My name is Jade Statt and I qualified as a vet from Glasgow Vet School in 2002. I have worked in small animal practice since graduating but have always wanted to volunteer as a vet in the UK. The concept of StreetVet for me was born from meeting a homeless man and his dog on a night out in London in 2016 and talking to him about his unconditional love for his dog and his fears of losing her. Having recently lost my own dog Oakley, his worries resonated with me and I felt frustrated that I couldn't use my veterinary skills to help them but overwhelmingly I kept thinking "how would I feel if this was Oakley". It was no coincidence that StreetVet began for me in October 2016 and I lost Oakley in September the same year. StreetVet helped me keep focused through my grief but more vividly for me was I identified with the unyielding bond between owner and their dog. The human animal bond is extraordinary and it's a privilege to experience. Another catalyst that helped me to start on the challenging journey of setting up StreetVet was meeting Josh Coombes ( #DoSomethingForNothing). He is an inspirational person and now a firm friend and a constant supporter of StreetVet.
With a backpack of medications, a stethoscope and a nurse, I started " Streetvetting" in October 2016. What started as a pilot scheme was before long featured on ITV news, BBC trending, Vet press and multiple pet magazines. It was clear there was a real need for this service. My long term aim was to get other vets involved and create a network of StreetVets UK wide - I then met like minded vet Sam Joseph and we officially founded StreetVet together earlier this year. Creating a rapport with the homeless and gaining their trust does not happen overnight but , with your help and the backing of the profession and our aim to help the homeless and their best friends , I believe this project will be a success.
Like many other vets, when I see a homeless person and their dog on the street I feel like I want to do something to try and help them. So, one evening in 2015, when I was still a student at Bristol vets school, I decided to go out with my stethoscope and check over any homeless people’s dogs that I came across. What stuck with me after meeting a few people that night was how happy and relieved they were when I told them that their dogs had a healthy sounding heart.
After graduating and moving back to London I decided to try and create a more sustainable and structured way to provide a veterinary service to these dogs. Together with Charlie and another colleague we visited many homeless people in North London with worming tablets and a bag of veterinary supplies. Soon after going out a few times in London, I met Jade in April 2017. Jade had been doing the same thing in Westminster, coincidently operating under the same name. That was when StreetVet was born! Since then we have been working together, assisted along the way by our amazing team of volunteers, to try to marry the passion and willingness of veterinary practitioners with the need for veterinary care for homeless people’s dogs.
With teamwork and collaboration, I think that it is entirely feasible to check over and treat every homeless person’s dog in the country and, in doing so, make a small difference to the lives of some of the country’s most vulnerable people.
Gabriel is an academic vet who spends most of his day working as a scientist in central London. He clearly remembers the frustration at wanting to offer support to homeless dog owners he came across, but not having the foggiest clue how to go about doing so. StreetVet has provided an established (and growing) infrastructure to offer street-level care to homeless owners and their pets, as well as the opportunity to learn about homelessness and the challenges faced by its victims. Being close to the “action” in London and having relatively predictable working hours means Gabriel has been able to commit to regular sessions since May 2017 and as such is now a familiar face to many of our regular visitors. In his spare time Gabriel enjoys “volunteering” as a vet in an amazing private practice out of London, meandering around car boot sales hunting for porcelain horse figurines and sampling London’s hidden culinary secret.
My name’s Charlie, I graduated from Bristol vet school in 2015 and have been working in a small animal hospital in Essex since. I’ve been friends with co-founder Sam since university and so it was only natural that once he told me about StreetVet I got involved straight away.Unfortunately with the current political and economic climate more and more people are becoming homeless, and I’m thrilled to be part of a fantastic organisation with such a passionate team helping these people and their animals as much as possible.
Maria is Romanian and finished her veterinary studies at the Royal Veterinary College in 2013. She became interested in helping street dogs and their owners after volunteering with another homeless charity last year. Other than charity veterinary work, she loves her two cats, rock climbing and traveling.
Soula is a registered veterinary nurse having graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015, and currently works in the surgical department at the Royal Veterinary College located in the heart of Camden. Soula is passionate about using her qualification to help less fortunate animals in both the UK and further afield; she has previously volunteered in the Seychelles, South Africa and Fiji. We are all aware of the homeless people and their furry companions living throughout London, so when Soula was made aware of StreetVet and their mission to provide veterinary care to the homeless dogs' she immediately jumped at the chance to join their team! Soula also has a keen interest in ballroom and latin dancing so you may see her waltzing around Camden in search of dogs in need!
The best thing about being a vet is having the privilege to be able to help people look after their friends. Working with Street Vet gives me the opportunity to extend that care outside the usual confines of the veterinary clinic.
Homelessness in the UK has more than doubled since 2010. More people are losing their homes and sleeping rough, and with them their canine companions. The bond between them is often the strongest most stable relationship they have. I always thought if I was homeless and sharing my life with a dog, it would be heart breaking if I were unable to access affordable veterinary care.
