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 Abbey Vets as a Senior Receptionist in 2007. She qualified as our practice Pet Bereavement Counsellor and in January 2016 was promoted to Assistant Practice Manager. She still maintains an active role in the smooth running of reception.
In her spare time she enjoys travelling and walking her labradoodle, Ted.
Catherine Needham – Head Veterinary Surgeon
Catherine joined Abbey Vets in 2014. After first completing a degree in animal science at the University of Nottingham, she then went on to graduate from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. Catherine’s main interests are soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.
She is currently working towards an advanced certificate in small animal surgery.
Outside of work she enjoys climbing, camping and walking her Labrador Molly.
Nicholas Burrell – Veterinary Surgeon
Nick joined Abbey Vets in 2013. He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. His main interests are in ultrasound scanning and medicine.
He has a rescue greyhound called Amber and In his spare time he enjoys playing sport, particularly squash and hockey. He also has an interest in photography.
Gemma Montgomery – Veterinary Surgeon
Gemma joined Abbey Vets in 2012 . She qualified from Bristol University in 2010. Her main interests lie with surgery and emergency medicine.
Gemma has two little girls called Sophie and Violet and also a Jack Russell called Alfie. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding.
Rachael Middleton – Veterinary Surgeon
Rachael joined Abbey Vets in 2017. She qualified from Bristol University in 2009.
She has a special interest in birds of prey, and spent six years in Dubai working with falcons. During her time in Dubai, Rachael adopted her Jack Russell/Beagle Cross called Sunshine.
In her spare time she enjoys Bhangra dancing and hiking with Sunshine, who has adapted well to the British climate.
Hanna Pickering – Veterinary Surgeon
Hanna joined Abbey Vets in 2018 after qualifying from the University of Nottingham in 2017.
She enjoys all aspects of surgery and has a keen interest in ultrasound scanning.
In her spare time she enjoys competing in and teaching Taekwondo. She has two cats called Copper and Misty who are litter mates.
Andrada Gioaba – Veterinary Surgeon
Andrada joined Abbey Vets in 2017. She qualified from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Romania in 2013. Her main interest lies in veterinary medicine.
Outside of work she enjoys swimming, reading and going to the cinema. Andrada has rehomed a cat called Lara, she was found abandoned and received treatment at our surgery. She now enjoys a life of luxury with Andrada and her husband.
Our Qualified Nurses
Elaine Birchenough – Head Nurse
Elaine started working at Abbey Vets as a student in 1992, she qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1994.
Elaine leads a team of nurses across both branches. She is also a clinical coach to our student nurses based at our Chaddesden Surgery.
In her spare time she enjoys reading and walking her Labrador, Buddy.
Elaine Andrews – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Elaine started work at Abbey Vets in 2002 as an experienced qualified nurse. Her main interests are in physiotherapy but does enjoy all aspects of nursing.
In her spare time she enjoys reading and going to the theatre. She has two cats called Frankie and Cybil.
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 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.
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 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 has worked at Abbey Vets 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 Animal Care Assistants
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 has been at Abbey Vets since 2015 and she returned in March 2017 from maternity leave. She has started her nursing training.
Our Student Nurses
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.
Charlotte Cox – Senior Receptionist
Charlotte joined Abbey Vets in 2007 and is a qualified Veterinary Practice Receptionist. She is responsible for the administration of the insurance claim forms for both practices.
In her spare time she enjoys riding and competing her horses. She also has a Jack Russell called Molly.
Emily Roome – Senior Receptionist
Emily joined Abbey Vets in 2007. She is an experienced member of the reception team and is based at our Chaddesden surgery.
Outside of work she enjoys taking her Labrador Gregory for long coastal works.
Gina Stead – Receptionist
Gina joined Abbey Vets in 2010. She is based as our Chaddesden surgery and has experience working in the public sector.
In her spare time she enjoys making and decorating cakes and spending time with her family, she has two boys and a Labrador called Freya.
(Gina is currently on maternity leave)
Lauren Edwards – Receptionist
Lauren started working at Abbey Vets in 2014. She is based at our Chaddesden surgery.
She has a budgie called Stanley, who was rehomed after he was found as a stray. Outside of work she is kept busy with her little boy, Charlie.
Naomi Edwards – Receptionist
Amanda Dorman – Receptionist
Mandy started working at Abbey Vets in 2016. She is based at our Chaddesden surgery.
She has two dogs, Coco and Abby (named after us).
Outside of work she enjoys walking the dogs and spending time with her family.
Rebecca Lane – Receptionist
Becky joined Abbey Vets in 2017. She has a cat called Sidney and two guinea pigs, Arthur and Jeremy.
Outside of work she enjoys shopping, going for walks, eating out and spending time with her family and two children.
Sarah Watson – Receptionist
Sarah joined Abbey Vets in 2015. She is based at our Chellaston surgery.
She has two dogs called Poppy and Puto (who also has his own Instagram account) a cat called Tigger and two ferrets, Frank and Fidget.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking, reading, holidays and gardening.
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 was 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
OUR GOLD CLUB HEALTHCARE PLAN
WE NOW HAVE A PREVENTATIVE PET HEALTHCARE PLAN TO ALLOW FOR MONTHLY BUDGETING FOR VACCINATIONS, WORMING AND FLEA CONTROL AS WELL AS A VARIETY OF DISCOUNTS