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Mike Hollywood - The George Veterinary Hospital

Dr Michael Hollywood
BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS

Mike Hollywood BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS I qualified from London University in 1994. I completed a small animal internship at the Royal Veterinary College, London before joining the George as a small animal vet in 1995 and was awarded my RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in May 2000. I am also one of the Directors at The George.

Apart from ophthalmology my professional interests include surgery and feline medicine. Most of my working time is spent the Malmesbury Hospital.

Outside of work I follow most sports, and volunteer as a swim coach at Malmesbury Marlins ASC as well as spending much of my free time transporting my two hockey-mad daughters to fixtures!

Cyril Hayes - The George Veterinary Hospital

Dr Cyril Hayes


I qualified from University College Dublin in 1998. After spending 18 months in mixed practice, I decided to concentrate solely on small animals. I joined the practice in 2001, and spend time primarily between Malmesbury, Tetbury and our clinic in Nailsworth. My main veterinary interest is internal medicine, especially endocrinology as well as soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics. I'm also a Director at The George.

Outside of work I enjoy all sport, gardening and am developing an interest in astronomy.

Dr Julie Hollywood

Dr Julie Hollywood


Julie Hollywood - The George Veterinary HospitalI qualified from London in 1995. After working in small animal practice in Chippenham for 7 years I then joined the George in 2003. Interests include feline and rabbit medicine and soft tissue surgery. I spend my time between the branch surgery in Royal Wootton Bassett and in Malmesbury Hospital.

Iain Hunt - The George Veterinary Hospital

Dr Iain Hunt

I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2004 before moving south to take up a post as a mixed practitioner in Cornwall where I stayed for 2.5 years. I joined the GVG in March 2007 to focus on a purely small animal role and became a Clinical Director for the Hospital in 2018. 

I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice and have a particular interest in surgery.

I'm married to Jen, who is also a vet, and we share a love of travelling, playing sports, walking and spending time with friends and family.

Iain Hunt - The George Veterinary Hospital

Iain in Kenya feeding a giraffe


Dr Katie Wheeler-Booth

Having graduated from Bristol in 2009 and, after working in Kent for two and a half years, I started at the GVG in May 2012. My time is split between the hospital in Malmesbury and the branch clinics in Tetbury and Nailsworth. As a vet I'm really interested in all aspects of internal medicine. Out of work I love the countryside, exploring the world and sports.

Max Cory - The George Veterinary Hospital

Dr Max Cory

I qualified from Nottingham University in 2013 and joined The George Veterinary Hospital soon after. MY interest is in all aspects of small animal practice, but with a particular bias for surgery. I've been a Clinical Director at the Hospital since 2018. You can book appointments with me at Nailsworth, Tetbury and at our Malmesbury veterinary hospital. 

Outside of work I'm a keen sportsman - particularly skiing, kayaking and rugby; although now I'm more regularly a spectator from the side lines! I've represented the George at the Woolsack Championships in 2016, 2017, 2018 and in 2019.

Emma Pemberthy - The George Veterinary Hospital

Dr Emma Pemberthy

Hi, I'm Emma and I graduated from the University of Nottingham, starting work at The George Veterinary Hospital shortly afterwards.  I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, but am particularly interested in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. I split my time between the hospital and our surgery at Royal Wootton Bassett.

I enjoy hosting dinner parties, live music events and the odd triathlon! I also represtented The George Ladies team in the World Woolsack championships in 2016; the team smashed an 11 year old record which still stands today!

Dr Holly Chivers

Holly with dog GuinnessI graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 and have been working at the George ever since. I share my time between the hospital in Malmesbury and the Wootton Bassett branch. I enjoy all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine but have a particular interest in surgery, neurology and emergency medicine. I also run our laser therapy clinics at Royal Wootton Bassett where I enjoy building a rapport with our clients who come to see me each week. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, cycling and especially walking my lovely pooch, Guinness the Whippet.

