Introducing Our Practice Team
Everyone at Heronden Vets is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team is a wonderful group of very professional people who have a shared attitude of compassion towards you and your pet.
Dr Victoria Vidal - BSc Hons DVM MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon and Director of Heronden Vets
Victoria started her career in horse racing in Newmarket, going on to work in Africa on a black rhino conservation project and subsequently in Geneva. She has worked in both small animal and equine practices around the UK and after pausing her career for children, she opened Heronden Vets as a practice focused on compassionate care. Victoria lives in Tenterden with her husband, daughter, three horses, two dogs, a cat and two lazy snakes. At home, Vicky has a fondness for buying old, pre-loved furniture and riding her horse..
Dr Lizzie Sinclair - BSc Hons BVet Med MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon Lizzie grew up in Surrey and settled in Kent after qualifying and meeting her husband David (an equine vet) at the Royal Veterinary College 22 years ago. She has three teenage children and a young springer spaniel. Lizzie has worked for the last 20 years in a busy small animal hospital in Essex. She has developed a special interest in soft tissue surgery. She enjoys tackling a wide range of surgical cases, such as anal sacculectomy, BOAS surgery (stenotic nares, tonsillectomy, soft palate resection, everted laryngeal sacculectomy), caesareans, chest drain and pharyngostomy tube placement, cystotomy, hernia repairs, liver lobectomy, mastectomy, parathyroidectomy, perineal urethrostomy, rostral mandibulectomy, screw tail amputation, sialadenectomy, subtotal colonectomy, thyroidectomy and cruciate stabilisation using lateral suture technique in small breeds & cats. To put it simply, Lizzie is an awesome surgeon!
Katie Cranstoun - BVetMed Hons MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon Katie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2007. She began her time in practice as a mixed and equine vet. For the last seven years she has worked in small practice. She has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and pain management in older pets. She also practices veterinary acupuncture. Outside of work Katie enjoys horse riding, running with her slightly crazy boxer dog Mabel and spending time with her husband and their two young children.
Melany Williamson RVN
Head Veterinary Nurse Mel wanted to be a veterinary nurse when she was a child and started vet nursing immediately she left school. After 6 years working in South London, Manchester and Brighton she decided to take a different career path and joined the police force. Mel had a long, varied and interesting career as a detective and has many interesting stories to tell! She returned to her first love in 2007 and qualified as a vet nurse in 2012. Having worked in various roles including head nurse at the PDSA, we are extremely lucky to have her as head nurse at Heronden. With Mel’s energy and experience leading the nursing team, our patients are under the best possible care. Mel loves anaesthesia and surgical nursing and looking after the elderly patients. Mel lives locally with her adorable Labrador cross, Badger.
Caz Dean - RVN
Veterinary Nurse Caz begun her career at 12 years old as a kennel hand during the weekends and school holidays. She studied for a National Diploma in Animal Care and went on to veterinary nursing, qualifying in 2004. Caz has worked in practice ever since and gained experience in some of the most prestigious practices in the country, including Fitzpatrick Referrals, and her work has allowed her to travel all over the world. She is a mum of two young children and the owner of an ever-increasing number of rescue pets. Caz and her family moved to Wittersham two years ago and has fallen in love with our lovely area.
Jessica Tattersall RVN
Veterinary NurseJessica originally trained as an accountant, volunteering with the RSPCA in her spare time. She started training as a Veterinary Nurse in 2000 at a Veterinary Hospital in Hampshire, but the early arrival of twin girls prevented her completing the course. Jessica returned to college in 2015 and is now a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Jessica loves all animals, but has a particular fondness for cats which she has always shared a home with. She is Mum to three teenagers, two cats and two dogs
Mrs Debbie James - Receptionist
Most of Debbie's career has been with a customer support focus including many years at Kent Careers Services as a Careers Adviser. After taking a break from work when her daughters Gabby and Millie were small, Debbie has worked supporting adults with learning needs on a farm project and as a teaching assistant in a local primary school before spending over six years as a veterinary receptionist. In her spare time she has volunteered at Rolvenden Cat Rescue and Riding for the Disabled. Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, including their four cats, spaniels Folly and Ruby and Finley the Golden Retriever as well as looking after their two horses, Sally and Erin. If she has any time left at the end of the day, Debbie enjoys quizzes, genealogy and crafts.
Mrs Charlie Allaway - Receptionist
Charlie spent the early part of her career working in London and travelling the globe on business. Charlie's true passion is horses and she competed successfully at eventing before having her children. Having started a family she began working part time within the pet industry to allow her to balance her family, work and love of animals. In 2012 she moved down from Buckinghamshire to set up a livery yard near Rye. Her children regularly compete all over the country with their ponies. Charlie loves all creatures great and small and has her own menagerie, including several chickens, three dogs, four cats and three horses