I am so pleased with how you helped Chalky. Your set-up is brilliant and I only wish that you were nearer to us. I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff there, especially Tom Cave.

Mrs Price
Veterinary Nurses

The Team

Veterinary Nurses

  •  Stuart Ford-Fennah - Clinical Manager

    Stuart Ford-Fennah - Clinical Manager

    BSc(Hons) RVN PGCertBusAdmin AIOSH MCMI

    Stuart is our hospital's Clinical Manager.  He graduated from the University of Bristol with an Honours Degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration and is currently studying towards achieving his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).  Stuart currently sits on the Editorial Board for the Veterinary Nursing Journal (VNJ) and has been involved in writing nursing care chapters for leading Core Veterinary Nursing text books.  He has also taught Anaesthesia and Medical Nursing to NVQ Level 3 Veterinary Nursing students and been a tutor for a number of years for the Nurses BSAVA Merit award for Nurses in Medicine.  Stuart has strong values in veterinary nurses using their underpinning knowledge and ‘basic skills’ as these are vital to use alongside the high-tech equipment used in modern-day veterinary referral nursing.  He believes passionately that offering both exceptional veterinary nursing care and treating patients as individuals are essential in achieving their treatment goals.  His main clinical interests include Anaesthesia and Diagnostic Imaging.  Outside of work Stuart enjoys taking part in numerous outdoor activities including mountain biking, power kiting and spending time with his wife, son and daughter and Golden Retriever puppy, Yoda!

     

  •  Josie Collins - Head Nurse (currently on maternity leave)

    Josie Collins - Head Nurse (currently on maternity leave)

    RVN

    Josie is our Head Nurse and manages the nursing team. Josie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006 and completed her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (Cert VN ECC) in 2015.  During her time in veterinary practice, Josie has worked with predominantly small animals, but has also worked with both equine and large animals. In 2008, Josie completed a City & Guilds Dog Grooming qualification at Kingston Maurwood College. She also enjoys physiotherapy and has attended many practical and theory lessons to improve her skills and knowledge. Josie enjoys all aspects of nursing, but has a particular interest in Medical Nursing and Oncology. Josie has worked with Tom Cave since 2008.  At home, Josie owns a little Jack Russell called Cooper and a Jack Russell x Chihuahua called DB. Josie owns a horse called Binky and enjoys riding and competing in many spheres. Away from work Josie enjoys going to the gym and crossfit.

     

  • Emma Bennett -  Acting Head Nurse (covering maternity leave)

    Emma Bennett - Acting Head Nurse (covering maternity leave)

    RVN

    Emma is our Deputy Head Nurse and helps Josie manage the nursing team. Emma qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at Farnborough College, Surrey in 2002 and has completed her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (Cert VN ECC). Emma has worked in small animal and mixed Veterinary practices around Surrey and Devon since 1999, obtaining experience in all aspects of nursing, including training student nurses. Emma enjoys all aspects of nursing, but has a particular interest in Medical Nursing and Oncology.  Most of Emma's spare time is spent with her own animals, 1 rescue cats and 2 Hungarian Vizslas. Emma enjoys dog walking and gundog training and has a particular interest in canine behaviour.  Emma has also enjoyed assisting in animal charities abroad where she has been involved in neutering stray cats and dogs, and teaching the local people animal husbandry in Thailand. Emma has also been out to a wild animal orphanage in Zimbabwe to assist with their work.  More recently Emma has completed her Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management to help assist with her role as part of the management team.

     

  • Helen Bye - Acting Deputy Head Nurse (covering maternity leave)

    Helen Bye - Acting Deputy Head Nurse (covering maternity leave)

    BSc(Hons) RVN

    Helen qualified in 2006 from the University of Bristol with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration. Since qualifying she has gained qualifications in Veterinary Nurse Training as an Assessor and Internal Verifier. Helen has worked in a range of first opinion practices in the South West, London and Dubai, UAE, but has always been keen to work within the referral field. 