Dr Emma Bailey

Emma Bailey at The George Veterinary HospitalThe George Veterinary Hospital welcomed Emma to the team in August 2017 after she graduated from the University of Bristol. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a particular interest in medicine and dermatology. Emma is based in our Malmesbury veterinary hospital and is also at The George Veterinary Clinic in Nailsworth.

In her spare time she enjoys playing badminton, surfing and watching motorsports.

Kate Pickles Vet at The George Veterinary Hospital

Dr Kate Pickles

I joined the team at the hospital in August 2018 having graduated in the summer from Nottingham University. My particular clinical interests include anaesthesia and analgesia.  Outside work, I play netball for the George team and, when not exercising, I enjoy baking and eating cakes! I also have a soft spot for Jack Russell Terriers and have my own called Lucy.

Dr Dorothy Hajdu

Dorothy in dental theatreI'm originally from Hungary but have lived and studied in Ireland where I attended University College, Dublin and afterwards graduating from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2019. I am fascinated by surgery and ophthalmology and have a particular interest in research. 

I'm a travel enthusiast and I also love sports and dancing. Outside of work I also enjoy amateur dramatics and spending time with my family and friends, and my pet Samuel - an Italian water dog. I have an interest, and get involved, in marine mammal and wildlife medicine as an aside too.

Dr Leanne Brookman

Leanne Brookman Hospital VetI graduated from the University of Bristol and joined the team in the summer of 2019. I take a keen interest in all aspects of veterinary medicine, particularly surgery and neurology. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, skiing, tennis and can often be found exploring the countryside with my cocker spaniel, Theo.  

Catherine Mellor - Small animal vet at The George

Dr Catherine Mellor

I graduated from Liverpool University in 2018 and after some time initially in mixed practice I've moved to focus on small animal work at The George. I'm based at the Malmesbury hospital but also have clinics at Royal Wootton Bassett. Being new to the Cotswolds, I spend a lot of my free time exploring new places in an attempt to tire out my Sprocker spaniel puppy Luna. I also enjoy baking in my spare time and watching football when I get the chance.

Jess Hewitt - The George Veterinary Hospital

Jessica Hewitt
RVN - Veterinary Nurse Manager - BSc

Jessica Hewitt- Veterinary Nurse ManagerHi, I'm Jess and I manage the nursing team here at The George. I joined the team in 2011 as a Nursing Assistant but since then have worked hard, qualifying in 2014 and then achieving my appointment in 2017 to lead the nursing team. It's something that I enjoy very much and it's a privilege to work with such a dedicated group of talented and caring individuals who not only care about your pets, but who also have a great deal of respect for the team and each other.

I graduated from Wiltshire College, Lackham in 2010 with a BSc in Animal Science and Management. My previous work experience includes working as a volunteer for Greater Vancouver Zoo in Canada shadowing all the keepers. It was this which lit my interest initially in the various job opportunities open to a Veterinary Nurse. 

I love a great movie at the cinema with friends and, more frequently now, an evening with friends catching a series on one of the digital stations.

Kirstie Sherman
Training and Standards Co-ordinator

I qualified as a veterinary nurse back in 1999 and spent five years thereafter working at a large mixed practice in Wiltshire. While there I developed an interest in surgical nursing, anaesthesia and analgesia. I subsequently took a position within a multi-disciplinary referral only centre in 2004 where I became Head Surgical Nurse and Deputy Head Nurse and progressed to attain the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2006.

From there I returned to the practice where I had studied to qualify, taking on the role as their Head Veterinary Nurse. I gained the A1 assessors certificate, the City and Guilds Licentiateship of Veterinary nursing and am a clinical coach. I was elected onto the BVNA Council in 2008 and in October 2013 was ratified as BVNA President for the 2013/14 term and Senior Vice-President for 2014/15.

My interests? Well, I'm an avid Newcastle United football fan who endeavours to get to as many matches as I can! I also love spending time with Shearer and Kfor, my lovely moggies! Particular interests are surgical nursing and inpatient care.

