High-quality veterinary surgeons are critical to any veterinary practice. As the largest veterinary practice on the Island, Isabelle Vets always has a strong complement of skilled and experienced vets on hand to care for your pet or animal. We are accredited by the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme to maintain high standards. Read about the individual special interests and skills of our dedicated team below.
I qualified from Glasgow University in 1978 and worked in mixed practice in both Hertfordshire and then in equine practice in Essex. In 1983 I moved to Guernsey becoming a partner/director the following year. I would like to believe that I have been influential in developing the Practice to where it is today overseeing the many changes and expansion that has come with time. I have always owned horses and for many years undertook the bulk of the equine work. I have always had a strong companion animal interest and in recent years this area of the Practice has become my predominant focus. I have a keen interest in cardiology, dermatology, diagnostics and soft tissue surgery. Many clients will recognise me as their ‘G.P.’ for their pet. My lovely wife manages our menagerie of dogs, cat, horses, etc. now the children have flown the nest!
I qualified from Glasgow University in 1995. From there I headed to North Lancashire before settling in the East Midlands for 13 years- obtaining a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. I am interested in all aspects of veterinary surgery, especially orthopaedics and gastrointestinal surgery. An additional aspect of my work is in teaching part of the fourth-year undergraduate surgical course at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. I joined Isabelle Vets in 2009 and progressed to become a full Director of the Practice. My principal interest is in producing veterinary excellence and in overseeing the progression of the surgical side of the practice which includes the application of the latest surgical techniques. I use my spare time to look after my two lovely children as well as running and enjoying the outdoor delights of Guernsey life.
I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1999. After an initial spell in general veterinary practice, I moved into equine practice for 11 years before returning to Guernsey in 2012. I undertook additional equine training and have been accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Dentistry. My interests are veterinary dentistry, equine medicine and orthopaedics. I am one of the three Directors, and Shareholders, of Isabelle Vets. I am married with two sons and spend a lot of my spare time with my own animals and at the side of football pitches.
I am from Zambia, and I completed my veterinary science training in Pretoria South Africa. I have been very fortunate to have worked in some great places over the years, from wildlife capture and translocation in southern Africa to mixed practice in Zambia and the north of Scotland. I moved in 2004 to a Veterinary Hospital in Kings Lynn in Norfolk where I developed my small animal skills obtaining examined qualifications in ‘companion animal medicine’ and also in ‘general surgery’. I left in 2013 to have a sailing sabbatical where I qualified as an ‘Ocean Master’ At the end of 2013 I returned to veterinary duties in Oxfordshire and have been working towards obtaining my Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery Certificate with the RCVS which I hope to complete in 2017. I decided to move to Guernsey to join Isabelle Vets in 2016, which allows me to benefit from working in a good Practice while being close to the sea, as I enjoy various water sports. I have undertaken additional training in Computed Tomography.
I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1972 and first gained experience in a large mixed Practice in Somerset before moving to Guernsey in 1977 and becoming a Partner in 1979.
I deal with all the domestic species large and small but like most Vets nowadays focus mainly on small animals. I have always been very keen on surgery and working up medicine cases. I am a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the British Cattle Veterinary Association.
I have kept a menagerie of pets over the years. When off duty I enjoy cycling, boating and skiing.
I was born and brought up in Guernsey (my maiden name was Le Page), attending St Saviours Primary School and Ladies’ College. I graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1985 and went to work in a small animal practice in Folkestone. I was delighted to move back to Guernsey in the summer of 1994 with my husband and two children, and I started work at Isabelle Vets the following January.
I work only with small animals (dogs and cats etc.), and I particularly enjoy treating ‘small furries’ – rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc. I also enjoy doing some administration – insurance claims, health and safety, and overseeing the Practice Standards Scheme.
I joined Isabelle Vets in 2004 after qualifying in 2002 as a Veterinary Surgeon from Zurich University and after having worked in the Swiss Alps with predominantly farm animals. In Guernsey, I worked as a mixed practitioner until 2010 when my second daughter was born following which I took a break although still doing the occasional locum for Isabelle Vets. Since 2013 I am full-filling a part-time role doing small animal G.P. duties, mainly at our L’Islet branch. Having always been a cat owner I have a keen interest in feline behaviour. You may also see me walking our dog on L’Ancresse Common or chauffeuring my three children around.
