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Veterinary Nurses

Our team of fully qualified veterinary nurses provide excellent support for both veterinary surgeons and reception staff and, more importantly, for you and your pet, including free telephone advice and health clinics.

Please click on each member of staff to find out more about them.

Natasha
Watts


Natasha Watts
RVN
Head Nurse

Natasha joined Highcroft in 1992 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999.

As our head nurse, Natasha looks after the pharmacy and the nursing staff, ensuring that our high standard of clinical care is maintained. She is currently studying for a management qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management. Natasha also works closely with the Bristol League for Cats (rescue charity), helping them where she can and liaising with them on our behalf.

Amie
Britton


Amie Britton
RVN, Pet Health Councellor (PHC)
Practice Nurse

Amie joined us in June 2015 having qualified as a veterinary nurse from Bristol University in September 1999. Amie runs very popular nurse clinics at Highcroft Veterinary Hospital and many of our surgeries. 

Outside of work, Amie is married with two children and enjoys walks in the countryside and camping. She has a Level 2 in British Sign Language and also enjoys eating out and a large glass of wine! 


Vicki
Adams


Vicki Adams
RVN
Deputy Nurse Manager

Vicki joined Highcroft in 1999 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005. She also holds a certificate in Parasitology and a BVNA Certificate in Dentistry. 

As Deputy Head Nurse, and in addition to her nursing duties, Vicki manages the Pharmacy and helps Natasha and Laura manage the nursing staff.

Laura
Curtis


Laura Curtis
RVN
Deputy Nurse Manager

Laura joined Highcroft in 2003 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004.

As well as her RCVS Veterinary Nursing qualification, Laura has a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Nursing Science. As Deputy Nurse Manager, and in addition to her nursing duties, Laura supports Vicki and Natasha.

Ursula
Bradshaw


Ursula Bradshaw
BSc (Hons) DipHE CVN RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Ursula joined Highcroft in 2005 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2006.

She has since gained a Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing and a Degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. Ursula works at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery as a referrals nurse. She has a special interest in interest in surgery and anaesthesia.

Rachel
Bromfield


Rachel Bromfield
RVN
Registered Nurse

Rachel joined Highcroft as a Veterinary Nurse in June 2015 and works at our Whitchurch Hospital and surgery. She qualified in 2006 from Duchy College in Cornwall and has an interest in cases generating from our referrals centre. She has a cat who is 4 years old, who has three legs. Outside of work she enjoys socialising with friends and family, and going to yoga and concerts.

Sally
Compton


Sally Compton
ANA, RVN
RVN

Sally joined our teams at Silva House and Frome veterinary surgeries in 2007 having qualified as a registered nurse in 2008. She has a particular interest in medicine and seeing clients at nurse clinics.

Sally has a Labrador called Maisie Moo and enjoys walking her with friends and spending time with her husband and daughter Sophie.

Eveleen
Davies


Eveleen Davies
RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse

Eveleen joined Highcroft in August 2016 having qualified as a registered nurse, from Hartpury College in April 2012. She is based at our Shirehampton Veterinary Centre and loves seeing puppies! Eveleen is interested in dog behaviour and is also studying for her 'Think Dog' Behaviour Certificate.

At home Eveleen has a cat called Crunchie and a dog called Disley. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, family days out and watching football.

 

Hollie
Dawes


Hollie Dawes
RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hollie joined Highcroft in October 2015 having qualified from Cannington College, Bridgewater in August 2009. She is based at our Whitchurch Hospital and surgery and has an interest in medicine.

Hollie enjoys horse riding, reading and travelling and has two cats called Bobert Bobbingtons and Cassandra.

Sarah
Day


Sarah Day
RVN
Nurse Supervisor

Sarah joined Highcroft in 2004, initially as a kennel person. She is now a fully qualified veterinary nurse based at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery. Sarah is currently studying for her rehabilitation qualification to assist our orthopaedic team. Sarah also works in our Insurance Department preparing pet insurance claims.

Tracey
English


Tracey English
Senior Nurse

Tracey started work at Longwell Green Veterinary Centre straight from school in 1996, and has worked her way up to Head Surgical Nurse. In her spare time she has two Burmilla cats which are quite a handful.  She is also the choreographer for KLOGS, a local operatic group.

Janine
Fletcher


Janine Fletcher
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Janine qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1986 and joined Highcroft in 2006 as Head Nurse at Keynsham Veterinary Centre.

As head nurse, Janine helps to organize the nursing duties and ensures that we maintain our high clinical standards. Janine is particularly interested in hand-rearing orphaned animals, many of which have been rescued by members of the public and brought into the surgery - she has hand reared owls, squirrels, hedgehogs, rabbits, kittens and puppies before finding new homes for them.

