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The Vet
Southampton Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses

Our Southampton veterinary team knows how much your pet means to you – especially since they are all pet owners. Their knowledge and experience ensures that at every stage of your pet’s treatment, they are always in good hands. If you wish to see a specific member of the veterinary team, please use the calendar icon to check their availability.

Abby Winchester BSc BVSc MRCVS

Abby Winchester BSc BVSc MRCVS

Head Vet
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Abby qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2011 following undertaking a first degree in Animal science in Leeds University. She recently relocated from a rural mixed practice job in Herfordshire to undertake a new challenge and live by the sea close to family! Academically Abby has an interest in Emergency medicine and Surgery and have also spent time doing advanced ultrasound imaging. In her personal life she if a keen runner and cyclist and relaxes most weekends practicing yoga. Or can otherwise be found knocking up chocolate cakes with help from her two young cats Pumpkin and Elf.

Giulia Tosi DVM MRCVS

Giulia Tosi DVM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Giulia graduated from the University of Perugia, Italy in 2015. In order to improve her veterinary skills and her English, she spent the last 6 months in the UK undertaking a trainee position in a small animal practice in Northampton. Giulia then decided to move to Southampton to live by the sea and be closer to the part of her family that lives in Devon. Outside work she loves cooking, going to the cinema and travelling. She is particularly interested in internal medicine and clinical pathology. Giulia has a cat named Oreste, who was adopted from an animal shelter in Italy and has moved to the UK with her(So now he is learning to “meow in English”!)

Maria Garcia De La Cruz Gimenez BVSc, MRCVS

Maria Garcia De La Cruz Gimenez BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

Maria qualified from Cordoba Veterinary Facility in 2016. Following that she was working as a Vet Intern in an out of hours Veterinary hospital in Madrid, Spain, before coming to England.
Academically she has an interest in reptiles and small mammals medicine and conservation.
In her spare time Maris likes painting, reading good books and travelling. She currently doesn’t have any pets but shes planning to adopt a cat.

Gemma James RVN

Gemma James RVN

Head Nurse

Gemma has always had a passion for animal care, leaving school to start at Sparsholt to do animal management, then continuing to work with animals in practice and start her apprenticeship in vet nursing. She qualified in 2015 and enjoys critical care and emergency work. Gemma has two cavaliers, Phoebe and Amber. She competes with them in kennel club and UK Agility shows and loves training and handling dogs. She has recently hand reared two kittens, Charlie and Lola, who’s mum was too ill to care for them. She also has two Guinea pigs and a cockatiel who keep her busy!

Maz Abdou SVN

Maz Abdou SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Maz has always had a great interest in animals and has owned many different species since she was a young girl, ranging from horses to rats and many more. Maz has received qualifications in the First Diploma in Animal Care and the National Diploma in Animal Management. After her studies, she went on to open up her own Pet Shop called “Amazing Pets”. Maz is very eager to learn new skills and looks forward to starting her training to become a Veterinary Nurse.

Claire Moth SVN

Claire Moth SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Claire has always had a passion for animal care. She studied Animal Management at Sparsholt College in Winchester and gained a BSC Honours Degree in Equine Studies. She has worked in a pet store and agricultural centre as an equine specialist. Claire is qualified to prescribe and supply animal medicines as an R-SQP for companion, equine and farm animals. She has volunteered in several different veterinary practices in her spare time and is studying a level 2 Animal Nursing Course to become a qualified animal nursing assistant. Claire has a cat called Maizie, a horse called Crown and a Chinese Water Dragon.

Hope James

Hope James

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hope is interested in art, looking after animals for other people and walking along the beaches with her dog. When Hope visits her parents on the Isle of Wight, she likes to walk her dog along the beaches and cliff top. Her dog also loves running in to the sea and dislikes when they stop for a drink! Hope also has a tortoise shell cat, who had cat flu, that she rescued from a vets. The cat is still in recovery but is getting a lot better. She is now playing like a kitten, exploring the garden which she really enjoys.

Zoe Eastoe

Zoe Eastoe

Student Nurse
Holly Curnow

Holly Curnow

Veterinary Care Assistant

Holly joined the team at The Vet Southampton in November 2015. Working with animals has always been Holly’s dream and she loves greeting every pet when they walk through the door. Holly currently has a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management which she achieved during her 2 years spent at Sparsholt College in Winchester. Holly has lived with animals her entire life, currently owning a Chocolate Labrador named Rolo and a tropical fish tank.

Julia McClean

Julia McClean

Receptionist

Julia has had a passion for animals ever since she was a little girl and she could not think of anything better than being at home with her German Shepard Roxie. Although Julia knew she wanted to work with animals it was not until she was at college that she realised Veterinary Nursing was the career path that she wanted to pursue. Julia is currently studying for her degree in veterinary nursing at Pershore, Warwickshire college and undertakes her work placement at The Vet Southampton. While on placement she lives locally with her family. In her spare time Julia enjoys walking her dog, socialising and being around friends.

