Chez has been with the practice for 9 years. She has 3 lhasa apso dogs and a cat and likes the smell of cheesy puppy feet.
Mandy has been an integral part of the team since arriving on the doorstep 5 years ago, she has 5 hairless cats in woolly jumpers, 2 French bulldogs called Mackensie and Eliza-Renee, 3 kids, a steam roller and a Massey Ferguson tractor. Mandy enjoys taking her son to country steam fairs.
Wendy is a horse lover who occasionally has time to come in and work at the practice. Wendy’s inventory includes 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 horses, 6 children and a grownup man-child called Martin.
Sharon graduated from Cambridge university and has worked all over the country before settling down with her husband Ed in Colchester and her teensy cat dot. Sharon enjoys holidays abroad in the sun.
Gemma is a recent addition to the team, having graduated a year ago, but has 9 years experience working as an unqualified nurse, kennel assistant, receptionist and now registered vet nurse. Gemma also has two guinea pigs, Sirius and Albus who love to play quidditch!
Anna has recently joined the team since moving to Mersea Island. She has two bouncy border terriers, Tommy and Isla and one day hopes to be the proud pet owner of an extra pink unicorn.
Ola graduated from Warmia university in Poland (where she’s from) in 2000. After a couple of years in practice, She decided to visit Australia and travel the world. Arriving in the UK in 2006, Ola has worked as a Locum in many places, then together with Husband Eddie, Ran a local practice near Orpington in Kent. When the opportunity came up to take on Blackwater vets and move to the Mersea Island, a lifetime dream to live by the sea and have a small independent veterinary practice was achieved. She shares a retired guide dog with her husband Eddie and Rescued cat “Donkers”.
Eddie spent 20 years as a professional chef before the opportunity to run a practice came up. Eddie can usually be found around the practice doing various d.i.y. projects, sorting the software, making very thin pancakes, walking Molly on the beach (every day! How good is that!) and feeding the wrong kind of food to the cat.
Molly is our retired guide dog. First coming to us as a patient, we formed a close bond and found ourselves looking after Molly when her owner Eamonn had holidays and weekends away, so when it was time for Molly to retire, Eamonn asked us to take her on, which we gladly did! And now Molly has retired and moved to the seaside, where she now works as the unofficial boss of the surgery.
Donkers is our feisty little black cat, he was brought in as a stray with hyperthyroid, desperately underweight and starving to death. Now, well on the way to recovery and enjoying beef, Donkers likes to sun himself on the windowsill in the lounge room.