Meet Our Team

VETS

NURSES

RECEPTIONISTS

SURGERIES

Culverden Vets is owned by two working vets, our Partners, Duncan Mitchell and Tom Doyle. The practice has been around for more than 70 years and our team is proud to continue the tradition of providing compassionate, cutting edge veterinary care.

Our three surgeries in Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and Wadhurst are very much part of their communities. Each has its own character but in all of them we offer expertise, experience and excellent facilities. We also visit animals in their homes.

Most of our patients are dogs, cats and rabbits, but we are also very experienced in caring for garden poultry, tortoises and small pets such as guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils and hamsters.

Our Vets

 

Mr Duncan Mitchell

BVetMed MRCVS – Partner
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined the practice in 2000 having spent the previous year travelling the world with my future wife, Ruth. I became a partner in 2005 and assumed responsibility for the Tunbridge Wells surgery when Brian Rosevear retired in June 2008. I enjoy being a good general practitioner practising the art of veterinary medicine as well as the science. I am proud to run an independent veterinary practice when the majority are now owned by corporate business. I am also proud to train veterinary nurses to a high standard as the surgery is a nurse training centre. Although I seemed to have developed a reputation as a feline vet I am equally keen to see dogs! I have 2 Street Katz rescue cats at home: Sally and Linus.

Outside of work I am either to be found entertaining my two Skinners’ boys, William and George, or polishing my classic car – a 1965 Mercedes Benz 230 SL. I am also a very keen cyclist, although Geraint Thomas won’t be losing any sleep in the near future!

 

Mr Tom Doyle

MA, VetMB, MRCVS – Partner
Wadhurst and Crowborough 

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I graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and joined the practice as a locum in 2003. Working life at Culverden – and the great summer that year – convinced me to stay for a little longer, and somehow I’ve never left. I’ve been a partner since July 2012, and enjoy splitting my working time between my home village of Wadhurst and our two other surgeries.
I enjoy pretty much every aspect of clinical work and particularly learning new things. I’m a keen “eye geek” with RCVS Advanced Practitioner status in Ophthalmology and take second opinions from my colleagues.

I’m one of two Partners in the practice and (although my responsibilities have added a few grey hairs) I’m very proud of the team and facilities we’ve built at Culverden.

Outside work I cycle, grow vegetables, tramp about the countryside, read, travel and keep up with my family and friends. I have an inordinately handsome and opinionated white cat, Michael D who features regularly on @CulverdenVets, and a temporary gap in my life where a spaniel should be (watch this space!).

 

Dr Natalie Harley

BSc, BVSc, MRCVS
Tunbridge Wells

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I graduated from Bristol University and joined the Culverden team in 2013. Prior to this I managed to combine my passion for travel and veterinary medicine, working on animal charity projects in both South Africa and India.

I have recently gained an advanced qualification, a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Internal Medicine. I am also a keen surgeon and love the variety that general practice is able to offer.

In my spare time I enjoy yoga, cooking and spending as much time as possible with family and friends. You will often find me walking around the Kent countryside with my husband, daughter and our Doberman Jake.

 

Dr Philip Cusack

MVB, MRCVS
Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells

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I joined Culverden in May 2014. I qualified from University College Dublin in 2007. I have completed an internship at University College Dublin and with Fitzpatrick Referrals, Channel 4’s “Supervet”. I am working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Surgery), but I am keen on all aspects of veterinary medicine too. I enjoy spending time with my three daughters,extended family and walking our three rescue dogs.

 

Dr Michael Molloy

BVM BVS, MRCVS
Tunbridge Wells, Wadhurst and Crowborough

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Following graduation from Nottingham Vet School, I enjoyed working as a small animal vet at a busy practice in Leicestershire. I moved to Kent with my wife Becca in 2017 so that we could be closer to our families, and I then joined Culverden. I love all aspects of being a vet, with a particular interest in surgery and feline medicine.

