Veterinary nurses


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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, she 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, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends, supporting Arsenal and cuddling her elderly golden retriever Penny.


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Melissa Clarke RVN

Melissa was lucky to start a placement at her first veterinary practice in 2012, after completing her Animal Management Level 3 Diploma. She was then able to start her veterinary nurse training. She recently qualified in 2015 and looked to find a new challenge after qualifying.

She decided to relocate to Stow Veterinary Surgeons, following her head nurse from her previous practice. Melissa moved to the Cotswolds with her two pets Chester a Jack Russell Terrier cross and Sarah a cat. Melissa and her pets are really enjoying their time here and look forward to exploring the Cotswolds and she can’t wait to start meeting all the clients at Stow Vets.


Lisa Herron, veterinary nurse at Stow Veterinary Surgeons

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 she is a fitness fanatic taking part in obstacle course races, circuit training, CrossFit, boot camps, boxing and kickboxing. She is a 3rd Dan in kickboxing but now competes in boxing. She loves spending time with her special cat Sparky who was born in 1994. Lisa has many other rescue cats including the beautiful Orange. 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.


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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.

Sam 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.


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Kathryn Scroope RVN VNRT

Having previously worked in an inner city animal hospital in Dublin after leaving school, Kathryn went on to study Veterinary Nursing and graduated in 2012. She worked in a small animal clinic for two years in her home county Kerry in Ireland and also completed her certificate in Small Animal Rehabilitation. Deciding to come over shore to the lovely Cotswolds in 2015 was the next step in her career to gain more experience and have more opportunity.

Kathryn is currently a clinical coach here at Stow Veterinary Surgeons and a mentor to a student veterinary nurse through her training. She has a keen interest in Emergency and Critical Care and is presently completing the MiNurse Academy training to gain a certificate in this area.


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Catherine Roche SVN

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, Catherine has a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel so outside of work she is usually found cross country running with them in tow.


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Jessica Thomson SVN

Jessica started nursing in May 2015 and enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in September 2015. Prior to this she completed a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management and an award for Student of the year. She has lots of animals to keep her busy in her spare time, including three crazy Cocker Spaniels, Rollie, Minnie and Flossie, a rabbit called Bailey and a very naughty horse Hamish.

Since joining Stow Vets in May 2016 she has gained valuable experience and has met an array of wonderful clients and their animals.