Roy qualified as a zoologist from the University of
Pretoria, South Africa in 1977 with a BSc(Hons) degree. This was
followed by a Masters degree for his research on the breeding ecology
of a bird community in woodland from the Universiy of KwaZulu-Natal and
a Doctors' degree from the Rhodes University in 1985 from research of
the South African Cliff-swallow. After another five years of research
on a variety of birds and bird blood parasites resulting in some 85
scientific papers and more than a 100 popular articles, Roy qualified
as a veterinary surgeon in 1995 from the University of Pretoria . For
two years he owned the Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic at the Faculty of
Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria before moving to the
UK to work in a small animal practice. In December 2001 he opened the Amicus Veterinary Centre.
Annette Pullan VN
My name is Annette Pullan. I have been nursing now for
12 years but have been a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2001. I have
a good knowledge of orthopedics and opthalmics after training at a
referral practice. This has now expanded into birds and exotics after
helping Dr Earle set up the Amicus Veterinary Centre a few
years ago. I have two cats (both rescued through veterinary practice),
one mad Jack Russel Terrier, a 10 year old rabbit and not forgetting my
little boy. I now work here three days a week as I do my mummy things
the rest of the time. I love working at Amicus and feel this is baby number two because I have been here so long.
Lisa Watson VN
I qualified in 1996 after doing my training at paws Veterinary Health
Centre and working there for 11 years. While most of the work was small
animals the nurses also got to do some of the large animal procedures
in this mixed practice. I also did a year working nights at an
emergency critical care centre in Coventry. This gave me invaluable
experience in critical care of animals. I came to Amicus in
May 2004 and I am enjoying the challenge of exotic nursing and surgery.
I am married and have two girls, Harriet born in 1998 and Charlotte
born in 1999. Their both enjoy riding and have their own ponies.
Consequently my spare time and weekends are taken up taking them to
pony club events and horse shows.
Rachel Pirie VN
Hi, I am the newest member of the Amicus team. I have been here since
January 2008. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for 14 years, qualifying
in 1997 at my first job in a multi-branch private practice. From there
I moved to the RSPCA Hospital in Birmingham where I met and worked with
Kate! My last job was at an out-of-hours Emergency Clinic covering the
hectic night shifts. This I did for nearly 3 years before realising
that I needed to get back to some normality - which Amicus is - most of
the time! I enjoy being part of a small team and the variety of animal
species that we see on a daily basis.
My name is Kate Saunders. I trained and qualified as a veterinary nurse
in 2000 whilst working at the RSPCA. I left to gain invaluable
experience in emergency care of British wildlife at St Tiggywinkles in
Aylesbury. However, I missed home and domestic animals so returned to
work at the RSPCA. I started here at Amicus in January 2006 and enjoy
working with my colleagues in this very friendly practice. I have had
the pleasure in helping to treat some unusual animals. As Amicus is
near to home, I now have more time to spend with my pets, mostly
strays, that I have collected over the years.
Hi, I have been a part of the Amicus team since June 2005. I have gained invaluable knowlwdge and experience in caring for a wide range of species of domestic and exotic animals that we treat on a daily basis. I have recently pass my first year in veterinary nursing and hope to qualify in the near future.
The Centre is open throughout the day
Monday to Friday 09.00 - 18.30.
Consultations are by appointment between 09.00-10.30 and 16.00- 18.00. Saturday consultations by appointment are between 09.00- 12.00. The Centre is closed on Sundays.