"The Willow Veterinary Clinic Taking General Practice to a Higher Level"
Clive Curry BVSc CertAVP(Ophthal) GPCert (Neuro, ExAP) PgD MRCVS
Clive Curry graduated from Liverpool University in 1985. Vets often hear
"I don’t know how you do your job”, well for Clive, as a child growing up in Shelton,
attending Oakhill High School with good grades, good practical skills, a love of
animals and a dedication to hard work there was never any doubt.
After graduating Clive went into mixed practice. The pitter patter of tiny feet directed
Clive to open his own business, and the Willow Veterinary Clinic was born from his
family home in Endon. The practice was mixed (small animal, farm animal and
equine) until 1997, when Clive reluctantly ceased to undertake large animal work. Since then the business has grown and developed with a huge emphasis on veterinary continued
professional development and training, with reinvestment in people, skills and equipment to become the practice you see today, with 3 centres. Clive’s emphasis from the outset was to provide the best standard of general practice for animals, and a good quality of life for all staff doing their chosen vocation, and this remains valid today.
Clive’s main interests are ophthalmology, neurology, and exotic animal practice in which he holds post-graduate certificates and hopes to achieve advanced practitioner status in ophthalmology in the near future. Clive is an experienced surgeon and has an interest in orthopaedics, especially orthopaedic salvage surgery and oncological surgeries. He also enjoys helping and training younger vets and is always very keen to help them avoid the many potholes he has found himself in over the years.
In his spare time Clive enjoys holidays in France, windsurfing in the Med and spending time with his dogs.
Victoria Poole MA VetMB CertAVP(SAM-fel) MRCVS
Victoria graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 and joined the Willow
straight away, having seen practice here as a student. Further academic
successes have followed as Victoria has studied for and passed General
Practioner Certificates in both Emergency Medicine and Surgery and Feline
Medicine. During 2016 she has been working towards a Certificate in Advanced
Veterinary Practice. Victoria is also a keen orthopaedic surgeon and regularly
attends orthopaedic conferences.
When she isn’t at work, Victoria likes to ski (carefully) and sample fine French cuisine.
She is a reluctant runner, and enjoys spending time in the countryside with her husband and dogs.
Ted Cutting MA Vet MB GPCert(DI, Opthal) MRCVS
Ted graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 and was in the same year as Victoria.
He enjoyed mixed practice for 2 years before concentrating on companion animals. Having developed a special interest in dentistry, diagnostic imaging
(in which he gained a General Practitioner Certificate in 2016) and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, he joined us in 2016. He is looking forward to developing the keyhole surgery service here at Willow and splits his time evenly between the branches.
Ted is a very keen gardener and has studied for a Diploma in Horticulture, which he gained in 2015. He is also an accomplished pianist and enjoys chasing his dog George around the countryside.
David Gabbott (Practice Manager)
David joined willow vets in August 2016 as practice manager having previously worked in the large animal and farming industry’s. He has always enjoyed working with animals since a young age and went on to work in the commercial farming sector after completing his BSC Hons in Animal Science at Nottingham university.
He has a keen interest in tropical and marine fish keeping, enjoys camping in Cornwall
and walking his two dogs.
Lisa Hawkins NCert (A&CC) RVN Head Nurse
Lisa joined us in 2005 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008. Lisa has great enthusiasm for anaesthesia and critical care and went on to achieve a certificate in this in 2012. Lisa has also been head nurse since 2014 and leads the team of nurses, trying to encourage and support them all.
Lisa has a black Labrador called Alfie and a cat called Jess- which was signed over to us and Lisa bonded with her so took her home!
Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time in the countryside, taking part in Tug of War competitions and baking cakes.
Janet Carroll RVN CertVNDent DipFN
Janet has worked at the practice since 1997. During this time she completed her nursing qualification before going on to become an assessor and trainer of student nurses.
She has an interest in dentistry and has completed a year-long certificate enabling her to specialise in this area. In addition she has recently completed a two-year diploma in feline nursing which enables her to carry out in-depth feline nursing clinics. She has also helped our Endon clinic become a ‘Feline Friendly’ practice. When she’s not working and training she is looking after two young children and a couple of crazy tabby cats.
Nicole Leighton RVN
Nicole joined the practice in 2010, she completed the Animal Nursing Assistant course before studying for the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014. Nicole enjoys all aspects of nursing but particularly enjoys surgical cases and anaesthesia.
Outside of work Nicole enjoys Pole Fitness, walking her two rescue dogs Molly and Coco and currently attends dog training classes with Coco aiming to complete the Kennel Club Good Citizen Award at gold level.
