Dr Marwan Tarazi BVSc MSc MRCVS
Marwan is the founder and head vet of NuVet. Marwan qualified in 1996 from Aristotle University in Greece. He obtained a Masters in Aquaculture from Stirling University in 1998, and has been working as a vet in the UK since 2000.
Marwan is married to Claudia and they have a daughter, Mikella, who wants to follow in her dad’s foot steps and become a vet, and a son, Alexi, who wants to be a rocket man. Marwan and his family share their home with their black labrador Polly, Blaze the German Shepherd Dog and two cats – Lakritz, a one-eyed black cat, and Morriz, a longhaired tabby .
“I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and I am really lucky to be able to care for pets and their owners in my own practice. My recent interest is in keyhole surgery as it can offer a unique method of less invasive, less painful treatment, so making the pets recovery quicker and much less uncomfortable“.
Marwan is also very passionate about pet dentistry. It is an area that can make a huge difference to a pets wellbeing and comfort. Marwan is very enthusiastic about learning more about dentistry and passing the information on to pet owners because dentistry has improved dramatically in the last few years.
Marwan continues to invest heavily in staff education and the latest equipment.
Dr Helen Bateson MA Vet MB GP Cert (Ophthal) MRCVS
Helen graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 2009. She initially worked in general practice in London, and joined NuVet in March 2012.
Helen lives with her husband James, their son Matthew and their two rescue cats Leonard and Penny.
In December 2013, Helen passed her General Practitioner Certificate in Ophthalmology. This means that Helen has a particular interest and skill with eye cases, and handles our most challenging eye medicine and surgery patients. Please see our ophthalmology page for more information.
As well as her interest in ophthalmology, Helen has a strong interest in soft tissue surgery, and enjoys the variety that working in general practice provides.
Dr Alice McNamara MA VetMB PGCertSAM MRCVS
Alice joined NuVet in September 2011, after qualifying from Cambridge Vet School. She lives with her partner, David, and their cats NoBib, Pickles and Bib, whom she adopted from Peterborough Cat Rescue.
Alice is interested in all elements of veterinary medicine and surgery, but she has a particular interest in feline medicine. Alice is our designated “Cat Advocate” and was instrumental in getting our practice certified as a Cat Friendly Clinic. In December 2015, Alice was awarded British Small Animal Veterinary Association Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (BSAVA PGCertSAM), with Distinction.
Alice also takes responsibility for our website and newsletters.
Dr Rachael Buckwell BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS
Rachael started working at NuVet in February 2016. She has worked in general small animal practice her entire career, having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008.
In 2010, Rachael started working towards her Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice, which she has now completed. The Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice allows vets to study at an advanced level in several, “modular” subjects, and Rachael has chosen to study mostly surgical modules, as she has a particular interest in this area. Rachael sees many of our more advanced surgical cases.
Rachael lives with two Welsh Springer Spaniels – Eira and Holly.
Dr Nikolaos Pallas DVM MRCVS
Nikos started at NuVet in September 2014. He graduated from the University of Thessaly in Greece in 2012. He worked for 2 years in small animal practice in Athens before moving to the UK. Nikos has a particular interest in cardiology. He has three dogs who live in Greece with his parents – Kylie, Rony and Sylva.
Nikos is currently studying for a GP Certificate in Cardiology. This means he has a particular interest and knowledge about heart disease, and helps our more advanced cardiac cases. He regularly performs in-depth cardiology consultations, echocardiograms (heart scans) and electrocardiograms
Katrina Dixon RVN
Katrina joined NuVet in July 2015. She qualified as a nurse in 2006 with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing from TAFE in Western Australia. Katrina moved to the UK in 2014 and has worked at several local practices before settling at NuVet. She has a particular interest in medical nursing of hospitalised patients. She lives with her partner, Andrew. Katrina has a dog called Tahlia and a cat called Kinkz, who currently live in Australia with their grandparents.
Jenni Northern RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Jenni qualifed with a NVQ3 in Veterinary Nursing in 2010 and joined Nuvet in August 2011.
Jenni has a special interest in veterinary anaesthesia and intensive care, and has attended a number of courses in that field. Jenni is married to Chris and they share their home with a lovely tricoloured staffy called Rueben, and two cats – Suki and Tinkerbelle. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse, Angel.
In October 2014, Jenni passed her Merit Award in Small Animal Medical Nursing.
Nikita Smeeton RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Nikita joined our team in July 2012. She qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary nursing in January 2012. She shares her life with 2 beautiful Staffordshire bull terriers and several chickens and hedgehogs.
Nikita has been involved in setting up our puppy parties which are a great success and she also is involved in running our nurse clinics
Nikita is currently enrolled on the RCVS Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing programme. She also works as a “clinical coach,” training up new veterinary nurses.
Sam Plitsch RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Sam qualified as a nurse from the College of Animal Welfare in 2013. Over the years, Sam has managed to take care of day old kittens and puppies that been orphaned for one reason or another, and works closely with several charities to give them a good start in life. She puts a lot of time and effort into nursing these little creatures until rehoming them is possible.
Sam also has several pets of her own including a German Shepherd Dog, two cats and lots of guinea pigs, rabbits and chinchillas. Sam holds the International Society of Feline Medicine Certificate in Feline Nursing
Claire has been working at NuVet since September 2015. She first qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2000. For several years, Claire has has been working for the police force, but she has returned to veterinary nursing and is loving working with animals again.
