Meet the vets…
Simon Neuhoff BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon / Owner
Simon grew up in South Africa and was lucky to be exposed to a wide range of animals from an early age. His “menagerie” at times included dogs, cats, guinea pigs, chickens, and fish amongst others. This helped to foster a love for and understanding of animals and so it was no surprise when he ended up at Onderstepoort studying to be a vet.
After qualifying in 1999 Simon worked for a year in South Africa before arriving in the UK. He has worked in small animal practice ever since and has had a wide range of experience. Simon has a particular interest in dentistry and in challenging medical cases.
When not at work Simon enjoys mountain biking, reading and spending time with his family. He has a daughter and two cats – both former feral tomcats now living the life of luxury!
Sarah grew up in Wimbledon and has had cats for most of her life. She studied at the Royal Veterinary College and qualified in 2008. After working for a while at the PDSA, Sarah went on to work at a couple of local, busy small animal practices seeing a large number of rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and hamsters.
Sarah enjoys medicine and behaviour. Sarah has a soft spot for rabbits and would love to have some if she had time – and if Bear her ginger cat wouldn’t get jealous!
Sarah has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging and especially ultrasound. This is an area she is actively concentrating on in order to advance her skills.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her elderly cat, knitting, sewing, travelling and eating out.
Retief Ehlers BVSc MRCVS
Retief grew up in the scenic Garden Route area of South Africa and graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2000. He spent a short stint in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 2001. He has worked in a number of small animal practices in the UK as well as working at a dedicated emergency centre in Oxford. More recently Retief has worked for a number of years at a specialist exotic animal clinic in South West London where he gained invaluable experience in treating all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures! With his unique background Retief has a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of conditions in dogs and cats, small animals and other, more unusual species.
Retief lives in Wandsworth and is the proud owner of an over-indulged cat called Cleo. In his spare time he enjoys running and keeping fit and, less healthily, exploring the many food, coffee and cocktail options that London has to offer.
Claire was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by a wide variety of furry friends from a very early age and this fostered a love for animals that has never left her. Her pets included guinea pigs, chickens, budgies, cats and a lovely little dog called Splonge!
Claire went on to study at Onderstepoort in South Africa and qualified in 1996. Along the way she also managed her grade eight in piano. She moved to the UK in 2000 and has been working in small animal veterinary practice ever since. She has worked in a busy practice in Surrey for nearly 12 years, taking time out to have two wonderful little daughters.
Together with her husband Simon, Claire took over Winton Lodge in March 2014. Claire has been helping out on Wednesdays at our branch in Leatherhead and will now be dedicating more time to the practice. She will be launching a mobile veterinary clinic as well as starting up a cat only clinic at Winton lodge.
Claire has a special interest in all things feline and was awarded the European Certificate in Feline Medicine in 2007. She also enjoys dentistry, geriatric medicine and delicate soft tissue surgeries.
When not working or looking after two happy, busy little girls, Claire loves playing piano and exploring the Surrey Hills on her mountain bike. She is also a keen amateur photographer.
Meet the nurses and receptionists…
Head Nurse & Practice Manager
Tracey has wanted to be a veterinary nurse for as long as she can remember and has realised that dream at Winton Lodge. She joined the practice in 1997 with no veterinary experience at all and undertook all her training at the practice. She went on to qualify as a nurse and moved up into the Head Nurse role and now acts as practice manager.
In addition to her admin skills Tracey uses her experience and calm demeanour to great effect with animals – and in particular with cats. In fact we like to call her our “cat whisperer” such is her way with calming our feline friends!
Tracey lives in Leatherhead with her husband Robert and her pets – a lovely dog called Ralph and two georgeous cats called Mole and “Pod” – so called because he only has three legs!
Sara has a wealth of experience as a veterinary receptionist. She has had a long love affair with Golden Retrievers and it was following the sad loss of one of her own pets that Sara first became interested in the compassionate,human side of veterinary practice. She joined a local practice in 1999 and focussed on the client care side of the practice, undergoing training in bereavement counselling and client care. When the practices were bought out by a corporate chain Sara felt that the client service aspect was being neglected and came to join us at Winton Lodge.
Sara lives in with her husband David and dogs Cracker and Crumble as well as a much loved, geriatric rabbit! When not looking after the clients Sara enjoys time with her family and pets and being outdoors. She is a keen gardner and photographer. Sara is available for bereavement counselling for our clients and has been a source of comfort for many.
Cushla Graham RVN
Cushla joined us in 2016 as our Head Nurse. She qualified from Massey University in New Zealand in 2000. Before she moved to London Cushla worked for the SPCA for six years where she gained lots of hands-on practical experience. Cushla lives in Wimbledon with a feisty one-eared house rabbit who thinks she’s a dog and is usually to be found stretched out in her favourite spot on the couch. Outside of work Cushla enjoys travel, walking and spending time with friends and family.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Brenda grew up in South Africa in the Natal area. After University she moved to England in 2003 and has lived here ever since. She started her veterinary career in a specialist exotics centre and gained a lot of experience in the care and handling of some very unusual pet species! Since then she has worked in more standard practices.
After taking some time out to travel to interesting places like Mozambique and India, she joined Winton Lodge in 2014 where her wide range of experience has proved invaluable. In her spare time Brenda loves travelling, meeting people and all sorts of outdoor activities. She has very much enjoyed getting to know the people and pets of the Epsom area.
Amelia Parsons RVN
Amelia is a qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse who gained her qualifications in 2014. She has worked in a very busy first opinion practice for a number of years and joined us in 2016. She has a special interest in geriatric care, behaviour and anaesthetics and she plans to develop these skills further at Winton lodge.
At home Amelia has a cat called the Great Gatsby and a family dog called Lillian.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Emma grew up in Fetcham amongst a menagerie of animals. As a child her pets included hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs and cats. She has always loved animals and has long wanted to be a veterinary nurse.
She joined Winton Lodge in May 2015 and has already become a very valued member of our team. In her spare time Emma loves riding horses and in particular dressage.
Mandy joined us in December 2015 and has very quickly become an essential member of the team. Mandy grew up in Durban, South Africa and has been involved in the veterinary field since leaving school. Initially after school her love for animals directed her to work as a part-time receptionist for 3 years at a veterinary clinic whilst she completed her financial degree.
After her studies she went on to becoming practice manager for two veterinary practices in Durban where she continued to work for a total of 13 years.
She now lives in Cobham in a little cottage (known as the Hobbit House) with her husband and their two “African Purebred” cats, Lexi & Jonni.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, exercising – mainly spinning classes, taking long walks and exploring all the new adventures the UK has to offer.
Leanne has lived in Epsom all her life and currently shares her home with two daughters and a cheeky Chihuahua called Boo – or “Boo-bear” as the girls like to call him!
Leanne has always wanted to work in the veterinary field and studied Animal Management at Merrist Wood College before joining us as a member of our reception team in 2016. She is very keen to develop her veterinary skills and in time intends to go on to study to be a qualified Veterinary Nurse.
Leanne has a soft spot for chickens and would like one day to have a little flock of her own for her girls to look after and nurture.