We were lucky to have Churchcroft recommended to us over 5 years ago when Daisy joined us as a puppy. When we rescued Lacey we never expected to spend so much time with you. Lacey could not have had better care than that which she received from everyone associated with Churchcroft. Although the outcome was not what we wanted the extra time that she had with us was down to the expert vetinary care she received. We can never thank you enough for the care and compassion shown to her, Daisy and us h...
Meet The Team
George Packer BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
George graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1995.
After graduation, George worked in small animal practice and quickly became the Clinical Director of several practices for a large corporate vet.
As Clinical Director George was responsible for overseeing 9 other vets and helping them with difficult surgery and medicine cases. George has always had a special interest in cardiology and has since developed further interests in feline and geriatric medicine.
George took over Churchcroft Vets in 2009 with a mission to offer top quality veterinary care in a welcoming and pet friendly environment.
In his spare time George loves mountain biking and snowboarding and also enjoys playing cricket and golf.
Lisette Cartier van Dissel DVM MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon
Lisette Cartier van Dissel has joined the Churchcroft team having left Ark Vets in Chilwell to reunite with George and Jon in the all new expanded practice. Previously Lisette worked with George and Jon at Priory Vets in the late 1990s.
Lisette has more than 20 years’ veterinary experience and is particularly interested in medicine especially in older animals. She also has a passion for animal welfare. Lisette has been on several stray animal neutering trips and most recently went to Bosnia with Dog's Trust to assist in training local vets in how to neuter street dogs (see photo). Lisette is also a Trustee for SNIP International, a charity that donates trap-neuter-return equipment to animal welfare groups all over the world.
Lisette has two dogs and two cats, all rescues. Out of work she enjoys walking holidays and gardening, which she refers to as battling with the jungle. Lisette is also a keen hot air ballooner with the Nottingham & Derby Hot Air Balloon Club".
As well as having an interest in medicine Lisette is a qualified acupuncture therapist. Acupuncture can be a useful additional treatment for chronic pain such as with arthritis in both dogs and cats.
Megan Godden BVM MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Megan graduated from Nottingham vet school in 2017. Her chosen electives were in feline medicine and emergency critical care. Megan says she enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and is thoroughly enjoying being part of our busy, friendly team.
Megan has a rescued one-eyed cat called Marmite and like her name suggests she either loves or hates stuff. Clearly, as the photo shows, she loves Megan.
Megan also has a wirehaired miniature dachshund called Gertie and what Gertie lacks in stature she makes up for in character (also known as being lovably cheeky)!
In her own time Megan enjoys hill walking and running but also enjoys cooking and chilling out with a G&T.
Jon Ruben BVM&S PhD MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Jon qualified from Edinburgh in 1972 and went on to obtain a Ph.D in virology in 1976.
He set up Priory Vets in the 1980s and 1990s where he first met George by employing him.
Jon is married with 5 grown up children and stepchildren who he enjoys skiing with. Jon has a Staffie called Rosie who adores everyone and a Rabbit called Bailey who has been a wonderful family pet.
When he is not busy vetting, Jon teaches primary school children.
Julia Barham BSc PhD RVN, Veterinary Nurse and Practice Manager
Julia qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1992. After 2 years in general practice she was employed by Liverpool University as senior Equine Nurse and soon promoted to Head Equine Theatre Nurse. In 1995, she was persuaded by the Professor of Anaesthesia to go to university where she got a 1st in Biology and then gained a PhD in molecular genetics. She worked as a lecturer in genetics and postdoctoral research fellow in immunology before returning to practice at Churchcroft. Julia has 4 children and a dog called Jagger. Julia's interests include dog training (she has represented Wales in obedience competition), running, mountain biking and skiing.
Lisa Foster, Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Lisa has moved into veterinary nursing after 17 years’ experience of running a pet shop. She realised that she wanted more contact with the pets themselves and is a dedicated member of the team committed to patient and client care.
She has completed her first year of study to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse whilst still working at Churchcroft, not only passing but coming top of her year! We are proud of her and the application of the knowledge she has gained. Lisa says she is looking forward to the second year of the Royal College course and learning more about intensive care nursing.
Lisa has a miniature poodle called Rosie, 3 cats called Alfie, Charlie and Lizzie and a Chinchilla called Stella.
Aileen MacLeod Veterinary Nurse and Pet Health Counsellor
Aileen is an experienced veterinary nurse having worked in veterinary practice for over twenty years, she is a qualified Pet Health Counsellor and has a particular interest in geriatric nursing and client support.
Aileen has two teenage sons Sam and Ewan who she enjoys watching play rugby, a cocker spaniel called Kenny (who’s crazy but adores Aileen to the moon and back) a recue cat called Lee (who’s top cat) and two rats Toffee and Caramel. When Aileen isn’t running around after her family and dog walking, she enjoys live music and socialising.
Poppie Walker Veterinary Nurse and HND in Animal Management
Poppie has joined the Churchcroft nursing team after passing her HND in Animal Management and gaining some retail experience. She has proved to be a compassionate and hardworking member of the team who is always ready with a smile. Poppie’s ultimate goal is to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and we look forward to helping her realise her dream.
Currently, Poppie is training and gaining experience with our puppy socialisation classes, she is coming up with great ideas and developing the classes.
Poppie has a son called Harley and two dogs Rex a chihuahua cross and Diego, who's a mummy's boy, is a chihuahua. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors and has a keen interest in pencil drawing.
Anne Brown, Administrator
Anne is the principle administrator. As well as doing all the important back office jobs, Anne works hard to ensure all of the pet insurance claims are dealt with promptly and efficiently. After many years of liaising with the pet insurance companies she is an expert at getting problems resolved.
Anne is a very proud grandmother and enjoys spending her time with her family. Anne has a ball-obsessed Border Collie called Rolo and often dog sits her son's dog Alfie a hyperactive Springer Spaniel.
Hazelle Ward, Student Veterinary Nurse
Hazelle is seconded to Churchcroft from Nottingham Trent University where she is training for a degree in Veterinary Nursing. She is really enjoying her studies and is on course to qualify in 2017.
Hazelle has a remarkable menagerie at home consisting of a horse called Blackberry, a Chihuahua Yorkie cross called Chalkie and a Cockerpoo called Maggie, Ed and Bruno the guinea pigs, Liquorice the rabbit, an African Land Snail and a stick insect.
Hazelle plays hockey in the league and also competes at showing with Blackberry.