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Alresford Staff

Veterinary Surgeons

Charlie Mitchell BVSc BAEDT MRCVS, Director

Charlie qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Liverpool University in 2004. He joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 2004 and became a partner of the practice in 2010.

Charlie spends his spare time with his wife and two children. He is also a keen cyclist and spends as much time as he can out on his road bike.

Chiara Bechis MRCVS, GPCert (FelP), PgCert VPS, CertAVP (GSAS), Surgical Lead

Chiara qualified from the University of Milan (Italy) in 2005 and moved to the UK shortly after. She has been working in the south of England ever since; initially in Basingstoke and afterwards in a small animal hospital in Shedfield. After almost two years in emergency and critical care she joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 2015 and never looked back. Chiara enjoys all aspects of veterinary work and holds a post graduate certificate in feline practice and an advanced practitioner certificate in small animal surgery.

Outside of work she enjoys all types of outdoor activities and she is kept busy by a small but very energetic little person, two dogs and a ginger cat.

Lisa Rokebrand BSc BVSc CVBP FCert(Arthro) GPCert(SAS) PgC(SAS) MRCVS, Vet Lead

RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Lisa joined the Cedar Veterinary Group team in 2022. She qualified from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 2013 and worked in mixed practice in South Africa before immigrating to the UK in 2015. She initially worked in a large small animal and exotics hospital in West Sussex before moving to Hampshire in 2020 where she was lead Veterinary Surgeon of a small animal hospital in Basingstoke. Lisa has a keen interest in surgery, diagnostic imaging and cardiology and obtained a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery in 2020, becoming an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery in 2022.

Outside of work Lisa can be found swimming, playing water polo or rock climbing and is the owner of two naughty cats.

Chris Gilbertson BVSc MRCVS, Vet Lead

Chris joined Cedar Veterinary Group in January 2018 as a Veterinary Surgeon at our Alton surgery, he now works at both Alton and Alresford. He qualified in 2012 from Liverpool University and prior to working at CVG he worked in practices in Southampton, Devon and Cornwall. Chris has an interest in surgery and is a qualified Animal Acupuncturist.

In his spare time Chris can be found skiing, surfing and painting. Keep an eye out for examples of Chris’s art work at our surgeries!

Sophie Dolbear BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Sophie graduated from Liverpool University in 2014 and started work at a mixed practice in rural Norfolk. She then locumed in Australia for a few months before moving to Hampshire & working in the New Forest for 18 months. She spent a year working & traveling in New Zealand before joining Cedar Veterinary Group Alresford in May 2020. She dedicates her time to small animal work now, with particular interests in arthritis management & dermatology within a general medicine interest.

When not at work, Sophie spends her time climbing mountains with her husband and also hangs out at her CrossFit gym. She has a bouncy lab puppy who she spends her weekends tiring out up said mountains!

Isobel Wickstead BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Izzy graduated from the University of Bristol before working at a small animal practice in Somerset. She then moved to work in North London for a while where she decided she much prefers the countryside! She has been based at Cedar Vets in Alresford since March 2021.

She is particularly interested in dentistry and how this can transform patient comfort and welfare.

When she is not working, Izzy can be found running around the South Downs with her black lab Alfred, in the gym, or pub!

Lucy Hart VetMB BA MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Lucy worked in small animal practice on the south coast before starting at Cedar Veterinary Group in the Summer of 2022.

She grew up locally, attending Eggar’s School and Alton College and then went on to study at Cambridge University.

Outside of work you’ll find Lucy at the gym training for powerlifting, spending time outdoors and travelling where ever possible!

Registered Veterinary Nurses

Louise Murduck Nurse Lead

Louise joined Cedar Vets in June 2022, having spent 6 years in a busy hospital. She loves all aspects of nursing, especially theatre and imaging.

She has a Connemara pony called Otto, a spaniel called Molly and a rescue cat called Mr Tickle!

Amy Pepper Registered Veterinary Nurse

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Student Veterinary Nurses

Amy Gerrard Registered Veterinary Nurse

Amy joined Cedar Veterinary Group in August 2021 as a Student Veterinary Nurse. Prior to starting at CVG Amy worked as an Animal Care Assistant/Receptionist at Vetsnow emergency for 4 years, and at an independent small animal practice in Winchester. Amy has a keen interest in medical nursing and emergency and critical care.

Mya Saines Student Veterinary Nurse

Mya joined Cedar Veterinary Group in April 2022. She previously worked in an elderly residential care home but decided to pursue a career working with animals. She is now a first-year Veterinary Nursing Student.

Having grown up in Alresford, Mya is now looking forward to progressing a career in her hometown. In her spare time Mya enjoys spending time with her friends and attending local festivals.

Demi Wilson Student Veterinary Nurse

Bio and pic coming soon!

Ella Winbourne Student Veterinary Nurse

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Chantel Lewer Veterinary Care Assistant

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Reception & Office

Sarah Peet Practice Administrator

Sarah joined Cedar Veterinary Group as a Receptionist at our Alton branch in October 2017, she now works at our Alton branch as the Practice Administrator.

Sarah owns 2 British shorthair cats and in her spare time plays netball for Ants netball club in the Basingstoke league.

Abbie Lilleywhite Receptionist/Pharmacy Coordinator

Abbie joined Cedar Veterinary Group as a Receptionist at our Alresford branch in March 2021. Whilst new to the Veterinary industry, Abbie has lots of experience from previous client care based roles.

Abbie enjoys travelling to new places. Prior to starting at CVG she spent some time in Australia travelling up the East Coast; she particularly enjoys experiencing new cultures and trying local cuisines. She also has a Dachshund called Milo who she enjoys walking through the countryside.

Charlie Mathewson Receptionist

Charlie joined Cedar Veterinary Group in June 2022, she enjoys meeting and greeting clients and talking about their animals.

She has 2 Cats and a dog called Ruby who she loves hiking with and taking to different places and in the warmer months likes to get out on her mountain bike.

Sally Elliott Accounts Manager

Sally joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 1991 and has carried out a variety of roles within the practice. Prior to joining CVG she worked for 12 years at a Veterinary practice in Haslemere. Sally now works as our Accounts Manager for all three surgeries.

Sally loves long walks with her Spanish Water Dog and generally enjoys the beach life on Hayling Island where she lives.

Suzy Fabian Accounts Coordinator

Suzy joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 1979 working at the surgery in New Farm Road. It was a much smaller practice predominantly doing farm work at that time. After an 11 month break, she rejoined and worked in Four Marks soon after it opened, then moved down to Alton for many years. Having gone full cycle she is now based back in Alresford.

Suzy enjoys spending time with her 3 Shih Tzu dogs; Ruby, Minty and Boo. She has a dressage horse and competes regularly throughout the year, having qualified several times for National Championships.

Lenny Office Dog

Lenny was rescued as a puppy in 2016, since then he has worked at a few different Vet practices. He has worked at Cedars for 3 years mainly supervising reception ensuring the smooth running of the day.

Due to his kind nature Lenny works voluntarily, taking only treats as payment.