​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.


Rebecca Elks

BVetMed DVOphthal MRCVS

Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Barbara Gonella

DrMedVet CertVOphthal MRCVS

Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Kate Samson


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 15) and attempting to learn guitar.

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.

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.

Jo Francis


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...

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.

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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.

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.

Veterinary ophthalmology

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.

Ria Konstantinou


Junior Ophthalmologist


Heidi Green

Receptionist/Administrator and ANA 

Heidi will be one of your other main points of contact with us at EVR and also has responsibility for processing all insurance claims.  She enjoys helping on the farm and country life, especially walks with her dogs Bertie and Esther.

Josh Pugh 


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!

Debbie Summers


Head Nurse

​​Debbie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1997, and has worked in a wide variety of referral and general practices. Prior to joining EVR in 2013, Debbie was an assessor & IV for student veterinary nurses, and also gained the RCVS Examiner qualification for the RVN practical exams. Debbie has a keen interest in anaesthesia, in gold standard patient care, and in continuing to improve the care we offer to our clients & patients. At home Debbie looks after Sirius, a long haired Miniature Dachshund, and Emma, a Labrador and one of our blood donors.