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Small Animals (North Walsham)

Chris Tomlinson
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Chris Tomlinson

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Hello, I'm Chris Tomlinson, I was brought up in rural Hertfordshire before going to Bristol University where I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1980. I then worked in mixed general practice in Cornwall where I met and married my wife Shawn.

We applied to the Church Missionary Society and we were placed to work at an agricultural centre in Tanzania 30 miles from the town of Musoma and we were there for 3 years working with dairy cattle, sheep and goats. We then relocated to eastern Tanzania inland from Tanga to do extension work training farmers in the techniques of zero grazing cattle for milk production.

Returning back to the UK with 4 children under the age of 5, we settled in Norfolk where I worked mainly with the farming side of the business and completed a diploma in Bovine Reproduction at Liverpool University. Eight years ago I moved across to the small animal side of the practice as I have a particular interest in medicine and practice management.

Outside of vetting I enjoy spending time with my family, renovating our old farmhouse, church and getting out into the Norfolk countryside whether on a bike, walking or in a canoe!
Toby Morrell
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Toby Morrell

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Originally from Nottingham I qualified in 2005 from the Royal Veterinary College in London. After 2 years of trying to emulate James Herriot in a mixed practice in Burton on Trent, I married Rebecca, also a vet, and we took an extended honeymoon travelling around Latin America for a year. In a moment of clarity during the trip we realised that Norfolk was the place we wished to settle and moved here on our return to England in 2008, bringing our lurcher Gypsy with us. I spent 6 years working for Taverham Vets and the night service where I gained a wealth of experience in emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging and keyhole surgery. Having extended our family with the addition of a dachshund-terrier cross called Ralph 4 years ago and more significantly the birth of our daughter, Eva, 2 years ago, I was keen to work closer to my North Norfolk home. Through friends and family I have always had a close affinity with Westover Vets and when the opportunity arose to join the practice in 2014 it was too good to turn down.When I am not working or with my family I love all things sport related and being outdoors, grabbing a few hours fishing when time allows! Always a keen footballer my boots have been less used recently as I have tried to juggle swimming, cycling and running as part of my triathlon training. There's a fair chance you may see me out and about, if not walking the dogs with my family then cycling or running the roads and footpaths of North Norfolk.
Michael Sims
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Michael Sims

Veterinary Surgeon
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I qualified from Liverpool in 1971 when Led Zeppelin were reaching their peak and Nottingham Forest were a force to be reckoned with.

After a lengthy spell in Bradford around the time of the Yorkshire Ripper, I was offered a position with the Jamaican Society For The prevention Of Cruelty To Animals based in Kingston Town and Montego Bay.

This at a time when Bob Marley was mighty and gang warfare ruled the night streets of the Jamaican capital. For this reason I turned the job down.

Macclesfield beckoned. Joy Division sang of misery. I was then employed to develop the Small Animal side of a predominantly Large Animal Practice. Which I did while learning the fine art of book binding.

At the end of the 1970s, I set up my own practice in Wilmslow, an elegant North Cheshire town, which, along with Alderley Edge, Mottram St. Andrew and Prestbury, was highly favoured by Manchester footballers and Coronation Street ministars.

I was there for the best part of twenty years, and as a supplement to my veterinary skills, I learned how to be a pretty hopeless businessman.

Myself and my wife travelled a lot. Africa, India, Borneo, Central America, You name it. Photographing wild animals and birds.

Wilmslow changed – picturesque shops replaced by building societies and tat emporia. All night drinking and Black Mariahs patrolling the streets at nights.

I sold my practice and came to Norfolk. I then proceeded to fall off the side of a building in 2000 and have been hobbling ever since. Almost fourteen years now.

