Priya Puranik BVetMed MRCVS
Priya joined the team in 2013 as a senior veterinary surgeon and became our clinical director in June 2014. Having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2006 she worked as a general practitioner in a veterinary hospital in Hampshire. She developed an interest in ophthalmology and obtained a post graduate certificate in this subject in 2011. She is currently working towards advanced practitioner status and sees interesting and challenging ‘eye cases’ at the hospital. Priya has a mischievous rescue tabby cat, called Peanut, and is continually pestering her husband about getting a dog! When she’s not busy with work and her young family, Priya enjoys photography and travelling.
Miranda Bowden-Doyle BVetMed MRCVS
Miranda graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2017 and joined the Smallfield team shortly after in September. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine but particularly enjoys dermatology and feline medicine, so would like to develop these interests in the future. She has two lovely rescue cats called Samson and Delilah and in her spare time enjoys reading and baking.
Alicia Diaz MRCVS
Alicia graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in 2014 and worked at a small animal practice there until September 2015, when she moved to the UK to work at a veterinary hospital in East Sussex. Alicia joined our team in August 2017 and is based at Caterham. She enjoys all areas of general practice but is developing an interest in internal medicine. Outside of work she likes bouldering and playing with her recently adopted and very cute kitten Gauss.
Jo Hawkins BVetMed MRCVS
Jo graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2006 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She has recently moved back to the area from Derbyshire and joined the Smallfield team in 2016. She works part time and enjoys all areas of general practice but particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery. Jo has a daughter and a Bengal cat called Stig who keep her busy outside of work.
Saira Khurshid BVetMed MRCVS
Saira graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016 and did her intercalated degree in Zoology. After graduating she travelled around New Zealand for nine months where she also volunteered at a native bird sanctuary and was lucky enough to look after some baby kiwis! Saira is based at Tanhouse and Caterham and alongside her interest in exotics is also developing an interest for surgery. Back home in Manchester she has a cat called Roy, a rabbit called Poppy, a chinchilla called Dusty and lots of tropical fish, and is hoping to rescue a little cat of her own soon! In her spare time she loves travelling, photography and yoga.
Roshni Tamhane BVSc MRCVS
Roshni graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 and worked in Yorkshire for two years before joining our team in April 2014. Alongside an interest in general practice, she is currently working towards her cardiology certificate and sees our patients with heart conditions and performs complex cardiac work at the hospital. She has a grey tabby that she adopted in Yorkshire, called Ella and in her spare time Roshni enjoys travelling and practising yoga.
Nisha Tucker BVMS BSc MRCVS
Nisha graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia in 2016. She joined the team in Merstham in August 2017 after volunteering with several projects across Europe including a stray animal rescue centre and a free-ranging dolphin research group. Alongside general practice she has a particular interest in exotic animal medicine and undertook placements at several zoos prior to graduating. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, travelling and learning new languages.
Damian Valle MRCVS GPCert SA Surgery
Damian originally comes from the mountains in Southern Spain and graduated in 2013 after studying in Cordoba and Turin. He moved to the UK in 2014 and has worked in large busy practices developing his passion for soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. He was awarded his post graduate certificate in surgery in 2017. In his spare time he likes hiking, languages and woodworking. He lives with his three-legged, diabetic cat called Bogo, who originally came from America.