Until homelessness can be eradicated, organisations like StreetVet provide the much needed reassurance that these dogs will not suffer due to society's failure to look after its most vulnerable members, and I am proud to be a small part of it.
- EmmaEmmaHi my name is Emma and I’ve been a vet nurse for 17years. I have a dog called Hettie and a cat called L.B ( short for little bugger!)I love the fact that street vet is helping and treating dogs who would not necessarily have access to Veterinary care and I’m excited to be part of the team!
My name is Kaz and have been a qualified veterinary nurse for over 10years. I have a one eyed cat from Romania called Dexter and two Dachshund's called Mila and Heidi. After qualifying in Watford Hertfordshire, I travelled around the South East and London contracting for practices to gain more experience. I moved into referral work by joining VRCC in Essex. At this specialist oncology centre I progressed to head of surgery. In 2014, I joined the Royal Veterinary College in Potters Bar as a theatre and anaesthesia nurse where my knowledge and skills developed even further. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with animals. I don't do the job for the money or the shift work, I do it because I love animals and want to do everything in my power to help them. I have always wanted to use my qualification to reach out to the community and make a difference so upon hearing about Streetvet, I jumped at the chance to become a part of the team. I feel privileged to be a part of such a selfless group and hope to continue helping homeless dogs for many years to come.
- Myfanwy HillMyfanwy Hill
Myfanwy works at the University of Cambridge where she works as a scientist researching human brain diseases and works as a vet in her (rare moments of) spare time.Living in a relatively small city like Cambridge means that you develop a much more personal relationship with the homeless community as you see the same faces so regularly, Myfanwy is really excited to be able to finally put her veterinary skills to use in her local community and to help those who need it most.
- Charlene GunnerCharlene Gunner
I'm Charlene (or Charlie). I have been a qualified RVN for a year now and work in a rescue and rehoming centre in London. When I heard about StreetVet I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in an help any way I could. Seeing the work the team does everyday is inspirong. All animals deserve love and care no matter what situation they are in, and I'm proud to be involved.
I always knew I wanted to help animals and was fortunate enough to get a job in a local Veterinary Hospital in 2001 where I qualified as an RVN and stayed at for 17 years. I have now moved on to Vet Nurse at a major animal charity centre. Sharing my life with three dogs and two cats myself, I know how much our furry friends mean to people and become family. Having volunteered abroad several times I am now excited to be joining StreetVet helping the pets and their people in my home town.
I'm Chris, and I'm a vet. I used to work in Scotland with large and small animals but now just work with small animals in London. I've very recently become involved in StreetVet after hearing about it online. I love the work we do and am looking forward to continue to become more involved.
- ErinErinBeing brought up in rural Ireland meant that I wasn't exposed to the levels of homelessness that is present in London, even when attending uni in Dublin I didn't see so many people out on the streets. When I moved to London I really struggled seeing so many sleeping rough with their animals. One night I was out with my friends and I saw a homeless man feeding his dog on the street floor, it really upset me how this dog didn't even have a bowl to eat out of compared to my dog at home. This was the point I knew I had to do something to help so I joined the street vets to help these animals in what ever way I could.
I have always had a passion for animals from a young age. I started volunteering at my local riding school from about 11 years of age. Helping out with mucking out, riding new horses and lending a hand at children birthday parties. In 2000 I started working at a dog and cat boarding kennels at weekends and school holidays.
I started veterinary nursing in September 2002 and added a few evening shifts at the local vets to my working schedule. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in The Netherlands in July 2004, after which I moved to Scotland where I worked as a part-time veterinary nurse at an orthopaedic referral centre and part-time horse trainer. In September 2005 I decided to move to England where I worked full-time at a small animal surgery.
My main interest are nutrition and mobility.
I have now been working at the same veterinary hospital since June 2008. In 2015 I added small animal hydrotherapist to my skill set and I now hold a level 3 certificate and level 3 diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and I run the small animal hydrotherapy unit at my work.
I am also an Advanced Pet Health Councillor and advise people on pet nutrition including weight clinics.
In my spare time I like taking my dogs for long walks and spend time with my horses. I also enjoy going to live music concerts, going to the cinema, go-karting and watching and attending Formula 1 races.
Being homeless in no ones choice and can happen to anyone at any point in their life through no fault of their own. As I am in London a lot for music concerts I always walk past homeless people, sometimes with dogs and always wanted to do something to help but didn't know what.
There is a lot of charities that help out with street dogs and cats abroad, neutering them and giving basic healthcare but no similar charity existed in the UK until Jade came along. I heard about Streetvet in January 2017 when an article appeared in the veterinary times and contacted Jade who at that point did not require any veterinary nurses help.
So when the message came up on a veterinary nurse Facebook page that Jade was now looking for nurses to join the team I contacted her immediately and met up with her. I cannot wait to get started and get to know the dogs and their owners.
