Pound Corner • Wangford • NR34 8RS
… your award winning, independent small animal practice
Wangford Vet Clinic Team Photo

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.

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  • Walter Stohr, BVSc, MRCVS
    Walter Stohr, BVSc, MRCVS
    Proprietor, Veterinary Surgeon
    After qualifying from Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria, South Africa) I was conscripted into the army. The army seconded me to work as a vet in a very rural area called Thaba'Nchu (in the middle of South Africa). I was well and truly thrown into the deep end! With the help of animal health officers and meat inspectors I had to run and work in a small animal clinic, look after the welfare of 10000 cattle spread over about 20 rural villages, treat horses at the local stables and supervise meat inspection and animal welfare at the nearby export abattoir. It was a challenge I relished and after my army service period ended I stayed on for another five years.

    After this the opportunity came (via my best man) to work in Suffolk with the view to stay a while and travel. Well instead we fell in love with East Anglia and had four children :-). I have also accumulated various waifs strays which makes travel (especially for more than a week or two) a little more difficult.

    My research into an area to start a practice identified Wangford as an area where unusually large amounts of dog food was sold! Of course there was also a large empty office block available and everyone we spoke to agreed there was a need for a vets here. It was settled; Wangford Veterinary Clinic was born in April 2002. Since then we have grown into a flourishing, caring small animal practice. We have gathered together a team that is caring, compassionate and professional. Every team member cares about the work we undertake to ensure the best outcome for our patients and clients. We constantly ensure we keep our skills up to date. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients, giving personal attention and care to each one, getting involved in local community, supporting various local and national charities, Our largest event is Strutt Your Mutt Dog Day and Walk, an event where we raise money for charity by celebrating the special relationship between people and their dogs.

    We were very proud to be voted England's representative to the Petplan practice of the year 2015 award (The other two practices were from Scotland) We certainly have the best clients and patients in the world!

    Please have a browse through our website and feel free to contact us and preferably visit us :-)
  • Boris Milanov, MRCVS
    Boris Milanov, MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Boris graduated in 2010 from the Trakia University of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He has worked his entire career in the UK and in 2012 joined the team at Wangford Vets.

    Surgery, emergency and critical care, are some of his special interests with this being an important part of our 24//7 out of hours emergency cover service.

    Away from work he enjoys photography, running and spending time home with his wife Sonya and cat Shira. He likes to go back to Bulgaria in the hot summers to visit family and practice water sports such as snorkeling and spear-fishing.

    Email Boris: boris@wangfordvetclinic.com
  • Vicki Holland Howes, MRCVS
    Vicki Holland Howes, MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Vicki decided she wanted to be a vet at the age of nine, she qualified in 1990 from the Royal Veterinary Collage in London and has worked in East Anglia ever since then.

    She enjoys the variety of general practice, with a particular interest in surgery.
    Outside of work Vicki has three children and many animals to keep her busy. She also enjoys reading, cooking, Kayaking and holidays in France.

    We are pleased to announce Vicki is now working three days a week with us.
  • Catherine Thomas, BVM&S, MRCVS, CertAVP (ZooMed)
    Catherine Thomas, BVM&S, MRCVS, CertAVP (ZooMed)
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Catherine has lived and worked in Suffolk for 10 years, since qualifying from Edinburgh University in 2006. She started working with Wangford Vets in March 2014 to offer a veterinary service for exotic pets (Suffolk Exotic Vet Services).

    In October of 2014 she joined Walter and Boris to work in the practice now ( 2017) Catherine having just returned from maternity leave with her little boy and now runs clinics for exotic pets in the practice on Tuesdays. She also takes part in the our of hours rota and occasionally when one of the other vets is on holiday.

    In 2015 Catherine completed a post graduate certificate in exotic animal medicine called the certificate Advanced Veterinary Practice and she is now an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in exotic animal medicine.

    Catherine has a retired greyhound called Daisy and a snake called Barry. These days she spends most of her time at home entertaining her toddler. But when she time she enjoys sewing, salsa dancing and walking around Suffolk’s beaches and countryside with Daisy.
  • Jill Asquith
    Jill Asquith
    Public Relations and Nursing Assistant
    Like most of our staff Jill has a menagerie at home, comprising of two black labs, Poppy and Cara, latest edition , Ted a gorgeous red lab, Lola a beautiful but very naughty Beagle and a 15 year old Jack Russell called Archie who is always escaping and wandering off. In addition to this she has four cats, all strays brought home from the practice over the years and a collection of geese, turkeys and chickens.

