Meet the team From Our Ealing surgery

3 Vets, 4 nurses, 3 receptionists, Practice & Nursing Managers

The Ealing team have a wealth of expertise at your service and also the resources to work together to care for your pets every day of the week 362 days of the year.

Dr Alex Morley

Dr Alex Morley MA VetMB MRCVS Clinical Director, Senior Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating in 2008 from Cambridge, I worked for 5 years in a mixed small and large animal practice in Hertfordshire gaining a wide range of experience, an inspiring start and firm basis for my chosen career.

I then decided to broaden my experience by working as a locum for 2 years in a number of different veterinary practice settings. For my last year of locum work, I was mostly at Alcombe vets. I found the team here very professional, caring and friendly and was happy to finally settle into a permanent role again as head Vet at the Ealing practice.

I'm particularly keen on surgery (especially orthopaedics) and also enjoy cardiology and heart scanning. In my spare time I enjoy playing Squash, gardening when the weather allows and when it doesn’t I can generally be found in front of a computer – usually with my cat Dexter lying on the keyboard preventing too much productivity!

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Dr Arran J Smith

Dr Arran J Smith BVSc MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Since graduation I have been working in Horsham, West Sussex at a 7 Vet small animal Practice and enjoying providing a very high standard of patient and client care.

I considered moving to London and decided on Alcombe because I found it to be the friendliest and one of the best equipped Practices I came across.

I enjoy all parts of being a general Practice Vet. I do particularly enjoy medicine – especially endocrinology and gastroenterology. The variety of each day is one of the best parts of the profession for me.

I even spent some time as a student doing voluntary work at a tortoise sanctuary in Mevagissey, Cornwall.

In my spare time I enjoy squash (including coaching during my university years), football, fencing and swimming. I also enjoy travel – and have spent time in Peru and Brazil.

For my own pets, I think it is possible to be both a cat person and a dog person however I must admit that the wagging tails and enthusiasm that dogs have for life is just too endearing to ignore. I grew up with a Lhasa Apso named Ollie and a Shih Tzu named Oscar, so have always had a soft spot for small fuffy pets. Ollie was very stubborn but it was impossible to be angry with a cute face like his for long.

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Dr Alexandra Brown

Dr Alexandra Brown iBSc BVetMed MRCVS Senior Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in London in 2005. I have been working Saturdays for Alcombe in Ealing since 2013.

I enjoy all areas of general practice and have a special interest in rabbits and rodents.

I have collected an assortment of animals looking for a home throughout my career, including adopting rats (Cadbury and Bourneville) from a client who had developed an allergy to them, and fostering an unwell feral kitten (Mo) for the Cats Protection until she was a healthy and loving pet.

I have always been desperate for a dog and would have a smallholding with every animal if I could!

I love being part of the great Ealing team. The lovely clientele and patients at Alcombe's make working here a pleasure.

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Mary Bruno

Mary Bruno VN Practice Manager

Hello, I'm Mary Bruno, Practice Manager at Alcombe Veterinary Surgery.

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1980 and have worked at the surgery since 1985 when I was the first Veterinary Nurse employed by the Practice. I enjoyed my nursing role but transferred to management after the birth of my sons. I enjoy the friendly working atmosphere of Alcombe Veterinary Surgery where the client & patient needs are always a primary consideration.

I have owned several dogs as pets over the years and have a particular interest in dog training and behaviour. My current pets are crossbreed "Rosie" and Jack Russell Terrier "Jazmin".

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Joolz Smith

Joolz Shepard RVN VPAC MBVNA Ealing Manager / Osterley Branch Manager / Practice Nursing Manager

I'm Joolz, Nursing Manager and Ealing and Osterley Branch Manager for Alcombe Veterinary Surgery.

I started my career at The RSPCA Animal Hospital Putney in 1999, working as a nursing assistant until 2001,when I started my training to become a veterinary nurse. I qualified in 2004, just before my 30th birthday which was my goal.

I have worked in many different practices, as well as referral centres, as far afield as the RSPCA in Sydney, Australia. I enjoy now working for Alcombe because of the strong 'can do' attitude of all the staff and the great team spirit.

I am very passionate about animal welfare and am proud to be working with such a compassionate team. I love meeting all the pets that come through the door and still enjoy utilising my nursing skills when needed.

I don't have any of my own pets at the moment but I love to treat every pet that comes into our practice as my own, giving them cuddles and kisses - when they let me!

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Kate Syms

Kate Syms Receptionist

I joined Alcombe, Ealing, as one of the Reception team in 2008. Although I had no previous experience of working with animals, my family has always had pets including cats, dogs, hamsters, mice and a rabbit.

