Team Members Profile



I graduated from the University of West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and attained my MRCVS in 2003. I worked in a busy small animal practice in Ruislip for 2 years, before joining Richmond Vets in July 2010 and went into partnership with Tim in October 2011. I worked in a busy small animal practice in Ruislip for 2 years, before joining Richmond Vets in July 2010. I went into partnership with Tim Richardson in October 2011, and then became sole director in October 2013. I live with my wife Heather, who is a nurse at Hammersmith hospital, our son Elliot and 2 cats Rudy and Munchie. I enjoy cycling, camping, hiking and playing football in my spare time.

Katie O’Brien BSc (Hons) AdvCertVPhys MIRVAP

I have worked at Richmond Vets, at various times, over many years, having first introduced myself as a work experience student.  Between times I completed an Animal Science degree at the University of Nottingham and spent a year as a full time working pupil at a large BHS training yard, following one of my great passions – riding and working with horses. I have been back (again!) working part-time as a nurse since 2012, whilst also studying to become a veterinary physiotherapist.  I hold the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy, I’m fully insured, registered and a member of IRVAP.  I am trained with both small animals and horses and absolutely love my job!  I am thrilled to be offering small animal physiotherapy for Richmond Vets and I am excited to treat some familiar fury faces and meet a few new ones in this capacity.  I am also an associate of Bach Vet Physio, owned by Nikki Engelbach, offering mobile vet physio services for small animals and horses.  Veterinary physiotherapy sessions are very different to appointments with the vet – have a look at my article on the blog to find out more. Whilst I have reduced my nursing hours at Richmond Vets to develop my veterinary physiotherapy career I can still be found a few days a week working with the nursing team or at reception.

Emma Alexander VN

Practice Manager

I realised from a young age I wanted to work with animals, and after completing work experience at a mixed veterinary practice in Scotland, I decided to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. I worked in a veterinary hospital from the age of 16, and after qualifying in 1998, was promoted to senior nurse. A year later I travelled to Australia and worked within a large veterinary hospital for 6 months, where I experienced not only handling domestic pets, but a variety of wild-life as well! I started working in Richmond Vets in 2001, and was promoted to Head Nurse in January 2002. Although I have enjoyed nursing animals for many years, when the new role of practice manager was offered in early 2010, I decided to rise to a different challenge.

Sharon Skinner VN CERT AAB DIP (CABT)

My interest in animals began from a very early age and this lead me to having a variety of pets as a child. Once I left school I went on to work in a busy small animal hospital where I qualified in 1996, and stayed for 17 years. During this time I studied animal behaviour at Southampton, gaining a certificate in applied animal behaviour, as well as a diploma. I have run puppy training class, and enjoy helping owners to settle them in to their new home.I have a labrador cross of my own named Wookee, and two cats, Thomas and Huckle. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, socialising with friends, and walking ‘Wooks’.

Justyna Macherzynska

I have always loved working with animals since helping out on my relatives farm at home in Poland as a young child. I moved to the UK in 2003 and started working in a veterinary practice, training to become a vet nurse in 2008. I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse, and moved to Richmond Vets in October 2012 having worked in my previous practice for over 4 years. I really enjoy my job and special areas of interest include dental care, nutrition and running nurse clinics. I also enjoy learning about animal behaviour and this is an area in which I want to pursue future training and development. Outside of work I love horseriding and am a keen cyclist, but also enjoy less active hobbies such as sculpture, drawing and painting. At present I do not have any pets of my own, but hope to adopt a rescue cat in the very near future.

Lydia Jones RVN


I have always wanted to work with animals and so began my training as a veterinary nurse in 2008. I came to Richmond vets to cover maternity leave in August 2013, after which I was asked to stay on as a permanent member of staff. I find my job extremely rewarding and feel especially lucky to be a part of such a great team. I have a cat named Bug who I re-homed as a kitten after she was abandoned at the practice last year.

Gillian Lees


Since a young age I have always wanted to work with animals and consequently my first job was a veterinary nurse. I then had a break and qualified as a human nurse but returned to working with animals as I find it far more rewarding. I have been working at this practice since 1992. Now two children later I work part time. I have always owned dogs and recently adopted a lurcher cross from Battersea Dogs Home.

Tina Fitzgerald


I qualified as a hairdresser after leaving school and worked in this industry for seven years which I liked but never felt satisfied. I have always loved animals and realised I would be happier to work in a job that brought me in close contact with them, so I made a decision to change my career. I moved from Co. Cork, Ireland to London and began working at Richmond Vets in October 2012, and I am loving my decision since. I really enjoy seeing all the pets and lovely owners coming through the doors. I am making the most of exploring London and all it has to offer, and spend my spare time walking, shopping and going to the cinema.

Carrie Boulton


When I left school I qualified in Business Studies, and worked in many different departments in offices. I was never really satisfied with my career choice, so after returning from travelling for a year I decided i wanted to work in the veterinary industry. I love animals and have always owned cats, dogs and many small animals. I have worked at Richmond Vets since 2001 and am still enjoying my career choice. I married my husband in 2005, and now work part time which allows me to spend more time with our 3 wonderful young children.

Jane Drewett


I have worked at Richmond Vets since 2002. I live locally so it’s a real treat after many years of commuting to central London. Over the years I have owned dogs, cats, gerbils, birds, fish and a rabbit. I hopefully relate to our clients with both their happy and sad visits to the vets.