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


Lead Veterinary Surgeon. Francesca Braid joined the practice in 2017. She has worked in the Hove area as a small animal vet for a number of years.

Francesca is fluent in Italian and when not at work she spends her time horse riding and taking care of her family. She shares her home with her husband, 2 young children and their cat Freda.

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.


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!