I've worked as a vet for 25 years and have always been interested in the human-animal bond and how animals bring out the best qualities. I am very aware how people who struggle to make sense of their lives find solace in their relationship with an animal and how that non-judgemental love can be the key to redemption for the individual. Caring for their dog is often a reason for people to stay clean and out of trouble, and the warmth and companionship a pet brings to a person can spur them on to make positive changes in their lives.
In my previous jobs working for the major charities, I've been involved in a number of initiatives to help animals owned by the homeless and vulnerable housed people and i'm now proud to be able to help Jade and Sam and other colleagues involved in StreetVets. I am thrilled to be a part of a group of dedicated vets and vet nurses help with keeping these very special pets well and safe.
I started veterinary nursing as soon as i left school as this is all i have ever wanted to do. After gaining lots of experience at various veterinary clinics i went on to study with CAW and qualified as a veterinary nurse ?
Soon after i followed another dream of travelling around the world in which i was away for 12 months visiting many countries. i came back and got a senior role at goddards gaining further experience mainly in orthopaedics for about 18 months. I then decided to go travelling again for another 12 months visiting mainly asia.
After that i joined village vet as head nurse and still here at present (10 years and counting).....
I joined streetvet as a volunteer as my passion is to help those less fortunate than myself and to make a difference for the animals and the people having to live on the streets! I was not sure of how to do this but then i met jade and from there it began....
My name is Caroline. I am a vet who not only loves animals, but who also loves and respects the human-animal bond – that special relationship that is shared between an animal and ‘their human’. I have been providing veterinary home visits throughout London for over 12 years, and in that time I have helped those who are vulnerable and/or unable to get their loved pet to a vet clinic. So when Sam Joseph (co-founder of StreetVet) approached me with this concept, I was instantly on board! Helping animals in need, whilst honouring and preserving the human-animal bond, are at the heart of my veterinary vocation. SteetVet recognises this sacred bond and it is a privilege to be a part of this invaluable service.
I’m a RVN based in London and have been nursing since 2008. I’m in awe of the work that Sam and Jade are doing for the homeless people and their pets and I feel proud to be part of their amazing team.
I have a big soft spot for staffies! Although, maybe a little bit biased...
- Caroline HCaroline H
Hello! I’m Caroline and I’m a proud StreetVet! I am a great lover of dogs and I have two Golden Retrievers of my own including one that I adopted with Haemophilia A (a blood condition that means he is unable to clot his blood). Being part of the StreetVet team has allowed me to be able to use my veterinary skills and knowledge where it is needed the most; towards mans best friend! Dogs are the most sincere form of companionship and the bond between them and their owners is so strong especially when living on the streets as the dog is often the only companion which is truly treasured. Through StreetVet I have witnessed the most amazing bond between the homeless dogs and their owners and being able to help such loving dogs stay fit and healthy is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I am so excited to be part of such a great intelligent team of caring veterinary professionals and look forward to meeting many more Street dogs and their owners!Caroline 🙂
- Jo BrandCambridge BranchJo BrandCambridge Branch
I have worked as a small animal vet for the last 20 years both in practice and more recently in a charity shelter. I have seen first hand how important the bond can be between owner and dog and am dismayed at how often people have to choose between a roof over their head or their canine companion. (Much rented accommodation in the UK doesn’t allow pets). I feel privileged to be able use my skills and qualifications to help those homeless on the streets who would not have the finances to access private Veterinary care for their much loved pet. I have 3 dogs of my own including 2 rescue dogs and can’t imagine being forced into a position where I would have to give them up. I have been involved in helping to set up StreetVet Cambridge and am looking forward to making a difference.
- Catherine SoffairCatherine Soffair
I'm Catherine and I graduated as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010. Since then, apart from an interlude working with a vet in Lusaka, Zambia, I have been working in small animal general practice around London and in Hertfordshire. I still enjoy it as much as when I first qualified and am excited to become part of the inspring team at Streeet Vet.
- Claire LeeClaire LeeI have been a veterinary nurse for 10 years and volunteering with animals since the age of 14, first at horse stables on the weekend, then at a veterinary practice while I was still at school, and most recently volunteering yearly over seas for animal charities. I am passionate about using my skills and knowledge to help any animal that needs it, and giving back what I can to support my community, so when I heard about StreetVet that encompassed everything I am about, I was eager to get involved. I am currently studying for a degree in animal behaviour and the link between mental health and the human-animal bond is well established in both pet and human. It has never been more apparent then witnessing this bond between an owner and their dog surviving life together when times get tough. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of such a dedicated and compassionate team and organisation.
- Cat GlynnCat Glynn
I graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2011. Since then I have worked in small animal practice in and around Bristol. I have an interest in veterinary business management and spend half of my week working at a large referral hospital as the Business Relationship Manager. I have a 14 year old cat at home called JoJo, who I love to pieces.
