We are a group of small animal practices based in Norfolk, first established in 1984. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality gold standard care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open 365 days of the year and provide 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at all three of our practices.
Carrie graduated in veterinary science in 1999 from Sydney University and worked in mixed practice in rural Australia for a couple of years. She came over to the UK in 2001, working in many locations throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland and even spending eight years in mixed practice in Aberdeenshire where she met her English farming husband, Duncan. Together they have now settled down outside Fakenham with their two young children, two Akita cross dogs, chickens, guinea fowl and guinea pigs. Carrie’s veterinary interests include endocrine and skin disease but she also enjoys the challenge of different surgical cases. Outside work, Carrie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, either walking/cycling with their dogs or working in the garden amongst the birds.
Michelle Beckert BA BVetMed MRCVS
Michelle qualified in 2009 from the Royal Veterinary College in London, and after worked on the south coast of the UK before completing an internship at Dick White Referrals in Newmarket. During that time she fell in love with the North Norfolk coast and looked for a job where she could practice good medicine in the area - she was so pleased to have found The Grove! Her clinical interests are imaging, especially ultrasound and CT, and internal medicine. Outside work Michelle spends lots of time outdoors walking and kayaking with her partner and their Labrador, Bonzo.
Alexandra Fishdougall BVM BVS MRCVS
Alex graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2012 and worked in Northamptonshire and the New Forest before moving back home to Norfolk in 2018. She enjoys the full variety of general veterinary practice but is particularly interested in feline and geriatric medicine. Alex lives with her husband and two young children. She has a crotchety old cat called Cosmic who loves to sunbathe and a dainty Lurcher called Arya who likes to be sprinting or snoozing with nothing much in between. Alex's hobbies include dinghy sailing, gardening and sewing, and she also loves a camping trip.
Jane Gilbert MRCVS
Jane qualified from Cambridge University in 1987. She has worked in small animal practices in Nottingham, Warwick, Saxmundham, Hastings, and at several in Norfolk. Jane is married to Simon, one of the orthopaedic veterinary surgeons of Grove Referrals. They have three children, two who are at university and one at high school. The family have two dogs: Juno, a Labrador Spaniel cross, and Tarka the Labrador. They also have three chickens.
Jane is Governor at Reepham High School. In her spare time she enjoys going beating with Tarka and loves competing in half marathons.
Hayley graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2008 having completed degrees in both veterinary medicine and veterinary conservation medicine. Following graduation she spent three years working in mixed practice in Hampshire where she developed a keen interest in small animal surgery, as well as working with food producing, exotic and zoo animals. Following a year of travelling she moved to Norfolk with her husband and began working at The Grove in 2012. In 2015 she completed a postgraduate certificate in advanced small animal surgery with distinction, and is enjoying performing more advanced and challenging surgical procedures in both soft tissue and orthopaedics. Outside work she lives with her young daughter and vet husband, two cats and a scruffy Terrier.
Kate Jewson MRCVS VetMB MA BSc (Hons)
Kate joined The Grove in 2008 having opted to leave mixed practice and concentrate on small animal work. She graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2002 and spent the first six years after graduating in mixed practice in Cumbria and Suffolk. Being born and bred in Norfolk, the desire to come home led Kate to The Grove where she has remained since as our senior assistant. Currently Kate is studying for a small animal medicine certificate with a view to achieve advanced practitioner status. When not at work or studying, Kate enjoys long dog walks in the Norfolk countryside and coastal areas, and when she gets the chance skiing and horse riding.
Sacha Rukaber BVMS GPCert(SAP) CertVA MRCVS
Sacha graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1994 and since then has gained post graduate certificates in general practice and veterinary anaesthesia, and is a RCVS advanced practitioner in veterinary anaesthesia. She has most recently completed a Masters level module in small animal musculoskeletal pain with Edinburgh University. Sacha also has training in acupuncture. She lives near Dereham with her husband and son. Their home is shared by Basil the Labrador and Soo Doh the cat, who rules the house, as well as a plethora of tropical fish. Sacha is a first degree black belt in the Korean martial art Kuk Sool Won. She also enjoys walking and cycling in the local countryside.
Simon Vogel BVSc MRCVS
Simon qualified in 1996 with a BVSc from the University of Liverpool. His first job was in a mixed practice in Leominster in the Welsh borders and from there he left for an extended honeymoon travelling through East Africa. On his return he took a temporary job working for a mixed practice in Norfolk, which later became The Grove Veterinary Group. Simon has left the practice for short periods of time since then, working in a small animal practice in Norwich and also in Dubai. He is a general practitioner with a special interest in dentistry.
Simon is married with a daughter and son. At his home in Dereham he has two cats and five chickens. He is also a member of several focus groups to support MS sufferers and to develop new medications.