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Corinium Veterinary Surgery

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Dr. Bettina Gruninger

DrMedVet, MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats),


Growing up as a daughter of a biologist and a doctor in Germany, I always wanted to become an animal doctor. Following my graduation as a vet from the University of Berlin, I started career in Ireland in the early nineties. I moved back to Germany to do a doctorate in Veterinary Pathology but missed dealing with animals and Anglo

Alison Cuss


Practice Team Leader and Head Nurse

I have been a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 1993 and having spent most of my working life as a Veterinary Nurse and a receptionist in busy town practices, means that I can say 'I have nearly seen it all'.  Working with animals and their owners has always been my passion.  I am also a qualified reiki practitioner for both animals and people.  My reiki training has taught me to appreciate the holistic approach to wellness.


Saxons! I moved back to the UK, spending some time in Scotland and in Buckinghamshire, where I worked for the past 16 years. My passion is feline medicine and I qualified as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists for Medicine of Cats in 2002 and I am a Member of the ISFM Academy of Feline Practitioners. I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and I am very much in my element when tackling complex feline medicine cases.


Always having loved the Cotswolds, my husband Richard and I took a brave decision to buy a crumbling village cottage, renovating it (work in progress!) and moving into this outstandingly beautiful area last year. We love living here! Outside work I enjoy running, walking, training our Border Terrier Felicity (also work in progress!) and gardening, with Chocolate, our elderly cat, overseeing the work and bossing us all around.  I’m very excited about my new role as Senior Vet at Corinium and look forward to meeting you all!

Through the Bluecross and SCAS I have completed the 'Pet Loss Support in Veterinary Practice' course. This is an area very close to my heart.


Outside of work at Corinium, I run my own dressmaking business, mainly making dancewear and costumes. I have designed and produced a few posh frocks too.

My other passion in life is dancing. I dance with a local community group and with them we have danced at shows locally as well as in London including Her Majesty's Theatre.  I very much look forward to meeting you all here at the Practice.

Catherine Stewart - Receptionist

Hi my name is Catherine Stewart. I am very pleased to join the team here at Corinium Vets. I have lived in the Cirencester area for over 20 years, having travelled around with my husband who was in the army.

Outside of work I like to go for walks often borrowing friends dogs for company as don’t have a dog of my own.

I look forward to meeting all the clients and their pets, and I am excited to be working with a dedicated team at Corinium Vets.

Meet the team...


Nicki Wray

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to work with animals so a career as a veterinary nurse has always been my dream.

In 2007 I found a placement in a small animal first opinion practice in Gloucester, having never worked in a veterinary practice before I fell in love with the job and started my ANA training in 2009, I went on to do my Veterinary Nurse training in 2010 and Qualified in 2013.

To train I worked full time learning all of my practical skills at work and went to college one day a week to learn the theory part of the job. There are theory exams, practical examinations, a work-based progress log and assignments to complete before you can qualify so when you do it’s something to feel very proud of.  

A year after qualifying in August 2014 I decide to leave the first opinion practice and go to a referral practice in Swindon, I decided to do this to gain more experience and further my knowledge in the veterinary world.

In April 2017 I joined Corinium Vets after being at the referral practice for 2 years and releasing that a first opinion practice is where my heart lies. Here I will be the main theatre nurse so when your pet comes in for an operations I will make sure he/she is looked after to the best of my ability and give them lots of cuddles when they are in recovery.

I am also hoping to introduce some more nurse clinics into the practice so watch out for some exciting times ahead at Corinium Vets!

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I love being a veterinary receptionist so that I can help make a difference for your pets.  I have always had a large variety of animals myself and I know how stressful a trip to the vets can be!  I currently have two cats, two lizards and a hamster, and have previously all kinds of pets from tarantulas and snakes, to guinea pigs and dogs.


I have recently moved from Essex where I grew up and trained as a primary school teacher.  One of my favourite parts of the job was teaching children about animals and particularly overcoming fears of creepy crawlies!


I am now staying in Bourton-on-the-Water where I am spending most of my time exploring and photographing the area.


Vicky Stoneman-Receptionist

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