    Jill has worked at the practice since 2007 and does all our marketing, fundraising and PR as well as helping out as a nursing assistant.
  • Estelle Jenner
    Estelle Jenner
    Head Nurse
    Estelle is a registered veterinary nurse who qualified from Berkshire College in 1992 and has worked in practice since 1988.

    She has always lived locally and has twin teenage daughters, Beth and Lauren. Following in Estelle’s footsteps they are both madly into animals, Lauren with a real love of horses, successfully competing on her own horse, hopes to have a future in equine veterinary care. They both take a keen interest in what’s going on in her day to day work, always wanting to know what cases she has dealt with and on numerous occasions helping to rear orphaned pets. Her own dog is a very docile lurcher named Torres who lives happily alongside their extremely soppy house rabbit, Lilo.

    Estelle has worked here at Wangford Veterinary Clinic since 2008, working alongside her own business providing nursing in clients’ own homes.

    She says that her job has always been one of her great loves in life, reassuring the animals when they come in to visit whether for a quick consultation or as an inpatient. She tells us that the satisfaction she gets from nursing a sick pet back to good health is something one simply cannot explain.

    To email Estelle or the nursing team: nurses@wangfordvetclinic.com
  • Steph Miller
    Steph Miller
    Registered Veterinary Nurse
    Steph was born in Wangford and has lived here all her life. Her dog Oki came in for his first injections when the practice first opened. She came to us for work experience in 2009 and has worked her way up to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

    Steph and her boyfriend Jack have just got themselves the cutest little Border terrier puppy you ever did see – they have called her Peggy and you may see her from time to time when you visit the practice.

    She loves baking cakes and makes everyone’s birthdays taste better.
  • Sarah Foster
    Sarah Foster
    Receptionist, Animal Medicines Advisor, AMTRA Qualified SQP
    Sarah has worked for the practice since joining the reception team in 2008 and gained her SQP qualification in 2012.

    At home she has two dogs, Charlie and Mabel, two cats and two rabbits – all rescued.

    She lives in Halesworth with her partner and daughter and when not working enjoys reading and gardening.
  • Louise Bedford-Cuffe
    Louise Bedford-Cuffe
    Head Receptionist/Book Keeper
    Louise has been working as a receptionist here since 2009 but her husband wishes she worked somewhere else as she is always taking new pets home! At the moment she has two black Labradors, five cats and two pigs one of which, Percy live indoors and is a bit of a pest but she loves him.

    Louise lives with her husband Carl and 13 year old son Sonny. She also has two step children who visit regularly, keeping her very busy. When she isn’t working Louise and her family enjoy camping or caravanning with the dogs. (She wishes she could take the cats but there isn’t enough room).

    What Louise likes best about her job is seeing puppies and kittens coming in for their first vaccinations because she can sneak in a quick cuddle.
  • Jodie Connell
    Jodie Connell
    Receptionist
    Jodie recently joined the team and tells us that she believes she has found her dream job, meeting different pets and their owners daily.

    She has a scruffy terrier called Tilly who is obsessed with her tennis ball and her most recent edition a kitten belonging to her daughter Jazmin. She says that she had forgotten just how mischievous a kitten could be and that nothing in her house is safe anymore! After reading the team profiles Jodie’s husband is more than bit concerned as to how many pets she may be taking home in the future.

    Jodie has always lived in Suffolk and loves walking on the beach, biking and recently, even took part in a triathlon event. Another hobby is making crafts
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    Claire Sansom
    Receptionist
    Claire joined the team in May and believes she has found her dream job, seeing all the different puppies coming in and out of the veterinary clinic and sneaking a quick cuddle with them.

    Claire lives with her son Louis and her golden retriever Sam, who loves going for long walks on the beach and in the woods. They also have two guinea pigs called jess and Ginger, they are very vocal but very cute.
    Having lived in Suffolk all her life, Claire enjoys long walks and bike rides with her son in our stunningly beautiful countryside.