Introducing Our Practice Team
Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.
Neil MacRae Smith BVM&S, BSc, Cert VD, MRCVS
I am an Edinburgh University graduate and have been with Haven Veterinary Practice since 1999. I have a keen interest in small animal medical and surgical cases, striving to always provide the best treatment possible to all of my patients. I am also a certificate holder in Veterinary Dermatology and enjoy the challenge of managing difficult dermatological cases
As well as practicing veterinary medicine. I am a loving pet owner. I have two intemperate German Pointers, along with two spirited feline inhabitants, the latter of course being in charge. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, travelling and when ever time permits, playing golf.
Gail Ashworth BVSc, MRCVS
I joined Haven Veterinary Practice many years ago, following my graduation from Liverpool University last century. I spent some time in the 90's working overseas in Newfoundland, Canada where I treated wildlife alongside the more regular patients.
My professional interests have always been in general surgery, including orthopaedics and more recently in surgical oncology and reconstructions. I have a great interest in the advancement of medicine, both canine and feline, and a continued interest in rabbit care.
Life at home is always busy. Three young adults still around to cater for. I have a rekindled interest in running, doing a few 1/2 marathons in decent times and still continue with charity bike rides. I have as always an expanding bucket list for travel, mostly to remote areas for trek and wildlife photography.
Rebecca Earl BVSc, MRCVS
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 practice but have a particular interest in small animal medicine.
I have two young children who keep me on my toes!! As well as spending time with my family, when not at work, I enjoy baking, reading and being outdoors.
Natalie Harrison BSc, BVSc, MRCVS
I qualified from the University of Liverpool in July 2010 and started working at Haven as a new graduate a month later. It was not long before I acquired my one eyed cat, Betty who was abandoned as a very young kitten.
I have had a busy few years enjoying general practice and have a particular interest in small animal medicine. I now have 2 young children who keep me and my husband more than occupied, we enjoy spending time out in the fresh air whenever possible.
Lukasz Laskowski MRCVS
I joined Haven Veterinary Practice in July 2018. My main Veterinary interests are soft tissue surgery and diagnostic imaging. I want to develop my skills further by completing a soft tissue surgery certificate. In my free time I enjoy reading history books, going to the gym and swimming and also have a
strong interest in the geopolitical situation of the world.
Lynda Brailsford MRCVS
I qualified from Bristol University in 1993 and worked in mixed practice in Wales, Surrey and Dorset before returning to Essex to be close to family. While my children were young I worked as a locum vet for local practices and then for a practice in suffolk. I joined Haven in 2018 and enjoy all aspects of small animal practice. At home I have 6 children, who keep me more than occupied!
Portia Clayton MA VetMB MRCVS
After qualifying from Cambridge University in 2003 my first job took me to a small animal practice in the New Forest. I spent 5 happy years working there and along the way re-homed a Labrador and a troublesome cat.
However having grown up in East Anglia I decided to return in 2008 to be closer to family and friends. I joined a busy small animal practice in Colchester, Essex; where I developed an interest in ultrasonography. I have recently joined Haven Veterinary Practice at the end of 2016 and I am enjoying being part of their friendly team.
Sabrina Ramsey MRCVS
I Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014. I joined Haven most recently in March 2019 and really enjoy it. I like all aspects of working in practice, but particularly enjoy small animal internal medicine.
In my spare time I love walking, baking, reading and dancing. I also enjoy spending time with my friends, family and my spoilt black and white cat, Jefferson.
Oliver Sillitoe MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia in the summer of 2019. I began working at Haven that same summer and have loved every moment so far.
Outside of work I have a keen interest in rugby, having played for many years, as well as looking after our two family cocker spaniels who definitely rule the house!
Kim Evans MRCVS
I qualified from the University for Liverpool in July 2020 and joined Haven Vets soon after. It has been great being part of such a supportive and friendly team. ?
Having recently moved to the area, I am enjoying exploring new countryside and coastline - a little different from the mountains where I grew up in Wales! I also enjoy archery, horse riding and reading in my spare time.