I was educated in Singapore for the entirety of my schooling, before returning to the UK to read Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bristol. During these studies, I frequently saw practice with Isabelle Vets as I have family on the Island and upon graduation, joined the Practice as an associate veterinary surgeon. After completing my elective in Neurology as a student, I have retained a keen interest in pursuing this area of medicine. I also have an enthusiasm for wildlife, having had placements at Durrell Wildlife Park as well as with bigger game species out in South Africa. As a result, I have taken on the responsibility of the veterinary work at the GSPCA.
My first 18 months of mixed practice was spent looking after a variety of animals in Rural East Devon, including many working dogs, horses, cattle and sheep. Following this I pursued my interest in farm animal medicine which originally developed whilst growing up on a local dairy farm here in Guernsey. After five years in production animal practice, both in the U.K. and New Zealand, I have returned to my roots as a Guernsey girl. My Passion is for sustainable and efficient farming systems, which I believe can be achieved on farms of any size and system, through proactive herd/flock health planning and preventative medicine. I have experience in herd level disease control, fertility work including scanning as well as enjoying everyday farm cases. This variety of practice has resulted in a key interest in ‘One Health’, the interface between humans, animals and the environment: the role each play in infectious disease is key to this area in all aspects of mixed practice, especially given the close bond between humans and pets which is enjoyed today.
I graduated from Cambridge University in 2014. Since then I have worked as a small animal vet in Somerset and more recently at a Veterinary Hospital in Jersey. I moved to Guernsey, to join Isabelle vets in 2017, along with my husband Simon and our lovely dog, Douglas. Most of our spare time is currently spent renovating our house, but, with what little time is left, we are also trying to train Douglas in basic obedience and gundog work.
Originally from Guernsey, I initially spent several years on the high seas as a professional yacht skipper before returning to the UK in 2008 to read veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge. Since qualifying, I have worked in mixed practice in Somerset and Jersey, and returned to the island in 2017. I have a strong equine background: I was captain of the Cambridge University Polo Club and have competed in showjumping and dressage for many years. As such I have a strong interest in general equine practice, especially as it pertains to competition horses. As well as equine work I also enjoy the variety and challenges of small animal surgery and anaesthesia.
Outside of work I enjoy talking shop with my wife, Lizzie, vainly attempting to control our delinquent dog, Douglas, and still love messing around on boats.
Veterinary nurses and veterinary care assistants are by nature caring people and Isabelle Vets presently employs about a number of veterinary nurses and care assistants as part of our dedicated team.
In 2008 I joined Isabelle vets as a student veterinary nurse and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2012 from the College of Animal Welfare. I have a special interest in surgical nursing, and I am currently studying towards the ‘Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing’ qualification in surgical nursing.
I have been working at Isabelle Vets since 2007, joining the nurse training scheme and qualifying as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2010. I am currently studying for the ‘Vets Now’ VN ECC Emergency and Critical Care Certificate as these areas are of most interest to me. Outside of work I enjoy keeping active with gym work, running and dog walking and surfing among many things. I like a good adventure, including climbing Kilimanjaro in 2016.
I am a senior nurse who has been nursing at Isabelle’s since 2001 and qualified in 2008. I have numerous responsibilities in ensuring that the hospital and surgical sites run smoothly as well as running nursing clinics. One of my main interests in practice are rabbits for which I am responsible for organising our successful, annual, ‘Happy Hoppy Bunny Month’. I have a love for dogs particularly Dobermans and own a Miniature Pinscher called ‘Miller’. My spare time is spent with my husband and two daughters.
I started as a weekend assistant in 2002 while still at school and then became a full-time member of staff as an animal care assistant in 2004 and then joining the veterinary nurse training scheme becoming a qualified RVN in 2009. As a senior nurse in the Practice, I have several areas of responsibility principally as a clinical coach for our trainee nurses. I am also a ‘first aider’, run the practice puppy parties and am the nurse who assists in most of the equine procedures that we undertake. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my German Shepherd Storm and riding my horse, Bob.
