Meet The Team

Becki Griffiths RVN

Position:

Head Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Radiography, Surgical Nursing, Feline Behaviour & Raw Nutrition
Being a veterinary nurse is an extremely rewarding job, I love every aspect of it and think myself very lucky to be doing something I thoroughly enjoy. I aim to provide the best nursing care and treat every patient as if it were my own. I am always looking to better myself, I am currently studying for my diploma in feline nursing! I love all pets great and small but have a particular soft spot for giant breed dogs! When I'm not at work I'm caring for my many pets at home (several of which I've adopted from work!)

I also volunteer for a local charity StreetVet Birmingham:

For more details and to find out how you can help click here!


Pets:

3 dogs: Sully, Elsa & Rey.
3 cats: Marty, Meeko & Kovu.
1 rabbit: Dot
And an assortment of aquatic creatures!

Karen Roast RVN

Position:

Head Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Laboratory, In-patient care
I have been working in the veterinary industry for 16 years. Since qualifying in 2010 I have had the opportunity to work in several different veterinary environments. Since joining Lockwood's in September 2015 I am enjoying working as part of the Burton Animal Hospital team and meeting all our lovely clients and their pets. I have a keen interest in pet obesity and can offer our clients advice and guidance to help them maintain a healthy weight for their pets health and well-being. At home I love the choas of having two young boys and a new puppy. On my days off we love going out on fun adventures.

Pets:

Betsy the crazy Sproker and one very old Guinea pig

Katy Whalley RVN Fdsc

Position:

Head Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Aiding the vet in theatre, especially orthopaedic surgery and medical nursing.
I began my training at Blackheath Veterinary Centre in 2012 and qualified with an Fdsc Degree in Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University in 2013. Whilst working for the Lockwood Group I have gained so much knowledge and have not only become a clinical coach which enables me to teach student nurses, but I have also become the new Head Nurse of the practice. I thoroughly enjoy being in theatre and aiding the vet and meeting new patients. I love working with all different types of animals big or small and I love being a veterinary nurse as not every day is the same. My weakness is French bulldogs and kittens/puppies that need hand-rearing.

Pets:

A cat called Marie from the Cats Protection League and a rescue dog called Dennis the Menace.

Laura Bailey RVN BSc (hons) C-SQP

Position:

Head Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

In-patient Care, Laboratory analysis, Surgical Nursing & Medical Nursing
Veterinary nursing is a passion & a way of life for me. Since beginning my training in 1997 I have loved every day of my career. I qualified in 1999, and then worked part time whilst I obtained a BSc (hons) in Biomedical Sciences to extend my knowledge & skills in laboratory analysis. My primary daily aim is to treat all the animals I look after, as though they are my own pets. When I am not at work, I care for my own pets & enjoy countryside walks with my partner Fleur, jewellery making, cooking & gardening.

Pets:

1 Dog: Azazel
5 cats: Scabby Abbie, Don Franco Mafia Boss, Rogue, Gorilla Bear & Gollum

Sarah Jones RVN

Position:

Head Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Surgical nursing, radiography and post-operative care.
I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2009 and have been with the company ever since. I became Head RVN of my own branch in 2015 and have enjoyed the managerial side of nursing. I am also a clinical coach, this is another aspect of the job which I enjoy. I have recently started my Veterinary Nursing of Zoo and Exotic Species Advanced Program (VNZES) as my practice deals with a lot of exotic species. My main interests are surgical nursing, radiography and post-operative care. I aim to give 110% to every patient, treating them like my own in order for them to feel comfortable in their unfamiliar surroundings.

Pets:

4 Cats: Harry, Alfie, Mattie & Milo

Natalie Wiggs SVN

Position:

Deputy Head Nurse

Interests:

Surgical nursing, inpatient care and client care
I have been working in practice for about 8 years, coming from a prestigious referral centre so I have seen various areas of the veterinary world. I enjoy all elements of my job from general patient care to more intensive nursing. Working along side the Vets and the clients making sure a high level of care is being given to their beloved pet at all times. Every patient that comes into the practice I treat as if they were my own making sure they are cared for within a loving environment, coming to the vets can be stressful time for client and patient so helping this experience be as stress free as possible in very important.

Pets:

2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks called Elsa & Roman
2 Fish called Alex & Louis
19 pond fish

Amy Draper DipAVN RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Anaesthesia, surgical nursing and physiotherapy
I began my nursing career at Rosewood Animal Hospital in 2005. I then undertook my training at Rodbaston College and gained my Veterinary Nursing qualification in 2009. As I am always eager to expand my knowledge, I began working towards the Advanced Veterinary Nursing qualification shortly after at Harper Adams University; I gained this qualification in 2015. I spent several years working in a referral practice after this, where I gained experience in many aspects of nursing, in particular anaesthesia, radiography and surgery. I had a little boy in 2016 and returned to Rosewood Animal Hospital where I work part-time.

