It's always nice to have a vet on hand who has experience working with a wide variety of animals and problems. Our veterinary surgeon Scott Cheyney has a wide range of experience caring for animals across the UK and Australia.
Scott originally comes from West London but moved from Edinburgh where he worked in Musselburgh, before joining The Palmerston Veterinary Group in February 2006. He is based at the Palmerston Veterinary Hospital.
He studied at Imperial College Wye between 1990 and 1993 and gained a BSc (Hons) in Animal Sciences. He then spent four years between 1993 and 1997 at the University of Glasgow and qualified as a veterinary surgeon in July 1997.
Scott has worked in various veterinary practices all over the country including Dundee, Cheshire and Edinburgh, gaining extensive experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery. Between December 2002 and March 2003 he also worked at a practice in Cairns Queensland, Australia.
Scott's interests include skiing, hill-walking, motoring. He is also passionate about travel and enjoys hearing about your travelling experiences.
Sarah Cook BSc RVN
The general running of a practice is stressful, time-consuming and hectic at times. This role requires exceptional organisational skills and patience. Luckily, our Palmerston Veterinary Group Practice Manager Sarah Cook has these attributes in abundance.
Sarah joined us in May 2002 as a trainee veterinary nurse after leaving her role as an animal care assistant for the RSPCA. Sarah successfully qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and quickly moved up the management ladder. Sarah was our head nurse for 11 years before taking on her new role as Practice Manager in December 2017. Sarah is responsible for the day to day administration and organisation of the practice. The administration team process up to 300 insurance claim forms each month.
Sarah has an adorable son called William, a cute cocker spaniel called Missy and a cuddly cat called Cookie. In Sarah's free time she enjoys playing netball, horse riding, meeting with friends, going to the cinema, reading and spending quality time with her family.
Claire Demmer MRCVS BVSc BVSc (Hons) Cert (AVP)
Claire Demmer qualified in 1999 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. After working in private practice both in South Africa and the United Kingdom, she obtained an honours degree in Small Animal Medicine and Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics from the University of Pretoria in 2005. She returned full time to the United Kingdom in 2012 and was based in North London.
She completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a surgical bias with the University of Liverpool in 2017. Claire joined Palmerston Veterinary Hospital in October 2018. Her veterinary interests include small animal surgery, wound management and laboratory work, including clinical pathology and cytology. She also enjoys the management side of things, and takes pride in finding solutions to problems commonly seen in veterinary practice.
Claire lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, two cats and two young children. She enjoys the theatre, singing, Latin American and Ballroom dancing, organic gardening and being outdoors in nature.
Neil Hampson BVSc MRCVS
When you bring your pet to us for important surgery, you want to feel safe and assured that they are in the best hands. We believe that the more experience a surgeon has, the better prepared they are to bring your pet back to good health. For this reason, our surgeon Neil Hampson is the best man for the job.
Neil originally comes from South Africa. He studied at the Faculty of Veterinary Science (Ondersstepoort) at the University of Pretoria between 1982 and 1987 and qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in June 1987.
He worked at various practices in Johannesburg, South Africa between 1987 and 1994, gaining valuable experience in all aspects of veterinary practice. In 1994 Neil moved to the United Kingdom, working as a locum until 1995 when he became the Senior Veterinary Surgeon at a practice based in East London.
His desire to improve his skills and knowledge is outstanding. He underwent extensive training in orthopaedic surgical procedures between 1996 and 2001. Most of the training was completed in the USA, including AO/ASIF training at Ohio State University and Arthroscopy training at Colorado State University.
Neil was licensed and trained by the late Dr. Barclay Slocum in TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy) and TPO (Triple Pelvic Osteotomy) techniques, which were pioneered by Neil and Tom Yarrow MRCVS in East London.
He joined The Palmerston Veterinary Group in October 2005 and works on a daily basis at our Walthamstow surgery.
Neil's interests when he is not working include travel, classical literature and music. He also enjoys skiing, antiques and wine-tasting.
Martin Simonovski MRCVS
Martin Simonovski is a veterinary surgeon with a strong interest in small animal surgery working at Palmerston Veterinary Hospital, Buckhurst Hill.
Karen Snyman BVSc MRCVS
Victoria James MRCVS
Victoria James is a UK qualified veterinarian who has been working at Palmerston Veterinary Hospital since September 2018. She is currently completing a course in acupuncture for pets to aid pain relief, especially elderly pets and pets with spinal conditions.
Erica Sampaio MRCVS
Erica Sampaio is a veterinary surgeon working at Palmerston Veterinary Hospital.
Liz Munro MRCVS
I'm Liz Munro, and I've been a Vet for 15 years, and lived and worked in Essex for the past 12 years. I wanted to be a Vet aged six when I was given my first hamster, Smokey, as a pet.
