Laboratory Director

Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

Laboratory Director

Chris has over 25 years of experience in laboratories across a wide range of industry sectors including Veterinary, Environmental and Forensics. From working at the bench to leading complex multi-site laboratory businesses Chris enjoys working with enthusiastic and passionate teams to continually improve services for customers. He holds a BSc in Analytical Chemistry and an MBA from Leeds University Business School. Having previously spent several years in the veterinary industry, he joined Lab Services in 2023.

Chris Hunter

Laboratory Manager

Laura Snowdon

Laura Snowdon

Laboratory Manager

Laura joined Lab Services in 2022 as Laboratory Manager, Laura has a varied background combined of Veterinary Nursing, Human Resources, and Standards Compliance within the Veterinary sector.

Laura Snowdon

Veterinary Specialist Team

Robert Mihai Lukacs

Robert Mihai Lukacs

Head of Clinical Pathology

I have started my journey in veterinary medicine by qualifying as a veterinary nurse in Romania, and subsequently after I have enrolled myself at university to become a veterinary surgeon. I have relocated my studies to the University of Bologna, in Italy, where I have graduated with honours in 2010. In 2011 after working for a year in the laboratory of a private veterinary hospital in Italy, I have returned to the University to undertake a PhD. I have defended and was awarded with the title in 2014. In 2015 I have started the Residency in veterinary clinical pathology at a commercial lab in the U.K., and in 2021 I became a Diplomate in Clinical Pathology with the American College of Veterinary Pathology. Through my training and subsequently, I had the opportunity to work in different labs, in commercial and academic settings in Italy, USA, and UK. My interest are cytology, haematology, oncology, and infectious diseases.

Robert Mihai Lukacs

Elpida Sarvani

Elpida Sarvani

LdaVet MSc CSAVP(Internal Medicine) DipACVP(Clinical Pathology) MRCVS

Specialist in Clinical Pathology

American Board Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Elpida graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Thessaloniki, Greece. After further completing a small-animal internship in her university, she worked as a small animal vet in the UK for six years. Following this, she undertook a residency in Clinical Pathology at the University of Bristol and after completion, she worked as a Clinical Pathologist in VPG Exeter before returning to Langford Veterinary Services, University of Bristol, in 2018 as a Clinical Pathologist, while also being actively involved in the training and supervision of Clinical Pathology interns and residents. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Clinical Pathology) in 2018, and in 2022 also became certified by the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathologists. While remaining part-time in Langford, she recently joined the Lab Services team, excited to join new and older colleagues, and excited about the opportunity to be part of a growing laboratory service and to be contributing to the support and training of vets, scientists and future residents, something that she is passionate about.

Elpida Sarvani

Sonia Sanchez Redondo

Sonia Sanchez Redondo

LdaVet MSc CSAVP(Internal Medicine) DipACVP(Clinical Pathology) MRCVS

Specialist in Clinical Pathology

American Board Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Sonia graduated from University of Leon, Spain, in 2013. She moved to the UK shortly after and spent several years working in small animal general practice, including two years as locum vet. Sonia also completed two rotating internships, one at North Downs Specialists Referrals (Surrey) and the second one at the University of Cambridge. She completed her postgraduate certificate in Small Animal Internal Medicine (ESAVS, University of Luxembourg) in 2019. Sonia then moved to Bristol where she obtained a master's degree and completed a three-year clinical pathology residency training programme at the Diagnostic Labs in Langford, University of Bristol.  She subsequently passed her board examinations and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

 

Outside of work, Sonia enjoys making art, dancing, capturing the beauty of life and travels with her camera, and spending time with her friends, family and most especially her cats.

Sonia Sanchez Redondo

Technical Management

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor

Technical Manager

BSc

Helen worked as a laboratory analyst and head of department in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory for 7 years and graduated with a BSc from the Open University in 2017 before joining Lab Services in 2019 as Technical Manager. Responsible for facilities and equipment maintenance, and project management. Helen is also Deputy Quality Manager and Training Officer.

Helen Taylor

Quality Management

Liam Evans

Liam Evans

Quality Manager

Prior to Lab Services Liam worked across diagnostic, sampling and testing Laboratories for over 5 years at The Animal and Plant Health Agency. There he planned, co-ordinated and undertook the delivery of a range of Pathology requirements – including surveillance portfolio work, U.K. Government strategic research and commercial contracts. Adjacent to this, his responsibilities included ensuring adherence to the relative legislative and regulatory quality, and health and safety frameworks and requirements for a high security bio-containment facility. As part of U.K Government emergency measures, Liam has been selected for several emergency outbreak teams – including secondment for public and NHS SARS-CoV-2 testing and the ongoing Avian Influenza response. Liam holds a first class BSc in Forensic Science.