Having seen the fantastic work that StreetVet were doing in London I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the team here in Bristol. Homelessness is a growing issue here, as it is all over the UK, and many people can be seen living on the streets with their beloved canine companions. These dogs are well looked after but sadly their owners often cannot afford or don’t have access to veterinary treatment for them. I have always wanted to do more to help Bristol’s homeless community and StreetVet has given me this opportunity. I am proud to work with such a great team of vets and nurses, who understand the central role that pets play in people’s lives and the importance of the human-animal bond.
- Ploy RadfordPloy Radford
Ploy is a London-based journalist who is animal-mad; dogs, cats and horses are particular favourites. After reading about the great work the StreetVet team is doing for the homeless community and their pets, Ploy had to sign up to help in some way, and so she assists with the admin. When not working as a journalist or sifting through StreetVet’s ever-flowing inbox, Ploy can be found horse riding or creating episodes for her podcast series, Millennials Now.
- Roz WrightRoz Wright
My name is Roz and I’m a vet who works at a busy veterinary hospital in Brighton. I have lived in and around the city most of my life and was keen to move back once I graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 2007. I have been saddened to see the homeless crisis in Brighton worsen again and have always wanted to help in some way, so I feel extremely privileged to be able to work as part of such an enthusiastic, motivated and caring team to try to make a difference. The impact that StreetVet has already had on the owners and their dogs in Brighton has been immense and extremely rewarding to see and I am looking forward to what we can achieve in the future. When I am not working I can be seen running with my big spotty dog, Teddy, along the seafront.
- Fraje WatsonFraje Watson
Hello, I’m Fraje. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2012. Since then I’ve been working at Fitzpatrick Referrals orthopaedic and neurology hospital in Surrey. In September 2017 I finished a Research Masters looking at behavioural and brain volumetric changes in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy, which I’d studied for part-time. I now work as the Research Coordinator at Fitzpatrick Referrals.
I wanted to keep using my clinical nursing skills and put them to good use with a charity. I discovered all the amazing work that StreetVet do via some ex-colleagues at Village Vet, where I’d done my nursing training. It’s quickly turned into my favourite part of the week and I’m really proud of the work this incredible charity does.
Hi I’m Trish. I’ve been a Veterinary Nurse for over 20 years. I’ve wanted to volunteer with a homeless charity for a while, Street Vets is perfect as it allows me to use my nursing abilities. Eli (my dog) and I have been blessed with a home and I volunteer to try and share some of that blessing.
- Tori Campbell-EldridgeTori Campbell-Eldridge
Hello, My names Tori and I have been a super passionate Veterinary Nurse for over 18 years. I am based in Brighton and predominately work in the surgical and anaesthesia field of the profession. Presently I working at an orthopaedic referral clinic and locum around other practices, so have a wealth of clinical experience at my disposal. I am currently undertaking a human counselling course along side my Nursing to be able to assist the community and their companions as best I can.
The animal human bond is something that has always been a precious relationship that I have admired and personally cherish immensely, and working with StreetVet has empowered and nurtured that feeling even more! The bond between these people and their furry companions is something profoundly wonderful, and I
feel blessed to be able to offer my skills to help. I truly adore the people and animals we are able to reach out and work with and am looking forward to what we can achieve for the homeless community with the public's continued support.
- Amanda CharlesAmanda Charles
I have been working as a small animal vet in Cambridgeshire for the last 15 years.
Seeing the increasing numbers of homeless people and their dogs in Cambridge and having a little bit of spare time when my youngest child started school I really wanted to help in any way I could .
After meeting and being inspired by Jade and Sam and what they had achieved I joined with other local volunteers to set up StreetVet in Cambridge . I am really excited to be part of this amazing team and using my veterinary skills to help.
- Helen SpencerHelen Spencer
Hi - I'm Helen, a London based Vet with 20 years experience. I've worked all over the world, mainly with donkeys and street dogs, and also own and run two Veterinary Clinics in South London. The number of homeless people is visibly increasing, and I am proud to be part of the StreetVet Team to ensure that their vital 4 legged companions are offered Veterinary care and support.
My name is Neerja Muncaster. I qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2002. I have been in small animal practice since then but have always been keen to volunteer. I have been fortunate enough to be able to volunteer abroad but always struggled to do so in the UK.
I am a close friend of Jade's. We both knew that when I heard about Streetvet I would want to be involved and do all that I can. I have lived in and around Brighton since 2005 and have been saddened to see the homeless crisis worsen considerably during this relatively short time period. The support and enthusiasm of fellow veterinary professionals has meant that Streetvet Brighton has grown quickly since its launch in November 2017. The support of the general public has been heartening and their generosity overwhelming.
For me personally this is what being a vet is all about. The human animal bond is immensely precious and I feel privileged to be in a position to help vulnerable owners and their cherished pets.
I have a two daughters , a 4 years and an18 months old and a 12 year old border terrier called Mojo. "Streetvetting" has quickly become part of our daily life and I am proud to be part of this organisation.
