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Veterinary Surgeons

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth (Libby) Smith BVetMed MRCVS

Elizabeth graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1994 & immediately came to work at the practice for Mrs Helen Papworth. 

She went on to buy the practice in May 2002 & continues to enjoy the role of a general practitioner, but has particular interest in soft tissue surgery and rabbit medicine and surgery. She is married to Paul and lives locally with their son and daughter and Peanut the 3-legged Chihuahua.

Farah Malik

Farah Stones BVSc MRCVS

Farah Stones, Clinical Director, qualified from Liverpool University in 1995. She spent 3 years in mixed practice in the UK, before working in Australia whilst travelling.  She then returned to the UK and had several positions before joining our practice in October 2005.

She lives with her family in Stevenage and is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery.

Mark Hatcher

Mark Hatcher MA VetMB MRCVS

Mark 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 has a variety of pets including a pointer, a crossbreed, a corn snake and a tortoise.

 Vanessa Prior

Vanessa Prior BVSc MRCVS

Vanessa graduated from Liverpool University in 2005. She started with us in December 2008 after having previously worked in two small animal practices.

Vanessa's is qualified to perform acupuncture and she also has a particular interest in 'small furries' and small animal surgery.  She enjoys walking and riding.

 Celia Reynolds

Celia Vanner BVM&S MRCVS

Celia 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 family and their fox terrier Gus and black labrador Islay.  

 Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis BVetMed BSc MRCVS

Jennifer Ellis graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018. Prior to that she had studied Anatomical Science with Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Bristol and went on to spend two years at Fitzpatrick Referrals as a theatre auxiliary.

She loves working with all animals but has a particular passion for cats and rabbits and has a special clinical interest in treating rabbits and guinea pigs. She lives locally with her partner and their dog Flynn, as well as two beautiful Ragdoll cats called Emmy and Oscar and two adopted bunnies called Pidge and Maeve.

In her spare time she loves to cook and bake but her absolute favourite things are skiing and snowboarding and she has worked at resorts in Italy, France and Austria.

Steph Gowing

Steph Gowing MRCVS BVSc BSc

Steph Gowing qualified from the University of Liverpool, and also completed an intercalated degree in Neuroscience and Psychology in Brighton. She worked at a small animal practice in Suffolk, before joining our team in spring 2021.

She loves how general practice gives her opportunity to use diverse knowledge and skills including medicine, imaging and surgery.  She is particularly interested in behavioural concerns and desensitising nervous pets, as well as pain management and ultrasound scanning.

She lives locally with her partner and their kitten Zuko and her favourite hobby is planning her next holiday! She also enjoys hiking, reading, playing games and visiting cultural and historic sites.

Hannah Winston

Hannah Winston BVMedSci BVM BVS

Hannah graduated from The University of Nottingham and started working at a small animal practice near Peterborough before moving here in 2022.

She lives locally with her partner and Zack the German Shepherd Dog. She particularly enjoys inpatient care and soft tissue surgery as part of working in general practice.

She also loves running and hiking around the Lake District.

Experienced Veterinary Surgeons

David Williams performing eye surgery at our practice

We have a strong team of friendly, professional veterinary surgeons at the practice, several of which have 20 plus years of experience in small animal practice.

David Williams performing eye surgery at our practice

Our vets are experienced in treating a wide range of small animals species.

David Williams performing eye surgery at our practice

They love the variety the role brings and as well as cats, dogs and rabbits, they treat chickens, guinea pigs, hamsters and other small furries and our vet Mark is able to see tortoises and some reptiles.


David Williams performing eye surgery at our practice

We are delighted to be able to offer on-site acupuncture, physiotherapy, ophthalmology and ultrasound referrals.

In addition, we have a strong working relationship with local veterinary hospitals that we can refer on to in the event that your pet requires more specialist treatment or scans.