Arun Veterinary Group

More of a family than a team, our team of veterinary nurses build bonds with patients who rely wholeheartedly on them. Professional and compassionate, if your pet is being looked after by one of our nurses then you can rest assured they are in good hands.

JOSIE STEVENTON
SENIOR REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Josie has always wanted to be a vet nurse and to dedicate her time to caring for animals. She began working with animals in a pet shop after which she joined our team and completed her studies at Sparsholt College, Hampshire in 2013. She thinks she would have become a zookeeper if Arun Vet Group hadn’t come calling!

Dotty, Josie’s young Dalmation, keeps her more than occupied at home but she also finds the time to have 2 ferrets and 2 rabbits. In her spare time, Josie enjoys swimming, reading, theme parks and exploring zoos.

BECKY RAWLINSON
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE AND QUALIFIED VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Becky began her training in 2009 at Harper Adams University, Shropshire before qualifying in 2013. She always wanted to be a vet nurse, making a difference to the lives of pets and their owners. Becky understands our clients and their pets can be at their most vulnerable when they come to us and that her skills can offer them comfort and reassurance.

At home, Becky has two troublesome cats, Merry and Pippin along with a pair of Chinchillas, Loki and Pluto. She loves reading, writing, socialising with friends and exploring.

Becky qualified as a veterinary physiotherapist in 2017 and runs our rehabilitation department from our Storrington surgery. In addition, Becky also runs laser therapy clinics and is the current queen of puppy parties.

SOPHIE WILLCOX
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE AND HEAD THEATRE NURSE

Sophie gained her degree in veterinary nursing and practice management in 2013 from Harper Adams University. Having previously worked in Scotland and Woking, Sophie joined the team in October 2016. Sophie’s interests lie in nursing clinics and puppy parties. Sophie was promoted to Head Theatre Nurse in November 2019.

Sophie spends her free time caring for her handsome lurcher Jake and professes to being a keen baker. We are yet to see the evidence!

CHARLIE RUSSELL
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Charlie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2011. She went on to spend several years working a busy veterinary hospital before joining AVG in 2015.

Charlie loves all aspects of being a veterinary nurse, but in particular is passionate about wildlife and is extremely knowledgeable on the subject.

Out of work, Charlie is a keen gardener and owns a variety of pets – including 2 cats, 3 parrots and a tank of fish!

JODIE HEFFERNAN
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

After studying at Plumpton College, Jodie gained her degree in veterinary nursing in 2017.

Since qualifying Jodie has gained a special interest in anaesthesia and surgical nursing – working closely with the surgical team at Storrington. She also loves nursing our inpatients and forming a close bond with our patients and owners. Jodie loves working within a family run practice and describes the AVG team as her second family.

Outside of work Jodie plays netball, loves to travel and attends the gym as much as possible.

Jodie is a huge Dachshund fan and dreams of one day becoming a fosterer for a local charity.

ABI PAMMENT
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Abi gained her Zoology BSc in 2011 before moving to South Africa where she trained as a safari guide and worked for the African Elephant Research Unit. Hand-rearing a baby elephant made her realize how rewarding working with animals can be and she returned to the UK to pursue her dream. After joining our team as an animal nursing assistant, Abi went on to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse in September 2018.  Abi has a keen interest in surgical nursing and plays an integral part in our surgical team.

Abi doesn’t have much spare time as she likes to foster various animals including hedgehogs, recently Abi has welcomed Teddy into the family, a rescue Jack Russell terrier who we all think is adorable. When not caring for pets Abi loves drama, performs in shows and is a busy Mum.

 

LUCIANA BROWN
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Luci qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2014, she studied in Cornwall and in 2017 joined the Arun Veterinary Group team. Luci has an interest in anaesthesia and surgical nursing, and works closely with the surgical team at AVG. Luci says the best part about her job is seeing a wide range of different animals, she’s previously worked in exotic based practices and enjoys nursing exotic patients at Arun.

Outside of work Luci enjoys keeping fit; going to the gym and cycling on the downs. If she hadn’t had followed her love of animals to becoming a veterinary nurse, Luci thinks she would have become a midwife.

Luci is currently on maternity leave.

STEPHANIE LIGHT
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE AND QUALIFIED ANIMAL NUTRITIONIST

Steph joined the practice in January 2018, she graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009, since then Steph has undertaken extra qualifications in small animal nutrition. Steph especially enjoys nurse clinics and helping build nutritional plans for patients. Steph has always wanted to be a veterinary nurse and enjoys that no one day is the same. Outside of work Steph enjoys swimming, yoga and knitting, she also has a gorgeous cat called Jack, who keeps her busy at home!

