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Our Witham Hospital Vets

Neil Hodson

Neil Hodson

Principle Veterinary Surgeon

I took over the running of Spring Lodge Vets in 1992 and started a series of improvements that lead to the Witham Centre gaining its RCVS Tier 3 Hospital status.

I mainly work at the Witham hospital but also at our newest centre in Ingatestone.

I believe in providing a personal and friendly service to all of our clients and their animals.

Rachel McKillop-Allen

Rachel McKillop-Allen

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated with Honours from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. I worked in Suffolk for the first part of my career and obtained my ESVPS certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

I then joined the Spring Lodge team in July 2014. My main interest is soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and I spend most of my mornings operating at our Witham hospital.

My evenings are split between Witham and our Tiptree branch. My spare time is limited as I am currently working towards a second level certificate, but I do enjoy walking my little dog Arthur.

Melinda Lewis

Melinda Lewis

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1996 in South Africa and worked there until 1998. I came to the UK in 1999 working as a small animal vet and I joined Spring Lodge as a part-time vet in 2007.

My particular interest is for surgical cases and I am usually found in one of the surgical suites at the Witham Hospital. I also help operate at the Chelmsford Centre when required.

Katie Wilder

Katie Wilder

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and have been at Spring Lodge since I graduated. I spend most of my time split between the Witham and our Tiptree branch.

My main interests are surgery and orthopaedics so hope to study in the future for certificates in these fields.

At home I spend most of my time with my cat Fitz and dog Larry!

Lucy Drew

Lucy Drew

Veterinary Surgeon

I started working at Spring Lodge in 2003 as a Kennel Assistant and continued to work while I studied for my GCSEs and A-Levels.

I was very lucky to gain the grades required to start my Veterinary Degree at the Royal Veterinary College and graduated as a Vet in 2011.

I rejoined the practice in 2012 and now enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, especially dealing with the rabbits and small furries.

At home I have 23 rabbits, 3 cats and a Spitz called Dorothy and Pug called Gru.

Kathryn Rhodes

Kathryn Rhodes

Veterinary Surgeon

Lydia Bull

Lydia Bull

Veterinary Surgeon

Stephanie MacTaggert

Stephanie MacTaggert

Veterinary Surgeon

Ira Williams

Ira Williams

Veterinary Surgeon

Nicole Laws

Nicole Laws

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005 and joined Spring Lodge in October 2008.

Initially the main vet at our Tiptree branch, I now enjoy the responsibility of running the Witham hospital wards caring for post surgical and hospitalised patients.

I have a keen interest in both surgery and emergency medicine and hold the ESPVS Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Surgery. I am currently working towards a second Level Certificate which keeps me very busy. 


Any spare time is taken up being attacked by my very over zealous cat that I rehomed from Spring Lodge!

Katie Wilder

Katie Wilder

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and have been at Spring lodge since I graduated. I spend most of my time split between the Witham and our Tiptree branch.

My main interests are surgery and orthopaedics so hope to study in the future for certificates in these fields. At home I spend most of my time with my cat Fitz and dog Larry!

Nadia Cufos

Nadia Cufos

Veterinary Surgeon

Cristina Herrera Lavin

Cristina Herrera Lavin

Veterinary Surgeon

Our Witham Hospital Vet Nurses

Rebecca

Rebecca

Head Nurse RVN BSc (Hons) A1 Clinical Coach

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College.

After university I spent 8 weeks in South Africa undertaking conservation work and cheetah rehabilitation. I then went on to work in a small animal practice in Surrey as head nurse, before moving to Essex in 2011.

I worked in a busy 24hr hospital, nursing and training students before joining the Spring Lodge team as their head nurse in 2014.

I oversee all areas of nursing whilst still getting directly involved with the patients and nurse training.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1986. Since then I have worked in a combination of mixed and small animal practices.

I was also extremely fortunate enough to have spent 5 years working at the University of Bristol Veterinary referral centre in Langford, where I worked in the surgical department and in the kennels looking after the long term patients.

I had a few years off to spend time bringing up my two children and have now returned to work in a part time capacity.

I came to Spring Lodge as a locum Nurse in Oct 2009 and loved it so much I stayed and became a permanent part time member of the team. My pets at home include a Border terrier ‘Teasel’ two moggies and several stick insects!!

Lucy

Lucy

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with a Foundation Degree in Science with Merit in Veterinary Nursing.

I started working at Spring Lodge in April 2010 and I now help with the Nurses Consultations and client liason.

I hope to complete further qualifications and specialise my nursing career in the future. I have a young, very lively Border Collie and three cats, two of which were feral cats that I have rescued.

Katie

Katie

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Spring Lodge in May 2014 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. After being with the practice for a year, I was fortunate in being chosen to be the next Student Veterinary Nurse, which I was overjoyed with as this is my dream career.

After 2 years of hard work, I finally qualified in August 2017! I have a keen interest in orthopaedics and radiography. And have an 8 year old Bichon Frise at home called Tilly, who is well known at the practice.

