Meet the Veterinary Nursing Team
Kerry Brennand – DipAVN (Surgical) RVN A1 CertSAN – Head Nurse
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999 training in a mixed practice in Lancashire. I have worked in various practices throughout my career including referral and emergency hospitals gaining a vast amount of experience and knowledge. I have gained further qualifications including an advanced surgical diploma, certificate in leadership and management, certificate in small animal nutrition and I am an assessor for student nurse training. During my career I have progressed into managerial roles whilst still very much particpating in a clinical hands on role. I have volunteered in Greece and Sudan on neutering schemes which I found to be very rewarding.
I moved from Lancashire in 2015 and started the exciting job of heading the nursing team at Mercer and Hughes. My particular interests are canine behaviour, inpatient care and wound management. Outside of work I can be found walking my lovely dog Carpos who I rescued from the streets of Greece, playing with my three ferrets George, Rupert and Percy or riding a horse! Carpos has recently enrolled us on a beginners agility course I think he is loving it. Animals are certainly a huge part of my life.
Jackie Morgans – RVN ISFMCertFN – Deputy Head Nurse
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1997 and spent 12 years working in a referral hospital in Gloucestershire, where I was head nurse. I joined Mercer and Hughes in 2010. My main interests are anything feline, particularly cat behaviour. I completed the International society of Feline Medicine, Certificate in Feline Behaviour and advanced nursing in October 2012. I am currently studying for the ISFM Advanced Certificate in cat behaviour. I also have an interest in tortoises and organise the bi-annual tortoise evenings held at our Saffron Walden surgery. I am also involved with the training of student veterinary nurses, having spent eleven years as a qualified NVQ assessor, and I am now one of Mercer and Hughes clinical coaches.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends, arts and crafts, and gardening. I have a tortoise Herbie (65yrs) and a naughty kitten Millie.
Freya Stroud – RVN
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2016 after completing a Bachelors degree in veterinary nursing and applied animal behaviour. I started working at Mercer and Hughes in July 2016 and I enjoy all aspects of my work in the practice. I am currently studying for the BVNA Oral Care Certificate which I am finding very interesting and hope to develop dental clinics. At home I have two cats, Archie and Luna. I enjoy socialising with friends, going to the cinema and reading.
Ashley Plows – RVN
I joined Mercer and Hughes in May 2017.
I first joined Mercer and Hughes in 2011 on a placement year whilst studying for my Veterinary Nursing Science degree at the University of the West of England (Hartpury College). In 2013 I graduated and came back to Mercer and Hughes full time. After two years I decided to go on an adventure working and travelling around Australia, New Zealand and Thailand for a year. Having returned home I started back at Mercer and Hughes as a senior nurse at the Dunmow surgery. I enjoy medical nursing and am hoping to study in relation to this in the future. At home I have a Springer Spaniel puppy called Barkley. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, going out with friends and seeing the big wide world.
After qualifying in 2005, I was keen to experience working in different veterinary settings so I travelled around the country as a locum working in first opinion, hospital and referral practices to gain experience. As a locum nurse, I regularly worked for Mercer and Hughes as a surgical and clinic nurse, and in October 2015 I was pleased to be offered a permanent position. I currently work at both the Dunmow and Stansted surgeries and very much enjoy meeting the clients and their animals who attend the nurse clinics. I have a passion for dogs and I am currently studying diplomas in puppy care, dog training and behaviour. I also have great pleasure in running monthly puppy preschools at Dunmow, where I offer elememtary advice on training and behaviour. I have two dogs Max and Kimba, two cats Tish and Jasper and at the weekend I can be found helping out at my families small holding, tending to the goats, geese, ducks, chickens and sheep.
Cat Wilson – Senior RVN – Stansted Surgery
I have been with Mercer and Hughes since 2009, I have taken different roles within the nursing team over the years, these days I can mostly be found at our Stansted surgery and occasionally the Saffron Walden Hospital. In addition to the usual daily nursing activities I take a great interest in “small furries” and birds, but most of all rabbits. I’ve had rabbits myself for most of my life and enjoy helping the bunnies I see in practice. This isn’t to the exclusion of cats and dogs – I love them all! I live near Cambridge with my husband and our extensive family of pets – at weekends I can usually be found down the garden with our rabbits, chickens and ducks.
I have been for Mercer and Hughes for almost 3 years after qualifying as an RVN in 2014. When I left school I studied Animal Care, but then changed careers and became a mortage advisor, working in London, before I started a family. I returned to the veterinary industry 10+ years ago and have never looked back! I joined Mercer and Hughes in June 2014 as a trainee veterinary nurse after completing the majority of my training at another practice, qualifying as an RVN in August 2015. After working a combination of days and nights at both Dunmow and Saffron Walden I now work as the night nurse at the Saffron Walden hospital. At home I have three cats (Buzz, Phoebe and Tiger-Lily) and a crazy Boston terrier called Winston.
Amanda Robinson – Night RVN
I have been nursing for 15 years and over this time I have worked in small animal practices and specialist referral centres. I enjoy all aspects of my role but especially surgical nursing, emergency and critical care. I joined Mercer and Hughes in 2016 as a Night RVN where I provide out of hours care to the patients in the hospital as well as assisting the vet with a variety of medical and surgical emergencies. At home I am kept busy with my four dogs, five cats and six rabbits!! I also enjoy attending agility classes with my youngest dog, Henry, going for walking holidays and playing the piano.
Michaela Last – Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined Mercer and Hughes in January 2015 as a consult assistant but quickly progressed and I am currently studying to qualify as a veterinary nurse. I have always had a great interest in animals but this has grown stronger by working at a variety of different places. I have a particular interest in dogs and I am currently studying a canine behaviour course alongside my nursing. I have a strong interest in running the puppy parties at Saffron Walden. At home I have a variety of animals including a German shepherd Roxy, Staffie x Evie, chihuahua x Yorkie Betty, Rabbit Lily, Hamster and fish. In my spare time I like to spend time with friends and go out with the dogs to training, agility or long walks
Rebecca Rowe-Wakeling – Student Veterinary Nurse
I first started working for Mercer and Hughes in 2013 when I was lucky enough to get a placement for work experience. I then volunteered until the beginning of 2015 when I was offered a part time job as a consult assistant. I started my first year of training to be a veterinary nurse in December 2015. Since then I have been working in the practice and attending college one day a week. At home I have three dogs, one chinchilla, a gerbil and five cats, two of which I fostered from the practice. From a young age I have always aspired to work with animals and I one day hope to specialise in larger animals.
I joined Mercer and Hughes in June 2016 for my placement as part of my veterinary nursing degree. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to continue my studies as a first year diploma student which means I can learn on the job! I now attend college once a week and work the rest of the week at the practice. I am thoroughly enjoying all aspects of learning. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and my very vocal cat called Jane.
I first began working at the Saffron Walden branch in 2012 as a consult assistant and evening helper. I am now here as a degree placement student in my second year of studying to become a veterinary nurse at the Royal Veterinary College in London. I have two rescue cats from Mercer and Hughes, Ernie and Darcie, who are both amputees with 3 legs each. I spend my free time with my friends and family and drinking lots of tea!
I am a second year student, I joined Mercer and Hughes in January 2017, but started my training in September 2016 as a placement student at a local practice. My time is often spent studying for my exams but outside of this I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and caring for my collection of animals, which include two cats, two dogs, chinchillas and a snake. I am currently focusing on getting through my exams before I decide on whether to specialise in a specific area plus I absolutely adore dachshunds.