BSc(hons) BVetMed honsMBVNA MRCVS
Julian is now the sole owner and works almost exclusively at the main hospital in Storrington. He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1996, having previously obtained a degree in microbiology and biochemistry.
Julian has particular interests and experience in ultrasonography and surgery. Julian’s skill, along with our excellent surgical facilities, mean we are able to offer many complex procedures in-house, such as orthopaedic and spinal surgery. He was awarded an honsMBVNA in 2014 for his services to the veterinary nursing profession.
When he’s not vetting or lecturing, Julian enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen rock climber and amateur dramatist (having accomplished a successful attempt of Mont Blanc and Macbeth in the same year!).
Andy qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London)in 2003 and moved down to West Sussex shortly after, settling in Pulborough. After 10 years at Arun Vets as an assistant Veterinary surgeon and latterly as Director he developed a keen interest in small animal medicine, particularly in cardiology. In 2014 he joined Woodland Veterinary Centre, Midhurst, shortly before the birth of his first child, Izzy in August 2012.
In 2015 he took up a role as Field Veterinary Officer (South)with The UK’s leading feline charity,Cats Protection, which gave him great insight into both the charity sector and ‘shelter’ medicine.
Missing clinical work, client interaction and most importantly the animals, Andy was delighted to be given the fantastic opportunity to work within the village again at Crossways VeterinaryGroup, and took up the post in April
Andy now lives in Thakeham with wife Jemima, daughter Izzy and their two cats Bea & Teddy.
Richard qualified from The Veterinary College of Ireland (University College Dublin) in 1982, largely influenced by the well documented antics of James Herriot, and Sigfreid & Tristan Farnon! After 2 years in large animal practice in rural Ireland, a brief foray into the depths of the East End, a short period in Brighton and seven years in Cape Town, South Africa, he returned to Sussex and joined Crossways Veterinary Group in 1994.
He bought the practice in 1997 and then in June 2010 Julian Hoad came in as a co-Partner/Director. In August 2017 Richard passed the whole business over to Julian but he continues consulting and operating for two days a week from our Findon branch.
Richard likes to spend his spare time in the company of his motorbikes, playing golf, with his family, with his dogs (his menagerie of animals can be seen on our Facebook page) or sailing (not necessarily in that order!).
Sonia qualified from Barcelona University in 1998 and came to the UK in 2001. She undertook further study in Animal Behaviour at the University of Southampton, which she completed in 2007. She then joined us at Crossways and has been the main vet at our Steyning branch ever since.
Unfortunately, Sonia does not have any pets here in the UK but does enjoy the company of her two dogs, Dan and Nefueta, and her cat Ploma when she visits her family in Spain. Outside of work, Sonia enjoys spending time with her family.
BVM BVS MRCVS
Lynsey qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2012. Following graduation she volunteered at a charity clinic in London before working in a small animal practice in Northamptonshire.
Originally from London, she missed the south and moved down to Sussex to be near the sea. Lynsey is based mainly at the Storrington branch and has a keen interest in internal medicine. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.
BSc BVetMed MRCVS
Kirsty qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in July 2014, having previously obtained a degree in Zoology from Sheffield University in 2005. She has a particular interest in canine medicine and small furries, which she hopes to study further over the next few years.
Outside of work Kirsty is a keen ‘Canicrosser’ (cross country running with a dog) with her Giant Schnauzer, Fyn, and is looking to start tracking and agility with him too. When she isn’t with her 2 dogs, she enjoys going to the gym and doing spinning classes.
Skillful. Knowledgeable. Compassionate.
You can rest assured your pet is in capable hands.
RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse
Sian has been working at Crossways for over 12 years! As Head Nurse, she oversees all the student nurse training and has extra procedural and administrative duties within the practice. She will be handing over the head nurse role to Laura whilst she goes on maternity leave.
Sian has a keen interest in physiotherapy and canine behaviour & training. As well as regular nurse clinics, Sian also sees patients for arthritis clinics and physiotherapy.
Outside of work, Sian regularly competes in agility with her Chihuahua x Pomeranian Rio and Golden Retriever Ellie. She also enjoys riding her horses in the beautiful Sussex countryside.
VNCert (E&CC) RVN – Senior Veterinary Nurse
Laura began nursing in 2005 and has been at Crossways since 2011. She is our Senior Nurse and will be stepping into the head nurse role whilst Sian is on maternity leave, meaning she has extra responsibilities overseeing the nursing team on a day-to-day basis, taking part in training our student nurses and generally overseeing the smooth running of the practice.
She sees patients regularly for nurse clinics and has completed an advanced course in emergency and critical care nursing.