- Rebecca VennRebecca Venn
”Hi i’m Becky! I qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2015 and then worked as a small animal vet back home in Aberdeen for 2 years. I recently moved to Brighton and was taken aback by the sheer amount of people i see sleeping on the streets here every day. I was looking for ways to volunteer in my free time and to meet new people, so when I found out StreetVet was launching in Brighton, I jumped at the opportunity to help in the best way I can.“
- Emily BridgesEmily Bridges
Hi, I’m Emily and I qualified as a Vet 6 ½ years ago. I’ve always worked with small animals and have been in a busy small animal practice in Brighton for the last 3 ½ years.
Having grown up in the city of Birmingham and now living in Brighton, I’m sadly all too aware of the level of homelessness in our society. With the increasing numbers of people living on the streets or in temporary accommodation, it can be hard to know what the best thing to do to help is.
Volunteering for StreetVet has been a great experience on so many levels. We meet so many lovely people and animals and get plenty of time to talk to each person and check their dog which means we learn more about their lives and the everyday difficulties they face. Often we feel the opportunity for some friendly human interaction is as important for the owner as the medical care we provide to the animals. I’ve also really enjoyed working with such an enthusiastic team of people trying to bring about change and having the opportunity to educate the rest of our profession and the public about the work we do. I look forward to seeing StreetVet grow around the country, providing support for more people in need.
- Dr Crina DraguDr Crina Dragu
Dr Crina Dragu qualified at the Free University of Berlin and started practicing in London in 2013. She has been rescuing and rehabilitating Romanian stray dogs and cats since her childhood and is still supporting a private vet clinic and rescue group in Romania. During her student years in Berlin, Crina volunteered with a local vet providing free veterinary care to the dogs of the local homeless youth. She loves all of veterinary, with a special interest in acupuncture and pain management, dentistry, and has a forever burning passion for welfare and conservation. When she learned about StreetVet it was only a matter of time before she became involved, and now she is one of the regular vets at the Camden station.
- Sally BartlettSally BartlettHi, I'm Sally and I've been working as a qualified veterinary nurse since 2012. I joined Street Vet in October 2017 and have since enjoyed being part of this wonderful team, providing care and support to beloved pets.I have recently obtained an oral care certificate and have become a diabetic advisor in clinic.I also have a passion for wild animals and have spent time in South Africa working with rhino, giraffe, lion and more- I loved it so much that I will be returning in March 2018 to volunteer at a rhino orphanage, helping to prepare juvenile rhinos for a future in the wild. In November 2018 I am also going to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand to help rehabilitate and raise public awareness of the consequences and inhumane treatment of these beautiful animals in order to provide elephant rides for tourists.
- Kate BrittonKate BrittonMy name is Kate and I’ve been a Veterinary Nurse in and around Bristol for 28 years.During this time I’ve worked in many practices, large animal, small animal and referral.My passion is rabbits - nursing, husbandry and improving rabbit welfare through client education.I’m currently a Locum Veterinary Nurse working in the South West, I’ve been doing this for four years and I love the freedom it allows me and most importantly no weekend or out of hours work!!When I heard that Street Vet was coming to Bristol I jumped at the chance to volunteer and I’m enjoying every second.
My name is Vicky and I graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2009. I have worked in small animal practice for a number of years and when I found out about StreetVet I knew immediately that I wanted to get involved. It is a privilege to be part of such a brilliant organisation that is striving to help such vulnerable owners and their pets.
- Imogen RichensImogen Richens
I graduated from the RVC in 2009 and worked in mixed and small animal practice for a few years. After that I did a PhD Nottingham Vet School. I’m now a veterinary anatomy lecturer at the Centre for Applied Anatomy at the University of Bristol. While in Nottingham I worked with Vets in the Community, which I loved, and so when I moved to Bristol and heard StreetVet were here too I jumped at the chance to work with them!
- Alix LonghurstAlix Longhurst
My name is Alix Longhurst, I graduated as a veterinary nurse from the University of Bristol in 2015 and have since been spending half my time working for the PDSA, and the other half completing a research masters in veterinary infectious disease. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working in veterinary charity and once I heard from a friend that StreetVet was getting started in Bristol I was very keen to get involved. Homelessness is such a big problem in Bristol and it’s great to be have a set of skills that I can use to help these people and their animals. The strong bond between owner and pet is even more apparent in these situations and the animals we have seen so far are so well looked after and adored, but its good to be able to provide the veterinary care that could not otherwise be afforded. It’s also so great to meet the people and hear their stories! It’s a fantastic thing to be a part of.
