Meet Our Vets

Dr Ben Pugh BVSc (Hons) PGCertSAOphthal MRVCS
Clinical Director
RCVS advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Ophthalmology

Ben graduated with honours from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and joined Byron Vets in the same year after some voluntary work in the Philippines.

When Byron Vets was acquired by Ashfield House Vets, he became part of the larger team and is now one of the Clinical Directors of the practice since 2018.

He gained his BSAVA Postgraduate  Ophthalmology Certificate in 2016 with distinction and subsequently went on the become an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Ophthalmology, seeing internal referrals and second opinion cases from many practices in the area.

He works at both the Byron branch and main hospital in Long Eaton. In 2020 Ben was a finalist in both the Petplan Vet of the Year and VetPartners Vet of the Year awards.

Ben and his partner have two lurchers and a young boy which occupy him outside of work. But when he does get a spare minute, Ben enjoys playing badminton and travelling across the globe to remote destinations to partake in his underwater photography passion.

Dr Katherine Benstead BVSc (Hons) CertAVP MRCVS
Clinical Director

Katherine graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and has worked at Ashfield House ever since. She completed her certificaten in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) in 2017 focusing on the surgical modules. She was made a clinical director in 2018.

She has two lurchers called Mak and Wren and enjoys walking them with her husband Matt and their two gorgeous little sons.

She also enjoys pilates and spending time with family and friends and her 8 wonderful nieces and nephews.

Dr John Oleshko BVSc CertSAD MRCVS
Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Dermatology

John joined the practice in 1987 and eventually became a partner in the practice with Brian Sargeant and David Knowles.

During that time it became a hospital, added branches and went on later to have a major rebuild. John is a certificate holder in dermatology and Is currently an advanced practitioner in small animal dermatology.

John states that ‘it has always been a pleasure to work with the team here, for the multitude of wonderful pets and their owners, and is confident the same ethos of looking after the clients by providing excellent clinical care will continue’.

He is currently winding down his hours at the practice, but is trying to fill his spare time with sports and photography.

Having recently lost a beloved whippet, a new hound for the future is likely to occupy more his spare time. John has a soft spot of sight hounds and cats.

Dr Jade Higby BVSc PGCertSAS MRCVS

Jade graduated in 2006 from the University of Liverpool and is a senior vet working at Ashfield House since 2011.

Jade gained her European Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2016, and her main role within the practice is soft tissue surgery and some orthopaedics.

She has a special interest in oncological surgery and brachycephalic airway surgery. She has spearheaded our new laparoscopy service commencing in May 2021 and is hoping to expand this service in the future.

In her spare time Jade is a keen gardener and enjoys cultivating her vegetable patch.

She enjoys walking her dogs Rocket and Waffle, and family days out with her partner and son. Jade enjoys film and cinema, plays the piano and is an advanced scuba diver.

Dr Claudine Losowski BVSc (Hons) PGCertSAM MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

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.

She has a keen interest in medicine, and in December 2018 gained the BSAVA Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine with Distinction. She became an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine in 2019.

She has a soft spot for older animals, especially senior cats!

She owns two mischievous Devon Rex cats called Roo & Sprout who constantly cause chaos!

Dr 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)!

Charlotte runs our acupuncture clinics both at our Long Eaton Hospital and our Spondon clinic.

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 Joanne Lane BVSc MRCVS

Joanna graduated from Bristol University in 2018 and joined Ashfield in March 2020. She has a keen interest in Surgery and spends her time working at the Long Eaton hospital and Bramcote clinic.

She has 3 very spoiled cats who like to cause chaos, loves to travel and is a scuba diving instructor.

Stuart Campbell BVSc CertVA MRCVS

Stuart graduated from the University of Liverpool 2003. After a few years away from Ashfield House, we are pleased to welcome him back.

Early in his career he developed an interest in anaesthesia and working as a clinical anaesthetist at the University of Liverpool, achieved his RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2008.

He is currently in his final year of another postgraduate certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Over the last 6 years he has gained considerable experience in laparoscopic neutering, and alongside other trained vets we are pleased to offer this service at Ashfield House.

He is married to a paediatric anaesthetist called Joy and is a proud dad to their child Max.

While not working, he enjoys travelling, reading books and catching up with friends, when not entertaining is disobedient cocker spaniel Twizzle.

Paola Sponza DVM MRCVS

Paola graduated from Bologna University (Italy) in 2011 and  worked there for 5 years before moving to the UK in 2016.

She is interested in dentistry having worked in a veterinary dental practice in Italy for a year, and has always been interested in wildlife and exotic pet medicine.

Paola particularly enjoyed helping the vet in charge of the second biggest collection of seahorses in the world when she was a student.

When not at work, Paola loves to cook for her family and is looking forward to next spring where she will become a bee-keeper in her spare time.

Eliza Hadjas MRCVS

Eliza graduated in 2005 from the University of Olsztyn, Poland, and has worked in the UK ever since. She is owned by her clowder of cats and pack of dogs.

Eliza’s main interests involve emergency care, dermatology and diagnostic imaging, and she is part of the night emergency care team.

Emma-Jayne Bailey BSc MIRVAP (VP)

Emma-Jayne Bailey qualified in 2018 from Harper Adams University with a Bachelor of Science degree with honours, in Veterinary Physiotherapy.  She is not a vet, but we are proud to include her in our professional team.

She currently provides a bespoke physiotherapy service tailored to the individual, whether it be for performance enhancement, or management of acute or chronic diseases, ranging from osteoarthritis to post-operative care of cruciate surgery.

She sees both cats and dogs, and can provide home visits as part of the service as well.

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