We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083 Felixstowe: 01394 284554 Rendlesham: 01394 420964 Ipswich: 01473 274040
We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083
Felixstowe: 01394 284554
Rendlesham: 01394 420964
Ipswich: 01473 274040

Meet the Team

Becks Rudd RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Becks is Head Nurse at our Woodbridge Surgery and has worked here since 2011. She qualified in 2010 and has worked in mixed animal practices for 10 years. She has a particular interest in surgical nursing. She has a mental kitty called Zac who is into everything! In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding, skiing and going to the gym.

 

Elaine McDowell QVN

Head Veterinary Nurse at Felixstowe Surgery

Elaine is head nurse at our Felixstowe surgery and has been there since 2005. She previously lived, worked and trained in Yorkshire, where she qualified in 1990. She won the first ever Veterinary Nurse of the Year award in 1991, having been nominated by several of her clients. She holds the Hills nutritional Advisor level 1 award and is able to assist clients in the correct diets for their pets and also run weight clinics. She also runs puppy socialisation classes, as she has a keen interest in and has studied animal behaviour. She lives in Trimley with her husband Eddie and their miniature Yorkshire terrier Ben.

 

Paula Chapman RVN

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Paula has been working with the practice since 2009 where she started as a Saturday girl and worked her way up to RVN. She qualified in 2013 and went off to do a bit of locuming before coming back to Ryder-Davies as a night nurse. Currently she is covering our Head Nurse position at Woodbridge. She also has a keen interest in the equine side. Paula owns a crazy Cocker Spaniel Cuba and enjoys being outside in her spare time.

 

Eleanor Woodward BSc RVN

Deputy Veterinary Nurse at Ipswich Surgery

Eleanor has worked at our Ipswich surgery since 2004 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009. Eleanor now works alongside our Head Nurse Laura as Deputy Head Nurse. One of her favourite parts of her job is looking after hospitalised patients. She has two rescue cats, Handsome Harry the ginger cat from The Cats Protection and a black and white fluffy cat called Fluffy.

 

Jan Davies RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Jan qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005. She worked for us as a locum in 2012 and stayed on as permanent member of staff. Previously she has worked in the Northwest in a mixed animal practice and also a cat only clinic. She loves cats and is our resident cat whisperer! She is owned by her naughty Tuxedo cat Loki. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, yoga, hiking/walking, crafty things and random challenges. Her challenge for this year is the Inca trail, previous challenges include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and sky diving!

 

Harriet Hunter Blair RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Harriet started her career in Sussex and then went on to Berkshire College of Agriculture to gain her Veterinary Nursing Qualification. She has predominantly worked in Small Animal Practice, however after relocating to Suffolk, she worked at Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket where she gained a lot of her equine experience. She is married with two children, two dogs, two ponies and a handful of chickens.

 

Nicky Abbott RVN CC

Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach at Woodbridge Surgery

Nicky qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003 and became an AI assessor in 2005 to enable her to assist other trainee veterinary nurses in their nurse training. She mainly enjoys being in theatre assisting with orthopaedic procedures and enjoys all aspects of equine nursing. In her own time she is very busy with her two children and helping out on her husband’s family farm. They have horses and three working terriers. She also looks after and exercises horses for two local families. She spends her evenings doing artwork for local exhibitions, concentrating mainly on horses and dogs.

 

Claire Kennedy RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Ipswich Surgery

Claire started working at our Woodbridge surgery as a trainee veterinary nurse in 2001 where she did her training and qualified in 2004. She is married and has 2 little boys who keep her very busy. Since having her children she has worked part time at our Ipswich surgery. At home she has 3 rabbits, and 2 dogs called Fly and Sunny, both border collies who she enjoys taking for long walks and doing agility training with.

 

Helen Emmerson RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Ipswich Surgery

Helen is a registered veterinary nurse and has worked for us for many years. She mainly works at our Ipswich surgery and enjoys every aspect of being a veterinary nurse and especially enjoys doing weight clinics.

 

Katie Markham RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Ipswich Surgery

Katie first joined our Ipswich surgery in 2006 as a kennel assistant. After 2 years as a kennel assistant she embarked on her veterinary nurse training and became a qualified registered veterinary nurse in 2011. She is particularly interested in puppy socialisation. At home she has quite a collection of animals, which include, 2 rabbits, a Spaniel called Ellie and a miniature Dachshund called Ralph, whom she enjoys taking long walks with.

 

Beckie Price RVN CC

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse / Clinical Coach at Woodbridge Surgery

Becky originally started working at our Woodbridge surgery in 2011 as a general assistant and qualified as a RVN in October 2014. Becky is also trained as a Clinical Coach and enjoys helping with the mentoring of our student nurses. She has 2 dogs; Jack a Shepherd cross and Cassie a Border Collie. She has recently taken up skiing and enjoys pole fitness and going to speedway in her free time.

 

Lorna Studd RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Lorna qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016 after completing a degree at Middlesex University. She started working at the Woodbridge surgery in October 2016 and enjoys all aspects of nursing but particularly caring for hospitalised patients. She has a Staffie called Meg and a Ragdoll, Leo. Outside of work she enjoys baking, and going to gigs and the theatre.

Michelle Thomas RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Michelle is a qualified, registered veterinary nurse and joined Ryder-Davies and Partners in November 2016, having previously worked as a veterinary nurse in Derbyshire.  Since qualifying in 2012, she has have developed a keen interest in animal rehabilitation and physiotherapy, as well as nursing and diabetic clinics.  Michelle is proud to work as a nurse and be part of the Ryder-Davies & Partners team.  Outside of work she enjoys being kept busy spending time with her young family and exploring their new home county of Suffolk.