    Since starting at Cave Veterinary Specialists, Helen has gained the BSAVA Merit Award in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and she has expanded her knowledge and experience within all disciplines and has found her preferred area of referral nursing to be within the Surgery and Neurology department. Helen has been promoted to Acting Deputy Head Nurse covering maternity leave and is enjoying the new challenges and experiences that this has given her. 

     

  • Debbie Howe - Senior Surgical Nurse

    Debbie Howe - Senior Surgical Nurse

    RVN CertECC GradDipVN A1

    Debbie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2005 and went on to gain her A1 Assessor qualification as well as her Certificate in Dentistry in 2007. She was heavily involved with the training of student nurses in practice and also helped run an in-house training scheme.  In 2012 she completed the RVC Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, but has a particular interest in surgical nursing closely followed by anaesthesia. Debbie first started off her career working as a kennel hand in Hampshire before training as a Veterinary Nurse and whilst being lead nurse at her previous practice she then decided to pursue a career in referral nursing.  Debbie is often found raising money for various charities, she is a member of the worldwide veterinary services and has done several neutering trips abroad, travelling to places from Portugal to Botswana to help local charities. Fundraising has also seen her doing various charity runs and even skydiving.  Debbie has a particular interest in getting out into the countryside and enjoying the fresh air, mainly through walking or running with her friends. Whilst she is not at work, she enjoys keeping fit, horseriding and travelling.

     

  • Amy Gardiner - Senior Medicine Nurse (Currently on Maternity Leave)

    Amy Gardiner - Senior Medicine Nurse (Currently on Maternity Leave)

    RVN Cert (Anaesth)

    Amy started as a 16 year old Saturday girl at a mixed practice working with both small and large animals and it was here that she completed her training to become a Veterinary Nurse. She joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2013 in order to broaden and improve her nursing skills within the specialised fields of a referral practice. She particularly enjoys anaesthesia and challenging medicine cases. Amy has a Certificate in Anaesthesia and she is currently training to be a Veterinary Nurse OSCES examiner.  Amy participates in a lot of sport and plays for Yeovil & Sherborne Hockey Club. She is also renovating a cottage with her husband and attends various Young Farmer functions, being a former member. She has three black Labradors, Sidney, Percy and Shamrock.

  • Jess McGrorty - Senior Medicine Nurse

    Jess McGrorty - Senior Medicine Nurse

    RVN

    Jess has an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Veterinary Nursing and has worked for various vets over the years, spending 6 years at Forest House Vets in Windsor, 3 years as Senior Nurse at Fitzpatrick Referrals and 3 years for Highcroft Vet as a Referral Nurse.  She came to us when she relocated to Somerset.  Keen to work again for a referral centre, Jess is particularly interested in anaethesia, surgery and neurology.  In her spare time she loves cycling, horse riding and socialising with friends.

  • Bryony Gilder -  Senior Neurology Nurse

    Bryony Gilder - Senior Neurology Nurse

    BSc(Hons)RVN PGCert Small Animal Rehabilitation Therapy PGCert Oncology Nursing BSAVA Nurse Merit Award in Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy

    Bryony has been working in veterinary practices since 2006 and completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing Science from the University of the West of England in 2010. She then moved from Gloucestershire to Devon to complete her training in a mixed veterinary hospital and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in September 2011.  Bryony joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2012 and enjoys many aspects involved with veterinary nursing, but her main interests are neurology and rehabilitation.  In 2014 Bryony completed a PGCert in Small Animal Rehabilitation at the University of Nottingham, and in 2016 completed a PGCert in Veterinary Oncology Nursing at Harper Adams University.  Outside of work, Bryony enjoys exploring the Devon and Somerset countryside with her lively Springer Spaniel, Monty. She also enjoys agility and hopes to start competing with Monty.

