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

Jan Davies RVN

Acting Head Registered 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 Theo. 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!

 

Elaine McDowell RVN

Head Registered 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.

 

Paula Chapman RVN

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse at Ipswich Surgery

Paula is our head nurse at the Ipswich Surgery. She has been working for Ryder-Davies since 2009 in various roles throughout the years! Paula enjoys the variety of veterinary nursing and has always had an interest in the large animal side. Outside of work Paula enjoys cooking and chasing after her crazy Cocker Spaniel, Cuba.

Jamie Biggs RVN

Acting Deputy Head Registered Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Originally from East London, Jamie qualified as an RVN in 2011 and spent 10 years working in an exotic and ophthalmic referral centre in Romford.

He came to Ryder-Davies & Partners in 2017 as a locum and spent time working at both the Woodbridge & Ipswich surgeries before staying on as a permanent member of staff.

He still has a keen interest in exotic animals and also very much enjoys surgical nursing. His interest outside of work include photography, astronomy, home brewing and playing the piano.

Eleanor Woodward BSc RVN CC

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach at Ipswich Surgery

Eleanor has worked at our Ipswich surgery since 2004 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009.

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.

 

Harriet Hunter Blair RVN

Equine Office Manager and Registered 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

Registered 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 three 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.

 

Michelle Thomas RVN CC

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach 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 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 and particularly enjoys her work as a clinical coach supporting student veterinary nurses through their training.  .  Outside of work she enjoys being kept busy spending time with her young family and exploring their new home county of Suffolk.

Lorna Studd RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach 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.

Charlotte Skeet RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach at Woodbridge Surgery

Loren Holgate RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach at Woodbridge Surgery

Loren started out as a nursing assistant at our Woodbridge surgery in 2013, whilst she studied an Animal Management course at Otley College. An opportunity arose to become a Student Veterinary Nurse, which she accepted and went on to qualify in 2019 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Loren also spends time at work as our Social Media and Website organiser.
Loren is a small animal nurse with a keen interest in medical nursing and exotic animals, especially birds.
Out of work Loren plays netball and spends a lot of her free time gardening. She owns a mischievous rescued African Grey called, Rosie and a Russian Dwarf hamster called, Bertie (who is utterly adorable).

Tegen Dovey RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Tegen started at Ryder-Davies & Partners in 2016 as a Saturday assistant at our Woodbridge practice. In September 2017 Tegen began on her journey to become an RVN. She has now finished her training and is enjoying life as a Veterinary Nurse!

Tegen is a very keen horse rider and owns an Irish Sports horse called Munchie, who she enjoys to compete on (when he wants to be caught!).

Claire Kennedy RVN

Registered 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

Registered 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

Registered 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 two rabbits, a Spaniel called Ellie and a miniature Dachshund called Ralph, whom she enjoys taking long walks with.

 

Fay Clark

Registered Veterinary Nurse at Ipswich Surgery

During her studies of animal science, Fay spent some time at an equine referral vets, this fed her passion to pursue a career as a vet nurse.

Fay’s particular interest lies in anaesthesia, weight clinics and wound management.

Outside of work Fay’s hobbies mainly consist of training her young cocker spaniel, baking for friends and skiing.

Gail Mills RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse at Felixstowe Surgery

Gail qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009 and joined us in 2013. 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!

 

Natalie Willis RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge surgery and Emergency OOH team

Natalie began working for the 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 when 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.

Ashleigh Vincent RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge surgery and Emergency OOH team

Ashleigh has been working as an out of hours and day nurse at the Woodbridge branch since June 2019. She Qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017 from The College of Animal Welfare. Ashleigh enjoys her role as a hybrid nurse as she has the opportunity to work within all aspects of the Veterinary practice. Ashleigh has an interest in emergencies and critical care as well as working with the equine team.  She enjoys spending time with her dogs Chester and Alfie, as well as her horse Pogo.

Naomi Ellis RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse of Emergency OOH team

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 since 2017 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.

Alison Smith RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse of Emergency OOH team

Hayley Roberts

Nursing Assistant at Ipswich Surgery

Hayley has worked at our Ipswich surgery as a nursing assistant 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 Forrest.

 

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.