Be patient with me …!
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Will Nash

Veterinary Surgeon
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Ann-Marie Coughlan

Veterinary Surgeon
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I grew up in Ireland and qualified from UCD Dublin in 2008. I worked in mixed practice in the West of Ireland for a year before moving to Norfolk to focus on small animals. The warm weather and friendly people enticed me stay, Norfolk becoming my home away from home.I live in the countryside with my 2 cats Hissy and Gams. I also have a pony Sprite who traveled with me from Ireland. Him and I try our hand at dressage, showjumping and the odd cross country course.I enjoy small animal medicine and hope to further my skills and knowledge as part of the team at West over
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Simon Bewsey-Dyke

Veterinary Surgeon
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I grew up on the island of Guernsey and took a somewhat circuitous route into veterinary medicine, having initially worked in the marine industry as a yacht skipper. After spending several years bobbing around on boats in various sunny and agreeable places, I eventually decided to get a real job and follow in my mother’s footsteps to become a vet. I attended Cambridge University where I met my lovely wife Lizzie, also a vet, and after six halcyon years eventually graduated in 2014. Following university we spent time working in mixed practice in the Westcountry and back in the Channel Islands before deciding to move to Norfolk to settle down and start a family – our first son, Rupert, joined us soon afterwards. I love getting out and exploring the Norfolk countryside and coast - often in the company of my loony dog, Douglas, whose main interest is attempting to personally greet every pheasant in the county. I still love messing around on boats and generally galloping around on horses. Professionally I have a keen interest in surgery and anaesthesia, and hope to develop these interests here as part of the team.
Rebecca Clayton
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Rebecca Clayton

Veterinary Surgeon
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Norfolk born and bred I grew up just east of Norwich. I moved to London to study at the Royal Veterinary College, where I qualified in 2017. I always knew I wanted to return to Norfolk and I am delighted to be working at Westover. I enjoy both medicine and surgery and love working with the lovely team here. In my spare time I will be found walking Miniature Schnauzer Robbie or with Irish Sport Horse Stuart. I like our beautiful beaches and may occasionally take a dip in the sea, but only in the warmer weather!
Lorenzo Bianchini
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Lorenzo Bianchini

Veterinary Surgeon
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Hello, I’m Lorenzo Bianchini, I was born in Tuscany and I qualified in Veterinary Medicine in PisaUniversity in Italy.After this, with my long-time fiancée (now wife) Cinzia, a vet too, we decided to move to Australia to work in a Thoroughbred Stud.We returned in Italy in 2015 and we started our career in Small animal medicine in a veterinary hospital in North Italy. After a brief break within the industry as an area manager in a pharmaceutical firm, we both decided to change our lives and to come to England to work for Westover, Nor-folk is a great place to live! My main field of interest is the exotic pet medicine, especially reptiles.When I’m not at work I like to take long trips around the country with my wife, going to explore the beaches and so on... I never get bored! We have a beautiful Persian cat called Romeo.
Caterine Burke
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Caterine Burke

Veterinary Surgeon
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Originally from the West of Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2013 to pursue Veterinary Science as a second degree. I had previously completed a Zoology degree in my home town of Galway and went on to graduate as a vet from the University of Liverpool in July 2018. The coast, the countryside and the very friendly team at Westover was what attracted me to this part of the world and I’m loving being a part of the Westover team. In my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit – you will usually find me at a local parkrun on a Saturday morning and I am partial to the odd sea swim – although I work hard to balance it all out with a lot of baking.
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Sarah Watts

Registered Head Nurse
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I started work at Westover Veterinary Centre in February 2009 after completing the First Diploma in animal care at Easton College.

I have a variety of animals including a Papillon called Lilli.

I passed the Veterinary Nursing Diploma in April 2014 and am now a Qualified Veterinary Nurse.
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Sue Gregson

Registered Vet Nurse
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Mel Jordan

Registered Senior Nurse
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I began working at Westover Veterinary Centre in 1997. I attended Berkshire College of Agriculture to gain my Veterinary Nursing qualification, which I achieved in January 2000. I then undertook further courses including the assessor qualification to train student nurses in 2003 and a veterinary nursing of exotic species award in 2004. I also travelled with one of the vets to Spain to take part in a charity campaign to neuter cats.

