Alton Staff

Veterinary Surgeons

Martin Andrews Director, BVSc MRCVS

Martin qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1986 from Liverpool. He joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 1988 working in mixed practice and became a partner of the practice in 1993. Martin now focusses on small animal care and has an active interest in small animal medicine and surgery.

In his spare time Martin likes to spend time with his family and is a frequent visitor to the gym, runs, enjoys walking/being outdoors, seeing live music and suffering the ups and downs of being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter.

Martin is the proud owner of a Labrador called Hector!

Charlie Mitchell Director, BVSc BAEDT MRCVS

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 leads our Equine work and has a particular interest in Equine Dentistry.

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.

James Poff Clinical Lead, BVSc PGCertSAS MRCVS

James graduated from Liverpool University in 2004 and joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 2013. James’s main interests are in small animal surgery and orthopaedics and he was awarded an Advanced Veterinary Practitioner (AVP) certificate in small animal surgery in 2017.

In his spare time James enjoys wrestling with his kids, cycling and squash.

Rachel Clay Clinical Lead, BVSc MRCVS

Rachel qualified from the University of Bristol in 2000. She joined Cedar Veterinary Group in January 2022 as a Clinical Lead Vet at our Alton site.  She has extensive experience in small animal general practice and, alongside seeing patients, enjoys spending her time coaching and mentoring the Vet team. She recently gained a Diploma in Leadership and Management.  Rachel has a keen interest in quality improvement and human factors, and looking at how these influence the work of Veterinary teams across the profession.

Rachel is a keen and competitive mountain biker and enjoys many adventures in the great outdoors with her family.

Hannah Coward Veterinary Surgeon, BVSc MRCVS

Hannah Joined Cedar Veterinary Group in June 2018 as a Veterinary Surgeon based at our Alton branch. She qualified in 2016 from the University of Liverpool. Prior to joining CVG Hannah worked at a small animal veterinary practice in Petersfield.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys walking, the outdoors, baking, and owns a family of pet guinea pigs.

Charlotte Tickner Veterinary Surgeon, BVM BVS MRCVS

Charlotte joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 2019. She graduated top of her year from Nottingham University and joined CVG shortly after. She has an interest in small animal surgery and diagnostic imaging.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time on her family farm and enjoys being outdoors, riding horses and playing netball for Alton Ants.

Jenny Grief Veterinary Surgeon, BVetMed MRCVS

Jenny qualified in 2013 from the Royal Veterinary College in London. Since then she has worked in both the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She enjoys volunteering her time abroad and photographing wildlife during her travels. Jenny enjoys all aspects of general practice but particularly likes soft tissue surgery.

Outside of work you will find her swimming in the sea or riding a horse somewhere in the countryside.

Georgie Panchaud Veterinary Surgeon, BVSc MRCVS

Georgie qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2016 from the University of Bristol and joined Cedar Veterinary Group in May 2022. Before joining the team, she worked in small animal practice in Godalming and Haslemere.

Outside of work Georgie can be found riding or racing her road bike, practising yoga or out walking in the countryside.

Justin Day Veterinary Surgeon, BSc,BVSc,DIC,PhD,MRCVS

First visiting Cedar Veterinary Group as a student (from the Bristol Vet School) in 1983, Justin joined the practice as an assistant in 1985, becoming a partner in 1988, advancing to a part-time assistantship in 2019. Many delightful owners and patients and their associated veterinary challenges have given him unsurpassed professional satisfaction in over 36 years of practising at Cedar’s three surgeries.

His wife, three adult children, a dog, a cat, mountain biking, occasional trekking and snowboarding keep him very happy away from the rigours of practice life.

Lydia Hawkins Veterinary Surgeon, BVSc MRCVS

Lydia graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2020 and joined Cedar Veterinary Group shortly after with the Alton team. She enjoys all aspects of working at Cedars and has a very keen interest in small animal surgery.

In her spare time Lydia enjoys playing netball, squash and going to the gym. She also loves baking and painting for family and friends.

Tom Rodd Veterinary Surgeon

Tom graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2022 and joined the Cedar Veterinary Group team shortly after, based at our Alton branch. He is particularly interested in small animal surgery but thrives off the variety of work that general practice provides.

 

Away from the practice, his spare time is mainly taken up keeping his old Land Rover ‘Lara’ on the road as well as cycling and playing cricket.

Millie Hopkins Veterinary Surgeon

Millie started her Veterinary journey as an Animal Care Assistant in 2015 after completing a degree in Zoology and Conservation. She graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Slovakia in June 2022 and joined Cedar Veterinary Group in August. Millie is a great lover of all creatures great and small, and really enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, particularly wildlife rehabilitation.

In her spare time Millie can be found out hiking with her dogs, singing and playing instruments, or playing dungeons and dragons with her friends.

Grace Millar Veterinary Surgeon BVSc MRCVS

Grace joined our Cedar Veterinary Group Equine team in 2020 from another busy Equine practice in Berkshire. She is interested in all aspects of Equine medicine with a particular focus on lameness and poor performance investigation.

