Fakenham fair – Dog fancy dress competition

11224052_10153534235976613_4572571196763408438_nFakenham Fair is this Saturday (29th of August) at the Millennium park, from 11am to 6pm.

Our new vet Simone will be judging the fancy dress dog show at 1.30pm. Registration starts at 1pm, it’s free to enter – you’ll just need to sign a form and make sure your dog’s the extrovert type. If your dog doesn’t fancy dressing up, why don’t you don a costume instead? Think Dorothy and Toto or Tintin and Snowy. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are a doggie’s delight – some fantastic canine hampers.

If your pet isn’t a dog, you won’t miss out. In the lead up to the Fair, just post your photos of your dressed-up pet, whether it’s a lizard or a lion, on the Fakenham Fair Facebook page, and the best will get a £25 voucher for Summerhill.

A big welcome to Simone!


A big welcome to our new vet Simone, who joined the practice two weeks ago. Simone spent her early childhood in South Africa before moving to the Peterborough area aged ten. She has recently qualified from Nottingham university after five years there. Nottingham university award a first degree after three years and a second degree after five years. Simone passed both with honors achieving the highest mark  in her year for the Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Sciences degree. Whilst at university she particularly enjoyed consulting at the university’s community clinic, meeting and getting to know her patients and their owners. Last year Simone spent three months in Switzerland investigating fungal skin disease in dogs and this has helped promote a keen interest in dermatology cases. In her spare time Simone enjoys keeping fit with cycling, running and hockey. She has recently moved to Fakenham with her Beagle puppy.

Simone replaces Helen Nelson who after four years at Summerhill has moved onto pastures new. We have all enjoyed working alongside Helen and wish her all the best for her future.  And so now our five vet team is: Jane, Lucy, Michelle, Lizzie and Simone.

Our nursing team – an update.

We’ve had a few new faces recently join our nursing team. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to meet them yet, here is a who’s who. Our registered (qualified) veterinary nurses wear a dark green uniform and are: Nadine (centre), Steph (top left), Sam (top right), Hannah (bottom left) and Lana (bottom right). Nadine is our head nurse and clinical coach. She oversees the nursing team and is responsible for tutoring our trainee nurses. Sam is currently on maternity leave and Steph will shortly be going on maternity leave. Our trainee nurses wear a light blue uniform and are: Beth (top left), Ella (top right), Holly (bottom left) and Sean (bottom right). Beth and Ella start their formal training at Easton college this September, whereas Holly and Sean will both spend the next year gaining practical skills before starting at Easton in September 2016.


Welcome to Holly and Sean.

H and S

A big welcome to Holly and Sean who have both recently joined Summerhill Veterinary Centre, as trainee veterinary nurses. Holly has just completed a year long Animal Nursing Assistant qualification from Easton College, and Sean has spent the last three years at Moulton College in Northampton, studying Animal Care and Management. They will both spend one year at the surgery gaining practical skills before embarking on their formal veterinary nurse training at Easton College in September 2016. Holly currently enjoys surgery and radiography and has a Westie, a budgie and a hamster at home. Sean enjoys emergency cases and has a Bichon Frise and three cats.