Our practice is built upon our loyal, dedicated and passionate team. 

We enjoy a trusting, family-style working environment with good teamwork and communication.

General Practice

Dr Bronwen Eastwood

BVetMed BSc CertGP(SAP) MRCVS - Lead First Opinion Vet

Bron qualified from the Royal Veterinary Collage in London in 1992. Bron spent 3 years in the Sinai working with Sinai Wildlife Project as well as working in Belize for 4 years running her own clinic and setting up Saga Humane Society.

Bron has worked in and around Brighton since 2002 as a general practitioner, gaining a certificate in small animal practice, with a particular interest in oncology (cancer care) and chemotherapy. In 2019 Bron joined New Priory Vets as our Lead First Opinion Vet.

Bron has a Whippet, 3 rabbits, 2 chickens and a tortoise, as well as two teenage daughters.

Dr Nicky Ross

BVetMed MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - Brighton Clinic

Nicky loves the variety of being a general practice vet, but has a particular interest in looking after geriatric pets and patients with cancer. She also enjoys surgery, in particular laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, and is one of our vets accepting referrals for laparoscopic spays. Outside of work, Nicky is kept busy by her soppy Labrador Puck and naughty terrier Kit.

Dr Chris Fisher

BVetMed MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - Brighton

Since graduating from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2012, Chris has completed a university clinical training scholarship, as well as gaining experience in first opinion small animal practice. Chris has a keen interest in ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging and clinical pathology.

Dr Sian Musio

BVMS MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - Peacehaven Clinic

After graduating from Glasgow University in 2009, Sian moved back down South and worked across a number of practices in the South East. She joined New Priory Vets in 2017 where she enjoys all aspects of general practice. Sian has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging and ultrasound.

Sian lives with her husband and their naughty Jack Russell Amber who is in charge of the house. She enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures and going to the gym.

Dr Emma Lucassen

BVM BVS MRCVS

Emma has provided locum care for us over many years. Emma is currently helping our first opinion clinicians at the Brighton Hospital because we have been so busy during the Covid restrictions.

Dr Vicky Butler-Ball

BVM&S GPCert(Endo) MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon -Brighton Clinic

Vicky graduated in 2003 from the Royal (Dick) school of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh and moved to Brighton in 2007 in order to join the New Priory team. She has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and a passion for minimally invasive surgery with laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) and gastrointestinal endoscopy. Vicky holds the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies GP certificate in Endoscopy and Endosurgery and accepts referrals for laparoscopic surgery.

Dr Clover Crisford

B Vet Med MRCVS

Clover is an experienced vet with experience in all areas of general practice. Clover enjoys travel.

Dr Phoebe Leung

BVsc MRCVS

Phoebe is one of our first opinion vets working within the Brighton and Peacehaven clinics. Phoebe is accompanied to work by her dog Roo.

Hospital

Dr Roz Wright

BVSc BSc GPCert (EMS) MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - Brighton Hospital

Roz joined the New Priory team in 2009 as an Emergency Night Vet. After completing further training in emergency medicine and surgery, and many years of broken legs, splenectomies and caesareans, she took on the role of the Hospital Vet caring for our inpatients during the daytime. Roz has a keen interest in internal medicine, critical care, cytology and transfusion medicine. Outside of work she loves digging her allotment, listening to music and running with her big spotty dog ‘Teddy’ along the seafront. She is also an active member of the Brighton StreetVet team who look after the dogs of the local homeless community, and coordinates the support that New Priory are proud to offer to this organisation.

Dr Polly Underdown

BVM&S MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - Brighton Hospital

Polly qualified from Edinburgh’s RDVC in 2000 and has been a valued member of the New Priory team since 2009. Polly is part of the team of vets who look after the inpatients at our Brighton hospital and has a particular interest in emergency veterinary medicine and critical care. Outside of work family life keeps Polly pretty busy but she also enjoys being outdoors, walking, cycling and yoga.

Priory Emergency Treatment Service

Dr Katie Smith

MA VetMB Cert AVP (ECC) MRCVS - Hospital manager and Clinical Director New Priory Vets

Katie earned her veterinary degree at Cambridge and worked in general practice before choosing to pursue her passion for Emergency and Critical Care. She has undertaken further training in this field, including the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Katie joined the Priory Emergency Treatment Service (P.E.T.S.) team in 2017 as their head vet and is also the New Priory Vets Hospital Manager, working alongside the Practice Manager to ensure the round-the-clock continuity of care for which we’re known.

Katie has 3 rescue pets: 2 lazy cats and one cheeky terrier called Jackson. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the gorgeous Sussex countryside, going to agility and tricks-training classes with Jackson, reading and discovering new vegetarian restaurants.

