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.
Dr Nicola Avery MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS
Nicola joined the Nine Mile group in 2004. She gained her Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2008 and is an advanced practitioner with much surgical experience. She has a keen interest in trauma medicine and likes putting animals back together. When not at the practice she spends time with her young family, running parkrun and playing netball. The Avery family has been expanded recently by the arrival of a rescue kitten called Captain Beansprout who has decided he is in charge.
Dr George Hurst BVetMed MRCVS
George graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and worked in small animal practices in the Thames valley area. He joined the Nine Mile team in February 2015 as part of the surgical team and is now one of the lead surgeons. He has been studying to obtain a certificate in small animal surgery over the past three years and is due to finish this in April 2018. George carries out both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work he enjoys any outdoor activity, including mountain biking and skiing. He lives with his girlfriend and two naughty cats, Minnie and Teazle who have a habit of stealing food when George is not looking!
Dr Joey Kapff BVetMed MRCVS
Joey graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. She was quickly introduced to the tradition of taking home disadvantaged animals, leaving her with her two cats, Cleo and Little Man. Since joining Nine Mile in 2015, she has been working towards advanced practitioner status in small animal internal medicine, whilst maintaining an interest in diagnostic imaging, particularly MRI, soft tissue surgery and minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery. She loves snow sports, yoga and climbing, and does her best at gardening.
Dr Jo Rogers BVSc MRCVS
Jo started working at Nine Mile shortly after her graduation over twenty years ago. She’s proud to have known some of her clients for all of this time, and enjoys routine preventative healthcare consultations as much as the more challenging medical cases. Jo says the most satisfying part about being a vet is seeing her patients as part of their owners’ families and helping them enjoy as long and healthy a life together as possible. Jo is head of clinical governance for the Nine Mile group, helping to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards by monitoring and reflecting on our clinical practice. Jo and her daughter have two cats, Hector and Jasper, and a guinea pig, Leaf. She enjoys music, playing the oboe in the Bracknell and Wokingham Concert band, and also likes gardening or sitting down with a good book and a glass of wine.
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.
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 and helps to organise the team. 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 enjoys family time, including spending time with her two rescue pets, Pixie and Mickey. Claire is also a dramatist. She holds a BA (hons) in creative writing, an MRes in Playwriting Studies and is co-founder of a small theatre company. Claire has interests in minimalist, political and conservationist theatre.
Jess Dawe RVN
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
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
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.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Rebe is a student veterinary nurse and has been with us since 2015, bringing with her a companion animal SQP qualification. Rebe has also taken a course in microchipping and nutrition, which she loves to help with. She has an interest and love for exotic animals including wildlife and would love to work with otters one day. At the moment she has two spoiled gerbils; Finn and Poe. Outside of work, Rebe enjoys archery, baking and reading.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Rachael started her course in January 2017 and is enjoying her training and gaining knowledge. She has a keen interest in surgery and once qualified she hopes to train to be a scrub nurse and get involved helping the surgeons with the operations. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and going to martial arts where she studies karate and sword. She has a rescue cat called Niffler, a rat called Manny and has just adopted a hamster which she has called Hinata. Niffler is a sweet boy who loves cuddles. Her rat Manny is naughty and whenever he is out of his cage loves to chase Niffler. Rachael originally lived in Stockport but moved down south as she loves wolves and used to be a volunteer at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, where she helped hand rear some of the cubs.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Abbi has almost finished her training and will (fingers crossed) soon be an RVN. She has been a member of Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital since November 2014 but has experience from a previous veterinary practice. Abbi enjoys being on kennels where she can help with the progression of poorly animals and help to make them well again. Abbi has a cheeky sausage dog called Harry who you may recognise from our Facebook page!
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.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Amy started working at Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital in September 2017, having worked within the veterinary profession previously. She enjoys all aspects of the job and she loves that no day is the same. Outside of work Amy is a competitive figure skater. Amy also enjoys spending time with friends and travelling. At home she has five cats and an English Springer Spaniel called Luci.
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), drinking gin 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.
Sandra joined us in January 2018 and is loving every minute of it. Having previously been a doctor’s receptionist she finds the patients here more civilised! She enjoys many interests and activities including aerobics, aqua aerobics, kick boxing skiing, and tennis. She was a champion shot putter and javlin thrower at school (so please behave on reception) Sandra most recently took up competitive flower arranging with NAFAS organised events and shows. When Sandra is not at work of doing one of her many hobbies she has a granddaughter who keeps her on my toes and she love to garden and create new plants from cuttings or seeds. She is also trying to complete her bucket list of properly learning to surf, going sky-diving and to Barnstorm on the wing of a bi-plane. She also hope to finish learning to scuba.
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 Stanley a New Forest pony who although retired from competition, is still ridden daily. Tracy is married to a farrier and they enjoy holidaying in the new forest