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The Team

We are an experienced team of veterinary professionals. Our clinical expertise is second to none but we also have big hearts when it comes to your pet. We will treat your animal as if they were our own (it goes without saying that we will always treat you with the manner in which we would be treated!)


Grahame Howe

Grahame went to vet school at Cambridge university where he qualified in 1998. After a few years dabbling in mixed practice in Cheshire and a stint in North London he moved to a mixed practice in Gloucestershire.  He spent 11 happy years there initially as an assistant and then as a partner.

He has now taken the opportunity to start a new practice where he can focus on what he believes is key to running an excellent practice: good medicine, 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.

He would like to welcome you to come and have a look around the practice.



Dr Olaxys Fernandez

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 us. He has a particular interest in dentistry.

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





Sophie Wenborn

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.

Sophie also has a first-class honours degree in Natural Sciences and spent one year working in pharmaceutical research prior to veterinary training.





Richard aplin

Richard studied at Murdoch University in Western Australia, qualifying as a vet in 2005. He worked in mixed practice on the Welsh / Shropshire boarders 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 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.



Nurses (including student nurses)

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.

At present Jemima is working towards a certificate in rehabilitation. Outside of work Jemima is kept busy with her cat, two dogs and chinchillas.

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



Georgie Hall - Veterinary Nurse

Georgie is a self confessed crazy cat lady and has a big passion for all large and small animals too. Georgie grew up on a dairy farm and has ridden horses all her life and loves to show jump her ex racehorse. 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.






Danielle Heys - Veterinary Nurse

Danni qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in the summer of 2010 & moved to a small animal hospital where she gained a broad range of experience. She enjoys all aspects of nursing & has a keen intrest in inpatient care & nurse clinics. In her spare time she enjoy spending time with her young family. Danni keeps us all very organised!







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

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 is enjoying being back in 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 Veterinary 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 is delighted to be here as Practice Administrator.

Her house is like a zoo with 2 dogs, 2 cats, a tortoise, fish and around 60 gecko's. Apparently there is always room for one more!

We are very lucky to be able to work with Claire!