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 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 Ramsey BVM&S. BSc. MRCVS
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 Auld BVMS. MRcVS
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.
Mr Connor Herst
Connor graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2018 and joined the Brookend team one year later. He has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging but also enjoys surgical work. Outside of practice, Connor enjoys music, gaming and walking with his dogs.
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:
Katie 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.
Sharon Logan VN
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 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 Sparkes MSc (hons).VN
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 Cornel VN
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 Frost RVN
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 RVN
Nicola 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.
Rebecca O'Keeffe RVN
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.
Hollie Williams RVN
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. 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.
Helen joined our reception team in 2014 and was promoted to Practice Manager in 2017. Helen loves to spend time with her family and enjoys music, singing, theatre trips, cycling and a good box set!
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 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 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.
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.
Coral is the latest addition to our reception team. 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.
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 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.