Meet The Team - Nurses

Working alongside our vets, we have a team of qualified veterinary nurses who, in addition to caring for your pet, are able to provide advice over the telephone as well as running nursing clinics. The nursing clinics cover the following areas:

  • Post-operative checks and suture removal
  • Dressing and bandage changes
  • Advice regarding flea treatment and worming
  • Micro-chipping
  • Juvenile pet health checks
  • Dental checks
  • Rabbit and guinea pig nail clips
  • We also run puppy socialisation classes

Within the nursing team we also have nurses with particular interests in:

  • Behavioural problems
  • Physiotherapy

Mel Saunders

Head Veterinary Nurse

Mel graduated from Harper Adams University College in 2010 having completed the majority of training at Ash Tree. She then returned to the practice as a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and became Head Nurse in January 2015.

Mel really enjoys caring for the patients at the surgery and is often found spoiling them with treats! She also loves running the weekly puppy parties and getting to know the clients. 

In her spare time Mel is a big foodie and loves spending time outdoors with her boyfriend.

Emma Barlow

Veterinary Nurse

Ruth Bates

Veterinary Nurse

Ruth qualified at the College of Animal Welfare in 2010 as a mature student. She has seven years' experience in charity hospitals and joined Ash Tree Vets in 2015. With a keen interest in pet nutrition, Ruth is furthering her studies with a Pet Nutrition qualification.

Ruth says she is owned by eleven dogs; eight Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, two Border Terriers and an old Westie. She teaches and competes regularly in dog agility, and even competed in Crufts in 2010! Ruth also enjoys baking, photography and canix cross.

Lucy Bishop

Veterinary Nurse

Lucy qualified at the College of Animal Welfare in January 2016. She did her training in Northampton, where she worked for four and a half years before joining Ash Tree Vets in January 2017.

Lucy enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially theatre work and diagnostic imaging. Lucy's next challenge is to complete her Emergency and Critical Nursing certificate.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys spending time at home with her menagerie of animals, especially outside riding her horse.

Emma Hughes

Veterinary Nurse

Emma graduated in 2014 from Nottingham Trent University. She relocated and joined Ash Tree Vets in 2016.

Emma has a keen interest in exotic species and also surgical nursing, which she will be further developing in her CPD.

In her spare time Emma loves to travel, cook, keep fit, and spend time with her partner and her two cats, Oberyn and Ellaria.

Tracey Joyce

Veterinary Nurse

Tracey graduated from Middlesex University and the Royal Veterinary College in 2007. She joined Ash Tree Vets in 2012 and thrives in this client facing environment, nurturing strong relationships with owners and their pets. 

Tracey is particularly interested in anaethesia as well as assisting with practice processes, implementing creative ideas to improve the client and pet experience. 

In her spare time Tracey enjoys horse riding, being outdoors and spending time with her dogs.

Zoe Lord

Veterinary Nurse

Zoe graduated from Myerscough College in Preston in 2012 as a registered Veterinary Nurse. She gained her Clinical Coach qualification in 2013, enabling her to teach students working toward their veterinary nursing qualifications.

Passionate about exotic animals, Zoe focussed on this area at university. She is currently furthering her studies in exotic species.

Owner to a chameleon, Airedale, Great Dane and a fish, Zoe is also involved with a parrot rescue and has looked after parrots of all sizes. Looking to the future, Zoe would like to teach Veterinary Nursing at university.

Laura Sumpter

Veterinary Nurse

Laura graduated from Harper Adams University in 2012. She returned to Ash Tree Vets in 2015 after carrying out the majority of her training here as a student.

Laura particularly enjoys in-patient care and helping to train the student nurses. 

Outside of work she enjoys live music and looking after her two cats.

Izzy Abraham

Trainee Veterinary Nurse