Dr Georgina Brown

BVetMed Cert AVP (ECC) MRCVS - Lead Vet - P.E.T.S.

Georgi graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2011, and found her love of ECC, (Emergency and Critical Care), early on in her career. By 2013 Georgi working for a busy emergency provider. She has since worked in several referral hospitals while travelling, before settling in her home city of Brighton. Georgi is now Clinical Lead of the emergency team and is studying for her surgery certificate. In her spare time, she loves going on big walks with her Labrador Digger, (much to the disappointment of the cat who loves a walk too), and doing DIY on her and her partner's new home.

Dr Ioana Cafrita

DVM BSAVA PG Cert (ECC) MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

Ioana graduated in 2011 in Romania and moved to the UK where she completed a clinical training scholarship at Davies Veterinary Specialists. Since then she has spent time working in general practice, focusing more on emergency and critical care cases. She went on to co-found Hemopet (the first canine blood bank in Romania) and the Romanian Emergency and Critical Care Society. She is currently training for the BSAVA postgraduate Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. She spends her free time with her husband, two year-old son and Meme, the family's beloved Miniature Pinscher.

Dr Meghan Prendergast

BSC (Vet) BSVc MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

Megan qualified in Sydney, Australia in 2008. Meghan completed an emergency medicine certificate in 2011, before moving across the pond to see what we had to offer. When she's not saving lives she has a vast array of hobbies to keep her busy, including playing the Ukulele, a love of history and camping trips.

Dr Calum Young

Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

Calum joined the PETS team in early 2019. Callum qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2013 and since then had worked in mixed practice before starting ECC work in 2016. He is currently studying for the RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in small animal ECC with the University of Liverpool.

Calum is always accompanied by his handsome Labrador Ghillie. They are both pretty active when not at work, and are usually to be found walking, running or chasing balls of various shapes and size around countryside and rugby pitches of Sussex.

Brighton Veterinary Referrals

Gavin McAulay

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, CertEM(IntMed) CertVC BVetMed MRCVS - Clinical Director New Priory Vets

Gavin provides cardio-respiratory referral services (assessing heart and lung conditions) through Brighton Veterinary Referrals. Gavin is an RCVS Diplomate in Veterinary Cardiology. His specific interests include pulmonary hypertension and feline myocardial (heart) disease.

Gavin has a particular fondness for Dachshunds!

Dr Michelle Zoja

MRCVS Diagnostic imaging referrals

Michelle provides ultrasound and CT referrals. Michelle is our dedicated hospital imager supporting the first opinion and emergency teams. Michelle has over 20 years experience of diagnostic imaging with additional interests in cytology and internal medicine. Michelle has worked in a variety of referral settings and her extensive experience allows her to provide a practical and pragmatic approach when assessing patients and advising regarding on going care.

Dr Vicky Butler-Ball

BVM&S GPCert(Endo) MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

Vicky has a passion for minimally invasive surgery with laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) and gastrointestinal endoscopy. Vicky holds the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies GP certificate in Endoscopy and Endosurgery and accepts referrals for laparoscopic surgery.

Dr Nicky Ross

BVetMed MRCVS

Nicky has a particular interest in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, and accepts referrals for laparoscopic spays.

General Practice, Referrals and Hospital

Shirley Noble

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton Clinic

Shirley joined the New Priory Vets team in 1983 and has been an integral part of the practice’s development. In her current role as head nurse at the flagship hospital in central Brighton, Shirley juggles her nursing responsibilities with various other tasks required for the running of a busy hospital. She has a yellow Labrador and a cat called Reggie.

Lynsey Tindall

DipAVN(Medical) RVN - Deputy Head Nurse - Brighton Clinic

Lynsey is our Deputy Head Nurse and has been part of the New Priory Vets family since 2002. She holds the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) and has a keen interest in Diabetes and Osteoarthritis, running clinics within the Brighton hospital to provide support and advice to our owners.

Lynsey lives with her husband, two children, one dog, one cat, five chickens and four stick insects. You may often hear her referred to as The Crazy Chicken Lady but she thinks it is perfectly normal for her husband to sometimes find her bathing a chicken in the sink when the need arises.

Marie Gunter

RVN CC PHC ANA MBVNA - Clinical Nursing Administrator - Brighton

Marie has been in veterinary nursing for over 12 years. She is a qualified clinical coach as well as a pet health counsellor. Marie joined New Priory Vets in 2018 as our Clinical Veterinary Nursing Administrator.

