Vets in Crayford | Companion Care


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Crayford Companion Care

Inside Pets at Home
Tower Retail Park

Telephone: 01322 621 360

Open Today 09:00 - 18:00

Opening Hours

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

We’re now offering some vaccinations

In response to updated guidance from our regulatory body we are now carrying out some primary and booster vaccinations, where it is safe to do so and required or indicated for your pet’s welfare. If your pet is due their vaccinations please contact us for further advice.

Safe collection of medication available

We are now able to offer safe collection of your pet’s medication and flea and worm preventative mediations. Please contact us to find out more.

Your pet’s flea and worm preventative treatment delivered to your door

We are now offering our Complete Care Health Plan clients flea and worm preventative treatments delivered safely to your door. Please contact us to find out more.

Meet the team


Robert Short

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

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Robert was born in England, but grew up in South Africa where he qualified as a Veterinarian at Onderstepoort in 1985. Upon graduating, he joined the South African National Defence Force where he served for almost 20 years, the last twelve in the post of Director of Animal Health. During this time he obtained a Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine, and registered with the South African Veterinary Council as a specialist in small animal internal medicine. He also obtained an MBA with a dissertation on strategic management.

His particular interests lie in endocrinology and nephrology in dogs and cats, and he has a keen interest in the business side of the practice. He is married to Sheryl, who is the Practice Manager at Crayford, and has two grown children and two grandchildren, all of whom still live in South Africa.

Robert joined Crayford as a Joint Venture Partner on 1 April 2004.


Alicja Cicio

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

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Alicja graduated in 2002 from the Academy of Agriculture in Lublin, Poland. After graduation, she spent six months in mixed animal practice before moving to small animal practice and working in various veterinary hospitals in Poland.

Alicja has been living in the UK since 2005 and enjoys working with small animals, she joined Companion Care Crayford in 2007 and became a Joint Venture Partner in February 2012.

In her free time, Alicja enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy books and travelling. Alice has two pet cats called Paco and Indi.


Zuzana Piliarikova

Veterinary Surgeon

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Zuzana qualified as a vet in Slovakia in 2008. She spent some time working as a supervisor of ecology in the capital city of Slovakia, before moving to the Czech Republic in 2009 where she spent most of her time in small animal practice. After working in a practice in Prague she then to move to Cyprus to gain further three years of experience.

Zuzana joined us at Companion Care Crayford in May 2015. She is still gaining knowledge in all aspects of veterinary medicine.

In her spare time, Zuzana enjoys travelling, reading and meeting with friends.

Tomasz Nazimek

Tomasz Nazimek

Veterinary Surgeon

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Tom graduated from the Academy of Agriculture in Lublin, Poland in 2001. He worked in Poland for 2 years and, after spending some time travelling to USA, he decided to move to England. He started work for Companion Care in 2007, first as locum vet then as full time vet. His main veterinary interests are soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. He really enjoys his work.

When Tom is not working, he likes outdoor activities like running, cycling, swimming and skiing.

Tara Haworth

Tara Haworth

Head Veterinary Nurse

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Tara started working at Companion Care Crayford in February 2000 as a weekend assistant, she has subsequently qualified and is now Head Veterinary Nurse. Tara is also a Clinical Coach and is responsible for student nurse training.

Leanne Best

Veterinary Nurse

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Leanne graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in June 2012. She joined Companion Care in 2010 as a Student Veterinary Nurse, and remained with us after qualifying. Leanne’s favourite part of the job is caring for out inpatients.

On her days off, Leanne enjoys cooking and regularly attends Comicons!

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Laura Stokes

Veterinary Nurse

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Laura joined our team in April 2019, in her final year as a Student Nurse and has since qualified. Laura particularly enjoys doing nurse consultations and interacting with clients.

On her days off, Laura will be found either spending her time around horses or partaking in aerial hoop and silks.


Harry Chambers

Veterinary Care Assistant

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Harry joined us in December 2019, transferring over to us from PetsatHome.

Harry has an interest in all animals but particularly exotics. At home he has a pet dog called Denzel and a snake called Ghost.

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Sheryl Short

Practice Manager

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Sheryl has been in the veterinary profession since 1985. Having spent 18 years in the South African Military Health Service, Directorate Animal Health, she has been in the UK working at the Companion Care Crayford as the Practice Manager since 2004.


Claire Pendrigh

Part-Time Receptionist


Sarah Thorn


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Sarah has been working as a receptionist with us since July 2018.

Sarah has always loved animals and at home has four dogs, two tortoises and lots of tropical fish. In her spare time she enjoys taking her dogs for long walks as they need plenty of exercise between them!

Gemma Fowler

Part-Time Receptionist


Christine Martin

Part-Time Receptionist

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Christine has been part of the team at Companion Care Crayford since February 2017.

At home Chris has a pet dog called Ebby and two guinea pigs. When injured birds are bought into the practice, it is often Chris that takes them home to nurse back to health.


Holly Ede

Part-Time Receptionist

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Holly started work for Companion Care in June 2009. She enjoys working on reception, meeting new people and being able to interact with their animals. Before this she worked in various veterinary surgeries and completed her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification at Hadlow College.

Catherine Warner

Catherine Warner

Head Receptionist

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Cat started working for Companion Care in September 2011 after having worked for a charity in London for four and a half years. Previous to that she worked with children as a special support assistant. Cat has a number of pets at home and enjoys seeing a variety of dogs, cats and other pets that come into surgery every day.

Michele Blackabee

Part-Time Receptionist

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Michelle has been part of our team since June 2019, working as a receptionist.

At home, Michelle has plenty of pets to keep her busy- a cockerpoo, four guinea pigs, two rabbits and a hamster. When not working or caring for all of those pets, Michelle enjoys baking cakes.

Gill Edwards

Part-time Receptionist

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Gill joined Companion Care Crayford as a Part Time Receptionist in 2009. She is a pet owner herself; she has two cats, three dogs, finches, and quails. In her free time Gill enjoys hunting with her dogs, cross stitch and card making.

Companion Care Crayford 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.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • 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.

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  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • ECG
    ECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
  • Ultrasound
    Generates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Haematology
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • Electrolyte
    Enables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • X-Ray
    Generates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Dental X-Ray
    Unlike humans, dogs need to be under general anesthesia for dental X-rays. Anesthesia is considered to be a safe procedure and will be performed after a general examination. It is tailored to the individual and your dog is continuously monitored during the dental exam.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease



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



Senior Pet MOT Clinic - Only £50

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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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Health Plan


Just £99
Vac4Life is a preventative plan following primary vaccinations

Health Plan

Complete Care Junior

£15 a month
Expert veterinary care, plus lots of support and tailored advice for your puppy or kitten, in an affordable and convenient way
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Out of hours

Vets Now
Enysham Drive
Abbey Wood

Telephone: 020 8310 7713

Standard consultation fees start from £270

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