- Matthew J C HibberdMatthew J C HibberdMatt Hibberd. Vet. Committee member.Living in Bristol over the years the homeless population and their pets has been an obvious challenge. Taking the opportunity to work with StreetVet and develop a service for these dogs was a no-brainier and I’m pleased with how well we have progressed in such a short time.There is still lots to be done and current Challenges include; spreading a service to Bristol suburbs, promoting the current service and collaborating with existing charities and private practices to ensure a complete service.Having worked in the vet charity sector when I first graduated I’ve found giving my time to help those in challenging situations very rewarding. The generous donations of volunteers time and companies/people’s finance has been overwhelming.Viva StreetVet Bristol!
- Sarah StewartSarah Stewart
I graduated from Melbourne Uni Vet school in 2013. After working in mixed practice in rural Australia for 2 years I made the move to the UK and after locuming around the country for a bit I settled in Bristol, having fallen in love with the people and the sense of community here. I'm currently a small animal locum. I really love being able to use my skills as a vet to make a difference to the lives of homeless dogs and their owners.
- Claire WatsonClaire Watson
Graduated from Glasgow vet school in July 2016, been working in private practice in the Bath and Bristol area. Heard about StreetVet from a colleague and enjoying going out with the Help Bristol’s Homeless outreach sessions on Thursday evenings to help the animals of those living on the streets. Hopefully about to adopt a previously homeless cat called Ross!
- Jacqueline ColeJacqueline ColeI graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014, after previously working as a veterinary nurse in the USA and have worked in various practices in the UK since. I am passionate about medicine, especially cats, and live outside Bristol with my Maine Coon cat Maya. I started with StreetVet in the Brighton region am now keen to help out in Bristol. I am currently an intern at Bristol University School of Veterinary Sciences Teaching Hospital in Langford, Bristol.
- Jacqueline ColeJacqueline Cole
Dr. Jacqueline Cole graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014, after previously working as veterinary nurse in the USA and has worked in various practices in the UK since. She is passionate about medicine, especially cats, and lives outside Bristol with her Maine Coon cat Maya. She started with Street Vets at the Brighton region and now is keen to help out in Bristol. She is currently an intern at Bristol University School of Veterinary Sciences Teaching Hospital in Langford, Bristol.
- Ailsa MilnesAilsa Milnes
I qualified at Glasgow a long time ago and have lived in the Bristol area for years. It's a wonderful city and I love it's uniqueness. Homelessness has been a constant feature, but in recent years the numbers on our streets has increased. I got involved with StreeVets having met a lovely lady when I was visiting Exeter, who was selling The Big Issue with her dog. This lady camped in a tent on the side of the river and had no access to free vet treatment. So she paid for the treatments her companion needed. She wasn't moaning about it, but it seemed so wrong. Her dog was her world - her companion, her protector and her best friend. I contacted Streetvet and The Big Issue and have now started volunteering with the Bristol group.
- Sarah HayesSarah Hayes
Since graduating as a veterinary surgeon in 2003 I have had the privilege of working in many excellent veterinary practices both at home and overseas, including spells working for charitable organisations in the UK and Africa.
After spending several years living in rural Somerset, I recently returned to London and was immediately struck by the number of people and their dogs that I saw sleeping rough. The other thing that struck me was how well cared for these dogs were and what a strong bond existed between them and their owners. One evening I met a man whose dog was very lame and in a lot of pain. With no medication or equipment at my disposal I felt totally helpless. Surely as I vet I should be able to do more? It was at this point that I found StreetVet. Now when I meet someone whose animal needs help or a worried owner who simply wants a health check to reassure them that all is well with their beloved companion, I am proud to be part of a team that can provide that.
As I currently live in Devon but spend part of the week in London, I have the pleasure of being involved with both the London and Plymouth StreetVet teams.
- Jo GodfreyHead Nurse at Drake Vets in YelvertonJo GodfreyHead Nurse at Drake Vets in Yelverton
My name is Jo Godfrey and I am a head nurse at Drake Vets in Yelverton in Tavistock. I have been qualified for 14 years and have a certificate in Nutrition, which is one of my passions in Veterinary care.
Following a trip to Thailand in 2017 and seeing the difference a free vet clinic made to the pet owners there, I was struck by a chance conversation with a homeless man about the struggles of pet ownership on the street. His Jack Russell Terrier had been sick and he had been relying on the kindness of strangers for treatment. Having recently lost my old, very much loved dog Suggs, I was left with a total feeling of helplessness for this man and his dog. I contacted StreetVet London for advice on how I could set up something locally and they immediately offered me their backing to become StreetVet Plymouth. I have been really touched by the support that there is for this venture among the veterinary community and am hugely proud to be a part of it.
When not Veterinary Nursing or StreetVetting, I live on the edge of Dartmoor with my husband, my daughter, our four cats and a Sprollie called BeanDog. I also enjoy photography and am a part of the Street Pastor team that cover Tavistock.
- Kathryn DixonKathryn Dixon
I have been working as a small animal veterinary nurse in Plymouth for the past 22 years. I have been qualified for 18 years.
Since living in Plymouth, I have been involved with charities that have worked alongside the homeless, but have always known that there could be more done for those with pets.