Rachael
Gibson


Rachael Gibson
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Rachael joined us in September 2013 as an out-of-hours nurse at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery.  She qualified in 2011 and has a special interest in emergency and critical care and in-patient care.

Caroline
Gudge


Caroline Gudge
BSc RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Caroline joined Highcroft at the end of 2009 as a final year veterinary nurse student (BSc). She has since completed her degree and now one of our most highly qualified nurses. She supports our surgical team.

Caroline, together with Gemma Pitt, won a runner up prize in 2011 for running a local nurse event during Veterinary Nursing Week. 

She has a Jack Russell Terrier called Doug.

Kati
Heddington


Kati Heddington
RVN CertExotics
Veterinary Nurse

Kati joined Highcroft in 1999 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2002.

Kati has a City and Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species and works closely with our exotic species veterinary surgeons and zoo vets. 

Gemma
Holloway


Gemma Holloway-Compton
RVN
Registered Nurse

Gemma joined Highcroft in September 2016 having qualified from Nottingham Trent University. She is interested in exotics, emergency and critical care.

She has two pets, a rescue cat called Megatron and a Chameleon called Porick.

Eloise
Jacobs


Eloise Jacobs
Veterinary Nurse

Ellie has been with Highcroft since June 2014, initially as a student nurse from Hartpury College and in 2016 as a qualified nurse. She is based at our Highcroft Hospital in Whitchurch and is interested in Emergency and Critical care and dental work.

Outside of Highcroft she likes to travel, go to the gym and horse riding. She has two cats, Izzy a tortoiseshell and Chloe, a black DSH who is full of character and has 'Jekyll and Hyde' tendencies.

Carina
Jefferis


Carina Jefferis
Bsc (Hons) RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Carina joined Highcroft in July 2014 having qualified from Bristol University in 2008 and is based at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery. Carina is a keen runner and ran the Bath Half Marathon in aid of Bath Cats and Dogs home.

Jenna
Kenning


Jenna Kenning
Veterinary Nurse

Jenna joined HIghcroft in July 2015 having qualified from Bridgewater College (Cannington Centre) in October 2013. She is based at our Silva House practice in Midsomer Norton.

Jenna has four cats between the ages of 3 and 10 who are all rescue cats. Outside of work she does pilates and spends time with her 1 year son.

Sarah
Knowlson


Sarah Knowlson
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Sarah joined Highcroft in 2008 and is based at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery. Sarah is our cardiology nurse and works closely with cardiology specialist Kieran Borgeat.

Sarah is a keen horse rider and has a horse called Bert and a dog called Paddy. She is currently studying for a degree in Counselling.

Alex
Lomas


Alex Lomas
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Alex joined Highcroft in December 2011 as a member of the veterinary team at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery. She is based at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery and is a member of the Emergency and Critical Care team working closely with Helen Wilson our Emergency and Critical Care Specialist.  

Alex is our higher education (HE) student co-ordinator for veterinary nurses.

Cherie
May


Cherie May
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Cardiff, Cherie came over the bridge to Bristol at the age of seventeen to follow a veterinary nursing career. When first working with us back then she would often say something like “ruddwyn weddy bllyno lan!” (Welsh for “am I tired!”) but now as a full-time working Mum she has boundless energy, keeping the people side of the practice in order. Cherie is one of our most senior nurses at our Longwell Green surgery.

Sue
McDonald


Sue McDonald
NCert(AnBeh)
Veterinary Nurse

Sue has a long history of veterinary nursing and joined Longwell Green Veterinary Centre in September 2009. She has also achieved the Certificate in Applied Animal Behaviour from Southampton University, and runs behaviour clinics to deal with all the problems our pets might encounter.

Laura
Minns


Laura Minns
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Laura joined Highcroft as a referrals nurse in November 2016. She qualified in October 2014 passing her Level 3 diploma in veterinary nursing at MYF Aldershot.

Laura is based at our main Hospital and surgery in Whitchurch. She has an interest in orthopaedics, emergency and critical care and is currently doing a certificate in emergency and critical care.

Outside of HIghcroft Laura enjoys going to the gym, shopping and eating out.

Vicky
Palmer


Vicky Palmer
RVN
Head Nurse

Vicky is Head Nurse at our Silva House, Frome, Haycombe, Batheaston and Weston surgeries.

Vicky joined Highcroft in 2008 as a Kennel Person, and begin training as a veterinary nurse shortly afterwards, working with the team at the Whitchurch hospital. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in August 2015.

Vicky has two cats and a whippet dog.

 


Nimisha
Patel


Nimisha Patel
RVN BSc
Registered Nurse

Nimisha joined Highcroft in February 2016 as a registered veterinary nurse based at our HIghcroft Veterinary Hospital and surgery in Whitchurch.  She has a special interest in Immunology and Genetics (Bio informatics) and has a BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science. 

