We are a small animal practice in Hampshire and Berkshire, first established in 1985. Your pets are our priority and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Emily joined the Nine Mile Veterinary Group after graduating from Bristol in 2007. After completing her Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2010 she left briefly but then returned within six months to become the Clinical Director. Emily has a special interest in medicine and along with Joey runs the MRI machine. Emily loves being at Nine Mile and enjoys knowing so many of the clients. Emily is married and lives with three cats; Murphy who has been with her since University, George (who thinks he is a dog and has a 33cm long tail) and Hendricks who is Tinks’ (the practice cat) son. In her spare time Emily loves to travel, garden and sample good wine.
Rebecca joined us in September 2019 as a senior veterinary surgeon. She qualified in 2008 from the Royal Veterinary College, having also completed a behaviour and welfare degree at Bristol. She has worked in practices around the country, particularly enjoying her three and a half years at a veterinary hospital near Birmingham. Rebecca enjoys interacting with all of our clients and seeing our regular patients in consults. Clinically, she holds a special interest in ophthalmology and holds a GP certificate in this area. Rebecca also offers acupuncture sessions which can be particularly beneficial to patients suffering with osteoarthritis and chronic pain cases. Becky is married and lives with her husband and both enjoy running and going to the mountains to walk or ski in their spare time.
Dr Nicola Avery MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS
Nicola graduated from Cambridge University in 2004 before then joining Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital where she developed a keen interest in surgery of all types. She achieved her Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2008 and gained Advanced Practitioner status in 2015. Nicola has an interest in both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery and sees cases from within the group and local practices. She is happy to perform many different soft tissue surgeries including brachycephalic airway surgery and TECAs, as well as fracture repairs and cruciate surgery. When not at the practice she spends time with her young family, running parkrun and playing netball. In charge of the Avery family is their rescue cat, a much loved but 'not so gentle' giant called Captain Beansprout.
Jenny Blackburn BA VetMB MRCVS
Jenny graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 2019 after studying Veterinary Medicine alongside an intercalated Pharmacology degree. She joined Nine Mile in September 2019 following several placements at the hospital during her time as a student. Jenny is incredibly excited to become part of the exceptionally dedicated and friendly team at Nine Mile and loved her placements here so much that she could not imagine starting her veterinary career anywhere else. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys travelling the world, sport and baking.
Hannah Bowley BVMSci MRCVS
Hannah graduated in 2019 as part of the first cohort of vet students from the new vet school at University of Surrey. She decided to retrain as a vet in 2012 after working at the head office of the John Lewis Partnership for nine years. Hannah came to Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital for a placement during final year and loved it so much she couldn’t leave. In her spare time Hannah likes to sing and even set up her own choir whilst at vet school, and can otherwise be found out and about walking in the woods with her Labrador Archie.
Michael Yeung BVetMed MRCVS
Michael Graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 after many years of study and completing various work placements in multiple countries including Thailand, USA and his home country Hong Kong. Michael Joined the Nine Mile team in September 2018 as a new graduate and has been embracing the fulfilment and enjoyment which the veterinary profession brings along with its daily challenges. He has been striving to provide every patient with gold standard care and has developed a keen interest in surgery.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys playing basketball, go-karting and weight-lifting. He lives with his adopted cat Shelley who, despite having chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism, has been doing fantastically well under the care of Michael and his girlfriend.
Rachel Derrick RVN NCert A&CC
Head Veterinary Nurse
Rachel is our head veterinary nurse. She has worked at Nine Mile since 2011 but became a qualified and registered veterinary nurse in 2009. Since joining Nine Mile Rachel has completed a nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia and Critical Care and has a very keen interest in these areas. She also really enjoys medical nursing and nurses consultations – especially weight clinics. At home Rachel has a rescue cat called Moo and spends her spare time being kept on her toes by her son.
Sophie Catlin RVN
Since joining Emmview Veterinary Centre in 2016, Sophie has qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and moved over to Nine Mile Vet Hospital, bringing along her experience in emergency/out of hours work and large animal practice. She has two dogs, Poppy, the sassy Labrador, and Joker, the cheeky Collie. Much of her spare time is taken up pampering these two, however she does enjoy travelling and watching live music.
Claire Holland RVN
Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse
Claire is a qualified and registered veterinary nurse and clinical coach. She is currently deputy head veterinary nurse of Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital. Claire has been nursing since 2003, starting as a trainee at only 16 years old. She joined the Nine Mile Veterinary group in September 2015 after moving back to the area. Claire has a keen interest in critical care cases and emergency surgery alongside her work as a clinical coach.
In her spare time, Claire spends most of her time skydiving. She is also a dramatist who holds a BA (hons) in creative writing, an MRes in Playwriting Studies. She has two rescue pets Mickey and Pixie. Mickey came from the vets and is also a regular as he suffers from severe feline asthma.
Jess Dawe RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Jessica is a qualified veterinary nurse who joined the Nine Mile team in May 2017. She has many years of experience within the veterinary sector and a Foundation Degree in Animal welfare and behaviour. At work she likes looking after the hospitalised patient whilst, at home Jessica lives with her husband, her dachshund called Richmond and a tank full of tropical fish. When not at work Jessica enjoys colouring in, juggling and catching up with friends and family.
