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Dr Michael Hollywood - BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS

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

Apart from ophthalmology Mike's professional interests include surgery and feline medicine. 
Mike spends most of his time working at the Malmesbury Hospital.

Outside of work Mike follows most sports, is a volunteer swim coach at Malmesbury Marlins ASC and spends any free time transporting his two hockey mad daughters to fixtures!

Dr Cyril Hayes - MVB MRCVS


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

Outside of work he enjoys all sport, gardening and is developing an interest in astronomy.

Dr Julie Hollywood - BVetMed MRCVS


Julie Hollywood - The George Veterinary HospitalJulie qualified from London in 1995. After working in small animal practice in Chippenham for 7 years she joined the George in 2003. Her interests include feline and rabbit medicine and soft tissue surgery. Julie spends her time between the branch surgery in Royal Wootton Bassett and in Malmesbury.

Dr Iain Hunt - BVMS MRCVS

Iain Hunt - The George Veterinary HospitalIain graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2004. He moved south to take up a post as a mixed practitioner in Cornwall where he stayed for 2.5 years. Iain joined the GVG in March 2007 where he has taken on a purely small animal role. He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and has a particular interest in surgery.

He enjoys all sports, and is a regular on the football pitch and golf course. He was also part of the winning Tetbury Woolsack Race team in May 2008, 2009 and 2010!

Dr Katie Wheeler-Booth - BVSc MRCVS

Katie graduated from Bristol in 2009 and, after working in Kent for two and a half years, she started at the GVG in May 2012. Katie splits her time between the hospital in Malmesbury and the branch clinics in Tetbury and Nailsworth. As a vet she is really interested in all aspects of internal medicine. Out of work she loves the countryside, exploring the world and sports.

Dr Sally Kirton - BVetMed MRCVS

Sally joined The George permanently in June 2013, although she has been a pretty regular part of the team since 2011 providing locum cover for holiday periods when needed. She graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and initially spent 2 years in mixed practice in Sussex, before moving to a small animal practice in Surrey. Sally enjoys all areas of general practice, with a particular interest in medicine. Sally is most often at Tetbury surgery or in Malmesbury.

Dr Max Cory - BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS MRCVS

Max qualified from Nottingham University in 2013 and joined The George Veterinary Hospital soon after. He is interested in all aspects of small animal practice, but with a particular bias for surgery. Your can book appointments with Max in Nailsworth, Tetbury and at our Malmesbury veterinary hospital. 

 Outside of work he is a keen sportsman - particularly skiing, kayaking and rugby; although now more regularly a spectator from the side lines!

Dr Grace Thomas - BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS MRCVS

Grace Thomas - The George Veterinary HospitalGrace graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 and joined us shortly after. She is based at the Malmesbury hospital and also sees clients at our branch in Royal Wootton Bassett. Grace enjoys all aspects of small animal practice with a keen interest in both surgery and ophthalmology.

Outside of work Grace enjoys playing lacrosse, music, travelling and running with a hope to soon take on the marathon. Grace was part of the record-breaking ladies team representing The George in 2016, with a new record time of 4:00.53 mins.

Emma Pemberthy

Dr Emma Pemberthy - BVM BVS MRCVS

Emma graduated from the University of Nottingham and started work at The George Veterinary Hospital shortly afterwards.  She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly interested in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. She splits her time between the hospital and our surgery at Royal Wootton Bassett.

She enjoys hosting dinner parties, live music events and is working up to attempting her second triathlon! Emma also represtented The George Ladies team in the World Woolsack championships in 2016; the team smashed an 11 year old record!

Dr Holly Chivers - BVSc MRCVS

Holly graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 and joined the George Veterinary Group shortly afterwards. She is based at the Malmesbury hospital. Holly enjoys all aspects of small animal practice with a particular interest in medicine and neurology. Outside of work Holly enjoys cooking, travelling and cycling, and especially exploring to the local countryside.

Dr Alice Manley - BVM BVS MRCVS

Alice Manley - The George Veterinary HospitalAlice graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and joined The George Veterinary Hospital shortly afterwards.  She is based at the Malmesbury hospital.  Alice enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a particular interest in internal medicine.

