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Introducing Our Practice Team 

Dr Richard Hillam

Dr Richard Hillam

Dr Richard Hillam

Director and Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc PhD CertVR GPCertSAS MRCVS

Richard qualified from Liverpool in 1989. Initially he was employed in traditional mixed practice until he moved to the Bristol Vet School where he worked for six years. During this time he was awarded a PhD in orthopaedics and obtained the RCVS certification in radiology. He joined Arvonia Vets in 2001. In 2014 he passed the European certification exam in small animal surgery.

His interests are radiology, ultrasonography, ophthalmology, orthopaedic and general surgery. He has a rescue cat, a number of fish and a border terrier called Poppy.

Dr Darran Jennings

Dr Darran Jennings

Dr Darran Jennings

Director

BVSc MRCVS

Darran recently joined Arvonia as a director. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with Richard in 1989. Although Richard and Darran have not worked together until recently, they have been friends throughout university and their careers. Darran says "it's great to be part of such a lovely independent practice such as Arvonia . Working with excellent caring colleagues, including my long term friend, and now colleague, Richard is extremely rewarding"

Dr Harriet Blakey

Dr Harriet Blakey

Dr Harriet Blakey

Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc MRCVS

Harriet is an experienced Veterinary surgeon. After graduating from University of Liverpool Harriet worked in various locations across the UK before settling in Gloucestershire. Harriet enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but is especially interested in Internal Medicine and Ultrasonography.

Dr Ignacio Guevara

Dr Ignacio Guevara

Dr Ignacio Guevara

Veterinary Surgeon

MRCVS

Ignacio works at both the Churchdown site and Reddings site. His interests include General Surgery, Medicine and Ophthalmology. Ignacio says "..the part I enjoy most about being a vet is doing the best for the animals I see whilst knowing I have provided the best possible service to my clients by having them ask to see me again"

Dr Nicola Peters

Dr Nicola Peters

Dr Nicola Peters

Veterinary Surgeon

MRCVS

Nicola enjoys working across both the Churchdown and the Reddings sites. Her interests are in both Medicine and Surgery as well as excellent client care.

Selena Carnell

Selena Carnell

Selena Carnell

Nursing Team Leader

RVN

Selena Joined the team in August 2012 and is currently doing a mixture of Nursing and Practice management. She left us briefly in late 2015 but returned to us in Feb 2017.

Her two kids and two Cocker spaniels keep her busy between training and doing agility competitions.

Amy Croad

Amy Croad

Amy Croad

Senior Nurse Clinical Standards

RVN

Amy joined Arvonia Vets in 2013.

In her spare time she is a keen cook and loves making bread. She has a mad cat called Maisie!

Abby Noble

Abby Noble

Abby Noble

RVN

Hannah Strangeway

Hannah Strangeway

Hannah Strangeway

RVN and Nurse Assessor

Hannah graduated in July 2020 & began working for us a week after! She's settled into the team really well & loves singing along to the radio to cheer everyone up! She can't wait to build her relationships with clients & grow as a registered veterinary nurse.

Amy Adlam

Amy Adlam

Amy Adlam

Receptionist

Stacey Hibberd

Stacey Hibberd

Stacey Hibberd

Receptionist

Stacey joined the reception team in January 2021.

Jennifer McArthur

Receptionist

Zofia Maslanka

Receptionist

Kate Dalleywater

Kate Dalleywater

Kate Dalleywater

Kate joined Arvonia Vets in 2015 and works on reception.

Outside of work, Kate is a keen Indian and Thai cook. She is also a kick-boxer. She has two dogs called Billy and Slinky.

A horse called Blue, and she is currently expecting her first baby in summer 2021.

Sophie Russell

Finance and Admin Administrator

Poppy The Dog

Poppy The Dog

Poppy The Dog

Collector of cuddles

Poppy regularly visits the practice to ensure things are running smoothly and to ensure adequate attention is given to her!

Tony Nevin

Tony Nevin

Tony Nevin

Osteopath

DO BSc (Hons)

Tony specialises in treating both people and animals suffering from physical conditions and he operates a weekly clinic at Arvonia Vets for small animals needing osteopathic treatment.

Over the years Tony has pioneered the use of osteopathy on numerous species of animals, birds and reptiles. This has included everything from treating British wildlife casualties at UK rescue centres to caring for elephants and ostriches in the wilds of Africa. Tony currently works at zoos and collections in the UK and overseas, as well as at several veterinary clinics.

Vets from all over the country refer pets to Arvonia Vets to receive osteopathic treatment from Tony.

Tony is also a founder of the Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice (SOAP), and is on the teaching faculty for postgraduate studies for osteopaths in animal practice.

"Simply 'Better than the Best' vets in Cheltenham" Dr. Reema Aggarwal
"The best vets - the staff are so friendly" Wendy Hancox
"Kind, caring and very professional" Deborah Leaney
"Independent vet, excellent caring friendly staff" Stewart McCarthy
"Amazing - independent vets that genuinely care for your pets" Charlene Mallett
Expertise When You Need It

Expertise When You Need It

At Arvonia we perform complex surgical procedures including cutting edge knee reconstruction, orthopaedics and complex soft tissue surgery.
The Latest Equipment

The Latest Equipment

We invest in best equipment meaning you can reply on our diagnostic processes, this is our state of the art Ultrasound machine. It can be used to look for pregnancy as well as examining internal structures of the abdomen.
We Are Pet Owners Too

We Are Pet Owners Too

We are pet owners too so we understand the bond between humans and animals, we will treat your best friends as if they were our own.
Laboratory Facilities

Laboratory Facilities

When we need test results fast we can do this with our own fully equipped laboratory. A full blood test can be processed in half an hour when we need access to fast diagnostics.
A Warm Welcome Awaits

A Warm Welcome Awaits

Give us a call and a warm welcome awaits you at our Cheltenham The Reddings and at our Churchdown Practice
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