Vets in Ashford | Open on Sundays | Companion Care

We have expanded!

We have expanded, allowing us to further increase our services and care for the pets of Ashford. Our new facilities include an additional consult room.

Ashford Companion Care

Inside Pets at Home
Gallagher Retail Park
Norman Road
TN23 7DH
01233 641 003

Closed Now

Need emergency care? See out of hours information.

Normal Opening Hours

  • Monday  - 
  • Tuesday  - 
  • Wednesday  - 
  • Thursday  - 
  • Friday  - 
  • Saturday  - 
  • Sunday  - 

Holiday Opening Hours

May Bank Holiday

  • Monday 27 May  - 

Parking available

  •  Free parking available
  •  Allocated disabled spaces

Meet the team

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Dr Cormac Higgins

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon


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From Longford in Ireland, I qualified at University College Dublin. Moving to England I opened the Companion Care Surgery in Ashford in 2007. My particular interest is internal medicine.

I have a general practitioner certificate in endoscopy which allows me to perform minimally invasive procedures to remove items such as stones which would otherwise require major surgical operations with longer recovery times for our patients.  I am also able to perform laparascopic (Key-hole) procedures such as spays for suitable patients.

I have a naughty little schnauzer crossed border terrier named Raya, a whippet called smudge and spaniel whippet cross called Ahsoka or "Snips" for short who all regularly come to work and keep us all busy with their cheeky antics.

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Dr Gareth Smedley

Veterinary Surgeon


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I joined the practice in 2018, after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017.

I enjoy both surgical and medical cases and, currently I am undertaking a certificate in small animal medicine which will give me new knowledge and skills to benefit the practice and our patients with more complex medical cases.

Although I don't currently have any pets of my own, I did grow up in a house full of assorted creatures.

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Dr Holly Tinsley

Veterinary Surgeon


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I joined Companion Care Ashford after graduating from the University of Bristol in 2020, with a degree in Veterinary Science as well as a degree in Cancer Biology and Immunology.

Outside of work I spend most of my time walking my lurcher called Brinley, and looking after my pony and six cheeky ferrets. I also enjoy cooking, going to the gym and have recently started to crochet!

Within the veterinary profession, I am still deciding which area I would like to advance in with further certification; but find cardiology and imaging particularly interesting.

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Dr Emily O'Connell

Veterinary Surgeon


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I joined Companion Care Ashford as a new graduate in 2021 after qualifying from the University of Nottingham.

I have an interest in multiple areas but am especially interested in ophthalmology and hope to pursue this interest further in the future.

I am also the proud owner of a lovely senior cat called Pickle who I’ve had since she was a very playful kitten.

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Dr Uma Selvon

Veterinary Surgeon


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I graduated from the University of Surrey in 2022. After working for a year in a local small animal practice in Maidstone, I joined Companion Care Ashford in 2023.

I haven’t yet decided what areas I’d like to focus on in the future and am currently enjoying all aspects of general practice, particularly medicine cases.

I don’t yet have pets of my own, but frequently see and help out with all the family dogs, cats and rabbits!

When I’m not at work I enjoy reading, cooking/baking and have recently purchased a paddleboard

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Jasmine Fisher

Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I joined Companion Care Ashford in 2015. Whilst here I have gained my Certificate in Canine and Feline Nutrition and am about to start my Medical Nursing Certificate.

In-patient care is my favourite aspect of my job as I love giving time to each individual patient to ensure they have everything they need for their recovery.

My other passion is my two pooches, Lady Fluffington the Corgi and Lord Maxx the Dachshund.

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Jess Button

Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse

BSc (Hons) RVN CC

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I joined the Companion Care team as a student veterinary nurse in 2014, qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016 with an honours degree.

I have since trained as a Clinical Coach so that I can support student nurses with their training and development and have become our practice's first Mental Health First Aider.

I am currently working towards my certificate in Medical Nursing, an area I am particularly interested in.

Outside of work, I love to spend quality time with my two dogs and developing my skills in photography.

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Ellie Clare

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I started nursing back in 2004 and went on to qualify and become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2009.

