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Laura Austin
Laura Austin RVN CertVNECC – 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.

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 rejoining our day nursing team in May 2006. Sandra has achieved levels 1 & 2 of Hills nutritional adviser program.

Jasmine Milsom
Jasmine Milsom RVN 
Jasmine qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1970 and joined our practice nursing team in 1979. She took over the role of head nurse at our Stoke Road surgery on the opening of the Walnut Tree hospital.

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 
Caroline has been in practice since 2007, qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse in 2011. Since qualifying, she has obtained her SQP qualification, and more recently her Advanced Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing. She is now undertaking her Diploma in Feling Nursing. She is a clinical coach in practice and supports and mentors our student veterinary nurses. She spends the majority of time looking after our hospitalised patients and her main interest is in feline behaviour and medicine, limiting stress in the hospital environment is also very important to her. She spends Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Stoke Road branch for cat clinic days and finds the relationship with the cat clinic clients and cats very rewarding. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her own cat Lucy Goose and she also cares for another cat Mitch who turned up as a stray.

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.

Jess Rayner
Jess McCarthy 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!

Laura Sandall
Laura Sandall RVN 
Laura joined Milton Keynes Veterinary Group in 2013, having gained 13 years experience in local practices, and more recently at an Orthopaedic Referral Practice. Her passion lies in post operative Orthopaedic surgery care and inpatient care generally. She likes to make our patients feel that we are a ‘home from home’ when they are with us. At home she has 1 rescue cat, two horses and a dog. In the little spare time she has, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the pictures with her husband.

Charlotte Barker
Charlotte Barker RVN CertVNECC 
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!

Laura Arrandale
Laura Arrandale BSc (Hons) RVN 
Laura joined Milton Keynes Veterinary Group in July 2014 after previously working at a practice in Bedford. She qualified in 2012 with a BSc Hons in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management at Harper Adams University. She has a keen interest in feline welfare and surgical nursing. She has a handsome ginger boy called Alfie, who came to the practice as a stray. Outside of work, she spends most of her time on a netball court and has recently taken up a keen interest in Mountain Biking.

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!

Natalie Lawlor
Natalie Lawlor RVN 
Natalie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2015. She completed the majority of her training in Coventry where she is originally from. She joined MK Vet Group in October 2015 after recently moving to the area. At her family home, she has a Springer Spaniel named Milo and a cat called Kola that lives with her.

Joanna Godfrey
Joanna Godfrey RVN 
Joanna qualified with a foundation degree from Harper Adams University in 2015, and started working in MK Vet Group in October 2016. Outside of work she enjoys walking and cooking.

Louise Martin
Louise Martin RVN 
Louise qualified in 2011 from Harper Adams University with a degree in Veterinary Nursing, with a particular interest in surgical nursing and anaesthesia, infection control, rabbit medicine and care, and nutrition. She started working at the Walnut Tree Hospital in July 2012 after a short period as a locum. She left in 2015 to spend some time working at Davies Veterinary Specialists before returning to the group full time in December 2015. She enjoys hiking holidays, reading and history. At home she has two cats, Barti (her ASBO hand rear) and Dylan (who was originally brought in as a severely injured stray), and rabbits Lily and Kobe (adopted from our local RSPCA).

Mark Graig
Elinor Brewer RVN 

Mark Graig
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. She does not currently have any pets of her own but would like to some day own a couple of dogs and maybe ferrets. Her hobbies include drawing and playing guitar when she is not out walking and exploring Milton Keynes.

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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