Meet The Staff

Christopher A  Blackmore BVetMed MRCVS
Chris qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1977 and married Jenni shortly after. He has spent all his working life at The Park Veterinary Centre, the first 12 years as a ‘mixed’ Practitioner and the remaining twenty years concentrating on matters equine. He is very comfortable with the fact that he has examined and treated all his equine cases in their own environment and enjoys the rapport that he has built up with his patients over a considerable length of time. It is only slightly disconcerting that he is now attending the pony owned by a client's granddaughter having dealt with grandmother's horse some thirty years ago!!

Mark Gardiner  BVSc, CertCHP, MRCVS
Mark qualified from Liverpool University in 1982 and has been with the Practice ever since, except for a 3 month study tour to USA/Canada in 1990. He completed his CertCHP in 1991 and has over 25 years experience in Equine and Large Animal veterinary general practice. Highlights include castrating both a Shire horse and a gerbil on the same day.

Chris Sander BSc. BVetMed. MRCVS
Qualified in London in 1969. Joined Johnson, Daniels and Partners in 1970 and was a Partner until 2013. He is married to garden designer Jacqui and has three daughters and a son (also a vet), two dogs and one cat. His hobbies include family, sport (still playing cricket), painting (an award-winning picture hangs permanently in the RCVS headquarters), photography, horse racing, cycling, activity holidays etc. He will continue to work at the Practice as a locum.



Melanie Solomons  BASc. MRCVS
Melanie qualified in 1995 from Berlin University, Germany after also having spent some time studying in the US. She has been working in the UK since 1996, first as a mixed practitioner and then exclusively as a small animal veterinarian. Melanie joined Park Veterinary Centre in September 2005 and has a special interest in ophthalmology (eyes). She loves German Shorthaired Pointers and spending time with her children.


Monique Noronha BVetMed. MRCVS
Monique graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005 and joined the Park Veterinary Centre shortly afterwards. Her interests lie in emergency critical care and feline medicine. Aside from work, Monique is a keen tennis player and enjoys eating out. Monique has a Labrador, Barney and a cat, Ernie, which she took on as a kitten when  brought, unwanted, to the surgery.


Holly Arnott GPCert SAP, BVetMed, MRCVS
Holly graduated from the Royal Veterinary College of London, along with Monique, in 2005. She was a welcome addition to the veterinary team at Park Veterinary Centre in 2007. Holly has a keen interest in surgery and has completed a General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Practice. She has two English Springer Spaniels- Lottie and Maggie (Lottie’s daughter) & Alfie (a crossbreed) who is a rescue dog from Chiltern Dog Rescue.


Martina Soares BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS
Martina graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013, having completed her first degree in Zoology at Liverpool University in 2009. She joined the Park Veterinary Centre in October 2014. She is a valued member of the team and enjoys both medicine and surgery.
Outside work Martina likes travelling to new places and exploring the surrounding area.

Charlotte Rice BVetMed, MRCVS
Charlotte qualified from Bristol University in 2015 and joined the Park Vets team in October 2015.

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Carol McGuigan RVN, BVNA CertCABCertSAN, Dip AS (CABC), BA Hons (Hist)

Carol joined us (or should we say we all joined her) in 1967 and was the first nurse to be trained at ‘Johnson & Daniels’ back in the days when we were based at Clarendon Road. Qualifying in 1970 she went on to become the Head Nurse but then left us to raise her son and daughter. Luckily she returned in 1985 and has been with us ever since.We think the building may collapse if she left, as with the ravens and the Tower of London!

Veterinary Nurses

Our team of qualified nurses at Park are all fully trained and either registered or listed with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). They work alongside the vets to ensure your pet receives the best of treatment. On a daily basis a nurse can work in theatre, ward or pharmacy.

Trainee Nurses
The trainee nurses at Park are all in the process of taking their exams and studying at college 1 or 2 days a  week to become registered veterinary nurses (RVNs).  When not at college they work in the centre supporting the registered nurses and working as part of the team with the vets whilst learning the practical side of the course.  


Reception Staff

When you visit the Park Veterinary Centre, you will be greeted at reception by our friendly, caring and efficient Reception Team. The team is overseen by our Head of Reception Natasha, who has been with the centre since 1998. Assistant Head of Reception Julia who has been with the practice since 2000 helps Natasha run the reception in a proactive and forward thinking way to ensure the team, made up of Sue, Lesley, Donna, Tina and Michela can help you upon arrival in what is often a stressful and worrying time for you and your pet. No task is too big or small for the team and with so many years’ experience and knowledge they will always support you and make you feel welcome during your visit.

Overnight Auxillary Staff
The night staff at Park Veterinary Centre look after our in-patients when the day staff leave at 8pm.
They use the hospital charts drawn up during the day to continue the pet's treatment plan overnight and have access to the vet for any problems or questions that arise during the night. There is a handover period both before their shift begins and at the end of the shift, with the registered nurses so any unusual occurences overnight can be discussed ensuring continuity of treatment.


When you telephone The Park Veterinary Centre your first point of contact is always our telephonists who diligently manage the phones during opening hours. Chris and Lesley will always endeavour to answer your call as quickly as possible and help you with your enquiry. The Vets at the Centre are often busy operating or consulting so our telephony team are very well versed in making sure important messages reach their intended recipient in a timely and efficient manner as your pets are very important to us.   


Accounts Team

The Park Veterinary accounts team has three members, Angie (Accounts Manager), Michela (Small Animal Clerk) and Kerry (Equine Clerk). We occasionally have a fourth member, when Daisy the cat decides to join us at our desks! We are often found organising coffee mornings or Christmas raffles, but our day to day routine involves typical accounting duties, such as processing all the payments at the practice – in and out, registering insurance forms for the vets to complete and dealing with any calls to the accounts office, to name but a few. Angie’s role extends to such duties as computer fixing, leak detecting and general problem solving around the practice!


Auxilliary Staff

The auxilliary staff support the whole team by keeping the premises functioning. They provide our essential building maintenance including keeping our grass exercise area nice and green as well as a regular supply of clean bedding for the patients. The more technical side involves cleaning, sterilising and packaging our surgical instruments ready for use.