Our Team at Fivelands
We are very lucky to have such a wonderful, caring Fivelands team, with plenty of experience and expertise. We spend a lot of time making sure we have the right people working for us to ensure the quality of the service we provide is the best in Birmingham!
Mrs A. Demiral (nee Slowey) BVMS, MRCVS
Mrs Demiral qualified as a vet from Glasgow in 1991. She came to the practice straight after qualifying as a vet and liked it so much she has stayed ever since, and is now one of the directors. Mrs Demiral loves German Shepherds and cats, she has owned cats and a dog called Jed in the past. She now enjoys spending her free time visiting family and friends.
Christian Hughes BVMS, MRCVS
Christian also qualified from Glasgow in 1991, joined the practice in 1999, and is also a director. He has an interest in acupuncture, ophthalmology, greyhounds, and dogs in general, feline medicine and enjoys a challenge. He has a Labrador after sadly losing Charlie the Cavalier (see above) to syringomyelia, and would love a cat (but sadly can’t as half his family are allergic to them!).
“The job is so varied, you never know from one day to the next what you will see. I really enjoy getting to know the people who come in as well as their pets. It is a great privilege to do what I do for a living and meet such lovely pets and people. Even dealing with more challenging pets can be rewarding, especially when they finally make friends with you.”
Dr. Christian Lancelott Bsc (Hons), DVM (Hons), MRCVS
Christian joined the practice in 2010. Chris has a particular interest in surgery, he is extremely skilled & experienced in this area and is studying for a further qualification in Veterinary Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue Surgery. He is also skilled in radiology and ultrasonography, having done a degree in Diagnostic Imaging before he became a vet. His dog Mollie sometimes accompanies him to work.
Angharad Thomas VetMB BA, MA MRCVS
Angharad joined the practice in September 2014. She qualified in 2011 and has a particular interest in cytology (lumps & bumps) and deals with medical cases at Moseley. Angharad is the vet in charge of the hospitalised cases at Moseley as well as being very busy (popular) with her appointments at the Moseley surgery.
Zoe Reynolds BVSc MRCVS
Zoe qualified from Bristol in 2015 and is a local girl, having returned to the Midlands after university. She likes drinking excessive amounts of tea, and walking her springer spaniel, Daisy, in the country. Zoe also plays the violin to a very high standard (Grade 8), and likes cooking reading & socialising with her friends.
Kate Ballard BVM&S, MANZCVS Feline Medicine, Advanced Practioner in Feline Medicine, MRCVS
Kate joined Fivelands in 2017. She is an experienced veterinary surgeon who has further qualifications in feline medicine, although she also enjoys surgery and endoscopy. In her spare time Kate enjoys baking & cake decorating, and horse riding.
Naomi Wakerell, RVN, Head Veterinary Nurse
Naomi qualified in 2009. She is one of our bunny loving nurses. She has four bunnies Pickle, Lily, Sammy and Pippa. She enjoys being involved in surgical aspects of nursing and clinics. Naomi is also involved with her local Guides group.
Louise Mellows, RVN, Veterinary Nurse (currently on maternity leave)
Louise came to Fivelands in 2008. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012. Louise runs our pet weight watchers club, loves rabbits, dogs, cats and pretty much anything with fur & 4 legs.
Maria O’Brien, RVN, Veterinary Nurse
Maria has been a veterinary nurse at Fivelands for more years than she likes to say. Mother to stick insects, cats, 2 children & a husband.
Becci Lynch, RVN, Veterinary Nurse (currently on maternity leave)
Becci qualified in April 2013. She has three rabbits called Millie, Jenni and Bugs. Becci hand reared Bugs from a tiny baby! She also has a labrador. Becci really enjoys running rabbit clinics.
Clare Newman, RVN, Veterinary Nurse
Clare previously worked at the RSPCA. She is a qualified nurse. She has a collection of cats & bunnies she has picked up during her career.
Chanelle Douglas, RVN, Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse
Chanelle joined the practice in August 2015 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016. She is known for her calm approach to her work, and loves to give the pets in hospital some fuss.
Donna Newey, RVN, Veterinary Nurse
Donna has worked as a nurse at Fivelands since 1987. She works at the Fivelands Yardley practice where she juggles the admin, reception, nursing and making us smile admirably. She is very keen on promoting rabbit health. Her dog Vinnie used to come to work (before he retired!) but the cats, rabbits, and bird to stay at home. Donna makes excellent cakes, with amazing decoration, which we all look forward to!
Kelly Beesley Dip AVN (Small Animal), Dip HECVN, RVN
Kelly qualified in 2012 as a veterinary nurse and undertook the RCVS Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. After graduating in January 2017 she decided a new challenge was needed and joined Fivelands in July. She has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Bruno and a cat called Poppy who hate each other!
Jodie Leake, Trainee veterinary nurse
Jodie joined the practice in 2014 as an animal nursing assistant, and is now training to be a veterinary nurse. She has a rabbit, and a lovely Dobermann Pinscher dog.
Julie Hatfield – Veterinary Nurse
Julie has worked at Fivelands on and off for nearly 30 years. She has a jack russell terrier called Harvey, and a collection of stray cats that live in her garden. She practices karate and sports massage in her spare time, although not usually at the same time.
Reception – Moseley Surgery
Elaine Parker- Practice manager
Elaine has been at the practice for many years and keeps us all in check. She can multitask in reception, answering 2 phones whilst seeing to clients at the reception desk. She has horses and dogs.
Jan joined the practice in August 2014 as at receptionist at Moseley. Jan is very easy going and likes a good chat. She has 2 cats and is always on the look out for more pets!
Lynn joined the practice in November 2014 as a receptionist at Moseley. Lynn keeps smiling in the busy shifts she covers.
Lisa has been at Fivelands Moseley on reception since 2016. She also has a jack russell terrier and 2 cats (its not a pre-requisite for working on reception at Moseley).
Reception – Yardley Surgery
Emma is a part-time receptionist at Yardley. She has a soft spot for guinea pigs and has more than a few pet guinea pigs.
Debbie joined the team in 2016, having been a long-standing client with her greyhounds. Debbie splits her time between the Yardley & Hall Green practices. She has had many jobs before including working for the police and being in the Army. Most recently she worked at the police dog kennels looking after police dogs. She has 2 lovely rescue greyhounds, Missy & Neela.
Reception – Hall Green
Sue has 2 border collies who teach her agility- she can crawl through a tube in record time! Another long-standing member of the team.
Debbie joined the team in 2016, having been a long-standing client with her greyhounds. She has had many jobs before including working for the police and being in the Army. Most recently she worked at the police dog kennels looking after police dogs. She has 2 lovely rescue greyhounds, Missy & Neela.