     

  • Anna Sherriff - Senior Ward Nurse

    Anna Sherriff - Senior Ward Nurse

    BSc(Hons) RVN

    Anna completed her BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management in September 2013. Following time travelling the world and working at Willows Referral Hospital in Solihull she sought the country life and relocated to Somerset where her and her husband have renovated a barn. Anna thoroughly enjoys working as part of a team and enjoys the degree of varied nursing at Cave Veterinary Specialists, treating both the pre and post treatment patient. It is especially rewarding helping patients improve in their recovery and creating a bond with them during their stay. 

    In Anna's spare time she loves being in the great outdoors, walking her spaniel Herbie, camping and socialising with her friends. 

     

  • Amy Robertson

    Amy Robertson

    RVN

    Amy qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in October 2009 from a small animal practice in Winchester, Hampshire. Amy lives with her husband, two dogs Milo and Skye and some ferrets.  Amy's professional interests are imaging including Radiography and CT as well as Surgery and Anaesthesia.   In her spare time, Amy enjoys socialising with friends, walking and going away with her family in her VW camper.

  • Gemma Burrough

    Gemma Burrough

    BSc(Hons) RVN

    Gemma qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in June 2010 from the University of Bristol with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration. She lives on a dairy farm on the Blackdown Hills and outside of work her interests include being an active member of Young Farmers Club, cycling, cooking and socialising with friends. Gemma enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but has a special interest in medical nursing.

  • Louise Cobham

    Louise Cobham

    RVN

    Louise worked as a Veterinary Nurse in a small animal practice in South-East London for 6 years and qualified in July 2008 from Hadlow College in Kent. Her professional interests are surgical nursing and anaesthesia.  Louise has swapped Greenwich Park for the Blackdown Hills, where she enjoys walking her Labrador, Barney. She also has a rescue cat and tortoise to entertain at home.  Louise is a trained Marine Medic and in 2009 spent two months working at the Highlands Hospital near John O'Groats for the charity BDMLR.

  • Joanna Christoffersen  (currently on maternity leave)

    Joanna Christoffersen (currently on maternity leave)

    RVN FdSc

    Joanna comes to us with great experience having worked previously in a range of small and mixed animal practices as well as Langford Veterinary Services in Bristol. Jo was keen to continue working for a referral practice and loves the one to one care of the patients that we can offer her.  Out of work Jo enjoys walking with her husband and dog Tye and looking after her 'menagerie' at home which includes her dog, two cats, four rabbits, two guinea pigs, two gerbils, a tortoise and a steady flow of foster animals while they're awaiting a new permanent home.

  • Leighanne Beart

    Leighanne Beart

    RVN

    Leighanne trained in a mixed general practice in West Somerset, training initially through the Duchy College and then Bicton College. She qualified in October 2009 and immediately travelled to India to volunteer for the International Animal Rescue at their centre in Goa amongst other places. She has also volunteered for veterinary projects in Botswana and Sri Lanka. Upon returning to the UK, Leighanne worked as locum around the South West until June 2012, when she joined our team. Leighanne is studying for diploma in Animal Physiotherapy and she loves spending time with patients when they are in the hospital wards.  Outside of work Leighanne loves to be outdoors, preferably hiking on Exmoor or away with her partner in their VW camper. She also enjoys climbing and being with her handsome rescue lurcher Morris.

     

  • Kate Edgecock

    Kate Edgecock

    RVN

    Kate qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 at Bicton College of Agriculture, in Budleigh Salterton. She remained in practice until 2005, reaching the role of “Senior Nurse”. She spent a few months in New Zealand and worked at a city practice in Auckland during her stay.  Kate left nursing to complete a BTEC National Diploma in Beauty Therapy Sciences. During her training she worked at a top salon in Taunton, and after qualifying as a therapist, she continued to work there until 2010. She returned to nursing at Companion Care Taunton, then decided to enter the world of locuming, working in Shepton Mallet, Tiverton and Rowe Veterinary Hospital in Bradley Stoke. It was a locum post which brought her to Cave Veterinary Specialists.  Kate still keeps her hand in the therapy world, by running a sugaring (hair removal) and beauty business from her home in Taunton. She loves cats and has 3 of her own. Her professional interests include surgical nursing and wound management.

