VETERINARY SURGEONS

NIKKI TAYLOR

nikki taylorVeterinary Surgeon
I qualified in South Africa at the University of Pretoria in 1998. Since coming to the UK, I worked in the Birmingham area before starting at Downlands in 2001.

Since the arrival of my two boys, I have been working part-time, enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine, but especially soft tissue surgery and imaging.

Away from work, I enjoy running and yoga based exercise, but spend most of my time chasing after my sons and our family dog, Halle the Vizsla!

PHILIP DU PLESSIS

philipVeterinary Surgeon
Qualified from Orderstepoort in 2014. I worked for four years in South Africa before coming to England in 2008. I am married with a daughter and a baby on the way and also a cat called Closseau.
Joined: 5/9/16

FIONA KENT

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I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1991. After working for a while in my home city of Liverpool I came South and have worked in Hampshire since 1992. I joined DVG in Nov 2014 where I work part-time. I enjoy general companion animal practice, both medicine and surgery.

Away from work my husband and daughter keep me happily busy, as do our two cats and our Border Terrier.

MONIQUE METCALFE

monique metcalfeSenior Veterinary surgeon
I qualified from Royal Veterinary College in London, in 2006. After qualifying I joined DVG and have been here ever since.

I enjoy all aspects of general veterinary practice, but have a particular interest in surgery, including orthopaedics and have recently obtained a further qualification in this field, a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

I have a gorgeous (but grumpy) rescue cat called Dr Foster.

KAREN LONDON

karenVeterinary Surgeon
I qualified from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2006. I came to the UK in 2010 and have been based in Hampshire ever since. I started working at Downlands in 2013 as a locum, and joined the permanent staff in 2016 working across all of the clinics. I enjoy the variety of general practice, particularly surgical cases.

I love the outdoors and in my spare time may be found on a kayak on the Solent, hiking or cycling with my husband.

DEAN FELKLER

Veterinary Surgeon
I joined Downland Veterinary group shortly after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. Having worked and volunteered in the exotic animal medicine field around the world I now dedicate a large aspect of my time into advancing my medical and surgical proficiencies in this direction. I am currently working towards an advanced certificate in zoological medicine to enhance my knowledge and patient care. Despite my strong attraction to the exotic animal field I still love treating cats and dogs.


VETERINARY NURSES

EMILY ROBINSON

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ANIMAL CARE ASSISTANTS

​CARLI GONZALES

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MELISSA DAY

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In July 2014 I undertook two weeks of work experience at the Denmead branch of DVG. In the following September I was offered the role of animal care assistant. I am currently at college studying applied science, psychology and PE – A levels. At home I have many animals including a horse and a dog. In the future I would love to travel the world and continue working with animals.​

 

REBECCA COLE

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I have three pets; Zach a German Shepherd, Lucky a WHWT and Maisie the cat. I enjoy going on walks with my dogs, spending time with my family and going on holiday to Cornwall in our caravan.
Joined 21st March 2016


RECEPTIONISTS

LOUISE TAYLOR-TREVETHAN

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LOU PALMER

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I worked in a Veterinary practise since 1988 on and off. I qualified as a Veterinary nurse in 1990. The last 7 years I worked either as a receptionist or in the pet insurance industry. I joined DVG in October 2015 as a receptionist at Denmead. I have 2 rescue dogs and 4 rescue cats. I have rescued many types of animals over the years including chickens and hedgehogs.