We are a group of five small animal practices spread across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, first established in 1979. 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 Heanor surgery and have staff on hand throughout the night. We also offer free parking for clients at all of our clinics.
Emily graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2007. She has been at Ambivet ever since initially working at the Nottingham side of the practice but now spends most of her time at the Heanor surgery. Emily enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, taking a particular interest in soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, endoscopy and ultrasound. When not working Emily spends most of her time with her two very active dogs, Molly, a Springer x Lab and Mia, a welsh Springer.
Paul Nurse BVSc CertSAO MRCVS
Paul is a long standing member of the practice and will be familiar to many of our clients. Hequalified from Bristol University in 1984 and retains an enthusiastic interest in all aspects of
veterinary medicine. He is particularly interested in orthopaedics, advanced surgery, and clinical governance. In 1997 he gained further qualification, the Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics and in 2015 was recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and awarded ‘Advanced Practitioner Status in Small Animal Orthopaedics’. He has a role as Clinical Director and aims to provide a clinical lead for the practice. When not working he enjoys cycling, swimming, horseriding, ornithology, gardening and travel.
Laura Birkinshaw MA VetMB MRCVS Cert AVP
Laura graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2004. She went straight into first opinion practice at Ambivet and has been with the practice for many years. She has worked at the main hospital and all of the branches but is now based at the Wollaton surgery. She has recently completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Medicine with a general interest in small animal medicine and surgery. She has one dog, three rabbits and two rats.
Lara Collett BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS
Lara graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 and has been with Ambivet ever since. She is currently based at our Ilkeston surgery. Lara has a special interest in surgery and is studying towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Lara’s other clinical interests are neurology and orthopaedics, in particular, the use of advanced diagnostic imaging and she currently runs our CT/MRI program. At home Lara has a horse, two dogs, one cat and two rabbits, so the majority of her free time is spent looking after that lot!
Jade McKinlay BVM&S MRCVS
Jade graduated from the University of Edinburgh and started working at Ambivet a week later. She is based mostly at our Ripley and Heanor branches. Jade’s interests lie in soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine and exotic pet and wildlife medicine. Jade is happy to see any species whether they are feathered, fluffy or scaly! Her work experience with exotic animals and wildlife took her to South Africa, Canada and Greece during vet school. Jade has two house rabbits called Pumpkin and Sylvie and an Albino Giant African Land Snail called Luna.
Victoria Muris BVSc MRCVS
Victoria graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012 and started with us at Ambivet shortly afterwards. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but has a particular interest in medicine and cardiology. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and walking with her Border Terrier, Margot.
Gabriela Popa MRCVS
Gabi graduated from the University of Timisoara (Romania) in 2015 and started at Ambivet just after, she has been lifting our spirits up with her happy scrub tops and smile ever since. She loves fussing all creatures of the earth and has a special interest in emergency and critical care. In her free time she enjoys best the company of her three dogs and one cat, all special rescued cases. Gabi strongly believes in second chances so rescuing animals is something she encourages everybody to do – adopt don't shop!
Ed Purse BVM BVS MRCVS
Ed graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017. Despite originally being a Londoner, he loved his time at university in the Midlands so much that he decided to stay, and leapt at the opportunity to join Ambivet, where he has been ever since. Ed works mainly at the Aspley and Wollaton branches and has a passion for neurology, behaviour and internal medicine. Outside of work, you can find Ed on the squash court, quizzing at the pub or at home playing with his cat, O’malley.
Dr Yvette Rowntree BVSc CertAVP (ZM) MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine
Yvette graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and has worked in and around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire since then, joining Ambivet in 2009. She has a particular interest in the treatment of exotic pets and is one of only 25 advanced practitioners in their treatment in the UK. At home Yvette has a houseful of pets including six cats, five ferrets, and Rosie the dog.
Adam Stephens BVM BVS MRCVS
Adam graduated from the University of Nottingham in the summer of 2016 and joined us shortly after working at our Ilkeston branch in September 2016. You’ll now find Adam mostly at both our Ilkeston and Wollaton branches. His main veterinary interests are exotic animal medicine and clinical pathology. This fits with his choice of pets; Adam has kept a small flock of zebra finches, budgies and chickens.
Jessica Stirrups BA VetMB MRCVS
Jess graduated from Cambridge Vet School in July 2013 and spent a couple of months working in Gloucester before making the move up north to Sheffield in September 2013 where she stayed for over four years, before joining the Ambivet team in early 2018. She has a love of all things furry though isn’t scared by friends of a feathered nature – in her spare time she volunteers for the British Trust for Ornithology working as a trainee bird ringer – fitting small metal ID rings to wild birds to help track population trends and migration patterns. When not out helping with this she can often be found up, or indeed under, various hills and mountains and she also has a keen interest in caving, climbing and mountaineering, and is an active member of the local cave rescue team.
Upeksha Wijemuni BVMS MRCVS
Upeksha graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017. She moved down from Scotland to Nottingham to start her first opinion work at Ambivet that same year. Upeksha is originally from Sri Lanka but has lived abroad all her life. She enjoys her exposure to both medicine and surgical cases while working both during the day and out of hours. Some of her interests are, soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Though not having any animals at the moment, she is eagerly awaiting the right place to build her furry family.
Bernadette Wilson BSc (Hons) BvetMed MRCVS
Bernadette graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2015. Originally, from Derbyshire, she returned to the Midlands to work after graduating. Since September 2017 she has worked at Ambivets, mostly at the Ilkeston and Heanor surgeries. Bernadette is interested in all aspect of veterinary medicine but particularly enjoys neurology, internal medicine and treating small furries. Outside of work, she spends her time outdoors with her Cocker Spaniel, called Ella.
Alison Wise BVMedSci BVM BVS GPCert MRCVS
Alison graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013. She started out at Ambivet soon after graduating after spending a month in Tanzania helping with a local vet. Alison has particular interest in soft tissue surgery and has almost completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (PgC SAS). She also has an interest in rabbit medicine and surgery. Alison enjoys walking and mountain climbing with her two dogs, Misty and scruffy Ted and has five rescue rabbits and eight chickens. Alison also loves swing dancing, swimming and baking in her spare time.