We have an unusually strong and experienced veterinary nursing team for a practice of our size.  Nurses are vital to the running of a veterinary practice. They monitor anaesthesia, place intravenous catheters, take blood samples and manage theatre and sterilisation. Furthermore, they take observations, give medications and care for our sick in-patients.  They are also a crucial part of practice management and stock control.    We have eight qualified Veterinary Nurses and a further four in training. Our head nurse has a Diploma, the highest accolade a veterinary nurse can achieve.

Amy VN Head Nurse

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I am a qualified veterinary nurse and have been nursing since 1997. I became fully qualified in 2003. I have worked all over the country and have gained invaluable experience. I have a passion for dentistry but love all aspects of the job. I have a dog called Nala and a three legged one eyed cat called BB.

Caroline Hollis

VN DipAVN (surg)

Registered Specialist Nurse

I have spent many years leading nursing teams in both general practice and within a multidisciplinary specialist hospital.  I gained the qualification of Diploma in Surgical Nursing, which is the highest accolade a veterinary nurse can attain.  My interests involve twenty years of obedience training with Border Collies, though more recently I have become very involved with the breeding of pedigree rabbits and judging at rabbit shows.

Michelle Holcroft VN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 and have worked at the Laurels since 2005.  I have a collie cross called Maybelle and regularly look after dogs and cats for many of our clients. 

Sarah Archibald VN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I have worked at the Laurels for just over a year now and started my veterinary nurse training last September. I completed my Animal Nursing Assistant qualification about seven years ago, but from then I took a break from veterinary nursing and started working in an office. After working there for several years I realised that veterinary nursing was my true passion, so when the opportunity came up to get back into it, I took a leap of faith and grabbed the chance with both hands and it was the best decision I made.


Outside of work, I have been on a husky safari in Finland and been in an enclosure with tigers in Thailand. This year I got my first dog, a miniature schnauzer called Wilson. He can be a bit naughty but has loads of character and I wouldn't change him for the world.

Edwina Fenwick VN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Introduction to come..

Lisa McDonald VN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I have been working full time at the Laurels since 2012 but originally started working as a Saturday girl 8 years ago. I am attending college one day a week to train to become a veterinary nurse and am in my final year. Prior to my college course I obtained a degree in animal science and during my university course I went to South Africa on a wildlfe conservation project. It was amazing!

I have always loved animals and have had over 60 pets! I now have 3 cats called Missy, Freddie and Ginger Tone and a dog called Poppy. As a teenager I used to volunteer at rescue centres working with cats, dogs, farm animals and small furries. I would often bring animals home, much to my parents dismay! In my spare time I enjoy walking dogs and socialising with friends. I also look after other peoples animals (usually clients from the Laurels)while they are on holiday, either in my home or theirs. I love having animals around me and couldn't imagine doing any other job!

Rebecca Meegan VN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I started working at the Laurels in October 2015 as Kennel Assistant. I've always wanted to work with animals and have taken part in lots of different experiences, such as lambing, husky sledding and zoo keeper experience days. I currently have 2 tortoises, 2 cats and a dog. The most recent addition is Leo, who I got through the Laurels, when he came in as a stray kitten just before Christmas. He is very friendly and gets on very well with my dog Honey, they love playing together.

Hannah Grainger


Student Veterinary Nurse

Hannah is our newest member of staff. She is a devoted animal lover, and started her veterinary nurse training in September 2017, and would be qualified were it not for Covid delaying her course examinations.

Mollie Fiander

Student Veterinary Nurse

I first started working at the Laurels as Saturday staff whilst studying animal management at Hadlow College. Afterwards, I was offered the full-time kennel assistant job, which I gratefully accepted as I had wanted to work in the veterinary industry for as long as I can remember . As a child, I even dressed up as a veterinary nurse for World Book Day, bringing my "Vicky the Vet" book in.

I have always been around animals; from volunteering at a rescue centre, to loaning a horse and owning various animals including dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, a budgie, geckos, chickens and ducks. I have even fostered piglets until they were strong enough to cope on their own.