In my spare time, I enjoy swimming and playing squash, although I’ll admit my serve still needs a bit of work! I have two naughty rescue cats, Bobbin and Pickle, who seem to think exclusively with their stomachs.

Dr Elinor Borjesson

BVetMed Bsc MRCVS
Tunbridge Wells

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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and have worked in several small animal practices across London, as well as travelling and undertaking a brief spell of work for a charity clinic in Thailand.

My family (including our rescue cat Sebastian) moved to Tunbridge Wells in March 2021 after spending a year living in Sweden, and I am excited to have joined the team at Culverden. My particular interest is medicine, and I love consulting and getting to meet lots of new patients.

When not at work, I enjoy exploring my new home with my husband and our two young children.

Dr Isabel Ballard

BvetMed MRCVS
Tunbridge Wells

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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014, and after a brief stint working nights at a practice in Kent, I moved to Australia for three years where I acquired a beautiful rescue cat, Odin, who moved back to the UK with me in 2019. 2020 has been a busy year so far. In addition to joining the team at Culverden, I bought a house in Tunbridge Wells to renovate with my partner Matthew, who is also a vet. I enjoy all aspects of general practice, but have a particular interest in medicine, and hope to start a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in the near future. In my down time I am a keen traveller and netballer, and share my home with my partner Matthew, cat Odin and four lovely rescue rabbits called Chloe, Rascal, Bluebell and Bramble.

Dr Victoria Brown

BA, VetMB, MRCVS

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I trained alongside Tom Doyle at Cambridge and spent my first seven years of practice in farm, equine and small animals before settling into smalls. I joined Culverden as a locum in 2020 and loved the friendly team so much it became impossible to leave!

As well as working at Culverden, I am lucky enough to do regular work for Raystede Animal Rescue at Ringmer where I can really indulge my interest in exotics and poultry.  At home I have guinea pigs, chickens, runner ducks, a husband and two boys, all of whom are kept in check by our Sprollie dog, Bess.

Outside work I love hill walking, yoga, writing and painting.

Dr Ella Williamson

BVetMed MRCVS
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined Culverden after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in summer 2021. I was drawn to Tunbridge Wells having grown up nearby in rural Kent and still visit my family and childhood cat Sparky regularly. I have a particular interest in Emergency and Small Animal Medicine and hope to complete a Certificate in at least one of these areas in the future. I am greatly enjoying all aspects of veterinary life and working with the lovely team at Culverden!

Outside of work I enjoy playing violin and piano with my family, many of whom are professional musicians. I also love travelling and exploring the countryside with my partner Joe, as well as keeping up with friends from Cranbrook School and University.

Dr Beth Belin

BVetMed MRCVS
Tunbridge Wells & Crowborough

 

Alice Batchelor RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined the practice in April 2016 working as an RVN in Tunbridge Wells. Previously I spent 5 years working in a mixed Small and Large animal practice where I trained and qualified in March 2015. I enjoy traveling to new places and at home I have two cats called Alan and Maggie, who always provide great entertainment.

 

Suzie Kirby RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined Culverden as Head Nurse at Crowborough in 2003 but left in 2010 for a short break. In 2014, I returned and became Head Nurse at Tunbridge Wells. I love all aspects of my job, particularly inpatient care. I am a Clinical Coach to our student nurses. At home I have a cat and a 3 legged tortoise, as well as a family who keep me busy. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, films, reading and catching up with friends.

 

Kortnie French RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined the nursing team at Culverden Veterinary Group in November 2015 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and qualified in 2019. Before joining the practice I studied and graduated university with a BSc in Equine Management. I have always wanted to work with animals and previously volunteered for a wildlife charity in the local area. Outside of work I volunteer and DJ for a local radio station which is a lot of fun. I have a cheeky rescue cat called Sadie who keeps me very amused!

