Long Stratton: 01508 530686
Norwich: 01603 629046
Wymondham: 01953 602139
Costessey: 01603 743725
Brooke: 01508 558228

Meet the Vets

Brooke

Dr Kathy Gardiner

Bsc(Hons) BVM&S MRCVS
Clinical Director, Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Kathy Gardiner examining a horse
Kathy grew up in Norfolk with a farming background. Along with a passiong for riding, horses have always been in her life. After graduating from University of Edinburgh Veterinary School she was keen to settle back in Norfolk. Kathy also has a degree in Bioveterinary science from Liverpool vet school. She has recently taken in homeless stray cat called Snushy, who is recovering from a broken jaw after a road traffic accident. In 2019 kathy was promoted to Clinical Director.

Dr Peter Bakonyi

DrMedVet CertAVP CertESM MRCVS
Senior Clinician, Veterinary Surgeon
Peter graduated from Budapest Veterinary School in 2007. With the aim of specializing in equine medicine he completed an internship at the Curragh based Anglesey Lodge Equine Hosital in Ireland. While there Peter developed a strong interest in equine anaesthesia, foal medicine and lameness investigations. Following a few months of large animal and first opinion equine work he joined the Chapelfield team in February 2010.

Martin Fernandez Callejo

CertAdvP MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Coming soon...  

Dr Rachael King

BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Rachael grew up on a farm in Norfolk. She has had a passion and love for horses all her life. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Liverpool. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys showjumping her horses both in a competive and non-competive setting. Rachael also enjoys skiing, socialising with friends and walking her lovely dogs.

Dr Aoife Byrne

DrMedVet CertAVP MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Aoife Byrne
Aoife qualified from Szent István University Faculty of Veterinary Science in Budapest in 2007. She took an equine internship on the Curragh in Ireland for 12 months before working for an equine ambulatory practice, followed by a stud season at the Beaufort Embryo Transfer Centre and also working at the Equine Eye Clinic. Coming from a horsey family born in Ireland, she is a gutsy horsewoman who isn't shy of riding side-saddle at high speed!

Dr Sofia Bonicelli

MRCVS
Equine Clinician
Picture of Dr Sofia Bonicelli working on a horse
Coming soon...

Dr Olivia Turley

BA MVB MRVCS
Mixed Animal, Academy Veterinary Surgeon
Growing up in Canada, she completed a degree in environment and anthropology. Spring 2018, she completed her veterinary medicine degree in Dublin. Drawn to the ever-changing nature of genuine mixed animal practice and to working as part of a large dynamic team, Olivia strives to bring a positive attitude and good sense of humour to her work and playtime. When not at work she enjoys riding her bike, indulging at the cinema, reading in a café, or doing crossfit!

Dr Ed Pilkington

BA VetMB MRCVS
Mixed Animal, Academy Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Ed Pilkington leaning on a fence
Ed gained his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cambridge, having grown up on a busy family farm in North Wales, with dairy cattle, sheep and a livery yard. He is looking forward to the challenges of the varied clinical work within mixed practice. Outside of work, Ed enjoys anything active, from training for triathlons to exploring the bounties of the Norfolk coast.

Dr Harriet Nuttall

BA VetMB MRCVS
Mixed Animal, Academy Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Harriet Nuttall leaning against a tree
Having grown up on the Isle of Man, Harriet always had a passion for animals and their wellbeing. She would go on to study and graduate from Cambridge Veterinary School. Harriet enjoys walking and comes to Norfolk looking forward to exploring a new stretch of coast the line. Accompanied by her other half and one unruly Sheltie, they love to hike around the Norfolk Broads.

Dr Leslie Lehrbach

BSc BVMS GPCert(SAS) MRCVS
Clinical Director, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Leslie Lehrbach examining a puppy
Leslie moved from Oregon in the USA to Glasgow Veterinary School in 1994 following completion of a 4 year BSc degree at Oregon State University. After qualifying as a vet in 1999 she worked for 6 months in an equine practice in Essex before starting work as a mixed vet at Long Stratton, shortly after the practice had moved to its new facility on Wellesley Road. In 2004 Leslie became a director of the company and now divides her time between running the small animal clinic and carrying out routine and emergency equine calls. Leslie is also one of the trained equine anaesthetists. Leslie spends her few moments of freedom each week with her dogs.

Costessey

Andreea Cojocaru

Veterinary Surgeon
Coming soon...

Violetta Zuniga

MRCVS
Veterinary surgeon
Coming soon...  

David Scarff

BVet Med CertSAD MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
David qualified in 1980 and then worked in mixed practice for seven years. He then had five years at the Royal Veterinary College running a first opinion Vet Hospital. David is a Clinical Dermatologist and a Pathologist.

Dr Andrew Illing

MA, VetMB
Clinical Director, Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Andrew Illing standing next to a horse
Andrew qualified in 1988 from Cambridge University and worked at Wood Green Animal Shelter , before moving to Glastonbury. In 1992 he joined Chapelfield Vets and worked alongside his father, Oliver Illing for 9 years until his retirement. In 2002 the Costessey surgery was expanded. Andrew is married and has two children a cat called Blotch and a dog named Charlie. He is interested in all animals and loves Norfolk and Norfolk wildlife.

