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Our History...

The Lawton and Stoakes Veterinary Practice

was established in 1985 by the two Partners, Mr Martin Lawton and Miss Lynne Stoakes, both of whom have previously worked at practices in Essex.

The practice premises were converted from a rundown butchers and have been extended over the years to cope with expansion, a process which is still ongoing. Major refurbishment to extend the practice has just been completed, combining the three buildings of 8, 10 and 12 Fitzilian Avenue. This has given us a totally new, increased waiting room (with disabled toilet facilities) for the greater comfort of our Clients.

The Practice strives to offer the highest of medical care for all pet animals including Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits, Reptiles and all Exotic Animals. We have a reputation of providing a very high standard of Veterinary Medicine, dealing thoroughly and to the best of our ability with all conditions. We regularly receive referrals from other UK Veterinary Practices, particularly for Exotic animals and Ophthalmic cases.

We are a training Centre for Veterinary Nurses and we are committed to the education of medical and nursing staff. The nurses are the backbone of the practice. They make sure that all the in-patients are maintained, looked after and medicated as has been prescribed by the veterinarians. They are responsible for assisting the veterinarians during anaesthetics, surgery and during consultation hours.

Our receptionists are here to help you. It is sometimes necessary for them to ask you for further details when you telephone. This is to ensure that we can assist you as quickly as possible. As you will see, activity in reception is often hectic and your patience is appreciated. The receptionists carry out their duties as directed by the Veterinarians, so if you have any problems, please bring them up with the Veterinarian. Complaints should not be directed at the receptionists !

Staff at Lawton and Stoakes

(click on individual names to read more about that staff member)

Veterinary Surgeons

Martin Lawton BVetMed; CertVOphthal; CertLAS; CBiol; MSB; DZooMed; FRCVS - RCVS Recognised Specialist

Lynne Stoakes BVetMed; MRCVS

Noemie McDermott BVetMed; MRCVS


Julie Austin

Paula Smith

Joanne Cross

Veterinary Nurses

Fiona Gordon VN

Kelly Adams RVN

Jamie Biggs RVN

Trainee Nurse

Helen Whitworth

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