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The veterinary nurses play a vital role in the practice and provide invaluable assistance to our veterinary surgeons.  Our nurses have a varied routine and work on a rota basis to ensure that help is always on hand.  As well as assisting during consultations and operations, they are involved with the care of our hospitalised patients and help with the general day-to-day running of the practice.   Our vet nurses are trained in running a variety of clinics, to help with the preventative health care of your beloved pet.  

We are proud supporters of veterinary nurses being Registered!  Did you know the term "veterinary nurse" can still be used by unqualified staff?  All our veterinary nurses are registered or training to be so.

Kingsteignton Veterinary Group is proud to be an Approved Training Centre for veterinary nurses, which helps us continue to maintain high standards.

As with our Veterinary Surgeons, the nurses are encouraged to pursue areas of special interest and to undertake further training throughout their careers.

Heather Beastall (RVN and Clinical Coach) - Head Veterinary Nurse

Recently qualified, Heather has joined us part way through her student nurse training from another local practice. She moved from human medicine to pursue her real passion which is working with animals.  At KVG, Heather takes on the mammoth responsibility of making sure both our clinical areas and our pharmacy run smoothly.  At home, Heather has a beautiful Finnish Lapphund called Loki (pictured here).

Emma Wills (RVN and Clnical Coach) - Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

I have worked at Kingsteignton Veterinary Group since June 2002. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2008 and have a big interest in anaesthesia and the surgical side of nursing and it my responsibility to maintain the surgical areas and equipment.  I'm also a clinical coach, meaning I spend a lot of time with the student nurses mentoring and teaching them right through to their exams.  Outside of work I'm a keen photographer and have a cat named Bo Diddley and two guinea pigs called Colin and Rodney.

Sarah Ferris (RVN and Clinical Coach) - Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse who re-joined Kingsteignton Veterinary Group in September 2015.  I  trained here at Kingsteignton, but left initially to join the Police.   After a break to start a family, I have now decided to returned to my first love, vet nursing.  Despite leaving to work elsewhere, I have always kept my pets at Kingsteignton Vets, as I know how well they are cared for here. Sarah is currently studying for her vet nursing certificate in Emergency and Critical Care (Cert ECC)

Lisa Robb (RVN) - Registered Veterinary Nurse

I first started working at Kingsteignton in 2005, I left in 2008 to spend time with family in Scotland. I missed the practice so much that I rejoined in Sept 2013. During my time away I had a lovely little girl and little boy.

I have one very hairy and bouncy German Shepherd called Albie, and our newest addition, little staffie x border terrier, called Baxter.   I have responsibility on maintaining our laboratory facilities here at KVG, and making sure all booster reminders are sent out at the correct times.  I have a keen interest in wound management and diabetic clinics.

Tania Yelland (RVN) - Registered Veterinary Nurse

Tania has been a qualified vet nurse for 18 years and has mainly worked as a surgical nurse at referral practices. She is currently a lecturer at Bicton College where she teaches Animal Care, and she works here at KVG with us on Tuesday and Wednesdays, where she is currently retraining to get her registration back.  Whilst working, Tania looks after all work experience applications for KVG.  At home, she has a dog, a rabbit, a guinea pig and three tortoises!

Olga Biggs - Student Veterinary Nurse

I've been interested in working with animals since I was 10 years old, and have been lucky enough to have made a career out of it.  I have worked previously as a bird trainer, working on film sets, and more recently taking animals to visit care homes, for animal therapy for the elderly or unwell.  I am delighted to be working at Kingsteignton Vets as one of their Student Veterinary Nurses and I have a keen interest in exotics and poultry.  When not at work, I keep myself busy with my own animals; I currently have ducks, chickens, dogs, a cat, and not to mention a crow!  Olga has previously been nominated for Petplan's Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2017 and has just passed for first year veterinary nursing exams with flying colours!!

Hayley Streather - Student Veterinary Nurse

Hayley has recently started her training to become a Veterinary Nurse, a goal that she has wanted for a long time. "'I've always had a huge love of animals and one of my absolute highlights has been getting to study the wildlife in South Africa as part of my degree. After a bit of a break working in adventure travel and teaching abroad I'm now thrilled to be back working with animals and everyone else at the practice".  At home Hayley has 2 rabbits, Saffy and Skippy, and a Golden Retriever called Baggy who she loves to spend time with on the beach.

Shannon Newman - Student Veterinary Nurse

I have wanted to work with animals from a very young age.  I previously studied a 2 year animal management course in London and now have the privilege of training to be a veterinary nurse at Kingsteignton.  My dream is to one day travel to Australia for a year and work with marine life conservation.  I currently have 3 Guinea Pigs; Hedwig, Luna and Bella, and a puppy called Leia.  Along with working with animals, a huge passion of mine is football, which I have played for most of my life.

Rebecca Fulford - Student Veterinary Nurse

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Katie Deeble - Kennel Assistant

I have had a keen interest in animals and their welfare all of my life, and having grown up on Dartmoor and family farms, around horses, dogs, cats and so on.  I have previously worked at a local kennels, as kennel assistant, but I am now furthering my experience with Kingsteignton Veterinary Group.  In the future I would like to become a Veterinary Nurse.  At home I have two dogs called Spencer and Elsa, who I love spending time with.

Charlotte Nicol - Kennel Assistant

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