Who’s who at Alder Veterinary Practice

Wayne-SmithWayne Smith MRCVS

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Liverpool University in 1982. I worked for six years at the Alder Veterinary Centre in Liverpool before buying and managing the practice, I gained a lot of experience and knowledge about small animal medicine and surgery.

I opened the Spalding practice in 1997 with my wife Anne and have continually enlarged and improved the surgery since then, with taking over the Bourne Practice in Jan 2015.

My wife and I have 5 children, 7 dogs, 14 cats, 7 horses, 30 guinea pigs, 6 chickens, 2 rats and 2 tortoises.

Life is certainly busy!

Deirdre-WilsonDeirdre Wilson MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Deirdre has been a member of the team at Alder Vets since August 2012. She spends much of her time consulting and operating on the various patients that visit the surgery, but is also responsible for overseeing the nurses’ training and supervision.

Deirdre’s favourite part of her job is operating and repairing damaged tissues, and she has a special interest in orthopaedics. Aside from surgery, she also enjoys seeing and assessing reptiles that come into the practice.

At home, Deirdre has a variety of pets – her dog holly, Charlie the tortoise and various stick insects all called Sticky!

Julian-MetcalfeJulian Metcalfe MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I have recently joined Alder Vets after spending some time as head vet in a large 20 vet practice in South Wales. However I have lived in South Lincolnshire for the last 15 years and when the opportunity arose I decided to ‘come home’. My main fields of interest lie in general surgery with a bias towards orthopaedics. I qualified in 1987 and have spent all my 28 years in first opinion general practice. I have been married to Caroline for 21 years and we have 2 German Shepherd Dogs, Solo and Ginny, and 3 horses Markus, Wink and Wink’s newly born baby in March this year, Promise.

Sylwia-KogutSylwia Kogut MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sylwia has worked at Alder Vets since January 2007. Her daily routine mostly includes consulting with patients and carrying out surgical procedures. Her favourite part of the job is when a patient’s treatment has a successful outcome and good prognosis, and the owners are invariably happy and relieved too!

Sylwia has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery, and also enjoys looking after any hedgehogs that come in requiring treatment. At home she has lots of her own animals to take care of: a Leonberger called Sophia, a blind cat called Sneez, two cockatiels called Igor and Ivan, and three sulcata tortoises – Rodrig, Shiva and Shakti!

Vicky-LeesVicky Lees MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Vicky grew up on a farm locally and since qualifying in Edinburgh has been working in the area for over 8 years. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Vicky lives with her husband and 2 young boys along with her many pets including 2 Border Terriers, a Tortoise, a Bearded Dragon, Chickens, Goats, a Pony and a flock of Jacob Sheep. In her spare time she enjoys riding, carriage driving and golf.

Hetty Van HasselHetty Van Hassel DVM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hetty’s main interest is in soft tissue surgery and she is currently working on her small animal surgery certificate. She qualified from Utrecht in the Netherlands and has been working in the UK since 2003. Hetty has been working as a locum vet for Wayne for about 4 years as well as working at several other practices; one of which treated the queens dogs!

Hetty has several animals of her own including 5 dogs, 2 cats, 4 sheep and a horse.

ChiaraChiara Di Giorgi DVM MRCVS Post Grad Dipl IAWEL.

Veterinary Surgeon

Vicky grew up on a farm locally and since qualifying in Edinburgh has been working in the area for over 8 years. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Vicky lives with her husband and 2 young boys along with her many pets including 2 Border Terriers, a Tortoise, a Bearded Dragon, Chickens, Goats, a Pony and a flock of Jacob Sheep. In her spare time she enjoys riding, carriage driving and golf.

Alder0020Abigail Barrett

Nursing Assistant

I have previously worked for an equine vet, in boarding kennels and at rescue centres so have always been around animals including currently 2 of my own dogs and 1 cat.  My background professionally is in project management but have always wanted to work with animals as a career. I am looking forward to the next year on the job training before embarking on my RVN’ s course and hope to learn as much as I can from the wealth of knowledge around me. I am married to a wonderful man named Mike with no children and am a keen walker/hiker with Snowdonia as my next challenge.

Charlotte-BrettCharlotte Brett

Student Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte is currently in her third year at the Royal veterinary college completing her veterinary nursing degree. She started her training with us in 2014 at the Spalding practice and now works in both branches.
At home she has four cats, Aztec, Inca, Mayan and Cortez as well as a family owned horse named Rosie.
Outside of work she enjoys swimming, piano and is a big fan of game of thrones. She also spends time painting, to sell them in a shop in Wales.

