Introducing Our Practice Team

Our main asset is our wonderful friendly and experienced staff

Our Management Team

Ashley Lovett – Practice Manager
Ashley has been the practice manager at Abbey Veterinary Group since 2016. He loves a round of golf and enjoys skiing trips with this family. What he doesn’t love is the sight of blood so he’s mainly based upstairs in the office.

Vicky Slater – Assistant Practice Manager
Vicky joined Abbey in 2007 as a senior receptionist and is now our assistant practice manager. Vicky keeps us all ship shape and does all the behind the scenes wizardry that keeps the practice going.

She is also our qualified pet bereavement councillor and will help our clients when it’s time to say goodbye. She has a gorgeous Labradoodle called Ted and we love it when she brings him to work with her.

Our Vets

Dr Catherine Bailey – Clinical Director
BSc (hons) BVetMed PgC GPCert (SAS) MRCVS
Catherine qualified in 2014 and being a small animal surgery certificate holder, she loves nothing more than being in theatre and carries out much of our orthopaedic and advanced soft tissue surgery, but we just think she likes the power tools!

She’s outdoorsy and climbs mountains and walks and walks with her black lab called Molly- who must be exhausted!

Dr Nicholas Burrell – Clinical Director
Nick qualified in 2012 and along with Catherine, keeps all things clinical running smoothly and buys us biscuits. His main interests are ultrasound and dentistry, and carries out the majority of our scans as well as following up with tests and investigations that these pets often need.

He owns a greyhound called Amber who keeps him on his toes as she’s nuts! Outside of work he likes to play hockey and loves the cricket.

Dr Alexandra James – Veterinary Surgeon (currently on maternity leave)
Alex qualified in 2017 and is working towards her post graduate certificate in cardiology and loves nothing more than scanning and investigating heart issues and conditions.

She has rescue dog called Bandit who’s very choosy about who is makes friends with- but we know he’s a softy deep down.

Dr David Giffin – Veterinary Surgeon
David qualified in 1981 and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the clinic, even though he started during the first Covid lockdown, which threw him right in at the deep end! He’s keen on orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

David is a bit accident prone but counts DIY and gardening as his hobbies- so always has some good stories to tell on a Monday! He owns two cheeky rabbits called Blossom and Scooby.

Dr Tamsin Riley – Veterinary Surgeon
Tamsin qualified in 2020 and really enjoys our more exotic patients as well as ultrasound and surgery. She is our star baker and keeps us well supplied with cakes and treats (staff only we are afraid).

When she isn’t baking for us, she enjoys horse riding and trying to wear out her crazy cat called Reggie.

Dr Alessandro (Alex) Bada- Veterinary Surgeon
Alex qualified from the university of Turin in 2018. He enjoys both medicine and surgery but has a particular interest in emergency and critical care- because of this you will mainly see him at the weekends and to wind down he likes to keep fit with calisthenics.

Dr Dorin Gioaba- Veterinary Surgeon
Dorin qualified in Romania in 2013, and is completing a post graduate certificate in ophthalmology.

Many of you will know his wife Andrada who used to work for us and we are wondering if their little girl will be a vet too! He has a cat who was brought to us as a stray (and has really landed on her feet at their home).

Dr Matteo Malinverno – Veterinary Surgeon
Matteo qualified in 2013 from the university of Milan and is completing a post graduate certificate in small animal surgery.

In his spare time he enjoys travelling. Matteo is actually allergic to most pets so we are very lucky to have him!

Our Qualified Nurses

Elaine Birchenough – Head Nurse Registered Veterinary Nurse
Elaine qualified in 1994 and leads a team of nurses across both branches. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about nursing and has trained many students over the years, and they all have good things to say!

Keen to make sure we provide gold standard care, she has implemented many new protocols and equipment to keep our patients safe and happy. Elaine runs our diabetic consults to help owners with animals newly diagnosed. She’s partial to a horror movie (especially those with Zombies in) and has a very waggy lab called Buddy.

Jemma Hardwick – Deputy Head Nurse – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Jemma qualified in 2009 and joined us in 2015. Jemma is a real busy bee in the practice- she runs our weight clinics and our prime of life clinics alongside studying for a certificate in veterinary nutrition.

When she isn’t here, she enjoys taking Alfred, her border terrier for walks and a nice cold pint!

Michelle (Shelley) Nettleship – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Shelly qualified in 2004 but has worked at Abbey since 1998. Super organised and a big cat lover, she is our ‘cat advocate’ and has put many things in place to help us be more cat friendly.

She really has the magic touch and the cats seem to know it! At home Shelly has two cats called Poppy and Charlie and she enjoys spending time with her family.

Elaine Andrews – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Elaine joined us in 2002 as an experienced qualified nurse, and enjoys nurse consults alongside looking after our inpatients. We always say how patient she is and the animals seem to know she is helping them. In her spare time Elaine is an avid reader, walker and theatre lover.

She has two cats called Frankie and Sybil who love to laze around and get in the way!