Liam Evans

Nichola Tinsley

Nichola Tinsley

Quality Assurance Assistant

BSc MSc

Nichola graduated with an Applied Biomedical Science degree in 2012, and completed her MSc in Biomedical Science in 2021. Nichola has over ten years’ experience as a Biomedical Scientist in both public and private sectors. As Quality Manager, Nichola is responsible for ensuring Lab Services complies with the ISO 17025:2017 standard

Nichola Tinsley

Hasmita Thakar

Hasmita Thakar

Quality Assurance Assistant

BSc

Hasmita graduated in Computer Sciences. She has since pursued a career in the healthcare sector, working to GMP standards, progressing to Team Leader. Hasmita joined Lab Services in 2021 to support the Quality Manager.

Hasmita Thakar

Haematology

Akruti Patel

Akruti Patel

BSc

Head of Haematology

Akruti has a BSc in Microbiology with a postgraduate diploma as a medical laboratory technician from Gujarat, India.

Akruti Patel

Olga Zadic

Olga Zadic

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

Olga studied Medicine in the Republic of Moldova for 6 years before undertaking a further qualification in Laboratory Medicine (2016). Olga has 3 years' experience as a BMS.

Olga Zadic

Donald Akataobi

Donald Akataobi

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

BMLS

Donald has multi-disciplinary experience over many years working in human healthcare, most extensively in Haematology. In his most recent role, he worked as Senior Biomedical Scientist in a busy clinical diagnostic laboratory in Nigeria. He joined our Haematology Team in 2022.

Donald Akataobi

Monique Donnelly

Monique Donnelly

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

Monique qualified as a Biomedical Technologist from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. She has completed specialisations in Haematology and Clinical Pathology. She worked as Deputy Head of a multi-disciplinary Clinical Trial laboratory for 5 years before moving into an International medical diagnostics company for 14 years. She has joined the Haematology team at Lab Services in 2022.

Monique Donnelly

Sadia Firdous

Sadia Firdous

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

Sadia has joined Lab Services Ltd. in 2021as VLA and progressed to VBMS(Haematology). She had graduated with DVM (2010) from University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan and completed MSc Biomedical Sciences (2021) from University of East London, UK. She worked with a Candian ENGO CEDA which held a project for rural women entrepreneurship working in dairy and livestock sector of Pakistan. She then joined as veterinary officer/practitioner in public sector in Pakistan soon after graduation.

Sadia Firdous

Biochemistry

Ramakrishna Bathula

Ramakrishna Bathula

Senior Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

BSc MSc

Ramakrishna is an experienced senior biochemist, who has previously worked in Quality Assurance. He has experience in the development and standardisation of in-house test methods.

Ramakrishna Bathula

Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

BSc

Paul graduated from Manchester in 2005 with a BSc in Biomedical Science. Paul joined Lab Services in 2020.

Paul Morgan

Chris Nwaokoro

Chris Nwaokoro

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

BSc

Chris has experience over many years working in human healthcare, most extensively in Biochemistry and Quality Management. His most recent role was Laboratory Manager of a busy diagnostic laboratory in Nigeria. He joined the Biochemistry Team at Lab Services in 2022.

Chris Nwaokoro

Bolarinwa Oladimeji

Bolarinwa Oladimeji

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

I have a bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science from the department of biomedical sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Oyo state, Nigeria where I graduated with second class upper division with honors. I have a certificate training in basic and clinical toxicology at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. Also, I have a master's degree in biomedical sciences (PhD grade) from the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany. I am a licensed biomedical scientist in Nigeria with the medical laboratory science council of Nigeria (MLSCN) and the health and care professional council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom. I have a ten year post graduate working experience as a biomedical scientist in Nigeria, Germany and the United kingdom.

In Nigeria, I worked as a biomedical scientist (clinical biochemistry) at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Federal Medical Center Owo and the head of diagnostic services at Fitrah diagnostics, Kano. While in Germany, I worked at the genetic engineering and stem cell culture unit as a research assistant at the department of natural sciences, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in the field of regenerative medicine (stem cell) and molecular biology. Furthermore, I worked with Centogene Biotech company located in cologne as a medical technologist and a senior public health consultant with Europe-Africa solutions in Bonn, before I relocated to the United Kingdom where I worked as a senior biomedical scientist across several NHS laboratories namely in Winchester, Bedford and Portsmouth mostly in the field of haematology.

Bolarinwa Oladimeji

Microbiology

Jessica Critchley

Jessica Critchley

Head of Microbiology

BSc MSc

Jessica has a BSc in Medical Microbiology and Virology from Warwick, and an MSc in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Jessica joined Lab Services in 2015.

Jessica Critchley

Suganthy Mayuran

Suganthy Mayuran

Deputy Head of Microbiology

BVSc MSc

Senior Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

Suganthy has a BVSc in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, and an MSc in Medical Microbiology from Middlesex.

Suganthy Mayuran

Tanju Sagi

Tanju Sagi

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

BVSc&AH MVSc

Tanju has both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from the Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University in India.

Tanju Sagi

Merrin Sarah Jimmy

Merrin Sarah Jimmy

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

Native of Kerala, India. Merrin has a BSc in Zoology and MSc in Microbiology. Merrin has 14 years of experience in medical microbiology. She decided to move to London and join the Microbiology team at Lab Services.

