This surgery is staffed by four Veterinary Surgeons, three Veterinary Nurses, four Receptionists and our Practice Administrator.
Our Vets are: Katherine Baines, Vanessa Miller, Louise Kirk, and Charlotte Wilson.
Katherine Baines (ne้ Reynolds) joined us in July 2008 from the University of Liverpool. She was brought up in Melton Mowbray but has now happily adapted to living in Belper. She has a knack of attracting, and solving, unusual cases, and she is interested in Veterinary Acupuncture. She became a director in October 2010 (and got married to a Belper lad in August 2012!). Find out about M&T Acupuncture here
Vanessa Miller has a particular interest in dermatology (problems of the skin). She has been with us since she qualified from Bristol in 1978, although she has only worked part-time for some considerable years (we let her have three days off every week). She is a Past Chairman of The British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group. Vanessa has also developed a particular expertise with rabbit dental work.
Louise Kirk joined us in July 2015, replacing her predecessor Jason Bestwick. Like Jason, she spent many weeks here ‘seeing practice’ during her university career. Having graduated with Distinction during summer 2015, we were lucky enough to be in a position to offer her a job and she seemed pleased to accept! During her spare time she likes horse riding and is an accomplished cricket-player.
Charlotte Wilson started working with us in November 2016 to expand our veterinary team. Charlotte qualified from Nottingham University in 2015, and worked in Nottinghamshire before joining us. When not working, she enjoys sketching and is a keen baker.
We currently have three veterinary nurses following the retirement of practice stalwart June Easom. Since we have the welfare of our patients in mind at all times, it is important to us that our nurses are qualified and keep up to date with the latest veterinary developments, we think it is important for them to be “Registered Veterinary Nurses”. Although many people work as “nurses” in veterinary practice not all of them have gained their qualifications, and as you can see from the link above not all qualified nurses take the step to become registered. As registered nurses they are bound by strict standards of professional ethics and are committed to undertaking continuing professional development.
Ros joined us in 2014, she has settled in very quickly and is now part of the furniture. Out of work she keeps fit by cycling up hill and down dale, she also enjoys long distance horse riding.
Lisa started in November 2015, although she had previously worked with us. She trained with us as a veterinary nurse before leaving the profession for a while, but is now returning to nursing. She started back as our Monday afternoon receptionist and is now with us all-day Monday and Tuesday and undertaking the process of re-registration as a Veterinary Nurse. When not here, she spends time with her children and her dogs Paddy and Timmy.
Jade joined the practice in June 2017. She has worked in the veterinary industry for six years and graduated from Nottingham Trent University as a nurse in 2016. Outside of work she enjoys walks in the country and horse-riding.
Most of our Receptionists have been with us for years and, having been clients before later becoming employees, they have a good understanding of what our clients find important!
They are Jan Harrison, Jane Thwaites and Katherine Everitt.
Sadly, our practice budgie Walter has passed to Budgie Heaven. He will be up there comparing stories with Stevie about the varied sights and sounds (and smells) they experienced in their time with us.
R.I.P. Walter the Budgie
To find out more about the history of the practice, including Mr Marshall and Mr Till click here.