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Veterinary Nurses

Kathryn Baker

Kathryn joined the practice straight from school in 1978 and has been here ever since! She passed her Veterinary Nurse examinations in 1981 and has a wealth of experience both in a professional capacity and a personal one as the owner of many pets over the years.

Kathryn owns border collies and working cocker spaniels. She has trained and competed to a high level in dog agility and currently enjoys training her border collies to work sheep. She is passionate about cats, and has rescued and hand-reared many over the years. Kathryn also has chickens of a variety of breeds, and several tortoises, some of which she reared from hatchlings.

Kathryn is available for general nurse appointments, and also puppy appointments to advise on training and health care.

Outside work Kathryn also enjoys gardening and photography.

Andrea Banham

Andrea joined the practice in 1994. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1996, and became interested in training Veterinary Nurses shortly afterwards. She has been a qualified Veterinary Nurse Training Assessor since 2000, and this role now occupies most of her time. She is extremely committed to this role and is very successful, having trained Helen and Rachel, as well as many other students who have now qualified and are working elsewhere. Andrea is currently training  Hayley and Katie.

Andrea has three children, Emma May, Andrew and Tamsin, and now works part-time. She owns a rescued cat, Charlie, and has  a particular soft spot for Yorkshire Terriers.


Helen Strong

Helen has been at the practice since 1996. She trained as a veterinary nurse with the practice and qualified in 1999. Helen is interested in surgical nursing and anaesthesia.

Helen particularly loves cats, and has rehomed two kittens, Neo and Dolly, who were left on our doorstep.Helen’s interests outside work include socialising , music and foreign travel.

Helen left us briefly to have her son, Joshua in December 2009 , and her gorgeous daughter Alexia in March 2016 , and is now back working 3 days a week.

Jackie LooneyInformative image: vet nurse jackie looney

Jackie comes from Eire, and was brought up and trained as a vet nurse in Cork.

Jackie moved to England to work in a larger practice and further her experience.

She loves the practical aspects of nursing, and really enjoys looking after hospitalised patients.

Jackie is our resident nurse and checks on our hospitalised patients at night. If she has any concerns she contacts the duty vet.

She is shown cuddling one of the stray kittens born at the surgery this summer.

Informative image: nurse RachelRachel Upson

Rachel trained as a Veterinary Nurse at New Malden Vets , joining us in January 2016 and qualified as a RVN ( Registered Veterinary Nurse ) in the Spring of 2017.

Rachel has a very handsome 4 year old rescue cat , Bertie , who  lives with her and her husband Stu.

Her favourite shift is Kennels , which is the longest shift , caring for & looking after all our in-patients throughout the day.

Hayley Shaw

Hayley joined us in early 2016 and is due to qualify , under the beady eye of Andrea , as a RVN in March 2018. Hayley has recently become our second resident nurse, sharing bedtime checks with Jackie. She particularly enjoys monitoring anaesthetics and has an interest in orthopaedic surgery.

Hayley has had a menagerie of pets, including dogs,birds, rabbits, ferrets and horses.

Outside of work Hayley enjoys eating out and trips to the cinema.

Katie Costidell

Katie joined us in February 2017 as a Student Veterinary Nurse. She is in her 1st year of training and attends college in Aldershot one day a week . She enjoys all aspects of practice , especially anaesthetics and patient care.

Katie has a special love for Labradors , and has her own black Lab called Gunner. She also enjoys horse riding and has her own horse Charlie. She is a keen baker , and loves her dog walks.

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