​Ria graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Slovakia in 2015 and ever since being a student has had an enthusiasm for eyes. Having general experience in veterinary practices in both the UK and Greece, her home country, she now wants to pursue further specialisation in Ophthalmology, with a keen interest in neuro-ophthalmology. In her spare time she enjoys the company of Sirius, the world's most curious cat.

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Rebecca Elks

BVetMed DVOphthal MRCVS

Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Barbara obtained her veterinary degree in her native Torino, Italy, in 1995.  She has worked in the UK for over 20 years, initially as a GP vet in London and Oxford, before specialising in ophthalmology.  Barbara was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2003 and is an active member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  She joined Rebecca as a Veterinary Ophthalmologist at Elham Valley Referrals in 2014 and they now share a varied caseload of eye diseases.  Barbara was approved as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2016.

Jo Francis

RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Jo qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009.  She worked for several years in general practice building up her interest in in anaesthesia and surgical nursing, before joining EVR in 2015.  Jo is currently studying for her advanced Nurses' Certificate in Anaesthesia.  Her cat Stanley is not too keen on having his photo taken...

Katie Dorries

RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Katie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003 and now works part-time along with being a full-time Mum.  She is interested in general ophthalmology nursing and post-operative care of surgical patients.

Milo Elks

Border Collie x Greyhound

Practice Dog


Milo hasn't quite grown into his legs yet.  He is an expert chewer and will lick any unguarded elbows.

Becky Hackett

Admin and Accounts Manager


Becky is  responsible for arranging referral appointments and taking care of clients when they arrive.  She also looks after the practice accounts.

Josh Pugh 

Receptionist/Administrator


Josh works at our Reception  and will probably be your first contact either in person or by phone with our clinic.  Josh has a cat called Anne who is actually male!











Emma Summers

Labrador Retriever

Practice Dog


Emma is the practice's Tuesday dog.  She acts as a blood donor, mainly because of the treats she gets afterwards.

Elham Valley Referrals

Rebecca qualified as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1987.  She initially worked as a GP vet, returning to the RVC for a Residency and gaining the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology - the highest level of specialisation for UK vets - in 2002.  She was appointed Lecturer in Ophthalmology and Head of the Clinical Ophthalmology service at the RVC's Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, responsible for teaching undergraduate vet students and at postgraduate level.  She worked as a private Ophthalmology consultant from 2004 before setting up Elham Valley Referrals in 2008.


Marty Elks

Greyhound x Rough Collie

Practice Dog


Three-year-old Marty loves belly scratches and being a draught excluder.  He specialises in cardboard boxes and games of tug.

Meet our staff

Barbara Gonella

DrMedVet CertVOphthal MRCVS

Veterinary Ophthalmologist


Kate Samson

CertVN(ECC) RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Kate has over 15 years' veterinary nursing experience in both general practice and emergency nursing, recently achieving her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency & Critical Care.  She works part-time while looking after her three boys (aged 7, 13 and 45) and attempting to learn guitar.

01303 840499

reception@elhamvalley.com

Debbie Summers

RVN

Head Nurse


Debbie obtained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in Kent in 1997.  She has worked in both primary and referral practice and prior to joining EVR was an Assessor for the Veterinary Nursing diploma.  Debbie enjoys all aspects of referral nursing and has a particular soft spot for labradors.

Veterinary ophthalmology

Ria Konstantinou

DVM MRCVS

Junior Ophthalmologist

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