David Bentley – Director BVSc Cert. SAD MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Dermatology
“I grew up in a home full of animals; my parents also bred Persian cats so we were always at the vets. My father was a research chemist and developed some very powerful opiate drugs, including Etorphine, which was used as a horse anaesthetic and for immobilising wild game in Africa. I remember seeing this new drug being demonstrated by vets for a veterinary audience at Wetherby racecourse when I was around 11 years of age. From that day on I knew that I wanted to be a vet.
“I entered Liverpool University vet school in 1977 and I spent the majority of my 24 weeks ‘seeing practice’ at Mercer and Bell at their Loughborough Road branch. After qualifying in 1982 my first job was in a very busy mixed practice in Nuneaton, working solely in the small animal department. It was very hard work but was great experience for my first 3 years in the profession.
“I moved back to Leicester in 1985 and ran a new surgery in Birstall that was opened by Mike Hayes. In 1988 I was offered a partnership by Colin Brown and Richard Bell, as Peter Mercer was going to retire. Bell Brown and Bentley then came in to existence in July 1989.
“Having a special interest in skin diseases, I enrolled on the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1989; I gained the certificate in 1994. Since that time I have been actively involved in Veterinary Dermatology. I am a member of both the British and European Dermatology societies and I regularly attend conferences at home and abroad. Since March 2015 I have been on the newly introduced RCVS list of Advanced Practitioners in Small Animal Dermatology
“At home I have a Border Collie, Tilly, and a young moggie called Bertie. My interests outside of work include road cycling, playing various keyboard instruments badly, photography and gardening. I also do a regular vet phone-in on BBC Radio Leicester and find this a great way to give seasonal advice to pet owners and answer questions on their pet’s health.”
Colin Brown – Director BVMS MRCVS
“I qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1979 and joined the practice in July of the same year. I had spent the previous summer ‘seeing practice’ as a student with the Mercer and Bell practice. At that time the practice was still mixed, dealing with horses and farm work, but with a predominance of small animal work.
“Having gained experience as a general practitioner and seeing veterinary medicine and surgery as a practical, problem solving occupation, my main interests are slightly biased towards general surgery; with a particular interest in endoscopy.
“I currently own an 18 month old Labrador called Alfie who occupies most of my spare time. Having previously ‘acquired’ a Springer Spaniel and prior to that, a Weimeraner, Alfie is a walk in the park and a pleasure to own. He is my first male dog and yes, I did have his bits removed. I believe this is the best for all concerned unless you are considering showing or breeding.
“My partner has two cats, both tortoishell. One is elderly and around 12 years of age and the other is 18 months. As we have just bought a house together, and the cats are about to move in, we are expecting fireworks; especially as Alfie gives cats a hard time. However as is always the case, the cats will most likely come out on top.
“Outside of work my interests include tennis, walking and gardening.”
David Winspur – Associate BVSc MRCVS
“I was born and raised in Birmingham and have always had an interest in animals. I wanted to be a zoologist like Gerard Durrell or David Attenborough before changing my choice to Veterinary Surgeon when I was twelve.
“I graduated from Bristol University in 1996 and started to work at Bell Brown and Bentley the same year. Initially I intended to go back to university after a year to study further. However I discovered that I enjoyed general practice and decided to continue in first opinion work.
“Professionally my areas of interest are imaging including Ultrasound, Cardiology and Endocrinology.
“Outside of work I love cooking for my partner and friends, and trying to stay fit to balance out the calories from the cooking. I also enjoy reading, watching films (especially science fiction and fantasy), listening to a wide variety of music and playing the cello.
“My partner and I share our home with Phoebe, our sixteen year old black cat. Or to be more precise, she shares her home with us.”
Gill O’Brien – Associate BVM&S MRCVS
“Having gone to school in Surrey I went to Edinburgh University in 1985 to train as a vet and revisit my Scottish roots. I then spent 3 years in mixed practice in East Anglia before realising that small animal work was where my future lay.
“I joined Bell Brown and Bentley in March 1994 initially working at Wigston and London Road before moving to work mostly at Leicester Forest East.
“I am interested in all areas of veterinary medicine from general surgery to challenging medical cases. I love the fact that we never stop learning and moving forward in the job. I feel very lucky to be in a profession with such a wide variety of patients to treat and problems to solve, as well as one that brings such job satisfaction.
