Meet the Vets

at mercer and hughes veterinary surgeons

Our Veterinary Surgeons

Stephen Flood

Stephen Flood MVB MRCVS

I qualified in 1985 from University College Dublin, then worked in Ireland for the following two years.  I moved to the UK to work for the next four years in mixed practice at Kews in Harlow.

I came to Mercer and Hughes in 1991 and have been here since, now being one of the practice Clinical Directors.

I live in Essex with my wife and four children, and Kaiser the Labrador Retriever.

Seamus Mone

Seamus Mone MVB MRCVS

Originally from Ireland I grew up on our family cattle and apple farm where I worked until graduating in veterinary in 1995  from University College Dublin. Since then I have worked in numerous large animal and companion animal practices, gaining invaluable experience and skills along the way before joining Mercer and Hughes in 2004 and becoming a Clinical Director in 2007.

These days I am mainly involved with companion animals but still deal with farm and equine cases. My main interest in veterinary is small animal surgery, in particular orthopaedics.

Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit with running and martial arts when not trying to learn Italian, entertain the kids or play with the cat.

Rebecca Kitchen

Rebecca Kitchen BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS

 I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013, I briefly spent some time at a mixed animal practice in Bedfordshire before joining Mercer & Hughes in September 2013. I enjoy all aspects of practice, I have a particular interest in surgery.

In my spare time I enjoy playing netball and walking my Lurchers Toby & Pepper Pot. I  become a Clinical Director of the practice in September 2016. I am currently studying for a CertAVP and Certificate in veterinary business management.

Sarah Catling

Dr Sarah Catling BSc BA VetMD PhD MRCVS

Born, bred and educated in Cambridge, I qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School after a period of research in equine exercise physiology in Newmarket.

I worked in mixed practice initially in Bishop’s Stortford, then after having my two children nearer Cambridge.

I now enjoy working part time in Saffron Walden, giving me time to enjoy my horses and more travelling.

vet Ross Kitchen

Ross Kitchen BSc(Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2014 after previously completing a Pharmacology degree at the University of Liverpool. I worked at a small animal practice in mid Essex before joining Mercer & Hughes in January 2015. I have a particular interest in small animal soft tissue surgery. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs and catching up with friends. I am currently studying for a certificate in small animal surgery.

Catharine Hurst BVM&S MRCVS

I graduated in 2002 from Edinburgh University. Since graduation I have worked solely in small animal practice, including four years at a busy PDSA clinic and four at a referral hospital in Manchester. I have worked at Mercer and Hughes since 2012, following a relocation, with a couple of breaks for maternity leave and now work part time. My main interest is internal medicine, but I enjoy all aspects of general practice and meeting all your lovely pets. Outside of work the children keep me busy and we enjoy getting up to as many adventures as possible together before they start school.

Julia Meyer

Natalie Jackson

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019 and joined Mercer and Hughes straight away. I love all aspects of the job but have a keen interest in surgery, ultrasonography, and animal behaviour.

In my free time I like to exercise or play competitive sports. I love baking and also enjoy walking/hiking, and travelling.

I recently adopted two crazy kittens Logan and Aiya, from Cats Protection, and next on the list is a dog.

Vet Luis Correa treatimg a chicken at our Saffron Walden Veterinary Hospital

Luis Correa GpCert(SAS) DVM MRCVS

After graduating from the University of Porto in Portugal in 2017, I spent some time in a referral hospital before moving to the UK. I worked in busy small animal first opinion practices while enrolling in courses in emergency & critical care and concluding a post-graduation in small animal surgery. I have just finished an internship at a large referral centre. My main areas of interest are small animal surgery and emergency and critical care. Back in Portugal, I have a Beagle called Lucas. I am passionate about the sea and surfing is one of my favourite hobbies.

Vet Emily Atkinson sitting on a bench with her Cocker Spaniel Saffy

Emily Atkinson MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2020 with my veterinary degree as well as a degree in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. I am currently involved in research into Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome in French Bulldogs ans Pugs.

I am enjoying all aspects of general practice and particularly enjoy internal medicine.

Outside of work I enjoy cycling, running, and walking my 14 year old Cocker Spaniel Saffy.