Astonlee Staff Team
Bill, Senior Vet
Bill is our new senior vet who has recently joined Astonlee. Bill has previously worked in a busy 24-hour veterinary hospital, and has a strong interest in internal medicine and clinical pathology. Bill loves solving clinical problems, and getting to know his clients and patients. Outside of work Bill enjoys gaming, woodwork / joinery, and puzzle solving.
Katie, Vet Surgeon
Katie graduated University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland in 2017. She spent the last semester of her studies on Erasmus exchange in Naples, Italy. Moving to UK has always been her dream and she made it true in February 2020 when she joined our team here at Astonlee. She finds experiencing improvement in her patients extremely rewarding. Her special interest lay in internal medicine and imaging. She graduated from music school in violin and self-taught playing guitar so outside of work, music is a big part of her life, she enjoys concerts and music festivals. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places. She has a cat Tofik back in Poland whom she misses dearly.
Katrin Anna Parker, Vet Surgeon
Katrin obtained her MVD diploma and became vetGP in 2009. While studying she volunteered at clinic and laboratories at the Department of Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation she joined the functional Zoology group at Lund University in Sweden working as a researcher, surgeon and executive manager. During her vast bio-medical studies she gained an experience in the field of surgery and medicine. By the 6th year, Katrin obtained her Doctorate Degree in Animal Physiology. Later during her post doctorate period Katrin was invited to join the nutrition team at Department of Biology at University of Memphis, TN, USA and polished her medical skills, in the field of critical infants care and cancer therapy, amount other. After returning to Europe, Katrin moved to England in 2014, joined RCVS and became a vet practitioner in a busy small animal veterinary practice. Katrin joined the Astonlee family in 2020. Katrin's main interests are gastrointestinal conditions, surgery, palliative care and animal welfare. Over the years, Katrin developed a great love and understanding for our little friends. In her spare time she cycles, jog, or sing in her lovely soprano voice. Katrin is an open minded person who appreciates world diversity, and cherishes happy moments travelling.
Simone, Head Nurse
Sim joined Astonlee in 2000 and qualified in 2004, before becoming Head Nurse in 2005. She completed the Advanced Diploma in Small Animal Nursing in 2013. She raises a lot of funds for charity with her horse Chester by completing sponsered rides in her spare time. She likes variety in her work, with a range of interests including ferrets, surgical and medical care.
Clare, RVN and Training Co-ordinator
Clare joined Astonlee in 2020 and qualified in 2012. She has previous experience in referral and exotic nursing and is a clinical coach here at Astonlee. Clare is a fan of all things cats, and is currently studying for her ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing. She completed her Oral health certificate in February 2021. Clare also has a keen interest in anaesthesia. Clare has two cats of her own, Arnie and Oreo who she enjoys spending time with outside of work.
Rachel, Vet Nurse
Rachel joined in 2008 as an Animal Care Assistant, before joining the nurse team in 2010. She qualified in 2013 before becoming a clinical coach to help with the training of future Vet Nurses. She has particular interests in dental care and rabbit nursing. Rachel has a dog called Penny, cat called Sheldon and a tortoise called Leonard.
Shellie qualified in 2014 at Astonlee and then moved on to gain experience at several other practices including out of hours. Shellie’s main interests are in medical nursing, laboratory work and she enjoys consulting. She left full time nursing in 2018 to have her daughter and is very happy to have re-joined the team at Astonlee part time.
Molly, Student Vet Nurse
Molly started as an ACA for 2 years and then got the opportunity to become a student vet nurse. She is currently still studying towards becoming a RVN. Molly really loves working with animals and enjoys doing nursing.
Hannah, Student Vet Nurse
Hannah joined the Astonlee team in 2019 and is studying towards becoming a RVN. She has a cockapoo called Mila and a cat called Willow at home. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and seeing friends and family.
Sophia, Animal Care Assistant
Sophia has been at Astonlee since 2017 and started out as a full-time overnight ACA where she would care for all inpatients, however, she has since joined the day team and hopes to train as an RVN in the future.
Rebecca is currently studying Level 3 Animal Management at Moulton College, having already completed Level 2 in Animal Welfare. She is interested in genetic disorders associated with certain breeds of dog. In her spare time she spends time with her pets, she has 2 dogs called Bella and Pepper, and 3 cats called Tinker, Charlie and Arya. She enjoys swimming, reading and socialising.
Jenny, Head Receptionist
Jenny joined the Astonlee team in July 1996 part time and gradually increased hours before becoming Team Leader in 1998. She currently has no pets although we always try to convince her to take strays home. She often holidays in Devon and Cornwall where she loves to sightsee. She's also a good baker and regularly brings treats in for the team.
Yvonne joined Astonlee in 2011. She had no previous experience of animal care, however she has enjoyed learning about animal welfare and the running of a Vet practice. She has made a lot of friends during her time here at Astonlee. In her spare time she enjoys camping, holidays, swimming, reading and socialising with friends.
Jeni first registered at Astonlee in 1997 with Layla, her Blue Merle Border Collie. Since then she has had other pets and pictured here is Gus, who is now 11 and a half and a special part of the family. She started working at Astonlee in 2017 on Reception and has made lots of new friends in the team. Jeni enjoys speaking to our clients and getting to know their pets, she finds it it very rewarding.
Zoe has been the Administrator at Astonlee since November 2017. She looks after all things administration, including the pet insurance claim process. At home she has lots of pets including dogs, a cat, parrots, guinea pigs and a tortoise. She loves spending time with her pets, teaching her dogs new tricks and her parrot new words.