I joined Easton College in March 2004 as a lecturer and course tutor in veterinary nursing. I studied at City College Norwich during the evening to gain the Certificate in Education and also completed the Internal Verification qualification. I worked closely with the reptiles on site at Easton and also travelled to South Africa with a group of students to volunteer on the Shamwari Game Reserve during the summer of 2007.

I enjoyed much success with my students whilst at Easton and re-joined Westover Veterinary Centre full time in January 2011 becoming a Head Nurse in May of that year.

I am especially interested in theatre and surgical nursing as well as being a clinical coach for student nurses. In my spare time I ride an excitable pony belonging to a large animal colleague. I am currently undertaking further studies with the Royal Veterinary College, doing a graduate Diploma in Clincial and Professional Veterinary Nursing.
Karen Smith
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Karen Smith

Registered Nurse
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I began Veterinary Nursing in 2000 after deciding upon a radical career change, having completed my A levels at college I started an apprenticeship in an architectural practice where I remained for 5 years, during this time I gained a diploma in Building Studies.

Realising this career path was not after all where I wanted to be heading I chanced an interview for a Veterinary Nursing position here at Westover Veterinary Centre. They must have seen potential or enthusiasm because despite my lack of experience with animals – I owned a hamster as a young girl and gained my pet lovers badge at brownies! – they offered me the job!

I went on to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse in 2003 and with a particular interest in exotics I was awarded a City & Guilds Certificate in Nursing of Exotic Species in 2004.

I then trained as a student Assessor in 2005 and am currently a clinical coach.

I married Andrew in 2007 and we have two sons – Barney and Chester.

In 2011 I completed two cat behaviour courses, being awarded distinctions in both and now offer cat behaviour advice clinics. I own two cats , Billy and Flo. A rabbit named Buster and a handful of chickens and ducks.
Tasha Hudson
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Tasha Hudson

Registered Nurse
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I grew up in the village of Bradfield. I went to Antingham and Southrepps Primary School and then went on to North Walsham High School. After getting the GCSE’s I needed I went to Easton College to do a National Diploma in Animal Management leaving with the grade of triple distinction.

I joined Westover in June 2008 and have been here since. I rescued a rabbit who had over grown incisors which were so bad they needed to be removed. After his operation he became a house rabbit named ‘Dylan’. I also rescued a 3week old kitten which had been abandoned with a prolapsed rectum, the little kitten needed surgery to rectify this problem so I took her home to nurse her and ended up keeping her and she is now a little monster named ‘Mollie’. I recently passed the Veterinary Nursing Diploma and am now a Qualified Veterinary Nurse. I love being a nurse and wouldn’t change it for anything.
Emma Broughton
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Emma Broughton

Registered Nurse
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I was brought up surrounded by a variety of pets and an ambition to one day become a veterinary nurse.After leaving school I went to Easton College to gain the National Animal Care Diploma, however a year into my studies in May 2000, I got the opportunity to become a trainee veterinary nurse at Westover and have been here ever since.I qualified in February 2006 and enjoy all aspects of my work. I especially like running nurse clinics as I enjoy supporting people of all ages in providing good health care to their pets.I live with my 4 children and a small menagerie of pets. In my spare time I run a Beaver Scout colony. I also enjoy performing on stage and helping crew backstage with a local amateur dramatics society.
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Katie Eccles

Registered Nurse
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I joined Westover as a volunteer in January 2015 and became a student nurse the following September. I qualified November 2018. When I left school I fell into a childcare job which led me to completing a degree in Early Years. I lived in Australia for two and a half years and on my return to England I saw this as an opportunity to fulfill my dream at becoming a veterinary nurse. When I am not busy studying I enjoy walks with my two labradors Stanley and Rosie.
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Kellie Brown

