Introducing Our Practice Team 

The Vets

All of our vets aim to provide the highest standards of treatment for your pet. We work closely as a team to ensure real continuity of care.

 


Mr Michael ProbertMr Michael Probert B Vet Med, MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon and Director

Mike qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997 and has been at Brookend ever since. In 2009 he became a partner with Alison and took over full control of the practice following Alison’s retirement in 2014. He enjoys all aspects of general practice and is especially interested in orthopaedic surgery. He enjoys spending his time off with his young family. Mike has played rugby for Witham, and loves travelling to watch the Welsh rugby team in action.

 


Mrs Rebecca RamseyMrs Rebecca Ramsey BVM&S. BSc. MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

 

Rebecca qualified from Edinburgh University in 1997, she has been part of the team at Brookend since 2002. Rebecca has a keen interest in exotic pets and general medicine. She loves spending time with her two boys and going for long walks with her dogs.

 


Mr Alan AuldMr Alan Auld BVMS. MRcVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Alan qualified from Glasgow University in 1993. He has worked at Brookend for a total of 14 years, returning in after a period locuming around the country. Alan is a very experienced small animal vet and enjoys all aspects of small animal practice. He has special interest in Surgery and dental work.

 


Dr Charlotte SarreDr Charlotte Sarre DVM, MRCVS, PHD.
Veterinary Surgeon

Charlotte is the newest member of our veterinary team. She qualified from Ghent University in 2009. As a diplomat of the European Veterinary Parasitology College Charlotte has a special interest in Parasitology and cytology. Outside work she enjoys reading and Hiking.

 


The Nurses

At Brookend our team of qualified veterinary nurses will look after your pet from the moment they arrive until they return home.

The nurses provide regular clinics for:

  • microchipping
  • nail clipping
  • worming and flea control
  • emptying anal glands
  • diet advice
  • dog and cat behaviour/training advice
  • medication administration

 


Katie BlackeryKatie Blackery VN
Head Veterinary Nurse

Katie is our head nurse. She qualified in 2004, training at Brookend and Writtle College, having joined us as a school leaver. She enjoys leading the Brookend nursing team. Katie has extensive knowledge of dog behavioural problems and runs regular nursing clincs.

 


Laura Brown VNLaura Brown VN
Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Laura joined us in August 2004 as a receptionist and then transferred to veterinary nurse training. She gained a place at the College of Animal Welfare in Hertfordshire and qualified in 2008. Laura is in charge of small animal nutrition and runs regular clinics

 


 
Sharon LoganSharon Logan VN
Veterinary Nurse

Sharon is a qualified veterinary nurse and has worked at Brookend since 1992. She has the specific jobs of dealing with the many insurance claims we process, and stock control, but whenever possible she still enjoys some patient contact, and watching interesting operations. Sharon's hobbies are dog walking and cross stitch.

 


Kim TomkinKim Tomkin NVQ Small Animal Care
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Kim has been at Brookend since leaving school in 1995. She enjoys the day to day interaction with the animals and has a particular interest in hand-rearing newborns. Kim's hobbies include reading, and spending time with her friends and families, she has recently rediscovered her love of horse riding along with her daughter.

 


Rachel WatsonRachel Watson MSc (hons). VN
Veterinary Nurse

Rachel graduated from Leeds University with a 1st class honours in animal nutrition and physiology. She initially came to Brookend in 2009 as maternity cover before becoming a permanent member of the team. She has a special interest in pet rabbits. Away from work most of Rachel's spare time is taken up by her two daughters but loves cycling when she gets the chance.

 


Sarah CornelSarah Cornel VN
Veterinary Nurse

Sarah has been nursing since 2000 and joined Brookend in 2012. She is our practice 'midwife' having recently complete a course in the care of puppies and kittens , pregnant and birthing pets.

 


Helen Edmunds RVNHelen Edmunds RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Helen qualified as a veterinary nurse with honors in 2012. She joined Brookend last year heads our cat care clinics including our new cat only clinics and feline blood pressure monitoring. Helen lives with her boyfriend and two guinea pigs, away from work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and reading.

 


Nicola Stinson RVNNicola Stinson RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Nichola is the latest addition to our nursing team, she qualified at the College of Animal Welfare in 2013. At work she is especially interested in radiography and cat nursing. In her spare time Nicola enjoys camping and obsessed with her two cats Arthur and Ernie.

 


Helen TurnerHelen Turner
Practice Manager

Helen joined our reception team in 2014 and brought a wealth of experience to from her background in accounts and IT. She has subsequently been promoted to Practice Manager. Helen has 2 teenage children and enjoys entertaining her friends with her singing and piano playing.

 



 
Mary JonesMary Jones
Receptionist

Mary is another very longstanding member of staff having joined the surgery in 1988, even before it became Brookend. She enjoys talking to the clients and has completed four customer care courses. She is also a qualified nutritional advisor.

 


 
Karen JonesKaren Jones
Receptionist

Karen has been with the team since 2004 when she joined an office administrator in 2011 she was promoted to practice manager. She has completed her Veterinary Practice Administration Certificate. Karen recently decided she wanted to spend more time with clients and staff so has moved to reception. Karen owns Tigger the cat after adopting him when he was abandoned at the surgery with 2 broken legs when just 3 months old.

