Braintree Road, Witham
01376 500038
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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.


Connor Herst DrMedVet PgCertImg(WBIS) MRCVSMr Connor Herst DrMedVet PgCertImg(WBIS) MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Connor graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2018 and joined the Brookend team one year later. Connor has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging, recently completing his certificate in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging (WBIS ) but also enjoys surgical work. Outside of practice, Connor enjoys music, gaming and walking with his dogs.


Aleksander Nowak MRCVSAleksander Nowak MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Alex graduated in 2018 from Warsaw University of Life Sciences. He spent 3 years working in a small animal practice in South Yorkshire before moving to Witham and joining the team at Brookend.

In his free time Alex enjoys gardening and long-distance hiking, recently completing the 500km long distance trail in the Beskids Mountains in Poland.


Miss Georgia HubbardMiss Georgia Hubbard
Veterinary Surgeon

Georgia qualified from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Budapest in 2020 and started her career in a small animal practice in Ipswich. She has recently relocated to Essex and joined the team at Brookend.

In her free time, Georgia enjoys walking with her dog Rita, and having recently purchased her first home, is looking forward to spending lots of time decorating and gardening!


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 RVN
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.


Hollie Williams RVN CA-SQP CertVNECCHollie Williams RVN CA-SQP CertVNECC
Deputy Head Nurse

Hollie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2020 after completing her training with Writtle College University. She has a passion for nursing hospitalised patients and critical care needs and has recently completed her Certificate Of Veterinary Nursing In Emergency & Critical Care. Hollie was recently promoted to Deputy Head Nurse.

Hollie previously specialised in Avian Nursing ( particularly Racing Pigeons) and Microscopy. She takes a special interest in animal conservation after nursing on an African Reserve.

In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends and family, beach and countryside walks.


Sharon LoganSharon Logan RVN
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.


Sarah CornellSarah Cornell RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Sarah joined the team at Brookend in 2012 but has been nursing for many years. She trained at the RSPCA in London and qualified in 2006. She has a keen interest in nursing rabbits. Anaesthesia and inpatient care. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends and family and cake decorating.


Helen Edmunds RVNHelen Frost 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 Wright RVNNicola Wright RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Nicola qualified at the College of Animal Welfare in 2013. At work she is especially interested in radiography, all feline medicine including our cat only clinics. Nicola runs our social media platforms and really enjoys taking pictures and videos to educate our clients, and of course, loves the cute puppies and kittens. Nicola has three cats of her own, Arthur, Ernie and Bertie and believes that she would be classed as a crazy cat lady if she didn’t have a husband and young daughter! In her spare time, she enjoys photography, time with her family and friends, and camping.


Rebecca O'Keeffe RVNRebecca O'Keeffe RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Becca qualified in 2018 after completing her training with Writtle College University. She takes a special interest in feline medicine, hypertension and diabetes. She has 3 cats of her own, all rescued since starting as a student nurse. Outside of work she enjoys spending time socialising with her family and friends.


Demi-Nicole Nightingill RVNDemi-Nicole Nightingill RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Demi-Nicole is our newest member of the nursing team qualifying in December 2022. She has a keen interest in anaesthetics and surgery and hopes to do additional qualifications in these areas, eventually building up to completing her certificate in advanced veterinary nursing one day. Outside of nursing she loves horse riding and painting, as well as long walks with her cocker spaniel Treacle. She has recently moved to Witham from London and is finding a quieter pace of life here!


Coral BlewCoral Blew SVN
Student Veterinary Nurse

Coral joined us as a receptionist in 2021 but is now training to become a veterinary nurse, studying at Writtle college. She qualified as a Registered Animal Medicines Advisor in 2017 and has a keen interest in parasites in small animals! Coral won the Petplan Rising star of the year award in 2016.

Coral has a Jack Russell named Ben that she adopted from Wallace Kennels in 2016 and enjoy’ s trick training and agility! Coral enjoys horse riding and owns two ponies called Bella and Buster, enjoying competing with Buster in Cross Country and Jump cross, and pampering Bella who is now retired.


Morgen McDonaldMorgen McDonald SVN
Student Veterinary Nurse

Morgen has been in the veterinary industry for 2 years; she completed her Animal Management Level 3 in 2021. In her spare time, she helps at a local Brownie unit, plays the cornet in a brass band, as well as looking after her three rabbits (Luna, Myst and Chino) hamster called Stitch, Bruce the Fish and Kasper the dog!


Helen TurnerHelen Turner
Practice Manager

Helen joined our reception team in 2014 and was promoted to Practice Manager in 2017. She has completed her Veterinary Practice Management Certificate and along with Head Nurse Katie, recently completed her training as a MHFA (Mental Health First Aider) Helen loves to spend time with her family and enjoys music, singing, theatre trips, cycling, yoga and a good box set!


Mary JonesMary Jones
Office Administrator

Mary is the longest serving member of staff, having joined the practice in 1988, before it became Brookend. She enjoys talking to the clients and has completed four customer care courses. She is also a qualified nutritional advisor. After many years on reception, Mary now works in the office with Helen.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys dancing, music, theatre, and holidays.


Karen JonesKaren Jones

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

Margaret joined the practice in 2005. She is very involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind and was formerly a puppy walker for the charity, taking 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.


Jill FennJill Fenn

Jill joined Brookend in April 2017 after a long career in finance. She has a love for all animals (except Snakes!) and currently has many pets at home including Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and a parrot. Jill has an exceptional love of horses.


Anne OrrAnne Orr

Anne joined our reception team in 2018. She loves greeting the clients and their pets. Anne has completed the Competent Veterinary Dispenser Award, her goal being to complete her Silver receptionist award. In Anne’s spare time, she enjoys long walks with her two dogs, listening to country music and yoga.


Paige McCormackPaige McCormack

Paige is new to the reception team, joining us in 2021, and is loving the opportunity of interacting with the animals every day. Paige has two cats and a little boy. She enjoys days out with her family and aims to become a crazy cat lady if her husband will let her.


Sharon LeaderSharon Leader

Sharon is the newest member of our reception team and is in her element cuddling the animals (especially puppies). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. At present she has a cat but is on the lookout for a new canine fur baby.


Alison RoseAlison Rose

Alison joined the reception team in 2021. She loves working with the public and interacting with the animals that visit us at Brookend. Alison has two mad dogs which she loves like her babies. Alison enjoys the outdoors, time with friends and family and dog walking.


Michelle BrownMichelle Brown

Michelle is the newest addition to our reception/client care team, having joined us from the NHS. Michelle was a pet groomer for many years and brings a wealth of experience with her. In her spare time, Michelle likes to spend time with her family and pets.


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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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