The practice is a RCVS Veterinary Nurse training centre and has a dedicated team of qualified and student Veterinary Nurses.
Our Head Nurse is Miranda Priest VN. Miranda did her nurse training at Head and Head. As a vacancy wasn't available with us at the time when she qualified, she went to work in a couple of other local practices before returning to Head and Head to take over the Head Nurse position.
Miranda is dedicated to her job and enthuses all her colleagues ; vets and nurses alike, with her love of her job and dedication to the animals under her care.
Miranda enjoys consulting and runs nutritional clinics. She is a clinical coach and trains the student nurses.
Melanie Clayton VN and Grace Thomson VN did their nurse training with us and both qualified over a year ago. They are both very enthusiastic members of the team! Mel does the medicine ordering when Angela Pollard is away and Grace is in charge of dealing with the large numbers of insurance forms that the practice has to process every day. Mel has also recently qualified as a clinical coach and tutors the trainee nurses.
We were very pleased to welcome qualified nurse Tina Buxton back to the practice! Tina worked here for several years about fifteen years ago, and after some time spent working in neighbouring practices, decided that she would like to come and work for us again! Tina enjoys carrying out nurse consults and has a particular interest in behavioural problems and nutrition. Tina also undertakes work as a clinical coach training nurse students in the practice. The latest qualified nurse to join our nursing team is Annabel Nicholas VN, who gained her qualification with us in 2016, after previously working in another local practice. Annabel organises the canine blood donors for the practice and is our designated first aider. She has a keen interest in exotics, especially hamsters (and has three of her own).
Our current trainees are Rhiannon Willey, Amy Martin and Rhian Morris.
Rhiannon is a 2nd year student on the VN foundation degree course run by Duchy College. Her special interests are anaesthesia, emergency critical care, and wound management.
Amy is a 2nd year diploma SVN who works full time at the practice, with one day a week at Duchy College. Amy's interests are in inpatient care and radiography. Rhian is a 1st year VN student on the foundation degree course run by Duchy College. Rhian loves coming to the practice each week to learn more about all the different species we treat.
The nurses run their own afternoon clinics, in which they undertake procedures such as suture removals, dressing changes, nail clips, administration of wormers (and other medication) and blood sampling. They also give dietary advice, undertake free "six month old puppy checks" and weigh animals. They also run puppy socialisation classes in the evenings.These are run as a series of three, once weekly evening classes for puppies (who must have at least had their first vaccination) and their owners. They are great fun and enjoyed immensely by owners, nurses and puppies alike. The nurses also give an educational talk on a different topic at each puppy socialisation class