Veterinary Nurses

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.

LAUREN SMITH started working with us as an Animal Care Assistant in 2015  and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in the summer of 2018. She has a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier and an older eplieptic cat so knows what it is like living with a new puppy and an old cat.

Animal Nursing Assistant

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

BEV ALDERSON is another  long standing employee at Crab Lane. You will sometimes see her on reception but she also does most of the behind the scenes administration, the books. payroll etc without which we wouldn't be able to run the practice.

SUE WHITE will be a another familiar face on reception to our long standing clients, answering the phone and booking your appointments. Occasionally we ask her to give us a hand with the animals as she did start with us as a nurse - a long time ago. Sue has 2 collies and a cat.

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.