Honeybourne Veterinary Centre are dedicated small animal vets in Cheltenham, where we treat your much loved family pets – cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits, as well as more unusual animals – with exactly the same tlc as we give our own.
We continuously invest in the very latest facilities for the benefit of your pets and our RCVS accreditation reflects the quality of our expertise.
Our Investors in People accreditation reflects our commitment to developing our team, so we have the latest skills and training to work together, caring for your pets.
- Dan Farmer Owner and Veterinary Surgeon
- Emma Griffiths Veterinary Surgeon
- Catherine Dowson Veterinary Surgeon
- Yvonne Virgo Practice Manager
- Laura Ford Veterinary Nurse
- Abby Noble Veterinary Nurse
- Jordan Lewis Veterinary Nurse
- Emma Rowles Administrator
- Sophie Russell Receptionist
- Jodie Llewelyn Receptionist
- Rose Fowler Receptionist
Dan Farmer BVM&S MRCVS
I have been the sole owner of Honeybourne since 2012, and continue to work hard to ensure our patients have access to the best care available. I believe that pets of all shapes and sizes are hugely life enhancing, and deserve a special place in our lives. My vision is to create a practice where pets can be helped to live happy, healthy lives with the best care available when it is needed.
I grew up in the Devon countryside on my family’s smallholding. I was never happier than when I was out with my dog or caring for the small herd of Devon cattle my family owned. I helped raise several litters of pigs and managed my own flock of sheep. It was during this time that I realised I could make caring for animals a way of life and made the decision to become a vet. I qualified in 1995 from Edinburgh Vet School and then worked in a mixed practice in North Devon. After three years I realised that I really enjoyed caring for family pets and dedicated myself to that; joining Honeybourne in 2002.
At home I have two cats called Tinker and Monkey, a wife, Caroline, and two daughters to keep me busy. Tinker loves his food so is on a permanent diet; Monkey came into my life as a kitten who was accidentally trodden on and nearly died. She has treatment for arthritis and still sleeps under blankets, so we always look before we sit. If I am ever able to take more time away from the practice I would like to be out walking with a dog again.
Emma Griffiths BVSc MRCVS
I grew up in rural Hertfordshire and although I was the first vet in my family, animals always featured strongly in my life. As a child I was always surrounded by dogs as my grandfather and mother bred and showed Irish Setters. Later my mother made a change to breeding Labradors and gave me a Labrador puppy as a graduation present. I have continued the family tradition of breeding dogs and there are currently four generations of this line in the family. I believe strongly in producing well socialised, healthy and happy puppies.
I started to ride at age three and got my first pony at age seven. The “horsey” phase continues to this day and I even managed to balance competing event horses with studying both at school and at university.
I graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 2004; then completed an equine externship in Newmarket before moving into mixed practice. I have realised that my passion lies in small animal work – I enjoy seeing the strong bond between clients and their pets. I live with my husband, three yellow Labradors and a black cat, who thinks he is a small dog and follows us out on walks.
Catherine Dowson BVSc MRCVS
Originally from a farming background I have always had a passion and affinity with animals and knew from an early age that I wanted to become an animal doctor. I enjoy all the variety in my work as a first opinion Veterinary Surgeon, and really love getting to know clients and their pets.
I was born in Cheltenham and adore living and working in the area. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my rescue dog Flynn, a cheeky Whippet/Labrador cross who loves nothing more than going for long walks and chilling out on the sofa in the evenings. I’m keen on keeping active. I like gardening, DIY and have always had a passion for travelling – so there’s a project or trip on the go at all times.
I have worked in both mixed and small animal veterinary practices since qualifying from The Royal Veterinary College, London in 2012 and joined Honeybourne Veterinary Centre in 2016. I was first attracted to Honeybourne Vets because of their reputation for high standards of patient care. I have a strong belief in providing personal care to animals and their owners, so I’m very excited about my new role within the team and look forward to meeting you all!
“Highly organised, thorough and efficient”
I have been working at Honeybourne for over twenty years and am currently the Practice Manager, but previously worked as a veterinary nurse for more than ten years. I ensure the smooth running of the practice and oversee the work of the receptionists and nurses; helping out where I can. I also look after the financial aspects of the business, the payroll, equipment maintenance schedules and health and safety issues, amongst other things that may arise.
Working alongside Dan, we endeavour to move the practice forward and to continue to provide both the best standard of care for the pets we look after, and the best customer service for their owners.
At home, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We have four cats to care for (Cleo, Mia, Stinky and Pickle), two of which (Cleo and Mia) are elderly now. I also enjoy walking, cycling, reading, sewing and crafts.
Laura Ford RVN
I joined Honeybourne in 2012, where I studied for my nursing qualification. After a lot of hard work, I qualified in 2015 with Abbeydale Vetlink College. Prior to joining Honeybourne, I worked at a small companion practice in Cirencester for five years, helping to look after small animals and horses.
I really enjoy working at Honeybourne and am happy to be part of a team that strives constantly to achieve the highest standards for the pets in our care. It’s also great to be working with people that I consider friends as well as colleagues.
