Our team of experienced staff are committed to providing the best possible care. Our staff are all highly trained, ensuring you and your pets receive the top quality of care. We do not rely on support staff to perform nursing roles. All of the nursing care for your pets is performed by registered veterinary nurses or student nurses under strict supervision as part of their training. Find out more about veterinary nurses and the valuable job they do.

  • Veterinary Surgeons
  • Consultant Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Nurses
  • Reception and Administration
  • David Terry

    BVSc MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon, Clinical Director
    David has a keen interest in dermatology, soft tissue surgery and orthopaedic surgery...

    David graduated from Bristol University in 1990 and has worked at Castle Vets for all but 6 months of his professional career. His particular interests include dermatology, soft tissue surgery, especially skin reconstruction, and more recently, he has developed a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery, largely thanks to help and support from the late Kate Holland and more recently Consultant Veterinary Specialist Hannes Bergmann. He feels very privileged to work in a practice where all the staff share the same vision and have such high standards. David, Ruth and their 4 children share their home with a Labrador called Kia.

  • Peter Jackman

    BVSc (Hons) MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon, Clinical Director
    Peter is keen on all aspects of small animal veterinary work and particularly feline medicine ...

    Peter graduated with Honours from Bristol University in 1988, and has worked at Castle Vets since then, becoming a partner in 2013 and a clinical director in 2017. He enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary work, but has a special interest in feline medicine particularly chronic kidney disease.

  • Clare Hepher

    BVMS MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon, Associate
    Claire enjoys the variety of working in general practice and has an interest in endocrine conditions...

    Clare has worked at Castle Vets since 1998 after graduating from Glasgow University. She enjoys the variety of  working in general practice and working with people – clients and colleagues – as well as pets. She has developed an interest in small animal medicine, especially endocrine conditions such as diabetes, and  conditions affecting older pets. She is also interested in rabbit and rodent medicine and surgery.

  • Christel van Veen

    BVSc GPCert(SAP) MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon, Associate
    Christel has an interest in diagnostic imaging and veterinary acupuncture...

    Christel joined the Castle Vets team after qualifying from Bristol University in 2002, she gained her General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Practice (GPCert SAP) in 2004. Christel has an interest in imaging, particularly using ultrasound, alongside enjoying general medical and surgical cases. Christel uses veterinary acupuncture for many cases, particularly those older boys and girls struggling with arthritis. In her spare time she rides and competes with her horse.

  • Alice Frankum

    BSc, BVetMed, PGCertSAM, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small animal Medicine, MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon, Associate
    Alice enjoys all aspects of small animal practice ...

    After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009, Alice spent a couple of years working in a mixed animal practice in the Kent countryside. In 2011, she moved to Berkshire and joined Castle Vets in January 2013.

    Alice enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (with distinction). She is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

    At home, Alice has two bouncy Labradors who have recently been joined by an even bouncier working Golden Retriever, tropical fish and a tortoise called Bolt who is a notorious escape artist.

  • Miranda O'Hara

    BVM&S MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon, Associate
    Miranda has a particular interest in feline medicine ...

    Miranda graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 1995. Having worked in Cheltenham and High Wycombe, she finally settled at Castle Vets in 1998. At that time she began work on a Small Animal Surgery Certificate. More recently, she has returned to the practice following a career break, to work part-time, fitting veterinary work in around her busy family life. Miranda has a particular interest in feline medicine.

  • Katy Slatford

    BVSc MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon, Associate
    Katy has a strong interest in ophthalmology (eye problems)

    Katy joined the team in 2016 after qualifying from Bristol University. She has a strong interest in Ophthalmology and is working towards a Post Graduate certificate in the topic, but also enjoys performing surgery and caring for the hedgehogs brought into the practice. Outside of work Katy plays polo, with her horse RedBull, and enjoys looking after her dog Baxter and cat Holly.

  • Lizzie Webster

    BVM&S MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon Associate
    Lizzie enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, and has a particular interest in cardiology.

    Lizzie graduated from Edinburgh University in 2014. She spent her first four years in small animal practice in Reading before joining Castle Vets in 2018. Lizzie enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, and has a particular interest in cardiology. In her spare time, Lizzie keeps active with yoga and walking in the countryside with friends.

  • Hannes Bergman

    DrMedVet, DipECVS, MRCVS
    Specialist Surgeon
    Hannes specialises in all aspects of surgery, including orthopaedics, soft tissue and spinal surgery...

    Hannes graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna in 2001 and completed an internship at the School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in Germany. Following research in perioperative pain therapy he achieved his Doctorate degree in 2003. He spent a year in small animal practice before taking up a three year residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Berne, Switzerland. He has worked in referral practice in the UK since 2007, specialising in all aspects of surgery, including orthopaedics, soft tissue and spinal surgery.  He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2008.

