We are a small animal hospital in Gorleston and a small animal practice in Lowestoft, first established in 1984. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and provide our own 24-hour emergency care at our Gorleston Hospital.
Caroline has been head nurse at the Veterinary Hospital and Surgery for over 30 years. She loves her job and the team, striving to care for our patients as though they were her own animals. She enjoys training the student veterinary nurses and nursing our in-patients, particularly challenging cases and assisting the RSPCA with strays/rescue cases. Caroline has horses, dogs, cats and pet sheep at home which take up all of her spare time to look after them.
Claire Smith RVN
Claire joined as head nurse at our Gorleston Hospital in 2016. With over 10 years of nursing experience, her priority is ensuring your pets get the specialist care they need. Claire enjoys supporting our team, training future nurses and educating clients, particularly with behaviour and socialisation. Outside of work Claire’s love for animals continues, caring for her two dogs and sphynx cat, Martha.
Stephanie Arlow RVN
Stephanie started working at The Veterinary Hospital in 2002 and qualified in 2006. Since having her daughter she now works part time. She gets great satisfaction from helping poorly patients get back on the road to recovery. Stephanie enjoys running our nurse clinics and laboratory work. She has recently taken a deeper interest in rabbit medicine and has completed a rabbit course.
Melanie Berycz RVN
Melanie came to The Veterinary Hospital as a locum (temporary) nurse in October 2016 and has been here ever since. She qualified as an RVN in 1994 and has worked in many practices both in the UK and abroad. Melanie enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly anaesthesia, theatre preparation and surgical nursing. In her spare time she is kept busy with her two children and tortoise called Yoda.
Amie Bush RVN
Amie joined The Veterinary Hospital and Surgery in 2011 at the Lowestoft branch as an animal nursing assistant and qualified as a veterinary nurse in September 2016. She enjoys caring for animals and working in our laboratory. In her spare time she enjoys baking and taking her dog, Lady, on long walks.
Bonita Clarke RVN
Bonita has been working with us at The Veterinary Hospital since 2013, and has been a qualified RVN since September 2017. She enjoys working on the hospital ward and has a keen interest in canine behaviour, to which she is beginning a diploma in to be able to offer behaviour clinics at the practice. At home Bonita has a mischievous Patterdale Terrier and two guinea pigs.
Natasha Coleman RVN
MiNight Nurse Manager
Natasha has been with the practice since 2011 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016. She enjoys providing emergency and critical care to our patients especially when she gets to see the patients improve and go home to their owners. In her free time she likes cuddles with her French Bulldog.
Lucy Edwards RVN
Lucy has an interest in hospitalised patient care and emergency and critical care. She has a huge interest in rabbits and would like to further her education in this area. Her hobbies outside of work include of horse riding; she used to compete at national level and a few international events.
Kelly Leavold RVN
Kelly has worked here since 2008, starting as a Saturday girl and then going onto to complete her vet nurse training and becoming a registered veterinary nurse in 2014. She has a particular interest in nurse clinics and nursing long term patients; she enjoys building a bond with her patients. Away from work Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, taking her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Arthur for long walks and photography.
Lisa Wilson RVN
Lisa is an RVN and has worked at the practice since 2000, having started as a school leaver and completed all of her training here. She has a particular interest in pet dentistry and anaesthesia but enjoys all aspects of her job. Outside of work Lisa likes to cook and bake and is a member of the local rowing club. Her human and furry family also keep her on her toes!
Sara Woods RVN DipAVN (Surgical) C&G Cert SAN
Sara has worked at the practice since becoming a Saturday girl at the age of 16. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 and has since achieved a City & Guilds in small animal nutrition and an advanced surgical nursing diploma. Sara loves her job and enjoys the rewards of making animals better.
Lauren Bradley RVN
Lauren joined us as a student veterinary nurse and has now qualified as an RVN! Her favourite part of the job is being able to make a difference to the animals. Outside of work she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and long beach walks with her Cavalier.
Kendra Caine RVN
Kendra joined us as a student veterinary nurse at The Veterinary Surgery, Gorleston. She has now qualified as a RVN! She has a passion for all animals, big or small. She is the proud owner of four Newfoundland dogs and a Bernese Mountain dog along with a ferret, tortoise and chickens. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends and pets or reading a good book.
Fraya Martins RVN
Freya started at The Veterinary Hospital in 2012; previously she had completed her work experience here. She owns a Golden Retriever called Rocky and growing up always wanted to be a veterinary nurse. Freya loves her job and the people she works with, who are like her ‘second family’. In her spare time she enjoys seeing family and friends and, of course, enjoys walks with her dog. However a chick flick and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s on the sofa is always good too!
Animal Nursing Assistant
Angela is passionate about animal welfare and has spent many years helping animal charities rescue and rehabilitate sick injured and abandoned animals. She loves her job at the vets as she says it is a privilege to help look after clients pets and be a part of a likeminded team. Outside of work Angela's hobbies include looking after her own animals, which include horses, dogs, cats and sheep.
Head of Dispensary
Catherine started at The Veterinary Hospital in April 1998 and has never left! She began her time here on reception, progressing into the nursing department and gaining a qualification in veterinary care assistants in 2010. She is currently the insurance claims handler for the Gorleston branch. Catherine loves the hands on nursing care of inpatients, giving them TLC and spending quality time with them providing the care and attention they need to recover. At home her time is consumed by her five dogs.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Samantha started here in November 2016 after completing work experience with us, which made her decide that she wanted to become a veterinary nurse. She loves helping the animals and says that the people she works with are great. In her spare time, Samantha attends karate and became a black belt when she was 11. She has two dogs at home, a German Shepherd and a German Shepherd cross Husky.