Outside of work, Alice enjoys playing netball, road-cycling, skiing, and running.

Dr Emma Bailey - BVSc MRCVS

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.

Jake Thomas

Dr Jake Thomas - BVM BVS MRCVS 

Jake joined the clinical team in August 2018 having graduated from Nottingham University.

Kate Pickles Vet at The George Veterinary Hospital

Dr Kate Pickles - BVM BVS MRCVS 

Kate joined the team at the hospital in August 2018 having graduated in the summer from Nottingham University, along with Jake Thomas.

Jessica Hewitt - Veterinary Nurse Manager - BSc

Jessica Hewitt- Veterinary Nurse ManagerJess joined the team in 2011 as a Nursing Assistant and has worked hard to her achieve her appointment in 2017 to lead the team as Head Veterinary Nurse. She graduated from Wiltshire College, Lackham in 2010 with a BSc in Animal Science and Management. Her previous experience includes working as a volunteer for Greater Vancouver Zoo in Canada shadowing all the keepers. This enlightened her to the various job opportunities open to a Veterinary Nurse. She became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014.

Jess loves socialising and enjoys a good film at the cinema.

Kirstie Sherman - Training and Standards Co-ordinator - DipAVN(Surgical) RVN LCGI MBVNA

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

Kirstie then returned to the practice where she was first a student nurse as their Head Veterinary Nurse. She has gained the A1 assessors certificate, the City and Guilds Licentiateship of Veterinary nursing and is a clinical coach. In 2008, Kirstie was elected onto the BVNA Council and in October 2013, was ratified as BVNA President for the 2013/14 term and Senior Vice-President for 2014/15.

Kirstie is an avid Newcastle United football fan and endeavours to get to as many matches as she can! She also loves spending time with Shearer and Kfor her lovely moggies! Particular interests are surgical nursing and inpatient care.

Cat Francis - Clinical Lead 

Cat Francis - RVN at The George Veterinary HospitalCat qualified as a veterinary nurse here in 2010 and, having worked elsewhere since, she returned to us in Spring 2015. Her particular interests are emergency, critical and in-patient care and came back to the team as a dedicated night nurse for a while to further this interest. In November 2016 Cat returned to working days with occasional cover on the out of hours rota and is our Clinical Lead.  

Cat owns a rottweiler cross labrador "Rocky" who enjoys flyball; she also has two cats who enjoy acting like hooligans! Outside of work Cat takes an interest in fitness and nutrition.

Karen Newton - RVN

Karen arrived at the George in 2002 as a student nurse. Having started her nurse training at a practice in South Wales she completed it here and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006. She has always had lots of pets including ponies, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and chickens. Always wanting a career with animals, Karen completed a BTEC National Diploma in animal care in 1995-1996. She owns three Corgis and attends shows and agility classes.

Amy Busson - RVN BSc Hons

Amy joined the George in July 2009 after graduating from Bristol University with a degree in veterinary nursing. Whilst at university, Amy spent 3 years working at Langford Veterinary School and Hospital working alongside the Veterinary students. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially emergency and critical care. She holds a particular interest in animal behaviour and runs desensitisation clinics here to assist dogs that are scared, or even aggressive, at the vets in overcoming their fear and to feel more comfortable on visits here. Amy has also completed a Clinical Coaching course and has responsibilty for coaching one of our student veterinary nurses within the practice.

 When she's not working, you'll find Amy being kept busy by her Springer Spaniel "Mia". She trains Mia in flyball and they compete with a local team in competitions throughout the South West.

Gemma Macpherson - RVN

Having studied at Oaklands College in Hertfordshire Gemma qualified in April 2015 and joined us in June, the same year. Previously, Gemma had been a dental nurse and her interest in oral health has now transfered to pet healthcare. She is also interested in developing her knowledge on canine and feline behaviour.

She has two cats; Scraggles (who she adopted as a stray) and Mimi.

Alex Whittingham RVN The George Veterinary Hospital

Alex Whittingham - RVN

Alex Whittingham RVN The George Veterinary HospitalAs the owner of 2 rabbits and 2 Bengals (not tigers) and Arthur the Daschund, Alex is clearly passionate about pets, and when you meet her you can tell she enjoys her role in the team. Alex studied Animal Management at Wiltshire college, Lackham and after spending time volunteering at various animal shelters and organisations decided that she wanted to become a nurse.