    Consultant Veterinary Surgeon Hannes Bergmann at Castle Vets 

  • Lynne Joyes

    RVN MBVNA A1
    Head Veterinary Nurse
    Lynne joined the team at Castle Vets to take up the Head Veterinary Nurse position in 2008 ....

    Lynne joined the team at Castle Vets to take up the Head Veterinary Nurse position in 2008. She is a qualified assessor, so is able to train student nurses as well as organising and supporting the whole nursing team.  Lynne enjoys all sides of veterinary nursing and also loves getting out and about to help run our stall at various fairs and dog shows during the summer. Lynne shares her home with her cocker spaniel Murphy.

  • Laura Rowley

    RVN
    Lead Veterinary Nurse
    Laura joined Castle Vets in 2014 ...

    Laura started her training as a student nurse at Castle Vets in 2014 and gained her veterinary nurse qualification in April 2017. Laura enjoys all aspects of her job including looking after and caring for our hospitalised patients. She is responsible for maintaining the pharmacy and stock at the practice. She has a cat called Tippy who is a golden oldie and requires lots of love and attention.

  • Gemma Holland

    GradDipAVN (surg) RVN
    Lead Veterinary Nurse
    Gemma has a keen interest in surgical nursing and caring for our hospitalised patients....

    Gemma joined the practice in 2012 having qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009 and spending some time nursing at an equine hospital.
    Gemma has a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (GradDipAVN surg) and has a keen interest in surgical nursing. She has an active role in organising the surgical diary for our Consultant Veterinary Surgeon Hannes and also enjoys being a clinical coach to our student veterinary nurses.

  • Helen Knight

    RVN, D32/33, MBVNA
    Veterinary Nurse
    Helen is interested in the care and nursing of exotic species, especially the small furries. She also loves surgical nursing ...

    Helen started her student nurse training at Castle Vets in 1988. She qualified as a veterinary nurse and returned to Castle Vets in 1991. She has a keen interest in the care and nursing of exotic species, especially the small furries, and holds a City & Guilds Certificate in Exotic Nursing.

    Helen also loves surgical nursing, especially for orthopaedic patients and is responsible for maintaining the theatre stock and orthopaedic equipment at the practice. She is also a qualified first aider for the practice and she currently shares her home with two lovely Lurchers.

  • Sue Drew

    RVN, MBVNA
    Veterinary Nurse
    Sue has a keen interest in canine behaviour and helps out with our puppy classes.....

    Sue started training as a student veterinary nurse in 1979 and did her college training at Berkshire College of Agriculture. Once qualified, she worked at Castle Vets and became Head Nurse. She worked part time from 1989 when she started her family. Now her family have grown up she has returned to work on a more permanent basis to do what she loves. She and her husband have a home full of family and animals; 2 dogs, a cat, a corn snake, a rabbit, chickens, tropical fish and 2 horses and she cares for the hedgehogs that come into the surgery in need of help, as well as other assorted wildlife. Sue has a keen interest in canine behaviour.

  • Sally Sutherland

    RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
    Sally enjoys nursing our hospitalised patients in kennels and theatre.

    Sally started working at Castle Vets in 1988 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1991, she gained a City and Guilds in Clinical Small Animal Nutrition and was also our Head Nurse for a time. In 1995 Sally took break from nursing follow a different career and start a family, returning to Castle Vets in 2016. She particularly loves nursing our hospitalised patients in kennels and theatre. Sally also enjoys nurse clinics and advising owners on pet care, she has two young dogs, two cats and a snake at home.

  • Alison Mace

    RVN, VHA, MBVNA
    Veterinary Nurse
    Alison enjoys surgical nursing, nurse clinics, looking after our hospitalised patients....

    Alison began her nursing career as a student nurse at Castle Vets in 1989. She attended college at Berkshire College of Agriculture & qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1995. Alison was Head Nurse at the practice from 1995 until 1999 when she started a family. She enjoys surgical nursing, nurse clinics, looking after our hospitalised patients and is interested in canine behaviour. When Alison is not working at Castle Vets,  she can be found grooming and styling dogs at her own grooming parlour as she holds City & Guilds Certificates in Dog Grooming (Level 2) and Canine Stylist (Level 3).

    She’s kept busy at home with her family which includes her two Beagles, Alfie & Murray and a Miniature Poodle called Dulcie.

  • Clare Espley

    RVN, A1, VHA, MBVNA
    Veterinary Nurse
    Clare has a special interest in animal behaviour and nutrition , she runs our nutrition clinics...

