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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

Deputy Head Vet
Currently Unavailable

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.

Poppy Makhzangi BVMedsci (Hons) BVMBVS (Hons) MRCVS

Poppy Makhzangi BVMedsci (Hons) BVMBVS (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
Currently Unavailable

Poppy graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2014 and has since been working at a mixed practice in Gloucestershire. She has a keen interest in internal medicine and emergency and critical care. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book, baking, riding her horse or walking her dogs. She has 4 dogs called Spud, Audrey, Albert and a collie named Dylan. She has also rescued Frank, a cat who dictates the house and terrifies the dogs!

Giulia Tosi DVM MRCVS

Giulia Tosi DVM MRCVS

Veterinary Intern

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

Veterinary 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!

Clare Jerram SVN

Clare Jerram SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Clare is a big animal lover, at home she has a variety of animals including eight ponies (within the family), five of which are miniatures and Molly which is her personal horse which she rides. Throughout the year Clare’s family show their ponies at local shows and Clare also enjoys taking part in sponsored rides with Molly. Clare has a certificate for a Diploma in Animal Management; Triple Distinction. As well as all her ponies Clare has a rather mischievous Norfolk Terrier who is eighteen months old, two guinea pigs and one Rex rabbit.

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

Veterinary Care Assistant
Holly Curnow

Holly Curnow

Receptionist

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