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.

Rebecca Meegan VN

Deputy Head Nurse

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.

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!

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. 

Hannah Grainger

 

Qualified 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.