hospital in Dorset. Maria followed this by locum nursing in Swindon for a time, but soon returned to Lambourn and another Equine Hospital.
In 1994 Maria came back to work at the newly opened premises of The Veterinary Hospital. She was initially nursing, and then completed a short stint on reception before becoming a manager.
Maria is currently a part-time receptionist, following the arrival of her daughter in 2004 and son in 2007. In total she’s clocked up over twenty years in practice in Hungerford – but wants people to be aware this doesn’t mean she’s old, she just started young!
At home Maria has a crazy Parson Jack Russell called Bertie who occasionally makes an appearance in the office. She doesn’t have much time for hobbies after the demands of a young family, but does enjoy singing with The Cromwell Singers, a Newbury choir, and is excited to be establishing her own dog grooming business.
Sam Reynolds – Receptionist
Sam is our newest member of staff and comes to us with lots of skills and experience.
Jo Lake – Receptionist
Having previously worked for herself for the last 5 years, Jo realised that she really missed the interaction and banter of an office environment. Her love for both animals and people means that she loves all aspects of her role as a veterinary receptionist.
Out of office hours, Jo loves to go horse racing and follows it very closely. She also enjoys riding her pony and walking her lovely black dogs, Bella and Finnie.
Lesley Weeks – Tidworth Receptionist
Lesley grew up in Tidworth and has stayed there since! She joined the team at The Veterinary Hospital in 1994.
Lesley has been passionate about all animals all her life. Over the years she has kept a variety of pets from small reptiles to horses, cats and dogs. Currently she has two cats and four horses, three of which she has rescued, but her pride and joy is Paloma, her white Andalusian mare.
Roger Walker – Maintenance Officer
Roger currently holds the title of the longest serving member of The Veterinary Hospital team. His daily responsibilities are to make sure the whole site is always in top condition, so he is here come rain or shine.
Outside of work, Roger’s main interests lie in horse racing and football.