Our Team Members








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    Angie Barca

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Angie qualified as a vet in 2002 and has worked in various small animal practices since, widening her experience, before joining our Spalding branch in 2018. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, surgery and alternative medicine. She has two pets, Pedro the chihuahua and Leon the friendly cat. She enjoys walking in nature, practicing yoga and painting.

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    Giuseppe Palatucci

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Giuseppe graduated in veterinary medicine in his hometown, Perugia in Italy, and gained experience in small animal practices before moving to the UK and joining Best Friends in 2014. He has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. His cat Emma lives in Italy with his family, and he likes to return home for mountain biking and cross country skiing in the Italian Alps.

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    Paula Dean

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Paula joined Best Friends in 2017, and has seen a wide variety of interesting veterinary cases across her career, including treating animals from horses and farm animals to monkeys, reptiles, pine martens, coati and capybara. At home she has three cats, two rabbits and a border collie – all rescues – and enjoys spending time with family, reading and crafting, as well as being an active member of her local Methodist church.

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    Sarah Stonton

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Since qualifying from Edinburgh in 1991, Sarah worked continuously in small animal practice, where she enjoys a variety of disciplines. Much of her private time is spent with her two Norwegian Buhund's training for, and competing in various canine activities, as well as enjoying long walks with them and time relaxing at home.

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    Claire Billingham

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Claire qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2020, and joined Best Friends later that year. She is particularly interested in protecting animal welfare. At home she has something of a menagerie, including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, degus, rabbits, fish, and a tortoise, although she has a special soft spot for Patch, her Jack Russell. Her hobbies include horse riding, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, and true crime documentaries.

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    Lucy Craddock

    Head Receptionist

    I started working at Best friends as a receptionist in 2006. I enjoy my role on reception as I can interact with clients and their pets.

    I have grown up around animals such as dogs and horses. I now have two dogs and one guinea pig.

    Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two children and husband

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    Max Welch

    Head Veterinary Surgeon

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    Eleanor Pavely

    Senior RVN

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    Kayleigh Bennifer

    Head RVN

    Kayleigh qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2017 and joined Best Friends in August 2022. Kayleigh has a particular interest in surgery and anaesthesia. In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks, listening to music and growing vegetables.

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    Sara Rolfe

    Head RVN

    Sara knew from an early age that she wanted to work with animals, and after spending three years studying animal care she has spent her whole career with Best Friends, progressing from a veterinary nursing assistant. She enjoys nursing clinics, dentistry and behaviour, in which she has won a national competition by Royal Canin! Out of work she enjoys travelling, reading thrillers and spending time with her adorable little crossbreed dog.

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    Tracey Bridgement

    Receptionist

    I started working for Best Friends Group as a receptionist in 2014.  I worked with horses for 8 years prior to that and also worked as a kennel maid in a quarantine kennels when I left school.

    I love the customer service aspect of my role and I am now working towards the BVRA silver award. 

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    Vasiliki Vlachonikolou

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Vasiliki graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece, in 2019 and worked in a newly established vet clinic in her home country before moving to the UK and joining Best Friends in 2021. Shee is particularly interested in ultrasound scanning and cytology.

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    Tamsyn Schofield

    RVN

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    Zoe Hill

    RVN

    Zoe qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in March 2021 and joined Best Friends September 2021. Zoe has always wanted to work with animals and has a keen interest in anaesthesia and dentistry. At home Zoe has a black pug and 5 rescue cats and in her spare time, enjoys spending time her family.

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    Tanya de Mare

    Head RVN

    Tanya joined Best Friends in 2020, and qualified as a veterinary nurse in South Africa in 2013, with over five years experience working with surgery and medicine specialists. She has a keen interest in patient care and anaesthetics. She likes cats, dogs and house plants.

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    Demi Tzierkezou

    SVN

    Demi joined the time in 2020, having previously gained experience volunteering at several different practices. She is particularly interested in lab work. In her spare time she enjoys baking cakes, going to the gym, gaming, and spending time with her three dogs and two cats.

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    Kerrie Lambert

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Kerrie joined the team in 2021 and is particularly interested in theatre and lab work. She shares her home with Frank the Frenchie and Jack the Westie, her two rescue dogs. In her spare time she enjoys camping her dogs in her VW camper, as well as music, upholstery and anything vintage.

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    Nikkita Needham

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Nikkita is a Veterinary Care Assistant, hoping to eventually get qualifications to reach her goal of becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse, which would be her dream. Nikkita has a real passion and love for animals of all kinds, shapes, and sizes; and has some of her own Including a mixed breed dog Titan, a cat called Jet, 11 fancy mice and 5 budgies 😊 all of whom she loves dearly and spoils. In her spare time Nikkita likes to spend it with Family & Friends.

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    Sue Thompson

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Sue has been with us since early 2021 and is really enjoying her role and learning new things daily. She previously worked in an RSPCA centre as an animal care assistant. She lives with her bulldog, Daisy, and enjoys gardening, keeping fit and crystal healing.

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    Rosa Wilson

    Receptionist

    Rosa has over 20 years of working in customer services, friendly, approachable and like to help people.

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    Emma Bull

    Receptionist

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    Megan Foreman

    Receptionist

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    Danielle Webb

    Receptionist

    Danielle loves working on reception, meeting customers and their pets. Danielle has worked with animals for many years including working as an RVN and a dog groomer but now very much enjoys reception work at Best Friends March. Danielle has an adorable Pug x Jack Russell called Margo who is very cheeky.
    In her spare time, she enjoys holidays, days out and looking after her young family.

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    Angela Lister

    Receptionist

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    Dani Ryan

    Receptionist

    Dani joined the team in 2020, and is looking to achieve further qualifications as a receptionist during her time here. She lives with her husband and daughter as well as Saracen the German shepherd and Roger the rabbit. In her spare time she enjoys family time and taking Saracen for long walks.

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    Louise Logie

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    I joined Best Friends March, in July 2023. 

    I have been in the industry since 2010, and qualified as an RVN in 2017. 

    I have worked in several practices over the years, and learned a lot from colleagues, owners and patients alike.  

    I love all aspects of nursing, but have developed a keen interest in anaesthesia. I also have a soft spot for the "golden oldies", and like to help them and their parents navigate their way through their winter years. 

    At home I have a Romanian rescue dog called Jake who is very loving, but is also cheeky and has me wrapped round his little paw.  

    Jake has a brother and sister in the form of my rescue cats, Shrek and Fifi, who I've had from four weeks old. 







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    Alicia

    Alicia’s Obedience Dog Training

    Our Dagenham branch works with Alicia, from ‘Alicia’s Obedience Dog Training’, to offer a variety of services to keep your dog relaxed and happy in practice. For more information, please call or email our Dagenham Branch.