Registered Vet Nurse
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I joined Westover Vets at the beginning of May 2016 at the end of my second year of veterinary nurse training. I had previously worked and trained at a veterinary clinic in Norwich for almost 3 years and previous to that I worked at the local animal rescue centre. I am completing the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Easton&Otley College where I attend once a week. My interests at work are anesthesia, theater and hospitalised nursing care. At home, I have a teacup yorkshire terrier x chihuahua called Tiny and a cat called Willow. I enjoy walks at the beach, baking and horse riding whenever I get the opportunity. I am set to qualify as a veterinary nurse in 2017 and can't wait!
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Hannah Siggee

Trainee Veterinary Nurse
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I started working at Westover in March 2017 where I began pursuing my life long ambition to become a Veterinary Nurse. I am currently in my second year of training and I am due to qualify in July 2020.I enjoy all aspects of my job but particularly enjoy nursing hospitalised patients. I have always had a keen interest in animals and their care, having grown up with dogs and owned a variety of small furries throughout my child hood. Outside of work I enjoy spending time in the countryside with my young pony Jimmy or cuddling up on the sofa with Bella my rescue cat.
Susan Mingay
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Susan Mingay

Dispensary Manager
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I am the Small Animal departments’ longest serving member of staff having starting work at Westover Veterinary Centre 25 years ago. i started out as a trainee veterinary nurse when the practice was known as Gittins, Duncanson and Ellis and was a mixed practice (small and large).

I left full time work 15 years ago to raise my family, coming back part time and gradually increasing my hours to 25 hours a week. I have always dealt with our drug ordering and became our Pharmacy Supervisor five years ago.

I have a menagerie of various animals at home including cats, snakes, a tortoise, a rabbit and 14 guinea pigs, hence my nick name – the guinea pig lady!
Nina Dalziel
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Nina Dalziel

Trainee Veterinary Nurse
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I moved to Norwich 6 years ago where I began my nursing career. I have been at Westover since July 2018 in which I hope to fulfill my dream of becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I live at home with my two bulldogs, Winston & William and enjoy spending my spare time riding and competing my two horses Molly and Floyd.
Lynn Fielder
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Lynn Fielder

Group Practice Manager
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I joined the practice in June 2014.

I have previously worked for training organisations and charities focusing on teaching, coaching and assessing.

Originally from Kent, I have kept the thread of working with horses throughout my career and am now enjoying working with the Westover team and the challenges of a small animal practice.

I come from a farming background courtesy of my husband John, and can be seen driving a tractor at hay making time. I am a British Horse Society Instructor and continue to enjoy my horses as a hobby, competing “Charlie”, a 16.1hh Oldenburg gelding, at affiliated regional dressage competitions.
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Jan Dodge

Reception
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Born in London, after living in Hertfordshire for over 20 years I re-located with my family for a slower pace of life in Norfolk in 2003. I have worked as a part-time Receptionist at Westover Veterinary Centre for six and a half years which I have found to be both enjoyable and challenging, meeting interesting owners and their pets.

After losing my faithful companions Bella (a GSD aged 13) in 2010 and Charlie (a collie x aged 17) in 2011, I now have two new dogs (after convincing myself that I couldn’t replace them!) Bonkers Bob a 14 month pointer x collie an adolescent with the sense of a pea, lovable none the less. Last month my husband rescued a 1 yr old Lab x GSD renamed Sky, who has Bobs share of brain and hopefully will teach him to listen. They both love each other very much and share everything. I also have a crazy Amazon Orange Wing parrot who doesn’t stop talking through all the good tv programmes and a naughty torti cat called Lola, who loves you when the mood takes her. When all is said and done they make life very interesting.
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Sarah Hannant

Reception
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I joined Westover in January this year and am enjoying my new role on the reception desk.

Born and raised in Norfolk, I enjoy the outdoors, walking her 8 year old GSD ‘Jasper’ through the local countryside. I with my family rehomed ‘Jasper’ from F.A.I.T.H. in April 2008. He is the second dog we have rescued. In April 2000 we also rescued ‘Jet’ a collie cross who lived to be 14 years old. I also enjoy gardening, baking and reading. Recently I have also achieved a level 3 qualification in Customer services.

