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Grahame Howe

Director & Veterinary Surgeon

Grahame, a Cambridge graduate dabbled in mixed practice in Cheshire and Herriots Practice in Yorkshire. After a spell in North London he moved to a mixed practice in Gloucestershire where he spent 11 happy years, initially as an assistant and then as a partner.

He took the opportunity in 2014 to start a new practice where he could focus on what he believes is key to running an excellent practice: good medicine, good surgery and good customer care.

He firmly believes that clients should be treated as he would like to be, and that pets should be treated as if they were his own.

Olaxys Fernandez

Veterinary Surgeon

Olaxys qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1997.

In 2003 he was awarded a PhD for his work on gastrointestinal disease.

He moved to the UK in 2012 where he had worked across the country.

From 2012 he has been working in Witney and in 2016 he joined our team.

He has a particular interest in dentistry.

We are very lucky to be able to work with this charming gentleman.

Sophie Wenborn

Veterinary Surgeon

Sophie qualified at Bristol University and worked for a small animal practice in Lancashire before joining us in 2018.

She has worked with specialists in both exotic pets and behaviour, and hopes to gain a certificate in exotic animal medicine in the future.

Besides her Veterinary Degree Sophie also has a first-class honours degree in Natural Sciences. She spent a year working in pharmaceutical research prior to veterinary training.

Richard Aplin

Veterinary Surgeon

Richard studied at Murdoch University in Western Australia, qualifying as a vet in 2005.

He worked in mixed practice on the Welsh / Shropshire borders prior to moving to Western Australia.

Richard spent the last 9 years working in a large country town called Geraldton, initially working as a mixed animal vet and then later on concentrating on small animals.

He has since made a permanent move back to the UK, settling in the Cotswolds.

He is looking forward to meeting new patients and clients to form long-term bonds for your pets health & wellbeing.

Jemima Freeman

Head Nurse

Jemima started her Veterinary Nursing career in 2003 and graduated from the University of the West of England in 2008 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing Science.

Since then Jemima has worked in a variety of small animal veterinary hospitals, including a referral hospital, were she specialised in dentistry and completed a certificate in veterinary dentistry.

Outside of work Jemima is kept busy with her family, cat, two dogs and chinchillas.

Jemima joined Carterton Veterinary Surgery for their fantastic facilities, high standards in veterinary care and their open friendly approach to caring for animals and their clients.

Georgina Hall

Deputy Head Nurse

Georgie is a self confessed crazy cat lady and has a big passion for all large and small animals.

Georgie grew up on a dairy farm and has ridden horses all her life.

She has been working within the veterinary profession since 2013 and completed her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in November 2016, she loves every aspect of the job.

Georgie is very interested in nutrition, surgical and medical nursing.

Debbie Roberts

Veterinary Nurse

Debbie began training as a Veterinary Nurse in October 2008 and qualified in the summer of 2012.

Most of her experience has been gained working at a 24 hour small animal hospital caring for patients with a variety of medical conditions and injuries.

Debbie likes to spend her spare time travelling around the UK as much as possible in a camper van with her husband and their dogs.

Ruth Jacobs

Veterinary Nurse

Ruth qualified and registered as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014 whilst working in a small animal practice.

She worked for the police for 3 years before returning to nursing as she missed all aspects of the job and loves being back in Veterinary Practice!

At home she has her own family of animals including 5 horses, 4 dogs and 2 cats which keeps her very busy.

Catherine Carlson

Student Nurse

Catherine studied at Abingdon and Witney college to gain her Level 2 and Level 3 diploma in Animal Care & Management.

During her studies she volunteered at different veterinary practices to gain knowledge and experience.

She is now studying to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Catherine has 3 tortoises, a corn snake, 2 cats and a Chihuahua living with her at home.

Claire Hadland

Practice Manager

Claire used to volunteer at various veterinary practices whilst studying A'Levels before starting Veterinary Nurse training at a practice in Wokingham.

After relocating to Carterton she found a position in a veterinary hospital in Oxford this time as Reception Manager.

She has dabbled in other career paths but has always had the pull back into the Veterinary Industry and started with us as Practice Administrator initially and now Practice Manager.

Claire currently has 2 dogs, 3 cats, a tortoise and around 40 gecko's.

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