Meet The Team - Nurses

Working alongside our vets, we have an extraordinary team of nurses! In addition to caring for your pet while they are in our care, our nurses are also able to provide advice over the telephone as well as running nursing clinics and nurse consultations.

Veterinary nurses play an important role in the care of your pet and are a vital member of the veterinary team. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures under veterinary surgeon direction.

Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) have the technical knowledge and hands-on expertise to care for animals with skill and empathy.


What Veterinary Nurses Do…

  • In-patient Care – RVNs undertake a range of tasks such as; administering medication, wound management, monitoring intravenous fluids and looking after patient needs.

  • Surgical Nursing and Anaesthesia – RVNs are trained to assist the veterinary surgeon as part of the surgical team as well as monitoring the levels of patient anaesthesia throughout the operation. RVNs can also undertake minor surgical procedures, such as suturing.

  • Nurse Clinics - Our nursing clinics cover the following areas; post-operative checks and suture removal, dressing and bandage changes, nail clipping, flea treatment and worming advice (and administering), microchipping, general advice (behavioural, physiotherapy, general health, mobility), weight and nutrition, puppy parties, senior wellness, rabbit clinics, youth clinics.

  • Diagnostic Procedures – Many laboratory tests are performed in-house by RVNs. Once the test is complete, the findings will be relayed to the veterinary surgeon in charge of the case, who will interpret them and discuss the results with you. Radiographs (x-rays) can be a crucial aid to the diagnosis of illness or injury and RVNs are trained to take and process x-rays as requested by the veterinary surgeon.

  • Training - Ash Tree Vets is an Approved Training Practice, offering the clinical training and work experience essential to qualification as a veterinary nurse, to our student nurses.

  • Many Other Tasks, such as; receptionist, stock controller, infection control, hug giver, oral hygienist, dog walker, shoulder to cry on, care planner, home visitor, community support advocate

Want to know more about veterinary nursing?
Download the BVNA Leaflet - Who is caring for your pet?

Interested in a career in veterinary nursing?
Download the BVNA Leaflet - A Career in Veterinary Nursing

Zoe Lord

Veterinary Nurse

Nursing Manager

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 and is a specialised exotics nurse. Always keen to improve, Zoe is currently working towards her advanced certificate in Medical and Surgical Nursing for dogs and cats.

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.

Kathleen Gamble

Veterinary Nurse

Deputy Nurse Manager

Kathleen qualified at Bottle Green Training in 2015. She completed her training in a large multi-branch referral practice in Leicester, and worked in the local area for three years. Kathleen volunteered in Thailand at the Boom Lott WVS Veterinary Clinic, before joining Ash Tree Vets in 2018.

Kathleen enjoys all aspects of nursing but particulay enjoys mentoring and helping student nurses with their training.

Outside of work, Kathleen enjoys walking her Labrador, Lily, and snuggling on the sofa with her hand reared cat, Cabbage.

Kelsey Cuthbertson

Veterinary Nurse

Kelsey graduated in 2014 from Nottingham Trent University. She then worked as a locum veterinary nurse and did some travelling before joining Ash Tree Vets in 2020.

Kelsey has a keen interest in animal behaviour and loves a varied case load. She also enjoys team working and strives to give the best care to every patient that comes into the practice.

In her spare time Kelsey loves horse riding, caring for her young horse, fussing her family Shih Tzu, reading and catching up with friends and family.

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. Emma is currently completing a Certificate in Feline Nursing (ISFM).

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.

Mel Saunders

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 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.

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.

Brayden Morrow

Student Veterinary Nurse

Brayden is currently studying his veterinary nursing course at The College of Animal Welfare in Huntingdon.

Brayden is most keen on inpatient nursing and loves to be involved with nursing sick animals back to health and always loves seeing animals reunite with their owners. Looking towards the future he would like to engage further in small animal rehabilitation and physiotherapy studies.

In his spare time Brayden likes to socialise with friends and enjoys concerts, holidays and weekend get-aways. He also has a fondness for running and binge watching Netflix.