Neil Hodson

Principle Veterinary Surgeon

I took over the running of Spring Lodge Vets in 1992 and started a series of improvements that lead to the Witham Centre gaining its RCVS Tier 3 Hospital status. I mainly work at the Witham hospital but also at our newest centre in Ingatestone. I believe in providing a personal and friendly service to all of our clients and their animals.

Rachel McKillop-Allen

Veterinary Surgeon

Rachelvet I graduated with Honours from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. I worked in Suffolk for the first part of my career and obtained my ESVPS certificate in Small Animal Surgery. I then joined the Spring Lodge team in July 2014. My main interest is soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and I spend most of my mornings operating at our Witham hospital. My evenings are split between Witham and our Tiptree branch. My spare time is limited as I am currently working towards a second level certificate, but I do enjoy walking my little dog Arthur.

Nicole Laws

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005 and joined Spring Lodge in October 2008.  Initially the main vet at our Tiptree branch, I now enjoy the responsibility of running the Witham hospital wards caring for post surgical and hospitalised patients.   I have a keen interest in both surgery and emergency medicine and hold the ESPVS Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Surgery.  I am currently working towards a second Level Certificate which keeps me very busy. 
 Any spare time is taken up being attacked by my very over zealous cat that I rehomed from Spring Lodge a few months ago!

Melinda Lewis

Veterinary Surgeon

  I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1996 in South Africa and worked there until 1998. I came to the UK in 1999 working as a small animal vet and I joined Spring Lodge as a part-time vet in 2007. My particular interest is for surgical cases and I am usually found in one of the surgical suites at the Witham Hospital. I also help operate at the Chelmsford Centre when required.

Katie Wilder

Veterinary Surgeon

Lucy Drew

Veterinary Surgeon

 I started working at Spring Lodge in 2003 as a Kennel Assistant and continued to work while I studied for my GCSEs and A-Levels.  I was very lucky to gain the grades required to start my Veterinary Degree at the Royal Veterinary College and graduated as a Vet in 2011.  I rejoined the practice in 2012 and now enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, especially dealing with the rabbits and small furries.At home I have 23 rabbits, 3 cats and a Sptiz called Dorothy and Pug Called Gru.


Head Veterinary Nurse
BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing

 Becca1 I qualified as a veterinary Nurse in 2007 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  I went on to work in a small animal practice in Surrey as a Head Nurse, before moving to Essex in 2011.  After a few years working in a busy 24hr hospital I joined the Spring Lodge team in 2014 as their Head Nurse.  I oversee all areas of Nursing whilst still getting involved directly with the care f patients and the nurse training.I have an interest in Emergency and Critical Care which I hope to develop alongside my management role.  Away from work I am busy planning my wedding this year!


Registered Veterinary Nurse

 Xmas4 I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1986. Since then I have worked in a combination of mixed and small animal practices. I was also extremely fortunate enough to have spent 5 years working at the University of Bristol Veterinary referral centre in Langford, where I worked in the surgical department and in the kennels looking after the long term patients. I had a few years off to spend time bringing up my two children and have now returned to work in a part time capacity. I came to Spring Lodge as a locum Nurse in Oct 2009 and loved it so much I stayed and became a permanent part time member of the team. My pets at home include a Border terrier ‘Teasel’ two moggies and several stick insects!!


Registered Veterinary Nurse, Advanced Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Hi my name is Tracey I have worked at spring Lodge vets for over 10 years. I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing. My main duties at work are the running of the surgical suite and assisting the vets in orthopaedic surgery. I also have interests in physiotherapy, wound care and nursing critical care patients. I have a 2-year-old ginger cat called Nando and a rescue Tortoise.


