Gideon Smit BVSc MRVS
Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
After qualifying I was conscripted into the South African Defence Force. During this period of National Service I lectured at a university, training Animal Health Officers (Stock Inspectors) I came to England in 1991 and worked in Storrington for 4.5 years, Bognor Regis for 12 years and joined Companion Care in Rustington as a Joint Venture Partner in 2008. Together with my colleague Gerrie Kemp we opened Companion Care Chichester surgery in December 2008. In July 2009 I became the partner in charge of the Chichester branch.
I see myself very much as an animal GP, equally at home with cats, dogs and small furries. In my spare time I enjoy Computers, Photography, Traveling and Music.
Patricia Lara Cuadra
We are delighted to introduce Patricia, who joined the team in May 2012.
Patri qualified at Cordoba University in 2005 and started working in the South of Spain, learning how to be a GP vet and soft tissue surgeon. After that she gained more experience at a very busy referral practice in Madrid which specialised in orthopaedic surgery.
Her special interests include ophthalmology (she did an intensive post-graduate study at the University of Barcelona), ultrasound (loving the brand new ultrasound machine at Companion Care Chichester) and all types of surgery.
In her spare time Patri loves travelling, music, dancing, and doing crazy and risky sports if she has the chance.
Patri can’t have any pets at the moment, so that’s why she enjoys every second with her patients and gets plenty of cuddles from Teddy (Helen’s Labrador).
Elise Robertson BS BVetMed MACVSc DipABVP MRCVS
Elise graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a BSc in Biological Sciences/Anatomy & Neurophysiology. She relocated to the UK in 1998 to studyveterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up staying permanently in the UK! She is one of three American Board Certified
American Board Certified Specialist Feline Practice
Specialists in Feline Practice in Europe.
She currently operates a visiting feline referral and endoscopy consultancy service for veterinary practices in SE England. Her professional interests include medical endoscopy + endosurgery (‘keyhole surgery’). She’s received her formal training, from both veterinary and human consultant surgeons in the USA, Germany, France, and the UK. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the cello, travelling, running events (10K + half marathons), and triathlon.
Hannelie runs her own property business, but occasionally helps out on the reception desk
Kirsty qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2009. She has worked in practice for 7 years and undertook her training as a veterinary nurse at Companion Care Portsmouth and Fareham. Kirsty then worked in a feline only practice until deciding she missed small animal mixed practice and the friendly faces at Companion Care. Kirsty has two cats; Dexter is a cheeky ginger tabby and Wicket a beautiful silver tabby. Kirsty also has a geriatric gerbil called Gerbie.
Helen has been working in the veterinary industry for over 5 years and qualified in September 2010. Helen relocated from Cumbria last year and is enjoying doing more work with exotic pets. Helen has a black Labrador called Teddy who likes to help out on reception (as this is where dog treats live), Willie a rescue cat with half a tail and two rather portly guinea-pigs called Guiness and Red.
Sarah is a college lecturer and enjoys working regular weekends at Companion Care Chichester. She has many animals including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens.
Sarah is very interested in canine behaviour and is currently training the latest addition to the family, a working cocker spaniel called Mischief.
Veterinary Care Assistant
Julia Grice has worked at Companion Care Chichester for 2 years. She enjoys nothing more than walking through the woods with her two dogs, Bayley the labrador and Chester the cocker spaniel. Julia has two cats, Dillon (with only one eye) and Scooby, two rabbits, from the Pets at Home Adoption Centre, and a guinea pig.Julia also enjoys mucking out her daughter's loan horse, Hero, and pony Coco. They love to go to local shows and earn rosettes.Julia is happily married, with 2 children.
Liane Grimes runs her own business, but enjoys working part time on weekends at Companion Care in Chichester. In her spare time, she walks her own miniature labradoodle, and is a volunteer dog walker for the Cinnamon Trust charity. She also has one elderly cat, two rescue Lion head rabbits, a garden frog and three children to add to the menagerie!
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