Meet Our Vets
Katherine Benstead BVSc (Hons) MRCVS
Katherine graduated with honours from Liverpool University in 2007 and has worked at Ashfield House ever since. She is currently studying to gain the Royal College of Veterinary surgeon’s certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP).
She is completing the small animal surgical modules and is hoping to gain a designated certificate in small animal surgery. She has two Lurchers called Mack and Wren and enjoys walking them with her husband Matt and their gorgeous little son.
She also enjoys Pilates at the gym and spending time with family and friends and her eight wonderful nieces and nephews.
Kat is currently on maternity leave with her second child.
Dr Ben Pugh BVSc (Hons) PGCertSAOphthal MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Ophthalmology
Ben graduated with Distinction at the Liverpool University in 2007 and has been with the Byron Veterinary Clinic, and later Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital, since then.
He has developed a strong interest in small animal ophthalmology, which started whilst at university, and in 2017, he completed his 3 year post-graduate certificate in this field. He is currently one of two senior vets who oversee the Byron branch in Aspley, as well as being over at the main hospital in Long Eaton each week.
He is an avid traveller and over the years has visited many weird and wonderful places, including remote islands in Indonesia and the Philippines, where he undertakes his other passion, scuba diving, of which he holds a professional qualification in.
He shares his passion now with his fiancé Jade, who is also a vet within the company, and together they partake in underwater photography, particularly macro-photography.
They have two dogs, Rocket and Waffle, who may been seen occasionally at the clinics or on walks locally.
Dr Jade Higby BVSc GPCertSAS PGCertSAS MRCVS
Jade graduated from the university of Liverpool veterinary school in July 2006, and she has worked for Ashfield house since 2011.
Jade has a particular interest in small animal soft tissue surgery and has gained the European Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her two lurchers Waffle and Rocket, going to classes at the gym and trips to the cinema and theatre.
She enjoys playing the piano and is also an advanced PADI certified scuba diver!
Dr Claudine Losowski BVSc (Hons) MRCVS
Claudine graduated with distinction from the University of Bristol and has been working at Ashfield House ever since.
She is mainly based at the Bramcote branch, but also works at the Long Eaton hospital and the Byron branch practice throughout the week. Claudine is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Medicine and has a particular interest in feline medicine, especially the more senior cats!
She owns two mischievous Devon Rex cats called Roo & Sprout who constantly cause chaos! Claudine regularly keeps our Facebook pages up to date.
Dr Katy Dodson BVSc BSc PGCertSAM MRCVS
Maria Rzepisko MRCVS
Hi! My name is Maria, I graduated in 2012. I was born in Cracow, Poland and grew up in a house full of animals. From a very young age I had a gift for spotting animals in need of help.
I was constantly rescuing dogs, cats and all kind of creatures (from an iguana to a baby lamb).
My family and friends never had to look too far to find a friendly pet. I have 2 leopard tortoises: Nocciola & Leo. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, horse riding and travelling to sunny places.
Charlotte Harris BVM&S MRCVS
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, and having spent some time studying at Colorado State University, Charlotte moved to Ashfield House to join our team. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and hopes to pursue further qualifications in the future (when she has finally made her mind on a particular area)!
When she is not running around the hospital Charlotte likes to stay active. She plays the clarinet and saxophone and very rarely stops singing. She also loves to travel, play netball, scuba dive and has recently started climbing again.
When not doing these she can be found running around with her black Labrador Archie, desperately trying to tire him out before bedtime!
Dr Stavros Karydas DrMedVet MRCVS
Hello. My name is Stavros and I am from the island of Cyprus. I graduated from Szent Istvan University in Budapest in February 2016. Since then I have been practising in small animal practices.
Becoming a vet was always a dream for me. You see, my grandmother was farming animals for a living so taking care of animals was always a part of my childhood activities.
During my free time I enjoy the gym, tennis, playing pool and watching football….and of course; anything that has to do with water!
Stavros has joined our out of hours team.
Bartosz Andrzejewski MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon on OOH team
Dr Arielle Griffiths BVSc MRCVS
Arielle worked at Ashfield House on a Saturday morning from 2003 – 2008. Her duties as an army wife meant that she was posted to different countries and could no longer work as a vet. Ashfield House is too lovely a place to stop working for, so when her family was posted back to the UK in 2017; she resumed her Saturday and Sunday weekend GP vet work.
She set up the main Ashfield House Vets website in 2007 and has maintained it ever since. The website underwent a full revamp in 2015 to coincide with the completion of the new hospital building.