 

ANNA SCHUMANN
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Anna qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000 and joined us  in Feb 2018. Anna is based at our Ashington branch.

Anna has bought almost 30 years of veterinary experience to the team having experienced a diverse range of roles in the veterinary industry during this time. As well as being a veterinary nurse, Anna has been a pet nutrition advisor, a practice manager and also a lecturer in veterinary nursing.

Anna really enjoys the clinical side of her work and for the last few years had been working nights exclusively in Emergency and Critical care before changing to our day team in 2019. In September 2018 Anna achieved her certificate in this specialized field.

Out of work, Anna owns two dogs Tuli and Crumble, and along with her partner Edric, is a great traveler. Over the years they have taken part in veterinary charity work in countries such as India, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand and India. Anna is particularly passionate about Elephant conservation and volunteers for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

HANNAH MCCHESNEY -MARTIN
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Hannah qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2013 and joined the AVG team in 2018. She is based at our Pulborough branch.

Hannah is particularly interested in emergency and critical care and has extensive experience in this field.

Out of work Hannah is kept busy by her young family and beloved Labrador – Louie.

PENNY BUCKELL-WICKINGS
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Penny joined the AVG team in April 2019 and brings over 30 years experience to the practice having qualified in 1990.  Penny is based at our Pulborough branch.

Penny knew as soon as she left school that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary nursing and started her training immediately.

Over the years Penny has gained a wide range of experience ranging from dogs and cats to exotic zoo animals including elephants! Penny has a real passion for wildlife and travel and has carried out many veterinary projects in Africa, Thailand and Indonesia.

When not working Penny is kept busy at home by her young family.

JADE KLUS
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Jade qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2015 after completing a 3 year degree course at Plumpton College.

Jade has worked as a locum nurse in many practices across West Sussex before settling with us at AVG in 2019. Jade is based full time at our Worthing branch.

Jade loves her job, she especially enjoys inpatient care – her true passion.

Out of work Jade owns 2 elderly cats and a rabbit named Roger!

KATE DARE
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Kate joined us as a student in 2018, since then she has completed her veterinary nursing degree at the Royal Veterinary College and we are very pleased she has taken a permanent registered veterinary nurse role at AVG. Kate has demonstrated an interest and aptitude for surgical nursing and anaesthesia, she enjoys assisting in procedures and hopes to further develop her knowledge of anaesthesia in completing a post graduate certificate.

Outside of work Kate enjoys baking and horse riding, she’s had lots of pets but currently is kept busy by her six chickens!

ALICE HOAD
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Having always been an animal lover from an early age, Alice always hoped to work with animals. Her dreams came true when she qualified in 2016 at Plumpton College with a degree in Veterinary Nursing.

Initially, Alice trained and worked in a veterinary hospital environment. This was closely followed by 6 months of branch work. Alice has found this has given her the best of both worlds – allowing her to enjoy the varied work environment of a hospital alongside working in smaller teams at a branch.

In April 2019 Alice joined the AVG team and divides her time between our Worthing branch and our hospital at Storrington.

Out of work Alice has a Border Collie called ‘Ellie’ and she enjoys long walks with her along with reading, painting and drawing.

CAZ AWDE
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Caz joined AVG in June 2019 having qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2017.

Caz enjoys all aspects of her work but is especially passionate about inpatient care and anaesthesia.

Out of work Caz is Mum to her special cat Simba, and enjoys exploring the South Downs.  Caz is also a bit of a baker and we are hoping to see evidence of this soon in the staff room!

 

JO HARDY
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

After working for the Dogs Trust, Jo set her heart on becoming a veterinary nurse – qualifying in 2012. She joined the AVG family in July 2019 and divides her time between our Worthing branch and our Storrington hospital.

Jo enjoys her work but especially working within a family run practice, where she is able to get to know the patients and clients.

Out of work Jo loves living by the sea with her family and beloved 18 year old cat, who Jo describes as the ‘lady of the house’!

 

GEMMA BRENNAN
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Gemma qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 and is based at our Westergate branch.

Gemma enjoys nursing clinics and the face to face relationships our nursing team are able to build up with families. She also enjoys the more clinical side of inpatient care and of course the many puppy cuddles we are fortunate enough to receive.

Out of work Gemma is also a super busy Mum to her two young children and rabbits Coco and Daisy. Its hard to believe Gemma has any spare time but when time allows, she can be found enjoying a cup of tea with her latest crochet project in hand.

ABBEY RIPPON
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Abbey joined the team in June 2020, very shortly after completing her veterinary nursing degree at Middlesex University. Abbey is based at our hospital in Storrington.

