At Blackheath Vets our professional team of vets and nurses care passionately about animals and treat every patient as a sentient being. Every member of our team is hand selected for their compassion and ability to go above and beyond for our clients. They have the skills to provide a timely diagnosis and first-class veterinary treatment.

Vets

Veterinary Surgeon

Alan Van Heerden

Alan qualified in Onderstepoort in South Africa and worked part time in various practices in South Africa. He ran an emergency clinic for a year and worked nights. Upon arrival in England he worked as a locum vet, whilst travelling and then worked in London for 10 years, where he managed a small animal practice in Osterley. His interests include all aspects of medicine and surgery, he has a special interest in feline surgery and medicine. He studied dermatology earlier in his career and has gained further experience in laboratory work, radiology and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.

Alan Van Heerden:

Veterinary Surgeon

Matt

Matt qualified in 2011 and has been working in the UK since 2013 gaining vast amounts of experience in busy surgeries in Manchester, Essex and Kent. He has also completed a 2 internship at a prestigious UK referral hospital. Although being a very competent soft tissue surgeon, Matt has a particular interest in imaging and ophthalmology - boasting the accolade of having an article published in the exclusive Veterinary Times publication. When not at the surgery Matt enjoys cycling, watching films and going to the gym.

Matt MRCVS:

Veterinary Surgeon

Mary

Mary hails from Ireland and qualified in 1994. She has very many years experience and knowledge in providing excellent first class care to pets both medically and surgically, making her an incredibly popular member of our permanent vet team. Having practised in London for the vast majority of her career, Mary has also spent time in practice in her home country and also the vast countryside of Yorkshire. Mary is a particularly experienced general practitioner with a special interest in in geriatric medicine, radiography and oncology.

Mary MRCVS:

Veterinary Surgeon

Seohee

Seohee An is an experienced veterinary surgeon who works with us part time. She is an experienced ultrasonographer and as well as carrying out routine imaging. Seohee also undertakes our patients heart scans and treatment plans. She is currently undertaking her cardiac certificate.

Seohee MRCVS:

Support Team

Group Services Manager

Amber

Amber is our Group Coordinator. As well as managing our Blackheath clinics, she assists with helping all of our other surgeries run smoothly and efficiently. She has 19 years experience working in the veterinary field, starting off as a student veterinary nurse then gradually working her way up into her current managerial role, which she is really enjoying. Amber lives at home with her husband and two children. In her spare time she likes going to the gym, horse riding and going out with friends.

Amber:

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lizzy

Lizzy joined the team here at Blackheath Veterinary Surgery in July 2012, and prior to that had three years experience working part time in a another veterinary surgery. Lizzy has just qualified as a Veterinary Nurse. She has two cats called Thomas and Sophie, but has owned a variety of pets over the years, and would love to work with Marine Mammals in the future.

Lizzy:

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Rebekah

Rebekah is a registered veterinary nurse who qualified with a BSc honours degree in veterinary nursing in 2014. She has been working within the veterinary field since 2010 but joined us at Blackheath Veterinary Surgery in March 2018. She has three jack russell terriers called Tuppence, Bonnie and Piggy. Rebekah has a keen interest in behaviour and nutrition and is hoping to complete a certificate in these areas in the near future.

Rebekah:

Patient Care Assistant

Chloe

Before joining the surgery's team, Chloe attended Hadlow college where she achieved her Diploma in Animal Management. In the past Chloe has taken part in various work placements including volunteering on farms and in veterinary practices. Chloe does not currently own any pets, but has owned and cared for a range of animals in the past, including dogs and rabbits.

Chloe:

Client Services Assistant

Jack

Jack joined our team as a client services assistant and works on our reception alongside Kim. He has lots of experience of working with animals and hopes to train to be a veterinary care assistant in the future. Jack has also attended Bromley College where he gained a diploma in Animal Management. He is the proud owner of 2 dogs (Lady and Bailey), 1 cat (Luna), a tortoise (Mabel) and some fish!

Jack:

Veterinary Receptionist

Kim

Kim recently joined Blackheath Veterinary Surgery, she has 17 years experience as a veterinary receptionist & loves interacting with the clients. She has always had a German Shepherd in her life & currently owns Poppy a behaviourally challenged, (very spoiled) GSD cross Husky & Jim an FIV tabby cat courtesy of her previous practice! She is interested in dog behaviour & enjoys many crafts, travel & spending time with her grandchildren in her spare time.

Kim:

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    Mrs Apperley
    I have been with this practice for over 15 years and wouldn't take my cats anywhere else.
    MIlen
    Our cat has been a client for years now and in all this time we have received nothing but the best service!
    Lisa
    Highly recommended.