About us

As a well established surgery, our priority is to provide a professional and caring service to you and your pets. We use our excellent facilities and the latest equipment to ensure the care that your animal receives is the very best. Situated in South Croydon we cover a wide area in Surrey and parts of London. We are an independent practice, one of the last few remaining in the Croydon area and have been established since 1976 (originally known as Michael Nelson).

We are proud to be a Training Practice (TP) and boast 4 Clinical Coaches allowing us to train Student Veterinary Nurses on the degree courses available throughout the country. We accept Student Vets as well who also need to develop practical skills as part of their training. We understand the importance of training students and offer support while they develop their skills to become qualified.  You may see some of the students about at various times in the practice.


All qualified staff are required to keep up to date with skills and knowledge by completing a required number of hours of Continued Professional Development. All of our qualified Veterinary Nurses are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The Registration demonstrates to employers and the public that they are keeping their skills up to date and that they are accountable for their own actions. Registered Veterinary Nurses are entitled by law to undertake a range of veterinary treatment and minor procedures on animals

Anne Nelson BVMS Cert SAO MRCVS

- Practice Principle and Veterinary Surgeon

Anne graduated at Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1982. In 1988 she joined what was then Michael and Mark Nelson. In 1997 Anne gained her certificate in Small animal Orthopaedics and this continues to be her area of interest. Anne is happy to take referrals from surrounding practices for orthopaedic surgery.

Claire Cooke BSc BVSc MRCVS

- Veterinary Surgeon

Claire graduated from Bristol University in 2008. She volunteered abroad with animals and worked in Nottingham for 3 years prior to joining Anne Nelson Vets in October 2012. Claire has a keen interest in animal behaviour, internal medicine and cuddling the inpatients.

Jenny Asher BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Jenny graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and worked in small animal and exotics practices in Essex, London and the New Forest before joining the team in June 2015. Her special interests include Dermatology and ‘small furry’ medicine. At home Jenny has a very elderly cat called Tabitha and a dwarf hamster called Edith.

Alexandra Moschowski MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Alex graduated from Ghent University in 2005 and has worked in practices in Wales, the Netherlands and Belgium before joining Anne Nelson Vets in August 2015. Alex is a member of The European Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society and has particular interests in surgery, ultrasound and internal medicine.

Natalie Mackay BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Natalie graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in summer 2014. As a new graduate she spent her first year based in Glasgow working in small animal first opinion practice. After a very quick year Natalie continued her career down south and joined Anne Nelson Vets in August 2015. Since moving Natalie has acquired a rescue cat called Pickles who she loves dearly. Natalie has a keen interest in surgery and prides herself with providing your pet with the highest standard of care.

Dawn Bas RVN A1 CC PHC

– Practice Manager and Senior Veterinary Nurse

Dawn qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1996. Dawn joined the Nelsons team as a permanent member of staff in November 2003. Dawn enjoys all aspects of nursing with a particular interest in behaviour and senior wellness, and also has the A1 assessor qualification, which has since changed to the clinical coach certificate. She has now taken on the role of Practice Manager together with Karen.


Karen Davison BSc RVN A1 CC VAC

– Practice Manager and Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Karen graduated from the RVC and Middlesex universities in July 2007 but joined the Nelsons team a few months before. Her main interests are surgical nursing, nutrition and advising owners on caring for their pets. Karen also has the A1 assessor qualification, which has since become the Clinical Coach certificate, and trains the student nurses. Karen now has taken on the role of Practice Manager with Dawn.

Elle Stevens RVN

– Head Veterinary Nurse

Elle is responsible for leading the team of nurses here at Nelsons. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at the University Of Pretoria, South Africa in 1998. After which she worked in Cape Town for 2 years. Over the next couple of years, Elle travelled around America and Europe before joining Nelsons in 2003. Elle has a keen interest in Small Animal Physiotherapy and is currently studying a Diploma in this. She will in the near future be setting up her own clinic times for patient rehabilitation.

Kate Oliver RVN PHC

- Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kate joined Anne Nelson Vets in 2011 having completed her qualification and training in a practice in Ewell. She enjoys all aspects of nursing and completed the Pet Health Counsellor course in 2012.


Angela Ford RVN CC

- Registered Veterinary Nurse

Angela qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006 and joined Anne Nelson Vets in 2012. She has a keen interest in Canine Behaviour Therapy and Training having worked for a behaviourist and trained her own Springer Spaniel in obedience, agility, and flyball.

Kiera Rossi RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kiera joined Anne Nelson Vets in July 2015 after graduating from Harper Adams University and completing a year’s placement with the team. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but particularly surgery. Kiera has a West Highland White Terrier at home called Molly and she would like to go travelling one day.

Emily Gibson VN

Veterinary Nurse

Emily is a Veterinary Nurse from Melbourne, Australia, and qualified in 2010. Her moto is that our pets provide us so much joy it’s the least we can do to provide them with the best care possible. Emily has always worked in small practices in Australia and values the ‘family’ atmosphere this provides. She recently has relocated to the UK to be with her boyfriend; who is also a Veterinary Nurse – fancy that! Emily adores all creatures great and small but has an adoration for all things feline. In her spare time you will find her exercising, cooking and enjoying a lazy brunch.

Adele Lawlor

- Receptionist

Having been a client of Nelson Vets for over 16 years, Adele was delighted to be offered a receptionist post in 2012. Just as her daughter was heading off to university, Adele was keen to have a job she could throw herself into. Adele loves meeting the clients and animals, as well as offering support.

Ursula Hendron


Ursula has been working part time at Anne Nelson Vets since October 2014. She really enjoys meeting new people and their pets, and the variety each day brings. When not on reception Ursula enjoys long walks with her Spaniels.

Frances Boxall


Frances originally joined the practice over 25 years ago only leaving to have her daughter but has been a client at the practice since before then. Frances lost her long term job in 2014 and has now returned to take up the position once more. She loves the variety and challenge as no two days are the same. She enjoys being able to offer constructive advice to clients and working alongside the other receptionists, the Nurses and the Vets. She says this makes Anne Nelson Vets a unique practice for clients and the people that work there.

Tracy Mason


Tracy joined the team in November 2015 and is very pleased to have fulfilled her ambition of working in a Vets. Tracy says everyday is different at Anne Nelson Vets and she really enjoys the interaction with the customers and most importantly their pets.