Laura Lockett RVN
Laura joined our team in September 2011 and enrolled on the veterinary nursing diploma, which she then went on to complete and qualify in 2014. Laura has a keen interest in diagnostic imaging and would like to take further courses to develop her knowledge in this field.
In her spare time Laura likes to participate in various fitness training and has recently qualified as a personal trainer. She also enjoys attending pole fit and aerial classes.
Laura had a 6 year old lurcher named Lucy, who she adopted when she was brought into our practice as a stray 4 years ago.
Natalie Spooner Registered Veterinary Nurse DipRVN C&GCertVNES
Natalie joined the practice in 2011 and since then has completed the Animal Nursing Assistant Course, followed by the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2015. Natalie enjoys all aspects of practice but has a keen interest in exotic cases. She is currently completing the Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys walking her dog, who is an Australian Kelpie Cross called Ozzy and baking. She also has four rabbits to keep her busy!
Natalie has a City and Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species
Isabel Patrick Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN)
Izzy joined the practice in 2013. After spending a year in practice and gaining valuable experience, she has now completed her Animal Nursing Assistant Course. In September 2016 she has embarked on her first year of the Veterinary Nurse Diploma. Izzy enjoys assisting with surgical cases. In her spare time she enjoys running and has recently completed a half marathon. She has two dogs and three cats.
Rachael Forster Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Rachael completed many months of voluntary work prior to joining the practice as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse in April 2016. Previously, she gained an honours degree in Animal Health, Welfare and Management at Harper Adams University College. Rachael has recently started the Animal Nursing Assistant course and will progress on to the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing next year. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son, Ollie, who keeps her very busy and active, she enjoys family walks in the park and swimming.
Emily joined our team in august this year and has enrolled on the Animal Nursing Assistant course at Myerscough College. Upon completion of this certificate, Emily will then progress on towards achieving her Veterinary Nursing Diploma. Emily has a keen interest in physiotherapy and would eventually like to develop her knowledge further in this field in the near future. Emily has had a passion for horses from a very young age and has 3 of her own named Murphy, Tinkerbell and Moppet, who she enjoys to ride on a daily basis.
Amie Marren RVN NCert AnBeh
Amie has been with the practice since 1998, after enrolling on an animal care course at Rodbaston College. She then progressed onto her veterinary nursing course and qualified in 2004. Shortly after she became an assessor enabling her to train student veterinary nurses and assess their progress in practice.
Amie has recently gained a certificate in animal behaviour and is currently offering consultations and behavioural therapy for our clients pets.
Outside of work Amie enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit and socialising with friends.
Claire Tomkinson RVN NCert(E&CC)
Claire joined the team at Willows in April 2007. She started her studies with the Animal Nursing Assistant course which she passed in 2008. She then went onto her NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Veterinary Nursing and qualified as an RVN in 2011. She enjoys the challenge and variety of emergency cases and therefore chose to embark upon the Nurses Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care, which she thoroughly enjoyed and passed in 2015. Outside of work Claire has a baby daughter who currently occupies all of her time. She is also the proud owner of two mischievous Basset hounds, Sidney and Florence, and five guineapigs.
Sophie Slater DipRVN
Sophie joined the practice when she finished school in July 2011. In 2013 she obtained her Animal nursing Assistant award and then began her training to become a registered veterinary nurse, qualifying in august 2016. Her main interests include rehabilitating patients post orthopaedic procedures she also has a particular interest in hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. Sophie has two jack russells ‘Shelly and Devon’ and a german shepherd dog ‘Zack’. Outside of work she enjoys walking the dogs in the countryside, socialising with friends and holidaying to different destinations.
Anne-marie joined our team in September 2016 whilst studying towards her Veterinary Care Assistant Qualification which she has recently completed with a distinction. Anne-marie has worked in various animal occupations including zoo and wildlife rescue centres, has a keen interest in exotic species and is looking to progress on to the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing next year. Outside of work Anne-marie enjoys spending time with her children, two cats and long walks with her two Jack Russells, Tilly and Poppy.
Katie-Anne Nash BVSc MRCVS
Katie graduated from Bristol vet school in 2017. Her main interest is in surgery, having a keen interest in orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work she enjoys swimming and walks with her tennis ball obsessed rescue staffie cross Brad and three Lurchers, Pip, Penny and Kira.
Seamus McManus BVM MRCVS
Seamus graduated with distinction from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest. He joined the practice in March, 2018, having moved to the area from Galway in the west of Ireland. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, especially medicine and surgery. Seamus also holds a degree in Electronic and Computer engineering and spent some time working in that industry but, after growing up in a veterinary family, decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys playing the guitar, mountain biking, hiking and water sports.