The Team

The members of the practice team are carefully chosen for their knowledge, experience, empathy and dedication to the welfare of animals. They are a committed group of professionals who work tirelessly to ensure your pets have the smoothest and kindest experience with us. We are proud that so many of our team members have chosen to contribute to the progress of the practice for many years.

The Vets

Clare joined the practice in January 2018 as Clinical Director after working in a busy practice in London for many years. Not only does she work as a very efficient vet seeing to all your pets needs. She also has a keen interest in business development and client satisfaction, making her perfect for the role!

Clare has an extra special interest in dermatology and canine behaviour having received a post graduate certificate in this area.

Having lived locally for many years Clare has previously worked as a locum for Hook and is a familiar face to some.

Away from the clinic, Clare is kept busy with her two young sons, husband and their hand rear cat ‘Mumble’. She is adding to her family later this year with the introduction of a puppy Sprocker called ‘Puddle’!

Since qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 2002 Bev has worked predominantly in small animal practice, including a year working in an emergency only clinic. Bev joined us at Hook Veterinary Centre in 2011.

Outside of work Bev enjoys playing hockey and walking her cheeky Border terrier, ‘Healey’. Her third housemate is ‘Motson’ the cat who is (much to his disgust) on a permanent diet!!

Dan qualified from the University of Bristol in 2008, and has worked in companion animal practice in Hampshire and Berkshire ever since. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary life, but has a developing interest in dermatology cases. He also has an enduring soft spot for Border Collies.

Dan was born and bred in Hampshire, originally hailing from Alton where his parents still live. He now lives in Hook with his fiancee Flora who is also a vet and their rescue cat Tali.

Outside of work Dan enjoys playing Badminton, and on rare occasions has been spotted on go-kart tracks and ski slopes.

Sophie started working for Hook Vets in October 2016.

She graduated from Bristol in 2013, from then Sophie has worked in a busy first opinion practice in Hampshire before settling in with us at Hook.

Sophie has two delightful spaniels called Mabel and Maggie who keep her and her husband busy outside of work!

 

Currently on maternity leave awaiting the arrival of her first child. Sophie will be rejoining us in the spring/summer 2019

Kristina has joined us as a full time Veterinary Surgeon in November 2018. She has a keen interest in feline medicine which she is studying for a further certificate in.

More information to come…

The Nurses

carly-quickCarly joined the Hook Veterinary Centre team in 2011 and has since qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015.

She has been working with animals since she was 14 years old and has been in the veterinary industry since 2007. She always knew she wanted a career with animals and becoming a nurse fulfilled that dream.

In 2012 Carly completed a foundation degree in animal behaviour and welfare at Merrist Wood College.

Carly has a keen interest in the surgical and post surgical side of nursing and hopes to progress in this area throughout her career.

She lives in Basingstoke with her husband. Her border collie cross ‘Genie’ still lives at home with her mum and feline siblings; ‘Sassy’ and ‘Ralph.’

donna-heathDonna joined Hook Veterinary Centre in July 2014. She gained a Merit grade Diploma in Animal Management at Berkshire College of Agriculture before starting work in the veterinary industry in 2006. She then qualified as an RVN in 2011.

Donna has a keen interest in Animal Weight Clinics, trying to help with the ever growing problem of animal obesity.

She has 2 chocolate Labradors called ‘Charlie’ & his sister ‘Lucy’ and a golden labrador called ‘Poppy’. She also hopes to one day own a little Dachshund too!

amy-hopsonAmy joined the Hook Veterinary Centre in 2006 and completed her VN training at the practice, qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2008. In 2011 Amy gained her clinical coach certificate which enables her to train and assess student nurses undertaking their NVQ in veterinary nursing.

Amy has a keen interest in canine behaviour and gained a merit in her studies for an Advanced Award in Canine Friendly nursing.

Amy lives with her husband and son and their pets; Harry, a gorgeous rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, and Stanley the tortoise that Amy rescued when he was a baby.

claire-oramClaire began work at the practice in 1999, qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2000 and gained her assessor qualification to assess student nurses in 2001.

Claire became Head Nurse in 2005 until 2015 when she reduced her hours to part time, allowing her colleague to be promoted to the role of Head Nurse.

Claire’s interests are animal dentistry and surgery.

She lives with her 2 children and her cat ‘Leah’.

