The Team 


 Hilary La ThropeHilary La Thrope

            Veterinary Surgeon

Qualified in 1977, I have a vast amount of experience in veterinary practice, working in the local area for most of my professional life.  I started Kings Road Veterinary Centre in the early 80s and later Darwin Veterinary Centre in the 90s.

More recently I have been working as senior veterinary surgeon for the Celia Hammond Animal Trust in Lewisham and Canning Town.  This is a charity that is passionate about the welfare of cats. In addition to rescue/rehoming and affordable veterinary treatment /neutering the charity provides orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical referrals.   For the past few years, I have been responsible for much of the orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical referral cases.  I have gained a great deal of pleasure being involved in providing affordable orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery and plan to continue to provide affordable referrals .

Whilst working, I am also undertaking a post-graduate degree in orthopaedics under the auspices of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.   This is further extending my knowledge of the more challenging surgical procedures and will enable me to offer an even better service to our clients and their pets as well as referred orthopaedic and other cases.

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Sarah La ThropeSarah La Thrope

         Practice Manager

 We are developing our practice to offer excellent patient care and a friendly, welcoming experience for all our clients.

Our practice is very much a family affair, mum and I are working together to establish a practice that offers top quality patient care .....

                                                                 ..... your pet really does come first .....

I worked with mum some years ago and am really excited to be doing so again, we know one another so well and have the same aims and aspirations.

Sarah La ThropeOver the years we have had lots of pets, from giant land snails and stick insects to cats, dogs and ponies.  Sadly, we recently lost our 14 year old Rottweiler “Rio”, we miss her massively but she had a wonderful life and a happy and comfortable old age.  Our other dog is the opposite end of the dog spectrum, being a tiny Yorkshire Terrier, Mimi, she is 9 years old but we’ve only had her a couple of years since she had a major leg surgery.


 Kylie Simons

       Veterinary Surgeon

    Kylie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008.  After volunteering in the Cook Islands for a charity she settled in Guildford at a small animal practice for 3.5 years.  In September 2012 Kylie started working at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust where she met Hilary and after 18 months gaining valuable surgical experience she joined us at Ashmore Vets when a position came up for a second vet.  Kylie enjoys all aspects of general practice, particularly medicine cases and ultrasonography. She is also qualified in Western Acupuncture and is able to offer this service to our clients or on a referral basis from other practices.

In her spare time Kylie is mostly found at the stables looking after and riding her naughty ex-racehorse, she also has 2 rescue cats from Celia Hammond.


Natalie Ives

Veterinary Surgeon

Natalie graduated with distinction from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. Natalie enjoys working together as a team with clients to achieve the best care for their animals, and enjoy the challenging variety of cases and species that general practice presents. Natalie has a particular interest in surgery.

At home she has a retired racing greyhound called Casper, he is my second greyhound and between them they can be credited with having taught me how to suture neatly – having had a lot of practice on their paper thin skin!

Outside work Natalie enjoys walking, horse riding and attempting to do some dog agility along with Casper!





June Rayner

Head Veterinary Nurse

June has been working with us since October 2015.

June started off her nursing carer at Beresford Vets in 2002 and then has spent the past 9 years working at Celia Hamond Animal Trust, starting of as an animal care assistant and with experience took on the role as a veterinary nurse. With her time at Celia's June has a lot of experience with nursing and enjoys all aspects of taking care of the animals in her care. June has a special interest in laboratory work.

In her spare time she looks after her two cats, Angel and Spike and her bouncy Labrador Sophie who she rescued as a 4 month old puppy.



Ellen Farrelly

Veterinary Nurse

Ellen started volunteering at Ashmore Vets in 2015 and went on to work at a practice in south London in till a permanent job came available here. Ellen has four cats at home which she has taken in and you will often find her fostering the waifs and strays from here too. We do a lot of work for charities and the wildlife and she particularly enjoys all the work we do for ProDogsDirect charity being able to help give the dogs a second chance of being loved.


Harriet Donegan

Veterinary Nurse

Harriet started volunteering at FOAL farm in 2004 and subsequently became a full time member of staff for 10 years there where she worked in the stables, kennels and exotics. Harriet started volunteering here in September and became a full time member of the team in January 2016. Harriet has already in the short time of being here taken home one cat that needed a permanent home and is trying to resist all the other animals that need a loving home that we see. When Harriet is not working she is kept busy by her 5 year old daughter, 2 cats, 3 snails and fish.




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