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Dr Katie Smith

MA VetMB MRCVS - Hospital manager and Head P.E.T.S.

Katie earned her veterinary degree at Cambridge and worked in general practice before choosing to pursue her passion for Emergency and Critical Care. She has undertaken further training in this field, including the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Katie joined the Priory Emergency Treatment Service (P.E.T.S.) team in 2017 as their head vet and is also the New Priory Vets Hospital Manager, working alongside the Practice Manager to ensure the round-the-clock continuity of care for which we’re known.

Katie has 3 rescue pets: 2 lazy cats and one cheeky terrier called Jackson. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the gorgeous Sussex countryside, going to agility and tricks-training classes with Jackson, reading and discovering new vegetarian restaurants.

Dr Georgi Brown

BVetMed MRCVS - Deputy Head P.E.T.S Vet

Georgi graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2011. She quickly discovered a love for emergency and critical care (ECC), and has worked in that field for the last 5 years. She has further qualifications in ECC and has put them to use in several referral centres. When she isn’t at work she enjoys travelling and anything water orientated such as scuba diving and paddle-boarding. She frequently takes in stray pets as her foster fur-babies.

Dr James Checketts

Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

James enjoyed gaining all-round knowledge in mixed practice before realising his love for emergency work. He took advanced ECC training with a leading ECC provider before moving to Sussex to work for New Priory Vets. In addition to ECC work he has a keen interest in emergency surgery. When he’s not hard at work he can be found exploring the local countryside with his one-eyed Labrador, Pivo.

Dr Ioana Cafrita

DVM MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

Ioana graduated in 2011 in Romania and moved to the UK where she completed a clinical training scholarship at Davies Veterinary Specialists. Since then she has spent time working in general practice, focusing more on emergency and critical care cases. She went on to co-found Hemopet (the first canine blood bank in Romania) and the Romanian Emergency and Critical Care Society. She is currently training for the BSAVA postgraduate Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. She spends her free time with her husband, two year-old son and Meme, the family's beloved Miniature Pinscher.

Dr Laura Grande

DVM MRCVS GPcert (SAM) - Veterinary Surgeon - P.E.T.S.

Laura graduated from Spain in 2010 and has subsequently worked in several small animal hospitals. She then moved to the South on England and achieved a certificate in small animal internal medicine. She has previously worked on emergency night shifts before joining the P.E.T.S. team, and continues to attend external critical care courses when not at work. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and going out for walks with her two lovely dogs.

Chloe Fay

BSc (Hons) CertVN ECC VTS(ECC) - Head Nurse - P.E.T.S.

Chloe completed her degree in veterinary nursing in 2012, whilst working at one of the UK’s largest emergency hospitals. She continued to work within the emergency and referral sector both overseas and in the UK; gaining two further qualifications in ECC (Emergency and Critical Care): one of which is the highly prestigious Veterinary Technician Specialist accreditation held by fewer than 50 veterinary nurses in the UK. When Chloe hasn't got her head in an ECC book, she loves to cook gourmet meals for friends and family and cuddle her tiny Chihuahua Meredith.

Pete Foggen

RVN, ANA, AIOSH - Veterinary Nurse - P.E.T.S.

Pete has been nursing for over a quarter of a century, with over 10 years experience in emergency work. When at home, Pete, his wife and three children help rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. He can regularly be found on the Sussex Downs walking his dogs.

Holly Cadogan

BSc Dip RVN - Veterinary Nurse - P.E.T.S.

Holly joined the New Priory Vets team in October 2011. Before beginning her career as a veterinary nurse Holly gained a FdSc in Animal Science and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. Holly has a keen interest in anaesthesia and emergency and critical care. In her spare time she is a voluntary mentor for a women's charity in Sussex and enjoys adventures in the countryside with her little dog Kobi.

Vicky Dalton-Plazcek

RVN - Veterinary Nurse - P.E.T.S.

Vicky qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012 after completing a three year apprenticeship at Plumpton Agricultural College. Since then she has gained her certificate in feline friendly nursing and is currently studying to gain her emergency and critical care certificate. She has worked in private practice and with charities as well as working solely with cats! In her spare time she likes to read, travel, and spend time with her new rescue cat Mac.

Gavin McAulay - Co-owner & Director

BVetMed CertEM(IntMed) CertVC MRCVS

Gavin is one of New Priory Vets’ co-owners and also provides cardiorespiratory referral services (assessing heart and lung conditions) through Brighton Veterinary Referrals. Gavin holds several post-graduate qualifications including the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology and is pursuing further specialisation in Cardiology with regular attendance at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of renowned cardiologist Dr Anne French MVB PhD DVC, RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology. Gavin’s specific interests include pulmonary hypertension, and feline myocardial heart disease.

Matt Gittings - Co-owner & Director


Matt graduated in 2000 and has subsequently attained the status of RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. He came onboard with New Priory Vets in December 2016 as co-owner and Director. Matt also owns another successful independent multi-location practice, Arun Veterinary Group, and brings with him a wealth of management experience which complements the highly skilled New Priory Vets team. Away from work, both he and his wife are kept busy by their four daughters, two Border Terriers and one very cheeky Burmese cat.