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  We are seeing lots of pets with fleas, see below for how to best get rid of them

Meet the Staff - Nurses

Helen Howard RVN

Helen Howard RVN

 
Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Helen has been a qualified nurse since 2003, and has been with us since 2004.. She is responsible for organising the practice dispensary, and the nurses' rota. Away from work, she is married, with a son. Helen breeds and shows Hungarian Vizlas, whippets and Shih Tzus, and has won best of breed at Crufts with the Shih Tzus three times.

Laura Crarer RVN

 
Qualified Veterinary Nurse
 
Laura has been with us since 2010, and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2015. Laura is our nursing team manager, and organises the nursing team She particularly enjoys nursing the critical patients, and helping the vets in theatre. She has two cats, Boris and Elliott who she rescued as kittens.
She is currently on maternity leave having had a baby boy in April 2017.
Laura Crarer RVN

Maxine Wells RVN

Maxine Wells RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

After having a varied start to her career including working for the RSPCA, Maxine joined us as our first ever kennel maid - but we quickly spotted her potential and she moved into veterinary nursing, qualifying in 2004. Her main interests are in behaviour, and she has an Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training. She runs the practice puppy parties. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her three dogs. She is the very proud owner of 2 donkeys (Humphrey and Barney) who came from a rescue centre! 

Lindsay Cotterill RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Lindsay joined us in 2001 as an office assistant, she then worked as a receptionist, before moving into what she really wanted to do, which was nursing! Her main interests are surgical nursing, and running the practice weight watchers scheme (for pets, not staff!). She has two sons, a lively dog called Harley, and enjoys camping
 
 
Lindsay Cotterill RVN

Ruth Bock RVN

Ruth Bock RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Ruth joined the practice in 2008 as a newly qualified nurse. Her special interests are rabbits and guinea pigs, and she has a wealth of experience in nursing these species. Outside of work, she is an avid reader, and loves going to the theatre. She has a three-legged dog called Jess and two guinea pigs (Sigfus and Heska).
 
 

Natasha Elliott RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Natasha joined us in September 2010, having qualified as a veterinary nurse in Leicestershire. She enjoys socialising with friends and family, and has a miniature schnauzer called Mia. Natasha is a petrol head, and loves going to car shows.
Natasha Elliott RVN

Natasha Smith RVN

Natasha Smith RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Tash joined us in 2006, and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2013. She has two young sons and three dogs who all keep her very busy!

Karen Jenkins RVN


Qualifield Veterinary Nurse

Karen has been with us since April 2009. She has had a variety of jobs previously, including midwifery and medical sales, with her last job being at a boarding kennels. She enjoys learning new things, and recently completed a degree in computing with the Open University. She qualified in 2013, and enjoys all aspects of her job. Away from work, she likes reading, walking her dog, cake decorating and recently had a holiday on a Spanish Alpaca farm.
 
 
Karen Jenkins RVN

Claire Foster RVN

Claire Foster RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Claire has been with us since April 2014, she joined us as maternity cover and never left!  She qualified in 2004 and has previously worked in practices in Cheshire and Staffordshire.  Away from work, she enjoys walking with her dogs or riding her motorbike.  She has two dogs, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (with a pacemaker!) and an American Akita.
 
 

Lindsey Southam RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Lindsey has been with the practice since June 2015. She qualified in 2012, and worked previously at a vets in Matlock. She enjoys all aspects of the job, and is interested in veterinary anaesthesia. Her hobbies include going on spectacularly long walks, and she has just taken up running.
She has a cat with one eye and three legs.
 
 



Bobbi-dee Buckley RVN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse


Bobbi-dee qualified in 2015, and joined our nursing team in April 2017. She is particularly interested in nursing critical patients, and enjoys being in the operating theatres. Away from work, she likes spending time outdoors (when it's sunny!) and exploring sights all over the world. She loves meeting new people. She does a fitness class, and has recently set herself a new 15km obstacle race challenge. She plays the ukulele.
 
 

Megan Hall RVN


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Megan qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016, and joined us at Alfreton Park in April 2017. Before this she worked as a groom. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, but especially nursing critically ill patients, and loves the satisfaction of seeing them get better. She has a horse and 2 dogs, and spends most of her spare time walking and riding. She also enjoys travelling, and went to Tanzania on a safari in 2016, which she found amazing, and she hopes to go again.
 
 
Megan Hall

Lexy Else


Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Lexy joined us in 2012 as a kennels/cattery assistant, having studied animal care at Broomfield College. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2017. She enjoys playing with her cat, going to the cinema, keeping fit and spending time with her boyfriend.
 
Lexy Else

Donna Layton

Donna Layton


Nursing Assistant

Donna joined our team in 2015. Previously, she worked for Vets Now, and prior to that was an Administration Team Leader at Kings Mill hospital. She is married with two girls and three step-children. In her spare time she enjoys walking her collie x mastiff dog Poppy, and does a crazy Impact Fitness class. She loves running and has done several half marathons. Her ambition to run a full marathon was realised in May 2017 when she completed the Liverpool marathon. 
 
 

Sharni Hunt


Kennels and Cattery Assistant

Sharni has been with us since 2014, joining us from Broomfield College where she completed a level 3 course in Animal Management. She enjoys everything about her work here! Away from work, she enjoys clay pigeon shooting, shopping and going to the cinema. Her pets keep her busy - she has a dog, a snake called Tango and tropical fish.
 
 
Sharni Hunt

Verity Harper

Verity Harper


Kennels and Cattery Assistant

Verity joined our team in 2017, and helps look after all the in-patients.She had been at University for 2 years before this, before deciding she wanted a job with practical skills. She enjoys all aspects of her job but especially cuddling all the puppies that come in! She would like to train as a nurse eventually.
She has a hamster called Henry, and in her spare time enjoys horse riding and reading. 
 



Having Trouble with Fleas?

Having Trouble with Fleas?

We are seeing high numbers of pets with fleas, some having been treated with well known flea products. Please click the photo for more information about fleas, and the newer flea control products now available.

Pet Plan Awards

Pet Plan Awards

Pet Plan Award nominations are now open! Have our vets, nurses or receptionists gone above and beyond to help you or your pet? If so, you can nominate them for a Pet Plan Award. Click on the image above for more details. The closing date is 12th January

Cat Friendly Clinic

Cat Friendly Clinic

We are one of only four practices in Derbyshire recognised by the ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) as being a Cat Friendly Practice. Click on the image for more information

Reverse Sneezing

Reverse Sneezing

Does your dog make a weird snorting choking sound sometimes? It could be Reverse Sneezing. Click on the photo for more information