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 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 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 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.
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 joined the team at Isabelle Vets as a mixed animal practitioner following my graduation from Glasgow University in 2018. Being a keen traveller and having a genuine interest in all aspects of veterinary medicine, I spent many months abroad whilst at university, spending time working with equids in Morocco, dogs in India and Bulgaria, cattle in New Zealand and even elephants in Sri Lanka. I moved over to Guernsey in August ’18 from my home in Argyll, Scotland. Coming from the rural West coast I’m used to the outdoor life and enjoy keeping active in my spare time, with a particular love for horse riding and cycling.
I recently joined Isabelle Vets after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019 on their graduate entry scheme. Before this, I gained a degree in Animal Science from the University of Nottingham, which gave me a good foundation in husbandry and the animal production industry.
I am thrilled to be a mixed animal practitioner as I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine. I have a particular interest in exotics, both small and large. I’ve worked with a wildlife vet in South Africa but equally love treating small furries.
Coming from rural Yorkshire, I love the outdoor life, and my hobbies include hiking, skiing and travelling. I love a good ceilidh or reel too!
Originally from London, I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. I spent my first seven years working in a small animal practice in Hampshire, I then moved to India, where I assisted with the set up of Crown Vet in Mumbai. I subsequently spent a year back home in London at a busy clinic. My next move was to Bermuda which has prepared me for island life in Guernsey, but perhaps not the weather.
I have always wanted to be a vet from a young age, and love to travel and experience different cultures. I will look forward to meeting and getting to know all my new patients and experiencing life in Guernsey.
After growing up on the island, I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2013 and worked in Scotland for 7 years prior to relocating back to Guernsey in 2020. Whilst in Scotland I spent 2 years in a referral hospital undertaking a rotating and a surgical internship as well as spending 5 years in both general practice and emergency practice. This gave me a broad range of experience and during this time I was accredited the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, specialising in small animal surgery, and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Professional Studies. I have a special interest in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and love spending time under the bright lights in the operating theatre.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, walking, climbing and skiing, and you will most likely see me out and about with my Rhodesian Ridgeback.
I am delighted to have joined Isabelle Vets only recently, travelling from the opposite side of the world to become a part of this talented team. I gained my qualifications through Massey University, the only School of Veterinary Science in New Zealand. After graduating in 2019, I immediately entered into and have completed a Rotating Internship at the Massey University Teaching Hospital – the main referral clinic for the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand.
As a practising vet I have spent the majority of my time working with companion animals, and in particular, have found a love for small animal emergency medicine. However, I am very excited to broaden my experience as a mixed animal practitioner, as was always my intention through Veterinary School.
Raised on a small farm in New Zealand, I love the outdoors including hiking (or ‘tramping’ as we say in NZ), swimming, and kayaking, but I can’t last long without a peaceful night in with a good book or movie.
I look forward to becoming a part of your wonderful community and exploring all the special things that Guernsey and the Bailiwick have to offer!
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.
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 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 started my career in the Equine industry training as a riding instructor and followed onto the breeding industry. I started work in an equine clinic and then proceeded to go study veterinary nursing at Onderstepoort in South Africa and qualified in 2011. I continued my career in small animal practice and then became a surgical nurse.
I decided to move to Guernsey in 2019 to further my career. I love to learn and always ask loads of questions so that I can do the best for my patients. In 2017 I started a course in rehabilitation. Since starting at Isabelle vets I have also started a Hydrotherapy course and I am also now a clinical coach for the training of nursing students.
I am proud to have recently completed my veterinary nurse training programme with Isabelle Vet’s in-house training scheme, and am now qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
I moved to Guernsey from Wales, in September 2015, and have worked at Isabelle Vets from the outset. In my spare time, I like to keep fit, making the most of Guernsey’s beautiful beaches and challenging cliff paths.
I have always loved animals & as a little girl I would always bring animals home much to my mother’s dismay! I was very fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to study, all be it later in life, and follow my passion! I started my career working at the University of Pretoria Faculty of Veterinary Science Onderstepoort from December 2007 until March 2020. I worked within the Outpatient department, Medicine Clinic as well as ICU night shifts as the night nurse. I pride myself on giving our patients the best possible care whilst in hospital. I have two very spoilt doggies at home, a standard Poodle and a Maltese who are our children.
I joined Isabelle Vets in early 2016 as a receptionist before moving on to the nursing side of the team, completing the in-house study scheme and qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in April 2020. I am enjoying my new role and finally being able to wear my greens! I have a particular interest in the Laboratory work of the practice and have managed the lab for the last three years. Outside of work I enjoy cycling and have recently taken up Photography
After University I returned to Guernsey and while searching for that ideal job it was suggested that I try 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. I joined Isabelle Vets in May 2017 to undertake my Veterinary Nurse training. I am delighted to have successfully completed my training in 2020 and am now a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I have a bulldog named Frank, who is a regular patient and enjoys all of the attention.
I joined the Isabelle Vets team in July 2019 as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. I have always had a passion for animals and I have been lucky enough to fulfil a dream job that I have always wanted to do.
In my spare time, my love is for horses and I own a Connemara called Mint. I also have two dogs and two cats, both of which I hand raised.
I joined Isabelle Vets in September 2020. I have always had a passion for animals since I was a little girl, so when I was offered a position I didn’t need to think twice. I am currently working as a Veterinary Care Assistant which I love. I am hoping to become a Veterinary Nurse in the future.
