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Meet our Office Team and Receptionists

 Alison Stopher
Position: Receptionist/Insurance Administrator
I have worked with animals for many years at different vets and the RSPCA. My hobbies are being with my dogs, of which I have 2, Jelly and Pepper, the Border Terrier. I also like doing upholstery and soft furnishings, I have also just become a grandma for the first time.
 Teresa Nuttall
Position: Receptionist
Iíve been part of the reception team since August 2006 and during those eight years I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous pets and their owners. Some clients local to the Ashcroft surgery will have met my crossbreed terrier, Fox, on our walks. They will probably remember just how vocal a terrier can be!!!
Hayley AylottHayley Aylott
Position: Receptionist
I joined the Ashcroft reception team in 2013 after many years working with the general public. Iím animal mad! So, this is the perfect job for me! I love meeting and greeting the pets as they come in. Iíve been a keen horse rider and owner for 20 years now and when Iím not working, youíll find me either pottering with the horses or out walking my lovely Labrador.
Petra HornsbyPetra Hornsby
Position: Receptionist
Iím Petra and one of the newer members of the Reception team. I work at the Copdock practice and also at Ashcroft Road every Sunday. My previous jobs have included working in schools, copywriting and senior care work. Now I have found íthe best job ever,í getting to to meet, greet and help clients and their pets. I am passionate about all animals and share my house with two dogs, two cats and a couple of humans too! My other interests include gardening, reading and knitting badly.
 Michelle Scott
Position: Cleaner
My name is Michelle, I am the practice cleaner
I enjoy gardening, listening to music and keeping tropical fish
I have a gerbil, íSquirrellí and a tortoiseshell cat called íFifií
 Donna Hammond RVN
Position: Practice Manager
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. I have recently taken on the daunting role of Practice Manager, working with Mark our Clinical Director to ensure the practice runs smoothly.
 Dawn Goddard
Position: Head Receptionist
I am the Head Receptionist . My main duties are to oversee the smooth running of reception. I have worked at the Barn for 30 plus years so am a familiar face at the reception desk. My hobbies outside work are gardening and travel.
 Aly Farthing
Position: Receptionist
Iím Aly one of the new receptionists. After being in my last job for 30 years
this is totally a new career change for me so loads of learning and training.
If Iím not here you will find me either walking my dog or gardening.
 Alison Hunwicke
Position: Receptionist
I first qualified as a veterinary nurse many moons ago and after a career change in HR I have loved returning to the job I love and I enjoy meeting all the clients and their pets. When Iím not at work Iíll probably be walking Poppy my border terrier.
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

Christmas Opening
Christmas Eve: Closing 4pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
27th & 28th December: Closing 6pm
31st December: Closing 6pm
New Years Day: Closed

24 hr Emergency Service. Telephone 01473 730213
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Puppy Party Guest
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Mrs Briggs, Suffolk
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