Meet The Team
Gerard Cashin MVB MRCVS - Equine Veterinary Surgeon
Gerry qualified from the University of Dublin in 1979 and has worked mainly as an equine vet ever since.
He opened the Ivy Lodge Veterinary Clinic in July 1984, originally in a small cottage, but in 2002 the practice relocated to the large purpose built clinic that you see today.
His interests include horse racing, thoroughbred breeding and farming. He has a special interest in racehorse welfare and owns a retired chaser named 'Straight-On' whom he raced successfully and now rides on a regular basis.
Sarah Forder BVSc (hons) MRCVS - Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
Sarah joined Ivy Lodge in July 2010 having previously worked at a busy small animal practice in East London. She graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in Australia, and moved to the UK in 2007 after working at clinics on the Sunshine Coast for several years.
Having worked for a corporate owned practice previously, she prefers working with a small independent clinic like Ivy Lodge, as she appreciates the the freedom to practice at the highest standards, without interference, and enjoys the bonds that this this sort of practice allows her to develop with pets and their owners.
Sarah lives with 10 cats and owns a Shih Tzu X Lhasa Apso called 'Muskat'.
Pebbles Wyard RVN - Head Veterinary Nurse
Pebbles qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007, and went on to achieve her assessor qualification a year later, which allows her to train the student nurses within the practice. She joined Ivy Lodge in 2010, bringing with her extensive experience gained in both general and emergency practice as well as a stretch at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Pebbles is a self confessed 'crazy cat lady' and owns 14 cats (pictured with Jaws) as well as 5 dogs and a tortoise called 'Crusty Pie'.
Melanie Bennie RVN
Mel qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010 having worked at Ivy Lodge since 2007. Mel is often out assisting Gerry with his equine work and enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, but is also keen to start a specific equine nursing course this year.
Mel owns two cats called Sapphire and Archie, a pony called Cookie and a Rottweiler called Brutus (pictured with Mel) who comes to work with her every day.
Student Veterinary Nurses
Nicola Jackson SVN
Nicola joined the practice in 2009, and started her veterinary nurse training at Writtle College in September 2010. Nicola has a city and guilds qualification in grooming, and performs all the grooming services offered at this clinic.
At home Nicola has three Siamese cats called Oliver, Leo and Jasper, as well as two Miniature Dachshunds called Island and Light (pictured with Nicola), and two rabbits called Fudge and Smudge.
Georgina Wyard SVN
Georgina came to Ivy Lodge in September 2011 and is currently working towards her veterinary nursing qualification at Writtle College. Originally, she worked in fashion as a pattern cutter for some of the major high street stores, but decided to pursue her preferred career in veterinary nursing in 2008. She completed her animal nursing assistant course from the College of Animal Welfare before joining the team here at Ivy Lodge.
Georgina lives with four cats, five dogs, five ducks and two rabbits.
Smurf arrived at Ivy Lodge in 2009 from the Pussy Cat Lodge animal charity. She spends most of Winter curled up on her special chair in the clinic but spends the warmer months exploring the fields in and around Ivy Lodge.
Smurf is much loved by all the staff and seems to be enjoying her laid back lifestyle at Ivy Lodge.