Jenny Holt – RVN and Head Nurse

Jenny started nursing in 2006, obtained her Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing in July 2009, and became an RVN in January 2010.

She has previously worked in practices in St Ives, Helston and Redruth prior to joining Penmellyn in November 2009. Jenny is our Head Nurse and also has a role to play in the training and assessment of our student nurses.

At home she also has a British shorthair cat called Connie, a fox red Labrador called Tui, and two guinea pigs called Port and Stilton.

Rachel Ede – RVN and Deputy Head Nurse

Rachel is our Deputy Head Nurse after qualifying from the Veterinary Nursing degree in 2013. She has a keen interest in diagnostic imaging, primarily nursing patients coming for ultrasound and CT scan procedures.

She spends life outside work with four legged friends Louis the Labrador and Sidney the horse!

Sarah Buscombe – RVN

Sarah is one of our two nurses who work solely in our equine department. She started training as a veterinary nurse when she left school, initially as a student nurse for a year in a practice in Bodmin followed by two years in Wakefield.

Upon qualification in 1987, Sarah came to Penmellyn. Outside of work Sarah also has an equine interest and has passed the British Horse Society Horse Owners qualifications levels 1-4. Sarah has many animals. These currently include dogs, horses, bullocks, ducks, chickens and a cornsnake.

Kathy Davies – RVN

Kathy says she can’t remember how long ago she qualified because it was too long ago. Nevertheless if is safe to say that Kathy has been in veterinary nursing for a long time and she is one of our most experienced nurses.

Kathy comes from Camborne and has a German Short-haired pointer and three cats.

She enjoys walking and going out in her campervan. Her interests at work are within surgical nursing, radiography work and lab work. Kathy also has a role to play in the training and assessment of our student nurses.

Vicki Ingram – RVN

Vicki qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008 and is a clinical coach which means she helps and supervises our student nurses during their training.

Vicky is interested in inpatient care and emergency nursing. At home, she has guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, a tortoise, a rabbit, a horse and a cat.

Louise Dally – RVN

Louise comes from a farming background and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998. She has worked as a student nurse in Plymouth and at a Newquay practice.

She joined us at Penmellyn in 1999. Louise is one of our nurses who works within the equine department. She particulary enjoys working in the equine theatre and assisting with surgical procedures. Outside of work she has three children to keep her busy while also enjoying riding (pleasure and endurance rides).

She is currently teaching her daughter to ride on her Welsh section A pony. She enjoys walking her Labradors and has had a litter of puppies from one of them. Louise also helps out on the family farm when needed including the milking.

Stephanie Hunkin – RVN

Stephanie moved to Cornwall in order to work with horses and to see farm animal work. She has worked at Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium. Her specific interests at work include diagnostic imaging and anaesthetics.

Outside of work Steph is interested in horse riding and schooling and breaking in youngsters. Steph one of our 9 Senior Nurse based at Newquay, and also working at St Columb Hospital.

She has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a Jack Russell terrier, a chihuahua, a leopard gecko and anoles, ferrets, a tortoise and chickens and ducks Her aims for the future are to obtain further qualifications in more specialised areas and maybe to undertake an equine veterinary nursing qualification.

Vanessa Batten – RVN

Vanessa qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1980. She grew up in Cornwall and went to Plymouth and Berkshire to train as a veterinary nurse before returning to Cornwall upon qualification.

Within the practice, she is responsible for stock maintenance and general reception duties. She particulary enjoys liasing with farmers with regards to their needs. Vanessa holds the SQP qualification for companion animals, horses and farm animals.

Outside of work, she enjoys riding and walking. She aims to adjust the stock management system to further our quality service to our clients and ease of use for our staff.

Bryher Smeeth – RVN

Bryher qualified in November 2014 with a foundation degree in veterinary nursing. She has a particular interest in caring for hospitalised patients and dental surgery.

Bryher has two dogs a springer and cocker called Poppy and Blue, and two cats called Harvey and Dave. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, long dog walks and spending time with friends and family.

Fiona Barrett – RVN

Fiona qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008, and gained the SQP qualification in 2014. She is Cornish Born and Bred and worked and trained at Penmellyn since leaving school.

Having returned to the practice in 2015 after having her son “Jack”; Fiona is now part of the reception and administration team. Fiona thoroughly enjoys meeting and greeting clients and their pets to the practice.

At home Fiona also has two Black Labradors “Missy” and “Oakley”.

Faye Tapping – RVN

After graduating with BSc hons Animal science (companion and zoo animals) and working as a zookeeper, Faye moved to Cornwall from Essex in summer 2014, to begin her veterinary nurse training and she passed in February 2017.

She has a black Labrador called Harvey, and three chinchillas called Sapphire, Oscar and Pearl.

