Meet the Team








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    Jonathan Russell

    Clinical Director

    Jonathan, ‘Jack’, joined Hale after qualifying from University of Bristol in 2002. He has a strong medical bias and particularly enjoys diagnostic ultrasound and radiography. He is a RCVS registered Advanced Practitioner. He became small animal clinical director in 2018.

  • Malcolm Ellis

    Malcolm Ellis

    Clinical Director

    Malcolm qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998 and spent four years in mixed practice before joining Hale in 2002. He became a partner in 2005, and is now our small animal clinical director. His veterinary interests include endoscopy, abdominal ultrasound and all aspects of surgery. Outside work he follows the ups and downs of Manchester United, tries his best at playing golf and snooker and is a fan of F1.

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    Adam Rogers

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Adam studied at The University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy of Košice in Slovakia, having previously undertaken a degree in zoology and a Masters in canine parasitology at the University of Exeter. He is passionate about working as a team with clients to keep their pets in great health. In his spare time he’s a published author, keen wildlife rescuer and slave to his perfectly imperfect, two-legged cat, Oscar.

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    Alison Sullivan

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Alison qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992 and has been at Hale ever since. She spends her time split between the Calne and Chippenham surgeries and her interests are general small animal medicine and cardiology. She is a keen golfer– and is better than she would have you believe!

  • Bethan Hann

    Bethan Hann

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Beth qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2018 and joined Hale in 2020 after working for 2 years in Suffolk as a small animal vet. She has a particular interest in surgery and dentistry. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, travelling and swimming

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    Chrissy Roberts

    Vet – Orthopaedic and soft tissue cert holder

    Chrissy joined Hale in 2016 to head the surgical team and has wide experience in orthopaedic surgery, including complex fractures, management of cranial cruciate ligament disease and investigation and treatment of difficult lameness. She qualified from Cambridge in 2004 and obtained her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2010. She began her career in South Wales where she met her husband, who is also a vet.

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    Emma Sorrell

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Emma graduated from Cambridge University in 2004 and went into mixed practice with a focus on dairy herd health, before deciding to come in from the cold and pursue her growing passion for small animal practice and particularly medicine. She joined Hale in 2017 and mostly divides her time between Corsham and Chippenham. She has a particular interest in dentistry and cardiology.

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    Lucy Hayes

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Lucy qualified from Bristol University in 1996 and has been with us since 1998, with a short spell in mixed practice in between. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine but has particular interests in rabbit medicine, medical oncology and behavioural disorders. Outside work she is a keen long distance runner and re-enacts the English Civil War in aid of charity. She is also devoted to her two cats Chang and Pippi.

  • Lynsey Ellis

    Lynsey Ellis

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Lynsey graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998 and worked for 19 years at the PDSA in Bristol before joining Hale in 2017. As a result of her experience at the PDSA she loves all aspects of surgery.

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    Marcos Millan

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Marcos graduated from Extremadura University in Spain in 2014, and has been practicing in small animal clinics in the UK since. He joined our team in 2020, after spending two years on the out of hours team at Chippenham Hospital until 2019, with a spell locuming and volunteering in Thailand in between. Outside work he enjoys cooking, playing tennis, board games and walking his lively spaniels Artemis and Kleio.

  • Sophie Henry

    Sophie Henry

    Veterinary Surgeon

    After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Sophie worked at a PDSA pet aid practice before joining the team in 2015. She has a particular interest in internal medicine, radiography and ultrasound and has achieved the status of RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Internal Medicine. Outside work she enjoys playing netball for her club, practicing yoga and trying to keep up with her border terrier in dog agility.

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    Tina Scudder

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Tina graduated from Liverpool University in 2000 and joined Hale in 2010 after a decade working in mixed practice. In 2011 she obtained a GPCert in small animal surgery. She is a general practitioner all-rounder, with interests in chronic pain, acupuncture and palliative care, with a particular soft spot for senior citizens! Outside work she enjoys the great outdoors, as well as treading the boards in various theatrical and musical adventures

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    Nicole Archer-Fairley

    Clinical Nurse Manager

    Nicole joined Hale in 2013 after graduating from Hartpury College with a degree in veterinary nursing science. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, particularly caring for inpatients and emergency and critical care. Out of work she loves spending time with friends and family, reading, baking, running and long walks.

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    Lori Taylor

    RVN

    Lori graduated from the University of the West of England Hartpury in 2015 and enjoys working in both our hospital and our Corsham branch. Her Yorkie, Hatti, keeps her busy – they both enjoy spending time at the seaside, having long country walks, pub lunches and socialising with family and friends.

