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 the year 2000 and leads a great team of 16 nurses and 5 nursing assistants. 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 a huge gorgeous German Shephard called ‘Bowe’, whom she adores. Amanda is also an avid supporter of Derby County Football Club, whom she has followed for decades.

Amanda is a proud Aunty to Bethany (also an RVN) and Lewis, a semi-pro footballer, and has recently become a great Aunty to Ivy.

All of her spare time is centred around her close family, alongside jetting abroad at least three times a year!

Louise Tomlinson RVN DipAVN(surg)

Deputy Head Nurse

Louise is our deputy head nurse having qualified in 1988. She is one of our senior team members having worked for Ashfield House since 1994.

She gained her City and Guilds Small Animal Nutrition Certificate in 1995 and her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Surgical Nursing in 2001.

Her main interests are in surgery, especially orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery, and is responsible for stock control at the practice.

In her spare time Louise enjoys spending time with her Border Collie Puppy Tyler and horse Inca. Louise is a keen football fan of Leeds Utd and attends all home matches.

Helen Spencer RVN

Helen is a senior member of our nursing team, having worked at Ashfield House since 1996. She gained her nursing qualification in 1999 and went on to complete her City and Guilds qualification in Small Animal Nutrition shortly after.

Helen is also a clinical coach having achieved her NVQ Assessor status in 2005 and has subsequently trained and mentored many student nurses through their nursing qualifications and exams.

Her main areas of interest are theatre work and surgical nursing. She also undertakes many of the routine dental procedures and dental x-rays performed within the practice.

Outside of work Helen has a busy family life with her two children – Luke and Emma. They have a cat named Lilly and two Gerbils called Coco and Roxy.

Rebecca Woodward RVN

Rebecca Started at Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital as a trainee Veterinary Nurse in July 2011 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in April 2014.

Since qualifying Rebecca has completed a Diploma in Canine Studies and a certificate in Puppy Training. Rebecca runs our puppy club classes with Bethany and manages our in-house laboratory, ensuring all the machines are thoroughly maintained and well stocked.

Rebecca loves all aspects of veterinary nursing; medical, hospital, theatre, consulting and of course lab work. Rebecca has a busy homelife with her husband, looking after 3 young children; Kaleb and her twins Arlo and Theo.

Despite being kept on her toes she adores being a mummy! Rebecca also has a beautiful German Shepherd Cross called Ava that completes her family.

Sarah Pattison RVN DipVNZS CertVNECC

Sarah has worked for Ashfield House for many years, starting as a receptionist in 2009 and then starting her veterinary nursing training later that year.

She completed and became a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in 2012. She has since completed a Certificate in ‘Emergency and Critical Care’ and has a Diploma in Veterinary nursing of Zoological species.

She has run a puppy club for many years, has helped with Pet Blood Bank services and has fostered many Cats and kittens over the years.

Now she is part of the emergency night team and is planning on starting her Graduate and then Post Graduate diploma in Veterinary Nursing in the near future.

Sophie Duffell RVN

Sophie started work at Ashfield House in 2007 as a trainee nurse, going on to qualify and register in 2009.

In 2018 she decided to discover what it was like to work at other practices, but couldn’t stay away long, returning in 2020 because of her love for working in the hospital environment.

She has numerous qualifications in canine behaviour and is working towards her Advanced Diploma.

At home she has a crazy chocolate Labrador called George who keeps her busy.

Heather Webster RVN

Heather started working at Ashfield House in 2013 as a receptionist and as practice cleaner. I started my Veterinary Nursing training in September 2015. After failing my first year I went on to complete the Nursing Assistant course in 2016, whilst awaiting her restart. She completed her training in January 2021 and is now a qualified veterinary Nurse (RVN).

She has now discovered an interest in wildlife and exotic species and will hopefully go on to do further study in these areas.

Outside of work Heather spends time with her family, which consists of 5 children, 1 Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Bree, 2 guinea pigs called AJ and Caleb, 1 Rex Rabbit called Skye, a 7ft tropical fish tank, and the newest member, a Bearded Dragon called Gary.

Adele Carter

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

Bethany Weaver RVN

Bethany started working at Ashfield House in 2014 as a nursing assistant after attaining her National Diploma in Animal Management at Brackenhurst College. Bethany qualified as an RVN in 2018 and has been heavily involved in the running of Puppy Club.

Bethany joined the out of hours nursing team in 2019 and enjoys the work/life balance it brings.

Spare time is spent with her Golden Retriever ‘Willow’ and four horses – Tiny, Jack, Storm and Dudley. Bethany became a mother to baby Ivy in 2021 and is currently on maternity leave.

Agnes Davidaviciute RVN

Agnes is a registered Veterinary Nurse, graduating in 2018 from Nottingham Trent University with a FdSc Veterinary Degree. She joined Ashfield House in December 2020, having previously worked at an Orthopaedic referral centre and a first opinion hospital.

She loves all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly enjoys emergency and critical care, medical nursing and anaesthesia.

Outside of work Agnes spends time with her two little fur-babies; an ex-stray cat called JiJi and an elderly Golden Retriever called Goldi.

She thoroughly enjoys singing off key, drawing and painting, expanding her nursing knowledge and spending time with family.

