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Meet the team

Aleks MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Aleks graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and came to practice in the UK in early 2016.

Being one of our resident Lakeview veterinary team since the Summer of 2016, Aleks has very much enjoyed becoming a well known face in the Deal community, due to his passion for always managing to fit in his regulars for a last minute appointment, going the extra mile for any pet together with welcoming new clients who visit him through word of mouth. 

In 2018 Aleks achieved the enviable higher qualification of a GP Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, meaning that a lot of the more complex surgical procedures many vets would refer away to other places, Aleks can treat and mend at Lakeview Vets.

Being an OV Practioner means Aleks is available to give advice and issue passports/export certificates to small animal companions wanting to travel.

Aleks next ambition is to take his surgical abilities one step further! Watch this space!

When Alek is not taking care of the patients at Lakeview, he enjoys outdoor activities, travelling, exploring and going for long rambles with his rescue dog Bailey - also a very loved permanent fixture at the surgery.

Shahar MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon 

Shahar became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and came to practice in the UK in 2015 where he chose Kent as his base to treat sick pets.  

Joining our permanent team at Lakeview in 2017, Shahar's current interest is surgery where he's nearing the end of his studies to join Aleks in being a GP Certificate holder in Small Animal Surgery. Aside from his superior talent in the operating theatre, Shahar also has an interest in ultrasound and is a very experienced general practitioner, making him an extremely popular vet with the large quantity and varied specie of pets we treat.

Away from the surgery Shahar enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with his own furry companion, Alex.

Rita, Head Nurse

Rita joined DNA Vetcare in July 2017 and has worked with animals her whole life! She trained in kennel management and dog beautician work before going on to qualify in July 1979. 

Since then she has worked in many practices up and down the country, working with a range of species which include small animals, large animals and exotics such as lions and tigers!!!

Rita has a keen interest and is very experienced in surgery and nutrition.

In her spare time Rita works as a nurse for the kennel club at events such as Crufts and Discover dogs. 

Michelle, Animal Nursing Assistant

Michelle joined the practice in 1995 as a part time member of staff and became full time in 2005. She then qualified as an animal nursing assistant (ANA) and started up our breeders’ clinics. 

She keeps improving the service provided and is in sole charge of the organization of these clinics. 

In her spare time she enjoys the showing and breeding of dogs to a very high standard receiving the best of breed at Crufts in 2007. She is an accredited breeder.

Alison, Animal Nursing Assistant

Ali started her time with us as a work experience student and became a full time member of staff in 2001, and is now a qualified ANA taking on a variety of different rolls within the practice.

Ali has a dachshund called Slinky, her baby pixie and a french bulldog called Roxie

She has been riding horses since she was little and her daughters are now following in her footsteps.

Jane, Receptionist

Jane is the longest serving member of our team having joined in 1982!

Jane can be found smiling on reception most mornings with her beautiful dog Tizz.

Outside of work she enjoys taking Tizz for walks, outdoor life and horse riding.

Penny, Receptionist

Penny joined us in March 2007 as a receptionist and has since taken on the role of administrator and liaising with Animal Health. 

She has been involved with horses for many years. 

Penny enjoys her garden and spends many hours working outdoors.


Tizz is a familiar face at the practice who comes to work with Jane most mornings to help on reception. 

Jane rescued her from one of the local charities a few years ago and she has become a valuable member of the team and is much loved by the clients.

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