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Laura Austin
Laura Austin RVN Cert VN ECC – Head Nurse 
Laura started her nursing career in 2008 at a local Veterinary Clinic and qualified in 2010. She then joined Milton Keynes Veterinary Group in June 2012. She has 3 cats called Taz, Rococo and Roger. All 3 are rescue cats! Her family also has 2 German Shepherd dogs, Storm and Hugo. The cats particularly enjoy going for a walk with the dogs in the morning. In her free time she enjoys running, reading and going on hot holidays!

Susan Gartside
Susan Gartside RVN – Client Care Nurse 
Susie began her nursing career in 1988 at the practice 20 years ago!! In 2007, she moved across to the Vets Now emergency night service within MKVG as a critical care and emergency nurse where she remained until 2011. She returned to MKVG as a full time RVN initially but jumped at the chance to become Group Reception Manager, which she found very rewarding. She now works at our Stoke Road branch as a Client Care Nurse. She is passionate about client care which she really enjoys. Her spare time is taken up with her teenage daughter, their horse Diva, and Scrappy our very odd looking but very gorgeous dog.

Jess Rayner
Jess McCarthy – Head Receptionist RVN 
Jess started training in Bedford in 2004 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2008. She enjoys nurse clinics and runs our Puppy Parties at Willen on Wednesdays. She has a doberman called Westwood and one cat. She enjoys taking Westwood to training classes including flyball as well as going on long walks. She also has an obsession with the colour pink!

Sandra Buckingham
Sandra Buckingham RVN 
Sandra qualified as a veterinary nurse at a local practice in May 2004 shortly before joining us in June 2004 initially as part of our emergency team. She left in July 2005 to tour the world before re-joining our day nursing team in May 2006. In 2010 she left to have her first child, and now works part time at the walnut tree branch. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children and partner. She has 2 cats, Penny and Frankie, who both came into the practice as strays, and 2 dogs, Harvey and Holly. One of which also came into the practice as a stray!

Jasmine Milsom
Jasmine Milsom RVN 
Jasmine qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1970 and joined our practice nursing team in 1979. When we opened the new Walnut Tree Hospital, she took on the role as Head Nurse at our Stoke Road branch for many years. Jasmine now works at our Walnut Tree branch as part of our reception team.

Kelly Marie
Kelly-Marie Wainwright RVN 
Kelly has worked here since she left school in 2002, so the practice has been like her second family. In her spare time she enjoys doing arts & crafts, going to the ballet and looking after her three legged cat called Herbie.

Caroline Stevens
Caroline Stevens BSc (Hons), RVN, Dip AVN, Dip He CVN, SQP, ISFM Dip FM 
Caroline has been in practice since 2007, qualified in 2011. She have completed her Advanced Nursing Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing and has recently completed her Diploma in Feline Nursing through ISFM. Her main interests are in feline medicine and behaviour, limiting stress in the hospital environment is also very important to her. She spends Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at our Stoke Road branch for our cat clinic days, where they carryout vet and nurse consultations as well as routine procedures in a stress free, quiet environment. She also spends the majority of her time looking after the hospitalised patient’s at Walnut Tree and is a clinical coach, supporting and mentoring our student veterinary nurses. Caroline is also the Cat Advocate for the practice and is responsible for ensuring adherence to the principles of ISFM’s Cat Friendly Clinic. Please feel free to ask her any questions about the Cat Friendly Clinic scheme. At home she has two very spoilt cats, Lucy Goose and Mitch.

Alison Kirk
Alison Kirk RVN 
Alison has been working at the Walnut Tree branch for 7 years now. She has a Siberian Husky called Lexi, a cat called Alvin and a parrot called Jerry. She enjoys going on long walks with her dog.

Cara Palacio
Cara Palacio RVN 
Cara Palacio started her first job in the veterinary field with us in June 2004. She completed her initial nursing examinations in 2005 and passed her final nursing examinations in 2007.

Charlotte Barker
Charlotte Barker RVN Cert VN ECC 
Charlotte joined Milton Keynes Vet Group in January 2014 as a locum and she quickly decided that she would like to stay as a permanent member of staff. She has been qualified for many years and has spent a few of these nursing in Australia. She really enjoys running nurse clinics and she sees many patients for clinics in weight and nutrition. Currently she does these every Wednesday at Walnut Tree and every Thursday and Friday at our Willen branch. She has a special interest in emergency and critical care and she has recently passed a further certification in this subject. She has a very cheeky dog called Henry, he came to her after being hit by a car and breaking his leg (along with a few other injuries!), she only planned to foster him, but she fell in love very quickly and couldn’t give him up! She enjoys taking him on lots of walks and exploring new places, which she is fairly certain he loves as well!

Maria Coleman
Maria Coleman RVN 
Maria joined Milton Keynes Veterinary Group in July 2015, having previously trained and worked in a small animal practice in Oxfordshire for six years. She qualified in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing and Business Management. Surgical and Theatre Nursing is of particular interest to her. She has a cat called Freya and Astrid, who are very spoilt. In her spare time she is a keen Runner, mainly long distance, taking part in race events, enabling her to raise money for various animal charities. A particular favourite of hers is the Great North Run half marathon!

Elinor Brewer
Elinor Brewer RVN 
Elinor qualifed as a Veterinary Nurse in July 2016 while working at a busy Veterinary Hospital in south Hertfordshire. After a short time at a practice in Aylesbury she joined the MK Vet Group in June 2017. Elinor has a keen interest in surgical, theatre and labratory work. At home Elinor has a dwarf guniea pig, Minnie, who was rescued from a previous work place and a cat, Hugo, who came into us here as a road traffic accident. When not working she enjoys trips to the cinema with her partner and spending time with family and friends.

Natasha Fisher
Natasha Fisher RVN 
Natasha qualified in October 2016 with a Degree in Veterinary Nursing and Animal Behaviour and joined MK Vet Group in July 2017. She is particularly interested in physiotherapy and exotic nursing. At home, Natasha has a very cute beagle puppy called Quill. Her hobbies include drawing and playing guitar when she is not out walking and exploring Milton Keynes.

Emma Thornton RVN 
Emma qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in January 2018 whilst working in a busy Northamptonshire practice. She then joined MK Vet Group in the April of the same year, when she moved back to the area, having always brought her own pets to the Stony Stratford branch as a child! She has a love of all nursing aspects, particularly surgical and medical nursing and working with exotics. When she is not caring for animals at work, she is kept busy by her own mini zoo at home, including two cats; Lily and Hero, the three-legged rescue from my previous practice, six Guinea Pigs, Hodor the Hamster, Tokio the Bearded Dragon, Georgie the Panther Chameleon and Seph the Corn Snake! In whatever spare time is left over she enjoys country walks/cycles with her partner and spending time with her family.

Tabitha Saltzer
Tabitha Saltzer RVN 

Michelle Hogg
Michelle Hogg RVN 

Emily Day
Emily Day (Student Veterinary Care Assistant) 
Emily started working for Milton Keynes Veterinary Group at the beginning of summer 2016, after working at a kennels and cattery for the last 10 years. She is currently studying to be a Veterinary Care Assistant, and is really enjoying the new challenge in her career. She has two dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, a tortoise and four chickens to keep her busy at home.

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