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Meet our Nurses

 Mel Penn
Position: Registered Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as a R.A.N.A in 1984 after spending 2 years in a training practice and then 6 months at the BCA. I spent time working in practices in London, Bedfordshire and then spent three years as an equine vet nurse in Buckinghamshire. After moving to Suffolk, I joined the Barn in 1991. After a small gap (20 years!) being at home for my 2 children, I have very much enjoyed returning to veterinary nursing and the Barn. Outside of work I have 2 ponies, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 chickens to keep me busy. I also love gardening and sailing.
Jane Dale RVNJane Dale RVN
Position: Registered Veterinary Nurse
I began my studies at Writtle College qualifing as a veterinary nurse in 2005, I have also studied at Otley College gaining a BTEC National Dipolma in animal care. I enjoy all aspects of my work and have a particular interest in anaesthesia, emergency cases and small animal nursing. Outside of work I enjoy socialising with family and friends, going for nice walks and travelling. I have two cats and and a rabbit.
 Karen Parks RVN
Position: Registered Veterinary Nurse
I started working for the Barn Veterinary Practice as a receptionist in 2005. In 2010 I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse. I have a keen interest in radiology and diagnostics. My interests outside of work include herpatology and horse riding.
Nic Last RVNNic Last RVN
Position: Registered Veterinary Nurse
I became a qualified veterinary nurse back in 2002, after attending a 3 year course at Otley College. I have worked at the practice all my working life. I have a vast array of pets of my own, ranging from pygmy goats to lizards. I am currently studying for a certificate in exotics. I enjoy spending time with my young family on lots of holidays, including going away in our caravan.
 Jo Bush RVN
Position: Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse (Ashcroft)
I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1997 after studying for 2 years at Berkshire College of Agriculture. I enjoy working as a RVN with interests in anaesthesia and small animal nursing particularly feline nursing. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, eating out and travelling. At home I have one cat
 Kate Marney RVN
Position: Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse (Copdock)
I joined the Barn in 2008 as a volunteer and quickly enrolled at the College of Animal Welfare to complete my Veterinary Nurse Training. This was a big change from my previous role as a qualified riding instructor! I am now the Senior VN based at the Copdock surgery, although youll occassionally still see me at Ashcroft Road. In my spare time I enjoy riding my horse Moss.
Hayley Eade RVNHayley Eade RVN
Position: Head Veterinary Nurse
Hi, Im head Nurse here at the Barn, Ive been here on and off since September 1999, and work with a fabulous team of Qulified Registered Veterinary Nurses.
My role is a varied one, with each day being different from the last.
The best part about my Job is most definately the patients, they all have thier own unique personalities and i enjoy getting to know them.
When not at work i enjoy time with my family and riding my horse, hes a real character and keeps me on my toes.
Julie Tulip-WalshJulie Tulip-Walsh
Position: Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as a R.A.N.A back in the day when nurses had to wear dresses and cardboard hats. Returning to veterinary nursing after a twenty year sabatical, I was relieved to find out that vet nurses no longer have to wear dresses and silly hats. During my time away from vet nursing, I worked in the equine industry, so never far from my vocation. I joined the Barn Veterinary Practice recently and I have fully embraced the life of a veterinary nurse, and it feels like I never left the field. I love all aspects of veterinary nursing, but I have a special interest in anaesthesia.In my free time I like to hike mountains with my best buddy, a Jack Russell cross, or ride my crazy Anglo Arab.
Opening Hours & Contacts
Copdock Ashcroft
01473 730213
Barn Veterinary Practice, The Barns, Wenham Rd, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3EY
Monday - Friday: 08:30-19:00
Saturday: 09:00-12:00
Sunday: No Surgery, but appointments available at Ashcroft Road Surgery 10.00 to 12 noon

Easter Opening
Good Friday: CLOSED
Saturday 20th April: Open 9-12
Easter Sunday: CLOSED

24 hr Emergency Service. Telephone 01473 730213
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