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.

Clinical Nurse 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 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 Anaesthesia and Critical Care in 2010, She is also a NVQ assessor and Pet Health Counsellor.

Marketing 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 as head nurse, then progressed to Nurse manager and finally Marketing Manager. As well as her RVN, she is an Advanced Pet Health Counsellor winning many awards including PHC of the year, practice of the year and biggest business impact. Sarah lives in Gillingham, Dorset with her husband and 2 son's.

Assistant Nurse Manager

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.

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.

Sinead qualified in London in 1994 and now lives in Frome with her husband & 2 sons. She 2 cats called Matilda & Charlotte and whippet/lurcher called Pippa. Sinead enjoys consulting and has a particular interest in dentistry.

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. She also gained her feline friendly nursing award in 2010. Gemma enjoys spending time with her family and walking her JRT Ted.

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 left to join the NHS. She returned to veterinary nursing in 2007 and qualified in 2010. Vikki enjoys running nurse clinics and has a keen interest in Nutrition and weight management. She Completed her certificate in canine and feline veterinary health nutrition and her advanced pet health counsellor course in 2015. Vikki lives with her husband, son and 3 dogs (2 Bolognese and 1 keeshond) which she enjoys showing and cat. In her spare time she enjoys 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 became an RVN in September 2014 and joined us in January 2015. Tracy lives with her husband and 2 cats. she enjoys traveling, going to the cinema and socializing with friends.

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 from Harper Adams University in 2014. She has recently returned to the country after volunteering in Africa, spending the majority of her time working at the largest Orphan Rhino sanctuary in the world. Here she was placed in ICU and cared for the babies (Khanya - 7 months, Rose - 5 months and Rubybelle - 1 month who had all sadly lost their family as a result of poaching). She also hand reared two Duikers (Richie from 3 weeks old and Flick from 1 day old). After this she visited Chipangali in Zimbabwe where she was able to help care for a range of animals including owl, monkeys, lions, leopards, and Hyenas.

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!

After completing a year of work experience, Yasmin became a kennel assistant in 2012 and has worked her way up through the nursing structure to qualify as an RVN in 2018.  In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding and walking her dog, Callie.

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 hope's to gain more confidence in her nursing skills before she starts the new level of nursing and completing a specialised certificate.

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.

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