Dr Sarah Martin
Co-Founder and Head Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah graduated from Cambridge University (Lucy Cavendish College) in 2007.

She spent many years working in day and night clinics in the north-west of England, before setting up a dedicated out-of-hours emergency service for clinics in Surrey.  She has a special interest in emergency medicine and surgery.

This night service paved the way for Chertsey Vets and then Woodham Lane Vets to be formed.

Sarah also performs veterinary acupuncture for her patients at our Woodham Lane clinic.

Dr Tristan Martin
Co-Founder and Head Veterinary Surgeon at Chertsey

Tristan graduated from Cambridge University (Downing College) in 2005. 

After working as an intern and resident in specialist referral practice in the North West, he and Sarah decided to relocate to Surrey after the birth of their first daughter.

Many years working in a referral hospital has given Tristan the ability to be calm under pressure, and deal with any case that comes through the door.

Tristan has a special interest and further training in endoscopy and keyhole surgery which he performs at our Chertsey clinic.


Gemma Rouse, RVN 
Head Nurse

Gemma started her nursing career back in 2010 and has worked in small, mixed and referral hospitals.


She took a break from nursing in 2017 to teach student nurses the Veterinary Nursing Diploma at Rodbaston College, after attaining her Teaching and Assessors Awards; but her passion for animals brought her back to her nursing roots. 


Since qualifying as a RVN in 2013, she decided she wanted to learn more, so did further training to achieve additional qualifications, some of which include a Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) and a Diploma in Feline Nursing.


Gemma has also written a number of publications for The Veterinary Nurse journal.   Her special interests are anaesthesia, surgical nursing and emergency work. 


Outside of work Gemma enjoys spending time with her husband, 7 month old daughter and her two dogs Darcey the Labrador and Tasker the German Shepherd.

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We have a vacancy for a Qualified Veterinary Nurse!

Until then, members of our fantastic Chertsey nursing team will be covering!

Contact us if you would like to join our team!

Abby, Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Bio coming soon!

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Rhea, Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Rhea works at our Woodham Lane and Chertsey Clinics, helping the vets during consultations, looking after patients in kennels, and helping in theatre.

Rhea joined our nursing team as a Patient Care Assistant in 2020, after completing her degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Rhea soon decided that veterinary care was her chosen career path, and relocated from the East Coast of the UK to join us here at Chertsey and Woodham Lane Vets!

In her spare time, Rhea enjoys long walks in the countryside, seeing family and friends, and spending time with her guinea pigs Nellie and Olive.

Her dream is to one day have her own guinea pig rescue!

Emily, Client Care Assistant (CCA)

Bio coming soon!

Ashleigh, Client Care Assistant (CCA)

Bio coming soon!

Sam, Receptionist

Bio coming soon!

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Kirstin, Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Kirstin joined our team in 2021.

Having grown up in Surrey, Kirstin has been living and working for the last two years in Cheltenham, working as a vet nursing assistant.

However, she is now looking forward to the new challenge and developing her skills further with Chertsey and Woodham Lane Vets.

She graduated in 2018 with a Zoology degree from Swansea University, and is now enjoying spending some more time with her family and partner.


In the future, Kirstin hopes to not only have a home for herself, but also a house full of animals, including a couple of donkeys!

Kirsten works at our Woodham Lane and Chertsey Clinics, helping the vets during consultations, looking after patients in kennels, and helping in theatre

Fiona Sweeney
Group Practice Manager

Fiona is our group practice manager. 

Her background is in management and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry.

Outside of work, Fiona enjoys walking, and interior design.

Veterinary Student and Nursing Assistant

Leanne worked with Chertsey Vets as a nursing assistant, before gaining admission to Cambridge University to train as a veterinary surgeon.

Leanne works for Woodham Lane and Chertsey Vets as a nursing assistant when she is not studying, or gaining clinical experience in other veterinary clinics as part of her course.