Meet The Team

At Beacon View you will always be welcomed by a familiar face and a smile; whether it is one of our receptionists, vets or nurses, we are here for you.

At the core of Beacon View is our friendly, dedicated and passionate team. A perfect balance of professional expertise and personable warmth, we enjoy a trusting, supportive working environment. This is built upon good teamwork and communication, and infuses the atmosphere of our entire practice.

Claire Smith
Veterinary Surgeon

If you’ve ever met Claire, you’ll know about her contagious passion for veterinary medicine. Claire has wanted to become a vet from the day she understood what it means to have a ‘job’, and since then has immersed herself in the science of pet health. She is a lifelong devotee of animal care, and sees her work as a true vocation.

Claire has always lived near Sandwich, apart from her time at Cambridge University, where she graduated with degrees in both veterinary medicine and zoology. Driven to provide veterinary service where outstanding customer care and clinical excellence are the focus, she pursues her veterinary work with a clear ethos and determination.

Claire has developed an extensive skill set including soft tissue surgery, complex dentistry and chemotherapy during her time in clinical practice. No two days are the same in veterinary practice, and Claire loves the variety that the job brings. Meeting clients and their pets is a delight and Claire is proud to hear that many clients regard her as a trusted friend. Claire is currently enrolled in the RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice and is our ISFM cat advocate.

Away from work Claire lives in a farm cottage with her partner Josh, and owns Ron the cat and Pingu the horse. When not playing with Ron or enjoying the local bridle paths with Pingu, she can be found hurtling down a mountain on a bike or skis.

Cate Brothwell
Veterinary Surgeon

Possibly the most warm and friendly vet you will ever meet! Cate spent her childhood surrounded by pets and decided on her path to become a vet at the age of 12 when she got a weekend job at her village cattery. Cate graduated from Bristol University in 2000 and has been dedicated to small animal practice ever since.

“I enjoy most aspects of the job, particularly the variety-every day is different! I love getting to know people and their pets and working as part of a team with a shared passion. There is nothing more lovely than being able to send a patient home wagging their tail after they have been poorly.”

Cate has a vast wealth of small animal medicine knowledge. She has a particularly keen interest in chronic pain management and holds a GPCert in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain. A particular focus is helping patients suffering with osteoarthritis.

At home Cate and her husband have four daughters to keep them busy, two naughty terriers; Oaty and Buzz, and a tortoiseshell cat named Bluebell who is responsible for keeping the dogs in order! In her spare time Cate enjoys getting outside in the Kent countryside for a run or walking the dogs.

Cate also selflessly volunteers for the charity Vetlife, playing a crucial role in supporting fellow veterinary professionals who are experiencing depression, stress and anxiety.

Katie Birbeck
Veterinary Surgeon

Katie joined Beacon View in 2021. After doing cover work for us, she fell in love with the practice and our clients. Having grown up locally in Deal, Katie moved back to the area after her time at Vet School in Bristol.

Katie has always loved being around animals and after helping out at a veterinary practice when she was 13 she became fascinated with veterinary medicine and was certain she wanted to pursue a career as a vet. Katie graduated from Bristol Vet School with distinction, receiving an award for the highest grade in her year group!

“I enjoy meeting different people and their pets and building relationships over time. I love the variety of working in veterinary practice and how no two days are ever the same. In veterinary medicine there is always something new to learn!”

Katie has a keen interest in Emergency and Critical Care; she particularly enjoys the fast pace of emergency medicine and the huge difference to you can make for the patient and owner. Katie is also pursuing her interest in diagnostic imaging. At home Katie has two dogs of her own, one very energetic Sprocker Spaniel called Rupert and a cheeky German Spitz called Freddie; both of whom entertain Katie at agility training. Katie also has a lovely rabbit called Spot who thinks that she is a dog!

Claire Stone

Claire has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse for longer than she’d like to announce and is a huge asset to our team. She dreamt of being a veterinary nurse from a young age and was surrounded by animals at her grandparent’s farm. She has worked at many different practice types during her career, most recently focusing on emergency and critical care. We are delighted to have Claire as part of our team as she is exceptionally skilled and always puts the patients and owners first.

Her respect and love of animals shines through any challenging situation and she always has the patient's needs at the front of her mind. She loves nothing better than nursing our inpatients back to health, ensuring that they feel calm and comforted.

Her enthusiasm for veterinary nursing is so infectious that it led her daughter to become a veterinary nurse. Together they look after Alfie, a very excitable but loving Goldendoodle. Outside of work she can often be found running around the Littlebourne countryside and one of her greatest ambitions is to run the London Marathon, diligently entering the ballot every year.

