Meet our Team
Our Valuable Staff Members
Beyers van Niekerk Director
Beyers grew up in South Africa and has always had a love for all animals. He never wanted to be anything but a vet and was lucky enough to qualify in 1995 at the University of Pretoria. After graduating he came to the UK for a year to gain experience and see a bit of the world…… This plan changed when he met Clare in South Wales.
They got married in 1997 and moved to her hometown Chandlers Ford. The rest is history as they say – he became a partner in the year 2000. In 2016 Clare and Beyers became full owners and shareholders of the practice.
His role in the Practice is both clinical and managerial which is only possible due to the excellent support staff we have at the Practice. He likes surgery as well as chatting to owners about their pets.
It gives him great satisfaction to make animals better and to interact with them. Apart from the usual veterinary work he tries to motivate and train staff to the best of their abilities and gets a real sense of satisfaction when people reach their goals in work and life.
Clare and Beyers have two children in their teens and also share the house with two Dachsies and a three-legged Rhodesian Ridgeback. When not at work he likes spending time with his bees that he is obsessed with, and also keeps Koi and chickens. He loves rugby and does a bit of grass-roots coaching and refereeing at a local club. He has also recently bought an electric guitar – much to the delight of his family.
Clare Van Niekerk Director
Clare has been one of the longest serving members of the practice. From a young age, she has always wanted to be a vet and started at the practice as a ‘Saturday girl’ whilst still at school. After taking her A levels at Barton Peveril College, she gained a place at Bristol University and graduated in 1994.
Her first job was in a busy small animal practice in Newport in South Wales where she worked for 3 years. It was here that she met Beyers, after they married they moved back to Chandlers Ford and joined Davies and Aylott.
After having her two children, Clare followed her interest in Psychology and Behaviour and studied part time for 3 years at Southampton University and gained a post graduate diploma in Companion Animal behaviour counselling and sees behaviour cases as part of her work load.
Clare works at the Boyatt Wood Surgery and particularly enjoys getting to know all the clients and patients.
Outside work, she is busy as a taxi service to her 2 teenage children and looking after the menagerie of animals at home!
Richard Warin Senior Vet
Richard qualified in August 2000 from Bristol University and began his career in Bedford before joining CFVS in 2003. In June 2016 he became Assistant Manager whilst maintaining his position as one of our senior veterinary surgeons.
Originating from Portsmouth, Richard lives locally with his wife, Catherine and their four children. His ambition is to continue in first opinion practice and to increase the services offered to our clients.
Outside work he is keen on all sports especially running and swimming. The family is completed by 2 Siamese cats Niko and Mika, and Munchy George the giant snail!
Leslie Montgomery Vet
Leslie was born and grew up in Ireland and was lucky to be accepted to Dublin Veterinary School. He qualified in 1983 and went into farm animal practice in his home town.
He came to England in 1986 and began work in Southampton before moving to Davies and Aylott in Chandlers Ford in 1991. He became a partner in the practice in 2000 and later a director when the practice was incorporated, a position he has now relinquished.
He currently works there as a veterinary surgeon. He is interested in general practice and enjoys the challenges presented by the variety of cases seen each day.
He is married to Annekie and has two children Andrew and Sophie and they live in Hiltingbury. He enjoys many sports but as his knees have deteriorated he has become a keen cyclist and does some long distance trips for charity.
Annekie Montgomery Vet
Annekie qualified in South Africa in 1998 and joined the team in 2006. She lives in Chandlers Ford with husband, Leslie, two children, and three guinea pigs.
She’s involved with the local community and loves walking, cycling and bird watching.
Joe Gosling Vet
Joe started working for us in August 2015, he was already familar with the practice having spent time with us on placements during his degree.
He has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and his current ambition is become an accomplished general practitioner. Outside of work he enjoys mini golf, running and cycling.
Gwen Francis Vet
Jo Summerton Practice Manager
Jo is one of our longest serving employees having joined the nursing team in 1986. After a spell as Head Nurse she progressed to Practice Manager in 2003.
She has a varied role involving all aspects of running a busy practice but still enjoys interacting with both clients and patients when time allows.
Jo lives locally with her partner Paul & their Dachshund X Flick (often seen on our Facebook page!)
Jo has a passion for cricket and enjoys following both Hampshire & England especially when that includes a trip to the Caribbean.
Lisa Hansen Head RVN
Lisa has been with the practice since 1988. She took on the role of Head Nurse in 2014. She has flourished in the role, particularly enjoying the organisational challenge.
She also helps with both our Puppy Parties and Weight Watchers clinics, the latter as a Hills approved VNA.
She is a VN assessor, a role she enjoys and is keen to develop. She is married to Warren and they have two boys, Luke and Ollie. In her free time, what little she has, she spends it reading, gardening, caring for her labrador Dougie and her four hens Ava, Nicola, Brenda and Sylvia.
