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ROSANNE SMITH – BVMS (HONS) MRCVS – DIRECTOR
Rosanne graduated from Glasgow university in 1992. She has enjoyed working in various practices up and down the country, both mixed and small animal only. Rosanne has had the pleasure of helping pets at the Isle Veterinary Group since the year 2000 and thoroughly enjoys meeting clients and their pets and getting to know them. Rosanne very much enjoys doing surgery and is also happy to perform acupuncture and has had some very rewarding cases with this alternative method of treatment.
During leisure time she enjoys family time spending as much as possible with her husband, three lovely children and her adorable dog.
Alastair Barnes – BVSc MRCVS – VETERINARY SURGEON
Alastair qualified from Bristol University in 2005 and joined the Isle Veterinary team in January 2019. Alastair’s primary interests are canine and feline internal medicine, with a particular focus on
preventative healthcare in older patients. Other areas of interest include canine and feline dentistry, dermatology and rabbit welfare.
In his spare time he enjoys live music, countryside walks, camping, wild swimming and has an obsession with waterfalls. He also has a rescue cat called Quincy.
Harriet Hall – VetMB MA MRCVS
Harriet graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016. She has a keen interest in small animal surgery and researched correction of patellar luxation in dogs as her final year elective. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling, hiking and going on travels with her partner who is also a vet.
KATIE STRUTHERS – VETERINARY SURGEON
Katie graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2017. She has a wide
interest in general practice and particularly enjoys caring for older pets.
In her spare time she enjoys climbing and cycling.
EMMA SMITH – PRACTICE MANAGER
Emma qualified in 2011 and was part of the Isle vets team when she
qualified. She left to gain experience in a busy hospital, where she became
the Head Nurse a short time later. Within this time she completed her
Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care and her Advanced Pet Health
Counsellor amongst many other qualifications. Emma ran all of the nurse
clinics and set up a variety of medical clinics to support her clients and
their lovely pets. She was also in charge of all the students and played a
large role in teaching and supporting the students and their clinical
coaches, through their studies as well as being a clinical coach herself, to
a number of them. She has a huge passion for all animals and ensuring they
get the gold standard treatment that they deserve. Emma has also sat on the
VetSkill Panel, creating and developing the new Veterinary Nursing
qualification alongside the college of animal welfare and is looking forward
to using this qualification for the students in the future.
SAMANTHA KNIGHTLEY – RVN – (HEAD NURSE)
Sam qualified in 2004. Before joining the Isle Vet Group in 2008, she enjoyed working at the Animal Health Trust as a referral nurse. She has an interest in neurology and physiotherapy and even holds a qualification in human massage and Indian head massage.
TERRI FRENCH – RVN – (DEPUTY HEAD NURSE)
Terri has been working for the Isle Vet Group since 2004. She is passionate about running puppy training classes working with a professional dog trainer and getting to see the puppies progress. She has a keen interest in dog behaviour. When she is not walking her dogs or working on home improvement projects, she loves to snuggle up on the sofa with a good book.
NARISSA MERRY – RVN – (NURSE)
Narissa joined the team in February 2018 and qualified as an RVN in August 2017. She has a keen interest in cats and is currently undertaking a Certificate in Feline Nursing. Narissa has worked with animals since she was 15 years old when she started work in a boarding kennel, and has loved dogs and cats since before she could walk. Narissa currently has three cats and a Mastiff called Livvy.
CHRISTINE WRIGHT – RVN – (NURSE)
Christine joined our nursing team in 2017, she’s always enjoyed working with animals and now has the opportunity to do so with a greater range of species.
At the weekends she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and in her leisure time she enjoys travelling.
KATHERINE SKEWS – RVN – (NURSE)
Kat joined the team in 2017 as a second year student nurse. She began her training in a referral centre, which she very much enjoyed but was keen to gain general practice experience. Since qualifying Kat has developed a keen interest in canine behaviour and training she hopes to go on to gain additional certificates in this area. When not working she enjoys spending time with her bouncy Cocker Spaniel, Tigger.
KAYLEIGH LEWIS – STUDENT NURSE
Kayleigh first joined the Isle Vet team as a degree student in Jan 2015 from the Royal Veterinary College and is now working as a full time veterinary nurse student studying at the college of Animal Welfare. She has an interest in animal behaviour. She loves all animals, particularly large breed dogs as they always want plenty of hugs!
ALEX JOHNSON – Trainee Nurse
Alex joined the Isle Vet Group in June 2017. She started training as a student veterinary nurse at the College of Animal Welfare in 2018. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially monitoring anaesthetics and scrubbing into orthopaedic surgeries.
MELINDA BROWN – KENNEL ASSISTANT
Melinda joined the Isle Vet Group in 2008. She has spent many years of her working life looking after and caring for many types of animals! In her spare time, she likes nothing better than being at home with her own dogs.
LES SMITH – general MANAGER
Les joined the Isle Veterinary Group in November 2014 and has brought with him over 25 years of management and customer service experience to utilise within his role. He spends the majority of his spare time with his family, but does like to slip away on occasions to pursue his passion for carp fishing.
REBECCA SEYMOUR – HEAD RECEPTIONIST
Rebecca joined the Isle Vet Group in 2005 working as a receptionist for the small animal branch at the Aldreth site before moving to Ely with the practice in 2006. She has previously helped at the Large Animal branch as a temporary cover as she has a keen interest in horses. Rebecca owns four warmblood horses which she bred herself and enjoys going on riding holidays to Norfolk with one of her horses and pack of six dogs. She is a member of the Cambridge and District riding club and spent eleven years as a committee member for the club. She likes reading crime thrillers and gardening in her spare time.
LIZ TOWNROW – RECEPTIONIST
Since leaving her career as an NHS Manager in London five years ago, Liz has worked at Isle as part of the Reception team. Liz loves living in rural Cambridgeshire and working with all the animals – especially the puppies and kittens.
MEL THOMASON – RECEPTIONIST
Mel grew up with lots of animals at home and a career working with them was inevitable. She started working at vets in 1988, qualifying as a nurse in1994. After nursing for 28 years she now enjoys the reception role. In her time away from the practice, her passion is dog training and walking her rescue dogs.
MEGAN GARNER – RECEPTIONIST
Megan joined the practice in May 2018. She previously worked at a dressage stud, and has her own horse, as well as looking after her Grandads 7 other horses. She also shares her life with Henry, her crazy Spaniel. Megan enjoys the variety that the reception role brings.
LINDA HUTCHINSON – RECEPTIONIST
An animal-lover since childhood, Linda’s first job was as a Veterinary Assistant, in the days before Veterinary Nurses. Following a career change and graduation, she spent her working life in management positions in multi-national companies and the Not-For-Profit sector. On retiring from her job as a District Manager for Citizens Advice, she returned to her roots and joined Isle Veterinary Group as a receptionist, now working part-time. For the rest of the time, Linda is on the committee of several voluntary organisations, runs the Ely & District Branch of Cats Protection and is a regular exhibitor at Cat Shows throughout England. She is the proud owner of rescued sheep, chickens and cats, including Biscuit, the National Pet Cat of the Year 2015.