Mary

Mary

Deputy Head Nurse RVN

Before I joined Spring Lodge I completed a Degree in Animal Management at Writtle College. I joined the Spring Lodge team in December 2005 initially as a kennel assistant, then as a laboratory technician.

I have since completed my Veterinary Nurse training and became a qualified nurse in January 2010.

I have a large amount of experience in dog training and help Sophie with the Puppy Parties and nursing clinics.

Tracey

Tracey

RVN, Advanced Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Hi my name is Tracey I have worked at Spring Lodge Vets for over 10 years. I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing.

My main duties at work are the running of the surgical suite and assisting the vets in orthopaedic surgery.

I also have interests in physiotherapy, wound care and nursing critical care patients. I have a ginger cat called Nando and a rescue Tortoise.

Lizzie

Lizzie

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started work at Spring Lodge as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant and after several years of hard work and study I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016.

I own a very naughty cat called ‘Dec’ who I hand reared from a tiny kitten.

Louise Chapman

Louise Chapman

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Heather

Heather

Veterinary Nurse

Sophie

Sophie

RVN Advanced Pet Health Counsellor

I am Spring Lodge’s Advanced Pet Health Counsellor. I am a Registered, Qualified Veterinary nurse and have been nursing for over 16 years.

I started at Spring Lodge in 2003 and enjoy being part of such a lovely team in a busy veterinary hospital. Running nurse consultations involves giving advice on nutrition, preventative health care, basic behaviour and general animal care.

I also organise displays, promotions, puppy parties, client information evenings and attending charity events which involves many of the staff from Spring Lodge. I have two cats, a rabbit and a little rescue dog called Angel of my own and plan to try some dog agility very soon.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started work at Spring Lodge as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant in 2013. After two years of hard work I became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in May 2017.

I have a real passion for caring for all types of animals – even the scaly/feathery ones, and you can often find me working at the Witham Hospital during our Out of Hours service at the weekends!

Nichola

Nichola

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Eloise

Eloise

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Julie

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2006 after studying at Writtle College. I started working at Spring Lodge in 2015 and my main interests include nursing clinics and also anaesthesia.

In my spare time I love to walk my 3 beautiful dogs called Mabel, Lily and Mollie.

Our Witham Hospital Receptionists

Janet

Janet

Senior Receptionist

I have worked for Spring Lodge since 1985! The practice has changed dramatically since I started and it has been very satisfying to assist and be part of this change.

I enjoy the varied nature of my job and especially enjoy forming a relationship with our clients, some of whom I feel I have got to know very well over the last 30+ years.

Sara

Sara

Veterinary Receptionist

Spring Lodge has given me the opportunity to return to the veterinary world in July 2016, having had a break of almost 20 years whilst we raised our children.

Our home over the years has seen many much-loved pets. Currently we have a cat, dog and rabbit, all of which have been rescued. We also have a pond filled with a mixture of fish, some of these have also been rescued by us.

I am currently studying towards my C-SQP qualification.

Lorraine

Lorraine

Veterinary Receptionist

I am the proud mother of three sons, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Large dogs are my love, especially Rotties and Bullmastiffs.

I live near the sea and enjoy my beach hut and the peace and quiet it brings, and the dogs love it. I have a Mastiff Cross called Dolly Mixture and a Mastiff called Dixon who are the best of friends. Hopefully another dog or two will join us soon!

Rachel

Rachel

Receptionist

I started work at Spring Lodge in 2009 after working previously in the Equine Industry.

I have found transferring my skills to working with small animals very interesting and rewarding. I enjoy the variety of the job, no two days are ever the same.

Sally

Sally

Veterinary Receptionist

Stuart

Stuart

Reception Manager Animal Health Advisor C-SQP

I joined the company in 2009 as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant and I have now taken on the roll of Reception Liason which involves working with all of our branches to ensure the clients receive excellent service.

My interests are animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and animal behaviour.

My wife and I have a Jackhuahua called ‘Maddie’, a domestic short haired cat called ‘Baby’ and a dwarf lop rabbit called ‘Something Special’.

Leanne

Leanne

Veterinary Receptionist Animal Health Advisor, SQP

I have been working as a Veterinary receptionist since 2001 and I joined Spring Lodge in November 2005.

In 2011, after lots of studying I achieved the status of ‘SQP’ which means that I am specially trained in advising clients on the best worming and flea protocols for their pets.

Our Witham Hospital Veterinary Care Assistants

Rebecca Giodanio

Rebecca Giodanio

Student Veterinary Nurse

Coral

Coral

Vet Nursing Assistant

I started work at Spring Lodge in 2015. I have a huge passion for the care and welfare of pet rabbits and I am pleased this is something I can actively promote in my current role at the practice.

I am an active member of the Rabbit Welfare Association and frequently appear in their publications. In 2015 I won the Pet Plan Rising Star Award.