Saint Leonard Veterinary Centre has been established for over 70 years (previously known as Marshall & Till). We are a 100% Small Animal practice treating cats, dogs, rabbits and small companions. We are Derby’s most centrally located practice, providing an exceptional standard of care, with experienced and compassionate staff using state of the art equipment. We pride ourselves on providing an individual and personable service, striving to ensure that you see your own vet every time you visit.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) regulates all veterinary practice in the UK. The team at SLVC are proud that we have achieved the RCVS Accredited Practice status. Furthermore our head vet, Karl Underhill, has gained the RCVS advanced practitioner status, in recognition of his further qualifications. This is only achieved by approximately 5% of vets in the UK.
Meet the team
Vivien is our longest standing Veterinary Nurse having started at the practice from school more years ago than she cares to remember. Over that time she has seem many positive changes within veterinary practice and veterinary medicine. She has a mischievous cheeky cat at home named Little Annie, who was re homed by her after coming into the surgery as a stray with a fractured pelvis.
Veterinary care assistant
Amiee has been with us since March 2014 and has worked her way up from a volunteer to Veterinary Care Assistant, she is also the youngest member of our team. Amiee came to us straight after finishing her Diploma in Animal Manangement. She hopes to progress on to getting her qualification in Veterinary Nursing in the near future. She has a little Yorkshire Terrier called Lily who regularly visits the surgery.
Serena graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2012. Upon graduating, Serena spent some time travelling before starting work. Serena enjoys all aspects of small animal practice where her main interest lie in soft tissue surgery. Serena is also the work experience co-ordinator for the practice.
In her spare time Serena enjoys travelling, being outdoors and going running with her working cocker spaniel Millie and spending time with her family and friends. She is starting agility classes with Millie in the new year!
Head veterinary nurse
Fiona qualified as a veterinary nurse in April 2009 having begun working at the practice in 2002. She has now taken on the role of head nurse, directing the operations of the practices team of qualified and dedicated veterinary nurses.. Out of work Fiona enjoys competing on her horse Bailey at local shows and she has a naughty cat called Mabel that she rescued from the cats protection at only a few weeks of age.
Following graduation in 2007 from the Royal Veterinary College London, Karl has constantly sought to improve his Veterinary expertise. He began work in first opinion practice but soon progressed on to take an Internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists, Europe's largest private referral centre. There he realised that his interests principally lie in Veterinary Surgery, and has concentrated his efforts on study towards the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in small animal surgery which he has now completed. Karl has recently gained the RCVS advanced practitoner status, in recognition of his further qualifications. This is only achieved by approximately 5% of vets in the UK.
Along with working at specialist centres, Karl has continued to gain experience in first opinion practice and has also spent a short while working in sunny Australia, helping injured wildlife including Kangaroos and Wallabies!
In his spare time Karl enjoys cycling, going to the gym and socialising with his friends and colleagues. He has recently rehomed a cat called Winston and a kitten called Mango!
Annie joined the practice in September 2013 as Head Receptionist. She provides a friendly, helpful front of house service to our clients. In her spare time she enjoys countryside walking and running. Annie has 2 children, a daughter who has graduated this year from Bristol University as a dentist and now works in Salisbury and a son who is still studying Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University. Annie loves animals and has a beautiful 12 year old cat burmese cat called Marco.
Rebecca has been a member of the surgery family since she left school, soon qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse. She has two young children and now works for us on a part time basis. Rebecca is often accompanied by Percy, her Springer Spaniel and Aggie her Border Collie.
After graduating from Liverpool University in 2006, Lucy has spent the last eight years in small animal practice. She has a keen interest in small animal medicine and is currently undertaking an advanced Royal College certificate in this area. She is particularly skilled with the practice ultrasound scanner and microscope.
Lucy is married with two young children that keep her busy outside of work. Roxy, her Labrador keeps her fit and they enjoy finding new places to walk and swim!
Trainee Veterinary nurse
Emma is our newest member of the team, aspiring to become a veterinary nurse. She owns and trains her Cockerpoo in both agility and obedience and has all Bronze, Silver and Gold Kennel Club certificates with him. Emma has already gained a degree in education, but realised she'd never feel as fulfilled in the education sector as she would working with animals. She's really enjoying her role in the practice and will never look back from her change in career paths.
Nyika's love of animals started early when she got her first cat, Huckle, on her 5th birthday. After starting vet school in Bristol in 1993 she developed a particular interest in working with pets; as ‘mum’ to two dogs named Paddy and Tinkerbell, and a menagerie of horses, goldfish and chickens, she appreciates how much animals can bring to our lives. Qualifying in 1998, Nyika started working with pets and horses but has now decided to concentrate her efforts exclusively in small animal care.
Allison started her veterinary career even before she had finished her 'O' Levels and has never looked back. Happily remaining at the same practice throughout her working life, her only absences were due to maternity leave - Allison has 3 beautiful daughters.
Away from work, apart from caring for her family, Allison is an associate member of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing, instructing in Tap. She has appeared as a dancer at many venues nationwide.