In my spare time, I enjoy looking after all 12 of my own pets. My main interests are competing with my horses and spending time with family and friends.
I joined Isabelle Vets in May 2019 as a trainee Hydrotherapist. Since then, I have successfully completed the OCNLR level 3 certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. Gaining my hydrotherapy qualifications encouraged me to continue my education into this field, and I am currently undertaking the OCNLR Level 4 awards in canine behaviour in the hydrotherapy setting, gait analysis and applied water treadmill techniques.
I have always had a keen interest in animals, especially dogs and I moved away from Guernsey in 2005 to complete my level 3 National Diploma in animal management at Filton College. Which is where I was lucky enough to gain a works placement at Bristol Zoo. During this time, I also lived and worked on a small working farm, mainly raising sheep.
I returned to Guernsey in 2008 and worked as a veterinary nurse assistant before leaving to start a family.
I moved away from the animal health sector and worked in health and social care, taking a keen interest in dementia while working in two local specialist dementia care homes.
When the chance to join Isabelle vets to work in their hydrotherapy unit became available, I couldn’t say no.
When I am not working, I will typically be found walking my dog Rubi or running around the local parks and beaches with my four sons.
I completed my BSc Hons Degree in Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare) from the University of Plymouth in 2011. I returned to Guernsey to work as a nurse assistant at another Veterinary practice on the Island. After working there for three years, I left to go travelling and then I put myself through dog training and behaviour qualifications and offered a private training service in Guernsey.
I started working at Isabelle Vets in March 2017 as a Trainee Hydrotherapist, I then successfully completed the OCNLR level 3 certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. After 18 months at Isabelle Vets, I was offered a Hydrotherapist position at Fitzpatrick Referrals in the UK. This was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, so moved away from the Island to Surrey to work within the rehabilitation department at Fitzpatrick’s Orthopaedic and Neurological hospital. After spending some time in the UK, I decided to return to Guernsey as I missed Island life and was lucky to return to Isabelle Vets to continue working in Canine Rehabilitation.
I have an Irish Setter called Ruby, who is now 13, and a cat, Tia, who is 12. In the summer I like to spend my time walking, being on the beach, doing outdoor sport, and in the winter I play squash.
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 a senior veterinary receptionist at Isabelle Vets and have been working here for 4 years (and counting!) I help to fulfil the clients’ needs alongside seeing to the various and lovely animals that walk through the doors. Alongside the varied receptionist duties, I am responsible for supporting the purchasing administrator. If your pet needs food or medication I’m there to help. I always show a happy disposition as working here is a dream come true as I’ve always wanted to work with people and animals.
After work, I get welcomed home by my 11-month-old Cockerpoo called Murphy. He’s completely nutty but an amazing companion, along with my (almost) 9-year-old rabbit Mr Bumble who’s the boss of the household.
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 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 come back to Isabelle Vets after 20 years. I am enjoying being back as a receptionist and working with animals again. A lot has changed at the practice over those 20 years and the way things have moved forward is incredible.
I also warden two nights a week for the GSPCA, am an active member of the Vale Earth Fair Collective and the Plough Inn Plough Out Charity. I also enjoy riding motorbikes, walking and a bit of boxing.
At home, I have a cat called Percy who was from the GSPCA.
I moved to Guernsey from Kent over 20 years ago, and after many years of working in early years education and bringing up my own children, I took a change of direction in 2018, into reception work. I am now excited to join the team at Isabelle Vets.
I love interacting with people and animals and will be here to greet you with a smile!
With my time outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors, travelling and have a huge passion for anything natural history. My children and I adore our little hamsters and fish. We were lucky enough to have Kweet, the cockatiel for circa 20 years! … and then there is a cat called Minty who lives like a king.
I returned to Guernsey in 2020 after living abroad since the mid 90s. I’ve worked in a variety of client based roles over the years and began my position as Receptionist at Route Isabelle surgery in late September 2020.
I love working with people and am thrilled to now have the addition of animals to assist.
Travelling, cooking and live music are a few of my favourite things.
Previous to starting at Isabelle Vets, I worked in the travel industry for 15 years as a sales and customer service agent in both leisure and business travel.
I love animals and look forward to meeting and greeting pets and their owners and assisting them however I can. I adore miniature dachshunds and hope to get one in the not-too distant future. I also love alpacas and goats but do not have the space!
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.
Our Directors, 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.
I have held Practice management roles within primary & secondary healthcare for 26 years. Initially at Medical Specialist Group for 17 years from its inception, helping to set up the processes that changed the delivery of secondary healthcare within our Bailiwick, then 9 years in managerial roles for all the GPs, including running the Out of Hours GP Service.
After the COVID-19 lockdown, I decided upon a career change and was absolutely thrilled to join Isabelle Vets as Practice Manager in November 2020. I believe my prior experience in healthcare, together with having previously been a client of the Practice for 27 years with my beloved dogs, experiencing the client’s viewpoint, in routine, acute and emergency scenarios, will help hugely in this exciting new role.
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 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!
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 worked only with small animals – dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs etc and I have loved getting to know clients and their pets.
Over the last 10 years or so I have been part of the administration team in the practice, and from January 2021 this will be my role in the practice, I will no longer be doing any clinical work. Although I will miss seeing clients, I am looking forward to this new challenge; I will be processing insurance claims, overseeing health and safety and the Practice Standards scheme, and undertaking several other tasks that support the running of the practice and our role in the community.