I joined the fabulous team here at Companion Care Ashford in 2020 and absolutely love my job! I enjoy all aspects of Veterinary Nursing (there are many!) particularly supporting our clients with advice on preventative pet healthcare, meeting and caring for your pets as if they were my own and working as part of a brilliant team of Vets, RVNs, SVNs, VCAs and CCAs.

I’ve had various pets throughout my life; fish, guinea pigs, birds and dogs. Currently I have tropical fish and a beautiful, yet challenging, Dutch Shepherd, Ziva. She enjoys training and playing but most of all she loves a cuddle on the sofa!

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Karys McGrattan

Registered Veterinary Nurse

BSc (Hons) RVN

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I joined the team in March 2022 after completing my placement hours as part of my degree, and graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in July 2022 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing.

I have a particular interest in animal behaviour and radiography and I hope to one day specialise in canine and feline behaviour.

I have two French Bulldogs called Lola and Jude and a cat called Ash.

Outside of work I enjoy walking the dogs and I love travelling!

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Molly Vincent

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I joined the Companion Care Team in 2022 having started my Veterinary Nurse training in 2021, and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2023.

I love all aspects of my role, particularly enjoying seeing the wider variety of animals that we see in practice and learning more about them every day.

Outside of work I spend time with my dogs, training my young pony and trying to get a cuddle from the cat!

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Raine McAlister

Student Veterinary Nurse

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I joined Companion Care Ashford in 2021 as a Veterinary Care Assistant and I recently gained my VCA qualification.  I am now training to qualify as an RVN.

My job role allows me to constantly keep learning and growing in the hope that in the future I will be as wonderful as our other nurses.

Whilst I do not have any pets of my own currently, I have grown up around many animals and looked after many in my free time. My interests include drawing/painting and reading, particularly on ancient civilizations.

My hopes for the future are to adopt a senior cat of my own and qualify as a veterinary nurse.

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Hannah Petts

Student Veterinary Nurse

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I have worked at Companion Care vets as a Veterinary Care Assistant since August 2021 and previously worked as a Animal Care Assistant at a practice in Sevenoaks.

Prior to the veterinary industry l worked in a very different sector, travelling the world as cabin crew for British Airways.

I have recently completed a veterinary care assistant course, which has hugely helped me expand my knowledge in veterinary care and my confidence at work overall. 

I am currently training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

I have two crazy boxers and a cretan hound at home and in my spare time I love to paint, which mostly centre around animals or pet portraits.

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Leah Rolfe

Veterinary Care Assistant

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More info coming soon!

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Vicky Duffy

Practice Manager/Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I have been working as a veterinary nurse since 2001, working in a large mixed hospital practice, another small-animal practice, which also included opening a brand new surgery, and then came to Ashford in 2011 to be head nurse for Companion Care. In 2015, I completed my certificate in leadership and management and have taken the role of practice manager for the Ashford, Folkestone and Dover surgeries.

My personal interests within nursing involve nutrition, laboratory work, radiography and physiotherapy.

Since my role has changed within the team, I am excited about the new challenges it will bring and different aspects of which I can focus my attention on. I will regularly be based at the other surgeries, and I look forward to meeting all the customers and their pets.

I have a naughty Border Jack who regularly comes to the practice with me and is regularly entertaining us with his antics in the office.

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Sheila Bryant

Client Care Advisor


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I started working for companion care in 2011 after being a hairdresser's receptionist.

To help in my role I have completed my SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) qualification which allows me to dispense and provide advice on certain medications and have to carry out regular courses to keep up to date with any changes.

I enjoy all aspects of my role and have previously been a finalist in the Petplan Veterinary Awards which was such a huge honour and I was very grateful to have been nominated by our lovely clients.  

I have Koi carp and pond fish and often babysit Binx, my daughter’s cat.

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Beverley Asama

Client Care Advisor


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I joined the team in July 2016. After coming from a business and administration background, it was a new and exciting adventure for me to work in the veterinary world and gain new skills.

I also worked as a health advisor for NHS for a period of time before joining the team and the experience I gained there has really helped me with my current role as Client Care Advisor, especially with prioritising appointments.

