Introducing Our Practice Team
Chris Darke Director & Veterinary Surgeon BVetMed MRCVS
Chris qualified from Cambridge University in 1995. Chris began working at Brookfield in 2004, became a partner in 2005 and now co-owns the practice with his wife Victoria. Chris holds a General Practitioner Certificate in Diagnostic Imanging which includes ultrasonography, radiology (x-rays) and endoscopy. He also offers in depth consultations for dermatology and canine behaviour. Chris spends a lot of time managing the day to day running of the practice.
Victoria Darke Director & Veterinary Surgeon BVetMed MRCVS
Victoria qualified from Royal Veterinary College London in 1996. Victoria began working at Brookfield in 2004 and now co-owns the practice with her husband Chris. Victoria enjoys surgery. She also has a particular interest in veterinary dentistry. In 2015 she introduced digital dental radiography and has taken our dental care to new heights. As well as four sons at home, Chris and Victoria have a ginger cat called Donald, who takes a huge dislike to many of our Veterinary Nurses, plus two labradors Derek and Woody that they individually rescued in 2013.
Amanda Kitching Veterinary Surgeon BSc MA VetMB MRCVS
Amanda qualified from Cambridge University in 2004. Amanda has been working at Brookfield since 2007. Amanda developed her interest and knowledge in poultry medicine and in 2017 trained to be able to perform veterinary acupuncture. Amanda has 3 dogs (Bobbins, Pip & Trevor), 1 cat (Rodney) and some chickens.
Clare Powell BVM BVS MRCVS
Clare started working at Brookfield in July 2015. Clare qualified from Nottingham University in 2012 and has recently been working in South Wales. She loves meeting new people and their animals, enjoying medicine and surgery in equal measure. Clare has developed our laparoscopic surgical provision and is always keen to explain about procedures such as laparoscopic speying. When she is not at work she likes to keep fit by running and spends the rest of her time riding her horse with her dog Eric.
Charles Brice BVM BVS MRCVS
Charles graduated in the summer of 2016 and started working at Brookfield in August. He loves treating Guinea Pigs and has a particular interest in medicine. In 2017 Charles laid down roots in Hereford and bought a house with his fiancée. Guess who’ll they’ll be sharing their wedding with?
Eden Tanner B. V. Sc., MRCVS
Eden has been in veterinary practice in the Ledbury area for many years and is very much part of the local community. Interested in all rural pursuits he is acknowledged as a photographer as well as a dedicated veterinary surgeon
Louise Howarth MRCVS
Louise worked at Brookfield for nearly 4 years, she then moved away and had a daughter. Last year she moved back to Hereford, and then started back at Brookfield in November 2017. She now works part time and loves looking after the patients and spending time with clients and also the lovely Brookie team. Her particular interest lies in medicine, she is close to completing a Medicine Certificate. Louise has a blind Ginger cat at home called “Mole” who was found as a stray kitten 7 years ago. In her spare time her enjoys playing Netball and spending time with her friends and family
Kelly Manning MRCVS
Kelly started in January 2018 and is with us two days a week. She graduated from Liverpool university in 2010, and has worked in Herefordshire ever since. She holds a certificate in internal medicine which she completed in 2015. When she is not at work she enjoys being out and about in the countryside with her daughter and dogs (Rupert and Bear). She also has Neville the cat who was a stray that turned up at work 7 years ago.
Lucy was an experienced receptionist who always had a smile on her face, we were very pleased to be able to appoint her as Practice manager in 2016 and she is enjoying the challenge of helping move the practice forward with many new & exciting developments. She has a gorgeous cat called Phoebe, who came in through Brookfield as a stray injured in a road traffic accident.
Charlotte Bradley RVN
I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2013 after training here at Brookfield and Abbeydale Vetlink College. I have a keen interest in emergency nursing and critical care and I am currently working towards a Nursing Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. As well as getting stuck in with emergencies I spend a lot of time organising and running Puppy Club and Puppy School here at Brookfield and love meeting new owners with their puppies.. I have recently taken on the challenge of being Head Nurse and work closely with the Vets and Nurses to help give our patients the best possible care while they stay with us. At home I look after Bernard the Bearded Dragon who I rescued from here after he was no longer wanted.
Trish Helme RVN
Trish undertook her Veterinary Nurse training at Brookfield. In June 2016 she was awarded her Nursing Certificate in Animal Behaviour. Trish is definitely an all rounder, using her years of experience in every area of the practice. Trish used to be a member of “Paws for Thought” dog display team but now co runs the Awesome Paws Performance dog training school when not at Brookfield and so can always offer some useful advice on dog training. She is also in charge of client accounts. Trish owns a family of miniature Schnauzers.
Charlotte Prothero RVN
I qualified as Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2013 from Abbeydale Veterinary College. Previous to that I qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant. I love all aspects of my job but particularly looking after inpatients, consulting and physiotherapy.
