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Our amazing team – the heart of our practice!


The Team

Dalya Livy

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Sydney University in 2001. After working in small animal hospitals for a couple of years and completing an internship, I arrived in the UK in 2004. Having fallen in love with the UK (yes, even the rain!), I’m now a proud dual citizen and a mum to 4 small children who are being carefully taught not to refer to trousers as pants.

Professionally my particular passion is improving the quality of life for our elderly patients, as it combines my two areas of special interest - complicated internal medicine problems and pain management.

J.G.Stan Livy

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from the Royal ‘Dick’ SVS, Edinburgh in 2002 and worked at several practices throughout Scotland and England before coming to Magnolia House. I’ve been treating exotics since 2007 and gained my certificate as well as publishing a few articles on both medicine and surgery of the less common species.

Away from the clinic, and when not parenting, I am recovering rower having formerly been a Commonwealth medalist and 4 times National champion.

Rachel Williams

Veterinary Surgeon

I recently graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London having always had a passion for all things furry, feathery and scaly.  I’m originally from Tenby in West Wales and after having lived in London for the last 6 years, I am very much looking forward to returning to the coast.

This will be my first job as a new-graduate vet, and I can’t wait to start working with the Magnolia House team.

In my spare time I enjoy wild swimming, running, cycling, hiking, climbing and all things outdoors. I grew up surrounded by cats, border collies, a jack russell and many exotic pets. After recently finding myself with no pets, I’ve resorted to borrowing my neighbours’ dogs to accompany me on my adventures. Hopefully, a new furry companion of my own is on the horizon, but in the meantime my lovely patients more than make up for it.

Vicky Brown

Head Veterinary Nurse

Vicky trained at Seadown vets and moved to Magnolia House in 2019, becoming Head Nurse in 2021. She is a clinical coach and supports student veterinary nurses through their qualification.

Vicky is also currently studying for a qualification in Veterinary Nursing of Zoo and Exotic Species.

Jo West

Registered Veterinary Nurse/ Cat Advocate

Jo has been a veterinary nurse for over 10 years and qualified in 2006. Having previously worked at an orthopaedic referral practice in Wimbledon but moved to Christchurch with her husband, son and Bombay cat ‘Lola’.

Jo is particularly fond of cats and has a special interest in cat behavioural issues. She is was also our lead for achieving ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic Accreditation in 2021.

Elvera de Bakker

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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Sharon Russell

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sharon has been at the clinic since 2014 having previously worked in a dog grooming salon.
She achieved her Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA) qualification in 2018 and passed her exams to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in December 2021.

Sharon has developed an particular interest in exotics and is looking forward to learning more throughout her course. She is also interested in parasitology and loves exploring various samples under the microscope.


Emma Wren 

Ever since I was a sweet little ginger haired 4yr old I have always wanted to save all the animals. Even made Lemonade (missing the fizz) and perfume from rose petals (it stank!) to make money for WWF at age of 7.
I have worked with vets since leaving college and although they are strange creatures I can't imagine doing anything else.

I met the wonderful and wacky Magnolia team whilst helping out briefly and was delighted when asked to join Magnolia House permanently.

When not at work I am still surrounded by strange creatures with 2 rescue pooches, 1 sings and the other steals picnics, a cat called Leonardo de Catrio who likes to watch walls, 2 chameleons Mary and Fat Tony and a furry husband.

I wouldn't have life any other way!  Apart from maybe a lottery win so that I really could save all the animals!

Rebecca Eley

BSc(AnBeh) PGDip(ClinAnBeh)
Clinical Animal Behaviourist/Practice Manager

Becky originally joined the practice part time in 2015 becoming full time in 2018. She has a strong interest in behaviour and currently runs our puppy classes. She is about to complete a further post-graduate qualification in this field and will be expanding the behaviour service we offer further.

She also enjoys working with dogs that find vet visits particularly stressful.

Becky also helps with our rehabilitation and pain management clinics especially laser therapy.

She was appointed Practice Manager in 2021.

Alison Webb

Client Care Team Lead

Alison joined Magnolia House in 2020 and is now our lead receptionist.

Monica Piedade

Client Care Team

Maddie Venn

Client Care Team

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