Elston Vets – A friendly, happy veterinary clinic

Elston Vets clinic covers the areas of Shrewton, Tilshead Larkhill, Amesbury, Durrington, Bulford Camp, Codford and Netheravon


“William is especially grateful for the outstanding care given by Enid and her team.” 
D Watson

Elston Veterinary Clinic is a very friendly veterinary clinic in Shrewton, rural Wiltshire. Our vets treat and care for dogs, cats and other small animals as if they were our own.

Our vets and vet nurses understand the human-animal bond and always work together, with you to find the best solution to your pet’s health problems. If your pet is healthy, we strive to keep your pet that way with the best holistic approach to preventative care. 

Have you considered the benefits of joining our Healthy Pet Club? This is a great way to ensure your pet is always happy and healthy and a great way to budget and help save money on routine pet treatments such as flea, tick and worming medicines, plus dental and vet nurse treatments such as toe clipping. Read more about the club here.

Elston Veterinary Clinic - Shrewton, Wiltshire

Meet the staff at Elston Veterinary Clinic

Our veterinary staff are committed to making your pets stay with us as comfortable as possible

Our vets

Dr. Enid Frantilla

DVM MRCVS
Biography
I started Elston Veterinary Clinic in 1999, several years after my vet training at Washington State University. The USA system requires a period of undergraduate university study before applying to vet school, so before my veterinary qualification I received degrees in Biology and English (too long ago to mention!).
I have always been blessed with very talented staff, and all of them over the years have helped me build and shape the practice into the caring team it is today.
I love working with both dogs and cats, and the small furries, and enjoy all aspects of internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. A waggy tail or contented purr are the best rewards for me; but all my animal patients make me smile, so I could never tire of my job.
When not working I am equally happy walking or running (happiest with an animal friend) anywhere in the UK, or in mountains on most continents, though sailing, skiing, riding, cycling, plus nearly all art and music, cooking and gardening are things I also really enjoy. I could never be without an animal friend, and am grateful for all the animals I have known.
Every single one has taught me something.

Estela Birlison

MRCVS
Biography
Inspired by childhood pets and the good old “James Herriot” stories, I have always wanted to be a vet and I achieved my dream with my veterinary degree at Liverpool University. I moved to Wiltshire in 2010 from Monmouth, where I had previously worked in a mixed animal practice, and have settled nicely in the Wylye Valley.
I joined Elston vets in April 2017 and enjoy the ability to work in such a friendly and welcoming rural practice that also maintains high standards of care towards both patients and clients.
Having a special interest in animal behaviour, I carry this branch of medicine through into every consultation I do to ensure that our patients are as calm and relaxed as they can be when visiting us – some even quite like coming to say hello!
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and young family and our dog Echo, and I can think of no better way to spend an English summer afternoon than out walking in the Wiltshire countryside whilst socialising with friends.

Christian Bamber

MRCVS
Biography
Christian is our regular locum vet, who happily looks after our patients when the other vets are away. He has had lots of varied experience doing veterinary work, most notably being a director of the Blue Cross animal charity, running several of his own businesses including a website for other locum vets, and a euthanasia service whereby he will visit a family and their pet in the comfort of their own home when their regular vet cannot get there.
We enjoy it when Christian visits as his caring manner and positive attitude is a winner with clients and animals alike.
Christian lives near Bath with his wife and their Shih Tzu Leonard, and their cat Shmang.

 Our veterinary clinic nurses

Angela Henstridge

RVN
Biography
I am a registered veterinary nurse and I qualified in 1996. I started working at Elston Veterinary Clinic in 2000 and I have a passion for all small animals – especially the small furries!
Out of work I am kept busy with my large menagerie of pets, I have 2 dogs, rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, hamsters and chickens.
I also have 3 children who enjoy them as much as I do. I also like to go running and bike riding with my dog Zodie who is a German Pointer cross Spaniel and she loves tennis balls and her best friend Bert the Jack Russell.

Alice Babbings

RVN
Biography
I have been visiting family in Wiltshire all my life and decided to move here permanently in 2002. I was lucky enough to be offered a job here at Elston Veterinary Clinic in 2003, and it really has been my dream job! I started out working as a receptionist which gave me the opportunity to get to know most of our patients & clients. When I started my nurse training I loved being more hands-on, helping treat the various cats, dogs, rabbits and other small friends who come into the clinic.
I started to study to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse at the end of 2013, and that has progressed well, thanks mainly to the support of colleagues and friends. When I am not working or studying I enjoy walking my terrier and relaxing with friends.

Louise McDonald

Animal Nursing Assistant
Biography
Growing up on a farm, I have been around animals all my life. We had dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, cows and sheep.
I have enjoyed working in veterinary practice for the past 14 years. I believe that when we are entrusted with a pet we should treat them as we would wish our own pet to be treated.
I have a family which has grown but not flown, and now am lucky to have time to go back to my youth, spending time going out and about on my horse who I have had since he was 2 years old.
I started to study to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse at the end of 2013, and that has progressed well, thanks mainly to the support of colleagues and friends. When I am not working or studying I enjoy walking my terrier and relaxing with friends.