I am married to Steve and we live in Southrepps, with ourr youngest son, Tom.
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Bev Rouse

Reception
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Originally from Yorkshire, myself and my family have lived in many parts of the UK and Europe, due to my husband’s 26 years service in the Royal Air Force. During that time, I immersed myself in the Air Force life undertaking various voluntary roles within the RAF community. As Norfolk was our first, last and favourite posting, we decided to settle here some 18 years ago.

I joined Westover Veterinary Centre in 2008, as a part-time receptionist, a role I continue to enjoy as no two days are ever the same. Having had many pets over the years, including two rats presented to me one birthday by my husband and son as a ‘surprise’ (and they certainly were! ) and my beloved Border Terrier, I can fully empathise with owners during both the happy and sad times. In 2014 I successfully achieved a Level 3 qualification in Customer Service. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening and long walks on the beautiful Norfolk beaches.
Lyn Bothway
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Lyn Bothway

Reception
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I joined Westover in April 2009 and am currently the only full time receptionist here at North Walsham.

Since joining I have taken and passed the Sage Accounts stage 1 and stage 2 exams and have achieved the level 3 in customer services.

At home I have 2 cats, both black and white called Mabel and Macy who are full of life and I love very much.I also had until December 2014 Mars who should be in the record books as being one of the unluckiest (or maybe it should be luckiest!!!) cats alive having survived three serious RTA`s plus many other health issues. Some will remember my previous blog about his life and shortly I hope to write the next part so watch this space!!!

I love working at Westover despite some of the obvious sad times and have made some great friends both work colleagues and clients.
Sally Theodore
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Sally Theodore

Accounts Administrator
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Originally from Hertfordshire, I moved to Norfolk in 2004. Having followed a career in a hospital library for seven years, I left to raise my family. I began work at Westover Veterinary Centre in Dec 2008 as a part time Account Clerk. This role has gradually grown over time and with the retirement of the Practice Manager, I was offered the role of Practice Administrator and the role has recently changed to Accounts Administrator. My role within the practice is incredibly varied and includes managing the practice accounts and supporting the Partners. I have recently been awarded the VPAC qualification plus gaining a Distinction in the Certificate of Business Management. I have also gained my level 3 AAT certificate.
Lynda Darby
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Lynda Darby

Assistant nurse & receptionist
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Hello, my name is Lynda. Born and bred in Norfolk I live in Smallburgh with my partner Mervyn and our two black labradors, Cranberry and Tess. I worked for Royal Mail for 15 years delivering post out of Stalham. While there I studied at Great Yarmouth college and qualified as a painter and decorator, setting up my own business which lasted for 10 years. In 2009 I started working for the East of England Ambulance Service carrying out patient transport. In 2015 I started doing work experience for Westover with whom I am now employed working across several areas within the practice. I love animals and meeting people and am proud to be part of this friendly team.
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Sophie Johnson

Receptionist
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I joined Westover in March 2017 on a Customer Service Apprenticeship, and it’s safe to say I’m loving every minute of it as I’m still here almost two years later! In that time, I have completed my NVQ and I am now a fully qualified receptionist. Alongside completing my apprenticeship, I have qualified as a First Aider for Westover and I have also just completed my British Veterinary Reception Association (BVRA) Bronze Award. I’m looking forward to gaining more qualifications whilst spending my time here at Westover.When I’m not at work you’ll find me walking my 3 little pooches Rocco, Roxy & Darcy.
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Jane Rand

Receptionist
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I joined Westover in 2017 having previously worked in education as a lecturer and manager in the Equine and Animal Care sector. Born and raised in Norfolk, I have 2 horses and 2 dogs. I enjoy walking, riding, gardening, have a passion for animal welfare and enjoy meeting new people.ontent
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Lizzie Griggs

Animal Nursing Assistant
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I grew up in a small village in the beautiful Norfolk countryside not too far from Norwich. Unsure what career path to follow leaving school, but having always found animals really interesting, I decided to study Zoology at the University of Exeter.Shortly after leaving University I realised that becoming a veterinary nurse would be the perfect job for me. I started volunteering at Westover Vets in March 2018, and am now really happy to be working as an Animal Nursing Assistant. I hope to complete my nursing training here in the future.At home I have two adorable but mischievous dogs; a cocker spaniel named Bandit, and a cockapoo called Jumble.

