Veterinary Nurses

Gemma Barham

Dip AVN (Medical) RVN – Nursing Manager

Gemma first started nursing in 1999 and qualified as a RVN in 2002. After some years in general practice Gemma moved into medical referral work in 2005 and gained the Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma in small animal medicine in 2008. She remained in specialist veterinary medicine until 2014 when she joined Newnham court as deputy nursing manager.


Gemma is a clinical coach to student veterinary nurses and is very passionate about training the next generation of VNs to a high standard. Currently working towards a certificate in anaesthesia, her main areas of interests are pharmacology, critical care and anaesthesia. Gemma likes playing netball with a small team locally including some of the other nurses when she isn’t running around keeping her 2 sons occupied.

Charlene Cooper

RVN Deputy Nursing Manager

Charlene started work at Newnham Court in 2003 as a nursing auxiliary; she became a student veterinary nurse in 2007 and qualified in 2009. Since then, Charlene made an impressive progression from nurse to nursing manager.


Recently Charlene has returned to work following the birth of her son to the role of deputy nursing manager. Charlene has a keen interest in dentistry and is a clinical coach, which enables her to assist and support student nurses in their training.

Becky Whitethread

BSc CVN Dip AVN (small animal) Dip HE CVN RVN - Deputy Nursing Manager

Becky qualified in 2005 at a large general practice in the local area. Upon qualifying, she moved straight into referral nursing, working within the surgical, medical and ophthalmic teams. She has completed her Advanced Nursing Diploma and Degree in clinical Veterinary Nursing. Becky spent some time lecturing student veterinary nurses at a local college before joining Newnham Court in August 2014.


Becky particularly enjoy laboratory and surgical work and is about to embark on a certificate of anaesthesia. In her spare time, Becky is kept busy running around after her 3 year old son Max and a 3 legged cat Henry.


Hannah Young

Maternity Cover Deputy Nursing Manager

Hannah Has been at Newnham Court since November 2016, prior to this she worked in referral and then mixed practice. Hannah loves working at Newnham because of the hugely varied caseload that is both challenging and rewarding. She is currently working towards her NCert (SAN) and has a fluffy black cat called Tufty Potter that she adores!

Amy Sanders

RVN Continuous Care Nurse

Amy began her career here at Newnham Court as an auxiliary 12 years ago; she progressed to VN training and qualified in 2007. Amy developed an interest in emergency and critical care nursing and began working weekend and night shifts for PETS. In 2011 Amy was actively involved in the setting up and development of the continuous care department and team and since then Amy has remained as a continuous care nurse progressing the department and emergency/CC nursing. Along with her Dachshund Hugo, Amy enjoys arranging Newnham Court dog walks, which is a great opportunity for the nursing team to meet up out of work with their pooches.

Amy Veale

RVN PETS Evening Nurse

Amy qualified in October 2010 and joined Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital nursing team as a full time day nurse in 2011. Here Amy worked hard to build her experience and knowledge in all areas of nursing, whilst developing a special interest in surgical and emergency and critical care nursing. In 2013 Amy joined the continuous care team and hasn’t looked back, she is planning on starting her anaesthesia certificate in October 2015 following her wedding in September.

Victoria Hambrook

RVN Continuous Care Nurse

Torie first joined NCVH in September 2011 as a student veterinary nurse. When she qualified in 2013, she quickly realised a passion for emergency and critical care. Since then, she has joined our continuous care team, which allows her to fulfil this passion. Currently, she is working towards her certificate in small animal emergency and critical care, where she hopes to expand her knowledge in order to benefit the patients she cares for. In her spare time, Torie loves to bake for family and friends. She also has a special interest in carting with her Leonberger and obedience training with her spaniel collie mix. Recently, she had the pleasure of hand rearing a litter of 5 day old kittens. Despite owning quite a collection of animals already, one kitten did manage to charm his way into staying.


Sallyann Floyd

RVN Continuous Care Nurse

Sallyann qualified as a registered veterinary nurse at the Royal Veterinary College in 2015; she joined the continuous care team here at Newnham Court in 2017. Sallyann has always had a strong interest in working with animals from a young age and she kept horses as a child. She has a personal interest in emergency and critical care as she believes it can be extremely rewarding seeing her patients progress and recover. In her spare time Sallyann enjoy's reading and hiking.

Sarah Rothberg

RVN Continuous Care Nurse

Sarah qualified as an RVN in 2012, and joined the Newnham Court nursing team as a day nurse in August 2014. She has recently been given the opportunity to work with the Continuous care team, which she is thoroughly enjoying and gaining lots of experience. Sarah enjoys caring for long term hospitalised patients and has developed an interest in emergency and critical care nursing. Sarah has a rescue cat called Twitchy, a naughty rescue puppy called Stanley and LOTS of Guinea Pigs!!!’

Donna Maynard

RVN Senior Surgical Nurse

Donna has been in practice for 15 years, she joined NCVG in 2008 and quickly realised that her area of interest was anaesthesia and surgical nursing. After having some time off with children she returned and gladly accepted the role of senior surgical nurse. She is responsible for running the sometimes very busy daily procedures list, coordinating nurses and ensuring everything is running smoothly. She is about to start studying for her certificate in anaesthesia. At home she is kept busy by her children and dogs, she enjoys family life along with socialising, travelling and fundraising.

