Our Nurse Team

Caring for your pets as if they were ours

Terri Bussi RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse Dawlish Head Nurse 

I studied at the College of Animal Welfare in London and qualified in 2004.  Since then I have worked in different veterinary practices in London and Exeter, and now Dawlish.   I have been a clinical coach and completed a ISFM course in feline nursing and really enjoy working with cats, even the spicy ones!  Recently I have had the opportunity to become the Head nurse and am really enjoying it.

My spare time is taken up by my husband, two boys and four cats (who have all been rescued during my various nursing roles).  Especially my new addition, Tyga, who is clumsy and enjoys getting himself stuck in various situations!!

 

Gemma Huggonson RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Theatre Manager Dawlish

I have worked at Bay Vet Group since 2001 and I qualified as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2007.

My interests during work are general nursing, monitoring anaesthetics and assisting in theatre.

I have three dogs of my own, two of which I rescued many years ago through work.

Outside of work I enjoy walking my dogs, swimming, going for little jollies in my car, horse riding and watching reality TV with a beer.

Tracey Davis RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

After working on a farm for 11yrs I decided to come in out of the cold and joined Bay Vet Group in 2000, I then qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007. I love the variety of my job, where every day is different and you just never know what is going to come through the door.

My interests at work are patient care, theatre nursing and laboratory work.

I own 2 dogs and 3 cats, my 1 year old pug “Frank” was a rescue from work and also my old cat “Woofy”. My household tends to be fairly hectic with all of the animals and my 12 year old Daughter, so sometimes coming to work is a bit of respite!

Allison Abbot RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a qualified, registered veterinary nurse, qualifying in 1998 at Bristol Vet school.

After working in veterinary practices in both Somerset and Derbyshire for a number of years, I then took the leap into veterinary pharmaceutical sales, and worked as a senior territory manager for over ten years.

I am also a qualified pharmacy dispenser and have worked in pharmacy for a number of years before returning to veterinary nursing in 2022.

 

Tracey Earle RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse Teignmouth Site Manager 

I am a fully Registered, Qualified Veterinary Nurse. I work part-time and I am also one of the clinical coach team who trains the student nurses within the practice. I live in Torquay with my husband (Graeme), 2 children and 2 cats. I love my job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

Lorna Watson RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have worked in veterinary practice since 2006 and  qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2011. I joined Bay Vet Group in March 2018. I have a diploma in coaching and mentoring and really enjoy training students and helping with their practical exams.

At home, I have a husband, a little boy and two tortoises that keep me busy.

Jade Bailey RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started working in a Veterinary Practice in 2011 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016. I started working for Bay Vet Group in 2017 and haven’t looked back since. I love the medicine side of nursing and training the next generation of veterinary nurses.  I like spending my spare time with my partner, his daughter and our three cats.

Joanne Calver RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1999 after studying at Bicton College and working as a trainee nurse in a Referral Veterinary Hospital.

I came to work for Bay Vets in 2000, then rejoined the practice in 2011 on a part time basis.  I love the diversity of my job, we have a fantastic team of people and lots of lovable patients to care for.  I recently joined the Clinical Coach team.  We work alongside the colleges to help the student veterinary nurses complete the practical aspects of their training on their way to becoming Registered Veterinary Nurses.

Outside of work my own pets and my family keep me busy.

Charlotte Newnham-Dibley RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte is currently on maternity leave.  I started working for Bay Vet Group in 2013 and qualified as an RVN in 2016.

I work full time at the Teignmouth branch and have a particular interest in consulting, inpatient care and nutrition. I have just started running obesity clinics for our patients. I am also starting my International Certificate in Canine and Feline Nutrition in October 2020.

I am also clinical coach and teach our student nurses all the practical skills they require to qualify as a veterinary nurse.

I have my own menagerie of pets at home which keep us all busy at the surgery!

 

Katie Wheatley RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I went straight into veterinary nursing from school in 2002 and joined Bay Vet Group in 2009.

I am a registered qualified veterinary nurse and clinical coach. I enjoy training the student nurses within the practice.

Gracie O’Grady RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been working for Bay vet Group since September 2007 and qualified as Veterinary Nurse in 2019. I have a particular interest in surgery and orthopaedics.

I have a Labrador that comes to work with me every day called Nelly. I also have a noisy leopard Bengal cat called Binx and a little black cat called Jake that I rescued after a road traffic accident.

Samantha Palmer RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sam is currently on maternity leave. We wish her and her family all the best.

I’ve worked at Bay vet Group for nearly 6 years and qualified as a veterinary nurse in November 2020. 

