Meet the Vet Nurses
at mercer and hughes veterinary surgeons
Our Veterinary Nurses
Ashley Plows – RVN – Head Nurse
I first started my nursing career at a charity hospital in 2009, then moved to a smaller clinic to start and complete my veterinary nursing qualification. I qualified in January 2017 and started working at Mercer and Hughes in May. I am keen on expanding my knowledge and continuing to learn more about the profession. I have 2 dogs, a rescue staffie cross called Jaybo and a long haired Chihuahua called Myla Moo – who rules the house! Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family (especially the fluffy ones with 4 legs!), visiting new places across the world and making my new house a home!
Jackie Morgans – RVN ISFMCertFN ISFMAdvCertFB – Deputy Head Nurse
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1997 and have worked in various practices including 12 years in a referral hospital. I joined Mercer and Hughes in 2010. My main interests are anything feline, particularly feline behaviour. I have completed the International Society Feline Medicine certificate in feline nursing and recently also the Advanced certificate in Feline Behaviour. I also have an interest in tortoises and organise our bi-annual tortoise events. 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 travelling and have a very old tortoise and a cat called Millie-pig.
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.
Emma Crosby – Night RVN
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 mortgage 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.
Emily Bird – RVN
I first began working at the Saffron Walden branch in 2012 as a consult assistant and evening helper and then went on to complete my degree in Veterinary Nursing from the Royal Veterinary College in London. I have 2 very spoilt doggies Albert (pug) and Lola (French Bulldog) and two naughty cats Arnold and Nelson! I spend my free time with my friends and family and drinking lots of tea 🙂
Amber Chamberlain – RVN
Michaela Last – Qualified Veterinary Nurse
I joined Mercer and Hughes in January 2015 as a consult assistant and I am now a student veterinary nurse. I have always had a great interest in animals but this has grown stronger with my various work experiences. I have a particular interest in dogs and I am currently studying for a canine behaviour qualification alongside my nursing, and I also enjoy 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, a hamster and several fish. In my spare time I like to spend time with friends, or training and walking the dogs.
Emma Trehearn - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
I joined Mercer and Hughes 3 1/2 years ago as an Auxillary Nursing Assistant (ANA) and consult helper. As I progressed, I was offered a Student Veterinary Nursing role. I attend college once a week and am very close to finishing (yay!). I adore all animals but horses and dogs are my favourite. I have a Collie/Lab X called Shadow, 2 cats called Marmalade and Misty, 6 chickens, 2 Indian runner ducks and honey bees! In my spare time I love to travel the world, attend to all my cheeky furry and feathered pals, and try not to get stung too many times when stealing honey!
Sophie Jennings - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
I started my career in a small independent animal practice in 2018. I joined Mercer and Hughes veterinary hospital in May 2020 during the Covid pandemic and qualified this year, March 2021. Covid unfortunately delayed my qualification, but they say good things come to those who wait! I am keen on expanding my knowledge within the field and love to learn new things! I previously volunteered at a local wildlife park for about 2 and a half years and hope one day maybe to be an exotic/zoo RVN. In my spare time you can either find me at the gym or seeing my friends and of course, their fur-babies!
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.
Chloe Turner - Student Veterinary Nurse
I started working at Mercer and Hughes in 2016, as a consult assistant, and I was then offered the amazing opportunity to study vet nursing, via a diploma in September 2018, so I go to college 1 day a week and work during the rest, meaning that I pick up skills and training whilst on the job. Once I have qualified I plan on working with big cats in South Africa. My menagerie at home consists of 2 retired ex-racing greyhounds, a tortoise called Turbo, 2 rabbits and a dwarf hamster.
Natalie Butler - Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined Mercer and Hughes early 2018 and began my nurse training later that year. I love caring for everyone’s pets as if they were my own. My biggest fur baby is my Akita x Malamute, I also have a cat, rabbit and two guinea pigs. I have to stop myself bringing all the strays home! I thoroughly enjoy caring for hedgehogs when they come in and I am a self confessed crazy hedgehog lady, having owned an APH called Milo who was possibly the most spoilt hedgehog on the planet! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, pets, family, friends, renovating my house and doing arts, crafts and baking!
Orla McCormick - Student Veterinary Nurse
Georgia Cann - Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined Mercer and Hughes in 2018 as an Auxillary Nursing Assistant and a consult helper. I was then offered an amazing role as a Student Veterinary Nurse. I attend college once a week and the rest of the time I am learning on the job in practice- mainly at the Saffron Walden branch. I love all aspects of nursing and learning something new on a daily basis. I love all animals but dogs are definitely my favourite! I have one puppydog at home named Boo and four guinea pigs: Betty, Winnie, Willow and Zara. In my spare time I love travelling and spending time with my friends and family.
Katie Bada - Student Veterinary Nurse
Susan Orton - Student Veterinary Nurse
Grace Rooke - Student Veterinary Nurse
I first started working at doggy boarding kennels from age 13, I then went on to study an animal management qualification at Writtle. In 2019, I started as a consult assistant at Mercer and Hughes. After less than a year, I was given the opportunity to start the veterinary nursing qualification! I am really enjoying my training, my favourite aspect is caring for the inpatients and especially any wildlife patients!
At home I have a retired racing greyhound, a crazy lurcher and two rabbits!