The staff of the practice are our greatest asset. Although the facilities, equipment and availability of veterinary attention are important, it is our team that makes Lordship Lane Vets special.
All team members are encouraged to take part in further training and continuing professional development, and everybody has an important part to play in the smooth running of the practice. The vets might be the people who treat or operate on your pet but they could not function without the expert assistance of the nurses; and of course our receptionists are there to make appointments and answer telephone enquiries, and our office staff to keep everything running smoothly.
Julia qualified from Edinburgh University in 1984 and has worked full time in small animal practice since then. She has worked at various London clinics including 3 years at Lordship Lane, known then as Lomax and Partners, before running her own successful surgery at Herne Hill. During this time she had four children.
Julia has managed Lordship Lane veterinary surgery since Mr Lomax retired. She lives with her 4 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats. She has been lucky with the support of her husband Jamie and her nanny Susan who has been with the family for 26 years. Julia has always loved her work achieving her childhood ambition of being a vet and looking after her client’s pets. After more than 25 years she still finds her work extremely rewarding.
Rachel qualified from Liverpool University in 2001 and spent 4 years working in mixed practice dealing with all varieties of animals from chickens to water buffalo, horses and camels. She has been working in and around London in small animal practice for 10 years. Rachel enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and in 2010 gained a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Practice. In her spare time Rachel enjoys training at the gym, swimming, baking and eating out.
The newest member of our team, Juliet has just joined us after qualifying earlier this year and has made an immediate impact on both staff and clients with her positive and happy approach. Her surgical skills are excellent for a newly qualified vet and many of our clients are asking for repeat consultations with her already. Her passion for animals started from life on her parents farm.
Emma has been at Lordship Lane since 2006 and has completed both The Veterinary Care Assistant course and NVQ level 2 in Animal Care. Before coming to Lordship Lane she used to work at a City Farm in London looking after a wide range of animals from chickens to goats and horses.
Emma dedicates a lot of time to the patients helping them to recover and feel at home with some TLC, she can also be found in reception playing with our canine visitors and chatting to their owners. Emma has 2 cats of her own but is often found looking after her friends pets or playing with our inpatients as 2 is clearly not enough!
We were very pleased to have Mercedes join our team in August 2015. She has worked at several other practices, a farm and specialist pet shops and brings this varied experience plus masses of enthusiasm to Lordship Lane. Mercedes has a Galah cockatoo, an Elkhound and has previously owned various parrots, cockatoos, bearded dragons, and a tarantula called legs!! She has been a nursing for 5 years including time as an emergency nurse, was a farm supervisor and has completed animal care NVQ 2, animal management NVQ 3 and grooming level 2. In her spare time Mercedes dog walks, pet sits, experiments with dying her hair and admits to a passion for food and Pokemon!
Adriana is a qualified vet in her native country of Venezuela and is studying hard to obtain her RCVS qualification in UK. In the meantime we have the benefit of her experience, passion and happy demeanor. When she’s not studying or working, Adriana is getting to know our wonderful city and making lots of new friends.
Sabrina is also a qualified vet in her native country of Italy but we are delighted that she’s very happy to work here as one of our nurses. She took a scholarship at a Veterinary Hospital in Spain shortly after her finishing her degree and while she’s not on duty here Sabrina is a volunteer at the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria. A busy lady indeed!
Susan joined the reception team in Nov 2006. Susan was first known to Julia 26 years ago when she was first employed as a nanny. Once the children were all grown up she decided she didn’t want to leave and join another family, and as she had already more than proven herself on reception she came to work here on a regular basis.
Susan really enjoys working here and getting to know all of our clients, often going above and beyond to help them out.
Tom first came to the surgery to carry out a work experience placement in May 2013. He enjoyed it so much and showed such a keen interest that we asked him to come back and join our reception team! So after completing an NVQ in Animal Care he did just that! Tom is very friendly and has a passion for any creature, as long as it doesn’t have more than four legs! He is often helping out our clients, even fixing the odd car tyre outside!
Sarah is Julia’s daughter and does a mixture of jobs on her one day a week with us. Her main role is working in the office and stocking the pet shop with lots of fun pet accessories! However she also does a lot of reception work and is always popping down for cuddles with the inpatients. Her main interest is in conservation of wild animals and she works several days a week at Howletts Zoo in Kent. When she’s not there working with the primates she is happy here with all the cats, dogs and other small furries.
Marsha joined us with years of experience gained at Celia Hammond. You will find her on reception most days greeting animals and owners with a happy and positive attitude. She has 2 cats who she dotes on alongside her daughter. Give Marsha a problem and she’ll keep going until she solves it although luckily we don’t have many problems at LLV.
Jules is our newest member of the team and also has years of experience on reception and a passion for animals especially dogs.
You will find Jules and her smile on one of the front desks 4 days a week looking forward to having a cuddle or stroke with our canine clients but also fussing over the other furries. She has her hands full at home as well with a teenage daughter plus 4 dogs and cats.
Ruth is our office administrator but you’ll also meet her on reception occasionally. Before she joined us, Ruth worked in education for 17 years and we hope her specialty of IT in a large secondary school will assist her in this ‘behind the scenes’ role in the back room.
Currently without a pet of her own while renovating a old house, Ruth pampers her daughter’s rabbits who live near by.