Dr Cora Heywood BVSc MRCVS

Dr Cora Heywood BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Interest: small animal surgery and orthopaedics

Education: University of Bristol 1998

Work Days: Monday, Tuesday pm, Thursday

Cora wanted to be a vet for as long as she can remember, inspired by a grandfather who ran a practice in Atherstone, Warwickshire. Her childhood saw her caring for family pets and developing a love of horses and riding.

She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences and graduated with Distinction in 1998. She was studying when the BBC TV series “Vet School” was being broadcast, and although she was in the year below she did appear on screen.

After graduation, Cora worked as a vet in mixed animal practices in Yorkshire first first in Dewsbury and then Selby before taking the opportunity to work for the SPCA (formerly RSPCA) in Hong Kong. This was certainly a change from rural Yorkshire.  It was an exciting challenge to work in a different culture, with a  combination of animal welfare work and general practice. Cora had to treat animals affected by tropical diseases not encountered in the UK and those who had survived falls from one of Hong Kong’s many high rise buildings.

Cora’s next overseas veterinary adventure was a working holiday in Australia which included more welfare work with the RSPCA in Victoria and other locum positions.  Working in another continent presented yet more new challenges including treating pets for snake bites and caring for Australian wildlife. So whilst it is unlikely that a client will turn up in Streetly with a wombat, Cora would not be fazed. Whilst in Australia Cora took the opportunity to further her knowledge with a post graduate surgical course from The University of Sydney.

After moving back to the UK, Cora worked in Blackheath, Halesowen as head vet and practice manager of her branch of a veterinary group. During this time she has developed her interest in surgery and in particular orthopaedic surgery – fixing broken bones.

Cora lived in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield from 2005 and always thought it a shame that there was no vet in the area. When the opportunity came up for her to open a local practice with her sister to serve the community where she lives, she had to go for it. She looks forward to meeting you and welcoming your pet to the Streetly Vets family.