Meet the Team!

Max King, BVMS, MRCVS. - Veterinary Surgeon

Max qualified from Glasgow University in 1997, and started work here part-time just a few weeks after qualifying. At the time he also worked as an animal behaviour consultant at Roger Mugford's Animal Behaviour Centre. 

In 2015 Max became a joint ownerdirector of the practice alongside David Platten.

David Platten, BVSc, MRCVS. - Veterinary Surgeon

David qualified from Bristol in 1988. After two years working at a busy west London hospital practice, he travelled widely in Asia & Australia. He returned to the U.K. in 1992 and began working for the Sherwood Veterinary Group shortly afterwards where he has remained ever since. He has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery. 

In 2015 David became a joint owner/director of the practice alongside Max King.

Sophie More, BAVetMB, MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon


Sophie joined us in July 2016 having recently graduated from Cambridge University so this will be her first position as a Veterinary Surgeon.She now works at both our Ashford & Hampton surgeries. 

Jane Blayer, VN. - Practice Manager

Jane joined the practice in 1976. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1979 and worked until 1984 when she left to start a family. She came back in 1989 to continue working as Head Nurse, completed a certificate in Management Studies in 1996 and then became Practice Manager. 

Adaline Fahey, VN. - Administration

Adaline started working at the practice in 1984 as a qualified veterinary nurse. She now works part time as our Practice Administrator processing pet insurance claims.

Christie Lewitt-Smith, RVN, A1 Unit Assessor. - Head Nurse

Christie joined the practice as a student nurse in 1998 after completing a BTech Diploma in Animal Care and Science. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004, gained her qualification as a Clinical Coach in 2006 and became Head Nurse in 2008. 

Natalie Farrar - RVN

Natalie qualified in 2015 and had been working as a Deputy Head Nurse at a practice in Egham before she joined us in July 2017. Natalie is also a Clinical Coach so will be able to share the responsibility of supporting our student nurses with Christie.


Jennie Johnston. - RVN

Jennie joined us in July 2015 to begin her training as a veterinary nurse with us and qualified in 2018 as an RVN.



Carys Gulvin. - Student Nurse

Carys joined us in July 2019 having just returned from a year travelling in New Zealand & Thailand. It was her experience of working as a volunteer in an animal rescue centre in Thailand that inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary nursing.


Jessica Mahoney. - Receptionist


Jess is one of our full time Receptionist at Ashford and joined the team in November 2014. Jess was already familiar with the practice, having brought her family pets here for a number of years. 

Forrest Smyth. - Receptionist

Forrest is also a full-time Receptionist at our Ashford surgery. She has been a member of the team since June 2016 and had previously worked as a receptionist in the outpatients department of a private hospital.