About Our Team
BVM&S MRCVS (Vet)
Michaela was born in South Africa and moved to England when she was 19.
After spending some of her gap year sailing from Capetown to Guernsey she started at Edinburgh vet school. She moved to Miramar after qualifying in 1999.
All of her cats have been rescues brought into the practice over the years. Michaela plays hockey for a local team and also enjoys photography in her spare time.
MA VetMB MRCVS (Vet)
Jane graduated in 1988 from Cambridge and joined the practice in 1990. She met local pig farmer Andrew in 1991 and they married in 1993. With their twin girls starting university, Jane became a director in 2015, taking over from Wessel.
She fills her spare time running and is a keen member of the North Norfolk Beach Runners as well as riding and competing on her pony Lady. At home she has a very naughty Jack Russell called Arthur and two cats that she has rescued from the practice.
BVetMed MRCVS (Vet)
Zainab is one of our Veterinary Surgeons. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2011 and joined Miramar in 2012. She has a keen interest in neurology and medicine. With a passion for feline medicine Zainab helped set up our Cat Friendly Status here at Miramar and now runs a cat only clinic on a Thursday afternoon. She has also written a journal paper for her research on Lungworm.
Zainab moved from London to Sheringham, where she enjoys long walks on the beach. Zainab likes to bake in her spare time, trying as many new recipes as possible. She also enjoys watching films and reading books.
BVSc MRCVS (Vet)
Wessel qualified from Onderspoort, South Africa in 1985. He first came to Miramar in 1999 as a locum, then joined the practice permanently in 2000, becoming a Partner, with Michaela, in 2001. Wessel enjoys the surgical side of veterinary science and is always keen to try new techniques.
Wessel handed his share of the practice over to Jane in early 2015 to enable him to spend more time in South Africa with his wife and children. He is still a regular visitor to the practice as a locum vet in the summer months.
DVM MRCVS (vet)
Simon qualified in May 2016 from Warsaw University of Life Sciences and joined Miramar for his first job. Originally from Belfast, Simon enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a keen interest in wildlife and surgery. He lives in Sheringham and enjoys rugby and travelling in his spare time.
Lesley first came to the practice in 1993 while on work experience and then in 1997 she became a full time member of staff, progressing to practice manager in 2003. She has a keen interest in IT, she is responsible for the daily running of the practice as well as managing the accounts. If there is a techincal problem she is our go to girl!
Family is very important to Lesley so she is often taking a niece swimming or out fishing with a nephew! The four legged part of the family plays a huge role in her life too, she walks the family dog Poppy, a Lab/Pointer cross and has her own cat Lilah to keep her company at home.
RSQP (MiramarPets and Cromer branch manager)
Ruth joined us in June 2013 to start up the MiramarPets pet shop. She has a qualification allowing her to dispense certain parasiticides for dogs, cats and horses.
Originating from Portsmouth, within her first year she adapted well to the North Norfolk lifestyle and abundance of countryside. She has three cats called Saffy, Dexter and Boo.
RVN PHC (Head Nurse)
Lucy has been at the practice since 1996, working first as a receptionist before qualifying as a nurse in 2004. She currently works part time at Sheringham and Cromer, spending the rest of her time with her twins, born in 2009.
Lucy runs regular clinics at both surgeries for weight management, arthritis and physiotherapy, and can offer solutions to some behavioural problems.
She lives in Sheringham with husband Michael, the twins, two cats and 2 guinea pigs. On the rare occasion she is not at the practice or with the twins, she enjoys baking, running with the North Norfolk Beach Runners and pottering in the garden.
RVN PHC (Vet Nurse)
Kirsty originally worked as a kennel assistant before starting her veterinary nurse training in 2003 at Easton College in Norwich. She qualified in 2006 and has worked within small animal practice ever since.
At home she lives with her husband Phil and has 4 cats Holly, Simba, Squirt and Sid and a cheeky lab x collie called Alfie. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and crafts and also socialising with family.
RVN (Vet Nurse)
Gabby started at Miramar in 2012 as a work experience student, helping out once a week. She joined Miramar as a Veterinary Care Assistent in June 2013 and completed her VCA qualifacation at Writtle College. Gabby enrolled as a Student Veterinary Nurse in September 2014 and recently graduated in August 2017 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Gabby has a keen interest in Feline medicine, Rabbits and runs Rabbit Clinics at both practices. She also runs the pratice Facebook page. She owns a whippet called Bella, two horses Hamish and Monty and three rabbits Theo, Hugo and Lilah. In her spare time, Gabby enjoys Horse Riding and Socilising.
