1ccb8d9Natalie Sampson MRCVS.

When I was about 7 years old I remember lambing ewes on my grandfather’s farm in Devon and thinking that being a vet was like being a farmer but you didn’t have to take lambs to market, so that was it, I wanted to be a vet. Many years later I realised that dream, though thankfully I also realised there was far more to being a vet than lambing time.

I qualified from London in 2004, having done my dissertation in primate parasitology. I joined Oundle as a new graduate mixed animal vet for 2 years before disappearing off for a year to work as an emergency vet in Sydney, Australia and a few months in Borneo volunteering with Orangutans ( I never dreamt I would ever have to fight an Orangutan for my morning coffee!) On my return to the UK I rejoined Oundle as a general small animal practitioner and have also spent some of my holidays volunteering as a vet in Peru. I became a partner in the practice in February 2013.

I live in Stamford with my husband and our border terrier Hector. We are both keen sports people and are often seen jogging about town with Hector in tow or exploring the local countryside, followed by the obligatory glass of wine in the local pub.

What do I like about being a vet? I love getting to know my patients and their owners, I love watching patients grow and develop, I love the lateral thinking we have to apply to our jobs daily and I love the science behind veterinary medicine.

NickNick Park MRCVS.

Nick qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1997 and worked in mixed practice in Somerset for two years before enjoying stints as a locum in various parts of the UK, interspersed with travelling to Australia.

There followed a short period in the pet food industry before joining the Oundle practice in 2001, prior to buying the business in 2003. Since then the practice has become highly successful with a huge growth in the number of clients and patients. As well as having a young family to keep him on his toes Nick also enjoys cycling and in 2012 took on a 172 mile coast to coast challenge to raise money for the Alzheimers society.

chrissie-freerChrissie Freer MRCVS GPCert(SAP).

Chrissie graduated from Bristol University in 2005 and joined us in 2009. Chrissy lives locally and enjoys many different sports including swimming and sailing and can often be seen in the area walking her black labrador Pepper.

alexbell2Alex Bell MRCVS

I grew up in Cheshire and had my first taste of the veterinary world from working as a kennel girl and Saturday receptionist whilst still at school. I then trained at Cambridge Vet School, where I graduated in 2013.
Since then I have worked in predominantly small animal practice in Hertfordshire and have recently moved up to Oundle to make a new life as one of your vets up here!
 
I love the challenges veterinary medicine throws at you. I'm so fortunate to have a career that allows me to work closely with pets and clients, keep up to date with current scientific thinking and is so varied day to day...no, minute by minute! 
 
Now I'm living in Oundle, I am looking out for good running routes, getting some miles in and training for long distance running if time permits.  I've also worked my way around the lovely coffee shops we have here, a perfect way to re fuel after runs or just at the end of a long week! There's so much to offer up here so I am looking forward to getting involved in village life. Otherwise - as any siamese cat owner will know, a not so quiet evening in with my little girl, Pip!

 

danwestDan West MRCVS

From a very early age this was the only job i could ever see myself doing. I grew up in Stamford and over the years helped out in several of my local vet practices, before moving to London to train at the Royal Veterinary College. I graduated in summer 2015, and am excited to be starting my career here in Oundle.

Outside of work my biggest passion is music, and i have been playing the guitar for many years. I have also been a keen hockey payer for the majority of my school and university life, and i plan to find a local club to keep myself active in my free time!

 

 

annAnn Hemming MRCVS

I was born in South Africa, and from as early as I can remember, wanted to be a vet. I studied at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, it was a wonderful environment for animal lovers. Where else could you walk to lectures past the beef and dairy herds, dodging manure in your flip flops, say hello to the calves and kids and greet the ponies over the fence? I was able to treat many varied species including leopards, lions, a gorilla, a tiger and all the domestic species too. After qualifying in 2004 I started at a busy mixed practice in Port Elizabeth. I saw many and varied cases on a daily basis, it was not unusual to treat a donkey in the car park, or a calf in the boot of someones car! After 3 very intense and exhausting years, I moved to the UK to locum and travel. I locumed in Essex, Oxford and around London and then did an epic trip through Europe, visiting eleven countries. When I returned I decided to settle down, so took a permanent job treating small animals in Norfolk. I became the lead vet there, and after 7 years felt like I needed a change and a new challenge, so I moved to Oundle. I have a horse, a dog and a cat who keep me very busy when I am not working!

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Aimee Large MRCVS

I was born in Chatham Kent and moved to Alicante in Spain with my parents when I was seven. I qualified from Murcia University and worked in a small animal hospital in Guardamar del Segura (Alicante) until I decided to move back to the UK in 2008. Since then I have worked in Kettering and locumed in London and Cornwall until joining the Oundle and Thrapston Veterinary surgery in January 2012.

I knew I wanted to be a vet from a very early age. I have always had a deep passion for science and animals so it was natural choice for me. What I love most about my job is the bond between people and their pets, and being able to help strengthen and maintain that bond through medicine and compassion. I generally enjoy all areas of veterinary medicine but I am particularly interested in ultrasonography and cardiology.

I live with my partner Rafael and our two cats, Greta and Celia. Greta is Spanish; she has travelled back and forth to Spain with us a few times in the car, she loves being around people and bossing Celia around. Celia is English, we adopted her from Rushden Persian Rescue, and she’s shyer than Greta and likes lager! When I’m not at work I like to go rock climbing, ideally outdoors in Spain, but most of the time at our local indoor climbing wall. I also enjoy cooking and travelling, I’m always planning our next getaway!

Aimee is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her first child, we look forward to welcoming her back later in 2016.

Sue boothSue Booth MRCVS

Sue originated from Yorkshire, and after qualifying in 2004 from the Royal Veterinary College, moved to Stamford and began a career as a small animal Veterinary Surgeon. She then moved to work as an emergency Veterinarian, working nights and weekends in Northampton where she developed an interest in small animal emergency surgery and medicine.  After a further 9 years working in Stamford in general small animal practice she is looking forward to joining the team in Oundle and Corby and meeting our clients and their pets.

Outside work Sue enjoys travelling, socialising and eating out with her partner.  Closer to home she spends her free time competing her dressage horse and walking her very cute flat coated retriever, Roo, who is also excited about joining the team at Oundle Veterinary Surgery!