Visit the veterinary surgeons that have been treating local pets for more than 25 years

runnymedereceptionboxOur veterinary practice has plenty of history behind it, but one of the most important parts is the fact that we were one of the first hospitals in the country to be given accreditation by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. This means a lot to us, because it helps to assure our customers that we deliver the best in professional care.

Our senior vets Andy Wyles and David McCormick have worked in the local community for 25 years between them. During this time, they have helped local pet owners care for their animals, and have treated the pets sensitively and with real commitment. Our vets have roots in the community, and are well-known.

We are also a training centre for veterinary nurses. This is part of our investment in the future of veterinary practice. We are committed to helping create the next generation of professional and successful nurses, and our standards are high.

We keep a focus on professionalism and education and have also become a partner practice for the new University of Surrey Veterinary School. This is just further evidence of a commitment to improving the profession.

Because we’re located close to Heathrow airport we help them with the management of animals, and to ensure the welfare of animals that travel all over the world.

The hospital is a designated International Cat Care Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic. We are particularly proud of this achievement, and we know that our customers appreciate our commitment to feline care.

Since we opened in the early 1970s, we have continuously focused on improvement. The interior of the building and the equipment we use has always been cutting edge, providing a clean, professional environment that brings the very latest in advanced pet care to you. We use our profits to invest in the premises and equipment, bringing a constantly improving service to you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact us here: reception@runnymedevets.co.uk

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Meet the Team

Andy Wyles BVM&S MRCVS Clinical Manager

I qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1996 and after positions in mixed practice in Suffolk, Yorkshire and South Africa I came to Pets 1st in 2003. I am passionate about the variety of cases we see and enjoy all aspects of medicine and surgery. The 24hr service and the high level of equipment we hold means we can offer our patients the best of care onsite, around the clock. I perform acupuncture regularly to our chronic pain cases and enjoy cytology (looking at samples under the microscope).
I have 2 young children at Manorcroft Primary School where I regularly get roped in to do doing school talks. I live in Egham with my wife Charley (vet nurse) and own cats and keep some backyard chickens who keep us in good supplies of fresh eggs. If time permits I can usually be found running in Windsor Great Park or struggling round a golf course –I’m always open to a challenge from golfing clients!

Antonia Bomba MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010 and have worked in various small animal and equine positions in Newcastle, Glasgow and London. I joined the Runnymede Hill Hospital in March 2016 and have enjoyed being part of the team here especially meeting all the clients and getting to know their lovely pets! I…

Olivia Grellier VetMB MA MRCVS

Having qualified from Cambridge Vet School in June 2012, I spent some time volunteering at a dog shelter in Sri Lanka, before settling into a busy small animal practice in South-West London. After 2 years I wanted to gain more experience working in a hospital practice and am very happy and excited to have joined the team here at Runnymede.
I enjoy all aspects of my job, with a particular interest in medicine, and I love the variety that working in this profession brings.
In my spare time I enjoy skiing, rowing, baking, and spending time outdoors.

Alison Smith BVMS MRCVS

Having qualified from the Royal Veterinary college in 2010, I spent 4 years in mixed practice before deciding to dedicate myself to small animal practice. Having just completed a certificate in small animal surgery. wanted to gain more experience working in a hospital practice. I enjoy all aspects of my job, with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery when not at work I can usually be found out riding and competing my Horse Mr Darcey or out walking with my 2 dogs

Dr David McCormick PhD MRCVS Deputy Clinical Manager

Born and brought up in Scotland, I have been a local resident in Egham and Englefield Green since 1998. Having previously worked at the practice for 10 years, I have recently returned to the fold following a period of work with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (DEFRA). Early on in my career I completed a PhD in Immunology, and retain a clinical interest in the field as it relates to small animal medicine.
Over a longer period in clinical practice I have developed and strengthened my orthopaedic knowledge and enjoy the challenges and rewards with this field.
I have two children and one guinea pig (soon to be two!) and have been a member of Egham Choral Society for 6 years: I like to sing! I still consider myself able to play football, but fear that age is catching up with me!
I look forward to seeing you at the practice.

Magda Gracz MRCVS

Magda qualified from Wroclaw University in Poland in 2012. After working for 2 years in general practice in Poland, she performed a 6 month externship at the VRCC, a specialist oncology referral centre in Essex, followed by a 12 month rotational internship. She returned to general practice in London before taking on her new role…

Paul Hobson BVetMed MRCVS

I am a 1981 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. I see clients on a referral basis and work here two days a month. I spent 20 years in general small animal practice before my increasing interest in dentistry led me to practice exclusively in this area of veterinary surgery. There are very few veterinarians who work in veterinary dentistry and are able to perform complex dental treatment such as root canal treatment, treatment of malocclusions and surgery for oral tumors.

