Registered Veterinary Nurses

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.

Nursing and Practice Standards Manager

Sarah started working in a veterinary practice in Wiltshire in 1998 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. She joined the practice 2004 as the lead nurse at Bath Cats and Dogs home, moving to the Trowbridge surgery as head nurse in 2006. In 2012 she became clinical nurse manager who oversaw the clinical side of our nursing team, in 2016 she became the nursing and practice standards manager and oversees nursing and standards within all our surgeries. Sarah has a strong interest in anaesthesia and completed her nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in 2010. She lives in the local area with her husband, 2 children and dog called Chester. 

Marketing Manager

Sarah started working in veterinary practice in Bournemouth in 1995 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998. She joined the practice in 2001 as Head Nurse, then progressed to Nurse Manager in 2011 and Marketing Manager in 2015. Sarah has always had a keen interest in client services, she is the main face behind our social media platforms and community events, gaining a few awards for the practice along the way. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys managing her home renovation project with her husband and teenage sons, she also loves to visit a local nursing home with her therapy dog Watson.

Assistant Nurse Manager

Gemma began working for Garston Veterinary Group in 2003 as a nursing 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, she then became senior nurse in 2013 then moved up to Assistant Nurse Manger in 2015. Since becoming an RVN, she has completed certificates in dentistry and emergency and critical care. Gemma find's her job interesting, fun and very rewarding. She enjoys all areas especially emergency care.

 

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.

Frome Lead Nurse

Anna has worked for Garston Veterinary Group for over 20 years. She qualified as a veterinary nurse from Lynwood school of nursing college in 2006 and enjoy's all aspects of her job especially dentistry. Anna lives locally, with her husband, 2 sons, cat, rescue greyhound and 4 rescue chickens.

Gemma has worked for Garston Veterinary Practice for many years and qualified in 2007 and gaining her Feline Friendly Nursing award in 2010. Gemma enjoys spending time with her family and walking her JRT Ted.

Orthopaedic Nurse

George started working at Garston Veterinary Group in 2001 as a kennel assistant andreceptionist, then became a student Veterinary Nurse, qualifing in 2005. George worked in an orthopaedic referral practice for 4 years and lived and worked in a specialist practice in Australia for 2 years, before returning us in 2011.

She has a keen interest in orthopaedics, anaesthesia and analgesia and lives with her husband, children and Australian Cattle dog called Blue.

Sarah qualified from Hartpury College with a degree in Veterinary Nursing Science and has been with the practice 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.

Vikki started Veterinary Nursing in 1998 and then left to join the NHS.  She returned to Veterinary Nursing in 2007 and qualified in 2010.  Vikki enjoys running nurse consults and is currently Westbury's Nurse supervisor. Vikki has a keen interest in nutrition, canine reproduction and weight management. She completed her certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition and became an Advanced Pet Health Councellor in 2015 and gained a certificate in feline nursing in 2019. Vikki lives with her husband, son and 3 dogs (Keeshonds) which she enjoys showing.  In her spare time she enjoys craft, reading and baking.

Annmarie joined us straight from school in 2006 and qualified as an RVN in 2014. She has a horse and 2 mad dogs called Tinker and Pepper, in her spare time she likes to spend lots of time walking over Exmoor. Annmarie gained her certificate in anaesthesia in 2016.

Tracy joined the nurse team in 2015 after qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2014. Tracy is a Feline Friendly nurse at our Trowbridge surgery. She has 2 cats called Mia and Sam and enjoys walking, photography and going to concerts

Bethany joined us in March 2015. She worked for 2 years at another practice where she completed her training and qualified as an RVN in December 2014. She has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Moo who looks like a cow (hence the name)and loves cuddles. In her spare time Beth enjoys cooking, going for walks, spending time with family, watching films and eating out.

Jess went straight into nursing from school and qualified as an ANA (animal nursing assistant). She qualified as an RVN in October 2012. Jess lives with her husband, 5 dogs and a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys caring for her horse and taking the dogs on long walks.

Claire joined us in 2011 and became an RVN in 2017. In her spare time, Claire enjoy's hula hooping and walking her border collie Rusty Bucket, who loves tennis balls, swimming and muddy puddles.

Sarah qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from Harper Adams University in 2014. From here she went on to work in a Veterinary Hospital for couple years before leaving to work in South Africa with Rhinos. Sarah joined us here at Garston in 2017 working mainly in our Warminster branch with her main interests being theatre and inpatient care. She lives locally with her partner and has two dogs a gorgeous black Labrador and a cheeky sausage dog... on wheels. 

Night Nurse

Laura started working at our Trowbridge surgery in 1997 on Saturdays before becoming a student nurse. Laura qualified as an RVN in 2003 and has been working as a night nurse for the last 7 years as she especially enjoys emergency work and caring for critically ill patients, gaining her certificate in 2017. When she is not at work, Laura enjoys spending time with her 3 year old son and guinea pigs. She is also partial to a spot of horse riding and zumba!

Shannon start at Garston Veterinary Group as a work experience student in 2010 and becoming a Kennel Assistant a year later. In 2012 Shannon gained a distinction in animal management at Lackham College, which encouraged her to start the foundation degree in veterinary nursing at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. In July 2018 Shannon for filled her life long ambition and qualified as a veterinary nurse. Shannon loves meeting pets and their owners during nurse consultations. She also has a cat called Bonnie who loves to eat and sleep. 

Warminster Lead Nurse

Gemma started working in a Veterinary Practice in Dorset in 2000 and qualified in 2004. She started working for Garston Vets in 2019 as Lead Veterinary Nurse in Warminster after working in another practice in Dorset/Somerset for 16 years. During this time Gemma has gained a lot of experience and completed many extra courses to continue professional development including becoming a SQP, Clinical Coach and also being head Nurse for a period of time. She enjoys all aspects of her job and likes the variety that is involved. Gemma lives in Gillingham with her Husband, 2 Daughters, a dog called Parker, Ginger Cat called Parsnip and 2 Guinea pigs called Reggie and Ozzie and enjoys holidays abroad, socialising with friends and going to exercise classes as often as possible.

Vicky started working for Garston in September 2019. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2006. She has just returned to the industry after a 5 year 'break' to raise her 2 children. She is working at our Trowbridge surgery as a kennel assistant and is putting her nursing skills to use when required. In her spare time she enjoys walks with her husband, children and Labrador Henry. She also has a cat and 2 guinea pigs!

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