 Our Office Manager

Julie Kirby

Biography
I was lucky enough to start working at Elston Veterinary Clinic in 2002 as a receptionist. I came from a retail background but always wanted to work with animals. I moved away for four years and came back to the area in 2007. Luckily I was able to come back to Elston, so I now look after the admin and sometimes cover reception. I love being around animals and thoroughly enjoy getting to know our clients and their pets.
I feel very fortunate to be part of a committed team doing something we all love.I live with my two lovely Labradors and my cat.
I spend most of my spare time doing DIY and gardening. I enjoy taking the dogs to new places and exploring all that this lovely county has to offer.

 Our receptionists

Carmela

Carmela Newton

Biography
I was really lucky to get the job here in August 2015 after being made redundant from my previous role. I love people and animals so the combination of both is just perfect for me.
I have worked in various customer service roles in the past including retail banking and have also spent over seven years working within adult education. In addition to this job, I work as a home based online assessor for various Colleges in the UK.
I live with my husband and my two dogs – Lola the Yorkshire terrier and Toby, a Poodle cross, after moving to the area in 2012. I am originally from Newcastle upon Tyne but really enjoy what the South West has to offer and I really feel at home here. In my spare time, I enjoy taking the dogs for long walks and running. I like to raise money for charity when I get the opportunity and recently completed the Great North Run half marathon for the Stroke Association and also the Tidworth 10k.
Toni Cooper

Toni Cooper

Biography
Having previously worked within a corporate vet group for 15 months, I was seeking a veterinary clinic that would offer a more ‘personal touch’, and I’ve certainly found what I was looking for!
I have worked in various administrator roles over the years, both here in the UK and in Australia, where our family, (my husband and our 5 year old son) lived for 4 years. We returned to the UK in 2014. Aside from office roles, I also worked at Battersea Dog’s Home for 5 years, honing by behaviour and training knowledge. I have always had a passion for working with animals, and now I have the perfect role which combines both my office and people skills whilst cuddling all sorts of fluffies that walk through the door!
In my spare time, I practice yoga regularly, and also sing in a rock choir. My super crazy cat – ‘Cheska’ – takes up any remaining time I have by chasing string, and anything left lying around on the floor by my son! I find yoga in particular helps alleviate any stress from my busy life of working and running a home. I love working at Elston Vets, and feel I have really landed on my feet. Both clients and the team have been very welcoming, and I look forward to strengthening my relationships with everybody as I settle into my role.
Melanie Van Germert

Melanie van Gemert

Biography
I got to know the Elston Vets family in March 2014, when I started working as a cleaner. I grew up surrounded by cats and dogs so I really missed them when I moved away from my family in the Netherlands to study abroad in 2012. Working with animals excited me and I was very lucky to find a job that allowed me to do just that. After finishing my MA in London, I left Elston Vets in January 2015 (with pain in my heart!) to travel and gain other work experience. In January 2017, the opportunity arose to come back to Elston Vets as a receptionist and I seized the opportunity with both hands.
I enjoy being a veterinary receptionist because you get involved with the animal, as well as with the owner. Also, I love learning about animal health care from nurses and vets who are always happy to explain things and answer questions. It is great to see animals get better and to see the love between owner and pet.
Travelling is one of my passions and I always try to meet and talk to as many locals as I can. In my spare time I go walking, swimming, running or play music.

“Best vet practice in the world ! Thanks for all your help. You’re the best!” Tracey Downes

“Quite the best veterinary practice. We are so lucky to have it in our village.” Gillian Wallis

“Lovely Vet who really cares for animals!” Sandra Love

“Fantastic service from all the staff. Very helpful and always able to get an appointment same day when needed. Would recommend to all animal owners.” Michael Cogan

“Awesome vets always friendly” Jenni Blackborow

Latest News/Blog posts

FREE Rabbit Health Checks During Rabbit Awareness Month!

During this month, you will have the opportunity to pop in with your rabbit for a free health check with the nurse! Our nurses will update you on everything you should know about rabbit health care. It is also useful to bring children along if they are looking after the rabbit too. The health check will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about health care.

Enthusiastic Elston Vets clients win war of the works!

Elston Veterinary Clinic played and won the weekly War of the Works quiz on Spire FM Radio! Anticipating the fact that the quiz wasn’t just going to be about animal health care, we decided we needed some help… We were lucky enough to have a handful of Elston Vets clients and friends from Orcheston and Shrewton help us out on each of the quiz days.

Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ Bake Sale 2016

Last Thursday we held our annual ‘Paws for Tea’ bake sale in aid of the Blue Cross. Luckily the sun was shining and we were pleased to have so many generous visitors. We had some beautiful and delicious cakes baked and donated by clients to help us raise as much money...

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