Clare Webb – Head Veterinary Nurse – Wincanton Branch
” I joined Southill in 2008 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010. In 2014 I left Southill to work in a referral Veterinary hospital. In this role I gained further knowledge and experience in intensive care patients. In 2018 I returned to Southill as Head Nurse.
When I have free time I enjoy spending time with my family, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses and a pony.”
Gemma Ockenden – Qualified Veterinary Nurse – Gillingham Branch
“Before joining Southill Vets in Wincanton, I trained in a local veterinary practice and qualified, shortly after starting a full time position at Southill in 2003. Since then I have qualified as an assessor for student veterinary nurses and also gained a certificate in Pharmacy Management.
On a personal level I am married and have two young girls, and as a result I am now working part time at our Gillingham branch. At home I currently have a Guinea pig named Pip a puppy called Parker and a cat called Parsnip. I enjoy most sports and go to aerobics classes as often as I can because I also enjoy food!”
Lisa Dewey – Qualified Veterinary Nurse – Wincanton Branch
“I have been working at Southill since 2005 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008. I am now working a part time role since starting a family. I enjoy all aspects of my job, especially caring for inpatients and nurse clinics. I spend most of my spare time with my family and looking after my two cats and three Pygmy goats!”
Hayley Taylor – Qualified Veterinary Nurse – Wincanton Branch
“I am from Sussex and moved to Dorset and joined Southill at the start of 2014. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in the summer of 2013, and I am really enjoying my career so far.
I am an expert animal holder and am kept busy at home with my family and my black and white 7kg Maine Coon called Buddy!”
Kim Couzens – Qualified Veterinary Nurse – Wincanton Branch
“I joined Southill in September 2018. I Qualified as an RVN in 2003 and worked in Winchester as Head Nurse. In 2012 I left to become a mum to my 2 children. I have only just returned to Veterinary Nursing at Southill, but I am currently really enjoying my time at Southill.
In my spare time I like to walk the dog – a Border Terrier called Mouse, going to the gym and spending time with my family. ”
Beth Miles – 2nd Year Veterinary Nurse Student – Wincanton Branch
I joined Southill Vets in early August 2014 as a student veterinary nurse. I have since completed my academic training here with the nursing team, alongside Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing. I am now waiting to complete my final practical exams to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. In the future I hope to complete a certificate to specialise my skills further.
Outside of work I am kept busy with family and friends at social events. I don’t have many specific hobbies, instead I like to set myself a challenge every year to complete – 2016 I moved in to my own home, 2017 – I jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet, and 2018 is yet to be decided…..”
Abi Downton – 2nd Year Veterinary Nurse Student – Wincanton Branch
“I’m Abi and I am a student veterinary nurse. I have now worked at Southill for one and a half years and I am going to college one day a week to complete my veterinary nurse training. I have also completed my Animal Nursing Assistant course. I most enjoy looking after the inpatients and monitoring anaesthetics.
In my free time I enjoy riding my horse and walking my two dogs Jaz and Jemima.”
Sam Steel – Veterinary Nursing Assistant – Milborne Port Branch
“Before joining Southill I worked in a small animal practice in the centre of Cheltenham as a VNA ( Veterinary nursing assistant) for two years, and lived in a beautiful cottage in the Forest of Dean. I then relocated to Dorset and joined Southill in September 2006, fulfilling the same role at our Milborne Port branch.
I live in a tiny old stone cottage with a huge garden, which is surrounded by countryside.I now share this with two adorable Tonkinese cats called Kuma and Otto and a Saluki dog called Dhala.”
In my spare time I enjoy the countryside and coastal walks, picnics, growing fruit and vegetables, cooking and baking, and looking after my animals. I would love some Indian Runner ducks, but sadly, Mr Fox is never that far away where I live at the moment.”
Lindsay Barnes – 1st Year Veterinary Nurse Student – Wincanton Branch
“I joined Southill in April 2018 after wishing for a whole new change in career. I enjoy working with the team and learning all there is to know about being a ANA. I hope to train as a veterinary nurse in the future.
I live in Somerset with my family, two dogs (Poppy and Sophie), two guinea pigs (Asohka and Alice) and four mice.
When I have free time I like to take long walks or short runs with the dogs, going to the beach and spending time with the family.
Ella Pragnell – Veterinary Nurse Student – Gillingham Branch
“Before joining Southill I worked in an Emergency Vets for 2 years as an Animal Care Assisstant. I have wanted to become a Veterinary Nurse since attending college at Sparsholt over 4 years ago. I left the vets and got an opportunity at Southill in November 2018 to begin my training as a Veterinary Nurse which I am very excited for. Out of work I enjoy spending time with my family and I am also currently enjoying training as a power lifter. Next year I will be entering some competitions! At home I have a naughty chinchilla called Buddy and a fat cat called Milo.”
Donna Crocker – Animal Nursing Assistant – Gillingham/Wincanton Branch
” I joined Southill in November 2018. Before joining Southill I worked in a local practice as an Animal Nursing Assistant for 13 years. I have completed my ANA course and certificate in Assisting Veterinary Surgeons In Monitoring Animals Under Anaesthesia And Sedation.
In my spare time I spend it with my family and looking after my two dogs.”