Clare Frazer RVN
I have been working at Haven Veterinary Practice since 1995. I initially started life as a receptionist at HVP and then went onto undertake my veterinary nurse training in 1998. I qualified in 2001, and enjoyed all aspects of veterinary nursing, providing the best care I could for my patients. Not long after I qualified I also took on the responsibility of student nurse training within the practice, I was tasked with the training and development of our student nurses, a role I enjoyed immensely.
Over time within the practice I have also been involved with the administration side of the business, including processing insurance claim forms, health and safety and dealing with the various animal charities.
In 2015 the opportunity arose to become practice manager, a new challenge that my previous roles had equipped me for, and one, which I am really enjoying. Even after so many years, each day is different and there is always something new to learn.
At home I have two boys, who most definitely keep me on my toes and several rescue cats.
Kerry Russell RVN
Head Veterinary Nurse
I joined Haven Veterinary Practice in 1996 as a student nurse, my training included time spent at the practice as well as studying at the Royal Veterinary College. 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 am proud to be a part of such a caring professional team. I have a soft spot for tortoises, and love nothing more than to share my knowledge and advice on feeding and husbandry with our clients.
As is the case with all veterinary nurses, I have my fair share of waifs and strays including a few shelled friends.
Outside of work my time is spent with my children who are lots of fun and certainly keep my husband and me on our toes!
Emily Barker RVN
I started working at Haven Veterinary Practice in July 2010 as a student Veterinary Nurse and qualified in August 2013. I have two Spaniels called Maisy and Max, a cat called Trevor, which I took home from the practice. I find veterinary nursing very rewarding in all aspects. I now work part-time and in my spare time I love looking after my two boys.
Alice Baker RVN, CertCFVHNut
Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse & Dispensary Manager
I started working at Haven Veterinary Practice in 2011 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015. My main interests are radiography, medical nursing and nutrition. I am responsible for running our 'Portly Pets' weight clinic and have completed a certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my three horses Beau, Dumbledore and Tom and travelling.
Leanne Morgan RVN
I started working at my first practice as a kennel assistant in 2003 and then went on to train as a nurse, qualifying 2008.I joined Haven Veterinary Practice in April 2016 and I am enjoying every minute.
I love hand rearing orphaned kittens and have re-homed several over the last few years.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and have a rescue cat called Mabel.
Emma Page RVN
I started my Veterinary training at Haven Veterinary Practice in July 2015, and have been attending Writtle College since September 2015. Having been brought up with an array of animals at home I decided Veterinary Nursing was the career path I would like to take. I left school and attended Otley College for two years studying an extended animal management course. I qualified in Spring 2018.
Laura White RVN
Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse
I am the newest member of the nursing team having joined Haven Veterinary Practice in August 2018. I qualified from Writtle College in 2001 and bring many years of experience to the practice. I enjoy all aspects of practice life but have a keen interest in surgical nursing and nurse consultations. I have a very spoilt cat called Toby at home.
George Yates RVN
I joined the Haven team in May 2017. Prior to this I gained my degree in Animal Science and Welfare and worked in referral veterinary practices such as the The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket and Christchurch Orthopaedic Veterinary referrals in Ipswich. In October 2020 I qualified here at Haven as a Registered Veterinary Nurse! I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my job, however I have a keen interest in medical and surgical nursing. At home I have a black labrador called Lola and a mischevious rescue cat called Maisie, both of which eat me out of house and home.
Hannah Everitt RVN
I joined Haven Veterinary Practice in February 2018 when I was in my second year of training at the Central College of Animal Studies. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in August 2019.
I have a keen interest in medical nursing and enjoy caring for the hospital patients. Outside of work, I like to attend competitions with my horse and spend time with my dog.
Beccy Dyer RVN
I joined Haven Veterinary Practice in January 2020. I have worked in practice for over 10 years. I enjoy all aspects of being a Veterinary Nurse and find it a very rewarding job.
I have 2 dogs and 2 cats that keep me very busy in my spare time.
Katie Jarvis RVN
I began working at Haven Vets in 2017 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and qualified in November 2020.
I enjoy all aspects of my job, though have a keen interest in medical nursing.
At home I have a rescue cat called Arthur who is very spoilt!
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 dogs; cats and I also have a rescued retired racehorse. They are all very special to me.