Claire enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, but particularly enjoys nursing surgical cases and emergency and critical care work. She lives with Olly, a cocker spaniel, and Dec the guinea pig.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Nicholle started working at NuVet in April 2016. She has nearly finished studying towards a Degree in Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour. She is particularly interested in medical cases and the nursing of our hospitalized patients.
She has two dogs – a cross called Jessie and a Springer called Toska.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Jay started working at NuVet as a work experience student in 2013. Then in June 2014 she started work part time as our Kennel Assistant. Jay helps our fully qualified nurses look after the in-patients and keep the hospital clean and tidy. Jay is currently studying a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare.
At home, Jay has two lurchers called Dew and Ticksy.
Kennel Assistant/ Receptionist
Nicole joined the NuVet team as a receptionist in 2011 and has been a friendly face behind the reception desk ever since. After some time studying at the College of Animal Welfare, Nicole now works as a kennel assistant, helping with cleaning, walking, feeding and otherwise caring for our hospitalised patients, as well as helping on reception.
She has a cat called Millie.
Emma White BSc (Hons) RVN
Locum Registered Veterinary Nurse
Emma worked full time at NuVet from 2009 to 2011, and now works for us on a locum basis. Emma qualified in 2004 with an NVQ3 in Veterinary Nursing. Previously, Emma studied Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation at Anglia Ruskin University.
Emma has a particular interest in nursing cats and has 3 of her own.
Philippa Cunningham BA(Hons)PCE, RVN
Pip first started working part time with NuVet in 2012, initially through OnSwitch and then directly for NuVet. Pip is a qualified veterinary nurse, but her role at NuVet is as an administrator and practice manager. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1990 and since then has working in several practices with varying roles including head nurse roles and practice management. She taught Veterinary Nursing at Berkshire College of Agriculture for many years and now examines veterinary nurses taking their OSCE practical examinations for City and Guilds.
Pip lives with her husband Steven and two teenage sons and owns a menagerie of animals including two dogs, Lola and Eve (Pug and JRT), a cat Marion (named by the kids), 12 chickens, two snakes, a tank of marine fish and a scorpion!
Debbie started working at NuVet in 2010, having worked previously with Marwan before he set up his own clinic. In addition to her day-to-day work on reception, Debbie deals with our insurance claims and works very hard to get all the paperwork in order.
Debbie has two cats – Pauly and Oasis – as well as two daughters, a son and four grandchildren. In summer 2013, Debbie completed her NVQ 3 in Customer Care.
Joanne joined the team in November 2013 and works part time most mornings. Joanne loves meeting all the NuVet clients and pets and is a great addition to our team. At home she has three cats and a daughter, Millie. Joanne’s cats are called Molly, Samson and Pippa Middleton!
Rachael started working at NuVet in October 2014. She lives with her husband David, their 7 year old daughter Eleanor, 4 cats (Willow, Griffin, Hugo & Matilda), and their dog Martha. Rachael’s last job was working as a Customer Relations Advisor and she has obtained NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Customer Service. In her spare time Rachael likes to see her friends and family, watch her daughters riding lessons and relax with her pets.
Charlotte started working at NuVet in May 2015. At home, she now has two collie puppies and some chickens!
Carol first started working at NuVet in December 2015. Previously, Carol has had several roles including a gym instructor and working at a dentist, but she loves working at NuVet and having the opportunity to see all the different animals every day. Carol has four children and nine grandchildren – which keeps her very busy!
Carol has always had cats and dogs, and currently lives with Kiera, the German Shephard Dog.
Paul Hobson BVetMed MRCVS
Paul graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1981. Paul spent 20 years in general small animal practice before his increasing interest in dentistry led him to move to this as a full time occupation. Paul is studying towards an American Veterinary Dental College diploma. Paul is very involved in veterinary dental education including teaching at the Royal Veterinary College as a guest lecturer, presenting at conferences and local meetings and authoring articles for veterinary books, journals and newsletters.
Paul visits us to treat our more advanced dental cases, as well as providing us with his excellent help, support and advice.
Paul Smith BVetMed DVC MRCVS
Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
Paul graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1997. He spent a year in first opinion practice before completing a junior clinical training scholarship in ‘Small Animal Medicine and Surgery’ and then a three year senior clinical training scholarship in ‘Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine’ at the R(D)SVS, The University of Edinburgh. His main areas of interest are clinical cardiopulmonary medicine and interventional cardiology. Since completing his residency he has been working in private referral practice.
Paul is able to visit our practice to perform heart assessments without the stress of your pet travelling long distances to see an experienced specialist.
Paul also has his own website.
David Williams MA VetMB PhD CertVOphthal CertWEL MIBiol FHEA FRCVS
Since qualifying in 1988 David has devoted his professional life to veterinary ophthalmology. He undertook a residency at the Animal Health Trust, studied for a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College and now runs the ophthalmology clinic at the Cambridge Vet School. Other claims to fame include teaching our own vets Alice and Helen, when they were at vet school! He makes visits to us at NuVet, to help us with challenging ophthalmic cases.
Jean-Benoit Lefebvre DVM DipECVS MRCVS
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
Jean-Benoit (also known as “JB”) is our visiting surgeon for our more complex surgical cases. He qualified from Liege in Belgium in 2002 and trained further with a residency at Cambridge Vet School from 2005 to 2008. He obtained his European Diploma in Surgery in February 2009.
JB’s specialist skills allow NuVet to offer referral consultations and surgery for complicated cases within NuVet’s practice. This means that you will not have to travel to another hospital and that your vet will remain directly involved throughout your pet’s treatment.
JB has performed a number of surgeries for us including fracture repair, cruciate ligament repairs, elbow arthroscopy and ear surgery.