“At home I have two ginger cats called Mac and Morris, and three children. I love spending time with the kids but also enjoy reading, going to the gym and listening to music when I have some time to myself.”
Laura Owen – Associate B.Vet.Med MRCVS
I joined the BB&B Team in July 2014, after studying at the Royal Veterinary College in London. I’m mostly based at our Leicester Forest East branch, but occasionally visit London Road and Wigston.
I am constantly learning new things with this job, and enjoy the new experiences. I hope to further my knowledge in surgery, exotic species and ultrasonography as I have an interest in those areas.
At home I have two cats, both rescues. My eldest Belle is 5 years old and came to be with me after having a litter of kittens and being abandoned. My youngest Tiana was brought into our London Road branch at only 4 weeks old, and is now living with me. I enjoying baking in my spare time, as well as going to the gym or reading a good novel.”
Caroline Sturgess – RVN
Caroline has recently qualified as a Veterinary Nurse and has been for the practice since July 2007. She currently works part-time at our London Road branch. She finds rehabilitating animals and improving their standard of life very rewarding.
Caroline is kept busy at home by her 12 year old tabby cat called Bailey, and her 4 year old Border Terrier named Troy. When Caroline is not working she enjoys cooking, agility training with Troy.
Kerry Wright – RVN
Kerry is an experienced Veterinary Nurse and is currently studying towards an advanced certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy. She works at our London Road practice and has been with us since 1995. She enjoys caring for animals and in her spare time she looks after her 5 horses, ranging from a 2 year old colt called Bertie, to a 16 year old called Tiggy.
Leanne Millard – RVN
Leanne is an experienced Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach who has been working at our Leicester Forest East practice for 11 years.
Leanne is kept busy at home caring for her 4 cats and enjoys watching football, supporting Leicester City.
Ella Lole -RVN
Ella qualified as RVN in 2014 and has worked at Bell Brown and Bentley for 8 years. Ella works at our Leicester Forest East branch. She loves giving patients lots of TLC and enjoys rehabilitating pets back to health.
Ella has a Chololate Labrador puppy, Florence and 2 Guinea Pigs Minnie and Winnie.
Jade Wilson RVN
“I qualified as a RVN in 2014 after studying for at Warwickshire College studying for an honours degree in veterinary nursing with business management.
“I have worked in the LFE branch since October 2010 I have a 10 year old Boxer dog called Evie and 2 year old French Bulldog Lollie and 8 month old French Bulldog Luna.
“In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting the family apartment in Newquay.”
Amanda Walker – Veterinary Nurse Assistant
Amanda has worked at the London Road practice for 10 years and assists our experienced team of Veterinary Nurses. She adores animals and enjoys seeing families reunited with their beloved pets.
At home Amanda has a 5 year old black Labrador called Rufus and two cats. In her spare time she enjoys going on lots of adventures and holidays.
Rachel Button – Veterinary Nurse Assistant
Rachel has worked at the Leicester Forest East practice for the past 21 years. Over the years she has built up long lasting relationships with many of our clients, which she finds very rewarding.
At home, Rachel loves to look after her 5 year old Springer Spaniel called Charlie and her two cats named Charlie and Molly who she hand reared since birth.
Rachel also enjoys keeping active by swimming and spending time with her family.
Hanisha Valland – Veterinary Nurse Assistant
Hanisha initially worked as a Saturday morning receptionist, then evening receptionist at our LFE surgery. She has recently started full time at our London Road surgery as an Animal Nursing Assistant and will eventually be enrolling as a Student Veterinary Nurse.
Michelle – Receptionist
Michele has worked at the Leicester Forest East practice for 6 years and enjoys building relationships with our clients their pets.
At home, Michele has 3 dogs; an 12 year old German Shepard called Sadie, a 10 year old Cocker Spaniel named Ruby . She also has two granddaughters that keep her busy.
Jo Cave – Receptionist
Jo has worked at the Wigston branch for 16 years. Over the years she has built some great relationships with our clients and their pets.
At home Jo has two cats and in her spare time she enjoys socialising with her family and friends.
Helen Marshall – Receptionist
Helen joined the London Road surgery as Receptionist in 2014.
“I like being a receptionist as I enjoy meeting clients and their pets.
When I’m not working I like to read, go to the gym and decorate my new flat”.