Elaine Freemantle Assistant Head RVN
Elaine started working for the practice in 2001, she worked her way through the ranks training and then becoming Head Nurse.
Elaine then became a mum and started working part time taking up the role of Assistant Head Nurse. As well as assisting Lisa in the nursing side of things Elaine does alot of insurance admin which she enjoys.
She has a whippet at home called Enzo which she treats like a second child!
Lorraine Webb RVN
Lorraine has been a nurse at Chandlers Ford Veterinary Surgery for 34 years. She did her nurse training at a Winchester practice and she qualified in 1982. Lorraine has been our Assessor/Lead Clinical Coach for nurse training since 2001 when the practice started the nurse training through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and Sparsholt College.
She finds this aspect of her duties very rewarding, being able to give back to the profession that has given her the career she always wished to do. Lorraine enjoys helping to care for her Westie, keeping her garden as full of nectar rich plants as possible, and photographing the Hampshire countryside.
Vicky Vaughan RVN
Vicky has been with us since October 1998 although she did make a break for freedom in March 2000 by travelling in Australia. We tracked her down and recaptured her in February 2001.
She married her long-term partner Gary in 2010 and they have a daughter Kirsty and a little boy called Freddie. She is a life long supporter of Southampton FC.
She has a dog called Lizzie.
Anna-Marie Tatum RVN
Anna has been a long-standing member of our staff. She joined full-time in July 2003, having worked weekends and holidays and attended college previously. She has always enjoyed caring for animals.
Her interests are TV and soaps (Corrie and Eastenders rather than something from Lush) and an array of pets that include dogs (Shelties)/rabbits/chinchillas/degus/guinea pigs/aquatic frogs and a puffer fish.
She is keen to improve her veterinary nursing knowledge and skills. She is one of the practice first-aiders and so is qualified to treat more than animal cuts and bruises.
Pippa Clark RVN
Pippa has worked at Chandlers Ford Vets since February 2011. She is married to Simon and together with their two children live locally in Eastleigh.
Pippa has a keen interest in, and runs weight and dental clinics at the practice. She has two guinea pigs Daisy and Teddy.
Dominique Hancock RVN
Dom initially worked as a part time assistant whilst she was still at school. After a few years away she came back full time in September 2008. Her and her husband Matt have 2 children.
They share their home with their black labrador Maximus. Dom enjoys all aspects of nursing, particularly surgery.
Tara Smith RVN
Charlotte Lewis RVN
Jo Smith RVN
Lana Baker RVN
Lana joined the team in November 2014 after previously working in the equine industry for the previous 10 years. She enjoys working with small animals and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2018.
Her interests at work include laboratory work and caring for inpatients. Lana owns a Jack Russel Terrier called MJ and enjoys taking him for long walks. In her spare time, she likes running, exercising at the gym and socialising with her friends. Lana plans on expanding her knowledge in both small animal and equine medicine.
Jo Hillman Veterinary care assistant
Jo started working at the practice in October 2012, after spending 10 years working at St Francis Animal Welfare Shelter in Fair Oak.
Jo gained lots of experience in handling domestic animals of all shapes and sizes. Since joining the team at Chandlers Ford and Boyatt Wood Vets, she has achieved her Veterinary Care Assistant qualification.
Jo spends most of the week at the Boyatt Wood practice and enjoys getting to know the clients and their pets!
Outside of work, she enjoys socialising with friends and going on adventures to find lovely places to walk with her dog Spencer.
Charlotte Ashworth SVN
Charlotte joined the practice in July 2015. Before joining Chandlers Ford Vets she worked as a receptionist at another veterinary practice and this confirmed her desire to persue a career as a veterinary nurse. She enjoys working with small animals and has developed a strong interest in peri – operative nursing care and animal behaviour.
She is currently training and aims to qualify in 2019. Charlotte has a fiancé called Tom, they have a cat called Harvey who enjoys play fighting. In her free time she enjoys keeping fit at the gym, travelling to different beaches around the coast and loves socialising with friends, most of whom she works with.
Ryan Hunt SVN
Vikki joined us in September 2018 after working at St Francis animal welfare for 10 years, where she gained a wealth of animal experience.
Vikki is really enjoying being a part of the team here at Chandlers Ford and she has a love for all animals.
In her spare time she enjoys going on dog walks with her two dogs Winston and Honey, spending time with friends and family and going to look after her horse Tommy.
Charlotte Wood SVN
Charlotte joined us at the beginning of 2019, undertaking her placement as part of studying for her FdSc Veterinary Nursing degree.
She has a dog called Layla, a cat called Daize and a horse called Toby. In her spare time Charlotte enjoys going out for dog walks in the New Forest with Layla as well as socialising with friends.