Cat Francis
Clinical Lead 

Cat Francis - RVN at The George Veterinary HospitalHello, I'm Cat and I qualified as a veterinary nurse here in 2010. I joined another practice after qualifiying but returned to the Hospital team here in 2015. My particular interests are in emergency, critical and in-patient care and when I first rejoined the Hospital it was as a dedicated night nurse for a while to further this interest. Since November 2016 however I've worked days with occasional cover on the out of hours rota and taken on a role as Clinical Lead for the Hospital nurses.  

I have a rottweiler-cross labrador "Rocky" who enjoys flyball; I also have two cats who enjoy acting like hooligans! Outside of work I take an interest in fitness and nutrition.

Hayley Hughes - The George Veterinary Hospital

Hayley Hughes

RVN Hayley Hughes at The George Veterinary HospitalI joined The George in December 2017. I qualified as an RVN in 2015 and have been in practice for a number of years, training in a first opinion, small animal practice. However, I continue to expand my knowledge and further my skills within the hospital environment here. I have a keen interest in dental care in small animals, having completed the Oral Care Nurse Certificate in 2017. Other areas of interest are nutrition and wound management.

I spend a lot of time outdoors walking my Spaniel cross, Ozzy, with my husband in the countryside. Other hobbies include swimming, reading, cinema and playing netball with some of my colleagues.

Karen Newton

I arrived at the George in 2002 as a student nurse having previously completed a BTEC National Diploma in animal care in 1995-96. Having started my nurse training at a practice in South Wales it was completed at The George where I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006. I've always had lots of pets including ponies, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and chickens. Always wanting a career with animals, I have two Corgis and attend shows and agility classes.

Amy Busson
RVN - BSc Hons

Hi animal lovers. I've been at the George since July 2009 after graduating from Bristol University with a degree in veterinary nursing. Whilst at university, I spent 3 years working at Langford Veterinary School and Hospital working alongside the Veterinary students. I enjoy all aspects of nursing, especially emergency and critical care. My particular interest though is in animal behaviour and I run the desensitisation clinics here to assist dogs that are scared, or even aggressive, while in the practice to overcome their fear and to feel more comfortable on visits here. I've also completed a Clinical Coaching course and am responsible for coaching one of our student veterinary nurses supporting them throughout their studies.

When I'm not working, you'll find me busy with my Springer Spaniels "Mia" and "Esme". 

Gemma Macpherson - RVN at The George Veterinary Hospital

Gemma Macpherson

Hello everyone. Having studied at Oaklands College in Hertfordshire I qualified in April 2015 and joined the Hospital team in June of the same year. Previously, I was a dental nurse and my interest in oral health now continues in pet healthcare. I also am interested in pursuing development of knowledge on canine and feline behaviour.

I have two cats; Scraggles (who I adopted as a stray) and Mimi.

Alex Whittingham RVN The George Veterinary Hospital

Alex Whittingham

Alex Whittingham RVN The George Veterinary HospitalAs the owner of 2 rabbits and 2 Bengals (not tigers) and Arthur the Daschund, I'm clearly passionate about animals. I'm sure you'll get that impression right from the get-go when you meet me. I studied Animal Management at Wiltshire college, Lackham and then spent time volunteering at various animal shelters and organisations before deciding to focus on becoming a veterinary nurse. My particular interest lies in the use of pets as a form of human therapy.

I love anything nautical and I spend a lot of time down in Devon, when I'm off, out on the boats.

Sophie Cooper RVN

Sophie Cooper

I graduated from Reading University with a BSc Zoology (Hons) and gained invaluable experience afterwards at Durrell Conservation in Jersey, one of the world's leading conservation organisations. Following a spell as a Veterinary Receptionist I entered into nursing when I joined The George in 2014 as a VCA, going on to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse in the summer of 2018. I'm is a fan of Schnauzers, with two of my own.

