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Companion Care Vets Kidderminster

Meet the team

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Gavin Collyer

Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon  (BVSc MRCVS)


I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in South Africa in 1999 and shortly after moved to the UK. Having spent my first two years in mixed practice I then chose to work solely with small animals. This is not my first involvement with Companion Care Vets, having previously been a partner in the successful Milton Keynes surgery from 2002 until 2007, when my wife and I decided to move back to Worcestershire to be closer to family. Having spent some time working for various veterinary practices in the area and being a regional clinical manager for a national veterinary out-of-hours provider, the opportunity arose for me to re-join Companion Care when Pets at Home decided to open a new store in Kidderminster in April 2011.

I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice but particularly enjoy the interaction with clients and to building long lasting relationships with them. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, two children, two dogs and two cats. I also enjoy outdoor pursuits especially mountain biking and fishing.

 

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Mandy Ambrose

Veterinary Surgeon (BVSc)


I qualified as a vet From Liverpool University in 1993 where I gained my BVSc (Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree) and joined Companion Care Kidderminster in 2016. In my spare time I enjoy going for long country walks, working in the garden and also visiting gardens to get ideas and inspiration. Previously I enjoyed travelling however now a days, tend not to go too far because of our elderly cats.

 

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Natalie Hill

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)


I started working in the veterinary industry in 2008, when I enrolled on an Animal Nursing Assistant course at Pershore College of horticulture.

After completing the course I worked as an animal nursing assistant for some time before joining the team at Companion Care in 2012. I enjoyed my job expanding my skills and knowledge about the veterinary industry and the health and welfare of animals.

I then started training to be a Veterinary nurse in September 2015 and I am now a fully qualified registered nurse. I love all aspects of nursing but mostly inpatient care, anaesthesia and critical care cases.

Outside of work I spend most of my time with family and friends socialising and exploring new places. I have a keen interest in cats and their behavior so hope to expand my knowledge in this subject in the near future.

 

 

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Shannon Mair

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)


I started working at Companion Care Kidderminster in June 2018 after qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in July 2017. I particularly enjoy consulting at companion care and doing weight clinics. I also have a keen interest in behaviour and laboratory work and plan to pursue these further in my career. In my spare time I enjoy reading fiction, going to the gym and walking/training my Labrador.

 

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Rhiannon Cartwright

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)


I have been at Companion Care since we opened in 2011, I have been a Veterinary Nurse since 2007, qualifying in 2009. My main passion within my job role is the prep area, in this role I ensure that all patients are ready for surgery, I get to place their catheters, take bloods and assist the vets with anaesthetics.

Outside of work, I like to take my dogs on hikes, with my husband and then as a reward chill on the sofa with my cat.

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Nikki Lowe

Practice Manager


I joined Companion Care Kidderminster in April 2019 after the birth of my first child I wanted a career change, as I have spent the past 5 years travelling not only within the UK but also internationally for work. I gained my ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) qualification in Coaching and Mentoring and Leadership and Management in 2017. I love working in the Companion Care team making sure everyone is engaged, happy and motivated.

I live locally with my Fiancé, daughter and 7 year old Lhasa Apso and enjoy spending time with my family, going for walks, running, and swimming. I think it’s important for people to keep their mind healthy and have a keen interest in mindfulness and enjoy reading about wellbeing/psychology and health.

 

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Charlotte Voysey

Student Veterinary Nurse


I'm Charlotte and I started working at Companion Care in 2017 as the veterinary care assistant. I am currently in my first year of veterinary nurse training where I am studying at Pershore College. In my spare time I enjoy spending my time with friends and family, including my crazy Dalmatian.

 

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Gemma Cook

Veterinary Care Assistant


I started with Companion Care in October 2017. I have a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management and I am currently working towards my degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare. At home I have four pets of my own, a border collie who is 7 and three rabbits, one is 3 years old and the other two are brothers and only 6 months. In my spare time I enjoy baking and going on long road trips.

 

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Gail Dawson-Beckett

Vet Receptionist


I joined Companion Care as a Receptionist in March 2019, where I was warmly welcomed and supported by the team. I have always worked in various customer facing roles and meeting new people is something I particularly enjoy, animal welfare is also hugely important to me, so this is an ideal job and I love the fact no two days are ever the same. At home I have a collection of pets including a Labradoodle and two mini Shetland Ponies.

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Zoe White

Vet Receptionist


After working in the equine industry since a teenager I wanted a career change that still involved interaction with animals. I joined companion care in 2019 & found this role to be perfect. I love meeting clients and their pets and enjoy the fast paced varied role. When not at work I love walking my 2 Sprocker Spaniels & riding my horse.

 

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Nicci Baggott

Vet Receptionist


After my second child I decided to have a career change and joined the team when we opened in April 2011. I have found the career transition to be a pleasant change, and find the interaction with clients and patients really interesting and diverse. I really enjoy that no two days are the same and how well we all get along as a team. Away from work I have 2 young boys and a husband who keep me very busy.

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Claire Ellis

Vet Receptionist


I joined the team in August 2011. Previously I worked in banking until I left to become a full time mum. I have 2 small children and a cocker spaniel who keep me extremely busy outside of work. I thoroughly enjoy my role in the team and find it very rewarding meeting customers and animals alike.

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Gemma Smith

Practice Administrator


I began working at the practice in August 2015 as a veterinary care assistant and in 2018 my role changed to practice administrator. I had always aspired to work with animals and previously completed a degree in Wildlife Conservation & Zoo Biology at Salford University. I am really proud to be part of the companion care team and love the variety of my role, as I get to interact with the public & to assist with the care of the animals. I live at home with my family and a couple of pets of our own; an Irish red setter called Max and a crested gecko affectionately known as Gloria. Outside of work I enjoy long walks in the forest, reading, going to the gym and attending herpetology conferences/events.