Arun Veterinary Group

Our compassionate and diligent vets are committed to ensuring that your pets receive the best treatment.

MATT GITTINGS
DIRECTOR

Matt arrived as a fresh-faced graduate in August 2000 and never left. He fell in love with the practice, and after supportive mentorship from John Cattell, was offered a partnership in 2004. In 2006 he and his wife Sarah took over ownership.

Away from Arun Vet Group, Matt has 4 young daughters to keep him busy along with 4 Border Terriers and a very patient wife. He was once offered the opportunity to trial for Manchester United Football Club but decided to focus on becoming a vet.

“Arun Vet Group is a very special place to work. It is a practice steeped in history and tradition and I view my tenure as a form of guardianship. I am driven to provide our clients with the highest level of service where excellent communicational skills are paramount, enabling strong, trusting relationships to be built. I am extremely proud to lead such a wonderful team and work with such devoted pet owners.”

SARAH GITTINGS
DIRECTOR

Sarah qualified in 1998 at the Royal Veterinary College in London where she and Matt met.

Before taking time away from veterinary work to raise her family, Sarah worked in various practices before settling with Matt in West Sussex. Sharing Matt’s vision for AVG, they both took ownership of the practice in 2006. With the girls now growing up fast, we welcomed Sarah back to clinical work in 2018.

At home, Sarah is an extremely busy Mum to her  4 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 5 guinea pigs and a selection of bantams! Its hard to believe Sarah has any free time, but when she does Sarah likes to squeeze in long dog walks, running, birdwatching and also crochet (which she is very good at!)

EDRIC CROSS
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Edric arrived as a locum but was persuaded to stay after falling in love with the practice. He graduated in 1986 and brings a wealth of experience to the practice.  Edric is holds a certificate in small animal surgery and is an Advanced Practitioner. Edric is based at our Storrington hospital and can mainly be found in theatre performing various procedures in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

In his free time he enjoys wildlife, photography and taking Crumble, his Hungarian Vizsla for country walks. Crumble is a very popular member of the team and is often seen being spoilt by one of us when she comes to work!

 

RICHARD WHITTINGTON
VETERINARY SURGEON

Richard qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2001. Richard has worked at various small and large animal practices from Somerset to Worthing but also enjoyed a year working as a locum in Australia. Richard is now an integral member of our team, enjoying all aspects of the job but specifically ultrasound, his true passion.  Richard is lead vet at our Pulborough surgery.

He is a devoted dad and husband and loves spending time with his family, especially his French Bulldogs, Rupert and Myrtle. In his spare time, Richard enjoys country walks, badminton and good food. Considering his sense of humour, if he wasn’t a vet he would have made a great comedian!

SUZANNA HEBERT
VETERINARY SURGEON

Suzanna graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. Before working with us she completed an internship at the famous Firtzpatrick Referral Centre. She is an enthusiastic team player who believes the sacrifices of the job are worthwhile when you see an injured animal return to full health.

Suzanna enjoys gymnastics, sailing, archery, running and cycling. She would love to complete another triathlon but in the meantime got tremendous satisfaction after completing a charity ‘Mud Run’ with the team.

“I started at Arun Vet Group in 2014 and feel very lucky to work with such a nice bunch of people, both staff members and clients.  Being a vet is a privilege but at times it can be a difficult job.  However, coming to work and being alongside such a dedicated group of people who have become friends just as much as work colleagues makes it a lot easier when it gets tough.  We have great team spirit proved earlier this year by our sponsored mud run which was unsurprisingly very muddy!!

I look forward to being part of the team for years to come and to see how the practice develops with Matt’s master plans!”

BEN COLWELL
VETERINARY SURGEON

Ben joined the team in August 2016. He brings with him a wealth of experience as well as a particular interest in feline medicine and neurology.
Ben is a local lad who originally completed a degree in neuroscience and psychology before qualifying as a veterinary surgeon in 2013. He has previously worked at Fitzpatrick Referrals as well as other local practices.

Ben’s passions outside work are martial arts and flexing his muscles in the gym. He shares his home with his three cats Oscar, Tanju and Coco.

