Meet the staff at Skylark Vets and find out a little more about them! Our team is made up of Charlotte, the vet, nurses Heather and Rebecca and our receptionist Dawn.
Charlotte qualified as a vet from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science, Edinburgh. Prior to this, she completed an honours degree in Physiology with Biochemistry at Southampton University. The veterinary profession is her second career, and she feels confident that this is the final path to walk – particularly since she has started Skylark Vets!
Charlotte grew up in the countryside, surrounded by woodlands, fields and haystacks! She has always harboured a passion for both animals – whatever their shape or size – and the great British outdoors. She particularly loves hill walking, but is amenable to many outdoor pursuits! Over the years, Charlotte’s many companions have varied from dogs to birds, to guinea-pigs and rabbits. She was frequently involved for caring for school pets. These tended to be of the more unusual variety, including orphaned hedgehogs that were subsequently re-released!
British wildlife close is close to Charlotte’s heart, and she is keen to help to preserve the natural world wherever possible. She is a firm believer that wild animals should remain wild!
Although very fond of dogs and cats, Charlotte holds a special veterinary interest in birds, reptiles and small mammals. At home, she has enjoyed the company of her Viszlas, as well as her Love Birds who would keep her on her toes and two tortoises. Charlotte sadly now just has one dog – Camilla, who enjoys a life of luxury and cuddles sharing her time between Charlotte and her parents. Her two tortoises have chosen to relocate to her parent’s house. The tortoises much prefer to live in the countryside, where fresh food can be found at every step! When not out walking with her dog, Charlotte is usually singing with one of the three choirs she is a member of, swimming in the local lakes, taking on epic ultra-walks, baking at home, or reading a book.
Charlotte is well respected within the Veterinary Community and is known for her passion in caring for exotic animals – in 2019 she was on the committee for ‘ICARE’ – The International Conference on Avian heRpetological and Exotic mammal medicine which was a huge success, educating international veterinary colleagues on exotic animal medicine.
Heather qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012. She has worked in many areas of nursing from critical care and general nursing, through to the prestigious position of Lead Nurse. She is a kind and compassionate person, deriving great satisfaction from the careful nurturing of sick patients back to health.
Heather loves to travel, and worked in the Cook Islands before heading back to the more temperate climbs of the UK. Holiday destinations are now the limit of those sunny places! Heather is happily married, but also has a loopy lurcher and an entertaining tortoise at home to keep her company.
Nowadays, life is extremely busy for Heather as she gave birth to identical twin boys in July 2020! She returned from maternity leave in July 2021 and is working part-time whilst her boys are still young.
Rebecca joined us as another Veterinary Nurse in January 2021, having enjoyed a career in mixed practice before qualifying in 2007. Rebecca loves all aspects of veterinary nursing, but has a particular interest in parasites. She previously undertook a veterinary placement in South Africa in 2005 where she helped ear tag a rhino and assisted with a post-mortem on a dolphin!
At home, she is kept busy with her lovely son, two gorgeous Italian Spinone dogs, two rescue cats and Tom the horse!
Dawn joined us in November 2020 and has been a Veterinary Receptionist since 2006. She has worked with both Charlotte and Heather in a previous job. As well as being a friendly face on reception, Dawn is in charge of most of our admin and keeps our practice organised so that we can focus on providing medical care. Dawn loves all animals, especially dogs! She actually had a phobia of birds which she has since overcome since meeting Charlotte’s Love Birds who enjoyed making sure she became familiar with them! Dawn has a rescue dog called Primrose who can occasionally be seen at the clinic.
Nicky is our regular locum nurse who covers staff holidays and busy periods. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1990 and going on to spend 20 years as a Practice Manager for a busy small animal practice.
Nicky took a step back from full time veterinary nursing to dedicate her time to her main passion in life – animal rescue. She runs an animal rescue charity from home and cares for horses, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. When Nicky does find some spare time, she enjoys competing her own horse, skiing, travel and musical theatre.