Veterinary nursing has always been my passion and achieving my RCVN qualification was my ambition for a very long time – as long as I can remember, I haven’t wanted to do anything else! I enjoy all aspects of nursing but I have a special interest in medical nursing and looking after elderly pets. I enjoy learning and since qualifying I have completed courses on laboratory work and surgical nursing. I’m also responsible for the information boards in the waiting room and nurse’s room.
In my spare time I enjoy yoga and keep-fit classes. I also have an interest in sewing, crafts and making gifts for my friends and family.
Abby Noble RVN
I have been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2006 and joined Honeybourne in 2014 after spending a couple of years gaining experience as a locum. I adore my job and particularly enjoy theatre work and all aspects of surgical procedure. We all aspire to give the highest standard of care to all our patients, be it, in-patient pre- and post-op care, or pets that we see during our nurse clinics.
I have an elderly Jack Russell Terrier at home called Boris, who despite his age and epilepsy, is still cheeky and loves life, especially when it involves being at the seaside.
Prior to training as nurse, I spent two years travelling around the world and fell in love with Australia, India and Thailand. These last two countries have left a lasting impression and I love cooking and experimenting with spicy food. I also enjoy going to spin classes and general keep fit.
Jordan Lewis RVN
I started nursing in 2010 and achieved my RCVN qualification in 2013. Since then I have been fortunate to have worked as a locum at many different veterinary practices including Fitzpatrick Referrals, which has enabled me to gain experience and knowledge across many areas. I enjoyed locum work so much at Honeybourne that I joined the team on a permanent basis in 2016.
My main interests are critical and emergency care. I also enjoy theatre work and and ‘scrubbing-in’ to help the veterinary surgeon when needed. I am also responsible for organising and hosting puppy parties. I love meeting clients and their new puppies – who doesn’t love cuddling puppies?
Outside of work, I am training towards my black belt in Krav Maga and am also part of a belly-dancing group. I enjoy them both equally, despite being so different!
I have a dog called George, two cats called Charlie and Khaleesi, and a rabbit called Francis.
They are all rescued and I
have promised my partner that I won’t re-home anymore; but it’s only a matter of time…
“Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful”
As the longest-serving member of the team (I joined in 1988, when the practice was owned by Peter Chew), I have had many varied roles. Initially, I worked as a nursing assistant, but occasionally helped on Reception. When Mr Chew retired, Ian Handel took over the Practice and it was renamed ‘Honeybourne Veterinary Centre’. I continued to work as a nursing assistant, but then left for a short while in 1996 to have my daughter.
I later returned as a nursing assistant, but then took the role as receptionist, where I progressed to become head receptionist, managing a small team. I now work in administration, alongside Yvonne, the Practice Manager. I am responsible for processing insurance claims, overseeing our Pet Care Plan and anything else that crops up!
Outside of work, I have a cat called Pringle and a rescued Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Suzie, whose favourite pastime is chasing her ball in the park – relentlessly!
Sophie Russell BSc (Hons)
I joined the Honeybourne team in 2015, having worked as a veterinary receptionist on and off over the last 17 years. Prior to working here, I was a part-time receptionist alongside working as an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor).
I love working at reception, being part of a large team, and meeting people and their beloved pets. I enjoy the professional atmosphere and working with nurses and vets that aspire to such high standards.
I have two gorgeous cats at home, one moggy called Archie (aka ‘Moose’) and one Ragdoll cross called Walter (aka ‘Fluff’). They were previously house cats and now love to explore our garden. I sold my horse in 2016 and although I miss her, I now have more time to enjoy my other hobbies. I love to keep fit and recently achieved my black belt in kickboxing. I enjoy running and love entering mud runs. I also try to cycle to work when possible.
Before I joined Honeybourne in 2014, I worked in retail as a both a Sales Assistant and Visual Merchandiser, where I was able to utilise both my creative skills (by putting together product displays), and customer service skills.
I continue to employ these at Honeybourne and strive constantly to provide a high-standard of service. I enjoy meeting new people and especially like meeting clients’ new pets for a fuss and cuddle at Reception. I also help with the administration of our Pet Care Plan.
I live in Cheltenham with my partner and our little rescue terrier, Alex. In my spare time I love taking her for walks in the countryside and spending time with my family and friends.
Rose Fowler BA (Hons)
I was thrilled to join the team at Honeybourne in 2016, as I’m passionate about animals and find it rewarding to be part of an organisation that helps them. I’ve worked in administration since graduating from university but have always been interested in the veterinary industry. It is great being around like-minded people and working in a practice that really goes the extra mile to put our patients first.
I’ve owned various pets and love all animals, but I have a special interest in rats and bull-breed dogs. I currently live with a lively and happy Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Harley, who loves nothing more than meeting people and having cuddles. We spend our free time training, going on long walks and curling up on the sofa together. My other interests include spending time with my friends and family, playing music, and volunteering for animal welfare charities.