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Our Team


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 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. I am currently working on further qualifications in rehabilitation which grew out of the pain management. I was one of the first adopters of stem cell treatments and have been carrying them out since 2013.

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. I currently have about a 50% exotic caseload across a range of species but still like to see the more normal dogs and cats. I'm very keen on promoting good husbandry as often means fewer visits to the vets!

Away from the clinic, and when not parenting 4 growing boys I am recovering rower and run a bit, both not a quickly as I used to.

Esme Morishima

Veterinary Surgeon

Esme graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019, after having studied for degrees in both veterinary medicine and zoology. During her studies she worked at a range of zoos across the UK, and completed a course in South Africa. She has spent two years working in general practice before completing an exotics internship at Highcroft Referrals in Bristol in a specialist exotics department. She is now working towards her RCVS certificate in advanced practice and zoological medicine.

Jenny Asher


Jenny graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and has worked in small animal and exotic practices in Essex and London as well as Hampshire and Dorset. In 2014 she volunteered on the World Wide Veterinary Service's inaugural Mission Rabies vaccination campaign in India, and discovered a love for shelter medicine and volunteer work. Since then she has participated in many outreach medicine and neutering clinics in South Africa, Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania.

Nowadays she lives a quieter life locally with her young family and is truly delighted to be working at magnolia House.

Andy Morris

RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery
Peripatetic Veterinary Surgeon

Andy has over ten years of experience providing a referral service for veterinary orthopaedic cases. He was in the first cohort to achieve the CertAVP(GSAS) and is widely published in peer reviewed journals. He is on the Editorial Board for the evidence based journal, Veterinary Evidence, and lives locally in Southbourne. He currently works as the managing director of VetFix with an experienced team providing orthopaedic services at vet clinics across the south and south-west. He is interested in all aspect of orthopaedics including cruciate injury, patella luxation and fracture repairs.

You can find out more about his work here.

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.


Sarah Spencer

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sarah qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2021 and has previously worked in an emergency out of hours clinic.

Sarah has a keen interest for physiotherapy, dental care and dermatology.
She also has a new-found love for nursing exotic patients and is enjoying learning how they differ from cats and dogs.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys paddleboarding, walks in the forest with her partner and labradoodle Reggie and  also volunteers as a marine mammal medic for the BDMLR.

Aleisha Callaway-Smith

Student Veterinary Nurse

Aleisha started as Animal Care Assistant but rapidly worked her way though the Animal Nursing Assistant qualification and is now enrolled as a Student Veterinary Nurse. She spends one day a week attending College and works full time in the clinic around her studies. A keen guinea pig owner she makes sure all our small furries are well cared for after procedures and kept warm and fed.

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

Lisa Awdas

Client Care Team

Lauren Rowsell

Client Care Team

Amy Van Wingerden

Client Care Team

Melanie Barber

Client Care Team

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