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!
Rachel Bowron BVetMed MRCVS
Rachel qualified from The University of Bristol veterinary school in 1996. Since then she has worked exclusively with small animals in this area. She has worked part time for the last five years, following the birth of her son, George and, two years later, her daughter, Cathryn. Professionally, her main interests are internal medicine and evidence based medicine. Outside of work, her children take up most of her time but she also enjoys gardening, theatre and card making. She has two mischievous cats who enjoy getting in trouble.
Jason Hadley BVetMed MRCVS
Jason qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2000 with merit in small animal medicine. He spent three and a half years working in a large small animal practice in Wiltshire where he also treated the animals from Longleat Safari Park. Having survived the lions, he moved onto locuming for practices in the South East and has been based around this area ever since. He has completed the Dental Leadership Course. His main interests are surgery and ultrasonography and he has completed five courses on abdominal and heart scanning. Jason has one dog and one cat. His main non veterinary interest is karate. He holds a 4th Dan blackbelt and has fought for Britain in Las Vegas where he secured a bronze medal.
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.
Julie Shepherd RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Julie joined Banstead Village in June 2010 having previously worked in small animal practice for 12 years qualifying in 2003. Julie has a keen interest in dog training and rabbit nursing and has a very well behaved black Labrador called Tai and a big feline ginger pudding called King Jaffa Cake. Julie spends her spare time horse-riding and dog training and enjoys taking part in fun dog shows.
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.
Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA)
Juliette qualified as an ANA in 2009 completing her training at Banstead Village. After working at a referral practice since qualifying Juliette has now returned .She has a 15 year old son, a Border Terrier called Ruby and a Labrador called Jack, all of whom are ruled by a black and white cat called Felix.