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.

Veterinary Surgeon and Director of Heronden Vets

Dr Victoria Vidal - BSc Hons DVM MRCVS

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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..

 

Andrei Uricaru CertAVP MRCVS

Andrei has been working as a surgical bias vet since 2012 and as a referral surgeon since 2014. He is used to busy and challenging cases and he loves working as an orthopaedic surgeon. He is competent in a wide range of surgeries, from fractures and cruciate ligament surgeries to arthroscopies. 

Having 3 cats and 2 dogs at home, he knows and understands the pressure of putting your loved friend through surgery and he will always have the best interest of your pet at heart. 

Katie Cranstoun - BVetMed Hons MRCVS

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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.

Anna Skinner - BVSc MRCVS Cert AVP (small animal medicine)

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Anna graduated from Bristol Uni in 2010 and worked in Essex and Suffolk for 5 years (as a small animal vet and doing a small amount of equine work) until she moved to Kent with her husband Tim. In 2016 she completed her RCVS certificate and became an RCVS advanced veterinary practitioner in small animal medicine. After a few years in a practice in Surrey, 2 daughters, getting her cat Gingerbread and a house move she joined the Heronden in 2021.

Anna particularly enjoys challenging medical cases and soft tissue surgery. Her spare time is taken up with her two small children, but she hopes to get back to her hobbies (horse riding and netball) when she has more time! 

Maria Teresa Fernades MRCVS GPCert (SAS)

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Teresa is from Portugal where she also completed her degree in Veterinary Medicine as well as her Masters Degree in 2017 at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.  She worked in Portugal for one year before coming to the UK in 2019.  Since graduating Teresa has developed a passion for soft tissue surgery, having completed a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.  

During her free time Teresa loves to go on walks in the English countryside, even when raining!  She often travels back to Portugal to visit her family and two dogs.

Charlie Allaway - Practice Manager

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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, pigmy goats, three dogs, four cats, five horses and too many reptiles to mention!

Jessica Summers RVN - Head Nurse

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Jessica Summers RVN is Head Veterinary Nurse at Heronden veterinary surgery, she is also clinical coach to our nursing student. Jessica trained to be a registered veterinary nurse at Canterbury College in 2017 and has a passion for all areas of veterinary nursing, especially emergency critical care and medical nursing. Jessica has undertaken further training in areas of nursing consultations such a diabetic monitoring, feline behaviour and dentistry.

When she is not at work Jessica enjoys spending time in the Kent country side walking with her two Hungarian Vizslas, Mia and Magnus, or on horseback with her mare Flossy.

Danielle Torry Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Danielle Torry SVN is currently in her last year to becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially critical and intensive care and pain management.

When not at work Danielle enjoys walking her family Labrador Cooper and playing with her cat Theodore. 

Siobhan Foley Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Siobhan is a Trainee Veterinary Nurse at Heronden Veterinary Practice and is currently at Plumpton College studying a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She began her training in September 2020 and is due to qualify as a nurse in the Summer of 2023. She enjoys all aspects of nursing and has worked previously in a veterinary hospital in which she gained experience in a busy practice.

Outside of work, Siobhan lives in the East Sussex countryside, enjoys walks with her family dogs Jasper and Tia and is currently in the process of renovating her first home.

Megan Fisher Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Megan Fisher is a Trainee Nurse

Laura Ashmore RVN - Supreme Admin & Insurance Guru

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Laura qualified as a nurse in 2006.  She has a particular interest in cats, feline behaviour and medicine.

Laura has a young daughter so took a couple of years out from nursing and have come back to Heronden to help on the admin side, in particular the insurance claims.

Out of work she spends time with her family, her cats and her horse.