Libby smallElizabeth (Libby) Smith BVetMed MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1994. She immediately came to work at the practice for Mrs Helen Papworth as the practice offered the perfect balance of small animal and equine work.

She bought the practice in May 2002 to become the sole owner as Helen made the decision to semi-retire. She continues to enjoy the role of a general practitioner, but has particular interest in equine medicine, small animal soft tissue surgery and rabbit medicine and surgery. She is married to Paul and lives locally with their son and daughter, Cooper the Boxer, Peanut the 3-legged Chihuahua and not-very-imaginatively-named Puss-Cat!


Farah smallFarah Stones (nee Malik) BVSc MRCVS, Clinical Director, qualified from Liverpool University in 1995. She spent 3 years in mixed practice before working in mixed practice in Australia. She then returned to the UK to travel and had various locum positions before settling in small animal practice locally.

She started with us part time in October 2005 but became full time shortly afterwards. She lives with her family in Stevenage and is particularly interested in small animal soft tissue surgery.

Mark smallMark Hatcher MA VetMB MRCVS graduated from Cambridge University in 1999 and has enjoyed working at the practice ever since. He has a particular interest in small animal trauma and orthopaedics.

He is Head Veterinary Surgeon and his other more unusual areas of interest include exotics and bat surgery! He currently helps his son care for their corn snake and a tortoise called Psycho!

Nessa smallVanessa Prior BVsc MRCVS graduated from Liverpool University in 2005. She started with us in December 2008 after having previously worked in two small animal practices.

She has a horse and two rescue guinea pigs! Her particular interests include 'small furries', small animal surgery and has qualified to perform acupuncture. She enjoys walking and riding.

Rachael smallRachael Gemmill BVM BVS BVMed Sci (Hons) graduated from the Univeristy of Nottingham in 2014. She lives locally with her boyfriend and is enjoying the challenges of equine and small animal work. 

Rachael is interested in all things equine, and enjoys meeting all the clients and their horses on her visits. She also enjoys small animal surgery and working up interesting cases at the practice.

Outside of work Rachael spends most of her time riding her home bred horse Phoenix, walking her Labradoodle Tilly with her fiancee and catching up with friends and family near and afar!

Celia smallCelia Reynolds BVM&S MRCVS qualified from Edinburgh University in 2016 and came to work with us immediatey. She really enjoys the variety of internal medicine and surgery that general practice brings. She enjoys lots of sports including hockey and tennis. She lives locally with her boyfriend and although she doesn't currently own any pets she is keen to get a puppy!

Vanessa smallVanessa Santos DVM MRCVS, comes from Portugal and qualified from the University of Lisbon in 2016. Her studies included time at the small animal hospital in Portugal, the National Guarded Police Equine Hospital and placements in Gent and Sweden. Afer qualifying she moved to England to start an internship at a practice in Kent doing mixed practice for four months before starting with us in 2017. She enjoys riding, running, going to music festivals and meeting friends. She also loves surfing which is a little difficult to enjoy in Bedfordshire!

Puppy Parties

If you are thinking of getting a new puppy, we would love to see you at one of our puppy parties.

Caring for pets

As many of us are pet owners ourselves, we understand the importance of pets truly being part of the family. We do our best to offer the best care for your pet, with a comprehensive preventative healthcare programme and a range of medical services and surgical facilities to help when everything doesn't go to plan.

We are now in our brand new premises at Ickwell Road, Upper Caldecote, Bedfordshire SG18 9BS. Please see our "Contacts" page for further details.

Payment Options

Payment can be made via cash, cheque or debit/credit card.

Account payments can also be made by debit/credit card over the telephone or by BACS.

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