Dr Annalisa Birchenall
Practice Owner, Veterinary Surgeon, Small Animal Medicine Specialist

DrMedVet, GPCert(SAM), MRCVS

Annalisa is originally from Milano, Italy and qualified in Pisa in July 2001. Immediately after qualifying, she moved to the UK, where she joined Thorpe Vets in Norwich, until 2007, when she entered into partnership at the Veterinary Health Centre (now Wymondham Veterinary Clinic). In August 2009, she took over the Clinic and became the sole owner. Annalisa has completed her European degree of General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) in 2014 and is now embarking in the General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Outside of work, she is married to Steve and has a child: Luca, born in 2013. She has 4 cats, Lara, Lilly, Socks and Molly! In her spare time, she loves playing volleyball, riding her bright orange Vespa, and days out with her son Luca.
Dr Roberto Diez
Veterinary Surgeon


Roberto was originally from Burgos, Spain where he obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from a University in Zaragoza. He moved to the UK in 2016. Roberto is always keen to keep his knowledge and skills current and has recently attained a variety of achievements including a Veterinary Osteoarthritis management accreditation and a certificate in Cardiology. For over 25 years Roberto has enjoyed performing all kinds of soft tissue and Orthopaedic procedures and building trustworthy and friendly client relationships are very important to him. At home Roberto spends his time taking care of his young daughter as well as taking care of his aviary birds, dogs Pippa and Foxy and cats Oscar and Olive.


Dr Salvador Medina-Suarez
Veterinary Surgeon

Qualified in Spain and after working in different areas of the veterinary profession decided to go back to small animal practicing in January 2022. Very happy to joint the team at Rowan House Vets and working in one of the very few independent practices in the country. Also enjoying the new facilities at the new site, since it's opening in June 2022. Outside work, Salvador enjoyes meeting up with family and friends, learning about nutrition and wellbeing, walks in nature ( specially on mountains) and numismatics.

Dr Declan Bacic
Veterinary Surgeon

Declan has been proud to call Rowan House Vets his new home after graduating from the University of Surrey in July 2023. Declan thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of cases that come through the door each day and has a keen interest in surgery, with plans to pursue certifications in years to come! At home, Declan looks after 2 gorgeous Burmese cats called Dudely and Chester. During his downtime, Declan enjoys exercising at the gym with a spot of bird-watching on the weekends!

Dr Esther Daniell
Veterinary Surgeon
Charlotte Hamblin
Registered Veterinary Nurse

Registered Veterinary Nurse. Clinical Coach. Oral Care Nurse.

Charlie qualified in 2010 and went to work at the Animal Health Trust, where she was a ward nurse until she came to us at Wymondham Vets (now Rowan House Vets) in February 2017. Charlie is an oral care nurse, which means she can do minor dental procedures like descaling and polishing and give our clients good advice on caring for their pets’ teeth. At home, she has a cat called Scabby. Scabby was a stray with awful skin and no fur, who Charlie nurtured back to health.

Kerry Hale
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Chloe Mallett
Registered Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nursing degree. 

Chloe joined Rowan House Vets as a registered veterinary nurse in July 2023 after graduating from university in June 2022. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but has particular interest in surgical nursing and emergency and critical care. Outside of work, Chloe can be found travelling, heading to the gym or spending time with her pug Milo.

Suzy Hallett
Student Veterinary Nurse

Suzy joined the team in September 2022 as a Kennel Assistant and is now one of our Student Veterinary Nurses studying at the College of Animal Welfare. Suzy enjoys spending her time in our theatre and hospital wards as well as conducting in house laboratory tests. Suzy aspires to continue learning more about animal welfare, animal behaviour and physiology and in the future hopes to explore her interest of nursing exotic species. Outside of work, Suzy enjoys visiting nature reserves, practising yoga and baking, and at home she takes care of her cat Starlie and her bunnies Oreo and Biscoff, with her partner, Andy.

