Meet The Staff
Veterinary Surgeon and Practice Owner
Matt Smith BVM&Sc MRCVS
Since 2006 I have been a full time veterinary surgeon. I have been based near to Clay Cross all my life but my work has at times taken me around the country. I have enjoyed long term senior roles as well as locum positions in over 50 different practices.
I am a very caring and hard working vet. I like to listen and am very patient and gentle with your pets.
I have built up a huge portfolio of skills over the years and offer a whole range of medical and surgical care for your pets.
I am married to my wife Amanda and at home we have a cockerpoo called Phoebe, 2 cats Pepe and Edith, 6 pet pygmy goats Tilly, Milly, Holly, Doris, Stevie and Bobby and keep a hive of bees. When not looking after the animals I am usually doing some form of DIY project - the most recent being to renovate the practice.
Qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse
Since qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse a long time ago I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in veterinary medicine over the years. My background centres around small animals - having spent a large amount of time in small animal general practice and a further 8 years in the small animal veterinary emergency service.
I enjoy the wide variety of the RVN role in nursing clinics and forming excellent relationships with clients and pets. My clinics include diabetic, dental, weight and arthritis appointments. I strive to perform high patient care standards and take pride in being your pet's advocate whilst in my care.
I have a border collie Jessica who is my shadow and take training every Sunday. I also enjoy carriage driving with my mare Woolley and have 2 cats - the Naughty One and Ted.
BTEC Qualified Receptionist
I am a BTEC qualified Receptionist: you'll find me to be a jolly person, with a warm welcome and a smile.
I've had the privilege to work in the veterinary environment for the past six years. I appreciate the bonds between owners and their pets and would always seek to provide the best service to all users of the clinic.
My experience has been gained by working full time in a very busy day clinic along with time in an out of hours emergency clinic. From both busy environments I have gained considerable skills to be effective in most situations.
I have two white cats that I am blessed to have rescued from the PDSA, Pasha and Pearl. They are very much loved and spoilt. When not at work I enjoy relaxing at home, visiting the cinema and theatre, camping in my campervan and spending time with friends and relatives - especially chatting and sharing good food.
I have worked within a veterinary environment since 2006 and was honoured to join Matt Smith Vets in November 2018 on a part time basis.
I love to interact with people and their beloved pets and try to ensure that everybody feels welcome visiting the practice, as it can be an anxious time.
My full time work is at my cattery 'Twelvetrees Cattery' in Brimington. I designed the cattery myself and opened the cat flaps in June 2010. I run the cattery single handed to ensure that I form a bond with each and every guest and that they receive a continuity of care throughout their stay.
Running a cattery is hard work but so rewarding, it's not just a job, it's a way of life.
I have a large family of pets, who mean the world to me, they are generally referred to as 'my boys'.
3 Maine Coons - Gideon, Amos and Isaac.
2 Ginger Tom's - Moses and Noah
1 Brown Tabby - Django
1 Lhasa Apso - Charlie
1 Great Dane - Edward
When I get a little free time, I enjoy nice long dog walks, cooking for friends and gardening.
After returning to work from maternity leave I have joined the team at Matt Smith Vets as Practice Manager. Being a fully qualified accountant for nearly 15 years I have been lucky to have the opportunity to change my career and work with animals which is a big passion of mine.
I have a big love for animals having a cockerpoo called Phoebe, 2 cats; Pepe and Edith, 6 pet pygmy goats; Tilly, Milly, Holly, Doris, Stevie and Bobby and a fish called Swishy. I am married to Matt and have son called Arthur who, although only young, seems to also have a big passion for animals too.
My interests outside of work include spending time with my family, running and being outdoors when I have time and travelling.