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Meet The Team Of Passionate Professionals Caring For Your Companion

David Eagar Veterinary Surgeon
David Eagar
Veterinary Surgeon

David is the owner of Elm House Veterinary Centre. He is an experienced Veterinary Surgeon and has been treating pets at the practice for over 35 years.

Helping his clients is David’s true passion and this is clear to see; he can even be quoted as saying, “there has never been a day when I have not wanted to come to work.”

David’s approachable and friendly personality not only makes him a fantastic veterinary surgeon but also a great boss. He prides himself on his great relationship with his staff and believes this is a key component to the successful running of his Centre.

Away from his work David enjoys gardening, walking and watching the Saracens Rugby team, for whom he has a season ticket.

Joanna Dworaczynska Veterinary Surgeon
Joanna Dworaczynska
Veterinary Surgeon

Joanna is a Veterinary Surgeon and has been with Elm House since 2010. She enjoys all aspects of internal medicine and has a keen interest in dermatology and soft tissue surgery.

Joanna’s favourite aspect of her job is being part of a team and having the opportunity to build stable, sympathetic relationships with her clients in order to achieve the best possible outcome for their pets.

Animals are a big part of not only Joanna’s work life but also her home life where she has Leeloo, a sweet and loving rescued Staffie. She also has a beautiful but sometimes naughty horse called Roberto.

When not spending her time tending to the needs of animals, Joanna likes to spend time with her family, reading and horse riding.

Kirsten Putley Veterinary Surgeon
Kirsten Putley
Veterinary Surgeon

Kirsten qualified as a vet from Cambridge in 2005 and has been applying her expert knowledge at Elm House since November 2011. Having undertaken an internship at a referral centre in 2009 Kirsten realized that she enjoyed too many aspects of veterinary medicine to specialize in one particular area and that general practice was the best way to achieve this. That being said she finds soft tissue surgery very satisfying and always enjoys working up a good medicine case.

Kirsten particularly enjoys working cases up from the initial consultation through to diagnosis and is motivated by providing top quality care and treatment for her canine and feline patients.

Outside of work Kirsten and her husband really enjoy travelling and are avid scuba divers, although adventure holidays are currently on hold now that they have a toddler and a new born baby in tow! Kirsten also has a 3 legged cat called Wonky having rescued her 2 years ago

Alex Torrance Veterinary Surgeon
Alex Torrance
Veterinary Surgeon

Alex qualified as a vet from Cambridge in 2010 and has worked locally since graduating. He joined Elm House in 2017. He enjoys soft tissue surgery and imaging, especially ultrasonography. He has also completed an ESVPS certificate in exotic animal medicine giving him greater knowledge and expertise when treating our patients of a more extraordinary nature, ranging from tortoise and snakes to parrots and rats.
Alex’s passion for veterinary practise is concentrated on achieving the best welfare goals for his patients and their owners. He enjoys the great variation of clinical cases that are seen on a day to day basis, and the diagnostic challenges that come with this.
Alex has two mischievous cats, Heidi and Hughie, that continue to keep him busy outside of work. He and his partner are now outnumbered with the recent arrival of their daughter Ida. With what spare time he has left Alex enjoys playing football, snowboarding and can occasionally be found canoeing in the canals around Chelmsford.

Harriet Styles
Veterinary Surgeon
Sharon Heard RVN
Sharon Heard RVN
Head Veterinary Nurse

Sharon has been with us for over seven years and heads up our fantastic team of Veterinary Nurses. Her commitment, keen eye for detail and brilliant organisational skills play an important role in making sure our centre runs smoothly.

Holding nurse clinics is one of Sharon’s favourite things about working as a
Veterinary Nurse. She also enjoys caring for our patients, trying out new
procedures and working as part of a close-knit team.

Away from the centre, Sharon has her hands full with her two young children. During her spare time Sharon enjoys running, water aerobics and socialising with her friends. She also loves travelling to hot countries, relaxing and reading a good book.

Once a year Sharon works abroad on behalf of the ‘Spay Sisters’ charity, helping to neuter cats and dogs to help control over-population.

