Haven Vets Call to book an appointment:
Clacton-on-Sea: 01255 422 150
Walton-on-the-Naze: 01255 850 456


Mr. Peter D.R. Gard B.Vet.Med., MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

I have been a partner at Haven Veterinary Practice since 1982.  My wife and I are now grandparents of three boisterous children – they occupy us a lot away from the Practice, but we still have time for our dog Daisy and our tortoises. Along with squash and golf our lives are pretty full, but coming to work with my ‘veterinary family’ is still a pleasure I look forward to. Obstetric and reconstructive surgery are my favourite fields of work.
Mr. Neil M. Smith BVM&S, BSc, Cert VD, MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Edinburgh University in July, 1999 and joined Haven Veterinary Practice in September of the same year. I became a partner in the Practice in 2002. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, particularly dermatology and soft tissue surgery. In 2012 I gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology.

Outside of work I have two boisterous German Pointers called Jacob and Ollie, along with 2 rescue cats, all of which my wife and I adore.  I enjoy playing tennis, dog walking, reading, travelling and spending time with my family and close friends.
Miss Gail Ashworth BVSc, MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

I joined Haven Veterinary Practice many years ago, following my graduation from  Liverpool University. My professional interests lie in general surgery, orthopaedics and the 'small furry creatures'.
I have had time away from sunny Clacton, working for a while in Newfoundland, Canada, largely as a small animal clinician and dealing with wildlife; anything from a bald eagle to a moose! Having explored a bit of the big wide world from the Himalayas to the Great Barrier Reef, I some how ended up back in Essex , continuing to work at HVP and have had a collection of children somewhere in between. I retired from the demands of competitive sport some time ago following a few injuries but still keep pretty fit and active with walking, cycling and  swimming. The children are dragged along on most of these outings in the constant battle to keep them away from hours sat at a screen shooting things; zombies being the latest! I hope to stay at HVP for years to come. The staff are caring, professional and excellent in all their roles. Most of all people have a wonderful sense of camaraderie and humour  whilst dealing with the demands of the day.

Mrs. Rebecca Earl BVSc, MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Bristol University in 2005 and worked in a mixed but predominantly small animal practice in Suffolk prior to joining Haven Veterinary Practice in 2008. I enjoy all aspects of small animal work but have a particular interest in small animal medicine. Outside of work I enjoy walking, gardening, baking and spending time with friends and family.
Mrs. Natalie Harrison BSc, BVSc, MRCVS.
Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from the University of Liverpool in July 2010 and started working at Haven in  August 2010. I have had a busy start to my veterinary career and am enjoying putting 6 years of study into practice.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, retail therapy and looking after my 2 pet rabbits, Scooby & Daisy.

Miss Serena Allen B.Vet.Med., MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2012. I moved to Suffolk from my home in South Wales to live with my partner and joined the team at Haven Vets shortly after. I am thoroughly enjoying applying all I've learnt whilst at university and building up my experience. After graduating I adopted a puppy, 'Yola', and my spare time is spent keeping her and my partner's Bloodhound cross out of mischief! Away from work I enjoy walking, exploring the countryside, swimming, playing the piano and clay shooting.  


Mr Padraig Cronin MVB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland in June 2013. I started working in Haven in April 2014. Before joining the Haven team I worked in a small animal practice in Wales. I am enjoying the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in university to daily practice life here in Haven. Outside of work I enjoy socialising with my friends and playing both the piano and French horn. I am also involved with scouting in the Tendring area.

  Practice Manager  
Mrs. Joyce Middleton BA (Hons), RVN, A1
Practice Manager & Veterinary Nurse

I have been a Veterinary Nurse and Practice Manager with Haven Veterinary Practice since 1978. Outside of work I love to garden with my two Daxi’s Lucy & Heidi, and have an interest in history; particularly the history of gardening.

Mrs. Kerry Russell RVN, D32/33
Head Veterinary Nurse

II joined Haven Veterinary Practice in 1996 straight from school, to begin my veterinary nurse training. Having spent time learning practical skills with the practice I then went to the Royal Veterinary College to complete my studies. I qualified in 1998 and returned to Haven, becoming head nurse in 2000 . I love all aspects of my job and have very much enjoyed watching the practice grow over the years. I'm proud to be a part of such a caring professional team. I have particular soft spot for tortoises ,and love nothing more than to share my knowledge with advice on feeding and husbandry with clients and staff alike.
As is the case with all vet nurses I have my fair share of waifs and strays including a few shelled friends.
Outside of work my time is spent with my young son and daughter who are lots of fun and certainly keep me and my husband on our toes!
Mrs Clare Frazer RVN, Clinical Coach V1.
Veterinary Nurse

I have been working at Haven Veterinary Practice since 1995 and along the way I have acquired my share of waifs and strays. I now have a rough collie Max, three cats and three guinea pigs. 
I initially started life as a receptionist at HVP and then began my veterinary nurse training in 1998. I am now responsible for training our student nurses, and training our qualified nurses, in order to enable them to train the next batch of student nurses, which I find very rewarding.

