Our Waltham Forest veterinary team understands how much your pet means to you. Their knowledge and experience ensures that your pet is always in good hands.
Hermann Heyl MVB MRCVS
Hermann grew up in the west of Ireland and moved to the UK after graduating from University College Dublin. He has worked with small animals in hospitals around Essex and London. Spending almost 2 years as a Chief Medical Officer in a Small Animal 24 hour hospital in Sydney. He is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. Hermann is currently studying to take his final exams in a Post Graduate Certificate in Surgery. He has a special interest in Orthopedics; in particular fixing knees! Hermann and his wife Kirsty (another vet at The Vet) share their home with four rescued cats; Simon and Smudge from Australia, as well as Mildred and Olive from the UK. They have also rescued two English Bulldogs called Libby and Bentley. They all get on very well together – but Olive is definitely the boss! In his spare time, Hermann loves to play basketball and keep fit. He has represented Ireland in basketball at all underage levels and was offered a scholarship to play in the USA before choosing a career in Veterinary Medicine.
Kirsty Heyl BVSc MRCVS
Kirsty was born and raised in Surrey. After qualifying from Bristol University in 2008, Kirsty has worked in London, Essex and spent nearly 2 years as a Chief Medical Officer in a small animal hospital in Sydney, Australia. Kirsty has a special interest in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedics and is currently working towards a certificate in Small Animal Surgery. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband Hermann and their two rescued British Bulldogs, Libby and Bentley, and their four re-homed cats, Simon, Smudge, Olive and Mildred.
Monica Commons BVSc, MRCVS
Monica joined the team all the way from New Zealand. She graduated from New Zealand’s own Massey University in 2014 and then worked locally for two and a half years in both a mixed animal and an exclusively small animal role.
Monica made the hard decision to leave her much loved rescue dog, Kyah, with her family when she made the move to the UK. She has been looking into options for bringing Kyah over to join her and the meet the rest of the team at The Vet.
Monica’s main areas of interest are nutrition, critical care and surgery.
In her spare time Monica plans to travel throughout the UK and Europe to enjoy the outdoors, food and wine on offer!
Carolina Vilches Romo
Caroline was born and breed in Spain. After she graduated from University in 2011, she worked in a small animal veterinary hospital in the sunny east coast of Spain. She moved to the UK 3 years ago and has been working as a veterinary surgeon in a few practices in South Yorkshire. Her main areas of interest are Feline medicine and surgery. Caroline is a cat lover and she likes to spend as much time as she can with her little black cat, Misa. In her spare time, she likes travelling, going to the cinema and playing the saxophone (which Misa hates!).
Lucy Gager RVN
Lucy is a registered veterinary nurse, and has been working in veterinary practices since 2006. She has a soft spot for ‘BFD’s (big friendly dogs!), having had Rottweilers and mastiff breeds herself! Her current furry brood include 4 ginger cats, an English mastiff called Tank, and a lovely old English springer spaniel called Moo. With her love for canines ever growing, Lucy has developed a keen interest in the study of canine psychology and behaviour, and is passionate about invoking responsible dog ownership, irrespective of breed. Her dream is to open a rescue centre in the future, for dogs that can’t be rehomed, to live out their days in happiness, as they should! Lucy has high hopes to extend her nursing skills further, by undertaking an advanced diploma in medical and surgical nursing, and obtaining her certificate in emergency and critical care nursing, in the near future.
Gemma Armstrong RVN C&GCertVNES
Gemma started in practice as a ward assistant in 2007. She completed the Animal Nursing Assistant course and went on to become a qualified nurse in 2012. She joined the team at The Vet in 2016. Gemma has a great interest in exotic species and has passed her certificate in nursing of exotic species. She also has a big soft spot for our feline patients and hopes to complete the ISFM certificate in feline nursing. She is a clinical coach and supports our student vet nurses in their training. Gemma has 3 cats, 3 rabbits and 4 tortoises all of which have been rescued or rehomed. She helps out at South Essex Wildlife Hospital, looking after and rehabilitating wildlife. Gemma loves spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys socialising with the team outside of work with a glass of prosecco!
Saira Carstens RVN
Saira has been working in small animal practices for the last 8 years. She is due to take her final nursing exams next year to become a qualified veterinary nurse. Saira is particularly interested in canine behaviour and critical care. She has a golden retriever called Ruby, who is a bit of a lap dog despite weighing 30kg!
Iain George SVN
Iain has worked in the veterinary industry for 10 years, both in private practice and a charity hospital. Iain is very excited to work at The Vet where he is going to undertake his training to become a Qualified Veterinary Nurse in 2016. Iain is a keen traveller and has backpacked around Australia, India and Vietnam. He misses his rescue animals while he is away, including, two cats called Charlie and Amelia, a very excitable dog called Ed and a tortoise called Shelly.
Nicola is happiest when she is surrounded by animals. In her spare time she volunteers at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary where she helps take care of a variety of different animals and has a big soft spot for pigs! She loves her job at The Vet and is excited to be starting her VCA course to gain skills and hopefully help her progress to nurse training in the future. At home she loves nothing more than cuddling up to her 2 cats Ozzy and Jess who are spoilt rotten!
Since a young age Stevie has always had a keen interest in animals. From the age of 3 she started horse riding lessons and 22 years later she still rides nearly every day. She has a diploma with distinction in Equine Psychology and she currently is studying her GCSE Maths to enable he to later study to become a Veterinary Nurse.
Stevie has many animals including Cody, the boxer (her favourite pet), three hand reared cats, Arniemo, Bertie and Boudica and two horses Belle and Arrow. Together with her partner they have 22 animals!
Lisa is a mum of three (humans) plus a mum to four ginger cats (chewy, Jammie, Maggie and Biggs) and the biggest of all babies her English Mastiff called Tank! When she’s not running around after her extensive household her interests include reading, cooking and tea and biscuits!
Charlotte Silcott-Niles BSc (Hons)
Charlotte is a true East London girl having lived in Waltham Forest her entire life. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with a degree in Bioveterinary Sciences in 2016 and joined The Vet in January 2017. She has a keen interest in clinical pathology, immunology and just generally talking to people. Charlotte has a Siamese X cat called Rocci, a Bichon Frise called Bluebelle but her pride and joy is her thoroughbred ex-racehorse called Cocohatchee (Coco for short). Her interests include Horseball (described only as rugby on horseback), dressage, netball and keeping fit.
Sarah was born in London and has lived there for most her life. She has a 4-year-old daughter, 2 rescue cats and a very naughty main coon called Bear. Her interests include swimming at the Olympic pool and cooking up new recipes in the kitchen Sarah hopes one day to make her dream a reality of becoming a veterinary nurse.