Veterinary Surgeons

Philip Hughes BVSc MRCVS

Philip is the senior Director at Priory Vet Group working mainly from the Highcliffe Branch Surgery. He is the main Equine and Large Animal vet but has worked with all species. His passion is for horses both at home and at work but with family abroad he loves to travel.

Emma Newton BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS

Emma was born in Poole and educated at Talbot Heath in Bournemouth. She graduated from Bristol in 1999 and worked in several mixed practices across the country before joining Priory Vet Group in 2008 and becoming a Director in 2015.

She has always loved Ophthalmology (eyes) and sat her examinations in 2006. She became an Advanced Practitioner in 2015 (as soon as this scheme started).

Outside work Emma is kept very busy with her family and young labrador cross Millie. A keen sportswoman, Emma plays netball weekly and does tennis, swimming, running and riding when she can.


Daniel trained at the Royal Veterinary College in London. He joined us at Priory Veterinary Group in 2012. He became an owner and director in 2015. In what proved to be a busy year, he also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

Although not Dorset born and bred, Daniel feels very much at home living in Highcliffe. He got married at Highcliffe Castle to his wife Katy. Alfie, their Black Labrador, performed the ring bearing duties. As all good Labradors should, he stopped to try and eat some petals on the way down the aisle!

Laura Buckland BVetMed MRCVS

Laura graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2008 and joined Priory Veterinary Group in 2011. She is working towards the Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Laura enjoys all aspects of mixed practice.  Her special interest is Emergency and Critical Care and she is passionate about treating your pet with kindness and dignity as if it were her own and is known for giving very straightforward advice and information.

Laura lives locally with her husband and three young children.  They have three dogs, two cats, a handful of chickens and a tortoise called Ernie.

Jess Roose MA VetMB MRCVS

Jess joined Priory Vet Group after graduating from Cambridge University in 2013. Her main interests are imaging and cardiology so she spends much of her time in dark corners of the hospital performing ultrasound scans! She is currently studying towards a certificate in small animal cardiology.

Outside of work you may see her walking her Jack Russell, Mickey, around Mudeford Wood and Hengistbury Head or if she’s feeling energetic, playing Netball with a local team. She makes regular trips back to her family’s home in Cornwall where she enjoys trying to surf and walking on Dartmoor.

Amelie Summer MA VetMB MVetSci MRCVS

Amelie graduated from Cambridge University in 2006. She has since worked in small animal practice in both the UK and the USA and completed a Masters Degree in Conservation Medicine with Edinburgh University in 2016. She has an interest in Dermatology and Feline Medicine and is currently studying for a Certificate in Feline Practice.

A keen hiker, Amelie walked 1000 miles of the Appalachian Trail with her husband in 2017 before moving from London to Christchurch.  She is now enjoying exploring the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Katy Putterford MA VetMB MRCVS

Katy graduated from Cambridge University and joined Priory Veterinary Group in August 2015. She is enthusiastic about all aspects of small animal practice and particularly enjoys surgery.

Outside of work she enjoys baking, catching up with friends and taking her two westies, Megan and Molly for long walks on the beach.

Sophie Jenns MA VetMB MRCVS

After qualfiying from Cambridge in 2015, Sophie was with priory Vet Group for two years. She recently returned after an eight month break travelling the world and locuming at different practices. Sophie has no pets at the moment, although her parents have two Labradors who Sophie says are basically like her brothers as she’s an only child! She gets her pet fix while at work instead at the moment.

Sophie says “having seen practice in different places, I was keen to re-join the Priory team because I really like the very high standard of care that we expect to provide so I can offer that to my clients, and because the team is really friendly and helpful.” Sophie is starting a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery later in the year, enjoys hockey and dancing, lives in Southbourne and is gluten free.

Imogen Else BVSc MRCVS

Imogen graduated from Bristol University, and joined Priory Veterinary Group this summer. Imogen is originally from north Buckinghamshire but has family in Bransgore so was familiar with the local area. Outside of work she thoroughly enjoys walking her family’s cocker spaniels in the forest, horse-riding and baking. More recently she has started cycling too!

She is looking forward to meeting more of Priory’s clients and their pets.


Roxy Lewis CertVN ECC DipVN RVN Nursing Manager

Roxy joined Priory in 2008 as a trainee. She qualified in 2012 and soon became a clinical coach, then in 2013 she was appointed Head Nurse

Roxy has a keen interest in emergency and critical care nursing and in 2017 completed further studies to become a certificate holder, she passed with distinction. In her spare time she enjoys taking her cheeky terrier out for long walks in the countryside.

Gemma Read BSc RVN Deputy Nursing Manager

Gemma joined the practice in 2009 as a trainee nurse, having previously gained a degree in Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare). In 2014 Gemma qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and is one of our clinical coaches, supporting the training of our student nurses. In 2016 she was appointed to the Deputy Nursing Manager role.

Gemma has an interest in nutrition and diagnostic imaging, and has recently gained the BSAVA Merit Award in Diagnostic Imaging.

In her spare time, Gemma enjoys cooking, walks in the forest and spending time at the beach. She also has a soft spot for guinea pigs

Sam Bolton RVN

Sam is a Registered Veterinary Nurse who has been at Priory since 2009. Sam has a keen interest in looking after our hospitalised patients and enjoys the variety nursing brings. She is a clinical coach, helping our trainee nurses with their studies and Sam also runs our Golden Oldies clinics for senior dogs aiding them with mobility issues and nutrition.

Sam became a Mum in 2015 and now works part time. She has a particular soft spot for Labradors.

