Introducing Our Practice Team
Chris 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 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 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!
Louise Howarth BVetMed MRCVS
Louise worked at Brookfield for nearly 4 years, she then moved away and had a daughter. 2017 she moved back to Hereford, and then started back at Brookfield.
She was working part time and loved looking after the patients and spending time with clients. 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. The start of 2020 saw her return to the team having started 2019 by adding a son to their family. She was due to take her final exams for Advanced Veterinary practitioner ( medicine) but they have been delayed due to the COVID 19 pandemic
Kelly Manning BVSc CertSAM MRCVS
Currently on maternity leave.
Eden Tanner BVSc, 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
Fran Brice BVM BVS MRCVS
Currently on maternity leave.
Natalie Cooper BVSc MRCVS
Natalie graduated from Bristol in 2015 and started her career up in Yorkshire. She then volunteered in the amazon, helping to care for wild animals including Vanesso the ocelot and Juancho the jaguar. She has a soft spot for cats, having grown up with them throughout all her childhood. She returned to the UK, working in practices from Gloucestershire to Lincolnshire. She then helped out with the country's COVID-19 response before joining the Brookfield team in May 2021.
In her spare time she likes exploring new places and has an interest in photography. She especially enjoys dancing and can sometimes be found singing in her kitchen.
Daisy 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)
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.
Lottie 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.
Trish Helme RVN NCert (AnBeh), MT (Master Trainer), CCFT (Certified Canine Fitness Trainer), CCAS (Certified Canine Athlete Specialist)
Trish undertook her Veterinary Nurse training at Brookfield starting 3rd April 1994 qualifying a couple of years later.
In June 2016 she was awarded her Nursing Certificate in Animal Behaviour. And then went on to get her training qualifications. 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 and Fitness dog training school when not at Brookfield and so can always offer some useful advice on dog training. Trish owns a family of miniature Schnauzers and has recently added Halo who is a puppy from her litter with Epic and are both working cocker spaniels.
Natalie Holder CertVN ECC, RVN
Natalie completed her training here at Brookfield & qualified in 2008! She left for 2 years and worked in emergency clinics and various locum positions across the country to gain lots of experience and an extra qualification in emergency and critical care. She returned to Brookfield in 2011 and after a couple of maternity leave stints now works part time!
Living with Natalie are; Harry the golden retriever, Mabel a working cocker spaniel, Edward and Peggy the cats, Boris and Doris the rabbits plus her two small humans, Jack and Hattie!
Nat loves every single part of veterinary nursing but if had to choose one favourite it would be nursing the geriatric dog. Her other penchant is taking any waifs and strays home.
Nat has also completed her coape advanced canine nursing and behaviour certificate and an IMDTB L4 certificate in consultations, foundations and functions of behaviour and also runs obedience and puppy training at Awesome Paws Performance.
Charlotte Prothero RVN
Currently on maternity leave.
Alicia Richards RVN
Alicia joined the Brookfield team in Hereford in September 2020 having qualified as an RVN in 2015
She has 3 children who all share her love of animals. They share two fur babies;an adopted kitten called pip whom they reared from 2 weeks old, a Syrian hamster called marshmallow and a scaled baby called Devon the bearded dragon!
As well as an intense love of football (most importantly Wolverhampton wanderers) Alicia spends alot of her time in amongst the books furthering her cpd/knowledge to help our lovely patients. Dentistry is fast becoming a love of hers and she hopes to continue training in this area and develop clinics in practice - so watch this space!
Holly McLaurin RVN, BSc (Hons), PG Cert
Holly completed her nurse training at Hartpury College, graduating in 2016. She joined Brookfield in 2021, moving from a local mixed practice to focus on small animal (that means pets!) nursing. Holly is currently studying towards the VetsNow certificate in “Emergency and Critical Care” and has recently been awarded the ‘Post-graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice In Veterinary Nursing’ through the University of Glasgow. As a typical dedicated vet nurse she enjoys all aspects of the job as every day is different. But one love is caring for hospitalised patients. She told us “I’m looking forward to learning some new skills and taking on some of the nurse clinics
We can also advise all budding vets and vet nurses that she’ll be overseeing work experience placements.
Holly lives in Herefordshire with her husband and 3 children and can be found most evenings and weekends at the side of a football pitch! They also have a much loved cat called Robyn.
Ginene Bufton - SVN
Ginene joined us in 2021 when she moved back to her home county after starting her training in the South East. Ginene is due to sit her OSCE’s later this year, which will then allow her to gain her RVN status, that she is very much looking forward to achieving. >She has an interest in medicine, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, which once qualified she hopes to gain further knowledge and experience in.
Outside of work she likes spend her time walking with her 2 Spaniels and 1 Labrador, as well as playing netball.
Lindsey Benjamin - SVN
Lindsey joined us as maternity cover for reception during our pregnancy outbreak in 2019. Her enthusiasm, positivity and determination to provide a friendly, helpful professional service means she has become a central member of the Brookie team. Through floods, COVID and a leg break at our team outing she has smiled her way through (we have photographic evidence !) In January 2021 she was very excited to swap blue for green and white stripes and become our new student nurse
At home she enjoys walking the beautiful ways of Herefordshire with the two and four legged members of her family.
Imogen Deacon SVN
Imogen joined us in 2022 as part of her placement while studying veterinary nursing at Usk College. She fitted so well in to the team that we would love her to continue her long distant commute to Hereford and become a permanent member of the team.
Madeleine Nedoma - Head Receptionist
Maddy joined the team in March 2018, fitting in so well with her bubbly personality. She has always worked within the pet industry, but her love for animals brought her to Brookfield where should could work closer with our four legged friends.
Maddy has completed her ‘Cat Handling Course’ which helped contribute to our achievement of becoming a Gold Cat Friendly Practice. She is also working towards her Gold Award within the British Veterinary Receptionist Association.
At home, Maddy is kept busy with her 4 dogs; Bean, Bruce, Jess and Nelly. She enjoys taking them all out on a woodland walk amongst the Forest of Dean, along with her husband and daughter, Lexi.
Tracey started working at Brookfield Vets in September 2020 having previously workedas a receptionist in two other veterinary practices in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
She has had an eclectic career spanning insurance, housing, community and support work. The demands of three dogs keeps Tracey busy: Todd, a rescued stray; Betty, who loves agility; and Benji, who is the resident trip hazard! She enjoys learning new things and outside of work has completed a degree in Community Development and courses including, Canine Behaviour and Socialisation, Canine First-Aid, Tellington T-Touch, a Diploma in Dog Grooming, and the British Veterinary Receptionist Association Bronze Award.
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.