Support team


Maggi Drysdale DCR(R), DMS

Practice Manager

Maggi joined Stow Vets in 2013 as practice manager. She has an extensive background in management and holds a Diploma in Management Studies and an NVQ Level 5 in business management.

After many years working in human healthcare in several parts of the world she decided to follow her passion for animals which led her to Stow. She has a mad working Golden Retriever called Mabel who loves dragging Maggi all over the beautiful Cotswold countryside.


Sara Alan-Smith

Receptionist, Dog Behaviourist and Trainer

Sara’s first animal job was as a riding school groom where she achieved several British Horse Society qualifications in horse-riding and care. After a number of years working in public relations, Sara’s passion to work with animals saw her return to full-time education to study for a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Following her degree, Sara worked full-time for several years as a project dog handler for the Blue Cross animal welfare charity, which involved the day-to-day care and handling of the dogs, and providing guidance and coaching to new owners, both during the rehoming process and post-rehoming wherever needed. During this time she also trained and qualified as a clinical canine massage therapist.

Sara joined Stow Veterinary Surgeons as a part-time receptionist and administrator, and provides puppy and dog training support through the popular Stow Vets pre-school puppy classes, 121 training sessions and individual behaviour consultations.


Hannah Davis


Hannah began her career with animals as a canine hydrotherapist; her role involved rehabilitating dogs with neurological, orthopaedic and soft tissue conditions through swimming. As a hydrotherapist she worked closely with referring vets and encountered a wide range of medical conditions. Now fully qualified, Hannah is continuing to learn with an Animal Care diploma.

Hannah joined Stow Veterinary Surgeons as a part-time veterinary administrator. The part time hours allow her to spend more time training her Sprocker Spaniel, Mia; who absolutely adores learning new tricks and can be quite a handful especially when there are birds to be chased.


Rose Humble


Rose moved to the Cotswolds from Scotland in May 2016 and went on to join the Stow Vets team. She is really enjoying exploring the town and the surrounding villages. Rose grew up in the countryside in Scotland with lots of animals and so feels very at home here and is really enjoying working at Stow Vets and getting to know all the lovely pets, owners and staff.


Rebecca Russell


Rebecca started at Stow Vets in 2008 as a receptionist. She moved to the Stow area in the late 1990`s having been brought up around animals all her life, from picking eggs as a toddler in the farmyard to looking after ex-racehorses through to adulthood. She has had various rescue dogs and currently has Chewi the loveable Lurcher. Rebecca completed her companion animal SQP qualifications in 2013. She believes whilst the vets look after the animals it is her job to look after the owners. Gold standard customer care at all times is her aim.

Emma Stuchbury, receptionist at Stow Veterinary Surgeons

Emma Stuchbury


Emma is our Saturday Receptionist here at Stow Vets and is really enjoying her time here. She loves all animals and has two cats at home along with her beloved Staffy, Izzie. She gained horse and stable management qualifications after leaving school and then worked as a groom for many years. She also enjoyed a few years fostering rescued cats and kittens for Cats Protection.


Natalie Shorten

Dog Groomer

Natalie joined Stow Vets team as their dog groomer in May 2016. She has been working with dogs since 2005 and has grown up owning them too. Currently she has a young Springer Spaniel called Freddie. 95% of the time he’s full of beans and goes most places with her.

Working with dogs has given Natalie an opportunity to express her natural ability to understand them physically and mentally. Through the years, she has gained a diploma in canine studies as well as diplomas in pet dog training and dog grooming.