Becci started work for Hook Vets in October 2016. Since she was 16 she has worked in the veterinary environment and worked her way towards the goal of becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). After achieving her A levels and attending nurse college this goal was achieved in the summer of 2015 when she graduated from MYF Training.

Outside of work Becci enjoys painting and photography and spending time with her cat Charlie.

Becci hopes to gain extra qualifications in feline nursing and/or behaviour during her nursing career. She is already our Cat Advocate at Hook Vets so if you have any feline related concerns she will be happy to help.

Holly started work with us originally as a locum nurse but then decided to stay and become a permanent RVN among our team. Of course, we couldn’t be happier!

Holly worked in Dorset and Norfolk before moving to Alton with her husband and finding her locum placement with us.

Before qualifying as an RVN in 2014, Holly studied Animal Management and now hopes to develop her knowledge in all aspects of veterinary nursing particularly in patient care and specifically critically ill patient care.

Outside of work Holly enjoys spending time with her little sisters and her Cavalier King Charles ‘Daisy’.

Ryan joined the Hook Vets team in July 2015 wishing to begin his career in Veterinary Nursing. In 2018 this dream came true when he received his qualification and entered onto the RCVS register.

In 2015 Ryan completed a Diploma in Animal Management & Nursing at Sparsholt college. After completing his Diploma he took the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to South Africa to help with the conservation issues out there. Since qualifying he has also been to India to volunteer his nursing skills to an animal rescue center.

Ryan enjoys exploring the nutritional requirements of animals and also has a keen interest in parasite prevention. He has said he would like to focus on the emergency and critical care aspect of nursing throughout his career.

Ryan currently lives at home with his Brother and their cat Tilly.

Jo started working for Hook Vets in November 2016 after a busy career so far; all starting in 1995. Jo Qualified in 2000 then in 2005 decided to move onto a referral practice in order to work towards a diploma in medicine.

After having her little boy in 2010, Jo has been working part time to allow a healthy work:home lifestyle. She enjoys helping out her local conservation and history group in Yateley as well as helping out with school events.

Jo is extremely interested in feline medicine and behaviour, as well as having a passion for geriatric patient care. She hopes to increase her hours and responsibilities within the practice as her son gets older.

Jo lives with her family and their minature schnauzer ‘Dory’.

Cheryl qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse via the Degree route in 2014.

After working in Basingstoke and Reading during her studies and post graduation, she joined the team at Hook Vets in December 2016- her first ‘day’ being the Christmas Party! We obviously made a good impression as she has settled in very well.

Cheryl hopes to progress her career by becoming a clinical coach and help train future student nurses.

In her spare time Cheryl enjoys reading, drawing and baking as well as spending time with her two beautiful dogs; Sebastian (long-haired chihuahua) and Purdy (labrador x boxer)

Katherine joined the team in 2016 to begin her career as a veterinary nurse. She started college in April 2016 and is enjoying learning all about it.

Her previous experience includes a year at another practice as a nursing assistant where she picked up a lot of skills and knowledge to bring with her.

Katherine enjoys all aspects of nursing but is particularly keen on the emergency and critical care side of it.

Katherine lives at home with her dog Cassie and cat Gregory.

Her keen interests are; Horse riding, teaching Cassie new tricks, and obviously studying for her nursing diploma.

Tasja started with Hook working as a nursing assistant before enrolling as a student nurse in September 2018. She ensures all the patients are spoilt with cuddles and TLC during their stay!

Tasja worked at a well-known boarding kennels prior to her position with us as well as experience on a farm and caring for RSPCA animals.

Outside of work Tasja enjoys Geocaching, reading, diving, traveling and trying anything new!

She lives at home with her boyfriend, cats; Eevee & Appa and her array of exotic species, including; Chameleon, Hermit crabs, terrapins and fish!

Practice Manager & Receptionists

Alison joined the team in April 2018 after working for a long time in a school.

Ali picked up the role here as a full time receptionist where she demonstrated her keen administrative skills that ultimately launched her for promotion to Practice Manager within a few months.

She loves working with animals and being an approachable manager to her staff. She also has a huge soft spot for a staffi!

Ali lives with her pooch ‘Monroe’ the beautiful Staffordshire Bull Terrier, whom sometimes comes to work with her.

 

Joanna joined the team in July 2018 as a full time receptionist.

More information to come….

Lucy joined the team in August 2018 as a full time receptionist.

 

More information to come…