I work part-time as I am also a full-time mum with two very lovely and very energetic boys. I find this helps me in dealing with the vets and student nurses! Along with training I am also responsible for some of the administration work, including the insurance claim forms and dealing with the various animal charities. Even after so many years I still enjoy my job, the carried challenges it presents and above all the patients which need our care.

Mrs. Julia Smith VN
Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I am Julia and I work full time running our branch surgery
in Elm Tree Avenue. I’ve worked at Haven Veterinary Practice for over 30 years, having qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1970. So if you visit our Walton Surgery mine will be the face you see behind the desk!  You’ll also be met by “Benson” my rescue Lhasa Apso, who does ‘meet and greet’ duty. I have 2 grown up sons and 8 grandchildren, who keep me on my toes.  In my spare time (ha ha) I enjoy reading - particularly history, quizzes, baking and socialising with friends.
Miss Megan Fullbrook RVN
Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

I have been working at Haven Veterinary Practice since leaving high school in July 2002. I completed my Veterinary Nursing training here and qualified in 2005. I have since completed a course which allows me to train student nurses within the practice. My main roles within the practice include assisting the head nurse with organising the day to day running of the nursing team, the drug and consumable's ordering, stock management and maintenance of hospital equipment. Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends, going to the cinema and live music gigs and of course looking after my animals (mostly rescued via Haven) which include rabbits, cats and degu's.
Miss Catie Francis RVN, PTLLS
Veterinary Nurse

I joined the practice in 1999 as a student nurse. Following qualification in 2002, I left the practice to see the world. 
Since my return to the UK have worked in mixed and small animal practices within Cambridgeshire and Essex, and worked as a lecturer and tutor to veterinary  nurse and veterinary care assistant students while also gaining a teaching qualification. Now back at Haven my areas of  interest are radiography, surgical and intensive care nursing. I'm passionate about educating clients to enable them to provide the best care to their pets. Outside of work I am kept busy by my two football-mad sons and my horse Domino.

Miss Emily Barker RVN
Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Haven Veterinary Practice in July 2010 as a student Veterinary Nurse and qualified in August 2013. I find veterinary nursing very rewarding and particuarIy enjoy running the slimming clinic for portly pets. I currently live at home and have 2 Sprocker Spaniels called Maisy and Max, my cat called Trevor, a rabbit called Harold which I acquired whilst working here and his mate Wendy who I rescued.
Miss Alice Baker
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I started at Haven Veterinary Practice in 2011 for work experience whilst completing an animal management course at college. I am now a student veterinary nurse and I’m attending Writtle College. I enjoy all areas of the job but particularly enjoy nursing the in-patients, as this can be very rewarding.

  Veterinary Receptionists  
Miss Kim Johnson
Veterinary Receptionist

I have been working as a receptionist at Haven Veterinary
Practice since 1999. My hobbies involve my animals, namely dog training and animal behaviour. I have 3 dogs, 1 cat and I also have a rescued retired racehorse. They are all very special to me.
Mrs. Nicola Cowling
Veterinary Receptionist

I began working as a receptionist at Haven Veterinary Practice
in April 2004. I worked in a veterinary practice in London and enjoyed it so much I decided it was the career for me. I have 3 naughty-tortie cats which I adore. In 2010, I passed a Book Keeping course which I did in my spare time and use some of what I learnt at Haven. In my spare time I enjoy lots of socialising.
  Practice Accounts Manager  
Mrs. Samantha Martin FCCA

As a relative newcomer to Haven, I joined the practice in March 2009. Previously I worked and qualified with a local firm of accountants in Colchester before taking a break to have my 2 boys. Our household is football mad and in between training and matches for the 2 of them and my big kid of a husband we are heavy users of Sky’s football coverage. We have a very cute black and white cat called Tinkerbell, who we adopted after she was abandoned. She is not that bothered about the football!

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Clacton-on-Sea surgery
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35 Holland Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 6EH

01255 422 150

Mon-Fri: 9am-6.30pm  |  Sat: 9am-12pm  |

Walton-on-the-Naze surgery
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138 Elm Tree Avenue, Walton-on-the-Naze,
Essex, CO14 8TF

01255 850 456

Mon-Fri: 9am-1pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm

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35 Holland Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 6EH
138 Elm Tree Avenue, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8TF
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