About us

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 3% of vets in the UK.

Owner & Veterinarian

Karl – 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 holds RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status, which is only achieved by approximately 3% of vets in the UK.


Miklos graduated as a Veterinarian in 1989 at the University of Veterinary Science in Budapest, Hungary. After nearly a decade of working in and around Budapest Miklos took the brave step of opening his own surgery at home, as well as working as a Food Hygiene Inspector! He settled in the UK with his family in 2007, joining us in March 2019.

In his spare time, Miklos likes gardening, history, reading, and playing his old guitar.


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 dogs, a cat, horses, Bob the goldfish and chickens, she appreciates how much animals can bring to our lives. As you can guess her spare time is mostly spent caring for the many animals Nyika and her family share their lives with.


Sam qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2014, initially work as a first opinion vet in South Wales before venturing off to work as a volunteer in Cyprus for an animal charity. She then worked as an out of hours emergency vet before joining us in December 2018. Sam loves to travel, often combining it with her other love of rugby! Other passions include parachuting, bungee jumping and is now trying her hand at scuba diving.

Clinical coach

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. She is the practices’ sole clinical coach, and is therefore responsible for the training of our Student Veterinary Nurses.

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.

Head veterinary Nurse

Fiona qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in April 2009 having begun working at the practice in 2002. Fiona is our Head Registered Veterinary Nurse, directing the operations of our team of qualified and dedicated veterinary nurses.

Out of work Fiona enjoys competing on her horse Bailey in local BD Dressage competitions, often coming away with a red rosette! Fiona also has a very handsome Lakeland Terrier, Buddy, a cheeky chap who loves nothing more than curling up on his favourite love seat at home. She also has a daughter, Nancy.

Trainee veterinary Nurse

Lauren is our current Trainee Veterinary Nurse. She started with us in 2016 and shows great enthusiasm in her work, her caring nature is perfectly suited to veterinary nursing – she currently attends Rodbaston College and is progressing through her academic studies well. She owns a lovely little Cavapoo, Poppy, and two beautiful bunnies Rupert and Nelly.

Head Receptionist

Louise is our Head Receptionist, supported by Maraide, Lynn, & Kath. Together they provide a warm welcome and are always on hand to answer your queries. She first joined us on work experience back in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since.

In her spare time Louise enjoys going to the gym, her favourite being a spin class, and when she has more time is often on her way to Cornwall with the family. She is rather green fingered and loves spending time in the garden.


Lynn joined our reception team in 2016. Lynn has two children, Nic (who is our Practice Manager) and a son, Anthony. She is the proud owner of a brilliant Rottweiler, Sasha, who has reached the grand old age of 13, and a lovely little cat, Jasper (who turns 20 in March 2020!).

Lynn doesn’t have much ‘free’ time as she regularly cares for her grandchildren, but she thoroughly enjoys her ‘Nana’ duties!


Maraide is the welcoming face of our Allestree branch! She is responsible for the running and overall care of our Allestree practice and clients and is also the proud owner of nine rescue dogs! Maraide dedicates her life to them and often enjoys spending weekends at Canicross events.

Practice manager

Nic’s childhood dream to work in a vet’s surgery came true when she joined as Practice Manager in November 2018! Nic has two children, Ben and Evie, who like to get out and about as much as possible exploring the great outdoors. She also has Hugo the cat who loves nothing more than a groom from Evie.

In her spare time Nic loves live music and is often on her way to a gig with friends.

Deputy head nurse

Rebecca has been a member of the surgery family since she left school, soon qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse. Rebecca fulfils the role of Deputy Head Nurse supporting Fiona in the day to day running of the practice.

She has two children, Holly and Jacob, who love to keep her on her toes! She also has a Springer Spaniel, Percy, a Border Collie Aggie and a loveable little tortoise called Fred who she has had since she was 5 years old!

Veterinary Care Assistant

Amy gained her Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management in 2013. She joined us in 2020 after being a client for many years! She has a keen interest in dog training and rehabilitation, and has a lovely rescue dog Vader, the three legged Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Amy has a keen interest in cars, both modified and the classics, and in her free time enjoys attending car shows. She’s also a big gaming fan and loves live music.

Veterinary Nurse

Alexandra joined us in June 2021 and has brought with her 7 years of experience in both referral and first opinion nursing. She loves all aspects of nursing and has a keen interest in nursing clinics (look out for her at your next Gold Plan check!) and emergency & critical care.

Alexandra and her fiancee Jonathan (wedding pending May 2022!!) share their home with Toby a very handsome Collie, 3 cats and a bearded dragon. In her spare she enjoys walking, cycling, gardening and playing the piano.

Veterinary Nurse

Freya also joined our team in June 2021 as a newly qualified Veterinary nurse with a particular interest in anaesthesia and post-operative care.

Out of work Freya looks after 8 rescue guinea pigs (yes 8!) and her BFG Rottweiler Scooby who she also rescued 2 years ago. She loves spending time walking Scooby and teaching him new tricks. Freya also enjoys swimming and loves a good musical sing-a-long – you can often find her in practice by listening out for the singing!


Kath is our newest member of the team, and has 14 years experience as a Veterinary receptionist. She has 3 cats, Milly who is a tortie princess, Stanley & Oliver the lovely ginger rescue cats and a new rescue dog called Peggy the pocket rocket, who is bonkers!

Kath enjoys gardening and trying to tire Peggy out by walking around our wonderful Derbyshire countryside. She also likes to bake and has won a prize or two at the local shows!
Kath has 2 sons and 4 grandsons, who no doubt enjoy her baking!

If that wasn’t enough, Kath and her partner also have a small herd of 25 pedigree South Devon cattle!