 

Amanda Heath

Student Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I started my veterinary nurse training at Culverden in May 2017 having previously worked with exotic mammals and reptiles. I’m exciting to be learning new skills and working towards becoming a registered veterinary nurse. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and the cinema. I have a working cocker spaniel called Harry.

 

Scarlett Attwood RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse
Crowborough

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I started my degree in Veterinary Nursing and joined Culverden in 2014, qualifying in 2017. I have always loved animals and have worked with a variety of species in Australia’s outback, as well as volunteering at a local cat sanctuary.

At home I have two rescues, a dog called Zola and a cat called Coach who never fail to make me laugh.

At work I have a keen interest in behaviour, inpatient nursing, anaesthesia and have a particular soft spot for “bully breeds”. I am passionate about animal welfare and rehabilitation, photography, country music and travelling.

 

Becky Hill RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined Culverden in August 2014, after qualifying from a small animal practice where I trained for three years. Prior to that, I worked for an animal charity for four years. I own a rescue dog, Zena, who’s quite a handful and with my beautiful son keeps me pretty busy! In my spare time I love horse riding and walking the dog.

 

Carly Draper RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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I am really pleased to be working at Culverden among such a great team.
After qualifying as a small animal registered nurse, I also found an interest in wildlife medicine and conservation work. I have done charity work in Indonesia which encouraged me to gain a qualification in Asian primate conservation, a species which I have a real soft spot for.
Im excited to travel and help different species, I am looking forward to the next projects.

I have a gorgeous cat and two lively dogs to keep me amused whilst I’m at home.

 

Emma Fox

Student Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined the practice in 2018 as an evening receptionist. My ambition is to become a Veterinary Nurse and I’m thrilled to have started my studies with the nursing team in Tunbridge Wells.

 

Sophie Hanford RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined Culverden in 2019 having qualified a year before I have a small menagerie of five cats, three rabbits and two guinea pigs! I have a special interest in rabbits and will sooner start an advanced nursing course in small mammals. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and video games.

 

Claire Luke BSc RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Crowborough

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I qualified from Bristol University in July 2014 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science. On gaining my RVN qualification I joined the practice and became head nurse in Crowborough in 2016. I have a keen interest in medical nursing and laboratory work. In my spare time I like to walk my chocolate labrador, Cleo. I also have 2 horses, Harvey who came 3rd in the BE90 National Championships in 2013 and Julia who I have broken in myself.

 

Melissa Jones RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Crowborough

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I joined the Crowborough practice in 2002 as a receptionist, before transferring to the Tunbridge Wells surgery to train as a veterinary nurse. I qualified in 2006. In 2008 I went travelling for 3 months, to countries including Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. The highlights of my trip include swimming with wild dolphins, snorkelling in the barrier reef, cuddling koalas and doing a skydive. I then returned to work at the Crowborough surgery in 2009. I have a keen interest in small mammals especially rabbit husbandry and anaesthesia. I also enjoy running nurse clinics and puppy parties. In my spare time I enjoy Zumba, walking, DIY and decorating.

I enjoy running the weekly puppy parties!

 

Claire Williams RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Crowborough

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I qualified as a VN in 1996 and have had a varied career!  I enjoy all aspects of being a Veterinary Nurse as every day is different. I especially enjoy nursing feline patients. I joined Culverden in April 2018 after spending a number of years at a mixed practice in Hailsham. In my spare time I enjoy running, walking my terrier and riding my horse Melody.

 

Tiff Leach RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse at Wadhurst
Wadhurst

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I’m very excited to have joined at the team at Wadhurst. I qualified as an RVN in 2007 and worked in a busy practice in Uckfield before taking time out to have a family. With only the arrival of a few more rescue chickens on the horizon, I’m very much looking forward to getting back into nursing. Our menagerie at home includes: a bouncy chocolate lab, an elderly terrier, 7 hens, one cockerel, 2 pigmy goats, a goldfish and two lovely lively daughters! With what free time I have I help out at Stonegate school, with reading, swimming and gardening club. I really enjoy going to circuit training, running (fair weather only), spending time in my garden (especially the vegetable patch), trips to the theatre, and taking our girls on exciting adventures! We’ve recently discovered a new passion for Norway and skiing.

