Introducing Our Practice Team 

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Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare in a warm & friendly environment.  Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience and up to date training to the practice, looking after your pet in a  friendly and approachable manner. All our Vet Nurses are fully qualified and registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

We have been nominated for Pet Plan Vet Practice of the year in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021


Dr Derek Attride
Dr Derek Attride
Veterinary Surgeon & Director
MA VetMB GPCert (SAP) MRCVS

Nominated for PetPlan Vet of the Year 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021

I qualified from Cambridge University in 1993 and after a brief spell in Yorkshire moved to the West Midlands, first as a mixed vet seeing farm animals, horses and domestic pets and later as a dedicated small animal vet. Before moving to Greensands I spent 14 years in charge of my own branch surgeries , where I was able to offer a high level of care for both pets and their owners.

I revived my studies for two years in 2005, gaining my certificate in General Practice in 2007.

I am an active member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, having chaired the Education Committee and helped to arrange Continuing Professional Development for vets and nurses in my local area.

I enjoy walking, mountain biking & skiing, which is lucky given my love of cake!


Dr Emma Pillow
Dr Emma Pillow
Veterinary Surgeon & Director
BVetMed MRCVS

Nominated for PetPlan Vet of the Year 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021

Hi I am one of the two Directors at Greensands Vets. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1995. I worked initially in Birmingham before moving to a large hospital practice in the West Midlands where I became Clinical Director. I love working with all domestic pets but cats are my special favourites. I am the cat advocate for the practice and always keen to help with any tricky felines.

Derek and I lost our elderly cat, Bean, last year and her successor, Weasley, quickly followed, after we met his Mum when she became very ill soon after giving birth. He's quite a character, even joining us on a 2 mile walk recently!

Along with Verity, I joined the UK's many new open water swimmers and we were still dipping in the chilly December weather. Having completed the Couch to 5K program during the first lockdown and despite still not being a natural runner, I am hoping to enter a charity triathlon soon. Watch this space!


Dr Alice Davies
Dr Alice Davies
Veterinary surgeon
BA VetMB MRCVS

Nominated for Pet Plan Vet of the Year 2021

Alice has joined the team in January 2020 having graduated from Cambridge University in 2018 and spending the first 18 months of her career as a small animal vet locally. And what a year it has been! During the Covid pandemic we were required to work in small bubbles and Alice and her small team worked tirelessly to ensure we could provide continuous care for our patients. It is lovely to be back to being one team and working alongside one another properly.

Alice grew up locally in Bedfordshire, she has a French Bulldog called Eric and spends her free time walking or reading.


Dr Katy Wragg
Dr Katy Wragg
Vet
BVetMed MRCVS

Katy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. She joined us at Greensands in March 2021. Prior to that she was the senior vet at a large veterinary hospital for a number of years so has a wealth of experience. She has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and is studying for a certificate in this field. Katy lives locally with her husband and two young children.

Vicky
Vicky
Practice Manager

Vicky has been with the practice since it opened in 2003 with its previous owners and we have been lucky to keep her as part of the team since we took over in 2014.

With her background in HR , Vicky looks after the team to make sure everyone feels happy and confident in their role (her experience as a Mum probably helps too!) and coordinates CPD plans so we are always learning and moving forwards.

She ensured we sailed through our RCVS inspection in 2018 and keeps up to date with health and safety and GDPR requirements.

Outside of work, Vicky loves walking her dog, Alfie and socialising with family and friends.


Athena Jarvis
Athena Jarvis
Registered Veterinary Nurse
RVN

Athena joined us as a part time Vet Nurse three years ago and is here more & more!! Some of you may recognise her as she lives in Woburn and has worked at our out of hours service, Vets Now, in the past so she is able to deal with any emergencies.

She has been qualified for 19 years so brings a wealth of experience and we are lucky to have her as part of the team.

Not only is she super-efficient but she's incredibly artistic and has been responsible for many of our fabulous waiting room displays.

