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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!

 

JENNY ALEXANDER
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Jenny qualified at Glasgow University in 2011. She joined AVG in February 2018 and is one of our clinical directors at our Storrington hospital

Jenny loves her job and meeting all sorts of animals and their owners. In particular Jenny has a passion for feline medicine and in 2020 achieved her certificate in medicine.

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

RICHARD WHITTINGTON
LEAD 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 joined the practice in 2013 and is 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 and takes pride from delivering a personal GP style service to his clients.

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!

LISA CHALMERS
LEAD 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.”

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.

Suzanna returned to us in 2020 after maternity leave and is based part time at our Ashington branch.

“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!”

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 based at our Storrington hospital. In 2020 gained his surgical certificate. His favourite part of his job is seeing sick 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.

MARLOES BARTLETT
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!

COLLEEN COLVER
VETERINARY SURGEON

Colleen qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2001. A few years later in 2005 Colleen moved to the UK.

Colleen has worked in several practices in West Sussex before joining AVG in February 2019.

Having always worked in Small Animal practice, Colleen gained her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2016.

Colleen is passionate about her work, in particular she has an interest in Feline Medicine – especially our more nervous patients, helping to build trust and minimise anxiety at the vets. It will therefore come as no surprise that Colleen is a certified Fear Free Practitioner.

Outside of work Colleen enjoys trail running and spending time with her young family. The family also share ‘Steve’ the rescue cat and ‘May’ the Wire-haried Hungarian Viszla.

ELENA PAPA
VETERINARY SURGEON

Elena graduated in 2009 from the University of Camerino.

Shortly after graduating, Elena completed an internship-gaining significant experience and started to pursue her interest in Diagnostic Imaging and Internal Medicine. Elena then decided to broaden her experience across all aspects of veterinary medicine by working in general practice whilst still maintaing a focus on ultrasound.

After moving to the UK, Elena gained further experience helping to solidify her skills and develop her knowledge in CT and MRI.

Elena has been working on the South Coast since 2015 and is currently studying towards her Postgraduate Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging.

Elena joined us at AVG in March 2019.

 

SUSIE SMITH
VETERINARY SURGEON

Susie qualified as a vet at Liverpool University in 2009. Prior to her veterinary medicine degree, Susie had previously achieved a degree in Bioveterinary Science.

Susie has worked locally in the West Sussex area. In June 2019 Susie joined our Westergate team on a part time basis.

Susie loves being a small animal vet and enjoys all areas of practice, however her real passion is dermatology and she is shortly to commence her studies working towards a certificate in dermatology.

Outside of work Susie is kept busy with her young family and her beloved horse ‘Oliver’ who she enjoys competing in affiliated dressage competitions

SARAH REED
VETERINARY SURGEON

Sarah graduated as a vet in 2007 at the Royal Veterinary College.

After spending some time working for the PDSA, Sarah settled into small animal practice where she gained a special interest in rabbits, guinea pigs and rats. Sarah joined the Worthing team in August 2019 but is now based at our Ashington branch where many of her patients have followed her to.

Out of work Sarah lives with her partner and is kept busy by her 3 cats – Poppy, Elle and Darwin. Sarah also has quite a range of hobbies! These included knitting gardening, riding and surfing. Aside from that Sarah is rather partial to a good old pub lunch!

CAROLINA HAMM VINGA
VETERINARY SURGEON

Carolina qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Hannover, Germany in 2009 before moving to the UK in 2012.

Since qualifying, Carolina has enjoyed varied work in referral hospitals and small animal practices and joined the AVG team in May 2020 and is based at our Storrington hospital.

Carolina has a keen interest in diagnostic imaging and holds a certificate in this field of expertise. She is now further studying and hopes to achieve her certificate in cardiology in the near future.

Carolina prides herself in supporting her clients and pets by ensuring their veterinary experience as enjoyable as possible.