Naomi Chanin RVN at The George Vet Hospital

Naomi Chanin


Naomi Chanin RVN at The George Vet Hospital

Having previously provided some locum cover for the Hospital, I eventually joined The George in a permanent role in March 2019. After qualifying with a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2014, I took on a role the following year as Deputy Head Nurse and clinical coach at a charity clinic based at the Cheltenham Animal Shelter. It was here that I gained invaluable experience caring for particularly nervous and often mistreated pets that required more careful handling. This ignited my interest in animal behaviour and rehabilitation training. In 2018 I decided to start locuming in order to further my clinical knowledge and worked in busy hospital environments and out-of-hours surgeries. 

As an animal lover, much of my spare time is spent walking the countryside with my naughty Jack Russell Bertie and rescue dog Poppy.

RVN Naomi Chandler

Naomi Chandler

I'm Naomi and I joined the team here in June 2019 having previously worked in another Veterinary Hospital in the Cotswolds.  I became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015 and have two pets. I have two pets, a lovely cat called Newt and a tortoise called Karl.

Alex Theobald

Alex Theobald

I joined the team joined in August 2014. My interest in caring for animals drove an early ambition to work within the veterinary profession. During studies at Cirencester College for my Diploma in Animal Management I volunteered at various kennels and veterinary practices to gain some hands on experience. I qualified in Spring 2019 as a veterinary nurse and look forward to continuing to provide care both day and night for your animals.

I have a tabby cat called "Eva" but I'm fonds of all domestic animals.  Outside work I like setting challenges for myself and have achieved a black belt in Judo. I also enjoy fitness and running.

Ellie McGeoch

Ellie McGeoch
Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi I'm Ellie. I completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management at Hartpury College in 2014 and from a young age I always wanted to work with animals and progress onto being a veterinary nurse. I started here as a Veterinary Care Assistant but am now studying to fulfil my ambition to become a Veterinary Nurse. I have competed at flyball for a number of years and love being around dogs. Pets? Currently I have 2 labradors, a cocker spaniel and a lurcher puppy named Poppy; they're my companions when I'm out enjoying another of my passions, walking.

Student nurse Hannah

Hannah Papenfus
Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined The George Vet Group in January 2018 as a veterinary care assistant after working with horses for nearly 2 years. I attained a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management (equitation) at Hartpury College and am now pursuing my interest in small animals, having enrolled as a student to progress eventually to a Veterinary Nurse. I'm normally at the stables in my spare time spending time with my rescue horse Superted.   

Victoria Farthing - Veterinary Care Assistant

Victoria Farthing
Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi. I'm Vicky and I joined the team in July 2018 following on from 2 years at Hartpury college getting an extended diploma in Animal Management, always having the dream to work with animals and eventually go on to train to be a veterinary nurse. I'm now realising that dream and am currently studying as a trainee nurse. In my spare time you'll find me with my many animals which include 5 horses, dogs and ducks or on our family-led arable farm in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Emma Hickey
Student Veterinary Nurse

Emma Hickey in the lab

I joined the George Vet Group in January 2019 having previously worked at Oak & Furrows for six years. I was their first apprentice and went on to become Animal Care Supervisor. Having worked with wild animals for a number of years I am now pursuing my interest in small animals and studying as a trainee nurse. My spare time is mostly taken up with looking after my many animals which include rabbits, cats, chickens and many others. I also enjoy making crafts and gardening.

Lucie sheen - Veterinary Care Assistant

Lucie Sheen
Veterinary Care Assistant

I'm Lucie and I joined the Hospital team in July 2019. I was previously an Animal Care Technician at Lackham College for 3 years prior to working here and I have a Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Hartpury College and University Centre. Everyone here has made me feel very welcome and I'm loving it.

Courtney Stevenson
Veterinary Care Assistant

I'm Courtney and I joined the team in January 2020 having graduated from Hartpury University with a degree in Applied Animal Science with Therapy, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don't have any pets of my own yet I do have a soft spot for German Shorthaired Pointers as I hand-reared a litter of puppies in summer 2019. I've always wanted to work with animals and I am excited to learn more about the veterinary profession in this role.


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