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Abby Whates

I started work as part of the Client Care team at Highcroft in the summer of 2015, after finishing my BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Brighton University. I enjoy meeting and getting to know the clients and their pets at Highcroft and the fact that no two days are the same.

In my spare time I like to travel, and have volunteered on various wildlife reserves around Southern Africa, focusing on conservation and working with endangered species. I have also worked with the Atlantic Whale Foundation in the Canary Islands, studying the behaviour of Whales and Dolphins.

Emily Sidwell

I joined Highcroft Veterinary Group in January 2016. After going to Plumpton College to study Animal Management I knew that I wanted to work with animals, and so in some ways know that this is the perfect place for me. I have always loved animals, having two pets, a Bear Coat Shar Pei and a grey and white cat. In my spare time I like to keep fit and go to the gym. I have also fostered rescue dogs, something my family and I love to do.

Maureen Gurney

I joined Highcroft Vets in May 2010 as a part time Accounts Manager having previously worked in a NVQ training centre in Eastbourne. I am a qualified Accounting Technician and I passed my AAT exams in June 2008.

My border collie keeps me very busy and we both enjoy our long walks on the downs near to our home, (even in the winter). Other hobbies include music and watching football.

Sue Williams

I took a position at Highcroft in 2004 because I love working alongside caring and dedicated people. In my spare time I enjoy browsing antique shops, visiting art exhibitions and National Trust properties, where there is always such delicious food I just have to try it! I am also a happy gardener and will be found most days gardening boots on, secateurs in hand, come rain or shine.

Trish Criddle

Head Client Care Manager

I joined Highcroft in October 2002 as a part time Client Care Manager, becoming full time in February 2007. I really enjoy the variety that working in reception gives, meeting and talking to our lovely clients, getting to know them and their animals. It’s nice being a part of the local community.

In my spare time I love to read and enjoy walking and cycling. I have five animals of my own, three cats and two dogs, most of them acquired through working at Highcroft! They are all great fun and a big part of the family that includes a husband and two sons.

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