Djordje (George) Vuckovic BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Principal
George qualified from Zimbabwe in 1995, and has worked at the Practice since 2003. His main interests are Opthalmology and internal medicine.
Whilst living in Africa, George had a vast range of veterinary experience. He was very much involved in the care and rehabilitation of the wildlife, often helping to rear orphaned and sick wild cats. He was also instrumental in setting up a 24 hour Veterinary Hospital.
In his spare time, George loves to cook and enjoys fine wines
Vladimir Djukanovic BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Vladimir is our head vet. He qualified from Belgrade in 2002 and has worked at Blackwater Valley Vets since 2005. He enjoys all aspects of working at a first opinion practice, and is especially interested in soft tissue surgery and reproduction.
At home, Vlada owns a beautiful Borzoi called Aigul, a gorgeous French Bulldog pup called Yogi, and a chameleon . His main hobbies are photography and painting.
Charlie Constantine BVSc MRCVS
Charlie joined our team after locuming for us for a year. She loved the animals in the area and the team and decided to stay with us. We were delighted.
Prior to this Charlie has done a lot of work with sheep and still goes occasionally to help out farmers near Herald Home during lambing season.
In her spare time, Charlie continues a family tradition and does a lot of landscaping and gardening. She has also volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.
Laura Felstead BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Laura is very valuable member of our team. Her calm methodical approach is very valuable in case problem solving. She has a special interest in surgery, rabbits and guinea pigs. She owns a beautiful spaniel cross called Lily and a cat called Sprout and guinea pigs. Apart from looking after her two daughters, Laura also likes to keep fit by running.
Karen Collie – Practice Manager
Karen has long experience in developing finance and management teams in veterinary practices. She is responsible for seamless running of our team. Trained in accounts Karen is the “behind the scenes” engine of the surgery. If you have queries please do not hesitate to contact her.
Her family including 3 young adults as well as a dog and three cats keep her busy in her “free” time.
Lynsey Williams RVN – Head Vet Nurse
Lynsey has worked at the practice since 2001, and gained her veterinary nurse qualification in 2008. Her main responsibility is to assess the trainee nurses, but Lynsey also maintains the smooth running of the clinical areas, including the operating theatre and hospital ward.
At home, Lynsey owns two horses, one dog and a cat. Her main hobbies are riding and competing her horses, and walking her dog Nelly.
Astrid Devaney – RVN
Astrid has worked at the practice since 1973, and gained her vet nurse qualification in 1978. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, especially caring for our patients and meeting clients.
Astrid owns three dogs that she enjoys taking for long walks, and three cats. Her hobbies are gardening, cooking, a nice glass of champagne, and holidays to her native France.
Tracy Oxlade RVN
Tracy has joined our team from a large Blue Cross hospital in London, where he spent many years helping animals in need. Tracy has a wealth of knowledge but her particular interest are Guinea Pigs. In her spare time Tracy enjoys long walks with Errol and being creative – she is a qualified silversmith.
Ashley Thomas RVN
Ashley qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2018. This enabled her to achieve her lifelong ambition to help animals. She joined our team in 2019.
When she is not treating our patients Ashley loves walks with family and Henry the Border Terrier. Ashley also enjoys travelling and exploring new places and cultures.
Danielle Rance RVN
Danielle qualified as RVN in 2017. Since then she worked mainly in the UK but also locumed in Western Australia. Danielle has also volunteered in animal sanctuaries across South East Asia.
When she is not working Danielle loves walking with her gentle giant – rescue Mastiff Finn and traveling.
Jordan Smith – Veterinary Nurse Student
Jordan has always been helping rescuing, nursing and looking after animals. What better way to do this but by being a veterinary Nurse. She is currently a student working towards her qualifications. She loves animals of all shapes and sizes but has particular soft spot for rabbits and of course Buster her Staffie!
Hannah Charles – Veterinary Nurse Student
Hannah joined our team in 2017. She is currently a trainee veterinary nurse. She loves helping all animals but in particular dogs and horses. In her spare time, Hannah loves riding her horse Cameron and long walks with the dog Ozzie.