Registered Veterinary Nurse, Advanced Pet Health Counsellor, Animal Health Advisor, SQP

  I am Spring Lodge’s Advanced Pet Health Counsellor. I am a Registered, Qualified Veterinary nurse and have been nursing for over ten years. I started at Spring Lodge in 2003 and enjoy being part of such a lovely team in a busy veterinary hospital. Running nurse consultations involves giving advice on nutrition, preventative health care, basic behaviour and general animal care.
I also organise displays, promotions, puppy parties, client information evenings and attending charity events which involves many of the staff from Spring Lodge.
In my spare time I look after our four very naughty cats and three very cute guinea pigs.


Registered Veterinary Nurse

I  graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with a Foundation Degree in Science with Merit in Veterinary Nursing. I started working at Spring Lodge in April 2010 and I now help with the Nurses Consultations and client liason. I hope to complete further qualifications and specialise my nursing career in the future. I have a young, very lively Border collie and three cats, two of which were feral cats that I have rescued.

Mary Samson

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Before I joined Spring Lodge I completed a Degree in Animal Management at Writtle College. I joined the Spring Lodge team in December 2005 initially as a kennel assistant, then as a laboratory technician. I have since completed my Veterinary Nurse training and became a qualified nurse in January 2010. I have a large amount of experience in dog training and help Sophie with the Puppy Parties and nursing clinics.
I have a Jack Russell called Dizzee a deaf Jack Russell called Flo and a naughty ginger cat called Jacob.


Registered Veterinary Nurse

 I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2006 after studying at Writtle College.  I started working at Spring Lodge in 2015 and my main interests include nursing clinics and also anaesthesia.  In my spare time I love to walk my 3 beautiful dogs called Mabel, Lily and Mollie.


Registered Veterinary Nurse

 lizzie1  I started work at Spring Lodge as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant and after several years of hard work and study I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016.    I own a very naughty cat called ‘Dec’ who I hand reared from a tiny kitten. 

Charlotte  Registered Veterinary Nurse
 I started work at Spring Lodge as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant.  After two years of hard work I became a registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2017.   I have a real passion for caring for all types of animals and I often help hand rear litters of abandoned kittens. 


Registered Veterinary Nurse,




Reception Manager, Animal Health Advisor, SQP

I joined the company in 2009 as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant and I have now taken on the roll of Reception Manager which involves working with all of our branches to ensure the clients receive excellent service. My interests are animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and animal behaviour. My wife and I have a Jackhuahua called ‘Maddie’, a domestic short haired cat called ‘Baby’, and a dwarf lop rabbit called ‘Something Special’.


Senior Receptionist

I have worked for Spring Lodge since 1985! The practice has changed dramatically since I started and it has been very satisfying to assist and be part of this change. I enjoy the varied nature of my job and especially enjoy forming a relationship with our clients, some of whom I feel I have got to know very well over the last 30 years.


Veterinary Receptionist, Animal Health Advisor, SQP

I have been working as a Veterinary receptionist since 2001 and I joined Spring Lodge in November 2005.  In 2011, after lots of studying I achieved the status of ‘SQP’ which means that I am specially trained in advising clients on the best worming and flea protocols for their pets.


Veterinary Receptionist

Lorraine I am the proud mother of three sons, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Large dogs are my love, especially Rotties and Bullmastiffs.  I live near the sea and enjoy my beach hut and the peace and quiet it brings, and the dogs love it.  I have a Mastiff Cross called Dolly Mixture and a Mastiff called Dixon who are the best of friends.  Hopefully another dog or two will join us soon!


Vet Nursing Assistant

Coral1  I started work at Spring Lodge in 2015.  I have a huge passion for the care and welfare of pet rabbits and I am pleased this is something i can actively promote in my current role at the practice.  I am an active member of the Rabbit Welfare Association and frequently appear in their publications.  In 2015 I won the Pet Plan Rising Star Award.

Rachel Earley


 I started work at Spring Lodge in 2009 after working previously in the Equine Industry.  I have found transferring my skills to working with small animals very interesting and rewarding.  I enjoy the variety of the job, no two days are ever the same.

Rebecca Giodanio

Student Veterinary Nurse