I love all aspects of my job, but being in theatre is my favourite.

I spend my free time hanging out with my own pets, Louie my little scruffy dog and my cat Norman.

Kyarna Rushworth RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse – Head Nurse Paignton

I joined the team at Bay Vet Group in 2016. I had previously worked as a receptionist in both a caravan park and a hotel, as well as having experience as a dog grooming assistant. I have also volunteered at Animals in Distress and had work experience at Paignton Zoo during my time at college. I really enjoy every part of my job and I am eager and enthusiastic to learn more. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse last year.

I have four beautiful rescue cats, a rather gorgeous English Springer Spaniel called Dobby and a beautiful Golden Retriever called Merlot. I spend my spare time exploring and travelling around the world.

Kimberley Renshaw RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse – Head nurse Newton Abbot

I have been working for Bay Vets for nearly 5 years now and I recently qualified as a veterinary nurse having completed my veterinary nurse training at Bicton. Although the course was challenging I am excited to be able to call myself a Veterinary Nurse at the end of it and continue following a career that I love.  I have always loved animals and hope to one day specialise in physio or even have my own rescue centre.

I have a 2 year old working cocker spaniel called Jasper and two rescue cats, Millie and Bella who I couldn’t live without. I enjoy exploring Devon and Cornwall in our camper van as much as possible in my spare time and work hard at CrossFit, competing locally.

Natasha Melmoth RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I studied Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour at the University of Bristol, I graduated in the summer of 2023, I joined Bay Vet Group shortly after this.
I love my role here as an RVN and have been able to expand my knowledge in all areas of nursing. I have a special interest in medical nursing and animal behaviour. My goal in the future is to become a qualified behaviourist.
In my spare time I enjoy reading a variety of books and taking my rescue dog out for adventures.

 

Nicola Stanbury RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the team in December 2018 after previously working at another vets for 9 years and also working as a support worker for people with disabilities. I have also worked in catteries and kennels prior to that so have lots of experience in working with animals.  Outside of work I love spending my time with my family and friends. I have a passion for running and enjoy getting out and running around the beautiful Torbay. I completed London Marathon earlier this year for charity. I have 2 young children aged 6 and 8 as well as 3 cats and a hamster.

Grace Redfern QVN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I started working for Bay Vet Group as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant in September 2018, having previously worked at another practice for a year.  I really enjoy helping with anaesthesia and day to day care of our patients. In my spare time I enjoy being out with my friends and family but more so I enjoy being at home cuddling up with my Boxer Barry.

I have just qualified as a Veterinary Nurse and I am awaiting registration with the Royal College.

 

Evelyn Andrews SVN

 Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined the Bay Vet Group team in 2020 as a Kennel Assistant and soon had the opportunity to progress onto a VNA! I love my job and all aspects involved. My favourite part of the job is caring for our inpatients and helping out in theatre. I have just startedt on my journey to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse so I can learn lots of new skills to bring to the team. 

At home I have dog called Jasper and a horse called Woody who I enjoy spending time with. 

Megan Chambers SVN

 Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi I’m Meg. I started working for Bay Vet Group in September 2020 but I have always worked with animals one way or another! It’s always been my dream to work with animals and I’m so lucky I have a job where I get to help and care for them. 

I have two pets of my own a Miniature dachshund called Miley who keeps me on my toes, a day with her is never dull! Also a tortoiseshell cat named bubbles who luckily does not live up to the term ‘naughty torty’

In my spare time I have my hands full with these two but I still find time to see my nan with the rest of my family and friends.

Bryony Creed SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined bay vet group January 2021, after relocating to sunny Devon from Cheltenham. I studied at Aberystwyth university receiving a BSC(hons) degree in Zoology and aspire to become a Veterinary Nurse. I have a passion for inpatient care and love learning new skills on the job. 

Outside of work my time is kept busy with my 3 Guinea pigs, horses and reading.

Cara Timlin SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

I have been working at Bay Vet Group since October 2018 after previously working as an Animal Keeper at a hedgehog and wildlife hospital.
I’ve been fascinated by animals from a young age and was fortunate to have 2 years’ experience as a Zoo Keeper before moving to Devon 7 years ago. I love meeting all the pets (especially the exotics), and I’m very excited to start college to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

I love to spend my time walking Baxter my Jack Russell around Devon & Cornwall, gym time, wild swimming and spending time with family and friends. I also have three beautiful bunnies at home called Loki, Thor and Jackson.

Holly Bates SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined Bay Vet Group in 2023 as a student nurse. I have an Equine veterinary background and I’m really enjoying learning new skills with smaller patients too!

