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 is kept busy with son William outside of work, with school runs and the numerous birthday parties! 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 riding her pony Gizmo.

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.


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 3 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.


Emma – Jane Gowdy – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Emma – Jane joined team Catley in 2019 and she enjoys nursing the in-patients and lab work.

She lives with her husband in Sudbury, with their two bunnies and has plans for a spaniel cross to join the family soon. She enjoys working on her allotment, cooking and horse riding in her spare time.


Naomi Bisset – Trainee Veterinary Nurse – Naomi joined Catley in September 2018  and is studying at the College of Animal Welfare for her nursing qualification.  Her favourite part of nursing so far has been anaesthesia but she also has a particular interest in conservation.

Outside of work Naomi’s hobbies include horse riding and spending time with her Spaniel, German Shepard and Cockapoo.


Abigail Thompson – Abi joined us in January 2020 having qualified from Harper Adams University with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management in 2018. Abi has a special interest in nursing inpatients and helping with emergency cases.

At home Abi has a very spoilt rescue Labrador  X Giant Schnauzer called Bailey, who loves to cause trouble. In her free time she enjoys walking Bailey, reading books and socialising with friends.

Abi grew up in Malawi, Africa which has given her a real taste for travelling. Her last adventure had her travelling solo around Eastern Europe for 4 months!

Ellis Turner – Registered Veterinary Nurse. Ellis qualified in 2017 and joined Catley Cross in 2019.  She has a keen interest in medical cases and anaesthesia.

Ellis is kept busy at home with 2 cats (Tommy and Nellie) and Parker (German Short Haired Pointer) and she enjoys socialising with friends and family, dog walks and gardening.


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 Louise is very busy taking care of beautiful daughter Evelyn but she also spends time walking dogs Winnie and Maisey and socialising with friends.


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.