Vets in Crayford | Companion Care


We will be closing Sundays until further notice, apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you have an emergency when we are closed, please call our out of hours provider on 020 8310 7713.

Flea & Worming Treatment Update

Please be aware the legislation regarding flea and worming treatment has now changed. This means we may need to see your pet for an additional health check. You will be notified if this is the case when you request your medication. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Crayford Companion Care

Inside Pets at Home
Unit 2 Tower Retail Park
01322 621 360

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Normal Opening Hours

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

Holiday Opening Hours

Bank Holiday

  • Monday 27 May  - 

Repeat Prescription Requests

Request your prescriptions via our online form.

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.

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Uldri van der Merwe

Veterinary Surgeon

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Uldri is our newest vet to join the Crayford team and calls South Africa her home. She qualified as a veterinarian in 2018 in South Africa and spent her first year as a vet in a rural village tending to livestock and some companion animals. She has recently decided to make the move to the UK to further her experience in small animal medicine and surgery. She has a keen interest in surgery and primary animal health care.

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors exploring new places and spending quality time with her partner.


Lidia Gonzalez

Part-Time Vet

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Lidia qualified in 2006 from the University of Leon in Spain and has been with the Companion Care family for a few years. She is passionate about all animals but has a special interest in feline medicine. 

Lidia's hobbies include spending time in nature and having quality time with friends. 

Brianna Hosszu

Veterinary Surgeon

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!


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.


Karon Barrett

Veterinary Care Assistant

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Karon has been with Companion Care since 2005 working alongside our clinical team as an assistant. She has a menagerie of animals (all of which rescued) including three dogs, a few cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.


Caroline Horler

Part-Time Veterinary Nurse

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Caroline is our locum Veterinary Nurse who has been working alongside us on a regular basis since October 2018. She finished her training as RVN in 2000 and has worked in a large variety of practices including first opinion, emergency and referrals. 

Alongside nursing, Caroline also runs her own dog walking and pet sitting service and has a very special rescued French Bulldog called Clara.


Tasha Wilson

Part-Time Veterinary Nurse

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Tasha qualified as an RVN in 2015 but have been working in the veterinary world for 15 years. She loves veterinary nursing and has a keen interest in nutrition and behavior. Tasha is very passionate about animal welfare and enjoys cooking lots of tasty vegan meals at home.  In her spare time she loves getting outdoors and spending time with her 2 kids and 10 year old rescue dog, Poppy. 

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


Gemma Fowler

Part-Time Receptionist


Christine Martin

Head 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 Brown

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.


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.


Lyn Willis

Part-Time Receptionist

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Lyn started working for Companion Care as receptionist in November of 2018 as receptionist. She has a lovely little bundle of fur Westie called Mollie that keeps her on her toes.


Kelly Speight

Part-Time Receptionist

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Hi! I'm Kelly and have been a part-time receptionist at Companion Care Crayford since May 2022. I am a very proud mum of two and have a gorgeous Cavapoo called Frankie. I enjoy spending time socializing with my family and friends. 

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Black Jack

Practice Mascot

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Blackjack was brought in as a stray in March 2018 following a car accident. He has many special qualities, one of which is being able to do a convincing impression of Salem, the animatronic cat from the old TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

Grace Taylor

Part-Time Receptionist

Annie Ladbrook

Part-Time Receptionist

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.
  • Microchipping
    A microchip can help retrieve lost pets
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.

Show more services

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
    Surgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
  • Health Plans
    Designed to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
  • 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.
  • Anaesthetic
    General anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease
  • 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

Practice accreditations

  • RCVS accreditation EDITED



Discount for NHS staff & members of the Armed Forces



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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

Health Plan

Complete Care Junior

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

Out of hours

Vets Now Sidcup
c/o Parkvets Hospital
53-55 Maidstone Road
Foots Cray
DA14 5HB

Telephone: 0208 0011554

Standard consultation fees start from £309