    Clare qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998 and came to Castle Vets in 2001. She was Head Nurse at Castle Vets from 2006 to 2008 before she started her family. Clare’s main interests are in canine and feline behaviour and training. She also has a keen interest in animal nutrition and runs the weight management and nutrition clinics at the practice. She loves her consulting time with patients and their owners and also enjoys going out to schools and clubs to provide talks on what we do at the practice.

    Clare and her family share their home with Sylas, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

  • Clare Garbutt

    RVN, A1, MBVNA
    Veterinary Nurse
    Clare has a keen interest in the care and welfare of senior pets and patients and is also a Pet Diabetes advisor ....

    Clare started nursing in 1993 at a mixed practice in Norfolk and qualified in 1996. She joined the team at Castle Vets in 2002 and now works part time after starting a family. Clare enjoys all aspects of nursing and is a clinical coach, helping to train our student nurses. Clare has a keen interest in the care and welfare of senior pets and patients and is also a Pet Diabetes advisor.

    Clare is currently studying for a VN Merit Award in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation.

    Clare and her family share their home with a lovely Border Terrier called Willow and their cats, Fern and Skye.

  • Carina Lutley

    RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
    Carina joined Castle Vets in 2005...

    Carina started a career in veterinary nursing after returning from a volunteering trip in South Africa where she worked at a dog rescue centre in Cape Town and a lion park near Johannesburg. She started at Castle Vets as a student in October 2005 and qualified in 2008. Carina has a particular interest in dog behaviour and breeding.  She lives with her 3 dogs Dingo, Bunny and Ninja.

  • Kate Sugden

    RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
    Kate has an interest in radiography and the care of small furries .....

    Kate started at castle Vets in 2009 as a student veterinary nurse and qualified as a veterinary Nurse in 2012. She also holds a BSc Honours in Human Psychology. Kate has a keen interest in canine and feline behaviour and is hoping to complete a behavioural certificate in the future. She is also interested in radiography and the care of small furries, particularly Chinchillas and Degus which she currently keeps as pets.

     

  • Chloe Grable

    RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
    Chloe started her training as a student veterinary nurse at Castle Vets in February 2015...

    Chloe started as a student nurse at Castle Vets in 2015 and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2018. Before joining us, she gained a level 3 extended Diploma in Animal Management and spent some time volunteering in Romania at a bear sanctuary. Chloe especially enjoys medical nursing and is a keen microscope enthusiast.

  • Séanaigh McGovern RVN

    RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
    Séanaigh has an interest in exotic animal nursing

    Séanaigh joined the Castle Vets team in 2017 after completing her BSC (Hons) Degree in Veterinary Nursing. She has a keen interest in exotics nursing and parasites.
    Séanaigh currently shares her home with her 2 cats, Meeko & Skitty, and a Bearded Dragon called Dexter.

  • Stephanie Johnson

    Student nurse
    Stephanie loves her job .....

    Stephanie joined Castle Vets in August 2009 as a student nurse. She loves working with animals and the varied cases she sees at Castle Vets. Stephanie, her husband and their children share their home with their two cats, Minou and Legolas and a dog called Benny Baggins Attenborough!

  • Abbie Bull

    ANA
    Student Veterinary Nurse
    Abbie loves the varied and interesting work of an student nurse at Castle Vets

    Abbie started working at Castle Vets as a Animal Nursing Assistant in july 2015 and gained her qualification in 2016. Abbie then went on to start her student veterinary nurse training, which she has nearly completed. Before joining the team at Castle Vets, Abbie worked with horses at a competition and livery yard for many years, before deciding that she really wanted to work with small animals. Abbie shares her home with her terrier cross, Maisy.

  • Amy Howell

    ANA
    Student Veterinary Nurse
    Amy joined Castle Vets in July 2015 ....

    Amy joined Castle Vets in July 2015 and completed her Animal Nursing Assistant training. She is now training to be a veterinary nurse. Before joining Castle Vets Amy graduated with a Sport Science Degree and has had lots of work experience in veterinary practice.

    Amy shares her home with her fox red labrador Simba and 2 guinea pigs.

  • Katie Brewer

    Animal Nursing Assistant
    Katie joined Castle Vets in September 2018. She is currently studying to gain the Animal Nursing Assistant diploma and then hopes to start her Veterinary Nursing training.

    Katie joined Castle Vets in September 2018. She is currently studying to gain the Animal Nursing Assistant diploma and then hopes to start her Veterinary Nursing training.

  • Amy-Louise Huggins

    RVN
    Lead Veterinary Nurse
    Amy joined castle Vets in February 2015.....

