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 and 2019.

Derek Attride
Derek Attride
Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Nominated for PetPlan Vet of the Year 2017 and 2018

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, helping to arrange Continuing Professional Developement for vets and nurses in my local area. I also chair the Education Committee.

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

Emma Pillow
Emma Pillow
Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Nominated for PetPlan Vet of the Year 2017 and 2018

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.

Until recently Derek & I had a wonderful old moggie called Bean, who, like so many vet's pets, had a really rough start in life as an RSPCA cruelty case but blossomed into a much loved part of the family. A new cat is very much on the cards now, as the house feels empty without her, so watch this space!

Both Derek & I love walking and cycling & are enjoying life in this beautiful area.

Erin  Tunney
Erin Tunney
Veterinary Surgeon

We welcomed Erin to the team in August 2017. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2017 (where she was a post-graduate, having already completed one degree at Bristol University) and brings with her lots of new ideas and enthusiasm.

She has a lovely bedside manner and makes sure both patients and owners feel at ease.

She has a little rescue dog called Benji and enjoys walking him and also goes road cycling with her boyfriend.

Practice Manager

Heather Grace
Heather Grace
Registered Veterinary Nurse
RVN ISFM Cert Feline Medicine

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 have just passed (with merit) my certificate in Feline Nursing from the International Society for Feline Medicine and I am one of the practice's Cat Advocates.

When not working you may see me in my running gear puffing and panting up hills or 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.

Athena Jarvis
Athena Jarvis
Registered Veterinary Nurse

Athena joined us as a part time Vet Nurse two 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 18 years so brings a wealth of experience and we are lucky to have her as part of the team.

Ethan Heavisides-Bell
Ethan Heavisides-Bell
Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Ethan passed his final exams in the summer of 2017, after two years of study, and is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse! He is part of the team looking after your pets whilst they are hospitalised or anaesthetised as well as doing nurse consultations and hosting puppy parties.

He is interested in developing his surgical skills and hopes to undertake further study allowing him to suture wounds and perform minor surgeries.

Outside of work, he is passionate about football and also tutors children in maths.

Sarah Bishop
Sarah Bishop

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

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

Verity Pattle
Verity Pattle
Student Vet Nurse

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.

Verity studies at the College of Animal Welfare every Tuesday and works with us every other day, taking part in all aspects of nursing under the supervision of her clinical coach, Heather.

A Special Constable before joining us, shehas hung up her truncheon for the next two years to devote her time to her studies. She is enthusiastic and unfailingly cheerful and we are enjoying having her on the team.

She and her boyfriend have recently acquired a Springer Spaniel puppy called Oscar so it's lucky she enjoys being busy!

Charlotte  Puddephatt
Charlotte Puddephatt
Animal Care Assistant

Charlotte has joined us as our Animal Care Assistant. Her role is to assist the vets and nurses with the day to day duties, helping to care for your pets. 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!)
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