     

  • Amanda Sams - Pharmacy Stock Control Nurse

    Amanda Sams - Pharmacy Stock Control Nurse

    RVN

    Before joining our team, Amanda worked in a variety of small animal practices in Somerset. She did enjoy a range of referral work but has now taken a step back from nursing and is looking after pharmacy and stock control. Amanda misses nursing but is enjoying her new role particularly the challenge of finding new products!  Amanda has a Basset Hound and a Dalmation, which can sometimes be a crazy mix, but fun. Amanda also has one cat and a guinea pig.

  • Katie Leyman

    Katie Leyman

    RVN AI DTLLS

    Katie trained as a Veterinary Nurse at Hadlow College and in a small animal practice in Kent.  She moved to Devon in 2006 and qualified in 2007 working at Vale Vets - a busy mixed animal practice. Between 2010 and 2015 she taught Veterinary Nursing at Bicton College, Devon specialising in Anatomy and Physiology. Katie then wanted to move back into nursing and chose Cave Veterinary Specialists to further her career where she especially enjoys medical nursing and the caring of patients.  Away from work she loves the great outdoors, riding her three horses Della, Flynn and Saunter, cycling and walking her dogs - Ollie an 8 year old Springer Spaniel and Harry her 3 year old working Cocker Spaniel rescue.

     

  • Nicola Tooth

    Nicola Tooth

    RVN

    Nicola previously worked at a small animal, First Opinion practice for 12 years.  She has joined us to pursue her interest in radiography, surgical and medical nursing.  Out of work, Nicola likes listening to music, walking and exploring National Trust places with her family. She has two cats, Dave Junior and Berty.

  • Kathryn Cullum-Hanshaw

    Kathryn Cullum-Hanshaw

    RVN Dip AVN(Surg)

    Kathryn comes to us with great experience having worked previously in a variety of roles including teaching student veterinary nurses at an FE college as well as most recently spending three and a half years at a Referral centre. Kathryn's professional interests include anaesthesia and soft tissue surgery.  Kathryn's interests out of work include sewing and anything equine, as well as caring for her two dogs, two cats and a horse! 

  • Leonie McColl

    Leonie McColl

    RVN Fdsc

    Leonie joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in the summer of 2016 having worked for various other small animal practices in the South-West of England. Leonie's main interests at work include medicine cases, nursing ICU patients and imaging as she is able to run both the CT and MRI scanners. 

    Leonie's interests out of work are surfing, beach volley ball, any water sport and anything outdoors! She also enjoys video gaming and attending various conventions throughout the year for her favourite TV show "The 100". Leonie also enjoys growing her own food and plants and has two hooded dumbo rats called Ginny and Waverly and recently rescued three more rats (two top eared and one dumbo) which are yet to be named, but one recently gave birth to a surprise litter of 6! 

     

  • Sophie Lee

    Sophie Lee

    RVN FdSc

    Sophie came to Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2016 after completing her degree at Hartpury College where she undertook a 60 week placement at Fitzpatrick Referrals. After relocating to Devon in order to stay in referrals, Sophie wanted to improve her knowledge and practical skills. At work, Sophie is particularly interested in post operative care and rehabilitation, oncology and chemotherapy.  Outside of work, Sophie enjoys long dog walks in the countryside with her two dogs, a border terrier and a cocker spaniel.

     

  • Jamie Whitrow

    Jamie Whitrow

    RVN

    Jamie came to Cave Veterinary Specialists after working in a mixed practice for 10 and a half years. Jamie enjoys new challenges at work and is really looking forward to taking her nursing to the next level.   Outside of work Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, looking after Aga, her English Springer Spaniel, as well as running her own dog grooming business!  Recently Jamie has taken up running alongside her 6 year old daughter Kacie.