Merrin Sarah Jimmy

Melisha Jesupeera De Souza

Melisha Jesupeera De Souza

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

Melisha has BSc in Biotechnology from the Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women (2013) and a MSc in Biotechnology from Mangalore University (2015). She has over 3years experience as Quality Control officer in the microbiology department of a pharmaceutical company.

She Joined the Lab Services in 2020.

Melisha Jesupeera De Souza

Parvathy Ashok

Parvathy Ashok

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

Parvathy has joined Lab Services Ltd. in 2022 as VLA and progressed to Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology. She has completed BSc in Microbiology (Kerala University, India) MSc in Microbiology (University of Madras, India), MSc in Biomedical Science with specialisation in Medical Microbiology (Kingston University, London) and MPhil in Microbiology. She has more than 7 years of experience in Research and Teaching labs of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell culture, Immunology and Biochemistry. 

Parvathy Ashok

Molecular Biology

Dr Muhammad Kamran

Dr Muhammad Kamran

Senior Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

BSc MSc PhD

Kamran has worked in research, diagnostic and higher education institutes, and has a wealth of experience in many fields, particularly molecular biology and immunology. Kamran joined Lab Services in 2021 to accelerate the development of the molecular diagnostic service.

Dr Muhammad Kamran

Asifa Ali

Asifa Ali

Veterinary Biomedical Scientist

BSc MSc

I have over 4 years of experience in the field of microbiology and molecular biology where I have worked in food, pharmaceutical and clinical diagnostic industries, and currently working in veterinary diagnostics at Lab services limited. My main areas of interest are diagnostic research principally involving the gut microbiome and molecular markers for infectious disease investigation.

Asifa Ali

Specimen Reception

Charlotte Arnall

Charlotte Arnall

Specimen Reception Manager

Charlotte has qualifications in Animal Care and trained for 4 years as a veterinary nurse. She joined Lab Services in December 2018.

Charlotte Arnall

Babita Gurung

Babita Gurung

Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

BSc MSc

Babita has an undergraduate degree in Biomedicine and an MSc in Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research. Babita has over 10 years' experience working as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in a range of NHS Hospital Trusts. She joined Lab Services in 2022.

Babita Gurung

Thenfeequr Kandy

Thenfeequr Kandy

Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

Thenfeequr joined lab services in 2022. He is graduated with B.Sc. in Microbiology in 2019 from the University of Calicut, India, and completed his MSc in Biomedical Science (Clinical microbiology and Infectious disease control)  in 2022.

Thenfeequr Kandy

Maryan Hassah

Maryan Hassah

Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

Maryan joined Lab Services in 2022. She is a student at The Open University and has previously worked as a research intern at the University of Bristol.

Maryan Hassah

Jiyamol Roy

Jiyamol Roy

Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

Jiyamol has joined Lab Services Ltd. in 2022 as VLA. She has a BSc in Microbiology with Nanotechnology(2019) from Bharathiar University(Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore,India) and completed MSc Biomedical Sciences (2022) from Kingston University London, UK. She worked as a laboratory technician in a reputed hospital in Kerala,India.

Jiyamol Roy

Natalie Kiss

Natalie Kiss

Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

Natalie graduated Sussex university in 2021 with a BSc degree in Zoology. She joined Lab Services in 2023.

Natalie Kiss

Denil Sebastian

Denil Sebastian

Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

Denil joined lab services in 2023. Graduated with BSc in Microbiology with Nanotechnology(2019) from Bharathiar University(Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, India) and completed master's in public health (2023) from university of Huddersfield, worked as a laboratory technician in food and clinical diagnostic laboratory.

Denil Sebastian

Customer Service Team

Tracey O'Reilly

Tracey O'Reilly

Customer Service Advisor

Tracey has many years’ experience in customer facing and administrative roles, most recently as HR administrator in the Medivet Support Centre. Tracey joined Lab Services in 2019.

Tracey O'Reilly

Natalie Kiss

Natalie Kiss

Customer Service Advisor

Natalie graduated Sussex university in 2021 with a BSc degree in Zoology. She joined Lab Services in 2023.

Natalie Kiss

Business Administration

Alison Wall

Alison Wall

Senior Administrator

Alison joined Lab Services in 2014 and is our Senior Administrator. Alison has many years of experience working in demanding administrative and customer service roles.

Alison Wall

Haematology

Haematology

5 part leukocyte differential, blood smear evaluation of every sample, and blood coagulation analysis
Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Clinical biochemistry of body systems, endocrinology, drug monitoring, and serology
Microbiology

Microbiology

Bacterial and fungal culture, MIC testing, parasitology, comprehensive urine testing, and PCR screening of infectious agents
Cytology

Cytology

Examination of FNAs and fluid cytospin preparations
Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology

Our Molecular Biology Team uses sensitive and specific real-time PCR technology to detect infectious organisms in clinical specimens
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