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    Beth Ash

    RVN

    Beth joined Hale in 2019, gaining her degree and qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the same year. She particularly enjoys surgery. In her spare time enjoys long walks with her dog Sid.

  • Aisha Braine

    Aisha Braine

    Senior RVN

    RVN CertAVN

    Aisha joined Hale in 2015, after completing several weeks work experience whilst at school. She enjoys all aspects of surgical nursing, especially performing minor procedures under directions of a vet. Aisha is part of small group of nurses who have passed the advanced anaesthesia certificate and advanced surgical nursing certificate. In her spare time she spends time with her cat Wilma and horse Chequers and walks with her cocker spaniel Wonda.

  • Sarah Badcock

    Sarah Badcock

    RVN

    Sarah qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005 and joined the team in 2006, working at our Chippenham Hospital. In her spare time, she is kept busy by her border terrier Skye, who just loves long walks!

  • Emma Hall

    Emma Hall

    ANA

    Emma started working with us in 2020, firstly at Chippenham before moving to Corsham in early 2021. She has worked within the animal industry from the age of 13.
    Animals have always been very much a part of her life from dogs, cats, small furries, some reptiles and birds. She enjoys spending time with her family and Staffordshire bull terrier, Denny.

  • Eran Hughes

    Eran Hughes

    ANA

    Eran joined the team during the first Covid lockdown in 2020, and now works as a nursing assistant supporting the team at Melksham.
    He is a keen martial artist, and is an ex-competitive kickboxer, who has placed third in the world championships!

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    Rhianna Petty

    RVN

    Rhianna joined the team in 2019, originally at our Corsham branch and now working in the Chippenham Hospital. She enjoys the variety of the role and working with so many different people. She has two cats at home, a torti called Millie and a tabby called Willow.

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    Ellie Hocking

    RVN

    Elspeth joined the team in 2020 after studying animal management at Cirencester College. She enjoys dealing with the exotics that come in, especially the small furries. She is currently studying towards towards the Advanced Veterinary Certificate. In her free time she enjoys walking her corgi cross Jack Russell, Sam, and is a Marvel and Harry Potter fan.

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    Sarah Wyatt

    Practice Manager

    Sarah joined us as our head nurse in 2014, after working in first opinion practices in Wiltshire and Somerset since 2002. Her professional interests include human resources and marketing. In her spare time she enjoys kickboxing, reading and looking after her small zoo of animals, including three dogs, two rabbits, a cat, a tortoise and a parrotlet.

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    Sharon Purbrick

    Head Receptionist

    BVRA Gold

    Sharon joined Hale Vets in 2008 and oversees the smooth running of the client care team at Chippenham and across our branches. She loves all aspects of her role, especially greeting our clients and their pets into the surgery. Outside of work, she has a busy, active family life and enjoys playing netball for a social team and supporting Bath at rugby.

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    Tina Tucker

    Insurance Claims Advisor

    Tina started out with the team as an RVN, and has recently moved into helping our clients with insurance claim forms. She loves giving advice and meeting all of your lovely pets! Outside of work she likes to spend as much of her spare time as possible in her lovely caravan in sunny Dorset.

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    Maxine McFadzean

    Nurse Manager

    RVN

    Maxine has been with the team since 1997, and currently works at Chippenham Hospital. She is the Administrative Nurse Manager and assists in the smooth running of the nursing team. Her free time is taken up with children life and walking her border terrier Edie.

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    Clare Travers

    Receptionist

    Clare joined the team in 2017 and loves all aspects of her job, especially welcoming new pups to the practice! Outside work she keeps backyard chickens, makes her own jams and marmalades and enjoys baking. She has an adult cocker spaniel who is convinced that she is still a puppy!

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    Caz Bevan

    Receptionist

    Caz has been with the team since 2019, not long after moving over to the mainland from the Isle of Man, where she was born. In her spare time she enjoys walks with her German shorthaired pointer, Darcy.

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    Deborah Davis

    Receptionist

    Deborah has worked as a receptionist at our Calne branch since 2008. In her spare time she enjoys long walks with her cocker spaniels, Barney and Rubble, and going to the gym.

  • Fay Footner

    Fay Footner

    Receptionist

    BVRA Gold

    Fay joined Hale in 1996 after the merger with Henney Vets. She enjoys working on reception in the Corsham branch. In 2019 she achieved an Accredited Veterinary Receptionist Award. In her spare time she looks after her three cats, Ruby, Leo and Bella.

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    Ann Slator

    Receptionist

    Ann joined the Corsham reception team in 2014. Outside work, she can usually be found enjoying walks with her Labrador, Wilcot, and working in her garden.

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    Sarah Butler

    Receptionist

    Sarah joined the team in October 2020 and splits her time between the Corsham and Melksham branches.
    She enjoys the variety and interaction that comes with working in a veterinary practice combined with the joys of being around animals all day – particularly golden retrievers!