In her spare time, Grace is kept busy with her horse and walking two very small dogs, Casper and Mungo.

Eulalie Ghijselings Veterinary Surgeon, MRCVS

Eulalie joined Cedar Veterinary Group in September 2014 as a Veterinary Surgeon at our Alton and Four Marks surgeries. She qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Ghent University, Belgium in 2006 and prior to joining CVG Eulalie worked in mixed practice in Northern Ireland and Wales. She is interested in first opinion small animal practice and dental surgery.

In her spare time Eulalie plays rugby for Farnham Falcons.

Colin Baxter Veterinary Surgeon, BVetMed MRCVS

Colin qualified at the Royal Veterinary College of London in January 1968 and worked in mixed practice in Colchester Essex before moving to Watford Hertfordshire, then to Cranleigh Surrey, before moving to join Searles and Darbishire in Alton. He became a partner in 1975. Soon afterwards the partnership changed name to The Cedar Veterinary Group.

He moved exclusively to small animal practice in 2006, developing a special interest in clinical therapeutics, oncology and biotherapeutics. Leaving the partnership in 2014, he still enjoyed the clinical challenges and continued  working for two and a half days a week until retiring just before the pandemic. Now doing occasional days as a locum and still enjoying consultations.

His hobbies include enjoying the natural world especially with his dogs and butterfly photography especially in Europe.

Registered Veterinary Nurses

Katherine Jones Head Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical Coach

Katherine qualified in 2013 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and joined Cedar Veterinary Group in September 2014. She enjoys all aspects of nursing and especially likes assisting the Vets in orthopaedic surgeries and laparoscopic spays.

In her spare time she can be found on a pottery wheel making ceramics at her pottery classes.

Annie Hendry Head Registered Veterinary Nurse RVN,Ncert(med)

Annie joined Cedar Veterinary Group in September 2018 as a Qualified Veterinary Nurse at our Alton branch after qualifying in the summer of 2018 from Middlesex University. Prior to working at CVG she was in training at a private practice in London for three years. She is particularly interested in medical nursing and enjoys running Nursing Clinics, an area which she is hoping to expand.

In her spare time Annie can be found painting and drawing, playing hockey or running up Welsh mountains! She also spends her time pandering to her three chickens, Beatrice who was a CVG rescue, and her two friends Bunty and Babs who joined the gang to keep her company.

Laura Beckett Registered Veterinary Nurse

Laura joined Cedar Veterinary Group in August 2009 and Qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2012. She enjoys all aspects of working in a small animal practice and has a keen interest in diagnostic imaging.

In her spare time Laura makes jewellery and other crafts to sell and enjoys walking her black lab Tetley.

Abigail Brocks Registered Veterinary Nurse, Pharmacy & Equine

Abi joined the Cedar Veterinary Group in 1996 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2009. Abi has carried out a range of roles as a Receptionist and a Nurse. Currently Abi works on both the Small Animal and Equine teams and is based at our Alton surgery.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with husband Mike, their 2 Border Terrier dogs and her horses.

Amy Jones Registered Veterinary Nurse

Amy started working at Cedar Veterinary Group in January 2013. She enjoys all aspects of nursing especially theatre nursing.

Outside of work she has two children who take up most of her time but can often be found walking her Jack Russell’s Henry and Spud. Amy’s other passion is running; she and her husband Ben like to go to parkrun or longer runs at the weekends.

Alice Wright Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical Coach

Alice graduated from Hartpury College in 2018 and joined Cedar Veterinary Group the same year. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a particular interest in surgery. She is currently training to become a clinical coach to help train future student nurses.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and is a supporter of London Irish Rugby club.

Fiona Taylor Registered Veterinary Nurse

Fiona started volunteering at Cedar Veterinary Group in 2014, keen to start a new career in the Veterinary industry having worked in recruitment for 15 years. She became a Student Veterinary Nurse in 2017 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in November 2020. Fiona is particularly interested in surgical and orthopaedic nursing and is hoping to further her knowledge by pursuing a Nursing Surgical Certificate.

She enjoys walking her dog Pan, playing tennis and going horse riding with her youngest daughter. She used to enjoy playing hockey with her eldest daughter but is now relegated to the sidelines providing vocal support as she is not quick enough to keep up anymore! 

Kelly Ripley Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kelly joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 2021 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Kelly has 16 years of experience in the Veterinary industry and qualified as an RVN in 2012. Kelly has previous experience of working in a referral hospital, where she gained a strong interest in orthopaedics, patient care and theatre practice, skills which have been transferable to CVG.

In Kelly’s spare time she enjoys photography and walking her two Weimaraners around the Surrey and Hampshire countryside with her son.

Katie Boylan Registered Veterinary Nurse

Katie started at Cedar Veterinary Group in November 2016 as a Receptionist and then moved to the Nursing team in January 2018. She has a keen interest in exotics nursing and loves anything weird and wonderful!

Katie has a love of dinosaurs and spends her spare time with her dogs, cat and guinea pigs.

