We are a small animal practice in Hertfordshire, established in the early 1960s. Your pets are our priority and our friendly team of vets and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals.
Marianne qualified from Edinburgh University in 1996 and started working at Attimore in the same year. Since having a family she has been working part-time, mainly on a Saturday morning at the Potters Bar and Wheathampstead branches. Marianne has a special interest in lameness and reduced mobility and had gone on to qualify as a small animal physiotherapist through Nottingham University in 2015. In her spare time, Marianne may be found sketching, playing music with friends or spending time with her family.
Dr Marc Festraets MRCVS
Marc qualified in 1988 from Cureghem, ULG in Belgium and moved to the UK after doing his military service in 1990. He started at Attimore in 2008. His main clinical interest is soft tissue surgery and at home has two cats called Gravel and Olive and a tortoise called Max. He has two daughters and in his spare time enjoys photography, travelling, mountain hiking and skiing.
Dr Gillian Goodchild BVM&S MRCVS
Gillian qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and has been working at Attimore since 1990. She especially enjoys medicine and dermatology cases. At home she has two cats called Buster and Timmy and in her spare time enjoys watching films, playing golf and spending time with her two sons.
Dr Zoe Judd BVetMed MRCVS
Zoe qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998 and has been at Attimore since 2009. She has a particular interest in feline medicine and is one of our Feline Advocates at the practice. Her favourite thing about being a vet is seeing the owner-pet bond and meeting all our amazing patients. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, yoga, adventuring in the mountains and music.
Dr Gemma Satchell BVetMed MRCVS
Gemma started working for Attimores in 2015 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College. She has a miniature Schnauzer at home called Tetley and in her spare time enjoys going to the gym and riding. Her veterinary interests include imaging and surgery.
Dr Ruth Stead BVSc MRCVS
Ruth has been working at Attimore since 2016. She graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and spent a year working in Leamington Spa before moving to Hertfordshire. She enjoys all aspects of general practice. In her spare time she plays badminton, loves to cook and goes walking.
Dr Laura Van Hemert MRCVS
Laura has worked at Attimore since 2013. She graduated from the University of Ghent in Belgium in 2009 and is currently studying towards a certificate in internal medicine. She has a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Herman and a cat called Flo at home. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and going diving.
Dr Ellie Walpole MA VetMB MRCVS
Ellie graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 and has been working at Attimore ever since. She has a particular clinical interest in surgery and canine medicine. At home she has a tortoise called Betty and in her spare time she does ballet and bakes delicious cakes!