Pound Corner • Wangford • NR34 8RS
… your award winning, independent small animal practice
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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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  • Dr Walter Stöhr, BVSc, (Pret)MRCVS
    Dr Walter Stöhr, BVSc, (Pret)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! Since then, we went on to finalists again (2017) in this nationwide competition, and then, this year, third time lucky, we were named as the WINNERS of the Petplan Practice of the Year 2020.

    Please have a browse through our website and feel free to contact us and preferably visit us :-)
  • Dr Vicki Holland Howes, BSC (Hons) BVetMed.MRCVS
    Dr Vicki Holland Howes, BSC (Hons) BVetMed.MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Vicki decided she wanted to be a vet at the age of nine, she qualified in 1990 from the Royal Veterinary College in London and has worked in East Anglia ever since then.

    She enjoys the variety of general practice, with a particular interest in surgery. Vicki has also completed a course in veterinary acupuncture, meaning that we are now able to offer this safe and effective therapy to our clients' dogs.

    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.
  • Dr Catherine Thomas, BVM&S, MRCVS, CertAVP (ZooMed)
    Dr 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 (2017) 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 out 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 has the time she enjoys sewing, salsa dancing and walking around Suffolk’s beaches and countryside with Daisy.

    Email Catherine on: vet@exoticvetsuffolk.co.uk
  • Dr Emma Taylor, BVetMed, CertAVP, GpCert, MRCVS
    Dr Emma Taylor, BVetMed, CertAVP, GpCert, MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    We are excited to introduce a returning Veterinary Surgeon to our clients. Emma last worked with us following her graduation in 2008, so some of your older pets may already know her!

    Emma brings a sunny and caring outlook to her consulting room. She enjoys all aspects of general practice and holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Advanced General Practice, with a bias towards Dermatology.

    She lives locally with her husband, children and their pets and enjoys seaside walks and chocolate biscuits!
  • MuDr Eva Gibbs - Grentzerova MRCVS
    MuDr Eva Gibbs - Grentzerova MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Eva qualified from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia in 2005. She moved to the UK shortly after graduation in 2006 to gain work experience and learn the English language.

    She loves working with small animals and enjoys both the challenging and rewarding parts of the job.

    Eva lives with her husband and daughter in a village close to the vets. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and dog Nala.
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    Dr Lyn Forster, BVetMed, PhD MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
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    Dr Galina Vasileva MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Galina graduated in 2008 from Trakia University in Bulgaria and began working in small animal practice shortly after. In 2015 she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Diagnostic Procedures and Clinical Pathology.

    Galina moved to the UK in 2020 and joined the team at Wangford in July of the same year. She enjoys the diversity that general practice offers and takes every opportunity to help both pets and their owners.

    In her free time Galina enjoys travelling, long walks and hiking, cooking and, of course, cuddling her two rescue cat Nana and Rizzy. She also has a strong interest in Positive Psychology and is currently working towards completing a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • Estelle Jenner
    Estelle Jenner
    Head Veterinary 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. 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 and many a patient that has gone to Estelle’s home for nursing or convalescing. This exposure to the profession resulted in Lauren's drive to secure herself a student vet nurse position.

    Estelle has worked here at Wangford Veterinary Clinic since 2008 gaining her position here as head veterinary nurse in 2016.

    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 grew up in Wangford and lived here until she moved out in 2016. Her first dog Oki, who has sadly passed away, came to the practice for his injections months after it opened it's doors in 2002. She came to us for work experience in 2009 and has worked her way up to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse.

    Steph and her fiancé Jack have a handsome cat called George and a scruffy Border terrier called Peggy who you may see from time to time when visiting the practice, as she loves helping out.

    Steph runs the Birthday Club in the practice and makes sure everyone always gets a little surprise on their birthday.

  • Susanne Harrington
    Susanne Harrington
    Registered Veterinary Nurse
    Susanne qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in Ireland in 2014 and moved to England in 2015. She joined the team here at Wangford last Summer (2018).

    She has a keen interest in animal welfare, animal physiotherapy and enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients.

    In Susanne's spare time she enjoys going to the cinema and walking.
  • Emily Morphey
    Emily Morphey
    Registered Veterinary Nurse
    Emily has been qualified as a small animal nurse since 2001 and then went on to qualify as an equine nurse. She started her career at 15 years old as a part time evening girl at a large small animal and equine hospital down in Essex. She gained a vast amount of experience from there.

    Emily has three young children, which takes up a large amount of her spare time, along with her 24-year-old horse whom she has owned for 20 years.

    During her nursing career, Emily has spent numerous years training student nurses and she feels strongly about client communication and care. “People need care as well as pets”
  • Jessica Griggs
    Jessica Griggs
    Registered Nurse
    Jessica has always worked with animals since leaving school and she continued to follow her passion for animal welfare by joining the veterinary industry.

    She has worked in practice for over 8 years after moving to Suffolk in 2010. She completed her nurse training and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017.

    Jessica and her fiancé Ashley have two amazing dogs, Edward the defiant Dachshund and Bobby the crazy Cocker Spaniel.

    In her spare time Jessica loves to explore the beautiful Suffolk countryside with her horse Rupert.
  • Sian Cordery
    Sian Cordery
    Student Veterinary Nurse
    Sian joined our team at Wangford Veterinary Clinic in 2019 as a care assistant, moving on to become a Student Veterinary Nurse, studying for her diploma with Dick White Academy. Her love of animals stemmed from a young age where she grew up with multiple dogs, cats and birds. Sian would have a farm full of animals if she could.

