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 a gorgeous German Shepherd, 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

Sarah Pattinson

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sarah has worked at Ashfield House since 2008 she started as a receptionist and within a few months went on to start her training as a veterinary nurse. She qualified and became a registered nurse in 2012, and is now part of the night team.

She helps with pet blood bank and helps run the puppy clubs in the week. As well as mentoring students who want to become nursing assistants. Since qualifying Sarah has continued advancing in her nursing career.
She did a course in rabbits and has a Certificate in emergency and critical care. She is currently working on Advanced certificate in exotic animals, and wants to further advance in emergency care.

She has quite a few pets including tropical fish, a collie cross called Scooby and 2 lion head rabbits named Grace and Rio. Sarah enjoys travelling and visiting family in New Zealand.

Helen Spencer


Helen is a senior member of our nursing team, having worked at Ashfield House since 1996. She gained her qualification as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1999 and then 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 qualification and exams. Helen’s main interests are theatre work and surgical nursing. She also excels in Veterinary Dentistry, undertaking many of the routine dental procedures and dental x-rays performed within the practice.

Another of Helen’s roles, within the practice, is producing the nurse’s rota. Outside of work, Helen has a busy family life with her 2 children – Luke and Emma. Helen’s hobbies include socialising with her friends and fitness activities – including aerobics, circuit training and running.

At home, Helen has a cat called Lilly, who had previously been abandoned at one of our surgeries and 2 gerbils called Roxy and Coco.

Rebecca Woodward


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! She has a young son named Kaleb.

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

Registered Veterinary Nurse

  • Started working at Ashfield House in 2014 as a kennel assistant and started my career as an SVN 4 months later
  • Studied at Brackenhurst College and achieved a National Diploma In Animal Management
  • Worked at an Olympic gold medalist horse yard
  • Qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2018
  • Runs puppy club every week
  • Outside of work I enjoy swimming, walking and horse riding
  • Related to head nurse Amanda
  • Has 1 rabbit called Lexie, 2 golden retrievers called Zak and Barney and 4 horses called Tiny, Jack, Storm and Dudley

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.

Lauren Glew

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

My name is Lauren Glew. I started working at Ashfield House in 2016 as a Nursing Assistant then went on to train as a Veterinary Nurse in 2018. I achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management at Broomfield College.

One of my biggest passions is wildlife conservation and this grew further when I travelled to Africa to work with an array of animals regarding welfare. I have a spaniel at home called Bella who I always take on little adventures with me!

Rebecca Stephenson

Nursing Assistant

I started working at Ashfield in September 2018. My ambition is to one day become a veterinary nurse. Whilst at school, I did work experience at Babbington Rescue Kennels and fell in love with a Labrador cross called Sarah and gave her a home. In addition to that, I have also gained experience working at a local cattery.

At home, I currently have 2 cats called Cleopatra and Felix and 3 dogs. In previous years I have also had rabbits. Outside of work I enjoy art, shopping and caring for my animals.

Our Veterinary Nurses at Byron

Kayleigh Brown

Nursing Assistant

Kayleigh has been working at the Byron branch since 2007, and enjoys both the nursing and reception side of the job. She frequently runs weight clinics for overweight pets and also helps with the puppy club held over at Byron. She is a qualified nursing assistant.

Kayleigh has several pets at home, including a little sausage dog called Chester who can sometimes be seen patrolling at the clinic!

Kylie Bradshaw


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 and achieved her National Diploma in Animal Management.

After completing the National Diploma, she stayed on at Brackenhurst and gained her Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing, she was placed at the Byron surgery as part of the nursing course and has never left since!

Kylie is now studying for her Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia and Analgesia which is a part of the job she has a keen interest in.

Outside of work Kylie has many pets including 2 dogs, 3 cats (all of which have been rescued through the practice) and a horse. Most of her free time is spent out and about doing horsey things. Kylie has also hand reared many kittens and fostered a lot of cats through out her career until they are healthy enough to go on to their new forever homes. 

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