Meet the Team

Ais Sumner BVetMed MRCVS

Ais first qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in July 1997, after not following her dad’s advice to stay out of the profession.
She worked in many practices locally before deciding to open her own practice in January 2011.
As we all know, she spends most of her time at work, but when she does get a rare day off she enjoys bike rides with her son Patrick, walks in the woods with her unruly pack (Potato, Nene, Charles & Camilla),and an occasional escape to her much loved Yorkshire.
Paul Sumner - Practice Manager at Crouch Vale Vets

Paul Sumner – Practice Manager


Chelsi – Registered Veterinary Nurse

Chelsi joined us in March 2020. She is our little ray of sunshine.
She lives with her husband and her beautiful spaniels, the ever-challenging Beau and the chocolate nutter that is Pandora.

Chelsi is a water baby outside work and spends time paddle boarding and sea swimming and in her madder moments being a gym bunny.


Alicia – Registered Veterinary Nurse

Alicia joined us in February 2020. She is our power house and her alter ego Felicia (ferocious Alicia ) only comes out to play when her patience is stretched to the maximum.

Alicia has 3 men in her life, her greedy horse Charlie Brown who comes into his stable on his own terms, her black Labrador Enzo who is learning lots of skills such as flyball, retrieving and running away with any other dog he comes across and James her partner. I think it is fair to say they all stretch her patience at times!

Alicia left us in May 2020 for greener grass, but it turned out not so luscious, so we were extremely happy to have her back.


Jess – Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jess has been with us since she was a student at Southend College doing animal management and has recently completed her 4-year veterinary nursing degree.

She is well and truly part of our family having been with us since she was just 17 years old.

Jess is our cool cucumber. When all around is going to pot she remains a sea of calm!
When not having her head in her books for the last few years she also enjoys running and practicing her aerial skills on hoops and silks.


Kirsty – Receptionist

Kirsty has been with us since February 2020. She tries to keep us ship shape and when she’s not struggling to keep me on track, she is kept busy with her husband and her two children.

She is a big fan of retro children’s programs so when she is not increasing her collection of button moon socks, she will be found singing Disney tunes.

The other man in her life is Vader, her beautiful but aloof Shih Tzu.

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