Meet the Team


Veterinary Surgeons


Alan Shackleton BVSc(Pret), CertVR, Advanced practitioner in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, MRCVS.image0198

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 

Alan studied Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort in South Africa and qualified in 1990.  Alan’s main areas of interest are radiography, ultrasonography, surgery, dentistry and cardiology.   Alan studied radiology whilst  working full time and achieved his Certificate in Veterinary Radiology in 1998.

Alan has continued with his professional development and has achieved the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Advanced Practitioner status.  This provides a clear indication to the profession and the public of those veterinary surgeons who have been accredited at postgraduate certificate level (Masters level 7), and who have not only demonstrated knowledge and experience in a particular area of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree, but who have also confirmed that they continue to be up to date in their field over and above our minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD).


René Shackleton BVSc(Pret), MRCVSimage0179

René also studied Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort in South Africa and qualified in 1990.  René’s main areas of interest are medicine, diagnostics and therapeutics.

Both Alan and René have worked continuously in practice since they qualified and regularly attend continuing education courses, which has given them a huge pool of experience from which to draw from in the running of their practice.  They both worked in a variety of practices before coming to the UK in 1993 to see Europe and pursue post graduate studies.  During their  time in the UK they have worked in practices in Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire before finally deciding to open their own practice in Potton in  2005.  They chose to stay in Potton because they had been living here since 1998,  loved it here and felt at home.   Alan and René continue to live in Potton with their 3 children and 2 border terriers, who keep them busy when they are not working in the practice.



Becky Lowten BVetMed MRCVSbecky-9306

Becky joined us a couple of years ago, she lives on a small holding with her menagerie including laying hens. She has been a qualified for over 12 years and has a passion for treating exotic pets.

Becky is available to see your rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, reptiles and other exotics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  If you cant make weekdays, she works most Saturday mornings.  You can call or book directly online with the Exotics Vet.





Angela Foscan MRCVSangela-9313

Angela has joined us from Italy.  As well as being incredibly competent in everything she does, she has a great sense of humour and keeps us smiling.  Angela has an interest in imaging, dentistry and medicine.







Qualified Veterinary Nurses


Rachel Semark, RVNimage0170

Rachel is our senior veterinary nurse, she provides professional pet care advice to our clients.

Rachel has recently enrolled in a 2 year course to develop her pet behavioural knowledge further.






Hannah Trye, RVN

Hannah qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from the Royal College of Veterinarians in 2006.  She has been at the practice for 8 years and knows the practice inside out.






Vivienne Batemanimage0175

Viv has successfully completed studies to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse, we are all eagerly waiting for her certificate to arrive.



Reception Team


Steph Albone Practice Administratorimage0229

Steph is a familiar face to all of our clients she has been looking after our reception for many years.  She has now taken on the role of administering the practice.





Tracy Day Receptionistimage0224

Tracy is the most recent addition to our reception team.   She is amazingly approachable and able to take care of all of your enquiries.

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