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    Lisa Sharman

    Receptionist

    Lisa joined Hale in 1996, originally working at our Chippenham Hospital, and since 2015 for our Melksham branch. She loves all aspects of her job, and always to do her best for our clients. In her spare time she is kept busy by her two boys and hand-rearing kittens for Cat Rescue.

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    Geraldine Miles

    Receptionist

    Geraldine has been working on reception at our Melksham branch since the 1990s, and has enjoyed getting to know so many of our clients and their pets. Although she has reduced her hours in recent years she still loves her job!

  • Sarah Pym

    Sarah Pym

    Receptionist

    Sarah works on reception in Chippenham Hospital along with our Corsham and Melksham branches. Outside work she enjoys walking her dogs and spending time with her horses.

  • Maggie Gregory

    Maggie Gregory

    Receptionist

    Maggie joined Hale in 2012, fulfilling her dream of working with animals and giving her more time to become a dog owner. She loves listening to client stories about what their pets have been getting up to! In her spare time she enjoys taking her dogs Murphy and Figgy to agility classes and looking for new country walks with lots of puddles!

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    Karen Jobbins

    Receptionist and Office Support Team

    Karen joined the team in February 2021, dividing her time between working on reception and in the office.
    In her spare time she enjoys taking Alfie, her springer spaniel, for long walks.

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    Emma Smith

    Office Support and Receptionist

    Emma joined Hale in 2018 after studying agriculture at university. She enjoys all aspects of her role, especially the variety of working across our branches. She is married to a local farmer with two children. She enjoys helping out on the farm and walking her dogs, two boxers and a Jack Russell.

  • Rebecca Mallard

    Rebecca Mallard

    Office Support Team

    RVN

    Becky joined the team in 2002 and initially trained as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, before leaving to start a family. She rejoined in 2016, continuing her nursing role at our Melksham branch before moving to the office at Chippenham. Becky assists Tina with the Insurance Claims.

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    Katie Baker

    Office Support Team and Receptionist

    Katie joined the practice in 2020 during the height of the pandemic and had to find her feet quickly! In her spare time she enjoys walks with her dogs Tyson and Lola, baking and cooking, and spending time with her family.

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    Anita Wood

    Office Support

    Anita joined Hale in the early 90s as a receptionist, before moving into the office. She grew up riding friends’ ponies and bought her first horse, Cookie, at 24. She has two children, two cats, a few horses and a dog who loves flyball. Most weekends are spent competing at dressage and show jumping with her horses, or on long walks with her dog.

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    Bridget Luff

    Lab Technician

    Bridget joined the team in 2007 as a part time lab technician, and also started working with our Corsham reception team in 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys countryside walks with her dog Teddy.

  • Janice Parker

    Janice Parker

    Pet Travel Advisor

    Janice has been with us since 1984, originally as a receptionist, which she says was her dream job, and also as office manager for many years. She has seen the practice grow and is proud to have played a role in the changes. In her spare time she enjoys riding, gardening, walking and meeting up with friends.

  • Denise Knott

    Denise Knott

    Accounts Manager

    Denise has been a part of the Hale team since 1983, initially as an accounts clerk. She deals with our accounts and oversees the Pet Health Plan. When not at work she enjoys looking after her guinea pigs, line-dancing, reading, patchwork and doing jigsaw puzzles.

  • John Brinkworth

    John Brinkworth

    Ambulance Driver

    John joined Hale as an ambulance driver in 2017. In his spare time he enjoys walks with his dog, Rosie, fishing, gardening and decorating, as well as a sneaky bet or two on the horses.

  • Angela Perrett

    Angela Perrett

    Receptionist

    Angela joined the team in August 2021 and works primarily at our Melksham surgery. Angela is very much a people person and loves nothing more than welcoming both existing and new clients and their beautiful pets. Angela shares her home with her beloved 10 year old Cocker Spaniel, Milo.

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    Clare Jones

    Senior RVN

    RVN CertAVN ISFM CertFN

    Clare joined in 2014, she enjoys emergency and critical care work. Clare has achieved her ISFM Feline Nursing Certificate and Advanced Veterinary Nurse Certificate. She has also published several articles and been awarded London Vet 30 under Thirty 2022. In her spare time she enjoys entertaining her tow cats. CrossFit and trying new wines. 

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    Emily Welsh

    Veterinary Surgeon

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  • Shannen Agombar

    Shannen Agombar

    Senior RVN

    RVN

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    Sophie Scotter

    Veterinary Surgeon

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  • Gemma Beasmore

    Gemma Beasmore

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    Bio coming soon