Katie Powell RVN

Katie qualified in 2016. She has been a part of the team since 2012 starting as a Saturday animal care assistant, then progressing to her role as a veterinary nurse.

Katie has a keen interest in medical nursing and enjoys caring for the hospitalised patients especially assisting with their recovery. At home Katie enjoys spending time with her cocker spaniel Alfie, taking him for long walks in the forest. She also has a keen interest in photography which fills her spare time.

Michelle Mellows RVN

Charley Thompson RVN

Jess Hall RVN

Jess started working at Priory Vet Group in December 2013 and in August 2018 qualified from Sparsholt College.

Jess has a keen interest in feline care and behaviour and has one cat at home called Yuna. She also has great affection for giant breed dogs and would one day love to own a Newfoundland (once she’s moved to a bigger house!).

Aliie Harpham Student Nurse

Aliie joined Priory Vet Group in September 2015. Her main passion is training sled dogs in particular Siberian Huskies.

She has lived and worked with sled teams in Austria, Sweden and Finland. In January this year she achieved her Diploma in Animal Psychology. Allie lives at home with her two cats Archie and Elvis. Her main interests are animal behaviour, surgical nursing and anaesthesia.

Lucy Biddulph Student Nurse

Lucy joined Priory Vet Group in 2016 having previously worked as an Animal Care Assistant.

Lucy has four dogs at home and loves walking them along the south coast and at National Trust properties. Lucy especially loves Cavalier King Charles Spaniels because they are so affectionate and are always wagging their tails.

Beth Attfield, Nursing Assistant

Beth joins us from another practice where she had been a nursing assistant for 18 months previously.

Beth is looking forward to being at Priory where she’ll have the opportunity to further her knowledge and skills at a bigger practice. When she’s not in Christchurch, Beth can often be found at Swanage railway with her partner, Ash, who is a driver there. They both hope to move soon to a house with a garden so that they can start their fur baby family.

Nikki Jacob-Moss Animal Care Assistant

Nikki studied Animal Care at Kingston Maurward in Dorchester and has been a part of the Priory team since 2007.

She shares her home with her cat Martha, her tortoise Tarquin and not forgetting her husband Paul. In her spare time she enjoys walking and cycling.

Georgia Rides Student Nurse

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Office & Reception Team

Nicola Holmwood Practice Manager

Nicola had previously worked as a vet nurse and a practice manager in Essex before joining Priory in 2018. She is responsible for the non clinical aspects of the practice.

Nicola lives locally with her husband, three children and two Border Terriers Fred and Pipi. When not herding them all around, she enjoys paddle boarding, reading, cooking and yoga.

Sarah Johnson Administrator

Sarah joined PVG in the year 2000 and works as an administrator in the office at Christchurch dealing primarily with insurance claims and paperwork associated with tuberculosis testing in cattle.

Outside of work she enjoys sport, especially playing badminton and dog agility training with her cocker spaniel called Harvey.

Sam Kingswell Receptionist

Sam has been the receptionist at our Highcliffe branch since 1999 and is a very well known face among the locals! She thoroughly enjoys meeting clients and making a fuss of their pets.

When she’s not at work she enjoys walking her little dog, Freddie, along the coast.

Debbie Lloyd Administrator

Debbie has been with Priory Vet Group since 2006 and works as an administrator in the office. She likes nothing more than walking her terrier Harley in the New Forest and meeting other dog walkers.

Her passion in life is her singing and she is part of an award-winning female vocal ensemble called La Nova Singers. They perform an eclectic repertoire of classical, sacred, operatic and contemporary choral music and give concerts through the area with a regular gig at Highcliffe Castle at Christmas.

Suzy Robbins Receptionist

Suzy moved down to the south coast from County Durham in 1986 for a summer job and liked it so much she never went back. She has worked at Priory Vet Group since 2007 on reception, credit control and general admin.

She loves animals and is a strict vegetarian. In her spare time she enjoys walking, watching movies, eating cake and playing candy crush saga! She is looking forward to starting her latest house renovation project.

Jackie Cole Receptionist

Jackie has worked at Priory Veterinary Group at their Bransgore Branch for many years. She enjoys taking her dogs out in the forest with her horses.

Pam Dolbear Receptionist

Pam is part of the reception team and works at both Christchurch and Highcliffe.

Pam enjoys walking and running on the New Forest with her two cocker spaniels and loves seeing all the ponies and wildlife.  Her other passions are baking, spending time with the family and going to live concerts and singing along!

Elaine Grandon  Receptionist

I’m not a crazy cat lady, it’s just that I have more than originally planned! A pregnant stray was handed in to us and when no-one claimed her I took her home and eventually she had 4 kittens in my wardrobe. Three of them have gone to excellent homes – i.e. Priory staff. The 4th one is staying with us. We’ve named them Freja and Matthew and my original cat Eddie is slowly getting used to the mayhem

Elaine Leach Credit Control

Originally from London, I moved to Bournemouth in 2000 and love spending time with my husband and our 3 crazy dogs, Ollie the Cocker Spaniel, Buddie the Beagle and Toby the mini dachshund. I am a volunteer for Guide Dogs and in my spare time I also enjoy scrapbooking, making greetings cards and handbag charms and going to rock concerts – the louder the better!

Debbie Hart  Receptionist

Debbie started at Priory in 2006 and has recently returned after a 20 month break. She works mainly at Christchurch and Bransgore on reception and general admin.
Debbie enjoys going to live gigs, cycling and pilates, but mostly horse riding in the New Forest.