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: [email protected]


Meet the Team

Rachael Hanbury BVSc MRCVS

I graduated Liverpool University in July 2012. I initially did some charity work with the RSPCA and then settled at my first practice in Hertfordshire. I decided to return to my roots in Surrey in 2014 and have been working in this area since, joining the team at Runnymede Hill Veterinary Hospital in 2018. I enjoy all aspects of my job especially meeting the clients and their lovely pets. My particular area of interest is Internal Medicine and I plan to commence a certificate in the near future to award me a higher qualification in this area. Outside of work I am a sociable character enjoying spending time with family and friends. I have three dogs in the family, which I spend a lot of time with and hope to get my own pet soon. I love to travel and recently attended a charity project at Carriacou Animal Hospital in the Caribbean. I also enjoy cooking and keeping myself active.

Viktoria Tsari MRCVS

Here is the briefing qualified at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki in 2012 and enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery. I have worked as a veterinary surgeon in Greece and the United Kingdom for the past 4 years. I have been a member of Runnymede Hill Hospital since November 2017 and I have been very excited working in a hospital environment.I love volunteering work and hope some day I can devote some time to volunteer for the wildlife out there. I have an adorable rescue dog called Bad and enjoy the company of two rescue budgie named Euthie and Daffodil. In my spare time I love travelling, cooking different types of cuisines and listening to all kinds of music!

Andy Wyles BVM&S MRCVS Clinical Director

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.

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.

Matthew Oxford BVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Matthew is one of only a handful of Veterinary Dentists in the UK and established the New Forest Veterinary Dental Service in 2011, to provide a referral service for advanced veterinary dental and oral surgery procedures for other veterinary practices. He sees around 700 cases a year, ranging from routine work to advanced dental and oral surgery cases, and including work on some more ‘exotic’ patients. He publishes regularly in the veterinary literature and is a reviewer for a number of publications. He is the course organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association, a role which involves providing and co-ordinating undergraduate teaching at Bristol and Cambridge Universities, as well as the association’s numerous postgraduate courses for vets, both in the UK and in Europe. In addition he has tutored at the Universities of Liverpool and Nottingham. He holds the European Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and his main interest is in endodontic (root canal) treatment of teeth.

Matthew provides referral and primary care veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at Runnymede Veterinary Hospital.

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.

Kyrstie Bright RVN

I am the consult Nurse, you will find me at both branches Runnymede and Chobham Road.

What I love about my role the most is that I get to know all the lovely clients really well as well as their pets.

I have worked in practice since 2009 and I qualified as an Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014.

As well as cats and dogs I also have a keen interest in exotics and small furries. I completed an additional qualification- a diploma in the nursing of exotic species in 2016.

In my spare time I volunteer for a local ferret rescue and I have ended up with four rescue ferrets of my own; Wilbur, Martha, Desmond and Oswald.

I Also foster cats for a couple of local charities, this is how I ended up with my cat Buddy, as i just couldnt bring myself to give him away!

Charley Hullah RVN

My name is Charly and I’ve been in small animal first opinion practice for 8 years and qualified nearly 4 years ago. I made the move to Runnymede to experience a more intensive hospital environment and experience the out of hours work!

I love being a nurse and caring for all patients that walk though the door.

My particular interests are anaesthesia, hospitalisation cases and wildlife rehabilitation.

I have an aging (he doesn’t seem it!) Staffordshire Bull Terrier X rescue named Minty (I didn’t grace him with the name and he certainly doesn’t live up to it!). We enjoy going for woody walks and playing tug of war!

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.

Kat Grey Deputy Head Nurse

Hi my name is Kat 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. 

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.

Christine Beasley RVN

Insurance Administrator and RVN

Erin Elgary

Hello my name is Erin and I am the newest member of the reception team! I graduated this summer with my BSc in Biology and have always had strong interests in animal behaviour and biology. I have a passion for the weird and wonderful like pangolins and kiwis and find insects fascinating. I hope so to explore these interests further through travel and documentary making in the near future! I currently don’t have any pets, but in the past I’ve had dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, hamsters, rabbits, birds, pygmy hedgehogs and African land snails to name a few!

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 Director

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 joined the Pets 1st team in 2015. I have settled into life in Egham along with my dog Betty and cat Mouse .

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!!

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.