Gemma McGuire RVN Veterinary Nurse
Gemma McGuire RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Gemma, as well as being a superb Veterinary Nurse, is also a qualified clinical coach and assessor. The coaching skills that Gemma possesses are very important for the progression of our Student Nurses and our team as a whole.

Admitting patients, administering anaesthesia and taking care of general admin are just some of the other duties that Gemma carries out within the centre. She believes that the most rewarding part of her work is being able to see the improvement in her patients post-surgery, and also enjoys the variety her work offers.

When she’s not working, Gemma enjoys spending time with her two sons and her cat Teo.

Dina Smith RVN Veterinary Nurse
Dina Smith RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Dina Joined the Elm House team in 2011 as a ward assistant and started her veterinary nursing training in 2013. Dina gained her Qualification and became a Registered Veterinary nurse in 2016.
At the end of 2016, Dina felt it was time to fly the nest and left to work for a veterinary hospital. After a year Dina thankfully realised that there‘s ’no place like home‘ and rejoined her Elm House family- much to everyone’s delight!
Dina Enjoys all aspects of nursing, but is particularly passionate about in-patient care and Anaesthesia.
During her spare time, Dina enjoys taking her 3 year old yorkie ‘Scamp’ for long walks and catching up with her friends over dinner.

Eloise Roberts RVN Veterinary Nurse
Eloise Roberts RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Eloise graduated from the RVC in 2016 and has worked at a couple of practices before joining the Elm house team back in December 2019
Eloise has a varied role within the practice which includes carrying out general nursing care, clinics and to process insurance claims.
Eloise has a passion for medical nursing and enjoys spending time fussing and nursing the in-patients.

In her spare time, Eloise enjoys family company, going out for dinner, watching films and travelling.
At home Eloise has a rescue cat called Pearl and a cockatiel that currently resides with her parents.

Aishling Wright RVN Veterinary Nurse
Aishling Wright RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Before joining our team in March 2021; Aishling started her career as a veterinary receptionist at Earls Hall vets in 2013 and worked her way up and qualified as a RVN in 2019.
Aishling loves every aspect of nursing, especially giving TLC to sick patients and seeing them get better.
At home, Aishling has two cats called Mabel and Margot but hopes to have more pets in the future and would especially like a dog!
Since moving into her new home Aishling has found a love for interior design.
During her spare time, Aishling loves exploring new places and taking lots of pictures to make memories.

Lucy Hockton Student Veterinary Nurse
Lucy Hockton RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Lucy joined our team in 2016 as a ward assistant and is currently in her 2nd year of training to become a veterinary nurse.
Lucy is always enthusiastic and happy to be at work – the most enjoyable part of her job is engaging with clients and giving the patients plenty of fuss and TLC! Lucy has also taken responsibility for our patients afterlife care – making sure that all your wishes are met when saying goodbye to your beloved pet.
Lucy has a very varied role – from training in all areas of nursing to helping with the in-patient care, reception duties, handling patients and processing laboratory samples, anaesthesia, iv placement and blood sampling.
In her spare time, she enjoys socialising and spending time with her dogs Pedro and Minnie and cat Morris.

Ellis Casey VCA
Ellis Casey

Ellis joined our team as a ward assistant in January 2020 and has recently progressed onto a VCA course.
Ellis has always wanted to work with animals and has previously worked at a groomers, kennels and also for cats protection.
Ellis has a keen interest in veterinary care and has recently completed a diploma in animal care and management.
During his spare time he enjoys going to the gym and playing football.
At home he has a whippet called Dennis (who even has his own instagram account! @dennis.the.whippet) and a cat called Smudge.

Shajeda Uddin
Janet Hull Receptionist
Janet Hull

Jan joined us in November 2019 as a part-time receptionist.
She enjoys working in the practice; having brought her own pets here for over 25 years.

In her spare time, Jan enjoys spending quality time with her daughters, taking her dog Teddy for long walks along the river Chelmer and seeing the sights of Europe. Jan also enjoys a round of golf with her partner and has recently learnt to ski!