Charles has set up a program of health care and disease prevention for the equine division within this Practice, that he reviews regularly. It is with the support of the modern equipment at Riverside Veterinary Surgery that he is able to offer a wide range of diagnostic support and appropriate treatment.
Charles is adamant that an early diagnosis, treatment and support for both the animals and the owners are of paramount importance in achieving the most satisfactory results in every case. We are grateful to have his knowledge and experience as well as his practical operational skills, which are well acknowledged.
Bridget Abolins BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon & Director
Bridget enjoys medicine and many types of surgery, and constantly strives to develop further. In 2007 Bridget passed her General Practitioner Certificate in Feline Practice.
She enjoys spending time with her cat, Maude, and dog, Woody and enjoys dining with her friends. Bridget also loves to travel and spent a month helping a charity in Africa with a animal neutering programme.
Gemma Rouse BVetMed MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon & Director
Gemma can now mainly be found travelling round the local countryside, treating horses in need with our up-to-date equipment. Digital X-ray/Video Ultrasound/Video endoscope allows Gemma/owner to see the results of the tests immediately and decide on an appropriate treatment plan. Gemma is a great believer in ‘prevention is better than cure’ and promotes Flu and Tetanus Vaccination as well as Equine Herpes Virus as part of routine healthcare in the horse. A worming regime is tailored according to each horses needs.
Gemma has two adorable whippet x saluki’s, called Lola and Bert, is a keen horserider and enjoys travelling. She has spent a month in Thailand looking after street animals and plans to do more charity run veterinary work in the future.
Dominika Skawinski SGGW MRCVS
Outside of work Dominika loves travelling and enjoys spending time with her pets – she owns a very energetic small Portuguese podengo, a Siamese cat and a Silesian mare.
Practice Consultant & Director
After joining Riverside in 1988 it became apparent that her managerial qualities and general understanding of veterinary matters, would be best utilised as Practice Manager.
Lesley is almost ready to retire and has reduced her hours to a more background role, working on the accounting side, leaving Emma and Sam to manage the day to day running of the practice. She is a big part of the practice and will always remain so.
Lesley’s personal interests lie with the countryside and being with her husband and Buzz, their black labrador. All the country exercise keeps her fit. She even ran the London marathon in 2007.
Emma Silcock RVN
Practice Manager & Director
At 17 years of age Emma started her veterinary nurse training and qualifed in 2000. She has extensive experience and skills in all areas of medical and surgical nursing. Weight management and general anaesthesia are her areas of interest.
She also has a particular rapport with dogs, especially those with a fractious or difficult nature.
Emma progressed to head Veterinary Nurse, but is now managing the practice. She helps out the nursing team as much as she can, as she loves the contact with animals and clients.
Emma is married with four children and has a dog, guinea pigs and chickens to keep her busy out of work. Interests include eating good food, dog walking, cinema and days out to Marwell Zoo, amongst others.
Sam Dilley RVN C-SQP
Assistant Practice Manager & Director
In her time here, she has developed a keen interest in the day to day running of the practice, as well as continuing to be involved with the hands on aspect of veterinary work. Sam assists Emma in the day to day management of the practice.
As a farmers daughter Sam has been raised with all animals. She has many pets including cats, dogs, horses and chickens. Her husband, 2 children and her horses keep her busy out of work.
Sophie Mountford nee Burke RVN
Head Nurse. Registered Veterinary Nurse
During work time, Sophie enjoys working with intensive care cases and the monitoring and care that this involves.
She also has a particular interest in intensive care and providing care to our in patients.
She worked so hard to gain her qualifications and we are very proud of her. Sophie was promoted to Head Veterinary Nurse and now helps to train new staff to meet their qualification goals.
Sophie has both cats and dogs – enough to keep anyone busy! She loves socialising, walking her dogs.
In September 2016 Sophie was married.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
In her short time with us Hana has already managed to adopt a very cute little Ginger kitten, whom she has named Biscuit.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
From a very young age she knew that she wanted to combine her love for animals with her thirst for studying science. She has a passion for biology and animal welfare.
Emilie is training towards her qualification as a veterinary nurse. She has many hobbies, including horse riding and would like to venture towards further study in the equine area too.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
In her spare time, she enjoys the gym and spending time with her family and pets. Lily has a profound interest in marine biology and hopes to expand her knowledge of this subject in the future.
Zoe’s work includes assisting the vets and nurses in a more hands on role. She loves helping to care for the patients and plays a huge part in getting them back on the road to recovery with intensive feeding and care.
Zoe’s beloved Rottweiler Tyra was an unwanted puppy that was brought into the surgery. She needed life saving heart surgery, which the Riverside team performed. Zoe nursed her to recovery but instantly fell in love with her. They were inseperable! Tyra was a huge part of Zoe’s life and gave her a precious 7 years companionship before her loss due to another disorder. Losing Tyra broke her heart. She will miss her! We understand how devastating it is to lose a pet; part of the family.
Zoe loves keeping busy with her running and tries to do as many charity runs as she can.
Animal Nursing Assistant and Groomer
Andrea has a dog and 3 cats. She has had 2 daughters whilst with Riverside and, after maternity leave, she changed to a part time position to do grooming.
Despite performing her main role within the practice as grooming, she continues to help out the vets and nurses with the patients in the practice. Andrea is well known for her cat handling skills, and is often found calming fractious felines.
Charlotte also assists vets with diagnostic workups due to her experience with equines!
Charlotte has been horse riding since 6 years old and now competes in BSJA. Charlotte has BHS stage 1, 2 and and a National Diploma in horsemanship.
Other hobbies include scuba diving and skiing. Charlotte has 2 horses, 4 dogs, 11 chickens, 2 sheep and a disabled pigeon!
As Head Receptionist she has full responsibilty for the day to day running of reception.
Phyll has 3 dogs, a cat and 2 sons! Phyll is a keen photographer having gained a B Tech level 1 and B Tech level 3.
We often utilise Phyll’s skills for practice photos for our displays.
She has 3 dogs and is a dedicated Saints supporter and enjoys regular holidays in Cornwall with her dogs.
She has one dog called Benson (as pictured), who was adopted into the family in 2006. He keeps her busy along with her other hobbies, which include reading, card making and spending time on her allotment.
Tracey enjoys family life and, as well as working here she also cares for her grandchildren.
Kerry now works as a part time receptionist to give a nice work/home life balance. It’s great having her back.
Kerry enjoys keeping busy with her family, walking her dog Cooper the Sloviakian wire haired pointer, and dining with friends.
In her spare time, she can be found covered in mud in the woods with her spaniel and jack russell.
Stacey also has a special bond with her harris hawk, whom she tries to fly as often as she can! With a menagerie of animals at home, including two ferrets, two bearded dragons and chickens, you could say Stacey is animal mad!
Stacey has recently returned to work following maternity leave.
Katie helps in both reception and administration areas of the practice. In her spare time, Katie enjoys long country walks with her husband and two young children, as well as socialising.
Puppy Socialisation and training classes
Sue is very proud to say that she has worked for Riverside since 1988! Her first job at Riverside was running reception and did this for 10yrs. Due to her own experiences with horses she took an interest in the Equine Department, which she ran for many years until Charlotte arrived. Sue owns a horse called “Maisie”. Sue also owns two dogs “Kizzie” a Tri Colour Border Collie and “Dexter” a young Border Terrier. Sue finally returned to her position on reception as she missed her close client contact and helped with Puppy Socialisation, as well as running her own behaviour issues and training classes. This has now progressed into her own business.
Sue runs our puppy socialisation classes every Thursday evening.