I live with my husband, two young children and two German Shorthaired Pointers. Together we enjoy dog agility, Pembrokeshire coastal walks and in any spare time I have, horse riding. .
I am currently on maternity leave.
Melissa Griffiths RVN
Mel joined the practice in October 2015. Mel was a fantastic locum nurse at Brookfield the previous summer so we were very happy that her name appeared on an application for a position. Mel qualified from a Veterinary Nursing Degree course in 2015. She particularly enjoys nurse clinics. Mel says she has been too busy for hobbies, but enjoys walking with her collie cross Lucy.
Natalie Holder RVN
I did my training here at Brookfield then qualified in 2008! I left for 2 years and worked in emergency clinics and various locum positions across the country to gain lots of experience! I returned to Brookfield in 2011 and after a couple of maternity leave stints I now work part time!
I live with Archie the golden retriever, Dobbie the lurcher, Edward and Peggy the cats, Albert and Mavis the rabbits and I also own two small humans, Jack and Hattie!
I love every single part of veterinary nursing but if I had to choose one favourite it would be nursing the geriatric dog! I'm also quite partial to taking any waifs and strays home.
Amy Newman RVN
I am currently undergoing a BSC degree in Veterinary Nursing at the Royal Veterinary College - I have qualified as an RVN and am now doing my honours degree in the fourth year. I came to Brookfield as a work experience student and then carried out my placement blocks here also during my three years of study, and I am now located in the Ledbury branch, however you will still find me working one day a week in Hereford! Outside of work I thoroughly enjoy and pursue various fitness classes, cycling and supporting our striving local football team, Hereford FC. I also take part in pet sitting - unfortunately I don't have any pets of my own at the moment, so I can enjoy looking after others'!
Kelly Wilkes RVN
I started my veterinary career in a large mixed first opinion practice in Hampshire, where I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in 2010. In 2011, I joined a multidisciplinary referral centre as a general nurse before specialising in surgical nursing. In September 2014, I gained the Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing.
In 2015, I worked as a nurse manager at a large first opinion hospital organising the running of the day, training staff and additionally helped with the set up and running of the CT scanner. Alongside this role in 2015, I started working for a telemedicine company as a clinical case manager.
I joined Brookfield part time in October 2016 alongside my telemedicine role. Brookfield enables me to get the hands on nursing that I trained for and enables me to put my many years of education and experience to use.
I have many interests but to pick a few would be diagnostic imaging, surgical nursing and anaesthesia I have a cat called Welly who is amazing!
Rachel Ford RVN
Rachel qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010, she joined Brookfield in January 2017. She enjoys working with exotic animals and has 3 guinea pigs and a tortoise at home. In 2014 she achieved a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing for Rabbits and enjoys nursing clinics.
Nikki came to Brookfield as a student for part of her Animal Management course. She then went on to study to become a Vet Nurse and has just qualified.
TRAINEE NURSES & ASSISTANTS
Floss had experience as a receptionist in Swansea whilst studying at University. She joined Brookfield in June 2015 and is now in the second year of her veterinary nurse training. She has always wanted to work in Veterinary Practice. Floss has a cat named Ronald and labradoodle named Bonnie.
In 1996 I completed my Animal Care Level 1 & 2 at Holme Lacy College and it was at this time I did 6 months voluntary work at Brookfield, shortly afterwards I was employed at The Argus Veterinary Surgery in Ledbury, where I worked for the next 19 years!
I have always loved animals & it is great to meet such a variety of different pets everyday & to be involved in their care. At home I have Kodi, a 5yr old Border Collie, Pinto, a 7yr old Australian Labradoodle, and 2 cats Bodi and Peaches.
I currently work at the newly established Ledbury branch (formerly Argus) and have completed my Level 2 Certificate in Anaesthesia.
Charmaine joined the team in May 2016 as part of her Business Administration Apprenticeship. After a few weeks she had fitted in so well with the Brookie team that we offered her a permanent position.
Mary began working at Brookfield in 1993 as receptionist at the same time as Alison. Mary left us for a short while, but has now come back behind the reception desk, so many of our older clients will see a familiar face. Mary owns two little dogs Beazy and Molly.
I joined the Brookfield team in February 2017 on reception. I am soon to start my veterinary nursing assistant course to hopefully then progress onto my nursing. Outside of work I do a lot of dog walking and pet sitting. I like to do outdoor activities such as gorge walking and canoeing.
Julie joined the team in 2017 she is mainly based at our Ledbury practice but does come over to Hereford one day a week.
Maddy joined the team in March 2018, she has always worked in the pet industry because she loves working with animals but her main focus has been to work within a veterinary surgery.
She has 4 fur babies, 2 lovely labradors & 2 crazy spaniels, a hamster and a lovely little human baby also!