Adrian Ward

Clinical Director/Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of London (King’s College and Royal Veterinary College) in 1996 with degrees in physiology and veterinary medicine before spending a number of years as a small animal vet and practice owner in the south of England. Taking a break from general practice in 2011, I worked for a pharmaceutical company as a Technical Advisor and spent a number of years training vets on responsible antimicrobial use, the management of epilepsy, and anaesthetic technique before returning to general practice when my son was born in 2014. I have a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and, more recently, clinical pathology having finally realised that the biochemistry lessons at college may have been relevant after all!

In addition to my duties at Sanctuary, I assist a number of professional regulators as a case examiner and provide non-executive services to an NHS Trust. The varied nature of my work and answering my son’s many questions means there’s often not enough hours in the day, but any spare moments are spent training for my next triathlon, experimenting with my camera, writing software or in the kitchen.

My family and I live in the beautiful countryside just outside Emsworth and spend a lot of time catering to the demands of our two cats, Merry and Star.

Alex Butler

Veterinary Surgeon


Jacqueline Cole

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from the Royal Ceterinary College in 2014 after completing a degree in Zoology in the USA. I am originally from New York, but have made England my home. I have worked in a multitude of practices  around the country and my drive to continue to learn led me to  undertake a small animal rotating internship in 2016 at the University of Bristol. Following that I locumed around the country until making Sanctuary my home.

I have a passion for internal medicine, especially feline medicine and I am currently pursuing an advanced qualification in Feline Medicine via the University of Sydney in order to advance my knowledge and deliver the best care to my patients.

At home I have an expat three year old  Maine Coon Cat named Maya who you may see demonstrating puzzle feeders.

In my free time when I am not studying, I love to go for hikes, the gym, hopefully kayaking in the summer and watching sci fi! I currently live in Petersfield with my feline overlord.

Kasia Szwarc-Scieplik

Practice Manager/Head Nurse

I have been working as a nurse for over 17 years. I originally worked in equine practice for 8 years then moved to small animals. At the beginning of 2018 I moved from an out of hours emergency clinic to join Sanctuary as Head Nurse.

I love all aspects of nursing but particularly enjoy surgery, anaesthesia, nurse clinics. I also love helping other nurses, students and animal care assistants achieving their goals. I’m a believer in nurses reaching their full potential so we can provide the high standards of care to all our patients and their owners.

At home I have a cheeky cat called Ozzy who I rescued when he came in as a tiny kitten. He was growing up with dogs so he thinks he’s one of them.

In my spare time I may be found riding my horse, swimming or cycling with my family. I live in beautiful Emsworth with my husband and daughter.

Estelle Pitt

Deputy Nursing Manager

Becky Wright

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been nursing for 14 years, gaining my qualification 11 years ago, and I love my job. Over the last 8 years I have developed a keen interest in nurse clinics and client education and became an Advanced Pet Health Counsellor in 2011. My work in this area led to me being named as National Pet Health Consellor of the year in 2015, a recognition I am very proud of. I also have a passion for nutrition and have a certificate in canine and feline clinical nutrition.

I joined Sanctuary in May 2016 as lead consult and client care nurse. Within this role I run nurse consults and puppy parties, organise client information evenings and produce client information packs. This role allows me to support clients in giving their beloved pets a happy, healthy life, a role which I love. Outside of work I enjoy crafts, especially knitting. I am also a film fanatic and love all genres but have a specific love of Classic Disney and MGM musicals.

Zoe Knapp

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started my degree in Veterinary Nursing in September 2016 and began my placement at Sanctuary Vets in January 2017. I have just recently qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in July 2019, I completed three years of university and the placements here at Sanctuary Vets throughout that time. Everyone here at Sanctuary have been very supportive throughout my training and I couldn’t have done it without them. I enjoy many aspects of my job however have a keen interest in looking after the inpatients and helping in theatre. I am always interested in learning more and improving my skills and I am currently looking for courses I can do to achieve this. At home I have a cat of my own called Rosie and in my spare time I enjoy keeping fit which includes swimming at the weekend and I also enjoy cooking and baking.

Heather Luff

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started my Veterinary Nursing degree in October 2016 and joined Sanctuary in January 2019 to complete my final placement. I have really enjoyed working here and the team have been so supportive in helping me finish off all the work I have left to do, and I have learnt so much. It goes without saying that I have loved animals my whole life and I feel like I was made to be a veterinary nurse! After I qualify I am considering undertaking a certificate in feline behaviour as I am doing my dissertation on this subject and I would love to learn more to help our feline friends. At home I have two rescue animals; my cat Sasha, and my dog Finley, who I adore.

Amy Davies

Student Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Line

Student Veterinary Nurse

Jo Zeman

Head Receptionist

Ever since I was little I have wanted to work around animals. I spent 4 years at college gaining my Animal Management Diploma, working with all sorts of animals ranging from reptiles to farm animals.

I have worked in Customer Service all my life but always held onto my dream to work with animals by completing courses in my spare time such as Diploma in Animal Behaviour, Diploma in Exotics and Diploma in Veterinary Receptionist. I also have qualifications in Digital Marketing, IT programming, Customer Services and Social Media. I am currently studying Biology at evening classes.

My customer service background means that working at Sanctuary Vets as a Head receptionist means I can use all my skills and work in the field that has been so close to my heart since I was little.

When I’m not looking after our lovely clients, I can usually be found with my head in a book or my laptop with my Bearded Dragon, Scarlett, on my lap. I love reptiles and also have a Gargoyle Gecko called Opie and two Cresties called Floki and Autumn. I also adopted a stray from work, a cat called Jedi.

I love to see live bands and on a weekend play in a flute choir.

Amy Wright


I have been working within the Sanctuary team since 2007, working as a receptionist at both our Emsworth  and Farlington branches. Originally I started as a work experience student at the surgery before taking a full time position. I love meeting new people and their pets and making them all feel welcome here at Sanctuary Vets.

At home I love caring for my three dogs and two cats, which takes up a lot of my time and they definitely keep me on my toes.  However I do make time to do my bit for charity and have raised money for The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and RSPCA Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter.

In my spare time I enjoy watching Football on both TV and at the stadium, I support two teams my home town Pompey and also Crawley Town.

Malue Schroder


I am originally from Denmark and I have lived in the UK for almost 17 years. I am married and have two children plus three cats.

I have a deep respect and a vast amount of love towards all species of animals, and I therefore enjoy working within the veterinary industry.

I have years of experience of working within the clientele of human health services and client customer care which aid the deliverance of satisfactory client interaction and customer care within the practice reception sector.

Over the last few years I have gained both educational knowledge and work experience within both the veterinary industry and animal environmental work areas.

My interest outside of work is family, travel, nature, books, art, films and Jazz music!

Michelle Bird