As well as many years of veterinary nursing in the UK, Marie spent 7 years in South Africa where she worked on a game reserve assisting the vets with a variety of emergencies that involved lions, rhinos and cheetahs.

Marie has a French bulldog called Duffy who came from Nice in the South of France originally. When she arrived she could only speak French so Marie had to brush up on her French speaking skills! Duffy is now bilingual just like her Mum! Marie also has a 3-legged cat called Rambo.

Emily King

RVN - DipAVN(surgical) - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton

Emily has been with us since 2002. Like all our nurses, Emily is a qualified veterinary nurse but she also has a Diploma in Advanced Surgical Nursing.

Emily has four cats; Bailey, J.T, Millie Mouse, and Baby, and a horse called Cassie. She is also the very proud mum of a beautiful daughter.

Amanda Webb

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton Clinic

Amanda joined the New Priory Vets family in 2000. Amanda started as a receptionist in the flagship hospital in central Brighton but quickly developed an interest in nursing. Amanda became a qualified veterinary nurse in 2004. Her particular area of responsibility is working in the practice laboratory which processes a wide variety of patient blood samples along with various other tests and procedures. In Amanda's spare time she is a keen horse rider.

Claire Reilly

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton Clinic

Claire qualified in 2008 with a keen interest in critical care and originally joined the New Priory Vets family working for the Priory Emergency Treatment Services (P.E.T.S.). She has since moved to the daytime team within the Brighton Clinic. Her home life is mainly spent with her cheeky son and daughter, her equally cheeky cats and spending time with her beloved VW campervan 'Bonnie'!

Keely Kosla

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton and Peacehaven

Keely joined the New Priory Vets team in 2014 and she loves working in referrals where she gets to work with lots of interesting cases. She’s a keen horse rider and is often out and about either on dog walks or at dog shows with her two Finnish Lapphunds, Teebo and Asha. Keely has recently taken on a rescue Springer Spaniel puppy called Odie.

Laura Hunter

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton

Laura has a passion for laboratory diagnostics so loves New Priory Vets’ well equipped laboratory. The entire team is strengthened by Laura’s supreme organisational skills in that department. In her free time, she loves to travel, collecting postcards from every place. While Laura doesn’t have a pet, if she were an animal she’d choose to be a cat, strong and independent, but suspects she may be a Labrador at heart: living for food and attention and carrying extra holiday weight.

Julia Boxall

RVN - Veterinary nurse - Peacehaven Clinic

Julie works primarily from our Peacehaven Clinic and is responsible for completing clients' insurance claims, submitting them and liaising with insurance companies regarding ongoing claims.

Donna Hilton

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton

Donna started working with New Priory Vets in 2005. She has particular interest in cardiology and anaesthesia of unstable patients. Donna is responsible for completing clients' insurance claims, submitting them and leasing with insurance companies regarding ongoing claims. Donna is accompanied to work by her two very chatty dogs.

Stacey Yeandle

Trainee Veterinary Nurse - Brighton

Having started with New Priory Vets as a nursing assistant, we’re pleased to say Stacey is now a trainee within the nursing team. In her spare time she enjoys festivals and live music and spending time with her dog Hercules who is nowhere near as brave as he sounds.

Amber

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton

Amber has a particular interest in anaesthesia and emergency care. Amber is currently on secondment to the day team from PETS. Amber enjoys swimming and days on the beach in the summer. Amber enjoys tattoos and has a good tattoo collection!

Chelsea Cheatham

Trainee Veterinary Nurse - Brighton

Chelsea has progressed from one of our passionate nursing assistants to a trainee nurse. When she’s not setting studying she enjoys singing, reading crime fiction books, volunteering with wild birds and telling terrible jokes.

Priory Emergency Treatment Service

Chloe Fay

BSc (Hons) CertVN ECC VTS(ECC) - Head Nurse - P.E.T.S.

Chloe completed her degree in veterinary nursing in 2012, whilst working at one of the UK’s largest emergency hospitals. She continued to work within the emergency and referral sectors both overseas and in the UK, gaining two further qualifications in ECC (Emergency and Critical Care): one of which is the highly prestigious Veterinary Technician Specialist accreditation held by fewer than 50 veterinary nurses in the UK. When Chloe hasn't got her head in an ECC book, she loves to cook gourmet meals for friends and family and cuddle her tiny Chihuahua Meredith.

Pete Foggen

RVN, ANA, AIOSH - Veterinary Nurse - P.E.T.S.

Pete has been nursing for over a quarter of a century, with over 10 years experience in emergency work. When at home, Pete, his wife and three children help rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Pete can regularly be found on the Sussex Downs walking his dogs.

