Meet the team
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Andy Downing BVetMed MRCVS
Andy qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in July 1995. Initially he worked in mixed practice in Worcester for 3 years deepening his knowledge of not only cats and dogs, but also sheep, cattle and horses. Andy subsequently worked as a locum vet for many practices in the UK gaining valuable experience in many medical and surgical techniques, and also in the best way to run a practice. These periods of locum work were interspersed with some travel and voluntary veterinary work overseas (including working with orang-utans in Borneo), and eight months helping fight foot and mouth disease in the UK.
Having gained invaluable clinical and managerial skills, Andy purchased Banstead Village Vets in December 2003 and is the principal vet now responsible for the further development of this friendly local practice. He has completed the Dental Leadership Course on pet dentistry, and an ultrasound course and is very keen on surgery of all types. He has two cats called Smudge and Maggie (a mischievous tortoiseshell), 2 Labradors called Indi and Bumble, as well as a growing family consisting of wife Ruth and sons Joe and Ted. Bumble was not a planned addition to the family, but she had to have a huge operation aged 7 and 1/2 weeks to remove a section of damaged intestine. Andy took her home to look after her that night, the rest of the family met her and the rest is history!
Sadie Hadley BVetMed MRCVS
Sadie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1999. She worked in mixed practice for three years in Hertfordshire and Wiltshire. In 2002 she moved to Surrey and worked in equine practices for 4 years. Since then she has been locuming in the area in small animal practices. Her main interest is small animal internal medicine. When not working Sadie spends time with her Spanish horses, from which she has bred three foals. Sadie and Jason have two children Evie and Daisy.
Lizzie Henderson BVSc MRCVS
Lizzie qualified from Bristol University as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2010. This step to train as a vet came after a qualifying with a degree in veterinary nursing in 2003 and working in practice for several years as a head nurse. Lizzie has worked in small animal practice since qualifying in both a long term permanent position and also as a locum where she gained valuable clinical skills. Lizzie has a strong interest in medicine and wishes to pursue this avenue of veterinary practice.
Lizzie had a baby boy called Elias in march 2013 and joined Banstead Village Vets on a part time basis in august. She has a cockapoo called Anouk who goes everywhere with her. She also has a lovely old cat called 'The General' and two guinea pigs, Mary Poppins and Maria. In her spare time Lizzie loves playing basketball and now being with her family.
Liz has been working in the veterinary profession since 1979 in various roles including receptionist, nurse and practice manager. She joined the practice in January 2005 as a receptionist but is happy to use her previous nursing skills as and when required. Liz has three rescue cats, Smirnoff, Rosie and Mac. Liz has 2 grown-up sons & a Grand-daughter, she enjoys spending her free time working in her garden, on her allotment and swimming.
Carly Zdybal RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Carly worked in small animal practice in Lancashire before qualifying in 2006. She then moved south to take up a nursing position at Battersea Dogs and Cats home and rescued a Patterdale Terrier affectionately known as The Olive. Carly has recently become a Mum to a little girl called Gracie.
Agni Voutsinou MSc MRCVS
Agni graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2012. Shortly after graduating she attended a masters in small animal surgery and after completing it with Honours she came to the UK where she is living the last 3 years. She also participated in neutering programmes in Greece helping resolve the overpopulation of cats.
She is currently working in BVVS as a part-time Vet. Her current interest is in ultrasonography and echocardiography where she is attending further studies hoping to become an advanced practitioner in that field.
Agni has a female Malteze in Greece called Minnie. In her spare time she enjoys running, travelling and taking photos.
Natasha Horne RVN
Natasha graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) degree from Harper Adams University and joined us in 2018. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, but has particular interests in anaesthesia, nutrition and dentistry. She enjoys nurse clinics, and is a Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor. She is also completing a nursing certificate in anaesthesia this year.
Natasha has a cheeky Burmese cat named Columbus, who likes to pester her older rescue Birman cat Tosca. Natasha enjoys swimming, running and playing guitar.
Emma Smith RVN
Originally from Ireland, Emma studied Zoogoly at University College Dublin after finishing school. Not satisfied with the lack of hands on experience, she re-entered education and qualified as a veterinary nurse from St. John College in Cork in 2014. She moved to the UK soon after and has gained experience working in first opinion practices and hospitals across London.
Her areas of interest include surgical nursing and all things Anaesthsia. She enjoys nursing small furries, having a particular soft spot for guinea pigs. She has 4 of her own – Tom, Rita, Gerry and Doris. Her hobbies include going to gigs, cycling and baking - coming from a long line of bakers! Below is Emma pictured here with her 3 year old Silkie, Tom J