Practice Principal - BVM&S MRCVSBob Paterson is practice principal and has been at the Grays surgery for more than a few years now. When not at work, he enjoys working on his allotment, watching sport, listening to his extensive music collection and working with the local Rotary Club.
Registered Veterinary NurseZoë Williams Registered Veterinary Nurse is our head nurse. She qualified in 2003 and started work with the practice in 2009. She is the practice Clinical Coach and is involved in the supervision of trainee nurses in the practice and, in particular, the development of their clinical skills. She has an interest in diabetes management and is happy to help owners of diabetic animals with any questions they may have. When not at work, she enjoys going to the gym and socialising at weekends and going on holidays with her friends.
Veterinary Surgeon - MVB MRCVSSiobhan Allen was born in Dublin and qualified from University College Dublin in 2007. She started work as a locum with Riverside Veterinary Group and accepted a full time position at Grays in January 2014. Her main professional interest is in internal medicine. In her own time, she spends many hours at the gym and is also keen on Pilates Yoga. Luckily for her workmates, Siobhan is also an excellent baker and regularly makes spectacular cakes of all types which she brings in to work. Her culinary and baking skills are the delight of her workmates!
Registered Veterinary NurseChris Footer Registered Veterinary Nurse first came to work at the Grays branch in 2003 and has been with us since then, save for a year out spent working in IT. Outside of work, he is kept busy looking after his two daughters, Zoe and Hannah, his Tibetan Terrier, Monty, and his two cats Amy and Daisy. His hobbies are running and he has completed the London Marathon three times, Snowdonia Marathon twice and the South Downs Marathon and has the Three Peaks Challenge under his belt. Any other spare time is spent computer gaming.
Trainee NurseLou Massey is our trainee nurse. She first came to the practice in 2006 and has successfully completed her first year of study. Lou is kept busy whilst not at the practice by her daughter Charlotte who takes up any time left after Lou has cared for her two labradors, two whippets, two Jack Russells and one Cocker Spaniel. She is also interested in dog behaviour and training classes. Lou no longer has as much time to event her two horses but they still take up a large part of her free time.
AdministratorKaren Pudney is the latest to join the Grays staff. She started with us in July 2013 but has been involved with Riverside Veterinary Group as an administrator for almost 30 years. One of her favourite hobbies is reading. Karen has been involved with Border Collies for years and is interested in both obedience training and has judged a few shows. She also has a good reputation as a breeder and her pups are keenly sought after.
ReceptionistKaren Epsly has been with the Grays branch forever - in fact, she was here two months before the boss! Karen has spent a lot of time ferrying her three children around as they have all turned out to be extremely good at sports and, in particular, athletics gymnastics and swimming and she can give good advice on how to pack and transport poles for vaulting. She is a swimming instructor which takes up a lot of her free time and any time that she has left, she dedicates to her two cats Lola and Blossom and her two Miniature Dachshunds Beryl and Eadie
ReceptionistMichelle Ford has been at Grays since 1988 and is well known by all of our clients. Michelle was one of the first in this Area to achieve a Gold Award in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. When not at work, Michelle operates a taxi service for her son and daughter and is a Beaver Leader. She has four lively dogs, Purdy, Alfie, Cooper and Winnie to look, after and enjoys walking them. She sees herself as the “Riverside Eco-warrior” and her ambition is to save the environment, albeit, one sheet of paper at a time.
ReceptionistKay Marsh started to work here in 2002. Kay is involved with the Thurrock Branch of Animal Welfare Trust and is a good fund-raiser for this Charity. She has three of her own cats, “Grace, Shoes and Billbob” and they were all of the “previously owned” category. When not at work, Kay is passionate about her fitness classes which she attends on an almost daily basis but the thing she would place highest on her list of importance, is exotic holidays. When she says exotic, she doesn't mean the Indiana Jones exotic, she means cocktails, first class travel & five star hotels type!