A newly appointed vet at a leading Cambridgeshire practice has proved she’s more than capable of going the extra mile to be successful.

Vanessa Nichols has just returned from a 4,000km bike tour of New Zealand and an 800km hike across the Pyrenees in Spain. 

Now, Vanessa will be devoting her energy to Village Vet’s flagship clinic in the county, the purpose-built Whittlesford practice boasting state-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated veterinary team. 

It’s certainly a happy home coming for Vanessa who’s not only a local girl but has worked for Linnaeus-owned Village Vet earlier in her career. 

She explained: “I am so delighted to be joining Village Vet at Whittlesford. I grew up locally and went to Duxford Primary School, then onto Sawston Village College followed by Hills Road Sixth Form College, in Cambridge. 

“The practice here in Whittlesford is where I first came as a school child for work experience, and it is here that my passion for veterinary work started. 

“I feel very privileged to have come what feels like a full circle and join the fabulous team, within a super purpose-built new building.” 

Vanessa’s local knowledge, her veterinary expertise and experience of Village Vet will all be a huge help in ensuring she hits the ground running. 

She added: “I have worked in the Cambridge area for many years, including 14 years in a practice in Meldreth. 

“During this time, the practice ownership changed to Village Vet and I had the privilege of leading the team there as the Head Vet. 

“More recently I have been working at a large veterinary hospital in Bishop’s Stortford. 

“My key ambition now is to help create a happy working environment at Village Vet, Whittlesford, where team members can thrive and develop skills and enjoy their roles within the practice. 

“The main thing I am looking forward to is settling down and getting to know everyone here: the pets, their owners and my new teammates. 

“Our main responsibility is obviously to provide the highest standards of veterinary care to our pet patients and their owners. 

“Given my many years of experience, I also feel I have the responsibility to teach and support my colleagues. 

“On a personal level, I am hoping to advance my knowledge and skills and learn how to perform minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopy and develop my skills in dentistry and oral surgery.”  

Vanessa graduated as a vet from Bristol University in 1993 and has a post graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, issued by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

Her hobbies include singing, reading, cooking and attending to her allotment patch. She enjoys being involved in the local community and has held several volunteer positions, most recently for five years as Chairperson of the Wilbrahams’ Community Choir. 

For more information on Village Vet, which has six practices in the Cambridge area, visit: https://villagevet.co.uk/practice-locations-cambridgeshire/ 

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