Vets in Ashford | Open on Sundays | Companion Care

Ashford Companion Care

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

Telephone: 01233 641 003

Open Today 09:00 - 19:00

Opening Hours

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

Parking available

  •  Free parking available
  •  Allocated disabled spaces

Meet the team

Cormac Higgins

Dr Cormac Higgins

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon


Read Dr Cormac Higgins bio

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 rescue cat from Gibraltar called Bambino who very much makes himself at home whenever he visits the surgery, and a naughty little schnauzer crossed border terrier named Raya who comes to work every day and keeps us all busy with her cheeky antics.

Dr Helen Burden

Veterinary Surgeon


Dr Carole Debomy

Veterinary Surgeon


Dr Gareth Smedley

Veterinary Surgeon


Read Dr Gareth Smedley bio

I joined the practice in 2018, after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College the year before. I enjoy both surgical and medical cases and, although I hope to specialise one day, I'm very happy at the moment doing a bit of everything.

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

Dr Holly Tinsley

Veterinary Surgeon


Dr Emily O'Connell

Veterinary Surgeon


Vicky Burrows

Veterinary Nurse

RVN NCert (Anaeth) A1/CC

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I first qualified in 2000 whilst working at Eton Veterinary hospital and attending the Royal Veterinary College in London. After working as an RVN for a year I began working as an emergency night nurse at the Blue Cross in Merton, London.

I then moved back to day work at Meopham Vets where I was a theatre nurse and gained my A1 assessor qualification. I then moved to Newnham Court Vet Hospital where I was able to continue my teaching and gained my SQP qualification.

I enjoy all aspects of my job, but I particularly enjoy theatre and hope to gain a certificate in anaesthesia in the future.

I have 2 children and several pets including cats, dogs, ferrets and rabbits.

Jasmine Oven

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2014 working in a veterinary hospital and started working at Companion Care Ashford in 2015. I have a particular interest in in inpatient care and nutrition and have recently completed my Diploma in canine and feline Nutrition.

I have a cat called Elvis but my favourite pet has to be Dachshunds and I hope to be getting one in the future.

Lauren Godden

Veterinary Nurse


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I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2015 and previously have worked in exotic and orthopaedic referral practice. I joined the Companion Care team in 2017.

I enjoy all aspects of nursing, but I have a passion for everything feline related! I am currently studying the Foundation Diploma in Feline Nursing with ISFM.

Outside of work, I love to snuggle with my cat called April, who I rescued as a stray. She has one eye, is super cute and definitely keeps me on my toes!

Lauren Rye

Veterinary Nurse


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More info to come!

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Jess Button

Veterinary Nurse

BSc (Hons) RVN CC

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I joined the Companion Care team as a student veterinary nurse in 2014 and completed my degree and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016.

My particular interests include the medical nursing of patients and laboratory diagnostics.

Outside of work, I love to spend quality time with my pets and dabble in amateur photography

Ellie Clare

Veterinary Nurse


Raine McAlister

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hannah Petts

Veterinary Care Assistant

Karys McGrattan

Student Veterinary Nurse

Vicky Duffy

Practice Manager


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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 18 month old Border Jack who regularly comes to the practice with me and is regularly entertaining us with his antics in the office.

Sheila Bryant

Client Care Advisor


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Started working for companion care in 2011 after being a hairdressers receptionist. 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.

I 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 prioritizing appointments.

 I have two cats, an elderly gentleman of 13 called Merlin and a spirited 4 year old called Khai who I adore. I love customer service and enjoy meeting new people and their furry family.  I recently completed my training and examinations, so I am now also a qualified SQP.

Sarah Simpson

Client Care Advisor

Evie Schembri

Client Care Advisor

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.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • 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.
  • Pet Passport
    Trained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
  • Nurse Clinic
    Appointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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



10% off for NHS staff & members of the Armed Forces



£80 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
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health
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Out of hours

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

Telephone: 01233 879 913

Standard consultation fees start from £270.

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