Tracy Griffiths RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Tracy qualified in 1994, and has been working with us here at Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital since 2011. Tracy works part-time at the hospital. She has special interests in feline and emergency medicine. When Tracy isn’t here, she enjoys spending time with her young family and her cat Sir Colin the brave.
Emily Ridgway RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Emily passed her level three diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2017 after undertaking all of her training at Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital. She has a keen interest in radiography, surgery, anaesthesia and orthopaedics. At home she has a very naughty Tabby cat called Jen and a cheeky black Labrador named Bobby. She enjoys walking and exploring with him as well as socialising with her friends. She has an interest in charity work and would love to travel around the world working for charities.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Abbi has been working with us since May 2016 although has previous experience at another practice. Abbi officially started her training in September 2017 and is enjoying working alongside the qualified and student nurses to gain experience on anaesthetics and animal care. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two cats Pickle and Pudding, her rabbit Fluffy, and her dog LuLu. She also enjoys playing netball for her team every Saturday.
Rebecca "Rebe" Ferguson RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Rebe qualified as an Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 2019. She has been with us at Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital since 2015 and completed all of her training here. She also holds a companion animal SQP qualification and has complete courses in microchipping and nutrition. She has a special interest in caring for exotic animals including wildlife and would love to work with otters or big cats one day. At the moment she has a very spoiled gerbil called Poe. Outside of work, Rebe is often keeping up-to-date with her studies but is also a keen fiction-reader, documentary-watcher and baker (liking to keep her colleagues well fed which we all appreciate).
Student Veterinary Nurse
Lee joined us in March 2018. He has wanted to work with animals for as long as he can remember. He started work experience in Veterinary Practice when he was 13 years old and has worked in a kennels for many years. During this time he attended Brinsbury college for eight years where he completed a number of Animal Management Courses. Lee qualified as a Veterinary Care Assistant in 2014 and has seven year’s experience in veterinary practice. Lee is in his final year of training to be a veterinary nurse Lee lives with his girlfriend, their two naughty torties called Gizy and Flossie, a Netherland dwarf rabbit called Barnaby and their collie cross puppy Buddy.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Amber is a trainee veterinary nurse who joined our practice in September 2018. Previously she was part of our receptionist team over at our Fleet branch, Ancells Veterinary Centre, while she was studying at college. Amber aspires to become a qualified veterinary nurse in the coming years and expand her knowledge of animal care. In her free time, Amber enjoys baking cakes and spending time with her two cats and her hamster.
Julie is another familiar face having been at Nine Mile for almost 20 years. Julie mostly works behind the scenes ensuring that the group runs smoothly and the accounts are up to date but you can always hear when she is around as she insists on wearing high heels whatever the weather. Julie has three lovely grown up children and a small rescue dog called Bill. In her spare time Julie and her husband enjoy long walks (not in high heels we hope) and sampling local restaurants.
Karen joined Nine Mile during the Jurassic period and has been a key member of the team ever since. Karen aka ‘the lady in the corner’ does all the insurance for Nine Mile but her talents don’t stop there. She has multiple degrees from the Open University, is a keen horse rider, keeps bees (and steals their honey), thoroughly enjoys photography (her pictures can been seen on the walls of various branches) and can often be found helping clients whose cars have broken down. Please call Karen for any insurance queries but it you do find her wondering in reception do redirect her back to her corner.
Gini joined us in January 2018 and thoroughly enjoys being a part of the friendly dedicated team. Greeting clients and their furry family members is definitely the favourite part of her role . At home she has a very naughty former Cats Protection resident called Lily (aka Lils, Princess, Duchess etc… depending on the mischief she is causing). Lily is definitely a mummy’s girl who rules the house and gets away with anything and everything! In her spare time she enjoys watching films, going on city breaks, and eating food, mainly cake! We are all thrilled to have Gini has part of the team.
Tracy is a very familiar face having been a member of the reception team for over 20 years. She owns Bunty a Border Terrier cross Patterdale and is married to a farrier; they enjoy holidaying in the new forest together.
Tilly joined the team at Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital in May 2019 and is enjoying learning the ropes of this busy passionate hospital. Tilly doesn’t have any pets of her own but makes sure she gets plenty of cuddles with the patients and the adorable strays we get in from time to time. In her free time Tilly enjoys staying fit with yoga and jogging and regularly travels back to her home town of Nottingham to visit family and friends.
Animal obsessed since being taken to my first zoo at 4 months old, Sarah is a former zookeeper who's looked after a variety of animals, including primates, reptiles, meerkats, livestock and birds inc birds of prey. She's happy to have found an amazing group of people to work with and very much enjoying meeting all the animals that come into the practice.
She's slightly "bunny mad", having had seven at one time. Sarah is currently a very proud mummy to two mischievous bunnies called Mamma Bluebell and Gizmo and an amazing aunt and babysitter to Yuki and Colin the cats. She spends her spare time with friends especially down the pub, visiting zoos or at comic cons (conventions) and watching all sorts of sports!