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. He now works full time at the Ashford surgery where he enjoys seeing many long-standing clients as well as meeting new faces. His interests at work lie in internal medicine. Outside of work he enjoys music, literature, films, camping and trying to keep his two young sons entertained!
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. David is married to Dawn who lectures in veterinary nursing, is a school governor and enjoys hill walking, cycling and cooking. David also keeps backyard chickens and is always happy to see them as patients at the Hampton branch where he is based!
Mike Pipe, BVSc, MRCVS. - Veterinary Surgeon
Mike qualified from the University of Bristol in 1974 and started working for The Sherwood Veterinary Group after two to three years of mixed farm practice in Wiltshire. Since then he has worked at both the Hampton and Sunbury surgeries with brief spells in Swindon and Harrow as well. Currently Mike is working at the Sunbury surgery where he first started in 1977. His interests include music, gardening, photography and travel.
In June 2017 Mike retired from full time work at the surgery and now occasionally helps us out to provide holiday cover.
Harriet Wilkinson, BVSc, MRCVS. - Veterinary Surgeon
Harriet qualified from Liverpool in 2013. She worked in a small animal practice in Worcestershire before coming to us and now works at both our Hampton and Ashford surgeries and lives in Hampton with her husband, who is also a vet, and her daughter.
As a busy mum Harriet now works part-time at both Ashford & Hampton.
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. Sophie is originally from Devon but now lives in Hampton with her partner and her dog "Paddy". Her time is split between both Ashford & Hampton surgeries.
Jane Blayer, VN. - Practice Manager
Jane joined the practice over 30 years ago 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. She enjoys keeping fit, travelling, music and films as well as tending her beautiful garden.
Adaline Fahey, VN. - Administration
Adaline started working at the practice in 1984 as a qualified veterinary nurse. She now works part time in a number of roles, including dealing with paperwork nobody else wants to do! She spends alot of her spare time water-skiing, and has achieved world class status, with World Championship Gold medals and two current World Records! She lives in Byfleet with her husband, son, and two dogs "Fig" & "Flo" not forgetting "Frank" the cat!
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. Always a smiling face around the practice, Christie lives in Hanworth with her policeman husband and three cats - Trip, Enzo & Biff.
Natalie Radford - 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.
Natalie has always had an interest in small furries and has kept rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and degus for many years.
Georgia Newton. - Student Nurse
Georgia joined us in July 2014 after completing an Animal Management course at Merrist Wood College in Guildford. She has now completed her first year of training as a student Veterinary Nurse by attending college one day a week as a supplement to her in-house training here at the practice with her clinical coach, Christie. When she is not studying, Georgia enjoys horse riding, reading, running and music.
Jennie Johnston. - Student Nurse
Jennie is our newest team member and joined us having first gained some invaluable nursing experience at a veterinary surgery in Sunningdale but was looking for an opportunity to train as a RVN which is what we were able to offer her from July 2015.
In her spare time, Jennie enjoys walking her Pugalier (Pug x Cavalier), Steavie, and socialising with friends.
Harriett Noble. - Student Nurse
Harriett joined us in January 2017, having started her veterinary nurse training at a surgery in Richmond. However, she has quickly adapted to life at this surgery, attending a new college and receiving excellent support from her Clinical Coach, Christie (our Head Nurse).
When she is not at work Harriett is a keen horse rider and enjoys socialising with her friends.
Rachel Nicholas. - Receptionist
Rachel joined us in August 2012 as our Hampton Receptionist. Rachel came to us with previous experience working with animals but this is her first time working in a veterinary surgery. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, including her two young sons and very cute Chihuahua - “Bella”.
Forrest Smyth. - Receptionist
Forrest is the evening receptionist at our Ashford surgery. She has been a member of the team since June 2016 and had previously worked part time as a receptionist in the outpatients department of a private hospital so was easily able to transfer her skills to working in a veterinary environment.
When she is not at work Forrest is a keen photographer.