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.
Richard qualified from The University of Bristol in July 2000. After working 3 years in mixed large and small animal practice he moved back home to the south coast. Richard has worked in a small animal practice for the past 17 years. Most recently undertaking the role of Assistant Manager alongside his clinical role as Senior Vet.
Richard holds qualifications in Small Animal Practice and is an Official Veterinarian and is authorised to issue Pet Passports and Export Health Certificates.
Professional interests include all aspects of veterinary care and particularly surgery, pain management and pet weight control.
Richard is married with four children and has two Siamese cats called Niko and Mika. He also keeps tropical and pond fish and a Giant African land snail called Munchy George! In his spare time Richard enjoys running, swimming, cycling and gardening.
Nick joined the Southampton Team in October 2019. He lives near Winchester with Kate and 8 animals, 1 Collie, 2 cats and 5 children! As well as enjoying his cats and dog, Nick has recently come to love horses after experiencing the thrill of the gallop. Having had dogs, cats, goats and fish in the family throughout his life Nick is delighted to be working with animals and is excited to be one of the team at the vet Southampton.
Nick joins us from the NHS where he hopes to make the most of his experience in patient care to ensure the best experience for animals and their owners.
Outside work Nick keeps the animal theme going by being a Beaver Leader (called Mole). Nick is a Vice Chair of Governors at South Wonston School and he enjoys downhill mountain biking, paddle boarding and most other things involving speed.
Abby Winchester BSc BVSc MRCVS
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 practising yoga. Or can otherwise be found knocking up chocolate cakes with help from her two young cats Pumpkin and Elf.
Christos Nikolaou DVM, CertAVP(GSAS), MRCVS
Christos is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and has been qualified since 2005, predominately focusing on 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 expertise in the following areas:
TPLO Surgery (cruciate disease).
Arthroscopy (Elbow disease)
Soft Tissue Surgery
Emma Winkle BVetMed MRCVS
Emma qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and returned to her hometown of Southampton where she has worked ever since. Emma joined The Vet in 2018 as she was keen for a new challenge and to advance her experience.
Emma is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery but she is working on a certificate in small animal medicine to further her expertise in this field. Outside of work, Emma spends most of her time running around after her young children but in a rare moment of peace, she enjoys running with her Labrador, Bentley or walking in the local countryside.
Katie qualified in 2010 but has been nursing since 1983, whilst still at school, as she always wanted to work with animals.
Katie enjoys the special relationship that builds with the pets and owners over the years.
Katie has 3 cats, Molly, Kato and Bugley who were all gained as strays. She has a blue Staffy called Rosie who is a typical special Staffy!
In her spare time, Katie likes to go out on her Honda monkey bike, and enjoys travel and socialising with friends.
Luke Wilson BSc(Hons) RVN
Luke started in 2008 as a work experience placement in a small animal Veterinary Hospital. In 2013, he graduated from UWE Bristol with a degree in Bioveterinary Science. Following this, Luke started his nursing training with ‘MYF Training’ and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017. He enjoys being a clinical coach to student veterinary nurses and particularly enjoys surgical nursing. Luke has a black Labrador called Rolo and a horse called Charlie. He enjoys his spare time riding through the countryside on the Isle of Wight where he lives.
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.
Laura Cotton ANA RVN
Laura started working as a veterinary nursing assistant in 2002, qualifying as an Animal Nursing Assistant from Sparsholt college in 2003 and as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from Myerscough college in 2011. She enjoys being a clinical coach to student nurses, wound management and has a passion for exotic pets. She hopes to further her career by doing an advanced certificate in surgical nursing. She owns two beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Evie and Jessie who she enjoys walking in the forest and on the beaches. She also has two retired horses, Majik and Faith.
Bethany qualified in 2019 from Anglia Ruskin University with a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing with Applied Animal Behaviour. Since starting in practice she has gained an interest in medical, emergency and critical care nursing and has been working to expand her knowledge in weight and rabbit nurse clinics.
Bethany has a pony called Bee, a cat called Bob, and a rabbit called Pumpkin. In her free time she enjoys taking Bee out for rides and playing the clarinet.
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.
Maz Abdou SVN
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.
Kealey is so excited to be able to combine her love and passion for animals, with her knowledge of customer care and working with the public.
She has a cat named Theo who is 3 years old – he is very affectionate and they love spending time together.
When they’re not hanging out, Kealey enjoys; yoga, exploring the local countryside on walks, spending time with her boyfriend & friends and attending music festivals.
Millie is so excited to be joining The Vet reception team and to be surrounded by fury friends on a daily basis. She has previously volunteered at an Elephant rescue sanctuary in Thailand where their main priority was making a positive change to their lives, which she hopes to replicate in her new role. In Millie’s spare time she enjoys making music and long beach walks with her best buddy Todd – her mischievous cocker spaniel.