 

Large Animals (Hainford)

Ann Kent
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Ann Kent

Director
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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, qualifying with a distinction in my equine elective: animal husbandry and veterinary hygiene. I've always been passionate about equine work, completing my certificate in Equine Practice in 2000, and continuing to push myself academically and professionally.

I'm a senior Veterinary Surgeon at Great Yarmouth Racecourse, as well as working at other local courses, point-to-points and the Royal Norfolk Show. I also enjoyed being one of the vets at the London 2012 Olympic Games, covering the dressage, eventing, show jumping and modern pentathlon.

In 2013 I was fortunate to be sponsored to go to the International Camelid Conference and see camelid practice in Oregon, USA to further my camelid knowledge.

I have two daughters, Emily and Annabel, who both ride and are members of the Pony Club. In my spare time I compete my own horse Zircao in affiliated dressage and riding club activities, and am bringing on a young warmblood . I also run a small flock of sheep and have chickens, bantams, three peafowl, Dennis, Rosie and Brenda, tropical fish, two dogs, and a long suffering husband, Nick!
Tom Hume
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Tom Hume

Director
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I moved to Norfolk from Kent in 2005 and discovered the place I wanted to make my home. I have worked for all that time at Westover Vets and have developed a passion for livestock businesses and cows!

My other clinical interests are all aspects of fertility (from implanting bovine embryos to AI on horses) and equine dentistry. In 2014 I completed my certificate in advanced veterinary practice which focused on equine reproduction and dentistry.

In 2018 I was lucky enough to be accepted on to the “Developing Beef Expertise” program run by AHDB with the aim of improving the depth of knowledge of vets and consultants to the beef industry.

In 2018, disappointed by the sale of local independent vet practices to the big corporate groups, I persuaded my fellow directors to let me start up a new practice – Breckland vets. This has been a really exciting new challenge, starting with a very small, close knit team and trying to re-create the stereotypical traditional vet practice that James Herriott might have worked in, but with the most up to date kit, medical knowledge and focus on profitable and responsible ways to farm.

Outside of work my hobbies include cows (a small herd of Simmentals) and sport. I play a bit of squash, run a bit and enjoy all aspects of food – growing, cooking and eating! I have a very long suffering wife (Justina) and two energetic children (Henry and Florence).

Ben Crowter
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Ben Crowter

Clinical Director
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A new kid on the block at Westover, yet working in familiar territory, having lived in the Broads since I was 10. After graduating from Cambridge in 2011 I moved around the East a fair bit, gaining a variety of veterinary experience, including an Internship in Farm Animal Health and Production at the Royal Vet College, London for twelve months. Working alongside the other Vets at Westover, I hope to develop a farm service fit for the 21st century, promoting optimal herd health and productivity. Life isn’t all about work though and I like to keep active away from the practice, often to be found on a bike or, preferably, on the water – if you ever see a Westover van with a kayak on the roof, that’s me! The countryside is my home and I love to learn about it and see as much as I can.
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Gemma Coleman

Clinical Director
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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2009 and being a local girl I joined the Westover team the same year. I've completed two further years of study in addition to my veterinary degree and I'm really proud that in September 2013 I was awarded a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. This certificate has further stimulated my interest in equine anaesthesia, neurology and gastrointestinal medicine.
As well as this, I particularly enjoy working up a complicated lameness and diagnostic imaging (I'm a dab hand with an ultrasound scanner!). I'm not afraid of getting my hands dirty and also enjoy getting stuck in on farm; being local I have the added advantage of being able to understand some of the Norfolk dialect you farmers use!
I'm in charge of nurse training and oversee clinical governance within the practice.
At home, I live with my boyfriend Luke and dog Freddie, a very bouncy collie x Labrador, I also have three retired horses Reggie and Maddie and Foxy, who all live the life of Riley.
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Katie Davis