In her spare time, Carolina loves to explore the great outdoors, enjoying long walks, running and rock climbing. She is also a keen traveller and loves to discover new countries and their customs.

JOANA DIAS
VETERINARY SURGEON

After growing up in the sunny, capital city of Lisbon, Joana qualified as a vet in 2009.

Joana moved to the UK in 2014 and has since spent most of her time working as a vet in the South East of England. We were delighted to welcome Joana to the team in October 2020 where she will be based at our Worthing clinic.

Joana is currently working towards her certificate in Feline Medicine so it will come as no surprise that Joana shares her home with 3 cats of her own as well as a dog and even a squirrel that she rescued.

In her spare time, Joana loves to travel, spend time in her garden and enjoy long walks in the countryside.

LIZZIE GALLIGAN
VETERINARY SURGEON

Lizzie graduated from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017.

Deciding to stay in London, Lizzie initially spent 3 years working in a small animal clinic before deciding to move to Sussex to join the AVG team in late 2020. Lizzie is based at our Storrington hospital.

Lizzie has a dog called Sol and a cat called Gremlin and she spends any spare time out and about with her dog, playing tennis and practising yoga.

MEG CHALMERS
VETERINARY SURGEON

Meg qualified at a vet from Nottingham in 2018 initially working in a busy farm practice in Wiltshire.

Following this, Meg moved to Sussex and we were thrilled to welcome her to the Westergate team in December 2020.

Meg is a devoted Mum to her beloved Cocker Spaniel, Scout and enjoys spending her spare time exploring the South Downs and taking part in various sports.

AMY MELLENEY
VETERINARY SURGEON

In 2015 Amy graduated from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and spent the first few years working in both small animal and equine practice. This time was spent not only in the UK but also gaining a vast amount of experience working overseas in New Zealand.

A few years later Amy found herself back in London where she settled into small animal work before moving to West Sussex and joining the Pulborough team in 2021.

Amy is a country girl at heart and enjoys exploring the countryside with her beloved Dachshund, Mildred.

Any other spare time is spent playing hockey and making pottery.

IVAN SLIOUNIAEV
VETERINARY SURGEON

Ivan qualified as a vet in 2013 from University College Dublin.

After completing an internship at a specialist referral practice in Ringwood, Ivan then spent the next 3 years working in a small animal practice in Southampton.

Ivan then made the move to West Sussex, competing a surgery certificate before joining the team at our Storrington hospital, where we were delighted to welcome him.

Ivan is passionate about soft tissue surgery as well as laparoscopic, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery.

Ivan is kept company by his two feline friends, Lily and Auri and in his spare time enjoys martial arts and a range of outdoor hobbies including camping and hiking.

GABBY SANTORO
VETERINARY SURGEON

Gabby qualified from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017 and has worked in small animal practice ever since.

Gabby joined the team at our Storrington hospital in 2021 and has a passion for small animal medicine. Gabby is currently working towards her certificate in medicine which she hopes to achieve soon.

Out of work, Gabby lives with her family in Surrey, including her rescue dog Alan who makes the perfect partner for a walk in the country and a pub lunch!

LAURA JENNER
VETERINARY SURGEON

Laura joined the AVG team in March 2021 and is currently based at our Westergate clinic.

Laura grew up locally in Chichester and went on to graduate from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Laura then achieved a surgical certificate in 2017 and became an advanced practitioner the following year. Laura has experience in orthopaedic surgery and has a passion for all knee conditions.

Out of work, Laura lives locally with her young family, enjoying not only family time but trail marathons, gardening and generally being outdoors.

Laura has a cat called Bramble and also a small flock of hens.

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.

In 2019 Cameron achieved his 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.

OLIVIA LANE
NIGHT VET

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. In 2020 Olivia excelled from one of our day vets at our Storrington hospital to one of our night team. This move has proven to be a great decision for Olivia and she is really enjoying her new role.

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.

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