Natalie Willis RVN

Veterinary Nurse at Felixstowe, Ipswich & Woodbridge Surgeries

Natalie began working for Ryder-Davies & Partners team in May 2017. She previously lived, worked and trained in Cheshire. Natalie started her veterinary career at the age of 17 whn she became a nursing assistant, and then went on to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2009. Natalie enjoys all aspects of nursing and has a particular interest in critical care & wound management. Natalie has a 13 year old Yorkshire Terrier called Jake who is definitely a spoilt old man, but still enjoys his long walks! Outside of work she enjoys socialising and exploring the world. Natalie is also a keen cook and enjoys baking in her spare time.

Gail Mills RVN

OOH Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Gail qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009 and joined us in 2013. She works at our Woodbridge surgery as our “Out of Hours Night Nurse” and her main interests are anaesthesia and surgical nursing as well as large animal nursing. Away from the practice she has a cat called Podge and has a passion for carriage driving with her family’s coloured cobs and a KWPN called Synbad. Gail also enjoys gardening and spending chill out time with her other half when time allows!

 

Donna Lavery RVN

OOH Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Originally from Canada, Donna qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999. While studying, and for a short period after graduation, she worked in a small animal practice in the city of Montreal. She then spent several years working in a goat research facility before settling in a countryside mixed practice where she became head nurse. During her time there, she also spent an exciting summer working in a local zoo as a zookeeper. After her big move to the UK in 2008 she worked in a busy West London practice and then as a night nurse in Cambridge, while she waited for the perfect opportunity to arise in Suffolk as she tried to move closer to her now husband. After pursuing various roles within Ryder-Davies & Partners, she has now settled again on one of the night nurses.

Donna is married with two young children who keep her on her toes, as well as being the owner of two cats, Darwin (a Maine Coon) and Wallace (a Moggy from the RSPCA). When she isn’t chasing her two toddlers she enjoys baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Naomi Ellis RVN

OOH Veterinary Nurse

Naomi has been in practice for 11 years, starting as a kennel maid in a previous veterinary practice then qualifying as an RVN in 2012. Naomi has been at Ryder-Davies & Partners for nearly a year now and is one of our out of hours night nurses. Naomi particularly enjoys the emergency care and caring for the inpatients. She has a 3 year old cat called Onyx, who is very mischievous. Naomi enjoys spending her spare time with her family.

Hayley Roberts

Veterinary Nurse and Animal Care Assistant at Ipswich Surgery

Hayley has worked at our Ipswich surgery as a nurse since 2002. She has had two short periods away from us while she had her beautiful little girl Ella and her lovely little boy Nathan. She enjoys all aspects of her job, but particularly enjoys assisting with surgery and helping to organise weight clinics. Hayley has a number of animals, including Jovi a Labrador and 3 cats called Rocky, Ozzy and Casper.

 

Jenny Mann

Nursing Assistant at Felixstowe Surgery

Jenny has been a nursing assistant since leaving school in 1997 and started working at our Felixstowe surgery in 2007. She has an NVQ level 2 in Animal Care and has qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant. She has volunteered for the Blue Cross, Cats Protection League and even travelled to Sri Lanka to help with the street dogs and cats there. She has a great love for rabbits, rats and all small furries and has spent time rescuing and re-homing them, which she finds very rewarding. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son, family and friends and also power walking with her lovely Lurcher Fergie.

 

Megan Read

Nursing Assistant/Receptionist at Felixstowe Surgery

Megan started working at the Felixstowe surgery in 2017. She studied at UCS/University of Essex and has a foundation degree in Animal Science and Welfare which covers a range of topics including animal nursing and health. She has a great love for dogs and exotics.

Michelle Read

Veterinary Nurse and Receptionist at Rendlesham and Woodbridge Surgeries

Michelle Read has worked at the practice since 1994 as a nurse/receptionist. She first worked in a vets in the mid-1980s while living in South Africa. She is particularly interested in cat and dog behaviour and since 2000 has organised our puppy socialisation parties. Her own animals number 4 cats, a collie, hens & guinea fowl, plus 2 donkeys during the winter months. Her hobbies include riding, dog walking, swimming & cycling.

 

Loren Holgate

Student Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Loren started out as a nursing assistant at our Woodbridge surgery in 2013. She is now a Student Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge with one year of training left. Loren especially enjoys looking after the in-patients by making sure they are as happy and as comfortable as can be.

She also has a keen interest in exotic animals. In Loren’s spare time she enjoys spending time with Bailey, her Jack Russell and Rosie the rescued African Grey!

Naomi Holzer

Student Veterinary Nurse

Naomi started at the practice in 2015 as a nursing assistant.  She is currently completing her nurse qualification and is very much enjoying her course.  Naomi has a very keen interest in exotics – particularly birds.

She keeps herself busy tending to her many animals at home including 4 budgies, ducks, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and a tortoise.

Tegen Dovey

Student Veterinary Nurse

Tegen started at Ryder-Davies & Partners in 2016 as a Saturday girl at our Woodbridge practice. From September 2017, she will be starting her nurse training at our Ipswich practice which she is really looking forward to.

Tegen is a very keen horse rider and owns an Irish Sports horse called munchie which she enjoys to compete on: when he wants to be caught.