Meet the team
Phill Elliott BVM&S MSc MRCVS
Founder & Vet
Phill has had a varied career since graduating from the Royal (Dick) College of Veterinary Studies in 1993, working with pets, large animals and wildlife in the UK and across Asia. After nine years in mixed practice, he completed a MSc in wild animal health, and went on to a series of jobs, culminating in a stint as resident vet at the Animals Asia Foundation bear rescue centre in Sichuan, China. On returning to the UK, Phill set to work establishing his dream companion animal practice with a foot still firmly planted in conservation, and Small World Vet Centre was born.
He loves having the opportunity to build relationships with our clients and their pets, helping them through the bad times and sharing in the good. He also appreciates the opportunity he has to give back to our community, and in particular to encourage others to share in his passion for conservation and sustainability.
When he isn’t competing for sofa space with his rescue dogs, Phill enjoys exploring the countryside, reading, live music and tending to his rewilded garden, replacing a lifeless lawn with a buzzing wildflower meadow.
Elena Dalla Via MRCVS
Elena graduated from Padova University in Italy in 2013 and worked in a small animal practice near Vicenza before moving to the UK in 2014. She initially worked for the Food Standard Agency, and then in farm practice in Sussex, before switching to small animal work in 2018. She joined the Small World team in 2023 excited by the opportunity to establish relationships with our clients and by our commitment to protecting wildlife and conserving our environment.
Outside work she loves walking the South Downs with her adopted retired greyhound, Bella, who came from the kennel with her Italian name, which is surely destiny. She loves living in the UK countryside with access to walks and National Trust properties – but just wishes for a bit more sunshine so she could ripen her tomatoes!
Adam Harrop MRCVS
Growing up in a house filled with pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits and even snakes, it was perhaps inevitable Adam would end up in veterinary medicine, and he duly qualified from Bristol University in 2009. He has enjoyed working in a variety of small animal practice across London and the south east since, while also completing his certificate in small animal medicine and spending time neutering dogs in Greece and working with StreetVet helping homeless people and their animals.
In his spare time he enjoys a variety of different hobbies including walking his stubborn shiba inu dog Kitsu, swimming, travelling, growing vegetables and snorkelling.
Head Veterinary Nurse
Amy started her career as a Saturday assistant in a small practice in west Sussex in 2000, and has since gone on to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, working in small animal practices and a busy referral centre before joining Small World in 2019, drawn by our independent status and focus on sustainability. She loves the sense of fulfilment that comes with restoring purrs and wagging tails. She remembers creating a hospital ward and playing nurse to her teddies as a child, and would always answer ‘veterinary nurse’ when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, even when friends were dreaming of being astronauts and cowgirls!
At home she has a ginger cat called Crash – anyone else remember Crash Bandicoot? – who loves treats and being groomed, as well as a tank of tropical fish and three regular hedgehog visitors in her garden. In her spare time she enjoys taking advantage of nice weather on her motorbike, as well as meeting people and visiting with family.
Steph completed qualifications at Merrist Wood College and Bicton College of Agriculture, during which time she volunteered at an animal rehab centre in South Africa and worked at a children’s camp in the USA. Afterwards she joined Stockton Veterinary Centre, where she qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, spent time at Blue Cross Animal Hospital, and then joined the Small World team in 2017, where she loves building relationships with our clients and watching their pets grow and thrive.
At home she has two cats, Milo the Maine coon, who is very much a mummy’s boy, and Fizz, who is much more independent, unless it’s cold when she enjoys a cuddle under the duvet! She enjoys spending time playing with her two young children, baking and exploring woods and the seaside – always on the lookout for the Gruffalo!
After studying animal behaviour and welfare at Merrist Wood College, Hayley worked at a kennels and cattery – which she loved so much she decided to become a veterinary nurse. Since then she has worked in a range of roles at different practices, as well as volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation and in zoos and animal charities. She loves being able to work with animals every day, especially at Small World, where she is fully in line with our passion for wildlife and the environment.
Outside work she doesn’t currently have any pets, but is something of a “furry godmother” to her friends and family! In her free time she enjoys running, walking and cycling in the countryside, as well as working on her garden.
Hannah joined the team in 2023, drawn to our unique approach to caring for our environment as well as our patients. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2005 and has particular interests in dog and cat behaviour, rehab and nursing inpatients.
At home she has two dogs – a cross breed called Betty and Leonard the Jack Russell – as well as Michelle, a spur-thighed tortoise who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Outside work she enjoys hiking and competition with her dogs, including in agility, hoopers and scent work, as well as indoor skydiving, although Betty and Leonard sit out the latter!
Millie has always wanted to be a veterinary nurse, ever since she chose animal toys instead of dolls as a child! She is studying animal management at Merrist Wood College and is hoping to progress through the industry once she is qualified. She loves working with the Small World team, with the support of her experienced colleagues and our lovely clients and patients!
At home she has a crazy sprocker called Marley and an ancient goldfish called Yoda. She enjoys going to the gym, painting nails – both her own and anyone who sits still long enough – socialising, cooking and exploring new places.