    Sian currently lives with her handsome but crazy dog called Kenny who motivates her to go above and beyond with her passion.

    In Sian's spare time, she loves to travel with her grandparents in the motorhome and spend time going out with friends.
  • Lauren Jenner
    Lauren Jenner
    Student Veterinary Nurse
    Lauren is one of our newest team members, a first year Student Veterinary Nurse who attends Dick White Academy alongside our other student, Sian. She has always had a keen interest in Veterinary Nursing and is now following in the footsteps or her mum Estelle, our Head Nurse.

    In her spare time, she rides and competes her little horse Theo. She sadly does not have any pets of her own after the sad loss of her lovely old lurcher Torres in June, however, a new puppy may be on the cards soon, which she is very excited about.
  • Jazz Connell
    Jazz Connell
    Veterinary Care Assistant
    Jazz is our nursing assistant. She says she enjoys her job very much and says she has definitely found the right job for her. Jazz loves all the kittens and puppies that come into the practice and is always up for a cuddle with them. She is currently fostering the cutest kitten called Mia and she hopes to foster lots more in the future.
  • Charles White
    Charles White
    Practice Support Manager

    Charles has recently joined us to help the practice as it grows.

    He loves all animals from Exotics through to Equine and Farm animals. He breeds and shows Lhasa Apso dogs and has enjoyed much success with them. He currently has 2 at home, Poppins and her daughter, Lady.

    Charles lives with his wife, Tanya, and their 3 children Frederick, Lacey and Ronald.

    He has a lot of experience with exotic rodents and reptiles and has also helped rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and re-home hundreds of dogs over his lifetime, which shows in his passion for every dog being given a chance.

    To email Charles: charles@wangfordvetclinic.com
  • Jill Asquith
    Jill Asquith
    Marketing PR & Customer Care Manager
    Like most of our staff Jill has a menagerie at home, comprising of two black labs, Poppy and Cara, Ted a gorgeous fox red lab and latest edition, Elsa, also Fox Red who is a real sweetheart and Lola a beautiful but very naughty Beagle. Jill enjoys taking Ted and Elsa to dog training each week. In addition to the dogs she has 5 cats, all strays or rescues brought home from the practice over the years and a collection of turkeys, ducks and chickens.

    Jill has worked at the practice since 2007 and does all our marketing, fundraising (including Strutt Your Mutt Charity Dog Day, Poppies on 4 Paws and Santa Paws) and PR as well as customer care.

    To email Jill : jill@wangfordvetclinic.com
  • Louise Bedford-Cuffe
    Louise Bedford-Cuffe
    Head Receptionist & Accounts Manager
    Louise has been working as a receptionist here since 2009 and as well as being our Head Receptionist, she looks after all the accounting side of things in the practice.

    At home she has four cats, one dog, two ducks one elderly chicken and a huge pig called Percy, who she hand reared after he was brought in to us, just hours old!

    Louise lives with husband Carl and her teenage son and when she isn't working, her and Carl are busy renovating their 15th century cottage.

    To email Louise: louise@wangfordvetclinic.com
  • Sarah Foster
    Sarah Foster
    Data and Administration Manager, 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, three cats and a rabbit called Teasel – all are rescued pets.

    She lives in Halesworth with her partner and has a daughter at University. When Sarah is not working she enjoys reading and gardening.
  • 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 a 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 crafts.
  • Claire Sansom
    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.
  • Rachael Sims
    Rachael Sims
    Receptionist
    Rachael is married with 3 teenage children, also 3 cats and an extra one that she is currently fostering for the Cats Protection League.

    She says that she enjoys working at Wangford vets as every day is different, the customers are friendly and she enjoys all the cute animals that come through the door.

    In her spare time Rachael enjoys camping, kayaking and decorating old furniture.
  • Lily Burton
    Lily Burton
    Reception and Admin Assistant
    We are please to welcome Lily back again after a few years away.

    At home Lily spends her time taking care of her two pigs, Ethel and Jackson, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats and Sulcata tortoise, Hugo.

    In her spare time Lily loves to bake and visit the beach.
  • Lucy Trudgill
    Lucy Trudgill
    Receptionist
    Lucy joined the team last year and really enjoys meeting so many lovely and interesting animals!

    She has a black Labrador called "Herbie", a black rescue cat called "Bonnie" and two Guinea pigs which are very vocal!

    Lucy is married with two boys and is mad on horses, loves beach walks and reading books!
  • Jackie Stimpson
    Jackie Stimpson
    Receptionist
    Jackie joined us in February this year and is enjoying meeting our very friendly clients and their lovely pets.

    Jackie loves living in Suffolk and especially enjoys long walks along the many beaches.

    Jackie is married with two sons and has a 5 year old rescue cat named Patsy who definitely rules the roost.
  • Sonia Ginn
    Sonia Ginn
    Cleaning Operative
    Sonia joined the team last year (2019) and makes sure all areas of our clinic are clean and tidy, ready for the day ahead.

    Sonia has lived in the area all her life and has one daughter, a spaniel called Ruby and two cats, Florence and Alpha Bear.

    Hobbies include cycling and walking. She just loves getting out in our beautiful Suffolk countryside, especially Covehithe beach.