Updated Sept 2019

Nursing Staff

LEASA NEAME RVN CertNES

Part-Time Registered Veterinary Nurse

Leasa qualified from Berkshire Agricultural College with a double merit - earning her a special place in the RCVS' record books. Leasa loves exotic species and was in 2008 one of only a handful of RVNs in the UK to gain the City&Guilds Certificate in Nursing Exotic Species. She is continually learning something new and has spent several of her holidays volunteering for animal charities abroad. Leasa has been nominated for Petplan's Vet Nurse of the Year Award twice. 

 

Leasa also runs physiotherapy clinics for pets following spinal or joint surgery and can advise owners on the best possible post-operative care for their pets. Having returned from maternity leave after welcoming her first baby, the very gorgeous Orla in July 2016, Leasa now works part-time. 

REBECCA MAYNARD BSc RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca joined the team in October 2017 having completed her degree in Veterinary Nursing from the Royal Veterinary College. She is currently working part-time whilst she completes an additional elective module in Emergency and Critical Care, but will join the team full-time from December. Rebecca is very interested in working with exotic species and was thrilled to assist with a monkey c-section during her first evening shift at BHVS!

 

Rebecca is a member of the Association of Zoo and Exotic Veterinary Nurses (AZEVN) and has plans to complete a certificate in exotic nursing soon and focus on caring for our more unusual overnight guests. Rebecca hails from Cambridgeshire but was so excited to join the BHVS team that she relocated to Kent! Outside of work, Rebecca is an ace football player and enjoys travelling and scuba diving! 

GEORGIA PRICE-STEPHENS

Student Veterinary Nurse

Georgia joined the BHVS team in April 2016, having spent time at the practice for work experience. Georgia  completed her college course in animal care and is now studying for her Veterinary Nursing qualification at Canterbury College one day a week, alongside working. Georgia looks after our kennels - taking excellent care of our patients, wildlife and making sure the place is spotless. At home Georgia has a variety of small pets - a mouse named 'mouse' who suffers from allopecia(!), a pygmy hedgehog, two dogs and several guinea pigs. A veritable (and slightly strange) ark! 

AMY WESTWOOD BSc

Animal Nursing Assistant / In-House Laboratory Supervisor

Amy works full-time as our Animal Nursing Assistant and is now very familiar with the needs of seagull chicks and other assorted wildlife! Amy is also responsible for the running of our in-house laboratory, and makes sure patient's samples are processed in a timely manner. Before joining the BHVS team, Amy completed a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Lincoln. Amy is a huge cat fan and has a special interest in their behaviour. When not busy at work, Amy enjoys spending time with her significant other and her puppy Lilly, as well as reading, films and swimming.

HAYLEY FRY

Nursing Assistant

Hayley does a fantastic job of keeping the kennels in order. Born and raised in Thanet she hopes to study veterinary nursing and one day become a fully qualified veterinary nurse! In her spare time Hayley enjoys looking after her golden retriever Alfie and going on adventures with him. She is a keen cinema goer and loves a round of crazy golf.

Samantha Turner BSc MSc

Nursing Assistant

Samantha originally hails from North Carolina, however she has spent most of her life in Europe. Samantha attended university in Wales and England achieving a BSc in Zoology and MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation, before ending up in Kent working as a primate keeper! She is looking forward to expanding her practical care knowledge and working with some of our more exotic patients. In her free time Samantha likes to spend time with family, friends and her cat! She enjoys travelling, wildlife documentaries and nature walks. 

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