Melissa Hayles

Melissa Hayles

Receptionist

As a young girl, Melissa always loved animals. She grew up with a variety of pets from dogs to geese and parrots. Her passion for animals came from her mum who often took in and cared for unwanted animals. Melissa currently has 2 dogs called Bella and Bentley who she loves to take out for evening walks. She also has a budgie called Ruby, a hamster called Squidge, a hedgehog called Harrison and a bearded dragon called Brooke.

Georgia Watkins

Georgia Watkins

Receptionist

Georgia joined the team at Southampton in September 2015. She loves greeting the clients and animals, believing that a friendly welcome will let clients know that their animals are in safe and affectionate hands. Georgia believes that her time here will really help her find the right career path. Throughout Georgia’s childhood, animals have always been a huge part of her life. She has had many different kind of animals as a child, but has decided that whilst she lives with her parents, she shouldn’t bring home any more pets, so is content with the company of her cat, PussPuss.

Lee Wells

Lee Wells

Receptionist

Lee joined The Vet in August 2016, having previously studied Animal Management and Care at Sparsholt College. Lee has always had a passion for Animal Care and hopes to continue his education, to become a Veterinary Nurse. At home he has plenty of pets, including two dogs, two cats, two horses, Two guinea pigs and a Tortoise called Louie.

Christos Nikolaou DVM, CertAVP(GSAS), MRCVS

Christos Nikolaou DVM, CertAVP(GSAS), MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Christos is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and has been qualified since 2005, specialising in Orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

Christos grew up with his family in Athens, Greece. Going to school and University in sunny Greece. It was here that he undertook an internship in Surgery and Emergency Care and where he also met his Wife!

In 2007 he started a twelve-month spell in the Greek Navy, he then returned to the UK to complete a one-year internship at Fitzpatrick Referrals in 2008.

This was followed by a Research Scholarship at Fitzpatrick Referrals, it was then that Christos with a friend, founded a Referral Centre in Greece, specialising in Orthopaedics and Diagnostic Imaging.

In 2016 he returned to Fitzpatrick Referrals as Clinic Practice Co-ordinator.

This year Christos obtained his certificate in General Small Animal surgery, from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

In his spare time, Christos enjoys spending his time with his children and studying History.

Christos is a very experienced Veterinary Surgeon with a great history of working as a vet in one of the most renowned veterinary practices in the UK.  We are very happy to bring to our customers Christos specialization in the following areas:

TPLO Surgery (cruciate disease).

Arthroscopy (Elbow disease)

Fracture Repairs

Spinal Disease

Soft Tissue Surgery

Sarah Drodge

Sarah Drodge

In Charge Nurse

In 2016, Sarah graduated and qualified from Anglia Ruskin University with a honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour. She joined The Vet in December in 2017 after working in various practice’s around Dorset and Hampshire. She didn’t know what she wanted to do growing up but knew she always wanted a job where she could work with animals and feel like she was making a difference, even on a small scale. She particularly loves medical nursing, nutrition and behaviour and has three cats called Missy, Harley and Tyke who keeps her very busy. In her spare time loves to read, explore the countryside with her camera and bake.

Rachel Simpson

Rachel Simpson

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Rachel joined The Vet in December 2017, with a wealth of experience in the Veterinary industry. Having studied at MYF, she has also previously worked at Pet Doctors, RSCPA and Vets Now. When not at work Rachel enjoys spending time with her children. Rachel has a cat called Ikea.

Molly Crowley

Molly Crowley

Veterinary Surgeon

Molly qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2014.  She is originally from upstate New York, and has two previous degrees from the USA, including veterinary nursing and Animal Science.

Since qualifyig as a vet, Molly has worked in a large and a busy small animal hospital in Coventry, Warwickshire. She has relocated to further advance her experience, and to seek a bit more sunshine! Her professional interests vary widely, but she is really interested in feline medicine, and emergency critical care.

Outside of work, Molly likes to spend a fair amount of time catering to the whims of her two feline owners, Coco and Darwin.  When they can get out of the house, her and her staffy, Ceilidh, enjoy walks in the countryside. She also enjoys swimming, rock climbing skiing, and reading.

Rebecca Grogan

Rebecca Grogan

Receptionist

Becky has worked in the veterinary industry since the age of 15 and has worked in numerous practices across the country, including an exotic practice. She is still in the middle of her training and enjoys every aspect of clinical life to include client care, nurse clinics and medical and surgical nursing. You may see her on the desk as a receptionist, greeting clients and patients. She hopes to gain her qualifications and travel abroad, working close with abundance of different creatures. She has a persian cross named Buster and has had numerous hamsters throughout childhood. In her spare time she enjoys photography and all things creative. She also enjoys travelling to see friends and spending time with family.