Pets:

1 Chinchilla: Cedric

Avril Parker-Jones RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Inpatient care, ECC, exotics and Feline behaviour.
I qualified in 2012 and have since worked in a variety of mixed, charity and out of hours practices before joining St Georges Veterinary surgery in May 2018. I enjoy caring for a variety of species but have a specific interest in cats and their complex behaviours. I completed my ISFM feline friendly nursing certificate in 2015 and am currently helping to make St Georges vets a cat friendly clinic.

Pets:

1 Cat: Obi

Hannah Shearwood RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Laboratory, In-patient care
I really enjoy caring for all species of animal whether sick or healthy. At home I enjoy playing sports such as golf & karate; for which I have studied for 6 years and have gained a black belt. I enjoy walking and playing with my dog Todd.

Pets:

1 Dog: Todd

Kim Brindley RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Anaesthesia, theatre practice and medical nursing.
I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in April 2018 and have 6 years experience within the industry. I thoroughly enjoy the challenging daily case load that comes with working in a veterinary practice. Bunnies are my favourite patients as they are complex creatures who require a lot of care and attention and I love to be the one to ensure their experience in the practice is as stress free as possible. I enjoy everything about my role and look forward to developing my career as an RVN in the future!

Pets:

Poodle cross - Alfie
Kitty cat - Ozzie
Rabbit - Honey Bunny

Leah Fletcher RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Surgery, Lab and inpatient care
I have always wanted to be a veterinary nurse, I started my training in 2015. My passion has always been for animals and I love all the aspects of the job. During my spare time I love to read, keep fit and care for my animals at home.

Pets:

1 dog: Charlie
1 cat: Tigger
1 Rabbit: Thumper
1 Guinea Pig: Milo
1 Budgie: Joey

Naomi Harvey RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Client Care and Inpatient Care
I see myself as a general all round nurse but in particular I enjoy client care, animal behaviour and in-patient care. I have always been animal orientated from a very young age so Veterinary Nursing seemed very fitting allowing me to see and care for a varied range of animals over my nursing career so far. I like to feel I treat all animals in my care how I treat my own.

Pets:

6 cats: Charlie, Pheobe, Asbo, Alfie, George & Camilla
1 dog: Troy.
2 Guinea Pigs: Flower & Cucumber.

Nicole Cash RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Radiography, surgical nursing and nurse clinics.
Since I can remember I've always loved caring for animals. Having grown up around them, I'm so incredibly happy and grateful to be able to develop my skills and fulfil my potential in a career I will thoroughly enjoy.  I am currently pet health club champion and encourage clients towards providing their animals with the correct preventative healthcare. I also do a lot of lab work and thoroughly enjoy this. I love animals and feel so privileged to be able to help nurse them back to health. When I’m not at work I love spending time with family/friends, going exploring with my dog and watching Disney movies.

Pets:

1 Dog: Kobi
A cat called Nym
& a Rabbit: Khia

Renee Hopwood RVN

Position:

Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Lab sampling/ analysis, surgery, Interacting with clients
I never had any other ambition than to be a veterinary nurse and finally being able to achieve my No.1 goal is the greatest feeling in the world. I love being able to work with different animals every day, providing the best care and treatment! I am particularly interested in exotic animals and once qualified, will aim to progress my knowledge further. When I'm not at work I like to spend time with my family, baking sweet treats or catching up on my favourite TV series.

Pets:

3 Dogs: My 1 st hand rear, Jam, and family dogs Missy & Lady

Amy Burkitt

Position:

Deputy Head of Nursing Services

Interests:

Lab sample collection & analysis
I have been nursing since 2002, which goes to show how much I enjoy my job. Helping animals when they are unable to communicate what is wrong is very rewarding. I enjoy all of the gory parts of the job, as well as the mentally stimulating cases, such as helping in theatre with our orthopaedic surgeon. I currently work 3 days as I have 2 young children, to look after which takes up most of my time.

Pets:

2 dogs: Tia & Diesel

Steph R Lloyd

Position:

Deputy Head of Nursing Services

Interests:

In-patient care, Surgical nursing & Theatre practice, Laboratory sample collection, Neonate care and Maintaining high levels of practice hygiene.
Having been working for the company for over 11 years each day is thoroughly rewarding, every day is different with a variety of cases, treatments and procedures or tests being performed. The most satisfying part of the job is finally seeing patients respond to therapies for a happy outcome. I especially love looking after the neonates which have been abandoned. Becoming their foster mom and ensuring they make it to find their forever homes. When working so close with the team they do become family and I wouldn't be without them, all are fantastic in every aspect of the job. When I'm not at work I'm spending quality time at home with my daughter Scarlett and son Archie and the rest of my family.

Pets:

1 Cat: Ruben
2 Hamsters: Mickey & Minnie

Charlie Deakin

Position:

Student Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Neonate care, anaesthesia, In-patient care, radiography and labwork.
My journey at Lockwood's started in October 2016, from a young age I knew that caring for animals is something i'd like to purse as a career. Everyday I manage to learn something new as no two days are the same. Lockwood's is a great place to work as everybody comes together to help each other in anyway possible. I am proud to be part of such a supportive team.