I began working as a receptionist at Haven Veterinary Practice in April 2017, I am pleased to be part of a very caring and friendly practice. I previously worked in another veterinary practice for 20 years.
I have a dog called Wilma that I enjoy to walk and have 4 grandchildren who keep me very busy in my spare time.
Head Veterinary Receptionist
I have been working as a receptionist at Haven Veterinary Practice since May 2016, after working with children for 14 years. I really enjoy meeting all of our clients and their pets, especially some of our exotic patients.
I completed the British Veterinary Receptionist Award in May 2020, and am currently learning British Sign Language to aid communication in our community.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog Sherlock for long walks, and spending time with my family and friends.
I joined Haven Veterinary Practice in September 2020. I have had over 20 years of experience working on reception and now can combine my work experience with my love of animals.
I have two grown up children and a handsome cockerpoo that keeps me busy in my spare time.
After working within the financial and education sector for many years, I decided to change direction and began working as a Veterinary Receptionist in 2015. I joined Haven in 2019 and am very much enjoying being part of our lovely team.
I have a very lively cockapoo at home as well as a gorgeous black cat. I love beach walks and spending quality time with my family and friends.
I began working at Haven Veterinary Practice in January 2021. After working in the retail sector for the past 21 years, it was nice to have a change of career, especially being able to work with animals which I really enjoy.
I have a dog at home called Rocco who I love spending time with. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends socialising and going out for meals.
I began working at Haven Veterinary Practice in February 2021. I am so pleased to now be a part of such a friendly and welcoming team. In my spare time I love to socialise and spend quality time with my family and friends as well as teaching at The Company Performing Arts and performing when I can.
Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined Haven in October 2019 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and I’m about to start my second year at Writtle College. Prior to this I worked at an out of hours emergency clinic as an Animal Care Assistant. I previously attended Writtle when I left school and studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, alongside this I worked on a farm for two years where I gained experience with lambing and calving! Additionally, I had the chance to travel to South Africa where I assisted with conservation at Kruger National Park.
My main veterinary interests include looking after inpatients (especially bunnies!) and lab. I’ve also been assisting the vets in consults during the pandemic, which has helped me gain a lot of knowledge!
At home I have two rescue dogs called Barley and Mila, a rabbit called Bramble and a chipmunk called Funky who are all very spoilt and keep me busy!
Student Veterinary Nurse
I started training to be a Veterinary Nurse in September 2019 at the Central College of Animal Studies. I continued my training at Haven Vets when I started in July 2020. In my spare time I love spending time with my horse Summer, taking her out on fun rides and shows. I also love taking my dog Oscar out for walks and seeing my friends and family.
Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined Haven in July 2020, just before I started my second year at the Central College of Animal Studies.
Before this I studied at the Royal Veterinary College, graduating in 2016 with a BSc Bioveterinary Science. I enjoyed my few years in London but was glad to get back to the coast!
Outside of work I enjoy travelling, photography, walking and baking. My colleagues are used to getting boxes of cake on a Monday morning.
I own a black and white cat called Jessie, whose curiousity sometimes gets the better of her, and me!
Student Veterinary Nurse
I started working with Haven in September 2019, initially as a Receptionist for a few months where I completed my Bronze Veterinary Receptionist award. The opportunity came up to become a Student Veterinary Nurse in February 2020! I am really enjoying the change in role and attending Writtle College every week.
At home I have 2 rescue cats, Maeve (who I rescued from the practice and who lives up to the phrase naughty tortie) and Wilma.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with friends.
Samantha Martin FCCA
Practice Accounts Manager
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 two boys. Our household is football mad and in between training and matches for the two 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!
Mrs. Nicola Cowling
I began working as a receptionist at Haven Veterinary Practice in April 2004. Previousluy I worked in a veterinary practice in London and enjoyed it so much I decided it was the career for me. I have a hand reared cat which I rescued from Haven who is very naughty and keeps me on my toes but I adore her. In 2010, I passed a book keeping course which I did in my spare time and use some of what I learnt at Haven. I'm now responsible for a large amount of administration work including running the Pet Health Plan, insurance claims and many other behind the scenes work which keeps the practice running. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
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