Megan Fagg

Megan always has a smile on her face and looks forward to each day meeting new patients. She grew up on a farm near Dover and has been passionate about animals ever since. She always wanted to work in the veterinary profession, making a difference to both the pets and their owners lives.

Since qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse she has developed an impressive skill set. She is passionate about the role of RVNs and has a particular interest in assisting with orthopedic procedures. Her enthusiasm for infection control helped us to develop our surgical suite and disinfection protocols; to ensure that your pet’s risk of developing an infection is as low as possible. We are immensely proud of Megan’s approach to looking after you and your pets.

Megan now lives in Deal with her fiance and very old Parsons terrier who is affectionately referred to as “Mollydog”. She loves spending time with Molly and her family, enjoying the unique town of Deal.

Kat Parker

Those that have met Kat will know that she is a very compassionate and caring nurse, who really spends the time to understand her patients and support their owners.

Kat has loved being around and working with animals since childhood. She worked on an open, working farm for several years and was responsible for the day-to-day care of the animals. After hand-rearing a poorly lamb who stayed as a pet, she realised her ambition was to have a career caring for sick pets.

Kat relishes medical and surgical nursing. She previously worked at a busy referral practice and has a wealth of experience nursing complex cases.

“For me there is no better feeling than nursing an inappetent animal to start eating again.”

Kat has a personal focus on feline medicine, which is an ideal fit for our ISFM Gold certified practice. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Advanced Feline Behaviour and already holds a Certificate in Feline Nursing.

Away from work Kat lives with husband Greg, Kovu the Siberian Husky and 2 cats; Loki a naughty ginger and Tiger-Lily, a very affectionate tortoiseshell. Kat enjoys going for long walks with Kovu and discovering new places to explore. Kovu has ambitions to start doing agility soon!

Christine Claringbould

Christine is a wonderfully warm and caring member of our team, and is exceptionally skilled at looking after the needs of both our clients and their pets. Having always loved animals and horse ridden from a young age it was inevitable Christine would pursue a job caring for animals.

Christine has over three years experience as a veterinary care assistant and as a receptionist at a busy practice. She holds a Bronze award from the British Veterinary Receptionist Association, and those of you who have had the pleasure of speaking to her on the phone or in person will know how dedicated she is to customer care.

“I feel most satisfied when I get to see patients go home happy after being in our care”

At home Christine looks after a small menagerie of animals, including Jemm the dog, Wotsit the cat, and her horse Christa. When time allows she enjoys cycling and taking Jemm for long walks with her partner.

Izzy james

Izzy has always loved looking after her own animals from a young age and it was her dream to work with them as a career. Izzy joined the team in April 2021 and is currently completing her Animal Nurse Assistant course at college; she is already a much valued member of the team.

Izzy says her favourite part of the job is being able to build relationships with clients and caring for their pets.

At home Izzy has a bouncy three year old Cocker Spaniel named Marmite and Indy a 12 year old Jack Russel. In her spare time Izzy enjoys exploring the countryside with Marmite and is an avid gardener.

Hayley Fry

Hayley studied accounting at university but after volunteering at veterinary practices and animal charities she realised her true passion was working with animals. After working as a kennel assistant for a year Hayley returned to university to study Animal Biology and Wildlife Conservation. Hayley is currently in her final year at university and has joined the team at Beacon View alongside her studies.

“I enjoy the diversity of the work that I do as it ensures that no day is like any other as well as building relationships with clients and their pets.”

At home Hayley has a cheeky 6 year old border collie called Sherlock who keeps her busy. She enjoys going on nature walks with her partner and Sherlock.

Specialist Expertise

Our core team is bolstered by carefully selected visiting specialists. Through these partnerships we are able to provide specialist treatment in house, utilising our modern facilities.

Andrei Uricaru

Andrei has been practicing in Kent since 2014 and holds a RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. His ethos is to provide the best possible outcome and wellbeing for the patient by using the most effective methods and procedures.

Andrei has amassed a wealth of experience in orthopaedic surgery and holds additional qualifications in Arthrex CUE, Biomedtrix THR, Kyon THR, Kyon PAUL. He has a particular interest in cranial cruciate ligament disease, patella luxation and elbow dysplasia surgeries and advanced fracture repairs.

Karen Casswell
BSc, BVSc, Cert VOphthal, MRCVS

Karen graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School. Whilst at Bristol, she was taught by Professor Sheila Crispin, she followed her interest in ophthalmology and gained her RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1999.

Karen is a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology and has been specialising in ophthalmic second opinion and referral surgeries for the past 17 years. She is now registered as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Join Our Team

We are always on the look out for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our growing team. We are always up for a chat so please reach out and get in touch.