Leigh: 01702 478834 Rayleigh: 01268 776883 Thorpe Bay: 01702 584511 office@downesvets.co.uk

About Downes Veterinary Surgeons

Information about our veterinary surgeries

Downes Veterinary Surgeons was established as ‘Downes & Partners’ by Jim Downes in 1972 when he opened the Leigh surgery at 932 London Road.  The Surgery quickly flourished and the Practice expanded with the opening of the Rayleigh surgery in 1982, followed by the addition of the Thorpe Bay surgery in 1984. Jim Downes continued as Senior Partner until his retirement in 1992. He, and his wife Janet, still live locally in Leigh and often pop into the Surgery to say hello. When Jim Downes retired, Peter Hepworth then took over as Senior Partner until his retirement from the Practice in 2003.

In January 2006, wanting to retain our links with the excellent reputation that Jim Downes had established in the town, but reflect the fact that he was no longer directly involved with the Practice, we changed the Practice name to Downes Veterinary Surgeons. Each surgery is a self contained clinic with hospitalisation, diagnostic and surgical facilities on site although some of the more specialised equipment  is kept at one or other surgery where the veterinary surgeon most experienced in the discipline usually works. On 1st January 2015 we became a limited company, and in May 2016 we were proud be become part of the Medivet Group.

The Clinical Directors are:

Hugh Gilmore MVB MRCVS

Joined in 1984

Carol Jones BVMS MRCVS

Joined in 1985

Oliver Smith BVM&S MRCVS

Joined in 1988

Margaret Daziano BVMS MRCVS

Joined in 1986, retired in October 2016

Judy Matthews

In 2004, Downes Vets appointed their first Practice Manager, Judy Matthews, to oversee the day-to-day running of the Practice.

Andrea Downs

We have two part-time office ladies; Michelle and Andrea, and between them they have over 40 years service at Downes.

In addition to the clinical directors the Practice has a further 6 qualified veterinary surgeons, and 12 qualified veterinary nurses who work across the 3 surgeries.

Our lay staff include a dedicated team of receptionists, office staff and a handyman.

Contact Downes Veterinary Surgeons for information or to book an appointment for your pet

Contact Us

Leigh Surgery
932 London Road
Leigh-on-Sea
Essex SS9 3NG
01702 478834

Rayleigh Surgery
28 Eastwood Road
Rayleigh
Essex SS6 7JQ
01268 776883

Thorpe Bay Surgery
27 Shoebury Road
Thorpe Bay
Essex SS1 3RP
01702 584511

Out-of-Hours
For emergencies call
your usual surgery number
and you will be connected
to our Southend Hospital

Downes Veterinary Surgeons is part of the Medivet Group
Medivet Partnership LLP, Unit 4, Mowat Industrial Estate,
Sandown Road, Watford, WD24 7UY
Limited Liability Partnership Registered in England No OC344222