Our highly qualified and dedicated team of veterinary surgeons, nurses and support staff work at Southfields because of their love for animals. Our team has a wealth of experience and their aim is to treat you and your pet with the utmost care.
Our Team (and their pets!)
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Dr Verity Griffiths
BSc(Hons), MA, VetMB, GPCert(SAS), GPCert(EM&S), MRCVS
Verity qualified from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge after previously gaining a degree in Immunology from King’s College, University of London. Verity’s interests lie in all areas of surgery and emergency medicine having gained both a GP certificate in small animal surgery in 2007 and a certificate in emergency medicine and surgery in 2016 respectively. She has a keen interest in pain management and complements this with acupuncture alongside conventional medicine.
Verity joined Southfields in 2002, became a partner in 2007 and then bought the business taking sole charge in 2009. Verity’s pets include three Hungarian Vizsla’s, Ruban, Ochre and Freya, all home bred and successful in the show ring under the kennel name of Ulurudawn. Ruban is worked throughout the shooting season and competes in working tests and field trials with Ruban becoming a full champion in 2018. In addition, she has Sika a Border Terrierist(!) and two cats Tobias and Augustus.
Dr Rik Vanhoutteghem
DVM, CertVD, MRCVS
Rik joined Southfields in 2004 as an experienced veterinary surgeon. He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice with a particular interest in surgery, endoscopy and dermatology (the treatment of skin problems). After considerable post graduate study in dermatology Rik gained the Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 1996 which gives him the knowledge and expertise to treat skin conditions above and beyond those normally dealt with in first opinion practices.
When not busy at work Rik is a keen runner, competing in 10k’s, half marathons and marathons. He also plays the cornet with Dorchester’s Durnovaria Silver band. In addition to these activities he finds time to spend with Evie his Jack Russell and Harvey his Labrador.
Dr Emma Heckford
Emma graduated at RVC in 2016. She worked in small animal practice in Hertfordshire for a number of years to gain experience before moving back home to Dorset this year. She loves all small animals and has a particular soft spot for labradors and guinea pigs!
Her two pets, Melvin & Alvin, love a cuddle! Emma loves walks in the countryside, visiting the beach and exploring when I can.
Dr Alexandra Best
MA(Hons), VetMB, GPCert(VDI), PgC SADI, MRCVS
Alex qualified from St Catherine’s College Cambridge in 2007 and worked in a mixed practice in Dorset before moving to Southfields in 2012 to pursue small animal work. Her main clinical interests include diagnostic imaging, cardiology, oncology and complicated medical cases.
Out of work Alex spends her time singing both on stage in shows or in delivering solo recitals. Alex lives in Weymouth with her husband, their two dogs Harry a collie and Zephyr a labrador retriever and also Marni the cat.
Dr Valentin Chetrean
Valentin was born in the Republic of Moldova in a small village where he grew up. He qualified from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2017.
He joined the practice in the spring of 2019 as a mobile vet after Southfield Vets became part of the Medivet group. He has a special interest in surgery and imaging but is not decided yet what to specialise in. Keep your eyes peeled people!
Dr Maria Lazaro Munoz
Maria graduated in 2015 in Veterinary Medicine from University of Extremadura (Spain). Since then, she has been working in small animals practices including an internship in a first opinion referral in Madrid. She is interested in surgery and everything related with emergencies and critical care.
In her free time she loves spending time with her sister’s dog Pipa. She enjoys swimming, reading, travelling anywhere and spending time with friends.
Dr Ana Sousa
Ana qualified in 2008. Over the years, she developed a keen interest in emergency and critical care medicine and surgery. Hence, she works as an emergency night vet. She is also working towards the designated ‘Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Emergency Critical Care)’ at the University of Liverpool. The certificates keep her knowledge up to date.
Outside of work she enjoys walking with her dog, many water sports, reading books and travelling.