Our practice is built upon our loyal, dedicated and passionate team. Our blend of expertise and special interests complement each other – and we enjoy a trusting, family-style working environment with good teamwork and communication.

General Practice

Dr Bronwen Eastwood

BVetMed BSc CertGP(SAP) MRCVS

Bron qualified from the Royal Veterinary Collage in London in 1992. She 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.

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

Bron has a Whippet, 3 rabbits, 2 chickens and a tortoise - mostly rescues, 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. He 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, including surgery and diagnostic imaging - with a particular interest in ultrasound. In 2018 Sian took on the position of Clinical Lead at our Peacehaven branch.

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 Faye Kormpou

DVM PGDip(VCP) MRCVS

Faye is one of our first opinion clinicians at the Brighton Hospital. Faye has had further training in emergency medicine and surgery and has worked in a variety of first opinion and emergency settings. She recently completed a rotating internship at Bristol University and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice. Faye has also developed a strong interest in diagnostic imaging and is currently working towards obtaining an advanced imaging certificate.

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.

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 MRCVS - Hospital manager and Head P.E.T.S.

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 James Checketts

Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

James enjoyed gaining all-round knowledge in mixed practice before realising his love for emergency work. He took advanced ECC training with a leading ECC provider before moving to Sussex to work for New Priory Vets. In addition to ECC work he has a keen interest in emergency surgery. When he’s not hard at work he can be found exploring the local countryside with his one-eyed Labrador, Pivo.

Dr Ioana Cafrita

DVM 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 Calum Young

Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

Calum joined the PETS team in early 2019, having previously worked for a large and busy national pet out-of-hours provider. He 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 Diplomate in Veterinary Cardiology, CertEM(IntMed) CertVC BVetMed MRCVS - Director and co-owner 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 Faye Kormpou

Outpatient CT referrals are performed by Faye, our experienced ultrasonographer and CT operator. Faye has a strong interest in diagnostic imaging and is currently working towards obtaining an advanced imaging certificate.

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 who she rescued snake called Spencer.

Marie's daughter Georgi has now joined the New priory family as an animal nursing assistant at our Peacehaven clinic.

Lucy Layen

RVN - Senior Veterinary Nurse - Peacehaven

Lucy joined the New Priory Vets team in 2008 and is involved in almost all aspects of care delivered by our Peacehaven team: assisting in theatre as an anaesthetist, delivering the nurse clinics, laboratory diagnostics and of course, providing professional cuddles to all our patients. Lucy has a snack-loving rescue Portuguese Podengo called Foxy and a cheeky rescue cat called Harvey.

Emily King

DipAVN(surgical) - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton

Emily has been with us at New Priory Vets 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.

Michelle Westlake

DipAVN(small animal) RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton and Peacehaven

Michelle qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2001 and joined New Priory Vets a year later. In 2003 she completed the Royal Canine Pet Health Counsellor course and became involved in running nurse clinics. Michelle finds holding weight clinics and senior pet check ups especially rewarding. In 2011 after two and a half years hard work, Michelle gained the RCVS Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Veterinary Nursing with distinction, specialising in anaesthesia, medical nursing, and theatre practice.

Amanda Webb - RVN

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 Adams

BSc RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton and Peacehaven

Laura qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from the The Royal Veterinary College in 2015 and began working in a general practice in Chichester. She joined the New Priory Vets team in early 2017 and spends her time working between the clinic in Peacehaven and our hospital in Brighton. She has a cat called Rory and a young Jack Russell Terrier called Squid.

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.

Carrigan Van de Merwe

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton Clinic

Carrigan moved to the Brighton area in 2017 from Kent where she’d trained previously in a predominantly surgical and orthopaedic practice. She has a particular interest in medical nursing and caring for critically ill patients in our Brighton hospital. She also enjoys participating in the many nurse clinics on offer, providing support and guidance to clients. Carrigan lives with her boyfriend and four year old cat and loves exploring Sussex in her spare time.

Amy Scully

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - Brighton and Peacehaven

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 and also assists our clients with their insurance claims. At home, Donna has four cats and a miniature schnauzer called Daisy.

Stacey Yeandle

Trainee 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.

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. He can regularly be found on the Sussex Downs walking his dogs.

Holly Cadogan

BSc Dip RVN - Veterinary Nurse - P.E.T.S.

Holly joined the New Priory Vets team in October 2011. Before beginning her career as a veterinary nurse Holly gained a FdSc in Animal Science and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. Holly has a keen interest in anaesthesia and emergency and critical care. In her spare time she is a voluntary mentor for a women's charity in Sussex and enjoys adventures in the countryside with her little dog Kobi.

Directors

Matt Gittings - Director & Co-owner New Priory Vets

BVetMed PGCert(SAS) MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Matt graduated in 2000 and attained Advanced Practitioner status in 2015. He came on board with New Priory Vets in December 2016 as co-owner and Director. Matt also owns another successful independent multi-location practice, Arun Veterinary Group, and brings with him a wealth of management experience which complements the highly skilled New Priory Vets team.

Away from work, both he and his wife are kept busy by their four daughters, two Border Terriers and two very cheeky Burmese cats.

Gavin McAulay - Director & Co-owner New Priory Vets

RCVS Diplomate in Veterinary Cardiology, CertEM(IntMed) CertVC BVetMed MRCVS

Gavin is one of New Priory Vets’ co-owners and also provides cardiorespiratory 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 12 years, Gavin is proud that it remains an independent practice with a family atmosphere and ethos that allows all members of the team to thrive.

Practice Management

Katie Smith

Hospital Manager

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 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.

Managerial Assistants

Bev Smith

Finance Administrator

Bev joined New Priory Vets in June 2018 and is one of our behind the scenes heroes, ensuring the smooth running of our HR and finance departments. Originally hailing from Plymouth, Bev lives in Storrington with her husband and two Ragdoll cats called Washington and Wellington. A keen fan of motorsports, Bev takes every opportunity to attend events in the UK and overseas.

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 and works tirelessly with other members of the team to ensure all areas of our flagship Brighton hospital are kept to the highest possible standard of cleanliness and ready for any new cases. She enjoys being involved with the patients on a day to day basis. At home she has four cats and five chickens.

Chelsee Cheatham

Nursing Assistant - Brighton

Chelsee is one of our passionate nursing assistants. When she’s not setting up scopes and assisting the vets and nurses at New Priory Vets, she enjoys singing, reading crime fiction books, volunteering with wild birds and telling terrible jokes.

Receptionists

Susan Tarbuck

Receptionist - Peacehaven

Sue has been one of the friendly faces you see in reception since 2006. During this time she has completed two courses in Pet Bereavement and has a special insight into the bond between humans and animals. Susan’s rescue cat Pongo was timid at first - spending her first six month in the wardrobe - but after twelve years in Susan’s care she is cheeky, confident and loves mealtimes. She may be getting on in years but is still the centre of attention.

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!