We now have an English Bull Terrier called Dolly (lovely but very badly behaved) and Lettice the cat.

Working at Alcombe means I am very involved with my local community, allowing me to get to know the people and their pets, whilst providing a front of house service for a dedicated, hardworking team of vets and nurses.

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Debbie Shakespeare

Debbie Shakespeare Receptionist

Hello I'm Debbie, I have been working for Alcombe vets now for ten years or more!

I enjoy working on reception as I get to meet so many wonderful pets and their caring owners. I have owned dogs all my life - my obsessive love being for the loyal and distinctive Shar pei breed.

My last little boy was Rocco, whom I had the privilege of owning for only four short years. Sadly I lost him to a genetic disease but he was loved so much I wouldn’t swap those four years for the world; he will be in my heart always.

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Francesca Kenward

Francesca Kenward RVN Veterinary Nurse

Hello, My names Francesca and I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in September 2015. I first started work at Alcombe as a Saturday helper following my work experience.

I then started full time after completing my GCSE's in July 2011. I like working at Alcombe because of the friendly team and atmosphere.

I have 3 pets at the moment, 2 dogs and a cat. Bugsy is a Rottweiler X Labrador who is a gentle giant, Otis is a cavalier King Charles spaniel and Todd my cat is ginger and white who likes to eat and create as much mischief as possible.

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Ffion Lewis

Ffion Lewis SVN Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I'm Ffion, I'm a student veterinary nurse and I’ve been working at Alcombe since July 2014, having previously completed my first year of training at another Practice. I really enjoy working at Alcombe because of the lovely and supportive team.

I don't have any pets at the moment but I regularly walk two gorgeous dogs called Monty (6 year old Labrador) and Indy (15 month crossbreed) who are very fun and are great friends!

I have a particular interest in surgical nursing and find it very interesting and fulfilling to help patients through the operation and recovery period.

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Mel Goldsmith

Mel Goldsmith RVN Registered Veterinary Nurse

I'm Mel. I started working at Alcombe Vets in 1985 as an evening helper at the Ealing Branch, I moved to Whitton when the Surgery opened to train as a Veterinary Nurse and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1999. I became Head Nurse at the Whitton Surgery and left in 2005 to become a Full time foster carer.

I have hand reared many kittens over the years. At home I have chickens, tortoises, cats and a dog. I now Locum within the Alcombe Surgery group. I particularly enjoy seeing many of the clients that I have known for many years and their pets.

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Raman Dokal

Raman Dokal Receptionist

Hi, I'm Raman. I joined Alcombe in April 2015. I like working for Alcombe as the team are very hospitable and accommodating. I have previously owned a pet hamster called Chester and a cat called Ginger; a name that mirrored his sleek gingered fur.

Ginger and Chester are still sorely missed, although working with the Alcombe team has enabled me to enjoy a number of amazing pets and continue to express my immense love for animals! Other than working for Alcombe, I enjoy cooking, reading, music, and of course spending lots of time with animals!

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Máire Byrne

Máire Byrne VN Veterinary Nurse

Hi, My name is Máire. I grew up in county Galway in Ireland and I've always wanted to work with animals. I did my veterinary nursing degree in Letterkenny Institute of Technology in County Donegal. I came to the UK 9 months ago and started my career working in a small animal clinic in the south of London.

I came over to the UK to work as a veterinary nurse as I wanted to expand my knowledge in veterinary. I registered as a veterinary nurse in 2016.

At home in Ireland I have two cats which are called Felix and Molly and are both Domestic Shorthairs. I also have two dogs. One is a retired guide dog and is called Ursa. She is cross between a Labrador and a retriever. My other dog is called Jenny and is a cross between a retriever and a collie.

In my spare time I enjoy visiting home, catching up with friends and going to the cinema. I find being a nurse is rewarding as I love making a bond with the animals and their owners. I love being involved in the recovery process and seeing peoples animals getting better. I like working at Alcombe as it is a great team to work with and everyone is so supportive.

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Siobhan Fury

Siobhan Fury SVN Student Veterinary Nurse

Hello! My name's Siobhan and I joined the Alcombe Ealing team as a Student Veterinary Nurse in 2017. I moved to London from Singapore earlier in the year, where I lived for 20 years and worked as a Veterinary Assistant for 4 years.

Though it has taken some time to adjust (especially coming from tropical Asia!), I love living here and working with such a welcoming and compassionate team doing what I love - taking care of animals like this cute bun!

I have a weakness for big dogs and their goofy, loveable natures. I am sorely missing my family's loving Golden Retriever Holly back home in Singapore, but take solace in the fact that I was able to bring along my annoyingly vocal and drooly cat named Squeaker.

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