About Us

Acorn Vets has been providing compassionate and caring veterinary treatment for pets at an affordable price in Hove for more than 33 years. The practice was set up in 1978 under the Anicare logo and changed its name to Acorn in 2002, when the Hangleton branch was opened to provide our Hangleton clients with a more convenient local surgery.

2011 saw the total refurbishment of the Portland Road surgery, with a new sterile operating theatre, new kennels and waiting room.

We are proud to boast that most of our staff have been with us for more than five years and some have been here more than twenty five, so we like to think we know our clients well.

We offer our clients the best of both worlds - new, modern premises and familiar faces you know and trust.

Our Surgery

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Our Staff


Clinical Director Emese Chikan joined the practice in January 2017 having worked for a number of years in emergency veterinary care, so she is highly experienced in treating very sick pets. When not at work Em enjoys taking her dog to flyball classes, and also has her own range of crash helmets for dogs!

Our longest-serving member of staff is Sandy Enzerink who has been with the practice for over thirty years and has a large and loyal following amongst our clients.

Margaret Ankers works mainly at our Hangleton branch where she is very popular with both four and two legged clients. Although originally from Scotland, Margaret has lived in Lewes for 20 years, and is a member of Commercial Square Bonfire Society which means she always has 5th November off to get ready for the procession.

Mariella Del Isola has been with us since 2008 and is our most linguistically impressive vet, speaking Spanish, Italian and of course English! Mariella's clients greatly appreciate her calm and gentle manner with their pets.

When the vets are enjoying a well deserved break you may see our locum vet, John Haggar. Born and brought up in Hove, John has worked locally as a vet for many years. When he's not working at Acorn you may find him lecturing on wild native orchids at Stanmer Park.


We are lucky at Acorn to have such experienced and long serving nurses. In fact, our eight nurses have 138 years of veterinary nursing experience between them!