Directors

Gavin McAulay

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, DVC, CertEM(IntMed) CertVC BVetMed MRCVS - Clinical Director - New Priory Vets

Gavin is one of New Priory Vets clinical directors. Gavin provides cardio-respiratory referral services (assessing heart and lung conditions) through Brighton Veterinary Referrals. Gavin holds several post-graduate qualifications including the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology.

Having been a part of New Priory Vets for over 12 years, Gavin is proud that it remains a practice driven by passionate staff with a family atmosphere and ethos that allows all members of the team to thrive.

Katie Smith

Hospital Manager - Clinical Director - New Priory Vets

Katie earned her veterinary degree at Cambridge and worked in general practice before choosing to pursue her passion for Emergency and Critical Care. She has undertaken further training in this field, including the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Katie joined New Priory in 2017 initially as the head of P.E.T.S. (Priory Emergency Treatment Services) and subsequently took on the role of Hospital Manager, working alongside the Practice Manager to ensure the round-the-clock continuity of care for which we’re known.
Katie has a real passion for developing staff and allowing them to excel in both clinical and client care.

Katie has 3 rescue pets: 2 lazy cats and one cheeky terrier called Jackson. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the gorgeous Sussex countryside, going to agility and tricks-training classes with Jackson, reading and discovering new vegetarian restaurants.

Practice Management

Sharon Dockeray

Practice Manager

With over 15 years management experience within animal care, Sharon is perfectly suited to be our Practice Manager. Sharon joined the team in 2016, bringing with her a wealth of veterinary management and client care experience.

Working closely alongside our Hospital Manager, Sharon is able to ensure our clients and their pets receive the very best possible care; something very close to Sharon's heart.

Outside of work Sharon enjoys taking care of her naughty animals Stiggy and Twinkle. Sharon also has a love for adrenaline! So, when you don't see her around the practice, it's likely she'll be busy wing walking or parachuting out of a plane!

Managerial Assistants

Claire Lewendon

Practice Administrator

Claire has been with New Priory Vets since 2008 and is our Practice Administrator. She is responsible for client accounts and the day-to-day administration of the Brighton Clinic. She's a key support figure for our staff and knows all there is to know about the practice! Claire has a lovely little black cat called Jessie.

Sue Lawson

Bookkeeper

Sue is the practice bookkeeper and she also helps with general office duties. She has two grown up children and three grandchildren. Sue rehomed a stray black kitten brought in to New Priory Vets with a head injury. He was named Baldrick and has been with Sue ever since.

Animal Nursing Assistants

Joanna Golds

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Jo has an honours degree in Animal Studies from the University of Northampton. Jo works tirelessly with Laura managing the nursing assistant team to keep every thing running. Jo enjoys being involved with the patients on a day to day basis. At home Jo has various rodents, ferrets, cats and children to keep her busy.

Laura Bunch

Lead Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Laura is our lead nursing assistant. The nursing assistants are the back bone of our hospital and have been invaluable during the Covid restrictions. The Nursing assistants have a varied but challenging role holding animals, stocking, cleaning, helping out on reception. Laura has been with us for 6 years after attending Plumpton College and being awarded a foundation degree in animal science. Laura has four animals: a Springer, a Sprocker, a Cocker and a Multipoo!

Hayley

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Hayley has been with us for several years and is keen now to train as a veterinary nurse. Hayley loves dealing with people as well as animals and has a variety of pets -including Stanley the naughty bunny.

Leah

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Leah joined us with extensive animal care experience having studied animal care at Plumpton College and been a dog groomer for several years. Leah has a collection of pets including Harvey, a Cockerpoo and Alfie a Maltese terrier as well as turtles and fish.

Amber

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Ambers passions are her trusty spaniel and travelling. Amber has lived in Germany and Australia and looks forward to be able to travel more in the future!

Cody

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Cody is a born and bred Brightonian who also loves travelling. Cody has come home after four years travel to what she describes as her dream job. Cody has two cats Egg and Megatron!

Evie

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Evie loves dealing with people and will often been found helping out on reception.

Holly

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Holly has recently joined the nursing team which has grown as we find new ways of working during Covid.

Receptionists

Sue Merchant

Receptionist - Brighton

Sue has been a receptionist at New Priory since 2015. She enjoys the interaction of being on reception and greeting all our clients, especially the four legged ones! Part of her many roles as a receptionist at the Brighton surgery is as an insurance coordinator, which involves trying to help our lovely nurses who process the many claims we do on behalf of our clients.

Sue has two tabby cats, Bert and Ronnie who are brothers - double trouble but adorable! In her spare time, Sue enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym, spending time with her friends and borrowing their dogs for long walks!