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Leigh Surgery

A little bit about the Leigh veterinary surgery in South Essex

Tel: 01702 478834

Surgery Opening Times

Mon – Fri 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday 8.30am – 4pm
Sunday   10.30am – 11.30am


Downes Veterinary Surgeons
932 London Road

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The staff at the Leigh-on-Sea surgery, are a friendly team of qualified veterinary surgeons, nurses, receptionists, and a dedicated animal care assistant.

The Leigh-on-Sea surgery has three consulting rooms, kennels, with a separate cat ward and an isolate area, preparation room with dental, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound facilities and an operating theatre (where minor and major surgery is carried out).

When you make your appointment please ask if you prefer to see a particular veterinary surgeon.

During your Visit

On arrival you will be greeted by our friendly experienced reception staff who will register your details on our computer system (if we don’t know you already). This information will then be available at all of our surgeries.


After a consultation in one of our three consulting rooms, our veterinary surgeons may recommend investigations using our our up to date diagnostic equipment including X-ray, and Laboratory testing (in house and using a high quality external laboratory).


If needed we offer major and minor surgery including dentistry soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics. If your pet needs to stay in for treatment we have separate cat ward and isolate ward.

Meet the Leigh-on-Sea Surgery Team

Leigh-on-Sea surgery’s friendly and experienced team of qualified veterinary surgeons, nurses, receptionists and a dedicated animal care assistant.

Margaret Daziano

Veterinary Surgeon, Clinical Director

Margaret Daziano BVMS MRCVS, Qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1985.

Margaret joined Downes in 1986. Like all the vets at Downes, Margaret is happy to treat a wide variety of ailments in a wide range of species but her special interests are cat medicine, dentistry, eye problems, and more recently having kept pet chickens, treating hens and ducks.

Margaret has twomuch loved rescue cats;  Claude who is 5 years old and Coriander, the newest addition to the family, a three legged 10 year old tabby cat. Margaret is an avid football supporter (and supports a rival team to her husband!) and enjoys playing the flute in her spare time.

Clara Ventura

Veterinary Surgeon

Clara Ventura Burrel MRCVS, qualified from the University of Barcelona in 2007.

Beth studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Barcelona and graduated in 2007. After a year working in Spain, Clara moved to the UK in 2008 and worked at a referral centre for 18 months and then as a first opinion vet at a small animal practice before moving to Essex to join the Downes team as an Associate Veterinary Surgeon in January 2016.

Clara is interested in internal medicine, ultrasound and acupuncture, and in her spare time enjoys hiking, travelling and reading.


Bethan Cook

Veterinary Surgeon

Bethan Cook BVMS MRCVS, Qualified from the Royal Vet College, London, 2013.

Beth studied Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London and graduated in 2013. After a short period working in Swansea at a small animal practice, Beth moved to Essex to join the Downes team as an Associate Veterinary Surgeon in July 2014.

Beth is happy to treat dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. As well as consultations for preventative healthcare, illness and injury, Beth also performs routine and emergency operations and diagnostic testing. Beth has an interest in cardiology which she hopes to gain more experience and develop her skills in further over the coming years.

Beth is originally from Lancashire, where she grew up in a small village with 11 pet dogs and two younger brothers. Whilst at college Beth volunteered for the local Cats Protection charity before leaving to go to university. Beth currently has three pet dogs, a pet rat and several chickens, who all still live at her family home in Lancashire. In her spare time, Beth enjoys outdoor activities such as running and snowboarding, as well as more relaxing pursuits like yoga and reading.

Nicole Dyer

Veterinary Surgeon

Nicole Dyer BVMS MRCVS, qualified from The Royal Vet College, London, in 2013.

Nicole, or Nikki as is known, is originally from South Wales and graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in London in 2013. After gaining experience in small animal medicine at a small animal practice in Manchester, she moved to Southend to join the team at Downes in July 2014. Her main interest is internal medicine, and she also has a developing interest in more exotic species and wildlife.  Nikki has had many pets including ferrets, cats, dogs, rats and horses and currently lives with her pet cat Leela.  When Nikki is not working she enjoys seeing friends, live music, visiting the local cinema and taking part in water sports.


Zuzana Dzurikova

Veterinary Surgeon

Zuzana Dzurikova  MVDr MRCVS, qualified from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno, Czech Republic, August 2014.

Before moving to Southend Zuzana worked as a veterinary surgeon in South Wales in a small animal practice. Zuzana is interested in soft tissue surgery and she would like to improve and gain more experience in orthopaedic surgery. Zuzana is also interested in avian medicine and exotic birds. At home she has a cute cat called Archibald and outside of work enjoys horse riding, hiking, bird watching, yoga, and running.

Andrew Teh

Veterinary Surgeon

Andrew Teh BVetMed MRCVS, Qualified from the Royal Vet College, London, 2015.

Andrew is originally from the sunny island of Singapore, and is particularly interested in exotic animals, neurology and diagnostic imaging. Andrew has a pet dog back in Singapore. Outside of work, he enjoys relaxing, watching TV and playing video games.

Nicki Quick, RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

Nicki has been at Downes for more than 15 years. Nicki joined us as a trainee and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003. In 2008 Nicki became the Head Nurse at our Leigh Surgery. As well as general nursing, Nicki helps to complete insurance forms for clients, and enjoys mentoring other nurses and assisting veterinary surgeons.  Nicki enjoys the variety and day to day challenges of her job.


Emily Simons, RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse, Clinical Co-ordinator

Emily trained as a veterinary nurse at Downes, and qualified in 2007. Emily is our Clinical Co-ordinator, ensuring a consistent approach across our three surgeries, and is also our deputy head nurse at our Leigh Surgery, Emily enjoys running nurse clinics and interacting with clients. Emily has two dogs, a Labrador and a crossbreed.

Helen Miller, RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Helen has been nursing for more than 20 years and qualified as a veterinary nurse over 12 years ago. Helen has previously worked at small animal practices near Basildon and Benfleet, and joined the team at Downes in May 2011. Helen enjoys assisting our veterinary surgeons during surgery and advising clients during puppy and weight management clinics. Helen has three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and three cats.

Jacqui Lambert, RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Jacqui has worked at Downes since 2005, and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008. In 2009 Jacqui took a year off to go travelling, including volunteering with orangutans in Borneo. When Jacqui returned to the UK, she rejoined the team at Downes, and now works part-time to fit in with raising her young family. Jacqui enjoys nursing pets back to health and nurse clinics. Jacqui has a pet cat called Betsy.

Faye Russell

Animal Care Assistant

Faye has worked at Downes for over 10 years and has a diploma in Animal Healthcare. Faye has a pet cat called Sparkle.

Lesley Dupuy

Head Receptionist

Lesley has been at Downes for more than 11 years, and became Head Receptionist at the Leigh surgery in January 2014. Lesley has a pet dog called Tilly who regularly joins Lesley on walking holidays in Devon and visiting family in Lincoln.

How to find us

Contact details & opening times

Leigh-on-Sea Surgery

7 + 11 =


Downes Veterinary Surgeons
932 London Road

Surgery Opening Times

Mon – Fri 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday 8.30am – 4pm
Sunday & Bank holidays 10.30am – 11.30am

Contact us

We will be happy to hear from you, no matter what the subject.

Tel: 01702 478834
Fax: 01702 474176

For emergencies, when we are closed, please call the usual surgery number and you will be connected to our Southend Hospital