Nimisha has two cats, a tortoiseshell called Astra and black domestic short hair called Luna. She enjoys swimming, baking, tv and films.

Laura
Pickford


Laura Pickford
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Laura joined our Midsomer Norton Veterinary Centre in April 2016 having gained a Level 3 diploma in Veterinary Nursing and qualified RVN in October 2013. She has a special interest in behaviour and in patient care.

She has a Labrador called Dudley, horses, a rabbit and guinea pigs. She enjoys horse riding and walking in the countryside.

Sarah
Postma


Sarah Postma
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Sarah joined Highcroft in September 2014 as a veterinary nurse in our busy Referrals Centre in Whitchurch. She qualified from Hartpury College in 2006 and has a special interest in surgery, orthopaedic and rehabilitation. 

Sarah has a 9 year old Labrador called Phoebe, and a New Forest pony called Willow. She enjoys horse riding, marathon running and walking her dog in her spare time.

Laurie
Rawlins


Laurie Rawlins
RVN
Nurse

Laurie joined Highcroft in 2004 as a kennel assistant and qualified as a veterinary nurse nurse in 2008. She is based at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery and also works alongside Jim Carter and Vim Kumaratunga at our ophthalmology clinic at Stockwood.  Laurie is a clinical coach mentoring our student nurses and has a keen interest in medicine.

Laurie regularly runs our First Aid Evenings client evening with Caroline Webber. 

Natalie
Rey


Natalie Rey
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Natalie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999 and joined Highcroft with Keynsham Veterinary Centre (formerly Charlton Park) in 2006. She continues to work at our Keysham surgery helping the vets in surgery and looking after our clients and their pets on reception. Natalie is always happy to give advice to clients on pet related topics such as diet, worming and flea control, behaviour etc.

Olivia
Richardson


Olivia Richardson
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Olivia graduated from a Vet Nursing Degree at Langford in July 2006 and joined our Longwell Green Veterinary Centre immediately after. She has a special interest in chronic kidney disease in cats.

Tracey
Roch


Tracey Roch
Veterinary Nurse

Tracey started at Silva House 20 years ago on work experience and never left! She has an NVQ Level 2 in Animal Care, as well as a National Diploma and a Higher National Diploma in Animal Science.

She supports nurses and vets at our Midsomer Norton, Frome and Haycombe Veterinary Centres.

Michelle
Scollick


Michelle Scollick
Veterinary Nurse

Michelle qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2004, after working in a veterinary practice for 7 years. She worked for the Wrench Veterinary Group/ Bath Veterinary Group before joining Silva House in 2006. Since going on maternity leave to have her daughter Kimberley and then son Daniel, she now works on a part time basis. Michelle has a keen interest in feline behaviour.

Michelle has a cat called Polly and two guinea pigs Rosie and Holly. When she is not is work she enjoys spending time with family, holidays and swimming.

Laura
Slater


Laura Slater
RVN
Registered Nurse

Laura joined the practice in 1999 and went on to do her veterinary nurse training at Silva House, which she completed in 2005.
 
She has an interest in dog behaviour and training. Laura also trains and competes in dog agility classes and has a Border Terrier called Martha.

Laura Symonds


Laura Symonds
BSc RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse

Laura joined us in September 2106 having gained her BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science from the University of Bristol in July 2015.  She has also completed her MSc in Management and is interested in Emergency and Critical Care and Practice Management.

Outside of Highcroft Laura enjoys music gigs and festivals.

Lisa
Tolfree


Lisa Tolfree
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Lisa works part-time with us at our Longwell Green Veterinary Centre. Outside of work, she enjoys horses and riding, and spending time with her family.

Becky
Tose


Becky Tose
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Becky joined Highcroft in July 2016 as a veterinary nurse and is based at our Longwell Green Veterinary Centre, having qualified from Elsbridge House, Keynsham. She has a particular interest in cats and has two cats Humphrey and Kiki.

Becky also has a Papillion called Dotty and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and holidays.

Sarah
Unwin


Sarah Unwin
RVN BSc
Veterinary Nurse

Sarah joined Highcroft in August 2016 as a veterinary nurse based at our Longwell Green Veterinary Centre.

She qualified from Bristol University in 2016 and has a Batchelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing and Bio-veterinary Sciences. Sarah has an interest in exotics having written her dissertation on rabbit behaviour and stress.

Outside of work Sarah is interested in photography and is self teaching and learning Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) photography.

Amanda
Warman


Amanda Warman
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Mandy joined Silva House in 1999 and completed her veterinary nurse training in 2005. She is a familiar face at our Frome surgery where, since having her two children, she now works 2 days each week.

Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and competition target shooting.

Fay
Weaver


Fay Weaver
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Fay qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 and joined Highcroft in 2004.

She was a night nurse at our Whitchurch Veterinary Hospital for many years, caring for our in-patient pets (along with our nursing auxiliaries) and supporting our out of hours vets.

Fay is now Head Nurse at Eastville Veterinary Centre and supports the veterinary surgeons and general running of the veterinary centre.

Amy
Wiltshire


Amy Wiltshire
RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Amy originally came to our Longwell Green Veterinary Centre on work placement, when studying for her Veterinary Nursing Degree.  We're now very pleased to have her working with us full time as a fully qualified veterinary nurse. 

Alice
Britton


Alice Britton
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Alice started off as an afternoon receptionist at our Longwell Green Veterinary Centre and is now training to become a  qualified veterinary nurse.  She is very keen to help the local wildlife and regularly takes in hedgehogs, mice and birds that need a bit of TLC.

Amber
Clark


Amber Clark
Student Nurse

Amber joined us as a student nurse in March 2015, gaining practical experience at our Whitchurch hospital whilst training to be a veterinary nurse.

Jodie
Matthews


Jodie Matthews
Student Nurse

Jodie joined Highcroft in June 2014 and originally worked as a receptionist at our Eastville surgery. She has since transferred to our main hospital in Whitchurch and is studying for her nurses qualification at our in-house training college.

Jodie has a gorgeous dachshund called Hank and a budgie called Willy. Outside of work she enjoys camping, canoeing, sport, going to the gym and spending time with her husband.


Lucy
Rudge


Lucy Rudge
Student Veterinary Nurse

Lucy joined Highcroft in August 2015 and is training to be a veterinary nurse. She is based at our Midsomer Norton Veterinary Centre.

Lucy enjoys dog walking and has a pedigree ragdoll cat called Phoebe.

Bridget
Sheppard


Bridget Sheppard
ANA
Animal Nursing Assistant

Bridget joined Silva House, Midsomer Norton, in July 2009 and qualified as a Animal Nursing Assistant in 2010.

When she is not busy helping vets and nurses at Silva House she enjoys seeing friends and family, eating out and shopping.

Sophie
Woollhead


Sophie Woollhead
Veterinary Nurse Student

Sophie joined Highcroft in September 2016 as a student veterinary based at our HIghcroft Hospital and surgery in Whitchurch. She is currently studying a BSc in Veterinary Nursing Science at Hartpury College.

Outside of work and studying Sophie takes part in agility and has a Red Fox Labrador.

 

Amanda
Butfield


Amanda Butfield
FdFC in Vet Nursing
Trainee Vet Nurse

Amanda joined Highcroft in August 2016 as a trainee vet nurse at out Longwell Green Veterinary Centre. She is interested in exotics and is currently studying at Warwickshire College, part of Coventry University.

When not studying or working Amanda enjoys running.

Holly
Edwards


Holly Edwards
Night Kennel Assistant/Cleaner

Holly joined Highcroft in 2007 as our Kennel Assistant. Holly is a qualified Animal Nursing Assistant and Veterinary Nurse working with the night veterinary team at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery.

Jordan
Gunstone


Jordan Gunstone
Kennel Assistant

Jordan returned to us in September 2013 working as a Kennel Assistant following a brief spell away working for Bath Cats and Dogs Home. Jordan cares for our inpatients, feeding, walking and comforting them where required. He also assists our veterinary nurses and makes sure that everything is ship shape and clean.

Maxine
Larcombe


Maxine Larcombe
Kennel Assistant

Maxine joined Highcroft in May 2016 as a Kennel Assistant based at our Eastville Veterinary Centre. She is now based at our Longwell Green Veterinary Centre, responsible for caring, feeding, walking pets as and where required.  Maxine also assists our vets and nurses and makes sure that everything is clean, tidy and organised.

Maxine has two chinchillas, two rabbits and one cat.

Carly
Radford


Carly Radford
Kennel Assistant

Carly joined Highcroft in April 2014 as a Kennel Assistant.  She works with Jordan caring for our inpatients, feeding, walking and comforting them where required. She also assists our veterinary nurses and makes sure that everything is ship shape and clean.

Carly has a Border Collie called Holly and a budgie called BooBoo.

Samantha
Cole


Samantha Cole
Kennel Assistant

Sam joined Highcroft in September 2016 as a telephonist/receptionist and is based at our Whitchurch Hospital and Surgery. She now works as a Kennel Assistant looking after the inpatients at our Whitchurch hospital ans surgery.

Sam has a  working cocker spaniel called Belle and enjoys dog walking, agility and competing.

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