On hearing about StreetVet, I felt excited about what this could mean for the homeless with dogs in Plymouth and knew that this was something that I should be a part of. It is exciting to be a part of something that I believe will be a real benefit to the homeless community and their pets.
- Hannah NevinHannah Nevin
Hi, I'm Hannah, a Northern Irish vet working with small animals in beautiful Devon. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2014 and spent my first 8 months working with animal rescue charities in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Fiji. It was a privilege to use my experience to help improve the lives of vulnerable animals. Since returning to the UK I have been living and working in Tavistock. I had heard of the great work done by Street Vets in other parts of the country so jumped at the chance to get involved in Plymouth.
My own rescue dog Tilly keeps me busy in my spare time!
- Ruth PayneRuth Payne
I’m Ruth and I’m a Vet. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2010. Since then I’ve worked in small animal practice in Devon and spent some time volunteering for a charity abroad. When I heard Street Vet was coming to Plymouth, I had to get involved! Many homeless owners put their pets needs before their own, even choosing to go without food or housing if they are unable to take their pet; their bond is incredibly strong. I feel very privileged to be able to work with Street Vet, helping these owners provide veterinary care for their furry friends.
- Kate SalmonKate Salmon
My name is Kate Salmon. I qualified in the year 2000 and have worked in mixed and small animal general practice ever since. I have a special interest in ophthalmology and currently work part time for Westmoor Vets where “eyes” fill the majority of my time. I am currently studying for a further qualification in ophthalmology. I live in Plymouth with my young family who keep me very busy! I am very excited to be part of StreetVet and feel a real calling to get out and help some of the most vulnerable owners and their pets. I expect the work to be challenging but fulfilling and am looking forward to getting started.
- Genevieve TomlinsonGenevieve Tomlinson
My name is Genevieve, I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017 after working in general practice for 3 years. I now work as an orthopaedic referral nurse and have gone back into training to become a Veterinary
I am so excited to be a part of StreetVet and the fantastic work that they do; it gives me faith in humanity to see the owners facing the toughest of times, dedicating so much time, care and love into their companions, above their own needs. When I am not nursing, I have my hands full with my young Labrador,
Sedgeley. If I was given the choice of shelter or my dog, I know what I would choose too and so I have so much respect for those who are sleeping rough to stay with their best friends!
I am looking forward to being a part of StreetVet Plymouth and meeting all the owners and their pets!
- Mandy AthertonMandy Atherton
I did once do two weeks work experience at a Vet Practice, but my experience ended there! However, as a SmartPA partner, my forté is the administrative support that I am delighted to provide to StreetVet Plymouth.
I am lucky to spend 24 hours a day with my own dogs and am very much aware of the incredible bond between a person and their dog, the power of that relationship and the strength, comfort, hope and support a dog’s unconditional love provides - to any of us, but most especially to the most vulnerable in our society. Meanwhile, many of the homeless will go without food and shelter themselves to feed and stay with their dog.
I am full of admiration for all the vets and nurses who are giving their time to provide support to the street dogs and their owners and it’s a real privilege to be able to contribute in whatever small way I can.
- Charlie FolkesCharlie Folkes
My name is Charlie and I have been working in Bristol as a small animal vet since graduating from here in 2016. After hearing about Street Vet trying to start up in Bristol, I was keen to be a part of the great work that they do. I have been involved with helping to establish Street Vet here in Bristol over the last few months and am really pleased with the impact we have made in such a short space of time. I look forward to seeing Street Vet go from strength to strength in the future with the life changing work that we do for the homeless people of Bristol and their dogs.
- Rosie AllisterRosie Allister
Researcher. Vet. Manager of Vetlife Helpline. Helpline volunteer. Interested in mental health and wellbeing, professional identity, and ethics.
I always knew I wanted to help animals and was fortunate enough to get a job in a local Veterinary Hospital in 2001 where I qualified as an RVN and stayed at for 17 years. I have now moved on to Vet Nurse at a major animal charity centre. Sharing my life with three dogs and two cats myself, I know how much our furry friends mean to people and become family. Having volunteered abroad several times I am now excited to be joining StreetVet helping the pets and their people in my home town.
- Karlien HeyrmanKarlien Heyrman
I’m Karlien and I qualified as a vet from Edinburgh in 2010. After spending 6 years in practice, treating both small and large animals, I moved ‘out of practice’ to work for Vets4Pets in their central Support Office. I love being able to make a difference on a bigger scale and I help support over 450 practices. I live in Cheltenham with my mischievous cat called Wolfie and you might see me out cycling and running in the area as that’s what I spend most of my free time doing!
Shortly after graduating I volunteered in India for six weeks but I’ve not managed to find any volunteering opportunities in the UK where I can use my veterinary skills and knowledge. When I found out StreetVet were setting up in Cheltenham I couldn’t wait to get involved. Although I still work in practice, covering the odd Saturday morning, I do miss the continuity of cases and the relationships you get to build with owners and their pets. I feel fortunate StreetVet is allowing me to be able to offer my skills to the local homeless community for whom the bond with their animals is often one of the few things they possess.
