Fiona Leathers RVN
Fiona has over 25 years of experience within the veterinary profession and is currently both the Head RVN & Practice Manager of an independent practice. Fiona's passion in the workplace is to provide a supportive training environment for student Veterinary Nurses, provide top level customer care to the clients and ensure positive strategies are are used to support the mental health of her work colleagues.
Fiona was the Scottish Regional Representative for the BVNA from 2007 to 2017, and during this time gained her qualification in wound management in 2015 and was awarded The Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year award at the BVNA Congress in 2017.
Fiona Garrard RVN PTTLS Cert
Fiona grew up around farm life and had a keen interest in all things animal & horses; owning a sheep flock which she bred from, and horses which she competed with. After leaving school Fiona went on to gain and qualify in equine management and completed her BHS stages to level 3. She then moved into the veterinary profession and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002.
Fiona is passionate about all aspects of animal care but has a special interest in wounds and their management and after completing the 'Delving Deeper into Wounds' Certificate has joined the Bandaging Angels team to help educate others in the veterinary profession.
Outside of work Fiona is kept busy with a menagerie of animals, including dogs, cats and guinea pigs!
Claire Tomkinson RVN NCert E&CC
Claire has been an RVN for 12 years, at a small animal practice dealing with both first opinion and referral cases. During that time, Claire has assisted with student nurse training, and always strived for top quality care for her patients.
Claire passed her NCert in Emergency and critical care in 2015, which started her love of wound management. She then went on to complete the BSAVA merit award in Wound management in 2020.
Claire is very passionate about improving the standard of wound care, but also enjoys intensive care nursing and anaesthesia.
Claire has has an article published in the VNJ about a wound case and has also recently delved into the world of webinars which she would like to develop further.
In her spare time, Claire enjoys spending time with her two children, and her cat Pixie.
Kassie Hill Fdsc RVN, REVN, E-SQP
Kassie joined Cliffe Equine in July 2011 upon completion of her Veterinary Nursing degree in small animals with the University of Brighton. She completed her equine veterinary nursing top-up in 2013. Kassie has been part of the equine world since her earliest years when she began helping out on an event yard in her early teens, realising that she gained immense satisfaction from rehabilitating horses following injury.
She has gone on to become both a qualified clinical coach and an SQP and has joined the Bandaging Angels team, providing education on both equine and small animal wound and bandage care.
In her spare time Kassie can be found helping with the families eventing team or walking her dogs.
Louise Pailor REVN RVN
Louise is a Registered Equine Veterinary nurse with over 30 yrs experience working in Mixed practice. She is currently Equine Operations Manager for the Equine dept of a large Corporate practice in Cheshire, where she has worked for the last 27yrs years. Here she is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the equine Clinic, managing the nurse rota, Pharmacy Control as well as a clinical role where her areas of interest are wound management, bandaging, casting and Equine Parasitology. Louise gained her BVNA Delving deeper into wounds cert in 2016 and she has been an active Bandage Angel since.
Louise is married to a Farrier and has a teenage son and 2 Dogs Alfie & Dennis as well as An Irish Cob, Bertie whom she competes locally in Dressage, Combined Training and takes to lots of fun rides.
Marie Rippingale BSc (Hons), REVN, G-SQP, Dip HE CVN, Dip AVN (Equine), IQA
Marie obtained a First-Class Honours Degree in Equine Sports Science in 2005. She began working in equine clinical practice in 2003 and qualified as an REVN with merit in 2007. In 2012, Marie completed the Diploma in Higher Education Clinical Veterinary Nursing (Dip HE CVN) and obtained the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Dip AVN) in equine context, with distinction. She has been lecturing on the Veterinary Nursing Diploma course since 2010 at Bottle Green Training in Melbourne. Marie has a keen interest in the welfare of working equids, having travelled to Africa to volunteer at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) on two separate occasions. Marie’s special interests include bandaging and wound care, donkeys, anaesthesia, and intravenous catheter care.
Samantha Ashfield RVN C&G VNES
Sam started her nursing career in small animal practice in 1997, qualifying as an RVN in 2003. Gaining her certificate in nursing exotic species in 2010 she moved to Manor Vets, Edgbaston in 2011 to work as an exotic veterinary nurse. She gained further exotic experience volunteering at ZSL London Zoo and a local falconry centre. In August 2015 she started her dream job at Twycross Zoo as a Veterinary Nurse. She has a diploma in Herpetology and birds of prey and has completed the 'Delving Deeper into Wounds' certificate, where she gained valuable knowledge in managing wounds which she could transfer into a zoo environment. Sam passed the reptile care and first aid certificate and the advanced programme in veterinary nursing of zoo animals in early 2019. Sam provides advice and education on wound care in exotic species.
Katie Dawson RVN
For the last ten years Katie has been Head Nurse based at an independent mixed practice in rural Northumberland, where she also lives and raises her family on a small holding. She really enjoys her role and the ability to encourage and develop both SVNs and RVNs, helping them to find their nursing niches. She has really enjoyed building and researching second intention healing within the practice and has concentrated on developing wound care and techniques within practice where surgical expertise may not be a viable option for patients or clients. Over the last few years she has written articles for the veterinary nursing times on wound care and submitted cases to research projects in the states. She really just loves wounds and the overwhelming difference an RVN can make.
Natalie Bennett RVN Cert FN
Natalie qualified as a small animal nurse in 2011. She has experience working in referral hospitals, charities and general practice. Her main interests are feline medicine, pain management, behaviour, hand rearing and wound management.
She is very passionate about the welfare of her patients and is an advocate for fear free techniques and environmental enrichment. Natalie also has a love of wildlife and has voluntered helping British wildlife for many years as well as volunteering abroad helping bears in Vietnam, elephants in Thailand, African wildlife in Malawi and with Darwin Doctors in Galapagos.
Outside of work Natalie is kept busy looking after her cats, two of which have a neurological condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia.
Lee Bruin, RVN
Lee is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. Lee moved to Kent 18 years ago and has been working in a busy small animal first opinion practice ever since. During this time, Lee has worked hard across various roles from head nurse to group Nurse Manager. Rehabilitation and Wounds have become a passion of Lee's, as she feels passionate about seeing nurses lead the path where possible, and utilising the best use of their skills and knowledge. In her spare time, Lee has a busy family with 2 kids and 2 dogs, and enjoys hanging upside down at ariel hoop lessons, but still makes time for her most recently achievement of qualifying as a canine Myotherapist.
Faye Goddard RVN NCert ECC NCert AnBeh
Faye is a locum RVN who qualified in 2014, and travels throughout the UK in her campervan with her two cats and dog. Having begun her nursing career back in 2006 as an animal care assistant, Faye has adopted a wide variety of strong clinical experience from roles within charity work, first opinion, exotic nursing, large animal nursing, referral nursing and management. During this time, Faye has also completed certificates in Emergency and Critical Care and Animal Behaviour, which has added to her extensive knowledge. Faye has recently left her clinical nursing manager role to focus on aspects of her career that she's passionate about. One aspect of focus is wound management and bandaging, which combines well with Faye's passion for teaching.
In her free time, Faye has recently found a great enjoyment from sea kayaking. When the weather is not permitting, she enjoys many outdoor activities and bouldering/climbing alongside reading and gaming.