  • Georgina Parker

    Georgina Parker

    RVN FdSc

    Before coming to work at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2017, Georgina worked as Head Veterinary Nurse at a small animal practice in Cornwall for 6 years.

    After spending 6 months at a referral practice in Australia, she felt inspired to take up a role in referral veterinary nursing here at Cave Veterinary Specialists. At work Georgina enjoys working in all areas of the hospital and when not at work she enjoys walking her two Jack Russels!

     

  • Jordan Northover

    Jordan Northover

    RVN

    Jordan trained as a Veterinary Nurse at Bridgwater College where she completed her Level 3 Diploma. Before getting her Veterinary Nurse training placement, Jordan worked as an Animal Care Assistant at Quantock Veterinary Hospital where she worked for three and a half years before moving to Deane Vets as a qualified nurse. Jordan wanted to join us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists to pursue her interest in surgery, and whilst she has been working with us she has developed a keen interest in neurology. 

    Outside of work, Jordan goes to the gym and enjoys baking and watching football (in particular Yeovil Town FC!). She has four cats called Barney, Bella, Tigger and Reggie and a Cockerpoo called Mollie. 

     

  • Eliza Yeo

    Eliza Yeo

    RVN BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing & Bio Veterinary Science

    Eliza joins us after graduating from the University of Bristol, completing placements at both Rowe and Langford veterinary hospitals. Eliza has always wanted to work in a referral practice and when she saw the job advert she couldn't resist! Whilst at work, she enjoys critical care but is looking forward to working in all the different areas we cover. Whilst not at work Eliza can be found playing sport such as hockey, socialising or reading. 

  • Alice Mills

    Alice Mills

    Alice completed her BSc degree in Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury and trained at Quantock Veterinary Hospital where she then worked for a year as a qualified Veterinary Nurse before then working at Deane Vets in Taunton. As Alice trained at a hospital and then worked at a general mixed practice, she realised that she needed to pursue a career that challenged her and showed her the lengths that animal medicine can now reach so she joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2018. At work she has a keen interest in medicine. 

    Outside of work, Alice has recently started agility with her 2 year old Hungarian Vizsla, Indie, who is a very sensitive soul who loves cuddles! Alice also has a 4 year old tabby cat called Drogo that she rescued whilst working at Quantock Vets. 

     

  • Kim Kendall

    Kim Kendall

    RVN

  • Deborah Barnes

    Deborah Barnes

    RVN

    Deborah joined us in 2017 having previously worked at a small animal practice, which also saw some referral cases. Debbie is currently working towards the advanced Nursing Diploma. 

    Out of work, Debbie enjoys riding her horse Riley, walking her three dogs, Millie, Keith and Darcy and looking after all her other animals which include two rabbits, one cat and one ferret.  

  • Staci Finn - Imaging Nurse

    Staci Finn - Imaging Nurse

    RVN

    Staci joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists as she was looking for a new challenge and having locummed with us previously, decided to settle in an area she loves and so joined us as an Imaging Nurse. At work, Staci has a particular interest in CT, MRI, radiography and fluoroscopy. 

    Outside of work, Staci loves to travel and has done various voluntary work including neutering clinics in Greece and nursing injured wildlife in South Africa. She has a rescue dog called Puglet. 

     

  • Grace Roberts

    Grace Roberts

    RVN, DipVN (Level 3)

    Grace joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2018 after working at Vale Veterinary Group, a large, mixed practice, for four years and qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in June 2017. Grace had previously volunteered in a dog rehoming centre from the age of 14 to 16. Grace pursued a career in referral nursing in order to broaden and improve her nursing skills. At work, Grace is particularly interested in the feline patients and inpatient care and she would like to complete a certificate in physiotherapy and rehabilitation in the future. 

