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.

NAOMI CAMPBELL completed her nurse training with us & qualified in 2021. She lives with 2 black labradors and is our cheerful clininal coach helping Leah with her training.

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. We have been impressed with Leah and she is now progressing to become a Student Veterinary Nurse. We are expecting her to sail through her training!

ROSE ROCHE  has a degree in French and spent 10 years as a bilingual PA before deciding to change career & train to be a veterinary nurse, a decision she does not regret. She qualiied in 1995 & has worked in a variety of practices in London & Yorkshire including an specialist centre involved in treating hyperthroid cats with radio iodine so she is now our resident cat whisperer.

Animal Nursing Assistant

SHEENA WYSS is originally from America where she spent many years working as a veterinary technician so we were really pleased when she came to work for us as an Animal Nursing Assistant. The practice runs alot more smoothly with Sheena's efficient work.

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. 

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.