I enjoy all aspects of being a Vet, but particularly like looking after elderly cats and dogs, to help their owners give them the best quality of life in their twilight years.
I also enjoy giving talks to places such as local schools about my work to help inspire the next generation!
Outside of work I enjoy crafting such as sewing and crochet; cycling and spending time outdoors with my young family. At home we have a rescue cat called Cookie, and a tank of tropical fish. I look forward to meeting you and your pet.
Katie Grimble RVN
My name is Katie & I have been at Palmerston Veterinary Hospital for 14 years. Having passed my nurse training at Palmerston I then went on to become a clinical coach, helping to train other student nurses. I have recently been promoted to Head nurse & I am loving the new challenge & exciting future that this brings.
I have four tortoiseshell cats called Becks, Crunchie, Delia & Edith & outside of work I enjoy pet sitting & socialising with friends.
Emma Wright RVN
Emma joined PVG in 2003 as a trainee veterinary nurse and qualified in 2005 with merit. She soon moved to senior nurse at our Walthamstow branch in 2007 and then assisted in the opening of the Romford Surgery and ran this from 2009-2013. In 2013 Emma returned to the main hospital in the role of Nurse Manager and the Practice Managers assistant. In Emma's spare time she looks after two horses, likes to travel, going out with friends and watching football.
Amanda Fleming RVN
Deputy Head Nurse
Amanda started her nursing career in Surrey in 1998 and qualified in 2001. She has worked at a few different practices and also locumed for a couple of years before coming to PVG.
In 2007 she was fortunate enough to take some time off from work and travel to Zimbabwe, where she worked with a team at an Antelope park on the rehabilitation and conservation of lions.
She joined PVG in 2009 and has since been promoted to Deputy Head Nurse.
Michele Dennison RVN
I was born in Dartford, Kent in 1982. I moved to Enfield to study veterinary nursing at Middlesex University in the year 2000 and graduated in 2004. Shortly after graduating I started at Palmerston veterinary group full time, as a registered qualified veterinary nurse.
I have two daughters, Maddie born in 2011 and Olivia Born in 2014. Now part time I enjoy both sides, being a mum and nursing at the hospital. I have found over the years that being a nurse is a real privilege and caring for all the wonderful animals at Palmerston a real honour. I enjoy helping to train the student nurses and keep my clinical coach active with new students.
My home is made complete by our wonderful family dog, Jerry and my beautiful cat Kovu who remains forever in our hearts. My spare time is mostly taken up with the family but I do love to swim, jog and go for long dog walks where possible. I also find socialising with friends a great way of relaxing and over the years have been fortunate enough to have worked with many colleagues,
who have become very good friends and also built up good relationships with many pet owners.
My future with Palmerston is to ensure that a high standard of patient care is maintained and all the wonderful patients are treated like our own pets.
Leanne Huggins RVN
Romford Branch Nurse
Faye Donegan RVN
Walthamstow Branch Nurse
Nanako Hattori RVN
Martin Langan RVN
Erika de Graaf RVN BSc
Erika de Graaf is a veterinary nurse working at Palmerston Veterinary Hospital.
Debbie Ward RVN
Emma Hughes RVN
Romford Branch Nurse
Steffani is a qualified American Veterinary technician currently employed at Palmerston animal hospital in Buckhurst Hill.
Jade Lockley SVN
Jade Lockley is a soon to be qualified student veterinary nurse working both at Palmerstone veterinary hospital and Romford veterinary clinic.
Veterinary Care Assistant
Sonya Mead joined us late September 2017. Ever since joining she has grown from strength to strength and is currently studying to become a qualified VCA at the College of Animal Welfare. On a day to day basis you can find Sonya in the ward making sure it's kept clean and tidy as well as keeping your furry friends happy by giving a lot of tender love and care. Sometimes she can even be found helping out on the front line at reception.
In Sonya's spare time she loves to go horse riding and is even studying her ABRs in stable management and riding. She also loves spending time with friends and family as well as drawing illustrations for her course work, gifts and to sell.
Charlie Chillingworth SVN
Charlie is a veterinary nursing student currently working at Palmerston animal hospital, Buckhurst Hill.
Veterinary Care Assistant
Elizabeth Worth is a veterinary care assistant currently employed at Romford veterinary clinic.
Veterinary Care Assistant
Eleanor Burdfield is a veterinary care assistant currently employed at Walthamstow Veterinary Clinic
Reception, well what can I say...noisy, messy, mad at times, peaceful other times, that is what our receptionist Catherine loves about her job! The variety and the challenge, never a dull moment at the hospital.
Previously a dental nurse/receptionist for 15 years, it was not a difficult decision to move from two legged patients to four legged ones!
Catherine has spent all her long working life dealing with the public in one way or another. Outside work hours Catherine loves the theatre, cinema and going for walks with good friends. There is nothing better than blowing the cobwebs with a good walk!