Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) work alongside veterinary surgeons in order to provide a high standard of care for animals. Our Veterinary Nurses are involved in a wide range of care plans and treatment. RVNs provide skilled supportive care for sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision. RVNs also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care.
Sarah Church RVN NcertA&CC - Clinical Nurse Manager
Sarah started working in a veterinary practice in Wiltshire in 1998 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. She join the practice 2004 as the lead nurse at Bath Cats and Dogs home, moving to the Trowbridge surgery in 2006 and now is our clinical nursing manager who oversees the clinical side of our nursing team. She has a strong interest in anaesthesia and completed her nursing Certificate in Anaesthetsia and Critical Care back in 2010, She also a NVQ assessor and Pet Health Counsellor.
Sarah Holmes RVN APHC - Nurse Manager
Sarah started working in veterinary practice in Bournemouth in 1995 and qualified as a veterinary nurse at the Lynwood School of Nursing in 1998. She joined the practice in 2001 and is now our Nurse Manager, overseeing all of our nursing staff and client services. As well as her RVN, she is an Advanced Pet Health Counsellor and an NVQ assessor. Sarah also achieved Royal Canin's Pet Health Counsellor of the year award.
Kate Douse RVN - Senior Nurse
Kate qualified as a RVN in 2004, since then she has spent time travelling and locuming. In 2007 Kate joined Garston Veterinary Group and gained her Advanced PHC award in 2009. She is currently studying towards the Advanced Diploma in veterinary nursing and has a keen interest in medicine and emergency critical care. Kate has two beagles and keeps chickens.
Georgina Corteen RVN NcertA&CC - Senior Nurse
George qualified in 2005 with credit, since then she has spent 4 years in an orthopedic referral practice and 2 years in Australia working in a specialist practice in Brisbane. George has an Australian cattle dog called Blue who she rescued during her time in Australia and brought him back to the UK.
Gemma Smith RVN - Senior Nurse
Gemma began working for Garston Veterinary Group in 2003 as a kennel assistant, after completing a 3 year course in Animal Care at Lackham College. She completed her 3 years of training to become an RVN in 2008 and is now the Senior Nurse for our Westbury Surgery. Gemma find's her job interesting, fun and very rewarding. She enjoy's all areas especially working with clients and their pets. Gemma has a special interest in Dentistry care and live's in Devizes with her Border Terrier Bailey.
Tracie Farion RVN
Tracie joined Glenleigh in 1989 and commenced nurse training in 2003, qualifying in 2005. As well as her RVN she has gained a distinction in her Feline Friendly Nursing Award in 2011. Tracie lives in Trowbridge and enjoys horse riding.
Natalie Gowen VN PHC
Natalie joined Glenleigh in 1990 where she completed all her training and has enjoyed working there ever since. She has a special interest in nurse consultations, especially weight management clinics. Natalie has 2 siamese and 1 oriental cat.
Anna Rashleigh RVN
Anna has worked for Garston Veterinary Group for over 17 years. She qualified as a veterinary nurse from Lynwood school of nursing college in 2006 and enjoy's all aspects of her job. Anna live's locally, with her husband, 2 year old son Conor, cat Minky and their 3 ex battery chickens.
Gemma Coleman RVN
Gemma has worked for Garston Veterinary Practice for 14 years and qualified in 2007. She also gained her feline friendly nursing award in 2010. Gemma enjoys spending time with her family and walking her JRT Ted
Sarah Mangham RVN BSc(Hons)C&G Cert
Sarah qualified from Hartpury College with a degree in Veterinary Nursing Science and has been with the practise for 6 years. She has gained her certificate in Exotic species nursing in 2012. Sarah enjoys walking her two jack russells, Daisy and Arnie and spending time with her family.
Miriam Batson RVN
Miriam has worked for Garston Veterinary Practice for ten years. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008. Miriam is interested in canine behaviour and enjoys all aspects of her job. Miriam enjoys spending time with her family, swimming and walking. She also is interested in travel.
Jenny Thornton RVN Bsc(Hons)
Jenny qualified in 2008 with a degree in veterinary nursing/science. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys reading and walking her dog called Archie.
Vikki Marshall RVN
Vikki started veterinary nursing in 1998 and left to join the NHS. She returned to veterinary nursing in 2007 and qualified as an RVN in 2010. Vikki enjoys running nurse clinics and has a keen interest in laboratory work, nutrition and weight management. Vikki lives with her husband, son, 2 dogs (GSD and Bolognese)and cat. In her spare time she enjoys reading and baking.
Shelley Marklew RVN
Shelley qualified in 2009 and started working for Garston Veterinary Group in November 2011, she particularly enjoys medical nursing and looking after hospital patients. She has 2 cats, Molly and Ernie. Shelley also has a miniature schnauzer called Monty and she enjoys taking him on walking holidays as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Chloe Ackerman RVN Bsc(Hons)
Chloe graduated from Hartpury college in June 2013 with an honours degree, since graduation she has worked as an emergency and critical care night nurse in Bath. Chloe has 3 pets, a dog (dilly) and cat (chaos) and tortoise (Eric) and has a keen interest in exotics nursing. In her spare time she like to go trampolining.
Emma Page RVN Bsc (Hons)
Emma graduated from Harper Adams University in 2013 with an honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. Originally from Shropshire, Emma enjoys photography and spending time in the countryside, she also has an interest in travel. Whilst at work, Emma enjoys nursing hospitalised patients back to health and being in theatre.
Kelly Edmonds RVN
Kelly qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999, but then pursued a career within the NHS, working as a paramedic in the London Ambulance Service. Kelly has since returned to veterinary nursing. She lives on her smallholding with her husband, 3 year old daughter, dog, two cats and two horses. Kelly loves to cook, read and spend time with her family and animals.
Annmarie Sweet RVN
Annmarie joined us straight from school in 2006 and qualified as an RVN in 2014. She has 2 horses called Saffy and Otis.
"I want to pass on our sincere gratitude to the receptionists, nurses and vets for all the care, kindness and understanding which you gave to us all over the past 15 years as clients of your practice" Helen & Andrew Hodgson