Whilst being with Companion Care I have gained my qualification and am now a proud SQP advising clients on parasite treatment plans to keep their pets healthy. I have also recently gained a certificate in Pet Loss and Bereavement, I use this to support our clients and our team through the difficult process of losing a beloved pet.

I am a cat mum of an elderly gentleman of nearly 16 called Merlin and a spirited 7 year old called Khai who I adore. I love customer service and enjoy meeting new people and their furry family.

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Sarah Simpson

Client Care Advisor

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I joined Companion Care Ashford in April 2021 and am thoroughly enjoying my role here as a Client Care Advisor.

The job is very varied and busy. I hope to progress in many areas and look forward to what more I can learn. I love talking to the clients and of course cuddling all the furry clients!

Outside of work I enjoy walking my dog, Paddy who I rehomed in 2020 from Bulgaria. I also have a little, black cat, Jasper, who I rehomed from the RSPCA in 2014.


Evie Schembri

Client Care Advisor

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I started working at Companion Care in June 2022.

I have always worked with animals, and used to be a zoo keeper!  When I’m not at work, you can find me at home on the farm with my pet cow, Baby. I love my job as I can help owners and hopefully make it a bit easier for them.

In the future I want to work towards an SQP qualification and therefore improve my knowledge on medication that has been prescribed for our patients.

Linda Bassett

Client Care Advisor

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More info coming soon!

Companion Care Ashford is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!

The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their new clients!



  • Emergency cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Microchipping
    A microchip can help retrieve lost pets
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Separate Cat & Dog Waiting Areas
    Separate cat and dog waiting areas, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.

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  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Endoscopy
    An endoscope is a long tube connected to a light source and video camera that sends real time images to a television screen for viewing. Endoscopy is the use of an endoscope within internal structures and organs of the body. The endoscope can be inserted through natural openings such as the mouth, nose or rectum to reach the structure of interest.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Haematology
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • Tonopen (measures eye pressure)
    Measures your pet's eye pressure.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • Weight Clinic
    Monitoring clinic to help dogs and cats achieve optimal weights – both if they have been under or overweight
  • Prescriptions
    We can provide written prescriptions upon request.
  • Health Plans
    Designed to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
  • Insurance Claim Processing
    Pet insurance is an policy you take out for your pet. This can be an individual policy for each pet you have, or some providers will let you have a multi-pet policy.
  • Nutritional Advice
    Advice and support for our pet's diet.
  • Nurse Clinic
    Appointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
  • Locally Owned
    This practice is locally owned.
  • Keyhole Surgery
    In human medicine ‘keyhole’ surgery or laparoscopy has been used for many years given its reduced surgical trauma and quicker recovery times compared to traditional 'open' surgery.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Bereavement Support
    Making the decision to say goodbye to your pet is one of the toughest you’ll ever make. Pets provide us with unconditional love, friendship and comfort, so it is normal to have intense or conflicting emotions when it comes to euthanasia. At Vets4Pets we’re here for you and your pet for every step of your journey together.
  • Open 7 Days a Week
    We are open 7 days a week.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease
  • Ultrasonography
    A diagnostic imaging technique that allows vets to view internal organs, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, bones
  • Hearing Loop Induction
    Hearing Loop
  • Wheelchair friendly
    Wheelchair friendly
  • Microscopy
    The use of magnification to view cells not visible to the naked eye. Used to look at blood cells, hair cells, microscopic parasites and many more
  • Lungworm Testing
    Diagnostic tests to see if a pet has lungworm. Available as a blood or fecal test
  • Feline Friendly Clinc
    Feline Friendly Clinc

Practice accreditations

  • RCVS accreditation EDITED
  • Cat Friendly Clinic Logo Silver (1)



Discount for NHS staff & members of the Armed Forces



£88 Puppy and Kitten Welcome Pack

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Free Health Check for pets re-homed from Lord Whiskey re-homing centre

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Health Plans

Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind

Health Plan

Complete Care Plus

From £19* per month
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health

Out of hours

Vets Now Ashford
Inside Cinque Ports Veterinary Hospital
Ashford Road
TN23 3EA

Telephone: 01233 879 913

Standard consultation fees start from £309