Lucy Clark

Animal Nursing Assistant

Lucy joined Alders in January 2017 after working as a nursing assistant for 18 months. Lucy holds a degree in animal behaviour and welfare and will be starting college to do her nursing qualification in Sept 2017.

At home Lucy has a cocker spaniel called Fergus, a cat called Julian and a horse called Mirabella.

Diane-DixonDiane Dixon

Bookkeeper/Practice Administrator

I’m originally from Toronto, Canada and even after living in England for 35+ years I’m told I still sound like I just got off the plane.  Previously I worked full time in Finance, IT, HR and Office Management in various industry sectors and this is my first foray into the veterinary sector.  I’ve been working part time for Alders since early 2012; I look after the accounts and am the Practice Administrator, which covers a lot of back-office type activities that no-one else wants to do but always need doing! I have two grown sons, one grandchild-due-soon in the USA, and having been a dog owner most of my life, changed tack a few years ago and now have two lively bengal cats. My desert island discs luxury would have to be a kindle with an everlasting battery, and an unlimited supply of books of every possible genre! I enjoy cooking, travel, dancing when no-one is watching, singing loudly in the car when I’m on my own, and badly playing the piano.

Nikki Graham

Nursing AssistantAlder0035

Nikki lives near Stamford with her six children and four cats Tank, Jasper, Toulouse and Pudsey.

She loves city breaks in Europe and borrows dogs from friends for weekend walks.

Lounge pants, family time and wine are listed as some of her favourite things, and slow drivers with no spatial awareness as her least.

She is an avid football fan, returning home to Newcastle on a regular basis to watch her team play. She has also been known to explain the offside rule using medicine bottles and urine pots!

Danielle-GrayDanielle Gray RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Danielle had been nursing for more than six years before she joined the team at Alder Vets in 2014. Much of her work time is spent looking after inpatients, anaesthetising patients for surgery, reception duties, keeping the practice clean and presentable and managing other nurses on the team.

Danielle has her own hand-reared cat called Betty, who is “full of her own self-importance”, and a terrier called Bertie. Danielle will be off on maternity leave from Dec 2015 to have her first child.

Sophie-HandSophie Hand

Nursing Assistant

Sophie joined Alders in November 2014. The favourite aspect of her job is meeting and greeting clients and getting to know their pets.

At home Sophie has a VERY noisy cocker spaniel called Ollie and a cat called Toby. She has a great love of cocker spaniels and hopes to add a new one to her family very soon.

Mollie-PeirceMollie Peirce

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a student veterinary nurse currently studying at the college of animal welfare in Godmanchester.

Previously I have worked training at other veterinary practices, on farms and also training police dogs for attack work.

I enjoy all aspects of my work especially dealing with critical care patients. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and working with my cocker spaniel Effie and horses Lilly and Ninja.

Sally-TwellSally Twell

Nursing Assistant

Sally has worked at Alder Vets since 1997, although took a brief break to have her children. Her days mainly consist of general administration round the practice, including reception duties, nursing and ordering replacement stock. Her favourite part of her work is greeting and chatting to the clients as they bring their pets in for appointments, and following up on the progress of each one.

When asked to list any animals she has at home, Sally cited her two cats Sparkle and Suki, her elderly Westie Alfie….and her three children – Savannah and twins Edie and Ava!

Zoe-ReeveZoe Reeve RVN

Head Nurse

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Zoe started her nursing career in 2004 and joined Alder Vets in 2008. Her days mainly consist of assisting in theatre, anaesthetising animals for procedures, inpatient care and reception duties. Zoe is also a clinical coach and enjoys training nurses in practice. Her favourite aspects of her job are looking after the patients, following up on cases and rehoming stray and injured cats from the surgery. Zoe’s love of cats is evident as she has three of her own at home, Egbert, Edna and Hilda.

Hayley Coleman RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hayley started her nursing career in 2009 and has a special interest in exotics and emergency care.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as looking after an assortment of animals including four dogs, three cats, five rabbits, two tortoises and six snakes.

Griselda-WinnGriselda Winn MSc

Senior practice administrator

Griselda has worked for the practice since 2005. Her previous background was in science and teaching. She works as a Practice Manager and receptionist, and assists with nursing duties. Griselda has a particular interest in behaviour, especially feline behaviour and is currently studying in this area and is a provisional member of the APBC. She has dogs and cats of her own and is involved with Cats Protection outside of work time.