Our Veterinary Practice Team

Hannah Munt

“I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and have spent 6 years exclusively in small animal practice.

I love all aspects of my career as a veterinary surgeon but my main passion is surgery- I am very close to completing a post graduate certificate in the subject.

I grew up in Oxfordshire and live in a village in Oxford. Outside of work I mostly enjoy dog walks with my Labrador Daisy.

I look forward to meeting you and your pets!”

Lucy Searle, RVN

I have always wanted a career with animals and graduated as a veterinary nurse in February 2017. I have worked at both small animal and mixed practices and enjoy all aspects of the job; especially nursing clinics, inpatient care and surgery and anaesthesia.

I moved out last year and now live in a lovely flat in High Wycombe which I share with my boyfriend and a very small Netherland dwarf bunny with a big attitude called Pepper. She loves running around the living room, jumping on the sofa and having her nose stroked. I particularly enjoy seeing rabbits and guinea pigs at the vets as I like running clinics where owners can get advice about health, diet and husbandry.

I am also a fosterer for the RSPCA and have looked after several litters of kittens which I have hand reared and nursed back to health before they can find their forever homes. I find this very rewarding and love seeing them grow and develop their individual personalities.

As a nurse I strive to make each patient that comes into us as comfortable and happy as possible whether that means providing some extra cuddles and TLC or giving a nervous cat a box to hide in. I find nursing very rewarding and feel that I make a difference to both the animals and people who visit Cherry Tree.

Michelle Monks, Office Manager

Michelle has over 10 years’ experience working within the Veterinary profession. Dealing with all aspects of administration to help keep the Practice running smoothly.

She lives locally with her husband, daughter and many pets including her Sphynx cat “Malcolm”         

Leigh Merrifield, RVN

Since a young age I have always had a passion for helping animals and have spent the past 10 years working towards this. I have worked in various areas, including wildlife, exotics, pet care and now veterinary nursing. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2018, I find the job so interesting and rewarding.

Originally from South Africa, I have lived in different places throughout my life so far. I currently live with my partner and our 2 gorgeous cats, Milo and Ariel. In my spare time I enjoy walking in the countryside, photography and travelling to new places.

Each day as a veterinary nurse is completely different and you can never be sure what you will see next. I love being able to help our patients and owners. I look forward to meeting you.

Kyra Swadling, Student Nurse

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Clare Hamilton Vet MB MA MRCVS (Partner)

I graduated as a vet from Cambridge University in July 2005 and have worked exclusively in small animal practice for the past seven years.

I grew up very close to Lane End near a little place called Southend Common. I love the area and it has always been my hope to return here to be part of the community again.

I met my husband Michael at University and we have been married since 2009. We share our home with a very naughty cat called Winston and our slightly less naughty little dog Sausage.

My favourite thing about my life as a veterinary surgeon is being able to help people and their pets through difficult times. There are not many jobs where you can go home at night feeling like you have made a difference.

Alice Ruel BVSc MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

I graduated from Bristol University in July 2003. I spent the first part of my career working in the West Country and have now worked at Cherry Tree for 6 years. I have a special interest in small animal ophthalmology and have been awarded a Postgraduate Certification in Small Animal Veterinary Ophthalmology. My interest in ophthalmology developed from caring for my own Golden Retriever who suffered from inherited glaucoma and also form working alongside a Specialist Ophthalmologist in Devon. I love seeing any new, interesting ophthalmology cases and my aim is to try and preserve vision and alleviate pain.

I live near Henley and have a young family. We own a very energetic Labrador called Sherwood, a Cocker Spaniel puppy called Bramble and a very tolerant rescue cat, Portly. Luckily my husband and children also love animals!

In my experience, the most enjoyable thing about being a Vet is following an animal through from diagnosis, treatment and to complete recovery. There is nothing more rewarding.

Hannah Rose RVN (Head Nurse)

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