Sonia Chenais


With a background in languages and education, we are delighted to have Sonia on the team.  She is an animal enthusiast , especially her beloved dogs.  In addition, she gives her time to working with animal rescue and fostering charities both internationally and in the UK. 


Camilla Challinor


Registered Veterinary Nurse

​Camilla qualified last year after more than 10 years working in veterinary practice. She has two fur babies including a cat called Moji, and the newest addition, Duckie the dog. Camilla loves learning new nursing skills and finding ways to improve patient care. She comes to EVR looking for a new challenge. Outside of work Camilla enjoys walks in the country and getting back to nature. 


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.

Lisa Maclennan


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lisa qualified in 2010 from the  College of Animal Welfare.  Like everyone else in the team, she is an animal enthusiast and has a Romanian rescue dog, a Bengal cross cat, seen in the photo, and two giant African land snails!


Debbie Summers

RVN, NCert (Anaesth) 

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.

Bartek Bielecki


Veterinary Ophthalmologist

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.

Meet our staff

Natalia Hebda


Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Tara Sequenza

Animal Nursing Assistant

Tara has always loved animals and owns a variety of pets: horses, sheep, dogs, cats and reptiles. She has completed her Diploma in Animal Management.  Outside work, she is interested in photography and martial arts. 

Marty Elks

Greyhound x Rough Collie

Practice Dog

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

Rebecca Elks

BVetMed DVOphthal MRCVS

Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Natalia qualified from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2016, having spent 15 months at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). During her studies, she completed externships in both Poland, Spain and Italy. Since then she has worked in busy small animal practices in England, before completing a rotating internship in 2019, where she developed a strong interest in veterinary ophthalmology. She then returned to general practice where she would see second opinion ophthalmic cases and started working towards a Certificate in Small Animal Ophthalmology. She joined Elham Valley Referrals in March 2022.

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.

Bartek qualified from the Wroclaw University of Environmental & Life Sciences in 2021. During his studies, he undertook externships in both Poland and the UK, and since then he developed a keen interest in ophthalmology. He completed an internship and worked in a small animal ophthalmology practice in Poland. In 2022 he was granted a scholarship from the East European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology and spent a month in Rowe Veterinary Referrals in Bristol. 
He really enjoys expanding his knowledge and getting to meet clients and their pets. Outside of the consult room he loves playing tennis. 
Bartek owns a dog called Pchelek and a rabbit called Precel.
He joined Elham Valley Referrals earlier this year.

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.

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Jasmin Holton 

Animal Nursing Assistant 

Jasmin has a keen love for animals and has experience in different animal sectors including conservation.  She has a diploma in animal management.  Her spare time is spent looking after her cats, guinea pigs and chickens. 

Vy Pham

Animal Nursing Assistant 

Since watching animal rescue videos on You Tube, Vy has wanted to work with animals.  Ultimately , her dream is to train as a veterinary nurse. Sadly Vy has no pets of her own but for our lucky patients this means they get all her care and attention!

Holly Trebill


Registered Veterinary Nurse