An animal lover from a very early age, Abbey recalls that as a child all she ever wanted to do was to work with animals. As they say, dreams do come true and Abbey now does a job she loves!

Abbey is passionate about caring for our inpatients, helping them to return to full health. In the future, Abbey has plans to further her education, possibly in surgical nursing.

Out of work, Abbey is a doting Mum to her cat Lola who is loved very much by the entire family.

CARRIE CRUNDEN
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

Carrie gained her degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2009. Upon completing her qualification, Carrie furthered her education by gaining a post graduate diploma from the Royal Veterinary College in London.

We were absolutely delighted to welcome Carrie to the practice in September 2020 and she will be based at our busy Pulborough branch.

Carrie has had quite a varied career in the past 13 years, spending time initially training and and working in a first opinion practice in Reading. Carrie then moved on to a busy referral hospital where she extended her knowledge and skills in surgical and medical nursing.

Carrie is really looking forward to getting to know the clients and pets of Pulborough and providing that friendly, familiar face that is all so important to AVG.

Out of work, Carrie is a doting wife and Mummy to her son. The family also enjoy sharing their lives with Nellie the rescue cat.

ALICE GREGG
STUDENT VETERINARY NURSE

Alice attended Brinsbury college and gained a diploma in animal management. She joined the team in July 2016 having completed 2 years work experience with Arun Veterinary Group.
Alice will go on to train as a veterinary nurse in 2017.

Alice lives at home, although she describes it as a zoo, with mum and dad, six dogs and many other pets.

CHELSEA MIDDLETON
STUDENT VETERINARY NURSE

Chelsea is currently studying towards a Level 3 diploma in small animal veterinary nursing at Brinsbury College. Chelsea is enjoying learning about veterinary nursing and the many aspects of the job. Currently Chelsea doesn’t have any pets as studying takes up a lot of her time.

Outside of work Chelsea is kept busy seeing friends and trying to enjoy some study free time!

SARAH CURTIS
STUDENT VETERIANRY NURSE

Sarah joined the AVG team from a neighbouring practice in February 2020. Sarah is a student veterinary nurse and is based at our Westergate clinic.

Prior to joining us, Paige completed an Animal Management degree at Sparsholt College before deciding to branch off into the veterinary world.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys training her two dogs and is a keen horse rider.

ELLA WILSON-BENNETT
STUDENT VETERINARY NURSE

Ella will begin her veterinary nursing training in January 2021 at Plumpton College.

Prior to joining AVG in July 2020 and after completing a years work experience at our Storrington hospital, Ella has achieved a diploma in Animal Management at Brinsbury College.

Out of work Ella has 3 rescue dogs and enjoys horse riding and scuba diving – of which she is currently working towards her open water qualification.

JAMES COLVER
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE AND NIGHT NURSE

James started nursing when he left school in 1999. He qualified in 2002 and from 2009 until 2013 he worked at Chichester College teaching the vet nursing course and becoming course leader in 2012. His passion for client contact and excellent communication skills led him to join us at Arun Veterinary Group in 2013 where he has flourished. James has since moved to our sister practice, South Downs Emergency Vets, where he uses his wealth of experience and knowledge to treat our patients overnight.

James loves the challenges and stimulation of the job, but above all, working with animals. At home he has a cat called Pablo and 6 Aylesbury ducks and very adorable wire-haired Vizsla; May. His hobbies include woodwork, horticulture and playing the guitar but most importantly spending time with his amazing son who loves animals as much as him!

LAUREN SENGER
REGISTERD VETERINARY NURSE AND NIGHT NURSE

Lauren graduated in 2016 at Hartpury College and has since worked in a variety of referral centres including both small animal and equine species. In June 2019 Lauren joined our sister practice South Downs Emergency Vets. It will therefore come as no surprise that Lauren’s passions lie in Emergency and Critical Care.

Lauren is currently undertaking a certificate in Emergency & Critical Care which she is due to complete this summer.

Out of work Lauren is a keen horse rider and loves spending her time with her beloved horse Red and two springer spaniels Hazel and Oakley and also her rescue dog Poppy.  Lauren also enjoys spending time with her friends and exploring the big wide world.

 

PAIGE FRY
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE AND NIGHT NURSE

Paige qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2018 after completing her training at Plumpton College.

She joined our sister practice South Downs Emergency Vets as a night nurse in March 2020. This role suits Paige perfectly as her true passion lies with emergency and critical care nursing – loving the fact that every night is different!

When time allows, Paige can be found enjoying walks on the South Downs with her two dogs Pebbles and Jasmine. She also enjoys baking, travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

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