Meet The Badgers Oak Team


George Hnatkiwskyj  BVSc MRCVS

George qualified from Bristol University in 1982 and has continued to work in mixed practice ever since. 

He started the practice in 1993 as a one man surgery in the centre of Northiam and it has steadily grown into its current four vet team on the rye side of the village. He still has a keen interest in large animal work but now also enjoys his small animal surgery especially repairing fractures and torn cruciate liagments.

In his spare time George enjoys a host of hair raising activities such as skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing. 


Charlotte Gray MA BVetMed  MRCVS

Charley qualified from Cambridge University in 2009 and quickly started work at Badgers Oak. She has become very involved in the local area and now has her own pig farm in Beckley village rearing free range pork.

In the practice she loves seeing our small furry patients and doing small intricate surgeries!

Outside of work she is kept busy looking after her 10 dogs - Harry the Collie, Maddie the Lurcher, Alan the Rottweiler, Norman the Bernese/Newfoundland cross, Tinks, Rodney and Nessa the Leonbergers, Joan the bulldog and Frank and Betty the German shepards. Plus she also has 10 cats! - Brian, Tim, Stanley, Arthur, Felix, Paul, Kevin, Alfred, Alice, Bogey. 



Lauren Sainsbury  BVetMed MRCVS

Lauren qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 having spent many of her clinical student years with us. She then took a permanent position at the practice in February 2013 and enjoys working with the full variety of species at Badger’s Oak.

Since joining the practice Lauren has taken on a hyperactive rescue springer spaniel called Flint and a Labrador called Polo. Lauren and Polo are part of a Dog display team and can be seem performing at Crufts.


Olivia Franks MA BVetMed MRCVS

Olivia joined our team this year after graduating from Cambridge University and is currently enjoying all areas of general mixed practice. 

Outside work she enjoys playing rugby, choral singing and has a cat named Finn. 


Lily Wilson BVetMed MRCVS

Lily qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016 and joined our team this year. She has a keen interest in large animal work especially herd health planning and preventative medicine.

In her spare time she rides her 2 horses Beau and Pepper and is on the look out for a dog!


Our Nurses

Stefanie Georgetti VN 

Stef started her training at the practice in 2002 and has stayed ever since she qualified. She now works 2 days a week, spending the rest of the time bringing up her 2 children Harry and Grace on the family farm. 

She has a keen interest in Middle white pigs, in particular showing her own pig Doris and can often be found camera in hand practising her photography skills.


Stephanie Hobbs RVN

Steph has been a Veterinary Nurse at Badgers Oak since 2006 after moving to Beckley with her daughter Scarlett.

She has a pomeranian cross called Butler, and a Shih-tzu cross called Olive.

She is involved with all species in the practice but particularly enjoys nursing small furries and some of our feisty felines! She recently completed a CEVA Nursing behaviour course and has an interest in surgery having under taken some additional training in this area. 


Jennifer Schofield-Davis RVN

Jenny joined the team shortly after completing her veterinary nursing qualification in 2013. She moved to the area from London and now lives with her son Frank, Cat Stamford and 2 rabbits Felix and Bridget.

She really enjoys the large animal work especially helping with colt castrates and being involved in the clinical coaching of student nurses. 

In her spare time she can be found screaming in the stands supporting Chelsea football team. 


Will Hnatkiwskyj - Trainee Veterinary Nurse


Will, Georges eldest son, moved form Devon in 2013 to help out in the practice. He quickly developed an interest in veterinary nursing and is now in his final year of training at Plumpton college.   

He is especially interested in radiography and loves large animal work. 

He has a giant breed dog called Heidi and is always first to volunteer to help with dogs of the humongous variety! 


Sarah Sheppard - VN

Sarah is our latest addition to the team and joined the practice in 2017 after some time away from nursing to bring up her 3 children.

She is getting to grips with everything in the practice and loves looking after our elderly patients. In her spare time she can be found walking her 2 dogs Arthur and Mary and often an extra tag along who she is fostering. 



Our Administrators

Candy Pearce


Candy started work here in 2007 as receptionist and has since has taken on a much more managerial role. She previously worked at Mallydams wildlife rehabilitation centre and always knows what to do when people bring us wildlife in trouble. 

She has three children: Conor, Noah and Stanley as well as a cavachon called Ted, a collie called Mollie and a cat called Fatcat!

Claire Valentine


Claire has worked at Badgers Oak for over 15 years and is a qualified Veterinary Nurse, who now works mainly as a receptionist and administrator.

She lives with her two children and her dog Woody, a rescued Staffie cross. 

Baking is her passion and she often spoils us with her latest masterpiece.



Sam Foreman SQP

Sam started as a receptionist in 2015 after previously doing dog agility training and pet sitting.

She has a Labrador named Hunter and 2 spaniels called Meg and Tia.


Address: Badgers Oak Veterinary Clinic, Hastings road, Northiam, East Sussex, TN31 6NH  Telephone: 01797 252321

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