I have worked exclusively in veterinary dentistry for 15 years. During that time I moved from the UK to Los Angeles and now see cases both in Southern California
and in the UK.

My commitments to veterinary dental education include teaching at the Royal Veterinary College as a guest lecturer, presenting at conferences and local meetings and authoring articles for veterinary books, journals and newsletters.

Dental disease is extremely common in pets. It causes immense pain and suffering, but our pets are not good at telling us about it. It is my mission to bring the best in veterinary dentistry to all pets by both providing great dental care on a referral basis and by better educating vets in general practice in dental issues.

I provide a comprehensive service in dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Paul sees clients on a referral basis.

Susie Russell Director BVMS MRCVS

Susie Russell Director BVMS MRCVS
Since qualifying from Glasgow in 1985 I have always worked in small animal practice, initially in Glasgow, then Cheshire and arrived at Runnymede in 1995. For the first 10 years I combined a full time clinical role with management. I then stepped back from the clinical side but still help out when we are short and it’s always nice to see old friends again and make some new ones.

Giles Davis BVSc GPCertSAP MRCVS

I graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 2003 and spent 4 years working in mixed practice in Lancashire. Initially I carried mainly farm animal work but after 2 years decided to focus on pets. Soon after completing my General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Practice in 2007, I decided to move to pastures new and took up a post in Manchester, being in sole charge of a busy one vet practice. In November 2008 I moved to Egham to take up full time work at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and at the same time started working alternate Saturdays at Runnymede, which lets me stay in touch with the animals and the ‘real’ veterinary world. Currently I have no pets but look forward to the time when circumstances allow me to have another cocker spaniel!

Dr Martin Illot BVSc BSc PhD MSB MRCVS

Martin qualified from Liverpool University in 1990 working in the local area for more than 25 years. He enjoys general practice working with cats, dogs and small animals. In his spare time he helps his daughter look after her growing herd of 16 guinea-pigs and the family’s cats and dogs. He also enjoys running, cycling and tennis to relax from the pressures of work and teenage children.

Rachel Foulds SVN

Im Rachel, the newest member of the nursing team, I worked as a kennel assistant for 2 years then as a receptionist for 6 months. I became a student veterinary nurse in July 2016. I had always wanted to be a veterinary nurse since I was girl and I am very happy to be part of the nursing team at Pets1st. I love my job and I am looking forward to qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) I have a black and white cat called Flash.

Kelly Norton – Head Nurse

I started working as a Student veterinary Nurse in 2002 and I qualified and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2007. I worked at Runnymede Hill Veterinary Hospital previously and I have recently returned to take on the role of Head Nurse. I really enjoy being a clinical coach allowing me to take an active role in the training of Student Nurses. I have a wonderful team of nurses that support me and I am enjoying the new challenge of being Head Nurse here.

I have three dogs all of them are very active and keep me busy. In my spare time I can mostly be found taking part in ‘Canicross’ running events, my German Shorthaired Pointer cross loves this sport. We get to go to some lovely running locations and have made some great friends.

Katherine Gray

Hi my name is Katherine and I started at Runnymede as a trainee nurse in 2010 and became a RVN (registered veterinary nurse) in 2013. I said goodbye to England for a year and spent my time volunteering overseas working in many different animal hospitals and shelters around the world providing care and medical skills. I returned to Runnymede in March this year. I have a dog called Sam, he is my shadow so if I’m around he won’t be far behind.

Lauren Edwards SVN

Hello my name is Lauren I’m the newest member of the vet nursing team. I studied animal management at chapel manor college I’ve wanted to be a vet nurse ever since I was little and I am so excited that I get the chance to train here. I’ve also got pets of my own a Dalmatian called patch and a ginger cat called Harley. 

Rochinne Butler SVN

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Lauren Hannaford SVN

Hello my name is Lauren.  I became a Student Veterinary Nurse at Runnymede in November 2013.
I have always wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse since finishing my Animal Management Course at Berkshire College of Agriculture.
I am loving how much more knowledge and experience I am gaining since I stared my training.
At home I have a cat called Joe and a gerbil called Pop.

Natalie Radford RVN Deputy Head Nurse

I’m Natalie, a Veterinary Nurse at Runnymede. I always wanted to work as a Veterinary Nurse ever since doing a lot of work experience at our Sunningdale branch when I was younger. I worked as a weekend assistant at Runnymede for a year before being employed as a Student in 2010. I qualified in 2015 and am now our deputy head nurse
I have a Patterdale Terrier called Dolly who spent a lot of time here in 2012 and I knew she was in the best hands. I also have George a cheeky border terrier and love them both very much.

