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Arun Veterinary Group

Our administrative team support Matt in managing the practice. His vision and dream for continual practice development can only be achieved with the help of these unsung heroes. They are truly committed to their roles and are responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the practice

LIZ PANTER
OPERATIONS MANAGER AND REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Liz has been in the veterinary industry since 1994. She trained as a riding instructor before embarking on a career as a veterinary nurse, qualifying in 1997. She has been with us since 2005 and is passionate about the practice. She takes pride in educating our clients so they can educate others about pet care. Liz is an excellent communicator and works hard to make sure both our clients’ and team’s needs are met.

Liz adores her 4 cats – Sox, Marmite, Little Boy and Squidward and also has 2 rescue dogs, Lily and Paddy. She enjoys keeping fit, walking Lily and Paddy and also reading a good book. Liz freely admits she would love to be a beauty therapist and practices at home regularly – thankfully, only on herself!

JENNIFER MUDDLE
NURSING MANAGER AND REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Jenny qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009. She began her career in a local Veterinary Hospital, gaining a wealth of experience before joining our team. Jenny has become a clinical coach, examiner and more recently one of our two nursing manager. Jenny’s passion for wildlife is infectious and her knowledge of the subject is fantastic.

Jenny is a devoted Mum, both to her children and her cheeky cats, Marley and Joey. She once considered a career change to midwifery but thankfully chose to remain with the team.

CHLOE TURNER
NURSING MANAGER AND REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Chloe was born in England, moved to Australia when she was 13 and returned to the UK in 2013. Veterinary nursing is in the family as 2 of her sisters are also vet nurses (her older sister Jenny is part of our team). Chloe’s love for nursing began at The Cat Protection Centre. Once she returned to the UK she intended to locum with us but as with many others, she stayed permanently.

Chloe tells us that she loves coming in to work everyday! Her 2 cats, Sonic and Athena keep her on her toes and she spends her spare time enjoying motocross and snow boarding.  Chloe became a mother to Harper in 2018 and we were delighted to welcome her back as a nursing manager.

SOPHIE WILLCOX
DEPUTY NURSING MANAGER AND REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Sophie gained her degree in veterinary nursing and practice management in 2013 from Harper Adams University. Having previously worked in Scotland and Woking, Sophie joined the team in October 2016. Sophie’s interests lie in nursing clinics and puppy parties. Sophie was promoted to Head Theatre Nurse in November 2019.

Sophie spends her free time caring for her handsome lurcher Jake and professes to being a keen baker. We are yet to see the evidence!

GEMMA TREAGUS
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE AND SDEV MANAGER

Gemma qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008 and very quickly moved away from general practice into a referral work. Here Gemma gained her passion for Emergency and Critical Care work, gaining her certificate in this field of expertise.

In 2019 Gemma joined the AVG team and was initially based at our Westergate branch as a day nurse. In November 2021 Gemma moved from AVG across to our sister night service, South Downs Emergency Vets, where her ECC certificate was put to great use caring for our critical and high dependence cases. In early 2022 Gemma was promoted to SDEV manager and now manages the teams at both our Storrington and Chichester hospitals.

Out of work Gemma is a busy Mum to her two children. She also cares for her two cats and two dogs. Gemma is also a keen runner and enjoys unwinding up on the Downs, with her two dogs running alongside her.

SARAH PALFREY
HR MANAGER

Sarah is our HR manager and joined the team in 2022.

Sarah began her HR career journey back in 2004, after working for a few years the travel industry. Then, with a collaboration of talent recruitment and human recourses management initiatives, she progressed through to Senior HR Leadership of which she worked to develop and deliver HR strategies to meet the ever changing needs of the organisation.

Sarah has a degree in Human Resources Management and is still working on her final Masters level studies. She is an associate member of the CIPD HR accreditation.

Coming from a manufacturing corporate company, Sarah is passionate about the AVG glorious independent culture and its values. With a passion and love for animals, Sarah is keen to focus on continuously improving job satisfaction and engagement for all employees at AVG, making it the best possible place to work in the industry!

Outside of work Sarah is a busy single Mum to her two daughters Beth and Evelyn, and to her Shih-Tzu Coco. When she’s not running the girls around to their many clubs and activities, she can often be found out on walks with Coco, socialising with friends or trying out a new bar or restaurant somewhere.

ALEX KIPP
FINANCE MANAGER

Alex joined the team in 2021 as our Finance Manager.

Alex began his career working in a local supermarket, and after becoming a young dad and putting a pause on his dreams of working in theatre, fell into working within finance. He worked his way up from trainee to manager within a handful of accountancy practices within Sussex, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019.

He heads up our finance team and works closely with Matt. Alex prides himself on ensuring that we retain our independent vet culture, and that our clinical teams aren’t restricted in being able to provide the high quality service that Arun Vets is renowned for. He has a love of animals, but is typically found in one of our branches looking at spreadsheets!

Outside of work, Alex is a dad to his animal loving daughter alongside sharing in the highs and lows of Manchester United FC with his son. He’s a regular in the the gym and enjoys being a bit of a geek playing with the latest technology he can get his hands on.

HELEN THORNTON
FINANCE SUPERVISOR

Helen qualified as a veterinary nurse from Brinsbury College in 1998. When she started at Arun Vet Group it was a mixed practice and she really enjoyed the variety of work, especially the farming side. As the practice evolved, Helen progressed and moved into a management role. She loves the practice and its team spirit but does sometimes wonder if she might have been pursued the life of a farmer.

Helen has a variety of animals at home, including 2 labradors, 2 guinea pigs, 2 gerbils and 4 fish. She enjoys gundog training and walking her dogs. One of her ambitions would be to take a balloon flight over the Serengeti National Park at sunrise and to walk the Inca Trail.

DANIELLE WILLIAMSON
RECEPTION MANAGER

Having worked in retail since leaving school, Danielle joined the AVG team in July 2022.

Danielle was a team manager in a previous retail role and seized the opportunity to bring her skills to Arun, whilst combining her love for animals.

Out of work Danielle enjoys to travel and has previously volunteered for a dog charity in Cyprus. It was during this visit that Danielle met a tiny pup who she fell in love with – before bringing him home to the UK.

This little chap is now called Toby and he keeps Danielle busy with long walks and training.

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