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Meet the Staff - Vets

Carole Hopkinson BVSc CertVD MRCVS

Carole Hopkinson BVSc CertVD MRCVS


Carole joined the practice as a new graduate in 1983, becoming a partner 5 years later. She gained a post-graduate qualification in dermatology in 2005. She is married to Steve, and has 2 grown-up children. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse, and supporting Nottingham Forest. She is also a keen runner, and often does Parkruns on Saturday mornings, and 10km races. 

Babs Ingram BVetMed CertVC MRCVS

Babs came to Alfreton as a new graduate in 1991 and has been here ever since! She did a post graduate qualification in cardiology (heart disease) in 2008, and sees the practice caseload of heart and respiratory cases as well as taking referrals. She enjoys running, and completed the London marathon in 2013 in aid of Kidney Research UK. She is a qualified swimming referee, and is a Norwich City FC season ticket holder. She also enjoys spending time with Herbie, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 
Babs Ingram BVetMed CertVC MRCVS

Matt Ingram BVetMed CertSAS MRCVS

Matt Ingram BVetMed CertSAS MRCVS


Partner

Matt qualified from London in 1991. He joined the practice in 1993 and became a partner in 1995. He area of expertise is surgery, and he obtained the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2004. He is married to Babs, they have two children, and two cat and a dog. Outside of work Matt is a keen cyclist, and enjoys mountain biking and competing in cyclocross races. He competed in the 2017 World Cyclocross Championships in Belgium, his debut on a world stage!

Nick Pine MA VetMB MRCVS


Partner

Nick joined the practice in 1999, having qualified from Cambridge vet school in 1996. He became a partner in the practice in 2004. Clinically, his interests include ultrasound scanning, medical cases and keyhole surgery. When he is not working, Nick enjoys cycling, both on and off road, and he plays local league table tennis. He is married to Sharon, and has 2 children and a ‘sprollie’ dog called Archie. He supports Burnley FC.
Nick Pine MA VetMB MRCVS

Lizzie John BVM BVS MRCVS

Lizzie John BVM BVS MRCVS


Lizzie joined us in September 2015. She qualified from Nottingham University in 2014, and previously worked for the PDSA in Southampton which was very busy and has led to her enjoying all aspects of veterinary work. Lizzie is studying for an Emergency and Critical Care post graduate qualification.
Out of work she loves to cook, and tries to stay active by playing squash and taking her very energetic Staffy, Bubba, for a run. She recently got engaged, and is getting married to Bobby in August.


Ruth Crossland BVM BVS MRCVS

Ruth Crossland BVM BVS MRCVS


Ruth joined us in January 2019, having qualified from Nottingham vet school in 2011. She worked in a practice in Burton-upon-Trent, and in Derby before coming to join our team.
 
She enjoys helping the medicine cases, and likes imaging/ultrasound scanning.
 
Away from work, she enjoys walking, cooking, and baking. She has an 18-year-old cat called Elsie


Natalie Pryor MRCVS


Natalie joined the practice in September 2018. She is from California, and obtained a degree in Small Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. Natalie then moved to Scotland in 2012, and started studying to be a vet at the University of Edinburgh. She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and geriatric care.

She lives in Long Eaton with her partner Matt, and her 2 cats Pablo and Conner. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and travelling the world.


Elizabeth Else MRCVS

Elizabeth Else MRCVS

Elizabeth (Lizzie) joined us in July 2018. She qualified from Glasgow University. She has a particular interest in medicine cases, especially when they are a challenge!!

She is originally from Hong Kong, and speaks 4 languages including Cantonese and Mandarin!

She has a dog called Pebbles, 2 cats and a tortoise!

Lisa Sessions MA(cantab) BVSc MRCVS



Lisa graduated from the University of Bristol in 2010 after first completing a degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She spent 5 years working in mixed practice in the Peak District before moving to small animal work.
 
Originally from Sheffield, she now lives in the middle of the Peak District with her farmer husband, and black labrador Nelly. 
 
Her days off are spent walking Nelly, baking and pottering around her small cottage garden, or reading a good book if the weather doesn't cooperate!!
 
Lisa Sessions

Do you know what Flea Dirts look like?

Do you know what Flea Dirts look like?

These are flea dirts in the fur of a cat. We are seeing this a lot at the moment. Please click on the photo to find out more about fleas and how to control them.

"This is a Super Practice"

"This is a Super Practice" - the verdict of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons after they inspected our Practice. Click on the photo for more details!

Microchipping

Microchipping

All dogs and cats should be microchipped, and it's compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks. It's very important to keep your contact details up to date eg if you move house. Please click the photo for more information about microchips. It costs just £12 for us to chip your pet.

Time for a Treat?

Time for a Treat?

Do you give treats to your pet? 86% of use do - check our handy guide to see which treats to avoid, and which you can give with a clear conscience!