Our Team (and their pets!)

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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.

Vets

Dr Verity Griffiths

Dr Verity Griffiths

Branch Partner

BSc(Hons), MA, VetMB, GPCert(SAS), GPCert(EM&S), MRCVS

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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

Dr Rik Vanhoutteghem

Vet

DVM, CertVD, MRCVS

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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

Dr Emma Heckford

Vet

BVSc MRCVS

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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

Dr Alexandra Best

Vet

MA(Hons), VetMB, GPCert(VDI), PgC SADI, MRCVS

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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

Dr Valentin Chetrean

Vet

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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

Dr Maria Lazaro Munoz

Vet

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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

Dr Ana Sousa

Vet

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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.

Nurses

Fran Pike

Fran Pike

Head Nurse

RVN

Kristian Legg

Kristian Legg

Deputy Head Nurse

RVN

Claire Carter

Claire Carter

Nurse

RVN

Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

Nurse

RVN

Debbie Perry

Debbie Perry

Nurse

RVN

Charlotte Towner

Charlotte Towner

Nurse Admin

Sophie Sargeant

Sophie Sargeant

Student Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

Student Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Crew

Sarah Crew

Student Veterinary Nurse

Ellie Neville

Ellie Neville

Student Veterinary Nurse

Daniela Fusillo

Daniela Fusillo

Student Veterinary Nurse

Martin Harvey

Martin Harvey

Client Care Assistant

Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca Bennett

Client Care Assistant

Practice staff

Cheri Briggs

Cheri Briggs

Head Receptionist

Tracey Ridler Dutton

Tracey Ridler Dutton

Receptionist

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson

Receptionist

Hannah Leach

Hannah Leach

Hydrotherapist

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones

Veterinary Physiotherapist

Beverley Gillmore

Beverley Gillmore

Dog Groomer