Veterinary Nurses

hailey-harveyHailey Harvey – Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse – Hailey came to help out at Catley Cross in her spare time when she was a teenager and she never left! She has now been part of the team for over 20 years. She completed her training at the practice and qualified as an Equine Veterinary Nurse in April 2006. She has since furthered her qualifications so that she is now able to train up new Equine nurses.

Hailey has since had a baby and so is now taking a step back to part time work to be a mum to son William. Outside of work with what spare time there is, she is still continuing to care for wildlife casualties brought in to the clinic and look after her variety of pets. She loves gardening, walking her dogs and enjoys pilates.

heatherHeather Bissett – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Heather joined the Catley team in January 2015. She loves working in theatre, either assisting with the surgery or maintaining anaesthesia.

Outisde of work Heather loves gardening, riding, ski-ing and walking her dogs. She also breeds spaniels and cockerpoos.


ashleaAshlea Swonnell – Trainee Vet Nurse – Ashlea started at the clinic as a volunteer back in 2013 and has sinced progressed to become a member of the nursing team in 2015, starting her training September 2016.  She has a keen interest in paediatric nursing and charity cases.

Outside of work she enjoys riding her horse Benson and walking dogs Mabel and Winnie.


aylaAyla Cunningham  – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Ayla joined Catley Cross in April 2016 to begin her veterinary nurse training. She qualified in August 2018. She loves the Lab work and enjoys nursing the welfare cases.

Outside of work Ayla spends the majority of her time looking after her menagerie consisting of 4 dogs, a cat, gerbil and guinea pig. She also loves to cook and listen to live music.


Rachel Dixey – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Rachel qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1998. She trained for a new career in 2005 and worked as a firefighter for 10 years. During these years she still had a passion for vet nursing (particularly emergency cases) and managed to continue with regular locum work. She also found time to qualify as a dog groomer. However since having children she has now decided to just return to nursing and now works part time having joined our practice in 2015 as part of our small animal team. She has a love of all animals and wildlife with a particular interest in environment enrichment for rabbits and guinea pigs.

At home she has a variety of pets rescued over the years and in her spare time she enjoys arts and crafts and outdoor activities/hobbies.

julieJulie Eckersley – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Julie has been nursing sine 1998 but qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2002,  joining the Catley team in September 2016 as a small animal nurse.  She loves working with all species and enjoys all aspects of the job.

At home she has a dog, 2 cats and a tortoise . There is little time for hobbies as spare time is spent looking after her young family.

Carolyn Turrall – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Carolyn qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2005. After qualifying Carolyn was keen to experience working in a verity of veterinary settings and for 10 years travelled around the country as a Locum Nurse working in first opinion, hospital and referral practices.

Carolyn joined Catley Cross in August 2018, she enjoys all aspects nursing with a particular interest in theatre and anaesthesia. Carolyn has a passion for dogs and has three of her own, Max, Kimba and Jennie. She is experienced in running puppy classes and is currently studying a diploma in puppy care. At the weekend Carolyn can be found helping out at her family’s small holding, tending to the goats, geese, ducks, chickens and sheep.

Ben Hester – Trainee Veterinary Nurse – Ben started at Catley Cross in May 2018 and started his veterinary nurse training in September 2018. Ben enjoys inpatient care and emergency cases.

Outside of work Ben competes at county level shows including Horse of the Year and The Royal International on his Arab Sameon Marouk. Ben is kept busy with his 5 horse and 2 dogs but loves movies and socialising in spare time.

Fredrika Kircher – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Freddie joined Catley Cross in August 2018 after qualifying in November 2017. She loves all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly nursing medical cases.

Outside of work Freddie enjoys spending time outdoors and weekends away and looking after her 2 house bunnies and Shetland pony.


alisonAlison Johnson – Animal Nursing Assistant – Alison joined the Catley team in 2008. She loves looking after the small animals in the clinic and has a particular love of cats. She enjoys setting up theatre and prepping the animals for surgery.

Alison married husband Carl in 2016. Outside of work they enjoy gardening together and socialising with friends. Alison also enjoys horse riding at the weekends.

Louise Miller – Animal Nursing Assistant – Louise joined Catley Cross in 2012. She has a particular interest in nursing the welfare cases as she finds them very rewarding.

Outside of work she spends time walking dogs Winnie and Maisey and socialising with friends. Louise is currently on maternity leave.


booRebecca Griffith – Animal Nursing Assistant – Rebecca started working at Catley Cross in September 2015. She enjoys assisting the vets with lameness investigations, particularly the radiography aspect.

Outside of work she enjoys socialising with friends, riding and playing sports such as hockey, netball and rugby.