Julie Turner, MRCVS
Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon
I decided to become a vet from the age of seven because I loved animals. Even now, quite a few years later I still feel the same despite being bitten, scratched, chased...! I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1985 and then worked at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital and small animal practices in the South East. I then had partial career-break due to raising my son. During that time I initially continued part-time with RSPCA clinics including the Mayhew, also working locally in Bourne End, Marlow, Chalfont, Stokenchurch and South Ruislip. I have also worked at a specialist cat clinic on the South coast.
In April this year I became Joint Venture Partner at Companion Care High Wycombe and we are now working in improving and expanding on the fantastic service that the team began just a year before. My interests in the veterinary field are broad and many including geriatric care, feline medicine and pain control. I am proficient and very experienced in all routine surgery and we treat animals from the tiniest hamster to the largest Great Dane.
My other interests are (dog) walking, tennis, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, swimming, cryptic crosswords, dining and fine wines! I have a Jack Russell-cross called Florence, a young Standard Poodle called Finn and am owned by cats: the senile and geriatric Mowser and an ex-stray with attitude called Katie. My partner Richard and son Sean complete the menagerie, although since we garden organically we also have abundant wildlife too from newts to Muntjacs.
Amy qualified from the royal Veterinary College in 2010. Since then she has worked in small animal practice where she has developed a particular interest in small mammal medicine and surgery. Amy grew up in Cornwall and enjoys travelling down to visit friends and family as often as she can. Amy has a pet house rabbit called Sophie who she rehomed through her workplace. In her spare time Amy likes to keep fit by running and attending dance classes. She enjoys good food and cooking.
Shirley is a fully qualified registered Veterinary Nurse and Nurse Trainer. She started with us in November 2010 and has been a devoted Veterinary nurse for 20 years. Shirley originally lived in Zimbabwe and moved to England in March 1998, where she has furthered her career within the veterinary industry. Shirley has a hectic lifestyle of being a full time Head veterinary nurse and a mum to her daughter Janet, son Peter, a household of rescued cats and one fluffy white rabbit called Alice. Shirley is also a fosterer for the Cats Protection and is very interested in cat behaviour and she runs regular feline blood pressure clinics at the practice. Shirley also enjoys arts and crafts, walking and is an adept cake baker which is enjoyed by all in the practice.
Head Veterinary Nurse
Sophie started in April 2010 when the practice opened and is the original face of the practice. This is Sophie's first job in the veterinary industry and she realised that this is the career change that she wanted from being a beautician! She has worked in all sorts of capacities within the practice including reception and nursing assistant. Sophie lives with her Fiance Daniel in the local area and they have a old black cat called “Brutus” and two house rabbits called "The Duchess" and “Duke”, whom Sophie fell in love with when walking past them in pets at home. In Sophie's spare time she enjoys wine tasting , watching films, growing her own vegetables, socialising and photography.
Kate joined the Companion Care team in September 2011, after a radical career change from management in the Food & Beverage Industry after 10 years. Kate has always had a passion for animals, competing horses from a young age. Bobby, a Patterdale cross Jack Russell Terrier is the love of her life; he is 2 years old now and comes to work with Kate every day. Kate is currently a student Veterinary Nurse in her first year and is also completing a diploma as a Veterinary care assistant. In her spare time she enjoys walking Bobby, reading, seeing her friends and looking after and maintaining her tropical fish collection.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Richard took over the practice with his partner, Julie, in April 2011. He functions mostly behind the scenes helping the practice run smoothly and making the tea! He has management experience in many business sectors including telecommunications and is also a consultant in IT and troubleshooting, having worked for many blue-chip multinational companies. He is a self-confessed soppy animal lover and loves his varied role at the practice. He is often to be found sitting in the kennels cuddling the in-patients. His personal interests include dog walking, cycling, gadgetry and tennis. He also enjoys playing the drums, (although that enjoyment isn’t shared by many). During the little spare time he has, he also is a volunteer SERV motorcycle ‘Blood Runners’ for hospitals.
Paul is the newest member of the team having joined just before Christmas 2012 as a receptionist. Paul previously worked in a pet shop which is where he found his love of working with animals so when an opportunity opened with the Companion Care team he jumped at the chance, he has a real love of animals owning 6 dogs, 2 cockatiels, 1 rabbit, 1 hamster and an array of tropical fish. Paul had wanted to work with animals in many ways such as dog training, dog handling and also in veterinary. Paul lives with his girlfriend and her family. In Paul’s Spare time he enjoys audio installation in cars and national and international audio competitions. Others include mountain biking, socialising with friends and video games.
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