Simon Kent - BVSc CertVC MRCVS
Simon is one of the practice partners. He joined the practice in September 2000 and formed the present partnership with Katy in January 2002. This means he has been a practice principal for well over ten years now.
Simon qualified from Liverpool in 1988. His career started in a mixed practice North of Birmingham, before spending a year in Fiji, working for a charity. Operating in hotel bedrooms and tribal village huts certainly has taught him to appreciate the veterinary facilities in White Hart Lane.
Out of the clinic Simon has given up all semblance of a social life to ferry his 9-year-old son to various sporting matches and practices. He has a gorgeous black longhaired cat called Curly Bob who hunts squash balls and then drops them into Simon's work bag, which is slightly odd!
Simon has a certificate in Veterinary Cardiology, and accepts referrals from other local practices for their more complex cardiac cases. Initially a general examination and stethoscope check will be needed. Depending on the suspected condition further assessments with Electrocardiogram, Ultra-sound and X-ray may then be required. These facilities are all available within the practice.
We have a colour flow doppler ultrasound machine which greatly enhances our diagnostic capability. This is able to measure blood flow in various parts of the heart. Doppler is used along side our x-ray and electrocardiography facilities to aid our clinical assessment of our patients.
If you would like Simon to check your animal's heart, please call to make an appointment.
Katy Horton - BVet Med LFHom MRCVS
Katy is one of the partners and has been with the practice since 1996 and is very popular and well known to our clients. She is a committed and sympathetic veterinary surgeon who always has her patient’s best interests as her main concern.
Katy qualified at the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. She concentrates on small animal care and her veterinary path has taken her to America and Kenya, where she worked with the KSPCA. Now settled back in Barnes, she has a keen interest in small animal medicine. She completed an ophthalmology postgraduate course and achieved her GPCert (Ophthal) from ESVPS. She also completed the HPTG course in homeopathy at Oxford, and gained her LFHom.
One of the things very close to Katy’s heart is TOLFA (Tree of Life for Animals), the small but wonderfully effective grass roots charity in India that the practice supports. TOLFA have saved countless animals from disease and suffering and Katy has completed several fund-raising events to support them.
The picture shows Katy checking for glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a serious group of diseases that cause increased pressure within the eyeball. If you can imagine the eye is like a fixed sized ball filled with fluid and then the pressure inside the ball starts to increase, you can imagine the damage to the delicate structures like the retina and the lens inside. It can cause blindness.
Please do not hesitate to contact Katy if you have any concerns about your pet.
Dr Alexia Carol-Cox MRCVS
Alexia is a wonderful addition to our Veterinary team. She delights in working with animals and is a caring and dedicated veterinary surgeon. Alexia has been working in London since 2000. Her journey took her through Holland Park, Hampstead, Hyde Park, Putney and finally to Barnes when she joined our team in 2005.
Alexia qualified as a veterinary surgeon from l'Ecole Veterinaire de Lyon, France in 1994. She then worked in mixed practice for 2 years before heading to Australia. There she gained the Australian qualifications for overseas veterinarians and she worked for a small animal practice in Sydney for 2 years. It has surprised us how many fluent French speaking clients we have and we have only discovered this through Alexia's bilingual talent. This has also been extremely useful when we need to speak to vets in France about the very popular PETS passport scheme.
Alexia's areas of interests include internal medicine, dermatology and surgery. Alexia is a keen walker and she loves to take her Hungarian Vizsla called Laszo to Richmond Park. Whenever you see Alexia's little bicycle leaning outside the practice, she is working. It is our equivalent of the flag flying over Buckingham Palace!
Alexia works with us on the following days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Marcella Chelli-Nuzzo MRCVS
We are delighted to welcome Marcella our new full time vet.
Marcella Chelli-Nuzzo qualified in 2008 and joined our team in early December 2016. She is a very experienced and extremely compassionate veterinary surgeon.
After graduating in Italy and a few adventures in the jungle studying bats, she has moved to London to pursue her Veterinary career. Marcella loves all aspects of small animal veterinary work and has a special focus on emergency and soft tissue surgery. She is also keen on alternative medicine.
Some of her other interests are books, films, climbing things, baking, and her little fluffy dog Brillo, a rescue from a previous practice; he was going to a shelter but she brought him home "for one night" and he is still there, and he doesn't let her out of his sight! He is named Brillo as he is wiry like a brillo pad. She has 3 other dogs back home in Rome living with her family,as well as 3 cats.
She looks forward to meeting you all !
Liz Hayden MRCVS
Liz qualified from Bristol University in 2001 and after two years of working in mixed practice in South Wales, and travelling and working in Australia and New Zealand as a vet, she moved to the south east of England to work with small animals and horses. Liz has been working with small animals only in London since 2005 working in Kew, Twickenham, Putney, and Belgravia at an emergency clinic, so she is very familiar with the Barnes area.
Liz began working at White Hart Lane in 2013, having always heard very good reports of the practice and she has not been disappointed! Her special interests are medicine based especially feline and emergency medicine. She also has a qualification in veterinary acupuncture and a general practice certificate in small animal medicine.
Outside of work, Liz loves walking, running and horse riding in Richmond Park. She adores cats and still has her faithful companion, her ex stray, white cat called Casper that she acquired on her first night on call ever, back in 2001!
Karen Wilkins MRCVS
Karen qualified from Edinburgh in 1997 and after working in a mixed practice for 2 years she sought adventure abroad, working in Cape Town around some of the poorer communities which included charitable work such as mobile clinics and a neutering project for stray cats.
After returning to the UK she worked in Hertfordshire and North London in mainly small animal veterinary practice. Marriage brought Karen to South West London and she initially worked at the practice in 2007. Taking time out to bring up two children she maintained her links with the practice and returned to regular work in 2015.
She mainly works at the practice on Saturdays and is very much enjoying being part of the White Hart Lane team. Karen has always had a love of first opinion veterinary work and is keen to remain a generalist with its endless variations of interesting stories.
Outside of work Karen is passionate about protecting the environment, cooking and her family including fabulous tabby cat Moomin.