 

Kate Hanson RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Wadhurst

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I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 and joined Wadhurst branch of Culverden in September 2020. I really enjoy all aspects of nursing but I especially like caring for inpatients and seeing our lovely clients for nurse clinics. My own menagerie includes two horses, a rescue staffy cross called Obi and a cheeky rescue cat called Buddy. In my spare time I love riding, dog walking, and cooking.

Katherine Andrew RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Crowborough

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I started working at the Crowborough branch of Culverden in February 2022. I have already been made to feel very welcome here, and can see they are a great team to work with!

I have been veterinary nursing since 2001, and carried out my training at London zoo.

During my nursing career I have been lucky enough to have done critical care emergency work, run puppy parties, been Head Nurse, and I have been clinical coach to many students, helping them to qualify.

My main interests in the profession are pain management, CATS (anything feline friendly), training students and weight clinics. Outside of work I enjoy anything food or film related, going to the theatre and gardening.

Estella Massey RVN

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)
Tunbridge Wells

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Estella joined the practice in 2016. She has a Lurcher called Polly and a Border Terrier named Rupert. Estella also has Bruce the cat and 5 Indian Runner ducks; Francis, Tony, Colin, Jenny and Tabitha.

Luke Woodhams

Student Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined the practice in 2022 to further my training as a student veterinary nurse with the amazing team at Tunbridge Wells. In my spare time I enjoy watching films and playing video games, I have two tortoises that love knocking plant pots over!

Sophie Ongley RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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Sophie qualified as an RVN in summer of 2021 and joined Culverden vets a few months later. She enjoys all aspects of nursing especially any small furries! At home she has the cutest little dog called Millie who keeps her very busy, and a cat called Mason. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, seeing friends and going for dog walks.

Carina Zillinger

Student Veterinary Nurse
Tunbridge Wells

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Carina joined the team at Culverden Tunbridge Wells in June 2021 as a Student Veterinary Nurse after having previous nursing experience in both a veterinary hospital as well as general practice. She has a keen interest in rabbit welfare, husbandry, and nutrition. Her menagerie at home consists of two bunnies, two budgies, a Beagle, and a Fiancé. All rescues of course!

Emilie Packham RVN

Veterinary Nurse
Wadhurst & Crowborough

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Emilie has been a nurse since 2018 and qualified in January 2022. She joined Culverden in May 2022 to work at the Wadhurst and Crowborough branches. Emilie’s keen interests are anaesthesia, post operative care of inpatients and physiotherapy/rehabilitation. In her own time she can be found riding her horse or enjoying many countryside walks with her Jack Russell terrier called Buddy

She loves anything chocolate or cheese!!

Our Receptionists & Support Staff

 

Marian Moon (“Toad”) RVN

Small Animal Secretary
Tunbridge Wells

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Toad joined the practice in 1988 as a trainee nurse and has been here ever since. She qualified as Veterinary Nurse in 1991 and has worked at our Crowborough branch and as the Equine Secretary. Now she works as the Small Animal secretary with a particular interest in animal exports and she has also taken part in voluntary clinics for The Dog Trust. In her free time, she likes to play the euphonium as well as taking care of her dogs, cats, horses, geese, chickens and pigs.

 

Bev Wyatt

Practice Administrator
Tunbridge Wells

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Bev Joined the practice in 2016 as a receptionist and moved over to the Accounts and administrator roll to learn the ropes in 2019 She has a three legged rescue dog called Rita . In her spare time, she likes to accompany her husband to raise money for children’s respite charities with his classic car called Colin ! (A Shelby Daytona if anyone was interested)

 

Rachel Squires

Admin Assistant
Tunbridge Wells

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Rachel joined the practice in 2011, after an epic trip backpacking in Australia and then a career as a beauty therapist. She is now one of the receptionists for the small animal department. Rachel’s favourite part of the week is cuddling the new puppies on puppy party day. She likes to Zumba, in her free time and she still does the occasional bit of beauty therapy. She has a gorgeous cat called Maggie.