- Hugh WrigleyHugh Wrigley
Australian by birth. Living in the UK for 3 years now. Living in Birmingham.
I work in the Black country for a large privately owner clinic with multiple branches. I work mainly with cats, dog and rabbits. I am interested in dentistry, neurology. I enjoy working as a GP and doing lots of different interesting things.
Outside of work I enjoy playing the harmonica, keeping fit and learning new languages.
- Jayne GilbertJayne Gilbert
‘My name is Jayne and from a young age I loved all animals, growing up on a farm cultured this love even more. I have worked as a nursing assistant and then a Registered Veterinary Nurse for over 20 years now and I love the fact that I can be involved in such an exciting project such as StreetVet to help those in need in Birmingham.’
- Suzanne WildmanSuzanne WildmanMy name is Suzanne Wildman and I am a RVN and have been qualified for over 25 years. I no longer work in veterinary practice but am in the privileged position of teaching the next generation of veterinary nurses at a local college. Following on from the success of StreetVet in London, I contacted Jade to ask about the possibility of setting up in Birmingham. Since first hearing about StreetVet I have encouraged my students to fund raise for this amazing charity.
- Nicky SmithNicky Smith
Hi, I'm Nicky and proud to be part of the team setting up Birmingham Streetvet. I qualified as an RVN in 1996, and have worked in a range of practices including charity practices in the Midlands area since then. I have more recently completed an advanced diploma in veterinary nursing, and attained a first class honours degree in Clinical Veterinary Nursing. I also train student nurses both in practice, and doing some lecturing in a local college. I have seen features on the Streetvet programme since its set up and always said if it sets up local to me I'd like to be involved - so here I am!! I'm looking forward to making a difference to pet owners who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances, and to meeting all the lovely dogs that I'll be treating.
- Victoria BullenVictoria BullenHi, Im Vicky. I qualified in 2008 from the Royal Veterinary College, but only moved to the Brighton area in 2017. I had been following the progress of StreetVet avidly, and was thrilled when they decided to open a Brighton branch. It has been fantastic getting to know both the other amazing volunteers, and our clients and patients over the last few months. It feels good to know we are having a positive impact on both the dogs and their owners lives.I work in a small animal practice in Crowborough, and I am also a Practice Standard's assessor for the RCVS. In my spare time I play netball and walk my two rescue dogs over the downs with my husband.
- Rebecca CastleRebecca Castle
I have been working as a small animal vet in Bucks for 3 years. I graduated Bristol university with Sam and Gabe, and when I heard about the work they have been doing with Jade setting up StreetVet I was inspired to join the team and help out where I can.
The bond between the homeless people and their animals is wonderful, and they often put the needs of the animal and their comfort over and above their own.
It is something truly special to be a part of -to be able to help those who need it most, and to ensure that the animals have the support and healthcare they need is incredibly rewarding. It has opened my eyes to a multitude of problems our homeless people face, and I am excited to continue working with StreetVet.
I am also aiming to raise money and donations for StreetVet, for example doing a sponsored swim of the Serpentine in September. Our veterinary practice also has a few fundraising events throughout the year, and we will be setting up food/equipment donations within the practice as well.
- Nicky Bartlett RVNNicky Bartlett RVN
Hello! Nicky here! I'm a registered veterinary nurse of 12 years experience. I have a keen interest in anaesthetics and small furries and whilst I love looking after everyone's pets and marvel at the fact that everyday of my job consists of at least one intense cuddle session with my patients I have always had that vocational urge to help those in need.
Having studied and started my career briefly in South Africa I took the opportunity to volunteer in outreach programmes there and the immense happiness seeing the appreciation and pride these incredibly underprivileged people had in being able to help their animals stuck with me like a warm glow. I am so grateful I stumbled across StreetVet back in December 2017 so I get to help the vulnerable have their best friends looked after and healthy... that same glow follows me with StreetVet and I can only hope I am able to give these street dogs and their humans as much as they give me. I can often be found outreaching in London at the weekends.
When I am not volunteering for StreetVet I am running and training for obstacle course races that I do to raise money and awareness for StreetVet throughout the year.
- Chris Rossiter RVNChris Rossiter RVN
I started nursing in 2012. I currently work for Blue Cross. I work in the charity sector. Joining Streetvet was a no brainer after years of stopping and chatting with people and dogs on the street but wishing I could help more. Now I can in professional capacity and couldn't be more proud.
Through streetvet I meet some of the most inspiring people and some of the sweetest and best behaved dogs.
I've been with Streetvet since September 2017 and only regret is that I can't give more time!
I have varied interests however my passion in nursing is client focused work such as nurse clinics. (Outside interests?) If you like football, we can talk for hours, especially if you support Spurs.