Our Team

  • Our Registered Veterinary Surgeons have studied and received internationally recognised qualifications to be accepted as Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MsRCVS). This permits them to administer anaesthetics to animals, perform surgical procedures and prescribe medications following diagnosis. All 3 of our regular vets continue to study. Ensuring the latest in veterinary care and medicine is available to your pet.

    Our Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) hold the internationally recognised qualification awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. They have earned the right to assist the Vets by taking blood samples, placing catheters, giving injections, monitoring anaesthetics, caring for and nursing in-patients, I-V fluid therapy, and performing minor surgery.


  • juliaJulia Mewes

    Practice Principal & Veterinary Surgeon

    VetMB, MA, CertVR, LVI, GPCert(SAM), MRCVS

    Julia qualified from Cambridge University in 1989 and has practiced her entire career in Mid Sussex. In 1996, she conceived the idea for a clinic that offered longer appointments and personal attention, to ensure that no aspect of health is missed in the animals we see.

    Julia has a Certificate in Veterinary Radiology and particularly enjoys diagnostic work and soft tissue surgery. In October 2011 she was awarded The General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. This represents a higher level of qualification for veterinary surgeons in General Practice.

    angieAngie Gill

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Med.Vet, LVI, IVAS Cert, MRCVS

    Angie qualified in Germany in 1988, joining the Mewes in 1999. She
    has a keen interest in geriatric animals and complementary therapy. After studying Western Acupuncture, she went on to study International Veterinary Acupuncture in Belguim. Angie is now one of the very few vets in the UK to be IVAS certified .
    During 2014 Angie completed courses in Laser Acupuncture and LLLT (low level laser treatment) and pulse controlled laser acupuncture.
    Angie is married with a grown-up daughter and enjoys spending her free time with her dog Josh and Tia her horse.
  • jeanJean Dyas

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc, GPCert (FelP), LVI, MRCVS

    Jean joined us at The Mewes in 2007. She has a General Practice Certificate in Feline Practice and although she loves all animals, she’s definitely a ‘cat person’. Feline medicine and soft tissue surgery are Jean’s areas of particular interest.

    Jean is passionate about foreign travel and takes every opportunity to explore new places. She is also an avid gardener and spends a lot of her free time pottering about in her garden.


    Mialee Blair

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed, MRCVS 

    Mialee  joined us in 2014. She qualified from Cambridge in 1989, being a contemporary of Julia’s . She has worked in the mid Sussex area ever since.

    Mialee originally established Ark vet clinic in hassocks before taking over and running the Victoria vet clinic in Burgess Hill. Both practices were sold a few years ago and she is now enjoying working part time for us,whilst running a luxury cat hotel and looking after the myriad of animals which share her home.


  • nikkiNikki Etherton

    Practice Manager and Senior Nurse

    Nikki has been with us at The Mewes since the day before the very first day we opened on the 10th June 1996. She deals with the general day to day running of the clinic, as well as providing her expertise in nursing appointments. Nikki has a keen interest in canine behaviour.

    Outside of work Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband Phil, son Robert, horses Cooly and Humphrey, two cats Betsy and Marylin, and dogs Minty and Dottie.

    lauraLaura Smith

    Head Veterinary Nurse

    Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN), Pet Health Councillor, ND Animal Care, NC Practical Habitat Management, Clinical Coach

    Laura joined us at The Mewes in 2006. She achieved her Veterinary Nurse Qualification in the same year and became Head Nurse in 2008. She has also trained as a pet health councillor and set up our weight clinics which are invaluable to lots of pet owners concerned about their animal’s waistlines.

    Laura has a keen interest in both surgical and medical nursing including rabbit health, rehabilitation, and nutrition.

  • indiaIndia Brooker

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN, Cert II in Animal Studies, Veterinary Nutritional Advocate, Clinical Coach

    India gained her Veterinary Nurse Qualification in Sydney Australia in 2009 before joining us at The Mewes in July 2012. She has a keen interest in the impact of obesity in animals and as a result has trained to become a Veterinary Nutritional Advocate. Her other occupational interests include Emergency and Critical Care Nursing.

    deniseDenise Scutt

    Registered Veterinary Nurse


    In July 2011 Denise joined The Mewes as a trainee Veterinary Nurse. She began her Veterinary Nursing training at The College of Animal Welfare in Huntingdon, Cambridge in September 2010, and came to us to complete her training. She became a full-time member of our team in September 2012 and achieved her Veterinary Nursing Qualification later that month.

  • sarahlSarah Lucas

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN, National Diploma in Animal Management

    Sarah started working at The Mewes in 2004 as a work experience student; she’s been here ever since. In September 2009 she began her NVQ Veterinary Nursing course at Plumpton College, and in Summer 2013 she achieved her Veterinary Nurse Qualification.

    At work, Sarah’s special interests are inpatient care, medical nursing and learning about anaesthesia.

    photo (5) (480x640)Sarah Burns

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Sarah joined the team in 2011 as a student nurse and qualified as an RVN in 2014. Sarah has a cat called Megan and a Labrador called Tarka. Sarah  has a keen interest in dog training and hosts the Mewes Puppy Parties offering basic training and socialising techniques.

    She also has an interest in theatre and medical nursing, and plans to develop her skills in both radiography and laboratory diagnostics.

  • lisaLisa Clark

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Lisa will be attending Plumpton College in September to begin her studies in veterinary nursing.

    Lisa has volunteered at Paws and Claws rescue center for the past year where her passion for animals has grown. Lisa has three cats at home called Casper, Austin and Cookie and two guinea pigs called Sky and Coco.


    Cats in clinicMelissa Barnett

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Melissa is currently studying at Plumpton College doing a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing and is currently in her 1st year. She is very interested in medical conditions of cats and dogs.

    At home Melissa has two domestic short haired cats called Jimmy and Boo. Between work and studying Melissa’s hobbies are badminton and Yoga.

  • Julia’s Story

    “I’d spend the entire day mucking out stables for just two minutes atop a horse.”

    When it comes to choosing a veterinary practice, you want to find the one that has animal obsessed staff. You want to know that the team are devoted to caring for your pet and the service you receive. Our owner Julia Mewes has a naturally compassionate disposition and has been fanatical about animals for as long as she can remember.

    Julia’s story