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Meet the staff at Riversmeet Veterinary Centre

Veterinary Surgeons:

We have nine full time veterinary surgeons and each member of the team has their own area of special interest allowing us to provide a high standard of clinical care to our clients. All our vets choose to regularly attend continuing professional development courses to keep them up to date. Many of our vets are studying for or have achieved advanced veterinary qualifications.

Three of our vets have RCVS Advanced Practitioner status and hold the highly respected RCVS Certificate in their areas of special interest (surgery, ophthalmology and cardiology). This advanced post-graduate qualification requires 3-5 years of study and involves submitted work plus rigorous practical and written examinations. Only approximately 5% of veterinary surgeons have achieved one of these qualifications and we are the only local practice to have three RCVS Advanced Practitioners and RCVS certificate holders.

Derek

Derek McGinnigle, B.Vet.Med., CertSAS., M.R.C.V.S.

Derek is an Advanced Practitioner in small animal surgery and holds a RCVS certificate in small animal surgery. He qualified from The Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1989 and has worked at Riversmeet since September 1989. He became a partner in 1993. His veterinary interests are small animal surgery especially orthopaedics (bone, joint and spinal surgery). He has particular experience in dealing with fracture repairs, spinal surgery, cruciate ligament repair by "tibial plateau leveling osteotomy" (TPLO), hip dysplasia treatment by pelvic osteotomy (DPO/TPO) or total hip replacement (Derek is certified by BioMedtrix to perform hip replacement using the Universal Hip System), correction of patella ("knee cap") dislocation, and cancer treatment surgery. When not at work Derek likes to go walking with his family and two dogs 'Benny' and 'Flo', cycling, gardening and DIY projects.

Simon

Simon Paterson, B.Vet.Med., CertVOphthal., M.R.C.V.S.

Simon is an Advanced Practitioner in ophthalmology and holds a RCVS certificate in veterinary ophthalmology.
He qualified from The Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1998 and has worked at Riversmeet since July 1998.
He became a partner in 2001. His veterinary interests are small animal ophthalmology and small animal medicine.
He has particular experience in dealing with all eye problems in dogs and cats.
When not at work Simon is a keen rugby fan. He also enjoys gardening and going to the gym. He has two cats named after New Zealand rugby captains.

Geoff

Geoff Holt, B.Vet.Med., CertVC., M.R.C.V.S.

Geoff is an Advanced Practitioner in cardiology and holds a RCVS certificate in veterinary cardiology.
He qualified from the University of London and has worked at Riversmeet since July 2005. He became a partner in 2013. His veterinary interest is in small animal cardiology, diagnostic imaging and small animal medicine. When not at work Geoff likes mountain biking, hiking and photography. He has a cat called 'Mia'.

Pamela

Pamela Duckett, B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S.

Pamela qualified from the University of Bristol and has worked at Riversmeet since October 2004. Her veterinary interest is in small animal medicine, cancer chemotherapy and general surgery. When not at work Pamela enjoys cooking, skiing, reading and walking her dog 'Daisy'.

Karina

Karina Robinson, B.V.M&S., M.R.C.V.S.

Karina qualified from the University of Edinburgh and has worked at Riversmeet since November 2009. She is currently studying for her RCVS CertAVP (Medicine).
Her veterinary interests are small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging. When not at work Karina enjoys holidays and walking with her whippet 'Widget'.

Emily

Emily Blight, BVM BVS, BVMedSci, M.R.C.V.S.

Emily qualified from the University of Nottingham and has worked at Riversmeet since October 2015.
Her veterinary interest is in general small animal medicine and surgery. When not at work Emily enjoys walking, swimming and cooking.

Jorden

Jorden Collins, B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S.

Jorden qualified from the University of Bristol and has worked at Riversmeet since July 2016.
Her veterinary interest is in small animal medicine and surgery. When not at work Jorden enjoys running, going to the gym and walking with her pug. She is a member of the UK Pug Club.

Tomas

Tomas Homer, B.V.M&S., M.R.C.V.S.

Tomas qualified from the University of Edinburgh and has worked at Riversmeet since August 2016.
His veterinary interest is in small animal medicine and surgery. He has two Welsh Springer Spaniels. When not at work Tomas enjoys playing hockey, music and travel.

simon

Simon Barrington-Ward, B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S.

Simon qualified from the University of London and has worked at Riversmeet since September 2016.
His veterinary interest is in small animal surgery. When not at work Simon enjoys playing football, running and diving. His motto is 'run 5K every day'.

Riversmeet kittens

Nurses:

Emma (RVN), Fiona (RVN), Amy (RVN), Charlotte (RVN), a second Emma, Naomi, Rachael, Jade, Kate, Mia, Lydia, Stephanie and Emily make up our hard working and dedicated team of thirteen veterinary nurses.

They strive to provide the best care for our patients while keeping the vets in control! This is truly a difficult balancing act which they perform on a daily basis.

It is their work that forms the backbone for the caring service that we aim to provide.

Meet some of our nurses below.

Emma

Emma Fox RVN

Emma is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and has worked at Riversmeet since August 2005. She is our head nurse, Nurse Clinical Coach and is an important member of our hip replacement team. She also runs our very successful free weight clinics. When not at work Emma likes to go walking with her Pug 'Arnie', looking after her two giant rabbits and listening to 80's music.

Fiona

Fiona Galbraith ANA RVN

Fiona is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and has worked at Riversmeet since November 2002. When not at work Fiona enjoys holidays with her family and relaxing with her cats 'Loki' and 'Bartleby'.

Amy

Amy Bogle ANA RVN

Amy is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and has worked at Riversmeet since September 2001. When not at work Amy enjoys gardening, running and swimming. She has a rescue cat called 'Bailey'.

Charlotte

Charlotte Perry RVN

Charlotte is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and has worked at Riversmeet since December 2012. She has a Jack Russell Terrier called 'Poppy', a cat and three rabbits. When not at work Charlotte enjoys horse riding and walking her dog.

Emma

Emma Hodgson

Emma has worked at Riversmeet since February 2013 and is studying for the VN qualification to become a RVN. When not at work Emma helps out at Grendon Cat Shelter. She has a cat called 'Anna'. She loves travel and has worked with primates in africa.

Naomi

Naomi Burton

Naomi has worked at Riversmeet since June 2013 and is studying for the VN qualification to become a RVN. She has a pug called 'Frankie'. She enjoys music and walking with her dog.

Reception:

We currently have four receptionists: Heather, Anita, Annabelle and Jenny. They have one of the most demanding jobs at Riversmeet: answering the telephone, dealing with clients and taking payments. Be nice to a receptionist today, they will really appreciate it!

Administration:

Eileen Clayton

Eileen has worked at Riversmeet for 40 years and is our longest standing employee. She is the Practice Administrator with responsibilities for the financial side of the business, wages and client accounts. She also answers the phone and covers reception when it is busy or when one of our receptionists is away. Truly a superwoman!

Patrick Ryan

Patrick is the practice manager. He works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep to the practice cogs turning. When not at work he likes reading, travel and eating out.