Amy Bray – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Amy has been with us since she was a teenager, first as an animal care assistant and then going on to qualify. She helps to provide some of our weekend cover so you will mostly see her consulting on a Sunday.

She enjoys days out with her family (her two children keep her busy!) and exercise.

Rachael Langridge – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Rachael qualified in 2010 and has spent some time working abroad, and has now settled back in Derbyshire.

She has a keen interest in our nurse consults and inpatient care. When she’s not here, Rachael enjoys being outdoors and camping with friends (and missing the sunshine!)

Nikki Mitchell – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Nikki qualified in 2020 and really enjoys the practical side of the job such as taking blood and placing cannulas. She has many unusual pets at home including tarantulas and snails.

She likes nature and spending time outdoors so much that her wedding had a woodland theme!

Our Student Nurses

Rebecca (Becky) Jowett – Student Veterinary Nurse
Becky joined us in 2015 as an animal care assistant and is now studying to be a registered vet nurse. She enjoys nurse consults and has a keen interest in anaesthesia. Becky likes a practical joke which keeps us on our toes!

Outside of work she takes her Dog Ruby on long walks along with looking after her two cats, hamster and lizard!

Beth Hagues – Student Veterinary Nurse
Beth started her nurse training in 2020 and enjoys looking after our inpatients. She likes to go running in her spare time and has a dog called Wilson who’s very soppy and she loves him so much that she threw him a 10th birthday party!

Naomi Edwards – Student Veterinary Nurse
Naomi started her career at Abbey behind reception and has made the move to train to be a veterinary nurse. She enjoys helping with nurse consults and is the most organised person in the nursing team, loves a label and stationary!

Outside of work she is kept busy by her young son, and enjoys days out with family.

Our Animal Care Assistants

Holly Thurman – Lead Animal Care Assistant
Holly has worked here since 2007, she leads the rest of the team and is qualified Veterinary Care assistant Alongside her responsibilities at the practice she also runs our puppy classes and has a qualification in dog training. Holly has taken on the role of trying to make our practice a bit greener and has implemented many changes to make a difference.

Holly has two guinea pigs called PJ and Duncan. She makes us all feel bad by being a fitness fanatic and spends her weekends keeping active!

Laura Burton – Animal Care Assistant

Laura has worked in veterinary since 2008 and joined us in 2015. She is a qualified veterinary care assistant and her main interest is laboratory work and you’ll often find her at the microscope!

Outside of work, Laura runs her own business restoring furniture and has a dog called Luna.

Chloe Holland – Animal Care Assistant

Chloe joined us in 2021 and is enjoying learning all aspects of her role. She has a Doberman called Rocco and two cats. She likes socialising with her friends at the weekend.

Our Receptionists

Charlotte Cox – Senior Receptionist at Chellaston
Charlotte joined Abbey in 2007 and is a qualified veterinary practice receptionist. Charlotte is responsible for the administration of insurance claim forms and all the clients know her!

She keeps horses and enjoys competing at the weekends. She has two Parsons jack Russell called Sage and Basil.

Emily Roome – Senior Receptionist at Chaddesden
Emily started here in 2007 and is an experienced member of the team and a lot of our clients know her well. She has a Labrador called Gregory and enjoys holidays with him and her family.

She’s a big football fan and Gregory even has his own Nottingham Forest T shirt!

Lauren Edwards – Senior Receptionist
Lauren started here in 2014 and works at our Chaddesden branch. She helps with coordinating our admissions in the morning and managing appointments throughout the day.

Lauren has a rescue dog called Ralph who is best friends with her little boy. She enjoys days out with her family and long walks with Ralph.

Amanda (Mandie) Dorman – Senior Receptionist
Mandie has been with us since 2016 and works at our Chaddesden surgery. She manages our food and drug orders and helps to train new staff.

She has two dogs called Coco and Cookie, plus a big fluffball of a cat called Mimi. In her spare time she takers her grandchildren camping and enjoys holiday with friends.

Gina Stead – Receptionist
Gina has been with us since 2010 and is based at our Chaddesden branch. Gina is chief of arts and crafts and all our beautiful display boards are her work. She loves chatting to our clients and helping them feel at ease.

Gina owns Freya, a Labrador and a cat called Rex. She enjoys baking in her spare time.

Kirsten Spencer – Receptionist
Kirsten has been with us since 2018 and is the most positive person, she’s always happy and bright, even at 8 am!

She has a dog called Bailey who is not a big fan of the vets. When she isn’t at work, Kirsten enjoys going out with her friends and taking Bailey for long walks.

Nicola Reedman – Receptionist
Nicola works at both our branches and joined us in 2018. She has three cats called Pearl, Crystal and Misty.

In her spare time she is a serious runner, she goes for miles! And she enjoys a hobby of painting garden ornaments.

Denise Holland – Receptionist
Denise used to be a doctors receptionist so Abbey must a be a breeze compared to that!

She joined us in 2020 and works at both branches. Outside of work she enjoys holidays with her family.

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.