    Outside of work, she enjoys socialising with friends, cooking for family and friends, Zumba and reading a good book in a sunny garden! Grace also has two cats, 12 year old Primrose and 4 year old Tabitha who was brought into Grace's previous work as she was found in a plastic bag on the side of a main road and so was kindly adopted by Grace. 

     

  • Deborah Holland

    Deborah Holland

    RVN, N Cert Anaes.

    Deborah qualified as RANA in 1981 and has since worked in a variety of small animal practices and hospitals and in a large, mixed practice for 26 years. Deborah joined us at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2018 as she wanted to return to working in a busy referral hospital. At work, Deborah is particularly interested in laboratory work, radiography and anaesthesia.   Outside of work, Deborah enjoys gardening, horse riding and walking her English Pointer that she rehomed from a breeding and showing home. 

     

  • Night Nurse - Laura Allday

    Night Nurse - Laura Allday

    Laura qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from Bicton College in 2014 and has worked in a small animal Veterinary Hospital where she completed her Veterinary Nurse training. Prior to this, Laura worked as a qualified human nurse, however Laura's interest in veterinary intensive care and emergency management inspired her to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse and join us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists.   Outside of work, Laura enjoys travelling, eating out with friends and family and walking her German Shepherd X Springer Spaniel rescue dog who has lots of energy! She also has a rescue cat called Pickles and two guinea pigs called Dobby and Moomin!

  • Jess Loader

    Jess Loader

    RVN

  • Bethany Amott

    Bethany Amott

    RVN

  • Rebekah Gossan - Night Nurse

    Rebekah Gossan - Night Nurse

    RVN

    Becky joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2018 having worked in mixed practices in West Cornwall doing small animal and some equine nursing. Since qualifying, Becky trained as a clinical coach and started her own OA nurse clinics. Becky joined Cave as she was looking for a challenge and to improve her nursing skills at a referral hospital with more complex cases, not too far from Cornwall!  At work, Becky is particularly interested in physiotherapy and would like to do further training and certificates in this field. She is also interested in nursing critically ill patients and neurological cases. 

    Outside of work, Becky enjoys anything horse related, especially dressage. She also enjoys Latin dancing and travels to lots of events around the UK and abroad. When not at work, riding, travelling and dancing, Becky loves being in the countryside and in particular near the coast where she grew up. Becky has a large family of very fluffy guinea pigs which she used to show at local county shows but they are now all enjoying retirement! She also has an Andalusian mare called Gim who she has owned for over 10 years and she loves doing tricks! 

     

  • Night Nurse - Leigh Anne Buse

    Night Nurse - Leigh Anne Buse

    BSc(Hons) RVN

    Leigh-Anne has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 2006, qualifying as a Small Animal Veterinary Nurse in April 2008, after graduating from Hartpury College with a Bsc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing Science. Leigh-Anne has also completed her Veterinary Nursing Assessor’s qualification in 2010.  Outside of work, Leigh-Anne’s interests include horse riding, swimming and reading, as well as caring for her own menagerie of animals at home, including a horse, dog, 3 cats, lots of guinea-pigs and an African leopard tortoise.

  • Night Nurse - Lorna Kemble

    Night Nurse - Lorna Kemble

    RVN

    Lorna joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2018 as part of our night nursing team. Prior to nursing, Lorna qualified as a Legal Secretary but decided to change career and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2009. Since qualifying she has also worked as an Assessor, a Clinical Coach and a Head Nurse. Lorna wanted to broaden and expand on her nursing skills and work with a more varied caseload that comes with a referral hospital and so decided that Cave Veterinary Specialists was a lovely place to further her nursing skills. At work Lorna has a particular interest in medical cases but she enjoys all aspects of nursing and inpatient care.  Outside of work, Lorna enjoys travelling both in the UK and around the world. She also loves music, reading and photography. She has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Pippa and two cats called Deeks (Detective Deeks) and Kensi (Special Agent), named after characters in NCIS LA!!