Veterinary Surgeon
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As a student I spent a lot of my time in Norfolk seeing practice with Westover Veterinary Centre and following graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 I moved to Norfolk and have been working for Westover ever since!Whilst at university I completed two degrees, a BSc in Veterinary Sciences and a degree in Veterinary Medicine and following my quest to get even more letters after my name I recently achieved my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice choosing to specialise in Equine Medicine.Originally I am from rural Devon and as a result I am equally interested in farm and horse work. During my time at university I completed an externship at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket where I particularly enjoyed scrubbing into numerous exciting operations and focusing on the aftercare of these patients.At Westover I enjoy the variety of work but especially enjoy working up medical colics, cases of poor performance, dermatology and respiratory disease. But am equally at home with a difficult calving or anything goaty!In my spare time I enjoy dog agility with my crazy Vizsla Molly, a good game of tennis, competing in ‘The Great British Bake Off’ with friends and long bike rides to the pub.
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Ellen Smith

Veterinary Surgeon
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I qualified at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. Despite loving my time in Scotland, and after a short stint in New Zealand, I was ready to move home and join the Westover team where I had completed a lot of my training. Workwise, I’m passionate about production animal medicine and providing a service that can add value to each individual Farm. As a keen equestrian, I’m also excited about the opportunity to get involved with the equine side of things. Outside of work I enjoy exploring the great outdoors with friends, whether it be on horseback or foot!
Eve Barnard
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Eve Barnard

Veterinary Surgeon
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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005, initially working in a mixed practice in Warwickshire before moving to Norfolk in 2007 to work in equine practice. I spent 6 years in private equine practice being involved with leisure, sports and racehorses. I also had 6 years working for the largest UK equine charity, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, as one of their senior vets. I have a keen interest in equine dentistry and dental surgery as well general equine medicine. My equine interest stems from a background in horses, competing in Junior Eventing and continuing to compete in recent years in Dressage. I have my retired eventer still and a homebred young horse. At home I have two exuberant German Pointers, a young son and a very tolerant and supportive husband!
Callum Haseler
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Callum Haseler

Veterinary Surgeon
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Originally from the Cotswolds, I qualified from Cambridge and moved to Norfolk to join Westover Vets in 2019. It has taken me a while to get over the lack of hills, but I’ve grown to love the tranquillity and variety of the Norfolk countryside! Having spent a month at Rossdales during university, I am very keen on equine medicine and surgery and have a particular interest in dermatology. That said, I have always really enjoyed my farm work and am looking forward to doing much more with Westover in the coming years. I am passionate about independent veterinary practice and providing the highest quality care to all of our patients, whether they have one, two or five toes! Outside of work, I spend as much time in the open air as possible, whether running, cycling or riding.
Alex Tapp
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Alex Tapp

Vet Surgeon
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I graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, in 2010. Following graudation I have spent 9 years in equine private practice in both Australia and New Zealand.Most recently I spent 5 years at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice in Victoria, Australia. This is a large referral equine practice which allowed me to develop a keen interest in all aspects of equine medicine. In 2017 I gained membership into the ANZCVS (Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists) choosing to specialise in equine medicine.This year I decided to make the move from Australia to the UK to join the Westover Team.
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James Tilly

Veterinary Surgeon
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Having been born and brought up in Norfolk I have now returned to focus on equine and large animal practice. I am passionate about local independent veterinary practice and excited to be part of the Breckland Vet team.I was fortunate enough to study at the Royal Veterinary College and, during my time there, was able to experience practice at several large equine hospitals in the UK and Australia. Upon graduation in 2017 I was offered a one-year rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College Equine Referral Hospital where I expanded my knowledge and experience in all areas of equine and large animal medicine and surgery. Upon completion I gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice, following this I worked in mixed practice in rural Norfolk, before joining Breckland Vets.My clinical interests include equine lameness, poor performance and surgery and I also enjoy all aspects of large animal work as well.In my free time, I assist with my family’s flock of pedigree Suffolk sheep as well as enjoying sports and socialising
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Libby Smith

Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse
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I qualified in 2016 and enjoy the incredibly varied workload we have here at Westover. My particular area of interest is nutrition and I am enjoying developing this as a caseload of my own. I also love supporting and developing the skills of other student nurses and teach for the Open College of Equine Studies, to ensure others join the industry with the passion to use their skills to the fullest. In my spare time I love all things exercise and eating related and can often be found along the Norfolk coast with my spaniel, Noodle.
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Heidi Smith

Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse
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I am originally from Cambridgeshire where I started my nursing career at Rossdales Equine Hospital. Working there for many years, I gained lots of experience in all aspects of nursing, eventually qualifying as an equine nurse in 2007. I am very much happy living in Norfolk with husband Neil, where in my spare time I love walking my two English Springer Spaniels on the beaches.
Frances Lloyd
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Frances Lloyd

Clinic Manager
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Frances graduated from Writtle Agricultural College in 2000 with a BSc in Equine Studies, since graduating Frances has been working within the equine management industry for ten years. During which time she gained experience of managing and caring for a variety of equines from riding, livery and competition horses to meeting the needs of an equine from a welfare situation. In her spare time Frances rides her dressage horse and competes affiliated across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. When Frances is not working with horses or riding she finds time to help on the farm at home, caring for a large beef herd.
Alison Horne
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Alison Horne

Pharmacy Supervisor
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I joined the Westover Veterinary Centre when I was offered a six week temporary position in the large animal department – that was ten years ago! Working full time, my evenings and weekends are spent with my little terrier dog and occasionally with my husband! My two children, although grown up now, are still not too proud to impose and I often have to get the ironing board out before work! I'm also a very proud GRANNY of two. Not surprisingly, with this hectic lifestyle, I usually end the day with a large glass of red!
Liz Coller
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Liz Coller

Receptionist and SQP
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Liz joined Westover in 2009 in preparation for the move to the new surgery at Hainford. Since then she has gained the AMTRA R-SQP for equine, companion and farm animals.

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Debbie Farman

Nursing Assistant and Receptionist
Debbie Farman
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On leaving school I went to work on a dairy farm as a relief milk person. I studied agriculture at Easton College during this time and passed my qualifications. I then did a brief spell with a small animal vet and then completely changed tact and went in to banking for 10 years. I went on to set up two restaurants in Norwich, one of which is still trading 20 years on. Despite working full time I always found time to ride my horses and compete at dressage. We have 5 dogs at home, 3 german wire-haired pointers and two terriers. It was a dream to be offered a position at Westover Vets and I enjoy every day, whatever that might bring.
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Sheryl Melton

Large Animal Receptionist and SQP
Sheryl Melton
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Upon leaving school I attended Easton and Otley college gaining a level 3 Extended diploma in Animal Management and Science. Coming from a farming background it has always been a dream to work within the Animal Sector so I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to join the Westover team. Since Joining Westover I have gained my AMTRA G- SQP qualification in Farm and Equine so am pleased to be able to help with any worming needs. Outside of work I love spending time with family and friends. I am a committed member of North Walsham Young Farmers Club, and I enjoy getting out and about into the Norfolk countryside with my two dogs.
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Anna Clarke

Registered Nurse
Anna Clarke
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I first started my career as a Veterinary nurse in 1998 at Westover. After six years I moved area and worked in mixed practice before moving on to Redwings Horse Sanctuary, where I worked as Nursing team leader for fifteen years. I really enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing but specially weight management, environmental enrichment and caring for the geriatric patient.In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and two horses. I like all things outdoors and can regularly be found camping or riding my welsh cob round the Norfolk lanes. Previously I competed my Welsh Cob at local level.

 

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