I qualified from Harper Adams University College in 2009 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I spent a few years as a locum nurse before returning to Guernsey to work in a local practice. In 2014 I moved to Aruba in the Caribbean and worked for a year in a veterinary clinic there before returning to Guernsey to join the Isabelle Vets team in late 2015. My main interest is in anaesthesia and outside of work I am passionate about Animal Charity work. My spare time is spent with my four dogs, husband and young family.
I am a Guernsey lady who was at the Grammar school before moving to Alderney for nine years to work with the Animal Rescue Society. When I returned to Guernsey, I worked briefly with the GSPCA before joining what is now Isabelle Vets in the early 80s’. I trained for and qualified as the first Registered Veterinary Nurse in Guernsey. 17 years later I had a career change to work in Customer Support for Guernsey Telecoms. I took prompt retirement, but a part-time position became available in 2016 at The Practice and I am in the process of revalidating as an RVN.
I am a student veterinary nurse in my first year of training. To become a qualified registered veterinary nurse. I moved to Guernsey on September 15 from Wales after completing a National Diploma in Animal Management and started working at Isabelle Vets as an Animal Care Assistant. I like to keep active in my spare time and particularly enjoy horse riding.
Hi! I’m Hollie and I am a Veterinary Care Assistant at Isabelle Vets. I joined the team in February 2016 as a receptionist and I have since moved through to the nursing side of the team to train to become a Veterinary Nurse. I will be starting my training this September and am looking forward to my future as a Veterinary nurse at Isabelle Vets!
Hi! I’m Hannah Cable and I am a student veterinary nurse and have been at the practice for two years and hope to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2018. I have a keen interest in large animal care. I have a springer spaniel at home named Chap. I enjoy fishing, surfing and anything outdoors in my spare time.
I joined Isabelle Vets in March 2017 as part of our Hydrotherapy team. I graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2011 with a Degree in Animal Science, Behaviour & Welfare. On my return to the Island, I gained my Veterinary Care Assistant qualification while working in practice for three years. After this, I went on to study dog training to become a qualified trainer. I am also continuing to study for a certificate in ‘advance dog behaviour’.
After University I returned to Guernsey and while searching for that ideal job I was suggested volunteering at the GSPCA and loved it. I volunteered for a year then worked there for a further four years working with a variety of animals, domestic and wildlife where I learnt about treatment, assessment and rehabilitation. Although I enjoyed my time at the GSPCA, I wanted to expand my knowledge and career in animal nursing, and I have joined Isabelle Vets as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse.
I moved to the island in April 2016 and began working at Isabelle Vets in March 2017 as their new Canine Hydrotherapist for the new L’Islet practice. I have achieved my level 3 diploma in animal management in 2016 and later went on to gain my certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy March 2017. While living in England, I had eight months’ experience as a Vet Nursing Assistant and did volunteer work on weekends at a local animal shelter alongside my diploma.
I joined the family business of running Les Vallettes boarding kennels in 1971 and helped run it until we sold it in 2008. Soon afterwards Isabelle Vets offered me a part-time job as an Animal Care Assistant which I have done ever since enjoying the day to day handling of the pets under our care with various responsibilities in maintaining this area of the business.
After completing work experience at Isabelle Vets in early 2017, I was keen to pursue a career in veterinary nursing so will be entering the Isabelle Vets Nurse Training Scheme.
I have a particular interest in dogs, especially Bernese Mountain Dogs. I am originally from Sark so I enjoy spending my free time outdoors and on the sea.
I joined the team here at Isabelle vets in January 2018. I’m joining the team to train to become a veterinary nurse in the future.
It has always been a dream of mine to work with animals as I’ve had pets all my life, mostly cats, and have a love for horse riding, a hobby since the age of eight. In the rest of my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends and family.
Veterinary receptionists are the first port of call for our clients and a hugely important part of our quality of service, being the first person you meet when you visit us or call us. Our reception team are an important part of our dedicated team, helping us to run smoothly and efficiently.
I am the Head Receptionist at the Route Isabelle surgery and have been here for five years. Reception is a very broad term at our vet’s as it includes many aspects of responsibility outside of speaking directly with clients. There is medicine dispensing, technical advice, pet nutrition, merchandising, organising of staff and the overall responsibility of the department to the Directors.
