Astonlee Staff Team


Paul, Practice Owner and Vet Surgeon


Helen, Vet Surgeon

Helen graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 1992 and has worked at Astonlee since the year 2000. She initially only worked 2 days a week but this has gradually increased as her children have grown up, and is now works 5 days a week. She has enjoyed getting to know many clients and their pets over the years. Helen enjoys the variety of veterinary work at Astonlee, including performing surgery and seeing patients in the consulting room. She has a particular interest in cardiology, oncology and feline medicine.


Hannah, Vet Surgeon

Hannah qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2018 and joined Astonlee shortly after.


Marios, Vet Surgeon


Julia, Vet Surgeon


Simone, Head Nurse

Sim joined Astonlee in 2000 and qualified in 2004, before becoming Head Nurse in 2005. Sim 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.


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.


Roisin, Vet Nurse


Jodie, Vet Nurse


Daniela, Vet Nurse


Jayne, Vet Nurse


Chloe, Vet Nurse

Chloe started at Astonlee in January 2017 and started training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in April 2017. She's always had an interest in animal health and welfare and owns a horse, two sheep, a west highland terrier and three guinea pigs. Chloe especially enjoys caring for exotics and is always looking for new ways to improve the way we care for them.


Molly, Student Vet Nurse


Sophia, Student Vet Nurse


Sophia has been at Astonlee since 2017 and started out as full time overnight ACA where she would care for all inpatients, however she has recently joined the nurse team as a student nurse in hopes to become a RVN in the future.



Lorraine, Animal Care Assistant Team Leader

Lorraine did a Level 3 Animal Management course which finished in 2011 and worked at Shuttleworth college in the Animal unit on Saturdays for 18 months whilst completing the course.  She started working at Astonlee in February 2015.  She continued training here with an Animal care course and several rabbit CPD's and enjoy caring for the inpatients overnight and assisting the vets and nurses.


Tasha, Animal Care Assistant

Tasha joined in 2018. She loves helping animals feel better and is driven to improve their quality of life. In her spare time she owns 2 horses and enjoyes riding.


Bridgid Animal Care Assistant

Brigid, Animal Care Assistant



Connor, Animal Care Assistant



Rebecca, Animal Care Assistant

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


Julia, Receptionist

Julia registered with Astonlee Vets in the mid-1980's with her lovely old labrador Sam, and then some years later, her lively pointer puppy called Molly came into their family. Her pets enriched her life and were part of her family for many years. When they sadly lost Molly in 2000 she decided to find work at a local vets and was taken on as part of the Reception team in 2001. She's still here many years later and loving what she does, getting to know so many long term clients, often following their journey from beginning to end, and helping them along the way.


Gina, Receptionist


Allison, Receptionist

Allison joined Astonlee in 2002. She has a lifelong love of animals and a particular interest in Westies. Allison also has some experience with dog grooming. In her spare time she enjoys reading and working on her allotment. She is well loved in the practice for sharing delicious homebaked, and often homegrown, goods with her collegues!


Yvonne, Receptionist

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, Receptionist


Abbie, Receptionist


Irene, Receptionist


Zoe, Admin/ Receptionist


Zoe is Administrator here at Astonlee. She started working for Astonlee in November 2017 and her main role is to deal with all things pet insurance for the practice. She enjoys expanding her knowledge about different conditions and treatments through my involvement with pet claims. She does a shift or two on reception and enjoy meeting clients and their pets in person. 

At home she has two dogs, a cat and a budgie. She loves spending time with her pets and teaching her dogs new tricks.


Barbara, Practice Manager

Barbara has been Astonlee's Practice Manager since 2005 aand enjoys her role. No day is ever the same and with new regular updated Health and Safety/ Personnel legislation changes she is kept fairly busy! She has completed her NVQ4 Management which entitles her to use the letter Dip.RSA after her name, which she is very proud of. She also completed an intensive Managing Safety Award which is approved and validated by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. She works closely with Hilary and Zoe, with their skill sets and personalities complimenting each other to provide a strong and professional Admin Team. She has 3 dogs, 2 rabbits and a budgie.


Hilary, Book-keeper/Admin/Assistant Manager

Hilary has a history in banking and was able to utilise some of those skills to support Paul in the non-clinical areas of the practice.  She was involved with the planning and design for the new hospital. Over the years Hilary has obtained the ‘Veterinary Practice Administration Certificate’ (VPAC) which she in fact helped set up, and also the ‘Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management’ (CVPM) and became the first person to acquire both of these qualifications. Outside of work Hilary enjoys holidays, walking, running, church and family get togethers. Together with Paul, she has several cats that were strays brought into the hospital and they give them a lot of pleasure. No two are the same!