Her particular interests lie in using pets as a form of human therapy. Alex loves anything nautical and spends a lot of time down in Devon out on the boats.

Hayley Hughes

Hayley Hughes - RVN

Hayley joined The George in December 2017. She qualified as an RVN in 2015 and has been in practice for a number of years, training in a first opinion, small animal practice. Hayley now wants to expand her knowledge and further her skills within a hospital environment here at The George. She has a keen interest in promoting dental care in small animals, after having completed the Oral Care Nurse Certificate in 2017. Other areas of interest are nutrition and wound management, both of which she hopes to learn more about in the near future.

In her spare time, Hayley spends a lot of time outdoors walking her Spaniel cross, Ozzy, with her husband in the countryside. Other hobbies include swimming, reading, cinema and playing netball with some of her colleagues at The George.

Alice Bradbury - Student Veterinary Nurse

Alice joined The George Veterinary Hospital in January 2013 as a Veterinary Care Assistant having gained an Extended Diploma in Animal Management from Wiltshire College, Lackham. She is now undertaking her veterinary nurse training at college as a Student Veterinary Nurse. She most enjoys helping animals in need and working in a great team of nurses.

In her spare time, Alice enjoys helping out on the stud farm where she grew up.

Alex Theobald - Student Veterinary Nurse

Alex joined us in August 2014. She has always had an interest in animals with an ambition to work within the veterinary profession. During studies at Cirencester College for her Diploma in Animal Management Alex volunteered at various kennels and veterinary practices to gain some hands on experience. It's now her ambition to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse.

Alex owns a tabby cat called "Eva" but loves all domestic animals.  Outside work she likes setting challenges for herself. Having achieved her black belt in Judo she now enjoys fitness and running.

Sophie Cooper - Student Veterinary Nurse

Sophie joined The George in 2014 and is currently undertaking a Canine Behaviourist Practitioner Diploma in her spare time. Sophie's previous experience was working as a Veterinary Receptionist and, prior to that, at a local pet services enterprise.

She graduated from Reading University with a BSc Zoology (Hons) and gained some invaluable experience after at Durrell Conservation in Jersey, one of the world's leading conservation organisations. However, it was her ambition to work within animal welfare and companion animal care which has very much influenced her career path since. Sophie is a fan of Schnauzers, with two of her own.

Ellie McGeoch

Ellie McGeoch - Student Veterinary Nurse

Ellie completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management at Hartpury College in 2014 and from a young age has always wanted to work with animals and progress onto being a veterinary nurse. Having started here as a Veterinary Care Assistant Ellie is now a Student Veterinary Nurse. She has competed at flyball for a number of years and loves being around dogs. She currently has 2 labradors, a cocker spaniel and a lurcher puppy named Poppy. In any spare time Ellie enjoys walking.

Annabel Purves - Veterinary Care Assistant

Annabel joined us at The George in November 2016 having recently completed an Extended Diploma in Equine Management at Hartpury College. She hopes in future to progress to training as a Veterinary Nurse when an opportunity becomes available. She's always been keen to work with animals and enjoys the fast paced environment at the George. Annabel has a real passion for animals having been brought up with a wide variety of them. In her spare time she enjoys cycling.

Hannah Papenfus - Veterinary Care Assistant

Hannah joined The George Vet Group in January 2018 after working with horses for nearly 2 years. She studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management (equitation) at Hartpury College. She has now deceided to pursue her interest  in small animal where she hopes to progress and eventually train in future as a Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time Hannah is usually found at the stables spending time with her rescue horse Superted.   

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Opening in Nailsworth this August

18-06-2018 - Jason Vernon

Building works are underway on our new veterinary clinic which opens in Nailsworth this August....

Summer Newsletter from the Hospital team

08-05-2018 - Mike Hollywood BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS

Launching the newsletter a little earlier on this occasion to get us all in the mood for the summer ahead....

Alabama Rot

25-04-2018 - Cyril Hayes MVB MRCVS

Unfortunately, we are currently managing a dog which we believe has the condition referred to as "Alabama Rot". ...

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