Nicola Anderson RVN

Hi, my name is Nicola! I have relocated from the Highlands of Scotland, (which explains the accent) to join the girls in green as a newly qualified Veterinary Nurse. Every day is different and I have already learned lots so I am always excited to see what the next day brings.
In my spare time I love to see live music and go on holidays with friends. I’m sure I will be putting Heathrow to good use. I used to cat sit and dog walk for clients back home and have always longed for a pet of my own so I don’t think it will be long before I have a house full.
I look forward to meeting you and your furry friends soon!

Kirsty Smith RVN

Hi my name is Kirsty, although you may know me better as ‘the insurance lady’ or ‘the Pets Ok lady’. I came to Runnymede around 15 years ago for work experience and never really left, I started as a kennel assistant at weekends and school holidays, then started working full time over 11 years ago, when I began VN training. I qualified around 8 years ago.
An important part of being a nurse is ongoing training; I am currently studying for my Certificate in Feline Friendly Nursing as we have recently been awarded the Gold standard Feline Friendly Practice award.
I am also a clinical coach which means I supervise one of our student nurses, Louise. It is my job to train her up and make sure she is able to carry out tasks safely and competently. I really enjoy this part of the job.
Part of the job description is owning my own pets; I have a tabby cat that was rehomed from RHVH as well as an elderly, very broken Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is always here having her heart checked or her leg examined so I can empathise with some of our more regular clients who have poorly pets.

Maxine Holder

Hello, I’m Maxine and the newest member of the team. I am so please to be working with such a caring team and like-minded animal lovers. I have 4 cats at home but I still marvel at all the different pets you bring in to us and their different personalities makes for such an interesting and varied day. I hope that I will be here for a very long time and look forward to meeting you and your pets.

Emma Smith – Practice Manager

I started working as a veterinary nurse in 1996 and trained at the Royal Veterinary College. After spending some years working with in small and large animal practices and soon realising that horses and I do not get along I had a change of career and spent the next 10 years working as an area manager for a bank. The call of the animal world was strong and I returned to the profession and after spending time working in marketing and then practice management I have now found myself in Egham. I only have the one rescued cat called “Mouse” and am currently on the lookout for a few ducks and goats to rehome.

Aleace Eyles Client Care Manager

Hello my name is Aleace and I’m the Client Care Manager for Runnymede Veterinary Hospital Egham.
I’ve been part of the friendly team for about a year now and thoroughly enjoy meeting lots of different pets each day.
Keeping me busy out of work is Ted, my 5 year old Jackadoodle, who I’ve noticed is starting to relax on my sofa when I’m not around!!

Sara-Jane Wilbourne – Deputy Client Care Manager

My name is Sarah-Jane. I am the deputy client care manager at Runnymede Hill Veterinary Hospital and have worked here since August 2007.

My job is extremely interesting, with lots of variety. I meet so many different people and pets on a daily basis, and thoroughly enjoy my job.

My beloved Staffi Duffer was a patient here for 13 years and always loved coming in and seeing the other receptionists, sometimes he would like the vets too (although he would shake and pretend that he couldn’t look at them).

Nicola Lloyd

Hello, my name is Nicola. I’ve been with the hospital since October 2004, and am really enjoying the job. There’s lots to learn, something new every day! I have a King Charles Cavalier called Herbie, who has lots of energy and keeps me very busy! Unfortunately he always wants to play with Poppy, my 15 year old black and white cat, but she’s not too keen on this!!

June Shurvall

Hello, my name is June and I have worked here as a part time receptionist since April 1998. I really enjoy meeting all the clients and especially their pets. It is very different from the 24 years I spent working in the theatre, film and TV lighting industry previously.
I love all animals wild and domesticated and currently share my home with Finn, a collie cross who we adopted as a puppy from a rescue centre – he and his sisters were dumped as young puppies in Ireland – his life is slightly more comfortable now, spoilt is another word for it! He helps to keep me fit and active as he has boundless energy and it gets me out in the open air which I love.
I also have two rather elderly cockatiels called Lucy and Magic (Magic was a stray who was brought into the surgery several years ago).

Heather Harmston

Hi I’m Heather, I’m the Deputy Head Receptionist and I have worked here at Runnymede since 1999.
I used to have a horse that I owned for 22 years and I still miss him dreadfully. I now have a cat called Twiglet, whom I rehomed from work – you can imagine it’s very difficult not to take everything home! She’s adorable but doesn’t like vets or medication! I also have a bunny and two guinea pigs that are also very lovable.