Kylie Bradshaw RVN NCert (Anaesth)

Kylie has worked at the Byron Surgery as a Veterinary Nurse since 2008. Before she gained her qualification in Veterinary Nursing she studied at Brackenhurst College and achieved a National Diploma in Animal Management.

After completing the National Diploma she stayed on and gained her foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing.

She was placed at the Byrons clinic and has remained ever since. In 2021 Kylie gained her Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia and Analgesia which is part of the job she loves the most.

Outside of work Kylie has many pets including 3 dogs (Bertie, Millie and Peanut), 2 rescue cats (Izzy and Nala) and a horse (Maisie).

Kylie has also hand reared many kittens and fostered many cats throughout her career until they reach their forever homes.

Katarzyna Bachurska RVN

Katarzyna started working at Ashfield House in May 2021 as a trainee veterinary nurse, waiting for her results, and as of May 2021 is a fully fledged registered veterinary nurse.

She particularly enjoys anaesthesia and theatre practice, as well as working with bracycepahlic breeds.

She currently has 3 rats called Ratthew, Cake and Steak. In her free time she enjoys spending time in her garden, visiting friends, seeing her favourite bands and painting by numbers.

Alex Butler RVN

Alex Joined Ashfield House in February 202 which took her into her 20th year of veterinary nursing. After being in day practice for all that time she took the leap into out of hours emergency work and is now part of our dedicated night team.

Outside of work, Alex has a passion for all things equine, qualifying as an Equissage massage Therapist in 2018.

Her little gang at home consists of 2 dogs (Hank and Sky), 2 cats (Ron and Reg), a bearded dragon (Lestat) and the largest of the bunch, Louie the horse.

Diana Pinne RVN

Diana qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in July 2020. I am currently furthering my studies by completing the honours top-up degree at Nottingham Trent University.

She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, including anaesthesia and in-patient care. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors, cook and do yoga.

Lauren Glew

Lauren is currently a student veterinary nurse and has been working at Ashfield House since 2016.

She has an English Springer Spaniel named Bella who is 7 years old and a cat called Finn who was rescued in 2019. I love celebration fuddles because food is my main passion.

Luke Burton

Luke first joined the Byron Clinic in 2010 as part of ongoing school work experience. During this time is also achieved his National Diploma in animal management at Brackenhurst college.

Luke is now a Nursing Assistant and is due to start his Veterinary Nursing course later this year. Luke has a wide range of job roles ranging from lab work, animal handling, weight clinics, front of house work and cleaning.

Outside of work he spends a lot of time walking with his partner and his rescue dog Milo, who he rescued back in 2016. Other hobbies includes going to the gym, seeing friends and family and generally creating memories!

Kayleigh Lamb

Kayleigh has been working at the Byron branch since 2007 and is involved in both Veterinary nursing and front of house. She has a keen interest if weight clinics and running Puppy Clubs. She is a qualified Nursing Assistant.

Kayleigh has several pets at home, including a little sausage dog called Chester who can often be seen patrolling the clinic. She also loves to horse ride and spend time with her husband and two gorgeous girls.

Linsey Duffin

Linsey grew up in the North-East of Scotland with her rough collie Bailey, her cat Smudge, Shetland pony Rupert and her mum’s dressage horse Linka.

Linsey worked on the stable yard throughout her teen years before going on to study Biology with the Open university.

After years of then working in retail and moving to Derbyshire with her partner, she decided to go back to working with animals and so joined Ashfield House as an Animal Care Assistant in 2020.

In her spare time Linsey enjoys rock climbing wild swimming and running in the Scottish mountains.

Deb Edson

Deb has been with Ashfield since 2002, starting work as a receptionist. Since 2015, Deb completed her Animal Care Assistant course where she graduated with Merit, and has become a valued member of the nursing and animal care team. Deb enjoys the more hands on roles with the animals within the hospital and surgery.

Deb is a qualified first aider, looking after our clients and staff should we ever need her.

She is known as ‘Mrs Christmas’ because of her love of organising all things Christmassy in the practice. She has two cats, and enjoys walking, yoga, reading and spending time with her family.

Rebecca Kenny

Rebecca previously ran our Bramcote branch between 2007-2016 and then returning in 2019 in a part time role.

Since starting out in animal care she has gone on to gain many qualifications including:

-NVQ 4 Veterinary Care Assistant with Distinction
-OCN 4 wildlife rescue, care and rehabilitation with Distinction
-Diplomas in Marine Zoology, Marine megafauna and Animal Behaviour and Welfare
-Advanced Diploma in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
-SWTDA Training for the future (Canine Application)
-Certified Advanced marine mammal training and environmental enrichment (husbandry and voluntary medical application) -DRC
-Certified marine mammal cognition and behavioural research and ethics AST-DRC
-Certificate (cpd) in Applications of physiotherapy in domestic species
-Canine and feline nutrition

Rebecca is currently studying for her Advanced diploma in herpetology.

When not in work she is a full time mum to her young daughter Matilda Alice, and she has three cats called Hunter, Adder and Boba Fett.

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Ellen Kelly

Ellen is a Receptionist/Veterinary Care Assistant at our Bramcote branch.

She 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.

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