Pets:

2 dogs - Dillion and Molly
2 Guinea Pigs - Bubbles and Squeak
1 Parrot - Sophie
1 Goldfish - Bert

Emily Hiatt SVN

Position:

Student Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Client care and Inpatient care
I absolutely love my job here at Lockwoods. I've been working here since 2008 and couldn't imagine myself doing anything else. I enjoy all aspects of being a nurse but I have particular interests in theatre and inpatient care. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughter and my cat.

Pets:

1 Cat: Lucy

Jade Humpage SVN

Position:

Student Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Theatre practice, weight clinics and in-patient care.
I have been working at Lockwood Animal hospital since 2007 and I still enjoy my job as much as I did all that time ago. I come to work every day not knowing what to expect, as each day brings something completely different. I thoroughly enjoy my job and to know that I am helping and making a difference in animal's lives is the most rewarding feeling ever. I care for every animal as if they were my own pet and give them the highest standard of care that I can provide as that is what every animal deserves.

Pets:

3 dogs : Rocco, Honey & CC.
5 Cats: Harry, Angel ,Princess ,Woody & Dusty.

Jade Neville

Position:

Student Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Theatre and Inpatient Care
I enjoy working at Lockwood not only for my passion with animals but for the team I work with. I particularly enjoy theatre and learning from all of the interesting things we see from surgery to inpatient care. I have two children that i love to do things with in my spare time as well as my 5 cats, pony and rabbit.

Pets:

5 Cats: Sooty, Smudge, Angel, Tigger and Precious
1 Pony: Peaches
1 Rabbit: Baileys
1 tank of tropical fish

Lauren Jones SVN

Position:

Student Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Radiography and inpatient care
I have always loved animals and it has been a life long dream to become a qualified vet nurse. Rosewood began my career in nursing and I thoroughly enjoy every day here. I look forward to refining my skills as a nurse. I have a soft spot for Westies and large breed dogs. I love the ocean and take a keen interest in diving! I have a pony and spend most of my spare time looking after him.

Pets:

A pony called Woody

Lauren Tobin-Neville

Position:

Student Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Radiography, In-Patient care, Labwork and learning something new each day.
I started at Lockwood's in 2017. Throughout my time here I have faced some challenges which I've overcome, I've met an amazing group of people and discovered my new found love for Squirrels! I enjoy coming to work everyday not knowing what to expect.

Pets:

2 Dogs - Lilly and Poppy
1 African Land Snail - Mo
1 Bird - Spike

Tammy Baugh SVN

Position:

Student Veterinary Nurse

Interests:

Inpatient care
I love working in veterinary care as the job is rewarding in itself. I love getting to know the clients and their pets on a personal level. Being able to watch a sick or injured animal being nursed back to health is an overwhelming achievement and knowing I've been part of that is a fantastic feeling. Lockwood is an amazing place to work, how they help heal and re-home their strays is absolutely awesome and I'm proud to call them my Lockwood family.

Pets:

1 Dog – Taz
2 Cats:Michelangelo and Winter
Parrot

Charlotte Stanley

Position:

Nursing Staff

Interests:

Client care, exploratory surgery, wound management & caesareans.
I find veterinary nursing very rewarding when you see a patient being first admitted for treatment and then leaving the surgery on the road to recovery the feeling is unbeatable. I love all aspects of the job including speaking to clients and providing the best care and love to every individual animal whatever it's species, size or breed. I have worked in the veterinary profession since I was 11 and working as a kennel maid; I have never looked back. During my spare time I love being with my own dog and going on long walks in a vain attempt to tire him out. At Waterfront I have a reputation for stealing all of the puppies away from their owners for kisses and cuddles, I particularity love any breed which is big and fluffy.

Pets:

N/A

Dani Pope

Position:

Nursing Staff

Interests:

Nurse Clinics and Client Care
I started nursing in 2009 and I love every part of my job. I love pets of all shapes and sizes especially border collies. At home I spend my time caring for my 2 children.

Pets:

2 Dogs: Nelly & Shadow
1 Cat: Brewster

Emma Adams

Position:

Nursing Staff

Interests:

Laboratory, care of hospitalised patients, caesareans & nurse clinics.
I have wanted to be a Veterinary nurse since a young age and feel grateful that this is now my career. I started working as a kennel maid at the age of 14 and became an auxiliary nurse at the age of 15. I have worked in practice for the past 10 years, 2 of which I have worked for LWVG. I enjoy taking time to talk to clients and helping them in any way I can. I especially enjoy hand rearing kittens, but find it hard to let go (2 of my cats are hand rears).

Pets:

1 Dogs: Jess
3 Cats: Neville, Dottie & Dora

Jodie Perry

Position:

Nursing Staff

Interests:

Assisting with inpatient care and welcoming new clients.
I joined the Lockwood Veterinary Group in 2017 and have enjoyed every moment since! My favourite part of my job is caring for all of the animals that come through the practice and their owners. I am due to start my Veterinary nursing course shortly which I am very excited about! When I am not at work I love walking my dogs and caring for my geriatric pony.

Pets:

3 dogs Buffy, Freddie and Sully.
1 horse Kala.
3 ducks and 6 chickens...one called Captain America.