We are a small animal practice in Reading, first established as part of the Nine Mile Veterinary Group set up in 1985. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at our surgeries.
Jordan qualified in 2014 with a diploma. Since then she has gained experience through being a head nurse in a first opinion practice but also through locuming in various different practices and referrals hospitals. Jordan has spent some time volunteering and enjoys raising money for various different animal charities. Within practice she loves working with all animals but has a special interest in elderly patients and in small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Her main interests within nursing are emergency and critical care cases and anaesthesia and theatre work. Jordan and her boyfriend own five pets that have all been rescued from work: two dogs named George and Flossy, two cats named Kali and Charlie, and a rabbit named Fluffy. Outside of work Jordan is apart of a salsa team and also enjoys spending time with her large family and catching up with friends.
Naomi Shadbolt RVN NCert (SAN)
Deputy Head Nurse
Naomi started veterinary nursing in 1996 and gained her RVN qualification in 1999. She joined Stow Vets in 2001 and has worked here ever since, working her way up to the deputy head nurse position. Having worked in mixed practice, Naomi has gained much experience in many species from large to very small. She has particular interests in dentistry and nutrition and has recently gained her nursing certificate in small animal nutrition. Away from work, Naomi enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends and supporting Arsenal.
Rosy Cragg RVN
Rosy graduated from Hartpury College in October 2017 with a foundation degree in veterinary nursing science. She completed a placement year at Stow Vets whilst studying, and enjoyed it so much that as soon as she qualified she started working for us as a veterinary nurse. Rosy has always had a love for animals and from a young age knew she wanted to work with them. At home she has four cats who are all rescues. Rosy especially enjoys working as a kennel nurse and has a keen interest in feline nursing.
Lisa Herron RVN
Lisa started work at Stow Vets in 2001 after completing a diploma course in animal care in Warwickshire and became a registered veterinary nurse in 2005. She trained as a clinical coach to student veterinary nurses and is also the practice first aider. In her spare time, Lisa is a fitness fanatic taking part in obstacle course races, circuit training, CrossFit, boot camps, boxing and kickboxing. She is a third Dan in kickboxing but now competes in boxing. She also has many rescue cats. Lisa is a supporter of the charity Animals Asia, and has been lucky enough to volunteer in the China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu working with the sanctuary’s Asian black bears, known as moon bears.
Samantha Hughes RVN
Sam graduated from Unitec in April 2014 with a diploma in veterinary nursing. Since then she has spent most of her time working in a small animal clinic on the North Shore of Auckland, before being offered the opportunity to work here at Stow Vets. Sam moved to the UK from New Zealand in January 2016. Sam had two cats in New Zealand, Henri and Bubble, which she sadly had to leave behind but she gets regular updates on the mischief they are causing. She was heavily involved with her local Riding for the Disabled in New Zealand and has recently got involved with one of the Riding for the Disabled’s in this area, which is a wonderful way to spend her free time.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Catherine has always had a love for animals and was previously a receptionist here at Stow Vets. She has now been able to start her training as a veterinary nurse which has always been her dream job. Catherine is lucky enough to be able to cuddle up to lots of lovely animals on a day to day basis and really enjoys caring for your pets. At home she has a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel so outside of work she is usually found cross country running with them in tow.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Rachael started as a veterinary receptionist in 2014 after finishing school at mobile clinics local and over the country. She developed a passion for nursing after assisting vets on the job, and as a student nurse is excited to learn more about orthopaedics. At home Rachael has two dogs and a family horse. Outside of work her interests include travelling and keeping fit.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Sky started at Stow Vets a day after finishing her A-Level exams at school. She has always had a passion for animals (especially cats) from a young age and knew that veterinary nursing was the career for her. Sky is going to start her student vet nurse training and college course in September 2018, which she is really looking forward to. At home she has a cat called India and a budgie called Asia. Her interests include travelling around the USA and art.
Patient Care Assistant
Nicky started working as a pre-trainee veterinary nurse with us in June 2018. She is passionate about all animals and has a particular interest in exotic wildlife rehabilitation and feline behaviour. Before pursuing her career with us at Stow Vets she spent a few years in the French Alps working in ski resorts. Nicky has had many animals in her lifetime including reptiles, cats and dogs. Her favourite thing about the job is the animal interaction and practicing laboratory techniques.