FdSc RVN (Vet Nurse)
Lauren joined the practice in 2008, whilst studying towards a foundation degree in veterinary nursing. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and has a keen interest in emergency nursing.
She lives in Mundesley, close to the sea, where she enjoys taking her Jack Russells Saffie and Breeze for walks, Luna the poodle x jack russell is the latest addition to her canine family. Lauren also has a cat called Whispa. In her spare time Lauren is a budding baker and has made several delicious and artistic cakes on request for the practice.
RVN (Vet Nurse)
Leah joined us in November and is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). Before qualifying as a nurse, she travelled across Africa to work with primates and graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 with a diploma in veterinary nursing. Whilst studying, she had the chance to work with cheetahs, bears, camels, zebras, monkeys and rhinos as well as cats, dogs and horses. Since returning to the UK she has locumed across London, working in many hospitals. Leah has a special interest in emergency critical care and anaesthesia. In 2016 she moved to Cromer where you can usually find her fishing off the pier and also enjoys rock climbing and cycling too.
RVN (Vet Nurse)
I Trained in West Sussex and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2009, moving back to Norfolk to work in referral practice. I recently worked as a locum in the Isle of Man then joined Miramar in December 2017. In my spare time I enjoy kayaking and photography.
RVN (Senior Nurse)
I started working as a student nurse in 1989 in Cambridgeshire. I qualified in 1992 and became Head Nurse in various practices throughout East Anglia.
I joined Miramar in 2002 and manage the nursing side of the practice along with running various clinics.
I have one very cheeky cat called Barlow
Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA)
Liza started at Miramar as a full time member of staff in January 2016, having been a volunteer helper for quite sometime prior to this. She has trained at Easton College as an ANA (Animal Nursing Assistant) and is able to help with many different aspects of nursing and reception work. She lives in Holt with her 2 children Ethan and Erin. In her spare time (if she has any!) She enjoys gardening and reading. Liza is a highly valued member of our team as she can do pretty much ANYTHING we ask!!
Anna joined the Miramar team in September 2014 as a receptioninst helping Darol on the desk at Sheringham and assisting Ruth at Cromer with the pet shop ordering and organisation.
She lives in Cromer with her husband Nick, and her new baby boy Erik and 3 cats, Spike, Cedric and Popeye. She enjoys waltzing, table tennis and is a huge fan of Elvis!
Bringing a smile into the practice every morning, Darol joined us originally in May 2013 part time, then quickly took on our busy practice reception full time in the September of that year. She and Anna are the front of house faces of the Practice answering the many daily queries and booking appointments for all our clients.
Outside of work Darol manages to juggle three boys, four cats and a mischievous dog, Rudi
Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN)
Chloe is our University student nurse, studying for a degree in Veterinary Nursing. She comes to us for monthly blocks of hands on experience and is able to do many tasks while being guided by the qualified vets and nurses. Chloe lives in Sheringham when she’s not at Uni. She enjoys the student life attending festivals and socialising with her friends.
Tracey joined the team in June 2017 at Cromer on reception & helping with shop sales. She comes to our Sheringham surgery once a week to help Darol on reception and in the shop. She spends most of her spare time looking after her own animals which include a parrot a dog and a horse .
We understand owners’ dedication to their pets, even in the economic climate of today, which is why we try to keep our prices competitive. We also realise clients have a choice when registering with a veterinary practice and we believe our longstanding team of professional staff at Miramar provide a familiar and stable environment for owners to develop a trusting relationship.
We realise that when your pet is ill this can be upsetting and sometimes frightening. We choose to provide our own emergency cover, round the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This enables us to be there for you when your pet needs us out of hours. Emergency out of hours phone number: 07721 427782.
Our ever increasing range of services and continued professional development means our team is abreast of the latest products and protocols in the industry, thereby providing the best possible service and advice for our clients. Being a privately owned practice, our vets do not have sales targets and are under no pressure to sell products, making their advice completely unbiased.
We have a keen interest in our local community, providing funding and sponsorship for local projects and charities, including NNCLT (North Norfolk Cat’s Lifeline Trust), as well as taking part in carnivals during the summer season and visiting local schools to help educate the next generation of pet owners.
We would like to thank our existing clients for their continued support over the years and welcome new clients to our friendly, professional practice.