First, a little about our vets:
Debbie Watson BVetMed MRCVS, Partner: Debbie is the senior Equine Vet in the practice but also cares for small animals. She was born and grew up in this area, and studied at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Before moving back to practice in this area she spent several years at the Beaumont Animal Hospital. She has ridden, owned, bred and schooled ponies and horses for the major part of her life, and has a particular interest in eventing. She also has two labrador dogs.
Jane Anderton BVSc MRCVS, Partner: Jane qualified in Australia in 1992 at Queensland University and worked in a variety of mixed and small animal practices. Since coming to England in 1994 she has worked exclusively with small animals. Jane has a special interest in working dogs. She has two black labradors - a mature dog, Jess, and an irrepressible youngster called Teasel. In addition she also has a Birman cat going by the name of Nike. Jane is based mainly at Farncombe.
Pippa Duncan BVetMed MRCVS: Pippa is an equine and small animal Vet and also trained at the London Veterinary College. She and her family have their own horses as well as a number of dogs. Her children compete regularly in local Pony Club events. Pippa is based at Greyfriars Equine Unit.
Peter Ross, B. Vet.Med, MRCVS. Peter ran his own London-based, small animal practice for 25 years and sold it in 2006. He now works part-time at the Farncombe surgery, when he is not on the golf course or playing his guitar. He enjoys working with a young and enthusiastic team.
Gemma Morley (nee Walker) BVSc MRCVS. Gemma trained at Liverpool University and joined us in 2009. She is based at the Vale Veterinary Centre and specialises in small animals, particularly small animal surgery. She is something of an expert in Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), having competed both nationally and intermationally, and trained as a Vaulting Level 2 coach and BAGA Class 5 coach in gymnastics.
Other members of staff who you might meet include:
Lucinda Adshead (neeTomkins) RVN: Lucinda is a very experienced veterinary nurse at our Farncombe surgery. Her veterinary career has included working in referral centres and she is also trained in dog massage. Though not competing herself she has worked with eventers and show-jumpers on the international circuit in the US and still rides whenever she has the opportunity. She currently has three dogs, two cats and a collection (flock?) of hens. Lucinda is a Dog Agility enthusiast.
James Lynch RVN: James is an experienced veterinary nurse who joined our Farncombe team in October 2007. He has worked in surgeries in Woking and Haslemere for a number of years. Before coming to Rivendell James spent 7 months working as a locum veterinary nurse in New Zealand - but fortunately for us, Surrey obviously had a stronger appeal! Not that it is compulsory when working with Rivendell but he also has dogs - three black labrador bitches.
Alison Woodger: Alison is very experienced in caring for animals and assisting the vets - she first worked for Debbie a number of years ago. She currently works at both the Farncombe Surgery and Vale Veterinary Centre. She has two dogs - Ozzie, a Hungarian Visla and a black German Short Haired Pointer. with three young children Alison is kept well occupied but she likes to ride when the opportunity arises.
Cathy Hayward: Cathy joined us in 2004 from the Kennel Club. She is immensely experienced having worked for more than 25 years in all aspects of a veterinary practice, both nursing and management. She runs our Ash practice. Cathy has more dogs than any of the rest of us: at the last time of asking it was a 6 - 3 Irish setters, 2 black labradors and a Gordon setter.
Catherine Watkins: You will find Catherine working on reception at Vale Veterinary Centre. She also has several dogs. [Debbie and Jane adamently deny that dog ownership is a pre-requisite for working at Rivendell but we have our doubts!]
Cheryl (Cherry) Barnet: Some days you will also find Cherry (now more often referred to as Cheryl to avoid confusion with Sherri) in the Greyfriars Office or with equine patients who come in for consultations or treatment. Cheryl also owns several horses and dogs.
Karen Randolph: Karen looks after the web site, leaflets, advertising etc. She also rides and for many years owned and competed on her own horses. She is based at Greyfriars Equine Unit. She also has two dogs - a labrador and a 'rescue' terrier of unknown parentage but great character!
Lungworm in dogs
Lungworm infection in dogs is spreading across the UK and leads to a disease called Angiostrongylosis.
Symptoms are not always obvious but untreated this disease can have fatal consequences especially if your dog needs surgery.
Treatment is simple and straightforward by means of a convenient 'spot-on' product applied monthly.