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


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


Estela is on maternity leave currently. She had twin girls on 17 November 2017; we are very excited for her and everyone is doing well!

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.

Aletheia Chen


I qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, after first completing an undergraduate degree in Zoology. After qualifying I spent two years working at a busy small animal practice in Cheshire, followed by a 12-month rotating internship at a specialist referral hospital in Hampshire.  Since then I have been working as a locum at various clinics throughout the UK, and have regularly returned to Elston due to the fantastic team, high level of care and compassion, friendly clients, and beautiful countryside.  I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, and believe in providing the very best standard of care possible. I am passionate about my job, and consider myself fortunate to have a job that I love and look forward to every day.  In my personal time I enjoy travelling, being outdoors, and charity work, and often combine all three by volunteering at sanctuaries abroad to help animals and communities in need. 

Christian Bamber


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

Alice Babbings


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.

Anna Martin


I have worked in veterinary practice for 8 years and really enjoy my job. I enjoy that every day is different and you never know what is going to walk through the door! A wag or purr from a furry friend always makes my day.

I qualified as an RVN in 2016 and have an interest in nutrition. At home I am kept very busy by my 1 year old Dalmatian Vinnie who likes to go for very, very long walks!

I also have a passion for cats and have 3 of my own who like to cause trouble!

Louise McDonald

Animal Nursing Assistant

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 two years old.

 Our Office Manager

Julie Kirby



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 Newton


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


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.

Sue Williamson


I feel very fortunate to have a receptionist position at such a friendly clinic and enjoy meeting all our clients and their pets.

My previous career in the airlines has given me great customer service experience and I have lived and worked in Malta, Canada and Melbourne Australia, where we lived for 21 years.

In 2011 I returned to my native Cheshire with my husband and daughter, relocating to Wiltshire in 2013 so my daughter could pursue her equestrian goals. When I have any free time I pursue my acting career, taking classes and doing workshops and hoping for my “Big Break”

We feel very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful county and currently share our home with two dogs, three cats and a hamster.

Lorraine Moyse


I lived in Seattle, USA for 13 years where I trained and worked as a Veterinary Assistant and Office Manager for 6 years.

I moved back to the UK Spring 2017 and once I found my feet I was ready to start work. I have worked in administration and HR for 25 years… oh my!

I am so happy with my role at Elston Veterinary Clinic — the clients and the team are wonderful.

In my spare time my son (14), my cat Festus (5) and our new addition – Wilbur a Schnauzer terrier cross – keep me on my toes.

I love my life in Wiltshire. In my spare time I enjoy my book club, dog walks, upcycling furniture, and attending evening classes for upholstery.

I have had pets my whole life as well Guide Dogs for my father. I love being around animals and I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you at the clinic.

“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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