I’m mad about Dachshunds and cats and arrange a monthly “Sausage Meet” for Dachshunds to socialise and play.
I am a senior, part-time receptionist at Isabelle Vets who has worked at the Practice for many years. I share my time between both the Route Isabelle and L’Islet surgeries. I have a close affinity with my clients and the community and enjoy the social interaction between us. ‘Westies’ are great!
I am a long-term member of the Reception team mostly based at the Route Isabelle Surgery. As a member of the team for of over ten years, I know many of our clients and can give broad information and advice on the many subjects that make the Practice ‘tick’. My principal hobby is dog showing, and I have shown my Papillions and Glen of Imaal Terrier at Crufts. I would like to think that my knowledge on dog breeds and showing is of help and importance to our clients.
I have worked at Isabelle Vets since 1994 as a receptionist. I order the food and so am responsible for this area of stock management. I am going to be playing a prominent reception role at the new Isabelle Vets L’Islet, surgery. I have been involved in the horse and dog community since a child and enjoy and support my daughter’s equine activities.
I’m a veterinary receptionist. I help to fulfil the client’s needs alongside seeing to the various animals that walk through the doors. I organise the Lost Pets website alongside other admin areas. I am responsible for supporting the purchasing administrator. If your pet needs medicine or a particular food, I’m there to help. I always show a happy disposition, and It’s always been my dream to work with animals.’
I joined Isabelle Vets in April 2016 and enjoy meeting the pets and their owners. I have an outgoing personality and try to make visiting the Practice a positive and pleasant experience. I have three rescue pets, two cats, Harley and Cheyenne and a hamster. I like to support local animal events to raise money and awareness for their cause. Seafront Sunday is an example.
I have recently joined Isabelle Vets and am one of the veterinary receptionists. I am a happy individual who likes communicating with our clients. I love all animals apart from spiders and snakes. I am particularly passionate about Labradors and horses, and in my spare time, I enjoy participating in obedience training, walking my two Labradors and spending time with my family.
Our Directors, David Jeffery, Doreen Ford and Sarah-Jane Heathcote are responsible for the overall administration of the Isabelle Vets, with the help of our part-time administrators, an integral part of our dedicated team.
My name is Lisa, and I have worked for Isabelle Vets for seven years. I started as Head receptionist which I did for five years where I also covered the accounts administrator when they were on holiday or sick. Progression has moved me into a permanent role overseeing general finance in the business with banking, the Pet Health Club and account production. I have always loved my spaniels!
I started my veterinary nursing training in 1978 at a mixed practice in Winchester where I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
In 1986 I moved to Cambridge and spent two years working as a theatre nurse at the University helping to train vet students in theatre technique. In 2003 I moved to Guernsey and the following year started as a nurse at Isabelle Vets.
I now have a part-time role in charge of stock control and medicines as well as items that are used on a daily basis within the Practice.
We have twice weekly deliveries from our wholesaler; occasionally these can be disrupted due to bad weather in the UK or rough seas in the Channel. This order is carried out electronically using an iPad, but I also order a few medicines from our local pharmacy.
Other duties include routine date checking and keeping the prep-room cupboards well stocked for the nurses.
I joined the Practice in the days of Pierre Blampied and David le Cheminant in 1975 and am the longest-serving member of staff. After nursing for forty years, I am now responsible for the administration of the many tasks required for supporting the nursing staff. I trained for and obtained a certificate in Canine Psychology which helps people with problematic dogs. I own four German Shepherds, which I regularly show; one of them is the Jersey champion. My cat, ‘Barley’ is still the boss!
I started working at Isabelle Vets in December 1993 as part of the reception team. I moved over to veterinary nursing in 1995 and acquired my veterinary nurse qualification in 1999. I have gained certificates in animal nutrition through Hills pet food and became a pet health counsellor through Royal Canin.
In 2002 I gained my assessor status which enabled me to assist in the training of student veterinary nurses.
In 2005 I undertook a pharmacology course which was completed in 2007 via correspondence with the Lynwood school of veterinary nursing.
In 2015 I took on a part-time role in the administrative side and currently share this role with veterinary nursing. I have a responsibility for pet insurance. Cats are my thing!