Meet Our Nurses

Amanda Twells CertSAN RVN

Head Nurse

Amanda joined Ashfield House in 1994, before qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 1997. She became Head Nurse in 2000 and leads a great team of 15 nurses!

Amanda is also the Lead Clinical Coach so is involved in the training of new veterinary nurses. She enjoys working in the surgical theatres the most, especially the preparation and organisation.

Amanda owns two gorgeous German Shepherds called Floyd and Bowe, whom she adores!

Louise Tomlinson Cert SAN Dip AVN (Surg) RVN

Deputy Head Nurse

  • Qualified in 1988, is our Deputy Head Nurse
  • Gained Diploma in Advanced Surgical Nursing in 2001
  • Has City and Guilds Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition
  • Clinical Coach for student nurse training
  • Likes – surgical nursing

Sophie Duffell


  • Qualified in 2009
  • Has National Diploma in Animal Management
  • Currently working towards Certificate in Canine Behaviour
  • Clinical Coach for student nurse training
  • Likes – medical nursing

Sarah Pattinson


Sarah qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012 and is currently studying for a Certificate in Emergency & Critical Care. She is part of the night team, providing overnight and weekend care for all the inpatients and helping treat any new emergencies!

Sarah also runs our popular puppy socialisation classes with Rebecca and she often helps out at Pet Blood Bank events.

Helen Spencer


  • Qualified in 1999
  • Has City and Guilds Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition
  • Clinical Coach for student nurse training
  • Mentor for Veterinary Care Assistant training
  • Likes – surgical nursing

Rebecca Antill


Rebecca joined us in July 2011 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and qualified in April 2014. Prior to joining Ashfield, Rebecca also completed a National Diploma in Animal Management.

Rebecca is in charge of our in house laboratory and also runs our puppy socialisation classes with Sarah.

Since qualifying, she has undertaken further studies and has completed a certificate in Puppy Training and a diploma in Canine Studies!

Rebecca likes travelling; usually to somewhere hot!

Deb Edson

Deb has been with us since 2002 and completed her Animal Care Assistant course in 2015, where she attained a merit! She used to do a lot of reception work with us, but has now moved over onto the nursing team more permanently, which she thoroughly enjoys!

She is our first aider, as well as being in charge of organising the Christmas party every year. Debs has two cats at home and enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her family.

Adele Carter

Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I’m Adele, I’m a nurse and the longest serving member of staff in the practice – in 2013 I gained my 25 years service award! The signed picture hangs at the Spondon Surgery where I’m based.
I have had various pets in the past: mice, outdoor goldfish, flying stick insects, guinea pigs and a cat.
My hobbies are horse-riding, reading and playing my cornet in the Silver Prize Brass Band.

Heather Webster

Student Vet Nurse

Heather started working at Ashfield House as a receptionist and became a trainee veterinary nurse in January 2015. She enjoys all aspects of the job and likes learning new things all the time.

Outside of work, Heather has 5 children, 2 dogs called Jasper & Tia, 2 rex rabbits called Scrabble & Sky, 3 Degus called D1, D2 & D3, 1 hamster called Hammer and lots of tropical fish, which all keep her very busy! She enjoys caravanning and being outdoors!

Bethany Weaver

Student Vet Nurse

  • Student veterinary nurse since September 2014
  • Previously worked as Nursing Asst at Ashfield House
  • Likes – a bit of everything!

Luke Burton

Ellen Kelly

Receptionist/Veterinary Care Assistant at our Bramcote branch

Ellen previously worked as a Physical Education teacher around Derby, she has a degree in Sport & Exercise Science which has seen her teaching sports across the UK and North America.

Ellen joined Ashfield House at the end of 2016 as a Receptionist/Veterinary Care Assistant, to embark on a new career within veterinary. She is working at our Bramcote branch.

Ellen and her wife own a Miniature Schnauzer called Loki, whom they love to take on annually run ‘Schnauzer Walks’ to raise money for animal charities.

Ellen also loves to exercise and play sport. When not working she plays enjoys jogging around Wollaton and Bramcote Park.

Anneka Mehan

Nursing Assistant

Bethanie Dennis

Nursing Assistant

I finished college in 2017 at Broomfield Hall studying a level 3 extended diploma in animal care in which I gained a distinction. I have a passion for caring for animals and want to become a veterinary nurse in the future.

I have a 13 year old cavalier King Charles called Poppy, 2 five year old giant lop rabbits called Hope and Faith, and a 2 year old hamster called Marvin.

Away from work I compete for Great Britain as a triathlete. I have competed at the European and world championships in 2017.

Alison Plowright


Alison started working for us in February 2018.

Lauren Glew

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Lauren started working at Ashfield House as a veterinary nursing assistant in 2017.
She has a 3 year old English Springer Spaniel called Bella who keeps her busy when at home.

Our Veterinary Nurses at Byron

Kayleigh Brown

Kylie Bradshaw

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