Veterinary Surgeons


Barbara Healy, Alver Veterinary Group

Barbara Healy MVB GPCert (Ophthal) MRCVS

Clinical Director

Barbara qualified from University College Dublin in 1996, and after a brief spell of large animal practice in rural Ireland she came to England in 1998. After working in Ipswich and as a locum for a few years (including at Alver) Barbara settled in Fareham in 2005.

She enjoys all aspects of veterinary, but developed a keen interest in eyes and obtained her ESVPS certificate in Ophthalmology in 2011. She loves being able to get to know our clients and pets, and enjoys seeing them get better. Barbara became clinical director in 2015, and is enjoying the new challenges this role brings.


Andres Alvarez Fernandez

Andres Alvarez Fernandez MRCVS

Andres qualified from Leon University in 2012, after he moved to UK where has been working in the North before joining Alver in 2016.

Andres enjoys all areas with special interest in small animal medicine. He lives with his two cats Oreo and Flecha, enjoys countryside walks and photography.


Brosna Bergin, Alver Veterinary Group

Brosna Bergin MVB MRCVS

Brosna qualified from University College Dublin in 2014. She started working for Alver Veterinary Group in 2014 and has really enjoyed working with such a great team. Brosna is working towards a Certificate in Feline Internal Medicine.

Since moving here Brosna has acquired an elderly cat and a taste for hiking around the lovely English countryside.


Irena Cacicedo Jaroszynska, Veterinary Surgeon at Alver Veterinary Group

Irena Cacicedo Jaroszynska MSc MRCVS

Irena joined Alver Veterinary Group in 2016. She graduated in Madrid summer 2016, after being a veterinary nurse for nine years. Irena qualified in the UK with her BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. She also completed her MSc at Edinburgh University.

Irena has worked throughout the UK including places as north as Inverness and as south as Jersey. She has also volunteered in animal projects and veterinary practices in Namibia, Thailand and Spain.

In her free time Irena enjoys travelling, playing tennis and running. She also loves walking with her dog Zeus.


Talia Ciccognani, Alver Veterinary Group

Talia Ciccognani DVM MRCVS

Talia qualified in Milan, Italy in 1999. After working for several years in Italy and France, Talia moved to England in 2008. She has completed a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and her main interests are geriatric and feline medicine.

Talia lives with her French husband, a Rumanian ex-stray dog, an old Italian cat and her neighbour’s cat. In her spare time Talia likes walking, travelling, reading and when she can, does charity jobs (abroad or for the RSPCA).


Kate Fahy, Alver Veterinary Group

Kate Fahy MA VetMB MRCVS

Kate qualified from Cambridge University in July 2011, and joined Alver Veterinary Group in the following August.  She has a keen interest in feline and canine medicine, particularly endocrinology and is currently studying towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP).

Kate enjoys the variety of cases that we see and particularly the problem solving aspect of her profession.

Outside of work, she enjoys Zumba classes, cycling and country walks with her two Terriers.


William Hickey, Alver Veterinary Group

Bill Hickey MA VetMB MRCVS

Bill qualified in 2011 from Cambridge and joined Alver Veterinary Group in August 2012, having previously worked in Southampton. Bill enjoys all aspects of practice and is currently studying for a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Medicine. He enjoys working at Alver, as being part of a progressive team with a growing range of specialities ensures that we are able to provide a great level of care to our patients.

Outside of work he enjoys walking, cycling, painting and racket sports. Bill lives in Gosport with his fiancée Kate and their two Terrier crosses.


Aneta Kocol, Alver Veterinary Group

Aneta Kocol DVM MRCVS

Aneta joined Alver Veterinary Group in 2013. She graduated from Veterinary School in Poland in 2008, and since then she has worked in several small animal practices in Poland and in the UK. Aneta enjoys all areas of practice in particular dealing with medicine cases and she is currently working toward Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. At home Aneta has two ginger rescue cats that keep her company.


Jolanta Pastuszek, Alver Veterinary Group

Jolanta Pastuszek DVM GPCert(DI) MRCVS

Jolanta qualified in May 2005 from veterinary school in Warsaw, Poland. In June 2005 she started a year’s internship at Fitzpatrick Referrals where she had the pleasure of working with Noel Fitzpatrick, and seeing lots of interesting orthopaedic and neurology cases. Jolanta decided to move to first opinion practice afterwards to have the opportunity to discover a wide range of veterinary disciplines which she has enjoyed since then.

Jolanta likes all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in diagnostic imaging. She also very much enjoys soft tissue surgery.

Jolanta has worked for Alver Veterinary Group since 2012.


Ana Perez-Castro, Alver Veterinary Group

Ana Perez Castro DVM MRCVS

Ana joined Alver Vets in 2015. She is a Spanish vet that qualified in 2008 in her hometown Zaragoza. She then stayed there at University doing a two year internship qualifying further on her area of interest that is small animal medicine and surgery.

In 2010 Ana moved to England to continue developing her skills, and completed a year’s internship in a referral practice in Vets Now Swindon.

She then moved into private practice and has been working in Hampshire since.

Ana enjoys general practice and has a soft spot for cats as a proud owner of a lovely rescue cat.

In her free time she enjoys Latin dances, rock climbing and a nice cuddle with her cat Kitty Princess.