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 – 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.
Ciara Seager – Senior RVN – Dunmow Surgery
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.
Carolyn Turrall – RVN Dunmow and Stansted Surgery
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 family’s 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.
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 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.
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.
Katie Tofts – Student Veterinary Nurse
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.
Emily Bird – Student Veterinary Nurse
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 first year of studying to become a veterinary nurse at the Royal Veterinary College in London. I have a rescue cat from Mercer and Hughes, called Darcie, who is an amputee with 3 legs, and a new Rough Collie puppy called Ronnie. I spend my free time with my friends and family and drinking lots of tea!
Jessica Denton – Student Veterinary Nurse
I am currently a second year student studying at the College of Animal Welfare. I joined Mercer and Hughes in January 2017, but started my training in September 2016 as a placement student in Essex. I often spend my free time studying for my exams and revising, but outside of this and work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also have a collection of animals at home which I help to look after, including two dogs (a naughty Jack Russell called Poppy and a gorgeous Dachshund cross called Bruce) two cats (Max and Lilly), 2 chinchillas and a snake. I am currently focusing on getting through my exams before I decide on whether to specialise in a specific area but hope to be able to continue to keep learning after I qualify. My favourite dog breeds (which I adore) are Corgis and Dachshunds.
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.
Rach Booth – RVN
I completed my nursing training working at the Woolpack in Buntingford. After qualifying in 2017 from the College of Animal Welfare, I returned to work at Mercer and Hughes where I had previously worked as a consult assistant. I have two lovely dogs, Charlie, a Spaniel cross and Bruisy, a Scottie/Jack Russel/Trouble maker! I spend my free time with my husband and family. I love to travel and see new places and try to get down the gym as often as I can.