    Amy has been working in Veterinary Practice since 2011. She joined Castle Vets in 2015 to complete her training and gained her veterinary nursing qualification in 2016, she then went on to become a Lead Nurse in 2017. At home Amy has a fawn pug called Rupert, two french bulldogs called Monty and Olive and a guinea pig called Colin. She absolutely loves pugs and quite regularly gets referred to as Puggins by other staff members!

  • Louise Clover

    Receptionist
    Louise has been with us since 2009

    Louise joined Castle Vets as a receptionist in 2009. She considers herself to be very lucky in her job as she loves meeting our clients and their pets. She also loves the fact that no two days are the same on reception, you never quite know how the day will unfold! She lives with four lovely cats, her baby daughter and husband, so her family life is just as busy as her work.

  • Jackie O'Connell

    Receptionist
    Jackie loves being involved with our clients and their lovely pets

    When she re-married Jackie decided to give up her job as an Operations Manager for First Group to follow a more worthwhile and rewarding career. She was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the team here at Castle Vets and loves being involved with our clients and their lovely pets.

  • Amanda Cole

    Receptionist
    Amanda loves the friendly and welcoming atmosphere on reception ....

    Amanda joined Castle Vets in January 2010 and loves the friendly and welcoming atmosphere on reception. Every day is different at Castle Vets. She has added a beautiful stray cat to her family recently who is known as Lord Baggy and she also owns a Tortoise called Lady Floella .

  • Jo Ryle

    Receptionist
    Jo joined Castle Vets in April 2012 ....

    Jo joined Castle Vets in April 2012, having been a fitness instructor for 11 years before that. Jo says the highlight of the job for her is meeting our lovely pet owners and their wonderful pets. She has lived in Reading all her life and used to bring her dog to Castle Vets over 35 years ago. Jo now owns a lovely but mischievous Cocker-poo called Dudley.

  • Tracey Garrard

    Receptionist
    Tracey loves meeting all the clients who visit Castle Vets ....

    Tracey joined Castle Vets in October 2013 having worked full time in admin roles for many years as well as running the family business. She loves meeting all the clients and their wonderful pets and working with the Castle Vets team. Tracey shares her home with two dogs, two cats, a parrot and a tortoise.

  • Carolyn McGee

    Receptionist
    Carolyn joined the Castle Vets reception team 2013 ....

    Carolyn joined the Castle Vets reception team 2013 after previously working in insurance and with children. She loves meeting the clients and their pets and working within a happy, friendly team and has been a client herself at the practice for many years. Carolyn and her family have a Boxer dog called Ruby.

  • Jo Sheldrake

    Receptionist
    Jo joined Castle Vets in 2017

    Jo joined the Castle Vets Reception Team in 2017, she loves working in such a friendly environment and meeting the clients and their pets. At home Jo has two crazy bengals, Alfie & Dexie, who keep her busy when she is not working.

  • Nicola Beadle

    Financial Administrator
    Nicola looks after the accounts ...

    Nicola joined Castle Vets as our Financial Administrator in 2010. Her main responsibilities include the accounts function and financial control for the practice. She enjoys her varied role and working as part of the Castle Vets team.

  • Gill Gadd

    RVN, MInstLM
    Practice Manager
    Gill keeps Castle Vets running smoothly...

    Gill has been nursing at Castle Vets in Reading since 1997 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2001. She became interested in the special bond between owners and their pets and studied Pet Bereavement, gaining an OCN qualification in 2006. From September 2007 she took on the role of Practice Development Coordinator, responsible for Marketing, Communications and Development. She became Practice Manager in 2012 following the successful completion of a Management Diploma and has been keeping things running smoothly ever since.

Continuing Professional Development and Training

With differing areas of particular interest and knowledge, our Veterinary Surgeons are able to manage and treat the vast majority of the problems they encounter and are able to provide a constant second opinion from within the team. In addition, now that Consultant Veterinary Specialist Hannes Bergmann has joined our team, the need for our patients to visit external referral centres is reduced.

Our Registered Veterinary Nurses have a rich and varied knowledge base and are encouraged and supported in on-going professional training. Some of our fantastic team of nurses have special interests in dermatology (skin problems), diabetes, nutrition, exotic pet care, behaviour and surgical nursing .

Student Nurses undertake a two and a half year training program of extensive theory and practical training at an external veterinary college and within the practice with guidance from vets and training from experienced registered veterinary nurses who are themselves qualified clinical coaches.

Animal Nursing Assistants (ANAs) are trained within the practice to assist with and care for patients and they are also required to complete their Animal Nursing Assistant qualification.

Our great reception team is highly trained within the practice and our receptionists are encouraged to undertake CPD in client care and animal health and wellbeing.

Castle Vets is proud to continually invest in ongoing professional development, training and education for every member of our staff ensuring they are kept up to date with the latest veterinary techniques and technological advances.