Our People

Our team is dedicated to the health, wellbeing and best interests of your pets. We pride ourselves on the professional and compassionate care that each of us provides.

Gavin Deans
B.V.SC M.R.C.V.S

Gavin is the Principal Vet of both Haughley and Thurston Centres. He graduated from Liverpool University in 1985 and initially worked in practices in Melton Mowbray, London and Bristol, before moving to Haughley in 1991, caring for all domestic pets.

Gavin relocated the Thurston branch to a new refurbished premises in 2002.

He has various interests outside work (when time allows!) including hill walking and tending to his garden and orchards. Gavin is married, with two children and has various pets.

Gavin has a dedicated client base, he is trusted in his approach, treatment and advice and always takes time to discuss patient needs. Clients comment that Gavin is considerate and sensitive to their needs.

All Haughley Vets share the same thorough dedication with many years of knowledge and experience combined. 

Kerstin Politz
DVM M.R.C.V.S

After working for 20 years as a small animal vet in her native Germany, where she graduated in 1987, Kerstin and her English husband moved to the UK in January 2011.

Initially working at practices in Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Suffolk, Kerstin joined the team at Haughley and Thurston in November 2014. Her passion for small animal medicine developed during her childhood and to this day she is certain that she couldn't have chosen a more rewarding career. Her areas of special interest include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology.

At home she has a bouncy black Labrador who's mission is to show her as much of the Suffolk countryside as is caninely possible and a Poodle Terrier cross who proves the viability of perpetual motion.

Sarah Cole M.R.C.V.S

Sarah qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 and has worked in several practices in Suffolk, as well as spending a year working in emergency medicine and a year working in the USA. She has three rescue dogs with whom she enjoys exploring the Suffolk countryside and two rescue chickens. She is also keen on birdwatching and nature photography.

Jess Blake BvetMed M.R.C.V.S

Jess graduated from the RVC in London in 2007 and has worked in various small animal practices across Norfolk and Suffolk. She joined us in September 2017, in order to settle back near to her family. She has a keen interest in the medicine side of things and is currently studying towards a certificate in this area. Our new up to date ultrasound scanner at Thurston is getting plenty of use as Jess enjoys diagnostic imaging and can confidently diagnose a variety of disorders. In her spare time, Jess enjoys walking her lively Springer Spaniel called Dora, travelling and experimenting in the kitchen. 

Mandy

Mandy works predominantly at the Haughley branch and is our longest standing member, she has been with us since 1986. She has an interest in Dachshunds and has a special boy of her own.

Mandy is on the committee of the Dachshund Trials Club where trails are laid for the dogs to follow, eventually hoping to join the register to track injured deer. She loves walking, regularly camping at the coast with her dog.

Mandy has a keen interest in all things WWII and hopes one day to own a 'ferret' - four wheels not four legged!

Anita

Anita has been with the practices since 1993 and now works mainly at the Thurston branch.

She as a wide knowledge and experience of wildlife care and rehabilitation including birds of prey. She also enjoys hand rearing anything that needs helping along and normally has a number of recuperating hedgehogs hidden at home!

She has four dogs of her own, one cat, 2 giant rabbits alongside rescue rabbits, guinea pigs and a hampster. Oh yes, and 2 adult sons with 4 grandchildren.
 

Helen

Helen joined the practice in 2010. Prior to this she ran a busy boarding and rescue kennels. She is involved with the Leonberger Club of GB and in her spare time she works her two Leonberger etc.

Helen also organises training sessions for other Leonbergers, both carting and water rescue.

Helen Goodall BA Hons

Helen has worked for the practice since 2006 and is our in-house Dog Behaviour Specialist. Helen has been a Certified Canine Behaviourist since 2000, offering home consultations to owners experiencing any kind of canine behaviour problem. Using positive association principles, a behaviour modification program is tailored specifically for the dog and owner.

Helen has four dogs of her own, a black Labrador, a Pug Chihuahua cross, a German Shepherd and a Sharpei cross, three of which needed physical and behavioural rehabilitation when they first came to stay with her. Owning 3 horses and playing the violin in 2 Suffolk orchestras keeps Helen busy out of work time.

Leanne

Leanne has been with Thurston and Haughley vets since April 2007.  She achieved her Assistant Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 2009. Leanne has a West Highland White Terrier and a rabbit.

Rachel

Rachel joined us originally in 2000 and worked at both practices for 10 years. She has recently returned to us after a break away and we hope she will stay for another 10 or more! Rachel has a black Labrador called Willow and enjoys walking and exercising, target archery and water colour painting. She has two grown up children, one of whom lives in Australia. Rachel enjoyed visiting her and exploring the country.

Bev Deans

As well as being Gavin's wife Bev is part of the team and helps at both the Haughley and Thurston practices. She is usually seen with their Yorkshire Terrier, Radly, tucked under her arm.