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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.

Richard Warin

Richard Warin

Clinical Director

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 Thuilliez

Nick Thuilliez

Centre Director

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 Winchester BSc BVSc MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

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.

Katie Brown

Katie Brown

Head Nurse

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.

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.

Laura Cotton ANA RVN

Laura Cotton ANA RVN

In Charge Nurse

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 King

Bethany King

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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 Curnow

Holly Curnow

Student Veterinary Nurse

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 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.

Kealey Farrow

Kealey Farrow

Receptionist

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.

Helen Najera DVM M.V.Sc.

Helen Najera DVM M.V.Sc.

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born in London and completed most of my education in England. I then moved to Lithuania where I completed my education in veterinary medicine. I enjoy spending time with both family and friends. Living in Lithuania for over 5 years has allowed me to greatly appreciate the outdoors, I enjoy long walks out in the forest in the winter where temperatures can reach up to -21 degrees. Whilst living in Lithuania I adopted both a cat and dog from the local animal shelter. Sarita (my cuddly cat) and Russell (my energetic little dog) have both been a great addition and keep me busy at home. When I’m not studying, I also enjoy baking, attempting to learn how to cook new dishes and burning those calories off at the gym. I am excited to finally start practicing as a veterinary doctor this year, I am interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine and cannot wait to see what the future holds.