Long Stratton

Carolina Dorta Siverio

BVM&S MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Carolina Dorta Siverio
Recently moved to the UK from Spain, Carolina graduated at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Summer of 2017. Being passionate about surgery and volunteering since she was in college, she has now joined our Long Stratton Practice after registering on the UK's RCVS. In her spare time she loves reading, watching films and spending time with friends. She has got one lovely dog, Spot, her Cocker Spaniel, who remains in Spain due to age.

Steve Trickey

BVM&S MRCVS
Clinical Director, Mixed Animal Veterinary Surgeon
Steve Trickey with ram
Steve qualified from Edinburgh Veterinary School in 1997 and joined the practice as a new graduate. He became a director after only 2 years and has developed his interest in the farm animal side of the practice ever since. Steve is responsible for running the farm animal side of the practice and is actively involved in routine fertility work, preventive health care and herd health programs with many of our farm animal clients. Steve is married to Veterinary Surgeon Mary de Las Casas.

David Stockton

BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon, IVC Academy Vet Mentor
Picture of David Stockton with a horses tail on his head
David qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1988 and moved to Norfolk where he started as an assistant with Mike Holmes at the Long Stratton clinic. Initially he worked from a portacabin in Mike’s front garden, but in 1990 moved to a larger building in the centre of the village and then again in 2000, to our present site. His responsibilities include the overall business management of Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership Ltd and David’s main areas of clinical interest involve cattle and pig herd health advisory visits and preventative medicine, along with general equine practice.

Dr Giovanni Capuzzello

MRCVS
Livestock Veterinary Surgeon
Giovanni moved from his native Italy to the UK in June 2016 to join the Large Animal Vet Team at Ardene House. Originally from Comiso (Ragusa), Giovanni grew on his family farm where he gained experience in the management of dairy cattle, before studying at the University of Bologna and obtaining a Master Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2012.  After qualifying, he attended a postgraduate school specialising in "Animal health, breeding and livestock production" and, at the same time, starting his veterinary career in a variety of positions:  in Hungary  at a farm with 1500 milking cows/3000 total herd, in Aberdeen as  a Farm Vet and OV.

Dr Rosie Durgan

BVM&S MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
After graduating from Edinburgh University in the Summer of 2017, Rosie joined our CVP Long Stratton branch and is thoroughly enjoying the challenges of small animal practice. Rosie is originally from Carmarthenshire, Wales and moved to Norfolk in June. In her spare time, she is a keen baker and enjoys socialising with friends. At home, she has two lively dogs; a Labrador and a Cocker Spaniel.

Dumitrita Buzaru

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Dumitrita (Dee Dee) joined the Chapelfield Vets team as a locum in 2017. After a year she became a permanent member of staff. She graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest in 2011 and recently gained her master's degree in Applied Microbiology and Immunology from Faculty of Biology Bucharest. She has two black and white cats, Luna and kitten Trevor, whom she rescued as a three-legged stray.

Florin - Liviu Conduruta

MRCVS OV-TB Tester
Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Florin - Liviu Conduruta standing with his back against a wall
Florin joined the livestock team in 2016 as our dedicated TB Tester. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in IASI (Romania) in 2010.

Norwich

Andreea Cojocaru

Veterinary Surgeon
Coming soon...

Thomas Painter

BSc BVetMed MRCVS
Veterinary surgeon
Thomas Painter
Thomas joined the practice in 2014 and has an interest in working with all small animals and exotic species. Out of work he enjoys reading a good book, watching a movie, socialising with friends and being a font of bizarre trivia!

Marcos Camina

MRCVS
Marcos Camina
Coming soon...

Pamela Sallangos

MRCVS
Veterinary surgeon
Coming soon...

Wymondham

Dr Charlotte Mayers

BVetMed MRCVS
Clinical Director, Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Charlotte Mayers standing against a wall
Charlotte qualified in 2006 from the Royal Veterinary College with a distinction for her thesis on gait analysis in three legged dogs. She began her working life as a mixed large and small animal vet at CVP Costessey. After 4 years in mixed practice she moved to work at CVP Wymondham to further her small animal career. Charlotte enjoys both medicine and surgery and is currently completing a Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Diagnostic Imaging. She has a special interest in radiography and ultrasonography.

Dr Georgina Thorley

BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Georgina Thorley holding a dog with its tongue out
Georgina joined us in September after graduating from Liverpool Vet School in July 2018

Dr Georgios Sioulas

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Georgios Sioulas holding a dog
Georgios graduated from Aristotle University in Greece in 2016. He joined the Chapelfield team in 2018 after spending some time in Greece working with German shepherd dogs and Belgian Malanois, while an army veterinary surgeon. Georgios enjoys all small animal work and is particularly interested in orthopaedics.

Dr Hannah Mead

BVetMed MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Picture of Dr Hannah Mead standing next to a wall
Coming soon...

Dr Ruth Howe

BVetMed MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Ruth Howe started working at Chapelfield Vets in the summer of 2011. Ruth qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. After working in Australia and then at a small animal hospital in Lowestoft, she moved to start working in Wymondham. Ruth is interested in all areas of small animal practice and is recently enrolled on the Certificate in Small Animal Practice. At home, Ruth and her husband own a lively black Labrador called Nelson, and Tripod; a three legged cat.