Veterinary Nurses

Lisa Elliott RVN – Veterinary Nurse (Brayton).

I joined the Holmefield team back in 2003 as a trainee veterinary nurse and i’m still part of the team now, 10 years on (I must be doing something right for them to keep me all theses years!).I then went on and completed my qualification at The College of Animal Welfare and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2007. I enjoy the variety that each day brings, you never know what interesting cases will come in and what lovey animals you will meet, my main interest at work is in the surgical aspects of nursing.I truely enjoy my job and cannot imagine what I would do if it didn’t involve nursing.I have two very bold dogs Kiera and Kolo. Kolo is regular blood donor for Pet Blood Bank (he like to save lives) a tabby cat Mojo who live with my friend at the moment and two beautiful horses, Peggysue and Laila. My old girl Peggy at 24 years old is still going strong and I like to show her through the summer months and in the winter get her out to some hunter trails, altho she is now needing a little steadier way of life (not that she thinks so) Laila is my younger model that I bred from Peggy. I was very lucky to witness the very special moment of been able to be at the birth and see her been born it only feels like yesterday but shes now 4 years old this summer and has started her ridden career, she has a lot to live up to!! I also enjoy getting her out to shows and hopefully in the next couple of years we can start to enjoy the odd couple of hunter trails.When I eventually get some spare time to myself which doesn’t involve walking the dogs and riding the horses I enjoy getting out with friends and having some fun.

Hannah Shooter BSc Hons RVN – Veterinary Nurse (Brayton)

I have been working part time at Holmefield since 2011 when I moved back to my northern roots after living down south for 6 years. I first moved from Selby in 2000 to study Animal Science Behavioural Studies at Lincoln University. From here, in 2003 I decided to follow on in the field of animals and start training as a veterinary nurse. I had always had an interest in veterinary work over the years, as my auntie worked as a nurse and I frequently followed her footsteps in various practices, doing work experience. I started my training at a practice in Newark Nottinghamshire, from here I travelled south to Maidenhead, Berkshire and Egham, Surrey where I completed my training and qualified in 2007. I worked at various veterinary hospitals in and around the Surrey/Berkshire area and in 2008 I also qualified from Hawksmoor hydrotherapy as a canine hydrotherapist. I worked at a hydrotherapy centre in Chiswick, West London for a year, rehabilitating dogs post surgery and for ongoing conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. I then returned to nursing in 2009, working at a hospital in Guildford, Surrey. Whilst living in the south I lived on a 70ft narrowboat, first on the Thames and then on the River Wey and Godalming Navigation with my partner and daughter and Hobo the cat. My partner and I decided to move back to the north in 2010 when he had a change of job and Selby was the perfect location for us. We left our boat behind and sold it for someone else to enjoy and moved back onto dry land. Hobo obviously came with us too and has very much enjoyed being able to visit everybody in the street for food and is now on a continuous diet! I’m sure he will be thin again one day!

Kirsty Hannam RVN – Veterinary Nurse (Brayton and Sherburn).

Growing up in Sherburn, Holmefield provided veterinary care for the numerous dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits I had throughout my childhood. When I was 17 I was lucky enough to be able to do work experience at the Sherburn surgery 2 days a week, whilst studying for my A-Levels. I was then offered a position working as a Receptionist/Nursing Assistant and jumped at the chance. After completing my A-levels I studied for 2 years at Askham Bryan College gaining a Foundation Degree in Animal Management. I continued to work for Holmefield throughout my Degree and it was then I decided that Veterinary Nursing was what I was meant to do. I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else. In March 2008 I moved to a Small Animal practice in York where I began my official career as a Veterinary Nurse. Finally, in March 2011 I received my qualification and registered as a Qualified Veterinary Nurse. I worked in York for 4 years before moving on to work in a mixed practice in Market Weighton where I got the opportunity to work with farm animals as well as small domestic pets. I eventually returned to Holmefield in September 2013 and it feels as if I’ve never been away. I enjoy all aspects of Veterinary Nursing, particularly running nurse clinics as I enjoy interacting with people and getting to know each pet individually. The team here are fantastic and I can’t imagine working with a nicer group of people.At home we have two cats Monty and Dominic. Dominic was adopted from Cats Protection League in York; He is very cheeky and mischievous and his distinct love of food, often gets him into trouble. He has even been known to eat his way into a packet of crumpets! Monty was adopted from Black Cat Rescue in Doncaster. He was unwanted as he is tailless and walks with a limp following an argument with a car. This doesn’t stop him however and he can happily keep up with Dominic and can often be spotted snoozing on top of the wardrobe.At the weekend I can often be found on a hockey pitch somewhere, playing for Tadcaster Ladies 2nd Team, something I have done for over 14 years.

Staff Photo Emily Emily Knight RVN- Veterinary Nurse
Alida Ellis RVN – Veterinary Nurse
Heather Bates RVN – Veterinary Nurse
Natalie Langdon – Student Veterinary Nurse
Rebecca Harrison – Veterinary Care Assistant
Eleanor Nottingham – Student Veterinary Nurse
Eleanor Ames – Student Veterinary Nurse