Claire Horwill Registered Veterinary Nurse

Claire started working at Cedar Veterinary Group in 2005 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008. Since returning from Maternity leave in 2017 she has completed further training in Pet Bereavement Support, Canine Behaviour and Enrichment. She also has a keen interest in tortoises.

Outside of work her main hobbies are crafting, photography and supporting animal rescues.

Louise Murduck Registered Veterinary Nurse

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!

Student Veterinary Nurses

Sophie Shaw Student Veterinary Nurse

Sophie joined the Cedar Veterinary Group team in September 2021 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. In January 2022 she began her training as a Student Veterinary Nurse and is excited to learn more about all aspects of the job.

In her spare time Sophie enjoys reading and spending time with friends.

Elaine Abraham Veterinary Care Assistant

Reception & Office

Shelley Stockley Practice Coordinator

Shelley joined Cedar Veterinary Group in April 2018 as a Receptionist in our Alton branch. Growing up in Alton; she knows many of our lovely clients.  Prior to joining CVG Shelley has had a variety of jobs; most recently she managed an online job board for 15 years and has also worked as a Receptionist in a local doctor’s surgery and the Alton Sports Centre.

Shelley enjoys reading; especially crime novels.  She is married to Jason and they have two yappy Jack Russell’s called Derek and Rodney.

Megan Cunnah Business Administrator

Megan joined Cedar Veterinary Group as an apprentice in 2015 after completing a Diploma in Equine Management at Sparsholt College. Whilst studying at Sparsholt, Megan also worked at the Liphook Equine Hospital as a weekend groom.

Megan is a keen horse rider and enjoys competing in her spare time.

Katie Miles Receptionist, Dispensary Coordinator

Katie joined the Cedar Veterinary Group Reception team in August 2019. Katie is now very involved in the running of the Alton Dispensary and is also part of the Cedar Equine Team.
In her spare time away from work, you will find Katie helping on her husband’s family beef farm and with her own small flock of sheep and many chickens. Katie has 4 dogs, 2 of whom she attempts to work in the shooting field and tries to spend her Sunday’s out clay shooting!

Tina Hallett Receptionist

Tina joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 1987 as a Veterinary Nurse after working at Amery Farm Veterinary Hospital in Alton. For the past 18 years Tina has worked as a receptionist at our Alton branch and has also gained a diploma in dog behaviour and training. Outside of work Tina enjoys photography, walking her dogs and spending time with her family.

Diana Fawcett Receptionist

Diana joined the Cedar Veterinary Group Reception team in November 2009. She loves seeing all the animals and owners we meet each day. She has a particular interest in dogs, especially the large and giant breeds.

Diana shares her home with her two Newfoundlands.

Mandi Parish Receptionist

Mandi joined Cedar Veterinary Group’s Alton Reception team in June 2020 and is enjoying meeting new people and their pets.

Outside of work Mandi enjoys spending time with her partner, her Schnauzer dog Bella and going to classic/VW car shows.

Samantha Hawker Bank Receptionist

Sam joined Cedar Veterinary Group in 2021 as an Animal Nurse Assistant and Receptionist after taking a work break to start her family. Previous to this Sam worked for Sainsbury’s for a number of years, in a number of roles, culminating in being the Executive Assistant for the Retail Board Director.

Outside of work Sam enjoys spending her time with her family, including her children, step children, two dogs and Husband! She has a passion for photography, particularly family portraits.

Lin Baxter Receptionist

Lin joined the Alton Reception team providing cover for sickness and holidays in 2017.

Lin qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1970, she came to Alton in 1974 when her husband became a Partner in the Group in 1975, where she provided “Out of Hours” telephone and Nursing Support, for the Practice for many years, whilst pursuing her own career as a Customer Services Manager in the Plastics Industry in Odiham, Hampshire.

Lin enjoys walking and in particular taking Teazel her registered  Pets as Therapy standard wire haired Dachshund to a local Care Home to visit the elderly. Lin also takes Teazel to Ropley Primary, Church of England School  as a “Read2 Dog” where she sees twelve children ranging from Reception Class to Year 6 to help the children to read and to communicate.

Hector Office Dog

Hector was born in 2018, and Martin knew he’d be a good boy as he knew his perfect mum Nell. He wasn’t such a good boy when he was a puppy though as he needed two surgeries by Martin and Fiona to remove the stones he ate from his intestine.

Hector is a much loved family pet who enjoys a run with his owner, is always happier than he actually looks but will bark loudly at delivery drivers (high vis is really not his thing), and will eat your sandwich if you’re not looking.

Juniper Office Dog

Juniper joined her owner Emilie at Cedar Veterinary Group in March 2020 and has been the office dog ever since. Her jobs are to provide cuddles when needed, mental health assistance and occasionally helps patients when they need special serum eye drops.

Her favourite things to do are eating (especially satsumas), watching people eat and sharing people’s food (not always voluntarily). She especially loves her days in the office when her friends Lenny and Mungo come to visit.