 

Susie Collins

Receptionist
Tunbridge Wells

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Susie joined us in Tunbridge Wells in 2015 having made a career change from hairdressing. She enjoys drawing and yoga in her spare time, and has a very cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Bichon Frise (Cavachon!) called Maud.

 

Sandie Rice-Tucker

Receptionist
Tunbridge Wells

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Susie joined us in Tunbridge Wells in 2015 having made a career change from hairdressing. She enjoys drawing and yoga in her spare time, and has a very cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Bichon Frise (Cavachon!) called Maud.

 

Kim Barker

Receptionist
Crowborough

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I joined the Crowborough practice in 2006 after previously working at Eastbourne College where I taught hair dressing. My main role at Culverden is receptionist but I also enjoy helping the nurses, joining in the puppy parties and keeping messy vets in order. I’m interested in dog training and behaviour. Outside work my interests include reading and being an active gym enthusiast. I also enjoy computer games (which is the only way I can communicate with my teenage son!).

Jess Bloom

Receptionist
Wadhurst

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Jess joined Culverden Veterinary Group in September 2013 and works in our Wadhurst branch as a receptionist and problem solver! In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs Benji, who is a rescue Staffy cross, and Rose, a terrier. She also enjoys spending time with her Irish Sports Horse Kevin, whom she hopes to event when he is older.

Jennie Wilkinson

Receptionist and Nursing Assistant
Crowborough

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Jennie joined the practice as a receptionist at Wadhurst in January 2018, in order to fulfil a lifelong ambition to re train and work with animals, moving over to the Crowborough branch in June 2022. Her own menagerie includes one husband, two beautiful daughters, two rescue cats called Hank and Boris (who have taken up residence in the airing cupboard) and a cheeky little black Jackapoo called Raffa. In her spare time she loves gardening, cooking, walking the dog and bird watching.

Emma Williams

Receptionist

Vicky Tuson

Receptionist
Tunbridge Wells

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I joined Tunbridge Wells practice in 2022 as a receptionist and I am really enjoying getting to know all of our clients and their lovely pets. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking and spending time with family and friends.

Talia Jones

Receptionist
Crowborough

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I joined the practice in January 2022 from working in Kennels for a couple of years-and thought it was time for a change! I have a love for dogs and have my own German Shepherd who keeps me well occupied. I also have a love for sheep and assist with yearly lambing-I haven’t yet managed to sneak a lamb home! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my fiance and exploring the countryside.

Joanna Cook

Receptionist
Wadhurst

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Jo was excited to join the team at Wadhurst in June 2022 and said she felt immediately welcomed by a fabulous group of colleagues.

She has worked both in the Veterinary and animal rehabilitation industry all her working life, with a passion for Equine Rehabilitation and Complementary Therapies. Over the years she has been fortunate to have her own animals to care for which include hamsters, mice, guineapigs, dogs and horses.

In her spare time, she loves being outdoors whether it’s hiking up mountains, running, horse riding or skiing when the season is right.

She has recently found a new passion for growing edible plants and cut flowers with an interest in improving the habitat for our local wild life which includes her resident hedgehogs and army of frogs who she has to look out for when shutting the greenhouse doors at night!

Kay Batchelor

Receptionist
Crowborough

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Kay joined CVG Crowborough in January 2019 as a receptionist. She especially enjoys meeting all the pets and their owners. She has 3 cats at home, 2 of which are rescues, who never fail to keep her amused with their antics! In her spare time she likes to visit National Trust properties, going to the cinema/theatre, holidays and travel, as well as socialising with family and friends.