We are a small animal practice in Norwich, first established in 1991. We are passionate about animals and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open five days a week at Hellesdon and seven days a week at Thorpe and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Anna graduated from University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland in 2005. After graduation she started her career at the University of Liverpool, where she was researching elbow dysplasia and gait analysis in dogs. After that she finished a rotating internship at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital, which was followed by work at the University of Liverpool First Opinion Practice. After many years spent in the North West, she moved to London where she gained PhD in veterinary neurology at the Royal Veterinary College. Wanting to concentrate on looking after our pets, Anna continued her career working in very busy hospitals down south. Always passionate about animals, she is sensitive to their needs and constantly tries to improve the way to handle unwell pets. Anna has an interest in small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging. In November 2017 she moved to Norfolk with her husband and rescue cat, Emy. They are planning to extend their family of furry companions in the very near future.
Martina Marcantoni MRCVS
Martina graduated in 2015 in Bologna and after working in Italy decided to move to the UK. She firstly worked in a really busy first opinion practice in Wales and then moved to Suffolk to enjoy the graduate programme. She then decided to move to Norwich and joined Willow. Martina loves all aspects of her job but is really interested in internal medicine and is hoping to start a CertAVP in Small Animal Internal Medicine. In her free time she likes travelling with her husband and going back to Italy to visit my family. She has a rescue bunny, Pina, and seven dogs in Italy; she is planning to bring her Labrador to the UK soon.
Lauren Lawton RVN MBVNA
Prior to working at Willow Veterinary Clinic, Lauren worked for CVS for over six years as both an orthopaedic referral nurse and head nurse. She has also worked in mixed practice and has a keen interest in surgery, wound management and wildlife, gaining a wide variety of experience across these subjects. Lauren gained a LANTRA award for wound management in 2015 and has done several years of schedule three work. She is excited and proud to be leading our forward thinking team to provide the best care for animals and their owners in Norwich and the surrounding areas.
Julie Homes RVN MBVNA
Julie has always had animals and has rescued on a regular basis - as a youngster she owned all sorts of pets from ferrets to Zebra finches. She joined the veterinary industry in May 1998 as head receptionist and then transferred to nursing in 2005 where she trained at Easton College and has since primarily been a head nurse. Julie enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially nurse clinics and meeting the clients establishing relationships with them and their pets. She is the current crazy cat owner with six rescues - her oldies named Geezer and Doris and the youngsters, Ozzie, Monkey, Mr Stinks who is blind, and new little one named Fanny. She also has two current fosters called Dusty and Misty. Julie has three rescue rabbits named Dopey, Rocky and Stanley. She is also a mum to Georgina and has a long suffering husband, Patrick. In her little spare time she enjoys photography.
Dawn Elliott RVN
Dawn qualified as an RVN in 2006. She is passionate about all aspects of companion animal care and has a keen interest in clinical nursing care. Her companion animals are an important part of her life. She has five dogs, all of which have been adopted, three cats and chickens and two bunnies. When Dawn is not at work, her perfect day off is going for long dog walk and then curling up with a mug of tea and a good book. She is also a keen supporter of two charities that rescue English Setters and completes home checks on their behalf and fundraises whenever she can.
Leanne Symonds RVN
Leanne has been qualified as a registered veterinary nurse for two years. She worked in a busy practice in Norwich for nine years before moving to Willow Veterinary Clinic in January 2018.
Leanne enjoys every aspect of nursing but particularly patient care and working within the hospital wards, as well as having an interest in emergency and critical care nursing. She has a rescue dog called Izzy who she rescued eight years ago. Leanne also has a cat named Dylan.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Clara began her veterinary nurse training with us in 2018 after a year of working as a patient care assistant. Previously, Clara has worked in many different animal care environments including working at a private farm for Redwings horse sanctuary, work experience with Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership and shadowing keepers at Africa Alive. We are looking forward to Clara qualifying in 2021!
Anthony has worked in the veterinary industry for 12 years, three of those with CVS. He divides his time between Willow Vets Thorpe Road and Aylsham Vets as practice manager. Anthony began his veterinary career as a receptionist before becoming practice manager two years ago. He has two dogs. Corrie and Harley, and a very lazy vocal cat called Mason.
Before Tanya had her family she completed an animal care course and became passionate about animal welfare. She volunteered in animal rescue centres and after having her family decided to pursue a career in dog grooming as she wanted to do a job she loved. After qualifying in this area she ran a grooming business from home before deciding to join the team at Willow to work with like-minded people in our lovely facility. Tanya is over the moon to be working here with such a dedicated team of people who all work together to ensure that the grooming experience is positive for you and your pet. We work very hard to build a trusting relationship with your pet as if it were one of our own.
Chelsea has been a veterinary receptionist since 2016 and joined Willows in July 2018. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, reading (mainly Stephen King novels) and visiting family and friends in Liverpool where she is originally from. You will often find her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chester, helping out behind reception with the rest of the team!
Tracey has been a veterinary receptionist since 2007 and joined CVS two years ago. She is very excited to welcome you all to reception at Thorpe Road. Tracey has two fur babies, a Patterdale cross Terrier puppy called Dolly and a very large black and white rescue cat who loves to hunt in the fields around her village, Vinnie. In addition to her pets she is also interested in hedgehogs and other wildlife.
Julia has returned to veterinary reception after working for eight years in the retail industry. She is married with two children and three grandsons, and also has two dogs and two cats. In her spare time she loves taking long weekends with the dogs whenever she can.