Veterinary Surgeons


Melanie Norris BVSc CertVC MRCVS

Clinical Director

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology

Melanie has been at Mildmay since 1988. She graduated from Bristol in 1987 and has a special interest in heart problems, holding a Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology. She is a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology and accepts referrals from other practices. She enjoys ultrasound scanning and finds it very rewarding to help animals to get the maximum enjoyment out of life by managing their heart problems.

She enjoys playing piano, reading with black and white lap-cat Minty, and running – trying to keep up (unsuccessfully) with her very fast Greyhound cross Saluki, Luna.


Nicola Hoad BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Clinical Director

Nikki joined Mildmay as part-time clinical director in 2008. She works alongside Melanie Norris to provide full-time management support for the practice.

Nikki graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998 and spent a couple of years in mixed practice before deciding to specialise in small animals. Her main interests are internal medicine and ophthalmology.

Nikki has a husband and two children who keep her busy when she is not at work along with a black Labrador called Bertie and two guinea pigs. She enjoys running as well as walking Bertie and keeping up-to-date with the latest films.


Caroline Balfour BVSc GPCert (cardio) MRCVS

Caroline graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009. After working in mixed and small animal practice she joined Mildmay in January 2017. She has a postgraduate certificate in small animal cardiology, and is also interested in diagnostic ultrasound.

In her spare time she enjoys singing, and spending time with her two cats Nala and Finzi.


Annika Driver BVetMed MRCVS

Annika graduated in 2009 from the Royal Veterinary College, London and joined us here at Mildmay in 2014. She especially enjoys small animal medicine and the diagnostics involved; particularly abdominal ultrasonography. She is currently studying towards a medicine certificate. Home life consists of long walks with her Terrier rescue Boris and cuddles with her ginger tom Mango.

(currently on maternity leave)


Zoe Gough MRCVS

Zoe graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and has spent the last four years gaining experience at a mixed practice in Dorset.

She has an interest in small animal medicine and exotics, especially rabbits. In her spare time she enjoys baking chocolate brownies and drawing rare breed sheep.


Laura Heasman BVetMed MRCVS

Laura joined Mildmay in August 2016 and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016.


Rebecca Secluna BVetMed CertAVP SAS MRCVS A1

Rebecca graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1996 and has worked at Mildmay since 2001. Her main interests are soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

She is also a nurse training assessor and has a Border Terrier called Boris.


Stephanie Winter BVM&S MRCVS

Stephanie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005.She joined Mildmay at the start of 2010 and enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice but is particularly interested in ultrasound scanning.

She has a Saluki cross called Daisy.

(currently on maternity leave)