Laura’s hobbies include netball, horse riding, touch rugby and any other activity that comes her way!
Dip AVN (surgical) NCert A&CC RVN
Marie qualified in 1999 and has since gone on to gain her diploma in advanced surgical nursing and a certificate in anaesthesia and critical care. Marie is also a clinical coach and has been training student nurses for the past 10 years.
She enjoys travel where she worked in small animal emergency clinic in south Auckland, New Zealand, swing dance,yoga and long walks with her 2 gordon setters Hector and Rumour and her miniature dachshund Spike.
RVN ISFM Cert FN
Paula has spent most of her 3 years training with us here at Crossways and has now qualified as a veterinary nurse.
Paula has a real passion for all things feline and is currently undertaking the international society of feline medicine cat friendly nursing certificate.
I started nursing after having a family and I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010. I have worked in small animal, exotic and mixed general practice as well as multidiscipline and orthopaedic referral. I recently completed a year of nights at an out of hours service providing emergency care.
I am currently studying towards an emergency and critical care certificate which I hope to complete at the end of 2018.
Looking forward to spending more time outdoors and kayaking now I’m back working days.
Charmaine has joined our Storrington practice as a student veterinary nurse and started her training at Plumpton College in September 2016. She has previously worked as an out of hours kennel assistant at a large referral practice. Charmaine loves horse riding and walking her dog Russell.
Jess completed an Animal Care Extended Diploma at Plumpton College in 2015, working one day a week in her local practice for work experience. She has now joined as a Student Veterinary Nurse and began her training in January 2017.
Jess enjoys competing her horse at weekends and spends a lot of her time looking after him when not at work.
Charlotte recently finished an animal care diploma at Brinsbury College, during this time she spent one day a week doing work experience with us and has now joined us full time.
Charlotte will start her Veterinary Nurse training at Plumpton in September 2017.
Have You Browsed
Our Managers, Receptionists & Support Team
Having previously worked as a Practice Manager in a doctors surgery following a long career in finance service industry, we are delighted to have Tim on board. He brings with him a great deal of experience that will ensure we continue to provide the highest levels of service for our clients and patients.
Tim lives in Storrington and will be known to many, having previously been chairman of the Storrington Vipers Youth Football Club and chairman of Governors at Storrington First School. He enjoys sport of any kinds of sport and has completed 4 half marathons and the London Marathon many years ago
Sadie is one of our Storrington receptionists. She previously worked at a busy practice where she gained a Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma.
She loves her two cats Taz and Archie, who she hand-reared from a few days old!
Carly is another receptionist at Storrington, and also takes charge of drugs ordering, helping the nurses with patients and doing other helpful jobs around the practice.
In her spare time Carly enjoys horse riding and training her dogs to do gundog work. She cycles to work every day come rain or shine!!
Jane is our Tuesday receptionist at Storrington. She has been at Crossways for twenty years so reckons she must deserve a medal for loyal service!
Jane enjoys horse-riding, walking and spends a lot of time with her husband on their boat, just messing about on the river.
Brenda has been a Steyning receptionist “since Adam was a lad!” and has seen the branch go from strength to strength. She loves the variety of her job, as well as the interaction with clients and their pets.
Brenda has lived in Steyning for 33 years and her children grew up with some of our clients! Brenda breeds, trains and works Labradors; currently she has 6 labs and a couple of terriers.
Maxine has worked at Crossways Findon for six years. She has two cats, one of whom is very grumpy most of the time!
Her hobbies include running (she has completed two marathons), reading (gory thrillers), and listening (also singing along badly) to music, preferably rock and motown, as she dislikes country, rap and pop!
Chris Akehurst joined us in October 2017 after deciding to take a career change.
She enjoys dealing with the public and loves the added bonus of getting to meet the animals. She has herself been a client of the practice for many years with her boxer dogs, rabbit, gerbils and tortoise. In her spare time she enjoys pilates, riding her motorbike and relaxing with friends.
Gina first started her Veterinary adventure back in 2008 when she joined the Crossways team for the first time. Since then she has gained her nursing experience at a couple of practices in West Sussex, including out of hours care and travelling to South Africa to volunteer with the SPCA.
She has recently re-joined the Crossways team and you can find her at our branch practice in Steyning. When she’s not at work, Gina enjoys long walks across the downs with her nutty Hungarian Vizsla, Loopy Lara!
Julie helps to cover holidays across the three branches. She has over twenty five years of veterinary experience with a special interest in pet bereavement.
Due to ill health, she has spent the last few years working for an NHS admin team, but is thrilled to be back working part-time within the veterinary world!!