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Lucy Head

RVN Senior Clinics Nurse

Lucy has been working in local veterinary practices for over 25 years and joined Newnham Court in 2011. Her primary area of interest has always been clinical nursing, so she was thrilled to take on the role of Senior Clinics Nurse, which meant she could combine her love of animals with advising clients on how to best care for their pets. At home Lucy has two spaniels that she trains and works on different shoots throughout the winter as working gun dogs. She is especially passionate about the health and welfare of gun dog breeds, whether working or not. She also has a ginger cat, Oliver, who thinks of himself as an honorary dog! 

Rachel Jones

RVN Laboratory Nurse

Rachel qualified in 1997 from Berkshire College of Agriculture. After continuing to work in her Training Practice for several months she then joined our team at Newnham Court in 1997.


Rachel worked as a full time member of our nursing team before specialising her skills to become one of our dedicated laboratory nurses in 2002. In 2011 she gained her European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies Nurses Certificate in Laboratory Techniques.

Rachel has always enjoyed having an active role in training student veterinary nurses. She currently co-ordinates our training team supporting our clinical coaches, and helps the student nurses develop their skills.

Rachel has a busy life outside of work with two children and several outdoor pursuits. She lives near the coast and is lucky enough to be able to fulfil her love of open water swimming. She also enjoys running and fell walking, and recently completed the 198 miles of Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk. 

At home and not to be forgotten is Rachel’s very lazy rescue cat Ellie. 

Sarah Stevenson


Sarah qualified in June 2012 whilst working at Newnham Court, a career which started in 2005 as a nursing auxiliary before progressing through student nurse training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Sarah has 1 cat who was adopted from the RSPCA in 2005 called Murphy, a very old gentleman! Outside of her nursing duties Sarah is an Assistant Brownie Leader with a group local to Maidstone one evening every other week. Sarah has developed an interest in preventative health care and progressed to become one of the clinics team and enjoys seeing regular clients and their pets but also meeting and welcoming new one to the practice. 


Aimee Bray

RVN Continuous Care Nurse

Hannah Pearson

RVN VN Cert ECC – Weekend RVN)

Hannah has been nursing since 1988 and has a great number of experiences under her belt. These include time spent in Australia working in an orthopaedic referral clinic, and working in small and large animal practice as a locum in surrounding counties. Hannah qualified as a VN in 1996 and joined the NCVH nursing team in 2004 working part time within our out of hours service on Saturdays and Sundays. Hannah gained her certificate in emergency and critical care in 2013 and enjoys continuous professional development. Hannah has a particular interest in nursing wildlife, often taking sick and injured wildlife home to nurse, this along with her chickens, Labrador and twin daughters keep Hannah very busy.

Jody Love


Jody started as a nursing auxiliary at Newnham Court in 2004 before progressing to a student nurse in 2007. Since qualifying in 2009 Jody has within the emergency and referral departments as a PETS emergency nurse and in the continuous care nursing role. Since the birth of her second daughter Jody has been working with the Newnham Court nursing team as a day nurse, and is continuing to work towards achieving the certificate in emergency and critical care. Jody enjoys time out of work spent with her family and loves to bake, often being called upon by her colleagues to make fantastic birthday and celebration cakes.


Suzan Girgin


I started working for Newnham Court Vets in 2015. After working as a Teacher for 5 years and travelling for 1year, I decided it was time to follow my dreams and become a veterinary nurse. Although this job is the most mentally, physically and emotionally draining job I have ever had, I wouldn't and couldn't imagine myself doing anything else. I have 2 dogs at home who are my world; I will always have a special place in my heart for Shih-Tzus. 

Kayleigh Usher

Deputy RVN

Kayleigh joined Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital in May 2014 as an auxiliary nurse and knew instantly she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. After gaining some valuable experience as an auxiliary nurse, she was offered the position as a student nurse, and has since begun her training. Before joining the practice, Kayleigh studied animal management for two years and then studied for a further three years to gain a degree Bsc Animal conservation and biodiversity. I have gained valuable experience in many areas of the animal industry from working with domestic, exotic and even wild animals.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner, walking our two rescue dogs Toby and buzz and spending time with family and friends. I also love days out with our god daughter and am a keen horse rider.

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Helen May

 Fdsc VN

Helen qualified as a registered veterinary nurse with a Fdsc degree from the Royal Veterinary College of London in 2014. She has been with us not long after qualifying back in 2014 and has an interest in emergency critical care and internal medicine. She has gained a certificate in emergency critical care and also in leadership & management. She previously was one of our critical care nurses doing out of hours and weekends but has recently come back to our first opinion team. Since joining our first opinion team Helen has become a clinical coach which involves training our students to become competent qualified nurses!


Chloe Greenwood


Chloe qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2019 and joined Newnham Court Vets in 2020. Chloe has a particular interest in the surgical field and also the nursing and care of geriatric patients. Chloe has also gained a certificate in Oral Care Nursing. In her spare time Chloe enjoys long country walks with her partner and dog Milo, having cuddles with her cat Katie and watching her chickens free range to their heart’s content in the garden.


Bethany Malkin


Beth has now qualified as veterinary nurse; she started as an auxiliary and worked hard for two years until she got the student position. Beth has always wanted to work with animals and enjoys caring for all types of inpatients. Beth also loves all types of cheese. 

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Keelin Cook


Keelin has been visiting Newnham Court for a few years carrying out work experience within the nursing team. As she was so keen to work with animals, she gained more experience as an auxiliary, before becoming a student nurse. Keelin is now a qualified veterinary nurse. She particularly loves boxer dogs.


Laura Greer

Student VN