Athena now runs our monthly Puppy Parties, two hours of puppy-based fun, with training, practice tours, play and goody-bags. All new puppies and their humans are welcome!


Heather Grace
Heather Grace
Registered Veterinary Nurse
RVN ISFM AdvCert Feline Behaviour ISFM Cert Feline Nursing

Some of you may remember me from 2010 when I worked as a trainee nurse/ Receptionist here. Since than I have qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse working in a busy Northamptonshire practice and than onto the PDSA. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of these roles but have always wanted to come back to where my Veterinary life first started.

I have a particular interest in animal behaviour and nutrition and plan to continue Nursing clinics specifically in these areas. I recently achieved an advanced certificate in Feline Behaviour (with distinction) having previously passed (with merit) my certificate in Feline Nursing from the International Society for Feline Medicine. I am one of the practices' Cat Advocates and I can help with your cat behaviour problems as well as running senior cat clinics with Emma.

When not working you may see me in my running gear puffing and panting up hills having discovered a love of running during lockdown. Otherwise you are likely to find me eating cake and chocolate - my second favourite pastime.

I have two adorable rescue cats called Gingi and Mischief who are very 'unique' as many Vet Nurse cats are. I hand-reared Mischief and her litter mates after their mother rejected them and still see the other two as they are patients here.


Verity Pattle
Verity Pattle
Registered Vet Nurse
RVN

Verity joined us in 2017 as our new Student Vet Nurse, replacing Ethan who is now fully qualified and part of our team of Registered Vet Nurses.

After studying at the College of Animal Welfare every Tuesday for 2 years and working with us every other day under the supervision of her clinical coach, Heather, Verity qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in August 2019. She is enthusiastic and unfailingly cheerful and we are enjoying having her on the team full time.

A Special Constable before joining us, she hung up her truncheon for the past two years to devote her time to her studies but may pick it up again soon...

She enjoys open water swimming and owns a Springer Spaniel called Oscar so it's lucky she enjoys being busy!


Roisin Gaffney
Roisin Gaffney
Veterinary Nurse
RVN

Ro joined us in November 2020 having worked for the last few years at another local practice. She's had to get stuck in to some really long shifts during the recent lockdowns and she does it all with a smile on her face. We're looking forward to getting to know her better as restrictions are lifted and we can all meet up outside of work!

Sarah Bishop
Sarah Bishop
Receptionist

Sarah will be a familiar face to many of you in the dog-walking fraternity as she walks her labradoodles Honey & Sonny locally. Watch out for her and her hubby on their regular runs as well. She joins us on reception in the afternoons and evenings.

Sarah loves animals, especially guinea pigs, and will make sure everyone visiting the practice (human and animal) gets a warm and friendly welcome.

She has been nominated for Veterinary Receptionist of The Year Awards 2020


Charlotte  Puddephatt
Charlotte Puddephatt
Animal Care Assistant

Charlotte has joined us as our Animal Care Assistant in 2019. Her role is to assist the vets and nurses with their day to day duties, helping to care for your pets. She plays a key role in ensuring their safe recovery from anaesthesia.

Outside of work Charlotte's interests include going on dog walks with her friends, learning new animal facts and spending time with her bunny family (like Verity, she is a mad rabbit lady!)

She is attending night classes in maths with the goal of achieving the grades to allow her to start studying to become a vet nurse but this may be on hold for a while as she leaves us to go on maternity leave at the end of February 2021. We wish her luck and happiness with her new family


Charlotte Doherty
Charlotte Doherty
Receptionist

Charley is our morning receptionist.

Having been reception manager at another veterinary practice prior to joining us she brings a wealth of experience.

More importantly though, she is enthusiastic and friendly and you and your pets will be in safe hands.

Charley has a keen interest in animal welfare, and, being meat and dairy-free, she is introducing us all to some delicious alternatives.

Along with Sarah, Charley has been nominated for the Veterinary Receptionist of the Year Award 2020

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