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Independent Small Animal & Equine Veterinary Practice

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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.
 Donna Hammond RVN
Position: Head Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as a RANA (Registered Animal Nursing Auxiliary) before a lot of our nurses were even born, later becoming an RVN. I have worked at the Barn for so long I have run out of fingers and toes to count the years. In practice my main interests are medical nursing. Outside of work I have a Border Terrier called Bumble and an Irish Draught Horse called Bob.
Hayley Eade RVNHayley Eade RVN
Position: Registered Veterinary Nurse
I came to the Barn as a newly qualified nurse in September 1999! I am a clinical coach which means I have an active role in training our nurses in practice.
I have come and gone over the years due to family life but have always been keen to get back to the Barn ASAP!
I love most things about my job, the patients being high up on my list as well as an interest in Radiography.

Out of work I am kept busy with a young family and a love of horses as well as looking after my Labrador, 3 cats and 2 guinea pigs.
 Joanne Bush RVN
Position: Registered Veterinary Nurse
I studied Veterinary Nursing at Berkshire Collage of Agriculture and Qualified in 1997. I enjoy all aspects of small animal nursing and working as part of a friendly team. Other interests include spending time with family & friends , eating out , walking/cycling and travelling. At home I have one cat.
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.
Kate Marney RVNKate Marney RVN
Position: Registered Veterinary Nurse
I joined The Barn in 200? as a volunteer in order to complete a Veterinary Care Assistant course as I was interested in Nursing. I then went on to complete the nursing course over 3 years at the College of Animal Welfare, Huntingdon, qualifying in 2013

Having spent my teenage years competing horses every weekend, I went on to work on a commercial yard and qualified as a British Horse Society Accredited Instructor in the 1980s.
 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 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.
 Charley Humphreys
Position: Student Veterinary Nurse
I began my Veterinary Nursing journey at Writtle College in 2012, studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management. This gave me the qualifications I required to start a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, which I am currently loving! I am due to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in July 2019, after which I hope to continue for a year at the RVC and gain a BSc in Veterinary Nursing.

Whilst not at work or studying, I spend my time (attempting to) train my new rescue puppy Jasper, or socialising with friends and family and enjoying what little sun and nice weather the UK has to offer.
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.

24 hr Emergency Service. Telephone 01473 730213
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