At Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd, we are proud to have a talented team with a passion for helping animals working at our veterinary practice in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Meet our team today and put a face to the amazing individuals, here to help your furry friend!
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Meet Clive Curry, he graduated from Liverpool University in 1985 and is the founder of the Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd. There was never any doubt for Clive that he would be anything other than a veterinary surgeon. As a child, he grew up in Shelton, attended Oakhill High School, had good grades, good practical skills, a love of animals, and a dedication to hard work.
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 Ltd 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, Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd has become the practice you see today, with 3 centres. Clive’s aim from the outset was to provide the best standard of general practice for animals, and 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 soon. 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 Mediterranean, and spending time with his dogs.
Meet Victoria, she graduated from Cambridge University in 2007, and joined the Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd straight away, having seen practice here as a student. Further academic successes have followed as Victoria has studied for and passed General Practitioner Certificates in both Emergency Medicine and Surgery and Feline Medicine. Since 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.
Meet Charlie, she graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2012 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and joined the practice soon after. In 2015, she became a practice director and completed a General Practice Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging. Her main interests include ultrasonography, radiography, and CT. She also enjoys the challenge of canine and feline cardiology, and internal medicine. Outside of work, she is a keen long-distance runner, mountaineer, and loves adventure sports. Charlie has two much-loved rescue dogs, a three-legged whippet, called Roux, and a huge, naughty Jack Russell, called Pete. Roux loves to keep Charlie company on her runs, whereas Pete prefers to bark and shred soft toys!
Say hello to Ted, he graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 and was in the same academic 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 the practice in 2016. He is looking forward to developing the keyhole surgery service here at Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd 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.
Meet Katie, she graduated from Bristol vet school in 2017. Her main interest is in surgery, with a keen interest in orthopaedics, and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming and walks with her rescue Staffordshire-cross, Brad, and three Lurchers, Pip, Penny, and Kira.
Say hi to Seamus, he 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, he 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.
David joined Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd in August 2016 as practice manager, having worked in the large animal and farming industry previously. He has always enjoyed working with animals from 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 joined us in 2005 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008. She 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. She works hard to ensure they are all encouraged and feel supported. Lisa has a black Labrador, Alfie, and a cat, Jess. Lisa first met Jess when the cat was signed over to Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd, and the pair immediately bonded. Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time in the countryside, taking part in tug of war competitions, and baking cakes.
Meet Janet, she has worked at the practice since 1997. During this time, she has 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 to this, 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.
Say hello to Amie, she has been with the practice since 1998, after enrolling on an animal care course at Rodbaston College. After this, she progressed onto her veterinary nursing course and qualified in 2004. She then 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 client's pets. Outside of work, Amie enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit, and socialising with friends.
Claire joined the team at Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd in April 2007. She began 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 her time. She is also the proud owner of two mischievous basset hounds, Sidney and Florence, and five guinea pigs.
Meet Nicole, she joined the practice in 2010 and 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. She and Coco are aiming to complete the Kennel Club Good Citizen Award at gold level.
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.
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. She is passionate about rehabilitating patients post orthopaedic procedures and has an interest in hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. Sophie has two Jack Russell’s, 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.
Meet Izzy, she joined Willow Veterinary Clinic Ltd, in 2013. After spending a year in practice and gaining valuable experience, she completed her Animal Nursing Assistant Course. In September 2016, she embarked on her first year of the Veterinary Nurse Diploma. Izzy also enjoys assisting with surgical cases. In her spare time, she loves running, and has recently completed a half marathon! She has two dogs and three cats, who keep her busy.
Rachael completed many months of voluntary work before 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. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her son, Ollie, who keeps her very busy and active, family walks in the park, and swimming.
Emily joined our team in August this year and has enrolled in 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. Emily has had a passion for horses from a very young age and has 3 of her own, Murphy, Tinkerbell, and Moppet, who she enjoys riding daily.
Anne-Marie joined our team in September 2016, whilst studying towards her Veterinary Care Assistant Qualification, which she has recently completed with a distinction. She has worked in various animal occupations, including zoo and wildlife rescue centres, and has a keen interest in exotic species. Anne-Marie is looking to progress on to the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing next year. Outside of work, Anne-Marie enjoys spending time with her children and two cats, as well as going on long walks with her two Jack Russell’s, Tilly, and Poppy.