Hati Heslop

Student Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Hati started out as our ambulance driver/kennel assistant at the Woodbridge Surgery. After being with us for 8 months, she then got the opportunity to become a Student Veterinary Nurse in 2019. Hati is excited to begin her long, two year journey to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Hati enjoys all aspects of the role as a student. She has a keen interest in small animals, thanks to her rescued dwarf hamsters Alaska, Lilo and Jaffa, and her rescued mice Emile, Linguini and Remy. Hati also loves dogs and cats and owns a rescue dog called Woody. Hati also has tropical fish, which she says are the most needy pets she owns!
Hati used to travel to Bulgaria once a year to help street dogs and cats, this became something very close to her heart, of which she sadly misses.

Kara Redman

Student Veterinary Nurse at Woodbridge Surgery

Kara joined the practice in August 2018 as a Receptionist and in 2019 started her Veterinary Nurse Training with us. In between raising 3 sons, Kara’s background was in banking including roles such as financial advisor, mortgage advisor and internal auditor. Kara has also taught fitness classes for over 15 years and recently persuaded some colleagues to try her spin class. In her spare time she enjoys music and plays the cello, keyboards, drums and bass guitar. Until recently she was the bass player for a well known local band. Kara is passionate about caring for animals and took home her first little rescue within a few weeks of working with us in the form of a little kitten who was found trapped in a fence. Kara loves meeting the clients and their amazing mix of pets.

Steph Pryke

Animal Nursing Assistant at Woodbridge Surgery

Steph studied Small Animal and Equine Care at Otley College before working at a hunting and eventing yard where she worked for around 10 years until the birth of her daughter. She continued to work with horses in Newmarket on a small stud farm but soon realised her love for small animals had returned.

Steph started working at Ryder-Davies & Partners as a cleaner in 2018 and successfully applied to become an Animal Care/Kennel Assistant the following year.  She is currently waiting to start her nurse training to continue her career in small animal care.

Steph’s hobbies include looking after her pet rats, her Jack Russell Eddie & her two continental giants Vinnie and Vickie.

Claire Little

Animal Nursing Assistant at Woodbridge Surgery

Claire joined the Ipswich practice as a Kennel Assistant in 2010.   Following her maternity leave, Claire completed the Animal Nursing Assistant course and now works every day as a nursing assistant. She enjoys all aspects of her job and says she “feels so lucky to have a job that I love”. Prior to working for Ryder-Davies & Partners, Claire completed Level 3 Animal Management course at Otley College, was a volunteer for Ipswich Cats Protection and also worked at a local cattery

Out of work Claire has a love for Australia and has been lucky enough to visit 3 times. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Claire also has 3 cats: Mitzi, Aussie and Darwin of which Aussie is very naughty!

Vikki Flatman

Animal Nursing Assistant/Receptionist at Woodbridge Surgery

Vikki joined the Woodbridge surgery in October 2020. She previously worked in admin roles before working as a veterinary receptionist at a small animal practice. Vikki has volunteered at the Suffolk Blue Cross and has just begun a Veterinary Care Support course. Vikki is very excited to progress her career in animal care as an Animal Nursing Assistant and Receptionist.

She has four house cats; George, Eddie, Alfie and Betty who she loves to spoil. Outside of work, she enjoys socialising with friends and family, yoga, eating good food and binge watching Netflix.

Grace Taylor

Animal Nursing Assistant at Woodbridge Surgery

Grace joined us in 2020 as one of our Animal Nursing Assistants. She has a love for all animals big and small, and rides horses in her spare time.

She has recently given a forever home to a kitten called Otto, and has a Hungarian Vizsla called Cooper.

Grace is hoping to do an apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing, once she has finished her A-Levels.

Jenna Silk

Animal Nursing Assistant at Ipswich Surgery

Ellen Woodmansee

Animal Nursing Assistant at Ipswich Surgery

Ellen joined the Ipswich team in 2020.  She has a great love for all animals and is hoping to pursuing a career with them.

At home Ellen has a lovely little Jack Russell cross French Bulldog, Marlene, and very much enjoys taking her out for long walks.

Ellen has recently been offered a place at university to study zoology and is looking forward to furthering her career in animals and research.

Bethany Skuse

Animal Nursing Assistant at Felixstowe Surgery

Bethany joined the Felixstowe practice in October 2020.  She started her career studying Animal Care at Otley College followed by working as a canine carer for 5 years.  Bethany has a keen interest in all animals, especially dogs after having her own throughout her childhood.

Michelle Read

Nursing Assistant at Rendlesham and Woodbridge Surgeries

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