Introducing Our Practice Team

Our main asset is our wonderful friendly and experienced staff

Our Management Team

Ashley Lovett – Practice Manager
Ashley is the practice manager at Abbey Veterinary Group. Outside of work Ashley enjoys ski-ing with his wife and young son Curtis. He has a tropical fishtank and a hamster at home.

When at work, he is happy to stay in the office upstairs as he hates the sight of blood!

Vicky Slater – Assistant Practice Manager
Vicky joined our practice as senior receptionist. She has qualified as a Pet Bereavement Counsellor.

Vicky took on more administrative duties and became our Assistant Practice Manager in January 2018. She maintains an interest in the smooth running of the reception area.

Our Vets

Catherine Needham – Head Veterinary Surgeon
After first completing a degree in Animal Science at the University of Nottingham, Catherine then went on to graduate from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014.

Catherine’s main interests lie in surgery – both soft tissue and orthopaedics, and she will be starting an advanced certificate in small animal surgery in 2017.

Outside of work she enjoys spending her time up various mountains; walking, climbing and camping.

Nicholas Burrell – Veterinary Surgeon
Nick joined the practice in 2013, and has been qualified for five years. His main interests are in ultrasound scanning and medicine, but he enjoys all aspects of veterinary work.

He has an elderly rescue greyhound called Amber, who you might see out and about wandering the streets of Chellaston. Nick splits his spare time between walking, travelling and playing sport, particularly hockey for Derby Hockey Club, and squash.

Jennifer Callender – Veterinary Surgeon
I have worked in small animal practice since qualifying from Cambridge in 2009 and I moved to Abbey Vets in 2016. I have a particular interests in soft tissue surgery and diagnostic ultrasound. I have a very cheeky rescue cat called Pebbles.

If you want any personal info you can add outside of work I enjoy kayaking, hiking and travelling.

Gemma Montgomery – Veterinary Surgeon
Gemma qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Bristol University and has mainly worked with companion animals.

Gemma’s main veterinary interests lie with surgery, but she also enjoys emergency work.

Stephanie Hu Russell – Veterinary Surgeon
Stephanie is a Canadian native who graduated from the University of Edinburgh Royal Dick Vet school in 2009. She has always practised in the Midlands since graduating and holds particular interests in emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery. She also holds 2 additional degrees in Biology and Education.

She is married and recently had a little baby boy in June 2017. She adopted a moggy cat called Samson and a loving Border Collie named Ollie who you may have very well seen around the surgery!

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with her family

Rachael Middleton – Veterinary Surgeon
We welcomed Rachael to our team in 2017.
She has been qualified for 8yrs and spent 6yrs working with falcons in Dubai. She has a special interest in birds of prey – the falcon in the photo is called a Gyr.

She also has a jack Russell cross beagle called “Sunshine” who is 6yrs old.

Our Qualified Nurses

Elaine Birchenough – Head Nurse
Elaine started work at Abbey Vets as a student in 1992, and she qualified as an RVN in 1994.

Elaine is our Head Nurse and leads a team of 9 nurses. She really enjoys medical nursing and anaesthesia.

She is also a clinical coach to the students based at our Chaddesden Surgery.

Elaine Andrews
Elaine started work here in June 2002 and came to us as an experienced qualified nurse.

She is mainly based at the Chaddesden surgery and holds regular nurses clinics. Her main interest is physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

Deborah Bright
Debs started at Abbey Veterinary Group as a trainee nurse and qualified here. She went to work elsewhere and returned to work here again in December 2005.

Debs is mainly based at the Chaddesden Surgery and holds regular nurses clinics. Her main interests are the diabetic patient, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

Amelia Luckett
Amelia started work here in November 2004 as a qualified veterinary nurse. She is mainly based at the Chaddesden surgery and holds regular nurses clinics.

Her main interests are Senior Health and Behaviour clinics.

Jemma Hardwick
I joined Abbey Veterinary Group in April 2015. I love most aspects of my job and role as Veterinary Nurse, but I have a particular interest in weight clinics and run them regularly at both practices.

At home, I have a black cat called Stanley, who I rehomed after he was found abandoned.

Michelle Nettleship
Michelle started work here as a trainee nurse in March 1998 and qualified from here. She is based at both Chaddesden and Chellaston Surgeries where she takes an active part in nurse clinics and has a keen interest in cat behaviour.

She has two cats of her own called Poppy and Charlie who keep her busy in her spare time.

Amy Bray
Amy has worked at Abbey since she was 17, starting as an Auxiliary then training and qualifying as a VN. Amy currently works part time as she has two small children.
She enjoys all aspects of her job as a VN.

Our Auxilliary Nurses

Laura Carter

Holly Thurman
Holly joined us an auxillary nurse. She has gained her National Certificate for Veterinary Care Assistants.
Holly is interested in pet nutrition and advises on our Vet Complex diets.

Rebecca Jowett
Rebecca has been at Abbey Vets since 2015 and she returned in March 2017 from maternity leave. She will start her nursing training in 2018.

Megan Owen
Megan has worked at Abbey Vets since 2015. She is currently in her second year of vet nurse training.
She has a lovely rescue dog called Toffee and in her spare time she likes taking him on long walks.

Our Receptionists

Emily Roome
Emily is now based at the Chaddesden surgery. She is an experienced receptionist and combines her experience with her interest in companion animals.

Gina Stead
Gina is based at our Chaddesden surgery and has experience of working in the Public sector. She is a keen and enthusiastic member of our team.

Charlotte Cox
Charlotte works at the Chellaston surgery and is a qualified Veterinary Practice Receptionist. She also sorts out the pet insurance claims.

Lucy Baldwin

Lauren Edwards

Naomi Edwards

This time last week I thought we were going to lose our Jessi.
Thank you Nick you saved her xx

Fantastic vet, he’s lovely.

Abbey Vets are amazing with animals & people that’s what you need in an excellent vets Rachael & Naomi were brilliant – genuinely friendly & caring. Very knowledgeable too!
Thank you so much for your support when I had to have my guinea pig Maria put to sleep x



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