 


 
Margaret JonesMargaret Jones
Receptionist

Margaret joined the practice in 2005. She is very involved Guide Dogs for the Blind, she is a puppy walker for the charity and has taken on two retired guide dogs. Her main interests are football and tennis, and she is an obsessive Chelsea FC fan. As well as her reception role Margaret also manages the charity work at Brookend.

 



Jenny KellyJenny Kelly
Receptionist

Jenny joined our reception team in 2008.She has bought a wealth of experience of reception work to the practice. In Jenny's spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music and relaxing in her garden (when the british summer permits!)

 


Jenni ParishJenni Parish
Receptionist

Jenni has been part of our reception team for over 10 years. She is in her element when greeting the new puppies and kittens. She enjoys family outings with children and black lab and has recently taken up horse riding again.

 


Alison EwbankMrs Alison Ewbank B Vet Med, MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon (retired)

Alison qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983. She opened the practice in 1990 and was practice principal until inviting Mike to become a partner in 2009.

Alison retired from Brookend in 2014

 


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Testimonials:

Mrs Bacon

"Rebecca & Charlotte. Thank you for your kindness and the wonderful care you took of Bobby. He is feeling so much better! I just wanted you to know" ... [Click here to see more]
Jo Bowser

"They are the best vets we have ever been too. They always go above and beyond for our dogs - even though one doesn't like them very much!" ... [Click here to see more]
Tresta Mason

"Brilliant vets, always so patient with my dog, who is a bit of a nightmare for them. He recently underwent major surgery, and Mike (the vet) was amazing" ... [Click here to see more]
Jane Smith

"This is the best vets in Witham! My young cat was hit by a car 2 years ago , she was badly hurt, all the staff at brookend gave her the best care" ... [Click here to see more]
Carol & Emily

"Dear Rebecca and your lovely team, Thank you so much for looking after Max (Fat Boy) and us after his recent trauma! Your kindness and reassurance" ... [Click here to see more]
Rebecca Bixby

"Dear Rebecca. Thank you for everything you did for Bailey! I knew that he was always in good hands and loved coming to see you for cuddles!" ... [Click here to see more]
Sheila and Derek Gilder

"Dear Mike and staff. Thank you for the care you have given Bobbie and your kindness to us over the years, especially this week. Best wishes" ... [Click here to see more]
Clara and Stan

"Dear Rebecca. Thank you for your Kindness and sympathy regarding our much loved Jim. To our family you are not only a 'super vet' but also" ... [Click here to see more]
Mr and Mrs Nickerson

"Dear Mike and Everyone at Brookend. We would like to take the time to thank each and everyone of you for the care you gave our beloved Alfie" ... [Click here to see more]
Mrs S Blythe

"Dear Mike. Thank you for the kindness and wonderful care you took of my lovely Where R U (Tiddly). Sometimes I called him 'Superpuss'" ... [Click here to see more]
Dawn and Mark Chinnery

"Dear Mike, we would like to thank you and the entire Brookend team for the loving care, treatment and expertise given to Casper over the years" ... [Click here to see more]
Mrs Julie Harris

"Dear Rebecca. The kindness and compassion you show makes a huge difference. Just brought Faith home and feel so lucky that she might be OK. When you" ... [Click here to see more]
Clare and Sid Hawes

"To Mike and all the staff at Brookend, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for looking after Nell.... you have been kind thoughtful and patient" ... [Click here to see more]
Kerry Phillips

"To Rebecca, the vets, nurses and staff. Thanks you for all of your help with Kia, my little ferret. You made a big difference to such a tiny girl." ... [Click here to see more]
Mr & Mrs Hansell

"To Alan, Please accept this as a thank you for the wonderful work you did for our little dog Tilly. You have made her life so much better" ... [Click here to see more]
Peter & Debi Howlett-Morley

"To the lovely staff of Brookend Veterinary Practice, thanks you for your kindness and empathy, even though we were not your clients." ... [Click here to see more]
David and Sally Orrin

"Dear Alan, We wanted to say thank you for the care you gave Rosie. Your kindness was so appreciated and there is not much more to say but many, many thanks." ... [Click here to see more]
Paul Duvoisin

"Dear Mike, thank you for the great care you gave Charlie right to the end. I am so grateful, it made a huge difference. I would also like to thank your fantastic staff who have always been so helpful to me." ... [Click here to see more]
Rocco and Claire

"I can't thank you enough for all you've done for Rocco. You've taken such amazing care of him and I never thought I would be bringing him home. I've had animals all my life and have never known a vets as thorough, compassionate and efficient as yours. Thank you." ... [Click here to see more]
Chris and Val Ling

"Thank you so very much for taking care of our precious Lucy. Your advice and kindness was invaluable." ... [Click here to see more]
Janine, Sue and Laura Gilbank

"A huge thank you for all you did for Diesel. Diesel actually liked coming to his appointments at the vets! He was a wonderful dog and we are so grateful for the swift diagnosis and excellent treatment he received." ... [Click here to see more]
Amanda, Tony and Poppy Lucia

"Thank you so much for all your kind help and support to ourselves and Roodie throughout his treatment." ... [Click here to see more]
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