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Veterinary Nurses

Heather O’Hagan RVN

Head Nurse

Heather joined our practice in 1990 as a trainee veterinary nurse and qualified in 1994. Since then Heather has had various career breaks while she looked after her three children and  we welcomed her back to the practice to work part-time after the birth of her youngest child. Heather has been the point of contact for all Insurance Claims and has trained as a Clinical Coach, having responsibility for training the student Veterinary Nurses.  In December 2018, Heather became the Head Nurse, taking over the mantle from Kim, in organising the day to day running of the nursing team and managing the stock and smooth running of the theatres, lab and other equipment.  Heather bakes a mean birthday cake!

Kimberley Underhill RVN

Kim joined the practice in 2003 as a trainee veterinary nurse and achieved her nursing qualification in 2008. Kim took maternity leave in 2011, and returned to part time work in 2012 after the birth of her son.  Following an internal reshuffle, Kim was promoted to role of Head Nurse, where she was responsible for organising the day to day running of the veterinary side of the practice including stock ordering, nurse training and rotas, and maintaining our theatre and laboratory facilities and equipment, among 1000's of other things.  Kim is currently on Maternity Leave having welcomed her second son to the world and will be returning in the Spring of 2019 on a part time basis so she can spend time with her growing family.

Stacey Bennett RVN

Clincal Coach

Stacey joined us as a student nurse in 2008 but had to suspend her studies to go on maternity leave. Stacey returned to work on a part-time basis in 2009 in order to balance spending time with her new son and to resume her course. She passed her nursing exams in April 2014. Stacey returned to work on a part time basis following the birth of her second child.  She has recently increased her hours and will be responsible for overseeing the training of our nurses to national standards as part of our role as an approved training practice.

Vicky Cormell RVN

Clinical Coach

Vicky originally came to The Lodge as a work experience student for her Animal Care course, and was employed by us in 2012 as a kennel assistant. She became part of the nursing team and has recently been successful in completing the Veterinary Nurse Training and is now  a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse.  Vicky has completed the Clinical Coach training, and alongside Vicky and Heather, she will be responsible for mentoring and training our student nurses to the national standards. Vicky has a rescued dog called 'Hendrix' and also shares her home with cats, fish and chickens!  

Kelly White RVN

Originally from Coventry, Kelly joined The Lodge in January 2015 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and achieved her RVN status in Summer 2018.  Kelly will be responsible for dealing with Insurance Claims, as well as assisting the student nurses to improve their knowledge and skills.  Kelly has two dogs - 'Tammy' and 'Alice' and a cat named George.  In the past Kelly has taken an interest in caring for wildlife, including hand rearing abandoned young animals.  In her spare time she enjoys 

Michelle McCluskey RVN

Originally a student nurse with the Practice, Michelle qualified as an RVN in 2009.  She has enjoyed some time travelling and locuming in different practices in the UK and in Australia, including referral practices.  A very experienced and skilled nurse, Michelle rejoined the Practice in May 2018 on a full time basis.  Currently on Maternity Leave following the arrival of her daughter (on Christmas Day!), Michelle plans to return to work full time in the Summer of 2019.  In the meantime, she has her hands full with her growing family and with her amazing Labrador Hugo.  

Claire Evans RVN

Claire joined our practice in 2008 as a trainee veterinary nurse and passed her nursing exams in April 2014. Claire left full time employment with the Practice in June 2018, when we lost her to play with horses, but she still comes in to the Practice on a Locum basis at the weekend.  In her spare time Claire greatly enjoys horse-riding and walking her dogs 'Megan', 'Skye' and 'Frankie'. She also has a longhaired rescue cat called 'Boycie'.reading and baking

Amanda Thorpe 

Amanda joined the Practice in September 2018 as a 2nd year student nurse.  She is currently juggling working full time with attending college, writing assignments and completing her nursing log.  Amanda is a lively new addition to the team and enjoys spending her down time with her two kittens Muffin and Crumpet.  

Emily Kelly  

Emily joined the Practice in February 2018 as a student nurse and commenced her training in September.  Emily has previously worked in a kennel environment and is confident dealing with dogs of all sizes.  Emily attends college every week and is making good progress in her first year.  In her spare time, Emily spends time with her family and her pets, including her rescue kittens, Hugo, Jasper and Florence.

Sarah Hill

Like Emily, Sarah joined the Practice in February 2018 as a student nurse and commenced her training in September. Sarah is making good progress in her first year.  Sarah has previously worked at the Children's Hospital, so she has been able to take the busy Practice environment in her stride.  Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and has a variety of pets, including a new family puppy, Mabel the cat and three rabbits, one of which she has hand reared from a baby.  

Gillian Lewis

Gill joined the practice as a veterinary nurse in 2001. Gill works part time in our Coleshill surgery and spends the rest of her time looking after her two young children, her dogs including Murphy the three legged Labrador Retriever and numerous cats!