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Our Team 

VETS

Chris Darke Director & Veterinary Surgeon BVetMed MRCVSChris Darke Director & Veterinary Surgeon BA VetMB PGCert DI 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 is an Advanced General Practitioner with a Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging which includes ultrasonography & radiology (x-rays). 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. You may also spot Chris running when he’s out training for a marathon or two !

 

Victoria DarkeVictoria Darke Director & Veterinary Surgeon GP Cert Den & OS, BVetMed MRCVS

Victoria is Herefordshire born & bred and 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. The start of 2020 saw Victoria start her certificate in veterinary dentistry by like most things that was part postponed & part converted to remote learning, due to COVID19. We were all very pleased when in August 2021 she received the news she had passed all parts of the certificate. As well as four sons at home, Chris and Victoria have a ginger cat Hugo, plus two Labradors Derek & Woody that they individually rescued in 2013.

 

Charles BriceCharles Brice BVM BVS MRCVS

Charles has been working with Brookfield Vets since he qualified, starting with us in August 2016. Charles now shares his time between both our branches, tending to spend one day a week in Ledbury and the rest of his time in Hereford. In his time off Charles enjoys renovating his first home in the centre of Hereford, and walks with Dora, his Norfolk love!

 

Fran Brice BVM BVS MRCVSFran Brice BVM BVS MRCVS

Currently on maternity leave.

 

Daisy Newey BVM&S MRCVSDaisy Newey BVM&S MRCVS

Daisy joined the Brookie team in 2021, 2 days a week in Hereford. Having qualified from Edinburgh in 2001 she has worked in a number of practices in Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Northumberland. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but has a special interest in small animal surgery and is currently studying for her Advanced Veterinary Practitioner Certificate. She is also a Veterinary Acupuncturist.

Outside work is kept busy with 3 children & 2 Labradors - these curtail her love of travelling (as does COVID of course)

 


PRACTICE MANAGER

Lucy Soanes 

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. She has contributed to many of Brookfield’s achievements, including becoming a Cat Friendly Practice and setting up a branch in Ledbury. This year she completed a qualification in Leadership and Management.
Lucy has a soft spot for cats which sees her having two of her own – Esme and Phoebe. Lucy obtained Phoebe when she was brought into Brookfield as a stray kitten involved in an RTA, she made a full recovery and now rules the roost.  

 


 

HEAD NURSE 

Lottie BradleyLottie Bradley CertVN ECC , NCert (AnBeh) , RVN

Lottie joined Brookfield in 2010 and started her Veterinary Nurse training while going to Abbeydale Vetlink College one day a week. Lottie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2013 and since then has had a keen interest in emergency nursing and critical care, she was awarded her Nursing Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in March 2018. As well as getting stuck in with emergencies you will find Lottie spending a lot of her time organising and running Puppy School and currently studying for the Nursing Certificate in Animal Behaviour. Lottie was appointed Head Nurse in 2016 which involves working closely with the Vets and Nurses to help give our patients the best possible care during their stay.

Not one to sit still, she completed her Certificate in Animal Behaviour in Jan 2020.

 


 

LEDBURY TEAM

BRANCH MANAGER

Tracy Haines RVN EVN Clinical CoachTracy Haines RVN EVN Clinical Coach

Tracy started her veterinary nursing career within a mixed practice in Hertfordshire qualifying as a RVN in 1997. She subsequently went on to train and qualify as a clinical coach in 2000. Tracy spent 12 years within small animal and mixed practice before moving to Newmarket to embark on her equine nurse training where she qualified from Hartpury in 2006. Tracy and her husband Colin then moved back to Colin's home county where Tracy took up an EVN post at a local equine referral hospital moving into a senior position.

She joined our Ledbury branch in 2019 and spreads her role across nursing, reception & administrative duties. In 2021 she took on the role of Branch Manager which will include overseeing the move to our new premises. Exciting times!

During her spare time she loves to ride and one day event her pony Little Blue Paint Works with support of her husband and Banjo their border terrier. They also love to walk the Malvern Hills.

 

NURSES

Nikki Cameron RVN

Nikki Cameron RVN

Nikki qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2018 from Abbeydale Veterinary College after studying for her Veterinary Nurse Diploma for 2 years at Brookfield. Since qualifying Nikki has started doing nurse consultations, she enjoys weight clinics and meeting new puppies and kittens.

Nikki has recently completed a dental oral care course aswell as her ISFM Cat Friendly Nurse Course. She moved across to become an extra member of the expanding Ledbury team in December 2020

Nikki has two dogs of her own, Shadow, a working sprocker spaniel and Roo a fox red Labrador. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys going to agility with Roo and walking the dogs.

 

Katie Hodges RVN

Katie began her veterinary nursing journey with a Saturday Job at a local practice whilst still at school. She then went on to complete a National Diploma in Animal Management at Hartpury college in 2008.

She returned to veterinary in a local practice in 2011 where She undertook her veterinary nurse training with release to Abbeydale Veterinary College finishing in 2017. Katie enjoys all aspects of nursing and the variety it entails.

In her spare time she’s a mum to Jack and we’re very lucky she has a big interest in baking. She also enjoys walking and cycling around our beautiful countryside and helping on her brother's farm with their Hereford cattle and various breeds of sheep.

 

James Norman - 'Student Veterinary Nurse'James Norton

James joined Brookfield in September 2020 to aid the vets during consults while owners are socially distancing outside the consult rooms. In May 2021 he moved to be an additional colleague in the Ledbury team. March 2022 saw him start his Student Vet Nurse career enrolling at Abbeydale Vetlink so now he's in green & white stripes

 

 

RECEPTIONIST & AUXILIARY NURSE

Tracey DaviesTracey Davies

Tracey completed her Animal Care Level 1 & 2 at Holme Lacy College In 1996, alongside a placement at Brookfield for 6 months doing voluntary work.  Shortly afterwards she was employed at The Argus Veterinary Surgery in Ledbury, where she worked for the next 19 years! 

Tracey has a 9 yr old border collie called Kodi, a 10yr old Australian labradoodle Pinto and 2 cats Bodi and Peaches.

When Brookfield took over the Argus Veterinary Surgery in Nov 2016, Tracey continued her role as veterinary nursing assistant and is based at our Ledbury branch.

Tracey completed her Level 2 Certificate in Anaesthesia in 2017, and more recently her ISFM Cat Friendly Handling course, Cat Friendly Receptionist Certificate and BVRA receptionist award levels; Bronze and Silver. She hopes to complete her BVRA Gold award in the near future. 

 

TaraTara Doughty

Tara started her animal care journey with a diploma at Hartpury after leaving school. She then completed her first year of VN diploma at Abbeydale college. Tara has since managed agriculture retail stores, including being an agri specialist in a local feed store. Plus Tara breeds (and hopefully shows) her flock of pedigree texel sheep alongside son Oliver, who keeps her busy as well as springer spaniel Ruby, who enjoys a good run around up on The Malvern’s.

 

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