The Staff

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The Vets

Sonya Miller-Smith BSc(Hons), MPhil, VetMB, GPCert(Ophthal), MRCVS

Sonya qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University, and joined Darwin Veterinary Centre in 2000. Together with her husband Richard, they took over the running of the practice in 2002, and have significantly extended, refurbished and modernised the practice, bringing it up to its current ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Accredited Tier 2’ status.

Sonya enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, but has a particular interest in surgery and ophthalmology. She successfully studied for and passed a Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2010. She also holds a veterinary nurse training qualification, and leads the team of nursing assessors at the practice.

Sonya and Richard have two young children: daughter Breya, born in 2007, and son Oliver, born two years later, who keep them on their toes when not at the practice. With her work, young family, and following major renovation of their Edwardian home, Sonya can no longer remember what she did in her spare time!


Chloe Stone M.A., Vet.M.B., M.R.C.V.S.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Chloe spent time abroad volunteering as a veterinary surgeon at the Esther Honey Foundation in the Cook Islands before joining Darwin Veterinary Centre in January 2014.

She has an interest small animal medicine, in particular weird and wonderful neurological cases, but also enjoys all other aspects of small animal work.
At home, Chloe has just the one, very spoiled, cat called Myrtle - who she was convinced to adopt after only two weeks of starting at Darwin! Outside of work, she particularly enjoys baking, to the delight of the rest of the Darwin team!


Keri Holmes B.Vet.Med., G.P.Cert.SAM., M.R.C.V.S.

Keri graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and achieved her Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2015. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, but has a particular interest in medical conditions and abdominal ultrasonography. She has a Border Terrier-cross called Olive and a rescue cat from RAIN called Peaches. In her spare time Keri enjoys dog walks and outdoor pursuits.


The Nursing Team

Louise

Louise joined Darwin Veterinary Centre in 2008 having qualified from the University of the West of England as a Registered Veterinary Nurse earlier that year. During her 4 years of training, Louise spent 70 weeks at our practice and we were delighted when she joined our nursing team. Louise is interested in all aspects of surgery, but is particularly keen on ophthalmology and dentistry. After a year-long course of study, Louise gained a Certificate in Dentistry in January 2012. She rescued her black Labrador Matilda in January 2015, and when she isn’t walking her, she is busy looking after her 4 tortoises Winnie, Wilmer, Wanda and Wendell!


Andrea

Andrea joined Darwin Veterinary Centre in 2007, and qualified from the College of Animal Welfare as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2010. Andrea enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a particular interest in canine and feline ear diseases, treatment and prevention. She has a Rottweiler called Laika and a rescue Curly Coated Retriever called Flo. Most of Andrea’s spare time is spent with her daughter Lexi, born October 2013, who has inherited her mother’s love of dogs!


Sally

Sally joined Darwin Veterinary Centre in May 2016 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2012. She has a particular interest in providing dietary advice and helping to get overweight pets back to a healthy target weight.
In her spare time, Sally enjoys running and recently completed a 10km race around London Zoo and Regents Park to raise money for the new Asiatic Lion Enclosure.


Katy

Katy rejoined the Darwin team in October 2016, having completed her nurse training with us, and qualifying in 2009. Katy enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly interested in surgery, in-patient care, and in high-dependency and emergency nursing. She rejoins the practice to work 4 days a week, and on her day off enjoys pet sitting, and doggy-day-care walking. Outside of work, Katy enjoys meeting up with friends, being outdoors – especially with her 8 year old, cross breed, Taz, who she took on as a rescue via the practice.


Terri

Terri joined Darwin Veterinary Centre in 2005, and qualified from the College of Animal Welfare as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in early 2009. Although involved in all aspects of nursing within the practice, she also the Cat Advocate after Darwin Veterinary Centre was awarded the ‘Gold Standard’ Cat Friendly accreditation by the International Society of Feline Medicine in March 2014. Terri has a particular interest in Diabetes, which has led to her initiating our diabetic service. Outside of work, Terri has 3 cats of her own, Bluebell, Inca and Rosetta, all rescue cats from FOAL and RSPCA. Terri and her husband Paul are also expecting their first baby in early November 2016.

Reception

Helen

Helen Gray joined the practice in July 2003 after moving to Biggin Hill, with husband Colin and children Alex and Georgina. Helen runs the practice's busy reception most mornings, and is an ever-cheery face behind the front desk. She has one elderly dog, Charley, and during her spare time enjoys reading, gardening, singing and swimming.