Robert Lees – partner – BVetMed MRCVS: Robert was raised and educated in Sudbury and as a teenager he spent all his spare time gaining work experience at the local practice. When he qualified in 1970 he was offered his first job there, at what was then Taylor and Hogger, a mixed, three-man practice. Robert later spent two years in large animal practice up in Scotland before returning to Sudbury as a partner of Taylor and Lees. Over the next 24 years, Robert expanded the Equine side of the practice, moving it to Catley Cross in 1990.
Robert is a Father of two and is married to Avril, who also works at the practice. He has two horses, five dogs and forty ewes and lives on site at Catley Cross. His areas of interest are surgery and the nutritional management of disease. Hobbies include tennis, walking the dogs, breeding sheep, watching his son eventing and the occasional game of golf.
Helen Light – Helen qualified in 1995 from RVC London and has worked in small animal practice ever since. Helen’s special area of intrest is soft tissue surgery although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary life.
Outside of work Helen spends a proportion of her time in Greece and Madrid on charity programs, working to neuter dogs and cats. She enjoys travelling, walking and swimming and is a massive fan of Formula 1 racing.
Ami Cooper – Ami graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2010. Following working in Peterborough and a long stint elsewhere in Suffolk Ami joined the Catley small animal team in 2014. Ami has a range of small animal experience but has an interest in orthopaedic surgery and is currently undergoing training in this.
Outside of work Ami has her own menagerie of animals including donkeys, pigs, wallabies, goats, 4 dogs and 3 very cheeky little shetlands, which take up most of her spare time. When she does get time for herself however Ami loves to bake.
Laura Skippen – Laura qualified from the Royal veterinary College and began working as an equine vet, starting at Catley Cross in 2009. She then left to work for an equine charity abroad for a few years but then returned to Catley in 2015 as a small animal vet after having her son.
Outside of work when she isn’t chasing after a toddler and looking after the newest arrival, she enjoys travelling, skiing and riding.
Laura is currently on maternity leave.
Natasha Bond – Natasha is a small animal veterinary surgeon who has worked at Catley Cross for 5 years. She lives just outside Bury St Edmunds with her husband and 2 young sons Percy and Albert. She has various pets (including 2 dogs, a cat, 2 tortoises, 4 goats and 5 sheep) most of whom came home from Catley needing a home for one reason or another! Natasha’s particular interest is small animal medicine.
Jodie Rutland – Jodie grew up around Stisted and along with her two sisters was heavily involved in East Essex pony club and later competed at dressage. Jodie saw practice at Catley Cross whilst at school and later university and has fond memories of helping Robert calve cows, operate on dogs and being given the unenviable task of keeping his car tidy . Jodie qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and immediately went to Glasgow Vet school for a year of specialist training in veterinary anaesthesia. It has been said that Glasgow was Jodie’s first choice for this course due to the excellent shopping facilities found in the city centre! On leaving Glasgow Jodie went on to work in private small animal practice for the next 15 years. Jodie is married to Craig, one of the Partners and they have three children, rescue dog Max, stray cat Peter and an assortment of chickens.
Carly Day – The latest addition to the Catley Cross team, Carly graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2015 and has spent the last 2 years working as a small animal vet in Suffolk. Carly has a strong interest in soft tissue surgery and emergency and critical care.
Outside of work Carly has 2 horses – Dolly, an ex racehorse who events and does dressage and Romeo a showjumper. Both these keep her fairly busy alongside her 6 dogs ranging from 4 – 40 kilos in weight!