When I’m not working I’m usually out and about making the most of the local countryside and beaches with Pixie, my whippet, or riding my horse. 

Nikki Thorne

Veterinary Nursing Assistant (Site Manager)

I started at Bay Vet Group in 2011 but have been nursing since 2002. I enjoy all aspects of my job but particularly love caring for our inpatients during their stay with us.

I live in Torquay with my ever growing menagerie of pets which currently consists of 5 cats, 3 hamsters, some fish and a house rabbit! I enjoy dog walking and spending time with my family and friends.

Sara Pratt

Veterinary Nursing Assistant (Site Manager)

I have been working as a VNA since I left school and have been with Bay Vet Group since the new Paignton surgery opened. I have a number of animals ranging from horses to chickens, dog, cats and children. Most of my spare time is taken up by my son competing at national level motocross.

Suzanne Mace

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I started working at Bay Vet Group in 2016 after finishing my animal science degree at university. I love working with animals and I am hoping to become a qualified vet nurse.
I enjoying spending time with family and friends and looking after my many animals which consist of my dog Star, Tommy the tortoise, 2 rabbits, a parrot and my goldfish.

Alex Wicks

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I joined the Bay Vet Team in April 2019 as their Veterinary Cleaner, and I have since been able to progress on to become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant – which was my dream job. Next year I will start my VNA qualification and I am hoping that one day in the future I will be able to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I love all aspects of my job especially seeing patients going home happy and healthy. I have a beautiful dog called Kia who is an English Springer Spaniel, and in my time of I love taking her for long walks at the beach.

 

Daniela Hamilton

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Hi, I’m Daniela.  I joined Bay Vet Group in August 2020.  I previously worked in office environments and never imagined I would have the opportunity to work somewhere as interesting as a vets and now I’m here I can’t imagine doing anything else.

When I’m not working, I like to spend my time practising pilates at home but sometimes accidentally end up napping instead.  I try to keep myself busy by doodling weird and wonderful things and being with my friends and family as much as possible.

Jamie Isted

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

My name is Jamie and I am a kennel assistant at Bay Vet Group in Paignton. I previously studied Animal Management Level 3 at South Devon College because of my big interest in animal nursing and husbandry.

This was before starting as a kickstart at Bay Vet Group later being employed full time within the practice. In my spare time I enjoy activities such as swimming, running and building computers.

Natasha Brown

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I joined bay vet group in august 2022 as a VNA and hope to progress to do my veterinary nursing qualification. I have 4 years previous experience in a veterinary surgery and have completed my level 3 180 credit diploma in animal management and my level 2 animal nursing assistant qualifications. I enjoy caring for inpatients and helping them feel secure and safe while in the practice.

My free time is taken up by my two husky dogs, enjoying fluffy cuddles and going on long walks.

Taylor Moore

 Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I joined Bay Vet Group in 2021. I am a mother to my little boy, Tommy, and I have 2 excitable kittens, Tiger and Casper, and a beautiful dog called Lyla Lou. We love playing games and going for long woodland adventures.

My dream is to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse – I am hoping I will be to start this course soon! I have learnt so much while working at Bay Vet Group and love being part of such a successful team.

Ava Macdonald

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I joined Bay Vet group in 2021 and have found the challenges of working in a veterinary environment very educational.  I studied animals at South Devon college under the animal management level 3 course for two years before moving onto the South Devon University centre for animal science.
My passion for animals began when I was younger and was drawn to all manner of marine life. Now I am passionate about all sorts of animals!
I currently have two dogs, Tarka and Fergus) as well as two Cockatiels, Kūki and Zulu, who I couldn’t be without! One day I hope to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse.

 

Molly Busko

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I joined Bay Vet Group in January 2023 as a floating VNA after previously working as a supervisor at a small holding with lots of different animals! I completed an Animal Care and Welfare apprenticeship which I really enjoyed.

My passion is animals and I thoroughly enjoy making them feel as comfortable as possible when they come into us. My favourite part of the job is seeing the inpatients being reunited with their owners as this is when they are at their happiest.

I am a true dog lover with a beautiful Labrador of my own called Phoebe. She is a bouncy girl who loves the beach, her ball and a cosy up on the sofa!

 

Georgina Symonds

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Hannah Strudwick

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

My name is Hannah I’ve been working at Bay Vet Group since 2012 and I have recently returned from maternity leave, on my return i have taken over the running of the internal laboratory here at Bay Vet Group.

I am really enjoying my new role within the practice.

In my free time my life is run by my 3 children, 3 horses and 3 crazy spaniels.

 

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