Robert Lees – 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. His areas of interest are surgery and the nutritional management of disease. Hobbies include walking the dogs, breeding sheep, watching his son eventing and breeding event horses.
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, 5 dogs and 4 very cheeky little shetlands, which take up most of her spare time. When she does get time for herself however Ami loves to bake.
Natasha Bird – 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, 3 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.
Bethan Hann – Beth grew up in the local area and came to Catley as a work experience student. She has since graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2018. Beth has a particular interest in developing her skills in ultrasonography and small animal surgery.
When not at the practice, Beth enjoys running, travelling and walking her dog Meg.
Lizzie Munro Lott – Lizzie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 and joined a veterinary practice in Ipswich, where she did both small animal and equine work. After two years of mixed practice, Lizzie decided that she wanted to focus on small animals – and particularly small animal surgery – so she joined the Catley team in 2019. Lizzie plans to develop a specialism in soft tissue surgery.
Lizzie is a keen rider and enjoys showjumping with her horse, Elvis. At home, she looks after Sidney, her cat, as well as her chickens. She also enjoys running and baking when she has the time.