Grace Sturman
Student Veterinary Nurse
Nina Cheetham
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Rebecca Roberts
Head Veterinary Nurse

RVN. Clinical Coach. Oral Care Nurse.

Rebecca is a registered veterinary nurse and has been in the industry for 5 years. Her ideal day in practice is running nurse clinics or taking care of the days inpatients. Rebecca has achieved her Oral Care certificate, which enables her to perform dental scale and polish procedures. Alongside this, Rebecca has a special interest wound management. Her favourite breed is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. At home she has a Pugalier called Bear and a Shih Tzu called Coco.

David Allen
Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse
Tracey Watts
Practice Manager

Level 3 Diploma in Pet bereavement counselling (Distinction).

Tracey has worked for Wymondham Vets (now Rowan House Vets) since 2016. Most of her working life has revolved around GP surgeries and pharmacies. During this time, she undertook 3 years of study to achieve her level 3 dispensing technician and accredited checking technician qualifications. This resulted in her managing this pharmacy for 4 years. Tracey enjoys walking her dog Toby and taking him on family holidays in the UK. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and socialising with friends in her spare time. Tracey is also looking forward to becoming a first-time nanny in March 2021. I love to welcome our clients into our clinic with a warm smile, always delivering excellent customer service as well as being comfortable around the animals. I am part of a small independent team. We laugh, we cry, we are always there for each other and supporting each other where needed. Also, we know how to make a good cuppa! I adore ‘puppy’ cuddles, not so much though when they get over-excited and decide to ‘wee’ on you (Yes, that has happened a few times!). As a receptionist, there are many happy moments but many sad moments too, especially when an ‘end of life’ occurs. I would like to offer support and comfort to our clients during these very difficult times.

Ellie Whiskerd
Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Nurse

BSc (Hons), Veterinary Nurse Diploma, Oral Care Nurse.

Ellie started working at Wymondham Vets (now Rowan House Vets) in July 2017 as a final year veterinary nursing student and qualified in July 2018. She has very much enjoyed her time within the nursing team but decided to support the practice further in January 2021 by becoming the practice manager. Ellie is still very keen to nurse and balances her time between management and nursing. Ellie is an oral care nurse, which means she can do minor dental procedures like descaling and polishing and can give our clients good advice on how to care best for their pets’ teeth. Ellie has a Dachshund called Oli and an 18month old daughter, Isla. 

Jess Walsh
Administrative Assistant

RVN. CertVNECC. Feline Friendly Advocate. Clinical Coach.

Jess started working with us in 2018 and previous to this admin role, was our head nurse. Jess is taking a break from clinical nursing, but is enjoying supporting the team from her new admin role. Jess is busy working on the Practice Standards Scheme, among many other projects to develop our patient care standards at Rowan House Vets. Jess has a special interest in nursing intensive care patients within the hospital wards, and supporting new nurses through their careers - something she hopes to come back to in the future. Jess has two cats at home – Squeak and Tash – both rescues who came home for a ‘trial’ and never left! Outside of work, Jess enjoys photography, painting and travelling.

Katy Young

Katy has been a member of the Wymondham/Rowan House team since September 2020 after returning to the Veterinary industry. Initially Katy joined us as an animal nursing assistant for 2 years before moving across to support the day-to-day running of the clinic in reception.

Katy is an all-round animal enthusiast, but is most passionate about anything Spaniel-related!
Katy is owned by 'Pudding' who is a Sprocker Spaniel that keeps her on her toes day and night and she wouldn't have it any other way!
Outside of work, you will find Katy at her allotment or in her 'sanctuary' with her family.

Sophie Blanche

Animal Nursing Assistant certificate. Pet bereavement certificate.

Sophie has worked for Rowan House Vets since October 2022. Sophie was previously working in a different vet practice for 5 years and has always had a love for animals. Sophie loves getting to know the clients and their pets (maybe giving a treat or two and lots of cuddles). In her spare time she enjoys playing bowls for Norfolk and her local village team, and spending time with her dog Roxie (Collie Cross).

Sally Revell
Darcey Foley