Clare Simmons – RVN

I began working for Penmellyn in March 2015 and started the diploma course in September. I qualified in October 2017 as an RVN.

I have a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever called Saffron, two British Short Haired Silver Tabbys called Poppy and Alfie, and my horse called Phoebe.

I have been riding since I was young and enjoy spending my days off with my friends and animals, combining them together is even better!

Billie Young – RVN

Billie started working at Penmellyn in July 2015 and started her FdSc Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing at Duchy College in 2014 and qualified in July 2017.

She has a BTEC level 2 qualification in animal care and was previously a volunteer at St Francis Dog Home in Newquay. Billie has had a range of pets growing up including; dogs, horses, cats, birds, hamsters, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and fish.

She currently has 2 dogs: a mixed terrier called Bear and a Staffordshire bull terrier called Bruno.

Nicky Kinney – RVN

Nicky joined Penmellyn in July 2017 having qualified as a Veterinary Nurse with a Foundation Degree in 2013. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially surgical nursing.

At home she has two Spaniels called Robyn and Binx and a tortoise called Sheldon.

Danielle Moore – RVN

Danielle started working towards her qualification in 2001 here in Cornwall and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007.
She enjoys all aspects of her nursing but has a real interest in the surgical side of her duties and would like to achieve the surgical nursing certificate in the future.

Danielle is married and has 2 children also at home there are 3 cats Neville, Charlie and Scamp and 2 Guinea pigs Daisy and Polly. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family.

Danielle joined Penmellyn in 2016.

Sarah Jones – RVN

Sarah qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2013, after 18 months working in Cornwall Sarah went travelling round South East Asia followed by working as a veterinary nurse in Melbourne, Australia for 6 months.
She then returned to the UK to take a position as an Emergency and Critical Care Nurse at the RVC to expand her nursing skills. After having her son she returned to Cornwall and joined the team here at Penmellyn.

Sarah loves her work and in her spare time enjoys walking her dogs and days out with her son Finn.

Megan Richards – Student Veterinary Nurse

Megan began work experience at Penmellyn in January 2015, and she started studying for the Vet Nursing foundation degree at Duchy College in September 2015. Megan keeps very busy at home and has 4 cats, a rabbit and a very naughty, springer spaniel, Millie.

In her spare time, Megan and Millie like to explore Cornwall on long walks.

Helen Ford – Student Veterinary Nurse

Helen began work experience at Penmellyn in March 2016 and a few months later, she started working full time. She started the diploma course in September 2016.

She has two Jack Russell’s called Millie and Maisie as well as many animals at home on the farm. She likes to spend her spare time with friends and family, as well as helping on the family farm.

Jim Swingler – Student Veterinary Nurse

Jim started working at Penmellyn in March 2017, and began studying for the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Duchy College in September. He particularly enjoys providing husbandry and nursing care, and has a keen interest in British Wildlife.

Jim has two dogs, alpacas, chickens, and a cheeky monkey of a daughter.

Brynley Rowe – Student Veterinary Nurse

Brynley has been working in the veterinary Industry for all most 10 years and will finish her veterinary exams in 2018. She loves all aspects of veterinary nursing.

In her spare time she looks after her 2 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, corn snake and a leopard gecko.

Karina Ray – Student Veterinary Nurse

Karina is a second year Hartpury University Centre student on the FdSc small animal nursing degree. She lives on a farm in Redruth and has 3 dogs.

In her spare time she loves riding her cob Tinker and walking her dogs on the beach. When Karina has finished her degree in small animal nursing she would like to go on to do some equine nursing as well.

Joanne Retallick – Student Veterinary Nurse

Joanne Retallick started her Veterinary Nurse Training in September 2018 at Duchy College.

At home she has a Patterdale Terrier called Maggie and a rescue cat called Lady Grey (aka Fatty). In her spare time she enjoys exploring Cornwall and finding new places to walk Maggie.

Jo is really looking forward to training and getting stuck into all aspects of veterinary nursing.

Roz Le Grys – Student Veterinary Nurse

Kiera Simpson – Student Veterinary Nurse

Dara Jones – Student Veterinary Nurse

Jess Demetriou – Night Nurse RVN

I started my training as a SVN in a small animal Practice in St Ives in 2000 where I stayed to complete my training before qualifying in 2006.

From here I have worked in mixed animal Practices and Hospitals in Cornwall and Berkshire where I lived for a short time.

I gave up Vet Nursing for a couple of years and worked in the Accounts department of a large IT and Telecoms company covering Purchase Ledger and Credit Control, attaining the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting,

I then took up locum Vet Nursing across Devon and Cornwall and have now settled back at home to be part of the Penmellyn Vet Nursing Team.

I have a dog Roxy, 3 cats and 2 horses that take up much of my ‘spare’ time.

Tilly Heathwood – Animal Care Assistant

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