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Meet the Team

Here at Associated Veterinary Services, we aim to simplify an unduly complex an unwieldy certification process, by delivering a reliable, premium-tier export service to meet the distinct yet diverse needs of all the demands of the animal health industry, the export food industry and the animal travel industry.

As a result Associated Veterinary Services is well-versed in providing export certification for the movement of both commercial and privately-owned small animals; including zoo, laboratory animals, farm animals and aquarium, aquatic and avian.

As a team, we have successfully certified thousands of consignments of products that are of animal origin, and animal by-products. We have helped many pet owners to travel with their pets or relocate to new destinations.

Dr Veneta Kozhuharova

Dr Veneta Kozhuharova, DVM, MRCVS, OV, Cert.CFVHNUT.

Associated Veterinary Services is led by its founder and owner, Dr Veneta Kozhuharova, DVM, MRCVS, Cert. CFVHNut, OV. Dr Veneta is a highly accomplished and experienced veterinarian with a deep understanding of both the export of products of animal origin and the pet food sector.

 

Dr Veneta's impressive credentials include a Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Forestry Veterinary Medicine Facility in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she graduated in 2008. In 2011, she became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which enabled her to practice in the UK.

 

In 2012, Dr Veneta became a Certified Export Official Veterinarian, approved by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, which qualified her to assist companies in exporting products of animal origin and small animals. This expertise has been invaluable in helping our clients navigate the complex regulations surrounding the export of animal products.

 

In 2016, Dr Veneta was awarded a prestigious bursary from Royal Canin to study Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. This led to her obtaining a Level 4 certificate in Canine and Feline Health Nutrition in 2017. Dr Veneta's expertise in animal nutrition has been particularly beneficial in helping our clients develop and export high-quality pet food products.

 

In 2019 Dr Veneta decided to embark on a new journey, by starting her own company, which was the beginning of Associated Veterinary Services. With her knowledge, skills and experience the business quickly grew. It was vital to her that her clients receive accurate advice, around the clock support and seamless exportation of their goods, or beloved family pet.

 

At Associated Veterinary Services, we are privileged to have Dr Veneta lead, guide and support our team. This is why we can meet all of your export certification needs, and you could benefit from the expertise of a true industry leader.

Sara Mendana

Sara Mendana - MRCVS, OV

We are pleased to introduce Sara, our highly skilled and experienced Export Official Veterinarian. Sara graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, from where she received extensive training in food technology, safety and hygiene.

In 2019, Sara became an Export Official Veterinarian. Her commitment and passion to profession led her to obtain the following qualifications in exports: Product Exports, Avian Exports, Small Animal and Zoo Animal Exports.

Sara joined our team in 2022, bringing with her a new range of skills that we can offer our clients. Her dedication to the job extends beyond her technical expertise. She enjoys visiting clients to conduct inspections and gain a clear understanding of their individual requirements. By doing so, she can provide tailored solutions and recommendations that meet their unique needs. Her excellent communication skills enable her to build strong relationships with our clients and provide them with the best possible service.

Sara's passion for her work and extensive knowledge make her an essential member of our team. Her commitment to excellence has earned her a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy professional.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys walking, socialising with friends, and visiting her family on the Spanish coast.

We are delighted to have Sara as a valued member of our team, and her skills and expertise are a valuable asset to our company.

Associated Vets - Anca Baciu

Anca Baciu – MRCVS, OV

We are pleased to introduce Anca, our highly skilled Export Official Veterinarian. Anca graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi in 2015 and gained valuable experience working as a Veterinary Surgeon in a small animal practice in Romania.

In 2021, Anca joined our team, where she quickly proved to be an indispensable member of our organization. Her exceptional work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to learn have made her an asset to the team. Anca's passion for her role led her to obtain the following qualifications in exports: Product Exports, Small Animal and Zoo Animal Exports, Ungulate Exports and Avian Exports.

Anca's passion for her work and extensive knowledge make her an essential member of our team. Her commitment to excellence has earned her a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy professional.

In her spare time, Anca enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.

Her dedication to her work, coupled with her extensive knowledge and skills, make her a valuable asset to our company. We are proud to have Anca as part of our team.

Associated Vets - Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams – CSO

Meet Michelle, our accomplished Certificate Support Officer and Animal Transport Expert. Michelle brings a wealth of expertise to our team, having spent 8 years at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre, the busiest airport in Europe, where she dealt with the importation of a diverse range of animals. Her tenure culminated in a promotion to Office Manager, where she capably managed a team of staff, overseeing financial, invoicing, human resources, and administrative functions.

Michelle's passion for animal welfare and management led her to earn a Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals in 2018. Since joining our team in 2022, she has also gained valuable experience in the food industry and is committed to delivering exceptional customer service where she builds strong professional relationships with our clients.

Michelle's work with our clients during site and load inspections is crucial to the successful export of animals. She skilfully gathers the necessary documentation for our Official Veterinarians to sign the export health certificates. Her attention to detail ensures a seamless process for our clients.

When Michelle is not in the office, she enjoys horse riding, mountain biking, and socializing with friends.

We are fortunate to have Michelle on our team, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our organization.

Associated Vets - Daniel Barta

Daniel Barta -CSO

Daniel is a highly skilled Certificate Support Officer with extensive experience as a Meat Hygiene Inspector. He holds a Master of Science in Food Safety and Consumer Protection, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Control and Expertise of Food Products, both from the prestigious University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, which he completed between 2016 and 2022. He also holds FDQ Level 4 Diplomas in Proficiency in Meat Inspection and Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection.

After relocating to the UK in 2020, Daniel began working on behalf of the governmental organization (FSA), as a Meat Hygiene Inspector. In this role, he conducted thorough inspections of meat products to identify any abnormalities, maintained accurate records, and ensured that health marks were applied in accordance with relevant legislation. He later progressed in his career and became a Certificate Support Officer, where he reviews supporting documents and ensures that consignments met all requirements and comply with legislation, before the veterinarian signs off on the Export Health Certificates.

In his personal time, Daniel enjoys traveling, reading, and participating in various sports.

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