As you will see from these notes we have some VERY long standing members of staff. Low rates of staff turnover mean that we have staff that are very experienced and efficent in their job. They know many of our long standing clients very well and we know our clients appreciate seeing a familiar face.
Our team of qualified Veterinary nurses, and our Animal Care Assistant help the vets care for your pet, giving help in handling animals during consultations but especially care of inpatients and surgical patients. Their assistance, under veterinary direction, is invaluable in your pets recovery.
For more information on what is involved in being a qualified Vet Nurse (as opposed to an unqualified 'helper') then this video produced by the RCVS may be useful.RCVS, Vet Nurses - true professionals
Nurse appoinments are available for procedures such as nail clipping and suture removal and routine post operative checks. Our nurses are happy to talk to you about parasite control, weight control and anything that may help you look after your pet.
LISE SEIERSEN is our Head Nurse.
She trained at Crab Lane and has been with us for 25 years. She has left (twice) but has always some back! She is heavily involved in practice administration (and there's alot of kit needs servicing!) and theatre work. She has been on a number of overseas charity neutering trips to Spain and Botswana. Having a dachshund means that Lise is well equipped and experienced to give advice on home teeth cleaning.
ANNA THORNHILL trained with us and has been working at Crab Lane since 1996. Despite having 4 children she is still working on an almost full time basis and spends a lot of time as a theatre nurse with many of our longer surgical procedures. She lives with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a cat who get along.
RACHEL TIPLADY qualified in 2013 and started work for us in 2014. She enjoys working with the variety of animals we see. She is owned by 3 working cocker spaniels, 3 cats, and a horse. In 2017 Rachel was awarded (with merit) her ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursoin and is the nurse to ask if you have any questions on looking after cats.
NAOMI CAMPBELL came to work for us at the end of 2019 to continue her training to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse. This is now complete and we anticipate that Naomi will be qualified some time in 2021 despite training during a global pandemic and all the disruption this has entailed. Naomi lives with 2 black labradors.
RACHAEL CHAPMAN qualified in 2019 and started working with us at the begining of 2021. Rachael did her training in a small but busy practice very much like ours and enjoys the variety of work in first opinion practice. She has recently taken on a rescue working cocker spaniel - so that will keep her busy!
Animal Nursing Assistant
LEAH MARSON started working with us in the summer of 2020 when it became apparant that we could really do with another pair of hands. She has been helping keeping the operating theatres clean & with general animal handling. We have been impressed with Leah and she will be progressing to becoming a Student Veterinary Nurse in 2021.
MEEM ALDERSON has worked in the practice for 35 years and runs the hospital accomodation making sure that it is clean, tidy and comfortable for our inpatients. They are carefully monitored for any changes in their demeanour and given lots of TLC. Long term in patients get very fond of Meem. She is owned by 2 Border Terriers.
Reception and Administration Staff
HEATHER TAYLOR also has worked as one of our receptionists for a long time. As well as general reception duties Heather is in charge of ordering, stock control and sending out booster reminders. Heather lives with a cat who has recently recovered from hyperthyoidism and can give you insights on how this condition and its treatment changes their behaviour.