LISA CHALMERS
VETERINARY SURGEON

Lisa joined the team in May 2017.  Lisa studied veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London, and has been based in West Sussex since graduating in 2001.  Lisa is lead vet at Westergate and enjoys building lasting relationships with clients.

After spending four years in mixed practice, she decided to mix business with pleasure and so spent the next three years alternating travelling with locuming, including a spell in Greece neutering cats, and also in Kenya, with the duty vet on the Rhino reserve at Lewa. She is hoping not to need her darting skills in Westergate!

For the last eight years Lisa has worked in small animal practice, where her main interests lie in medicine, and building a rapport with clients and their pets, and is proud to think that many clients also come to regard her as a trusted friend.

When not at work Lisa is keen on keeping fit, and spending as much time as she can enjoying the beautiful outdoors of West Sussex.

 

“I’ve always been impressed by Arun Veterinary Group’s independent, family-style practices. Compared with some of the more corporate practices in the local area they strike a really nice balance between commitment to quality and consistency of care and showing real value when it comes to client costs. I’m really excited to be a part of it.”

MARLOES VAN DER OUDERAA
VETERINARY SURGEON

Marloes graduated in 2001 from the Royal Veterinary College along with two of our other vets; Richard and Lisa! Marloes joined her fellow college friend Lisa at Westergate in 2018.

Marloes has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography. She says if she hadn’t become a vet she would have become a marine biologist, as she’s always had a passion for the coast and grew up sailing with her family.

Marloes has a lovely cat called Michael and a cheeky dachshund called Bramble!

CHRISTIAN DONSWIJK
VETERINARY SURGEON

Christian qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2013, he joined the Arun family in November 2017. Christian has a lot of experience within the surgical field, he leads our laproscopic key hole surgery and is working towards his surgical certificate. His favorite part of his job is seeing poorly pets make a full recovery, he enjoys carrying out diagnostic work ups to ensure the best possible care can be given and a smooth recovery.

In his spare time Christian is very active, he does a lot of running and cycling and is partial to a few hours gardening.

JENNY ALEXANDER
VETERINARY SURGEON

Jenny qualified at Glasgow University in 2011. She joined AVG in February 2018 and is based at our Ashington and Storrington sites.

Jenny loves her job and meeting all sorts of animals and their owners. In particular Jenny has a passion for feline medicine and is currently studying for her medicine certificate.

Out of work Jenny is owned by a 10 year old cat called Myrtle!

 

OLIVIA LANE
VETERINARY SURGEON

Olivia qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018.

After initially working for a charity clinic based in Cyprus, Olivia joined the AVG team in January 2019. Olivia is mainly based at our Storrington hospital.

Olivia is really enjoying her new career and enjoys both consulting and surgery. Olivia is a great ‘people person’ and enjoys chatting and getting to know her clients.

Out of work, Olivia enjoys running, riding, sailing and many other ‘active’ hobbies! She also has 2 kittens and a puppy, all of whom she adopted in Cyprus.

CAMERON ROBERTSON
HEAD NIGHT VET

Cameron qualified in 2004 and after working in both mixed and small animal practice he soon found his passion for emergency medicine. He joined us at SDEV in February 2018.

During the past 8 years Cameron has worked in different parts of the UK as a sole night vet in emergency medicine and critical care.

Cameron is currently studying for the BSAVA Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. His knowledge and empathy along with his vast experience enables us to offer a first class emergency service to our AVG clients and other practices subscribing to SDEV.

When not working or spending time with his partner and twin sons. Cameron enjoys walking, photography and karate.

CIARA MURPHY
NIGHT VET

Ciara qualified as a vet in 2010 at University College Dublin and joined the SDEV night team in August 2018 as one of our emergency night vets.

Prior to vet school, Ciara obtained a degree in Agricultural Science and a PHD in Foot and Mouth Disease. If Ciara hadn’t chosen the veterinary route, she is thinks she might have become a Cosmologist!

Ciara feels the best part of her job is learning something new every day and is passionate about emergency and critical care.

Outside of work Ciara enjoys Crossfit and long country walks with her rescue dog Cosmo. When time allows, Ciara also enjoys trips back home to Dubin to visit her family, especially her British Shorthair cross cat Reilly.

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