We are a small animal practice in Essex, first established in 1918. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open seven days a week at our Galleywood practice and have access to 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at the practice.
As one of our longest serving members of the team, Catherine joined Clarendon House in 1996 as a student veterinary nurse and qualified in January 2000. Her role has varied over the years from working with patients to the training of our student veterinary nurses. Catherine finds all aspects of her work rewarding and particularly enjoys working within the theatre environment. In October 2015 Catherine became head nurse at Clarendon House and is extremely proud of her nursing team and the high standards they all strive to maintain. Outside work her hobbies include walking, hiking and bird watching. She is the proud owner of Bob the Jack Russell Terrier and Bert the Border Terrier.
Leysan Clift RVN
Leysan joined Clarendon House in 2013 as a student and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016. She enjoys all aspects of her job, particularly when working directly with patients that require intensive nursing and care. She also has a keen interest in exotics species such as guinea pigs and rabbits as well as chickens. Leysan currently has seven chickens of her own as well as a Newfoundland called Rico and an English Mastiff called Narla. In her spare time Leysan likes baking, spinning classes and taking her dogs to the beach.
Louise Connolly RVN
Louise joined Clarendon House in 2004 as a student veterinary nurse, went on to qualify in 2007 and has remained at the practice until the present day. She enjoys all aspects of her role from assisting with surgery, caring for inpatients, advising clients, running laboratory samples and feels that each individual day brings its own challenges and rewards. Louise owns two cats, Cooper and Clyro, of whom she loves dearly. In her spare time she enjoys live music and often attends gigs and festivals. She also has a creative side hand making gifts, knitting, sewing and cupcake baking which is a firm favourite for all the staff at Clarendon House. Louise is also a proud mum to her daughter Willow who she believes has inherited her passion for animals.
Strachan Coutinho RVN
Strachan first attended Clarendon House when he was still at school on a work experience placement. He went on to qualify as a veterinary nurse in 2011 and joined the team in summer of 2015. Strachan has a keen interest in surgical nursing, especially soft tissue surgeries. At home he owns a very elderly cat named Elwing who he rescued as a stray four years ago. His hobbies include building all sorts of models and reading novels and comics, and most importantly, amateur dramatics.
Denise Ellis RVN
Denise joined Clarendon House over 10 years ago and has a keen interest in dog behaviour and training. She runs the puppy socialisation classes at Clarendon House and ensures that all new and prospective puppy owners are given the correct advice and guidance. She has a qualification with the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers). In addition Denise is a member of the Pet Professional Guild promoting force and fear free training. Denise is available at the practice for one to one behavioural consultations. She is the proud owner of two rescue dogs, Colin the Welsh Collie and Sam the West Highland Terrier, along with two rescue cats, Ethel and Boo. In her spare time she enjoys teaching agility, walking with her dogs in the hills and skiing.
Nikki Latter RVN
Nikki joined the team as a student veterinary nurse in 1999 and qualified in 2003. She enjoys all areas of her job but has a keen interest in nurse clinics and ‘small furries’, especially rabbits. Alongside Denise, Nikki helps to run our very successful puppy parties. When not working, Nikki is raising her young family which also includes her two ‘fur babies’: a wire haired fox terrier called Ossie and a French dwarf lop-eared rabbit called Otto.
Victoria Rawlings RVN
Tori has worked in the veterinary industry since 2009 and graduated as a registered veterinary nurse in 2014. She has a keen interest in all surgical procedures, general anaesthesia and enjoys caring for and nursing our patients from their admission into the practice through to recovery and finally their discharge home. Outside of work Tori enjoys travelling and spending time with her two Leonbergers, Safi and Moose.
Adele Tredgett RVN
Adele joined Clarendon House in 1986 and has worked in the practice ever since. She enjoys working closely with our patients on ward focusing on excellent patient care and attention. Over the years Adele has built up a very strong bond with many of our clients and patients and is affectionately known within the practice as our ‘cat whisperer’ due to her exceptional patience and understanding for our feline patients. Outside of work Adele finds propagating her own fruit and vegetables a great way to relax and the practice team often get to enjoy the fruits of her labour when bumper crops are harvested. Adele also has two rescue cats from Chelmsford Cats Protection, Henrietta and Cholmondley.
Caroline Boyd Ratcliff
Student Veterinary Nurse
Caroline originally joined the practice in 2015 as a kennel assistant and fell in love with the profession, deciding that she wanted to train as a veterinary nurse. She is now in her final year studying to fulfil her dream and hopes to graduate in 2018. Caroline has a keen interest in anatomy and enjoys the thrill of emergency cases. When not working or studying she enjoys going to the gym, playing guitar and spending time with her friends. She is also the proud owner of two Springer Spaniels, Ted and Poppy, Morty the hamster and Wabbit, a rescue rabbit. Caroline also has ‘a grumpy old man of a cat’ named Marley who she absolutely adores.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Rebecca began working at Clarendon House in August 2017 and is enrolled at Writtle College where she will begin her veterinary nurse training in February 2018. Rebecca has had a lot of experience working with animals and is looking forward to beginning her college course. She enjoys all aspects of her job and particularly enjoys learning about animal behaviour, laboratory work and emergency care. Outside of work Rebecca likes to spend time with her own animals - her black cat called Shadow, a rescue Border Collie called Tyke and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Timmy.