Veterinary surgeons


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Dr Carrie Collins BVetMed MRCVS ESPVS cert SAM & cert SAS

Clinical Director

Carrie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2007 and started work at Stow Vets straightaway. She went on to complete her ESPVS certificates in small animal medicine in 2011 and surgery in 2013. She is currently studying for RCVS advanced practitioner status and was fortunate to be made clinical director of Stow Vets in 2014. Carrie has completed several voluntary placements overseas and provided foster care for local animal charities. She has two pet Lurchers who are part of the practice blood donation team and enjoy training and agility.


Harriet Blakely BVSc MRCVS

Harriet qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and started working at Stow Veterinary Surgeons straight away. She has a very loving rescue cat called Lucky, who enjoys lots of cuddles and fuss. Harriet has a particular interest in neurology. In her free time she enjoys travel, yoga and spending time with family and friends.


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Lis Cusdin MA VetMB MRCVS

Lis wanted to be a vet since she was seven years old and she made it when she graduated from vet school in 2012. She then worked in Warwickshire for two years and in 2014 moved into the area with her husband Andy. She has a very hairy cat called Rags, who she rescued because he has bladder problems. He repays her everyday with amazing cuddles. Lis is interested in all aspects of medicine but especially feline medicine and any neurology cases. She loves to travel, bake, visit historic houses, go for walks and just spend time with friends.


Holly Darby, Vet at Stow Veterinary Surgeons

Holly Darby BVM&S MRCVS

Holly qualified from Edinburgh University in 2012 and shortly after started working as a small animal vet in Worcestershire. In January 2014 she joined the Stow Vets team. Holly really enjoys life in the Cotswolds and in her spare time she is working her way through the walking routes of the local area. She has a beautiful black cat called Kitten who came to live with her at four weeks old after travelling to Stow under the bonnet of a van from Kent.


Natalie Gonella, vet at Stow Veterinary Surgeons

Natalie Gonella VetMB BA MRCVS

Natalie qualified from the university of Cambridge in 2013, and has worked at Stow Vets ever since. Natalie enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary work but is particularly interested in medicine cases and is currently studying to become an RCVS advanced practitioner. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the Cotswold countryside. Natalie is kept busy at home with Domino, her black and white cat.


Harriet Holmes-Pavord, vet at Stow Veterinary Surgeons

Harriet Holmes-Pavord BSc (Hons) MSc BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

Harriet began her academic career at the University of Bristol where she gained a BSc in Veterinary Pathogenesis and a MSc in Veterinary Parasitology. At this time she also worked as a keeper at Bristol Zoo caring for a whole host of exotic species in their Education department.

In 2010, she left the South West to study Veterinary Medicine and graduated as a vet from Nottingham Vet School in 2015. She continued her studies after vet school, working as an Intern in a Small Animal Referral Centre in the East Midlands. In the summer of 2016, Harriet and her husband, four dogs, two cats, two rabbits and decided to return to a more rural lifestyle and join the team at Stow Vets.

Harriet is an avid wildlife fan and in her spare time she loves to combine her passion for animals and for travel. She has been involved with numerous conservation projects over the years from Big Game in South Africa, turtles in Malaysia, whales in Australia and grizzlies in Canada.