Having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998, I spent 7 years in a very mixed practice on the Welsh Borders, with a short stint working for DEFRA. I then spent 5 years travelling the country as a locum vet, including 12 months at Quarry Veterinary Group in 2012. I loved working at Quarry so much it convinced me to stop the locum work and stay on here full time. In early 2018 I became one of the Clinical Directors.
I love the challenges and variety of work in a first opinion practice, including an increasing use of acupuncture in dogs and cats.
Outside of work I love spending time in the amazing Shropshire/Welsh countryside, on foot or, more commonly, 2 wheels.
Lindsey Jones BVM&S MRCVS
I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2001, gaining my BVM&S with distinction. I spent the next 18 months working in large and then small animal practices in Derbyshire before taking a year out to travel around the world.
I joined Quarry Veterinary Group in November 2003 as a "GP" small animal vet, interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery. In 2018 I became one of two Clinical Directors at the practice.
Rebecca Bennett BVM&S MRCVS
I joined Quarry Vets in September 2008 having spent the first 9 years of my career in mixed practice in Mid Wales, followed by an intense 9 months working across the UK in 15 different emergency night clinics. The lure of a small animal job in the lovely Shrewsbury tempted me to Quarry, and I have been here ever since.
I have an interest in trauma medicine and surgery, and in-patient care. I also try my best to make both owner's and pet's visits as good an experience as possible.
I particularly enjoy working with cats, and do a weekly visit to our local cat rescue, Shropshire Cat Rescue.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking with my dog, gardening, spending time with friends and camping trips away.
I graduated with Distinction from Edinburgh University in 1999.
Steve Nicholson BVSc GPCert(SAS) PgC SAS MRCVS
Having worked at the practice for several years as a locum, covering holiday and maternity leave, I joined the practice permanently in 2018.
My main interest is in managing surgical cases but I have really enjoyed meeting all the clients and pets while working at Quarry.
Outside of work I am a keen triathlete, so spend most of my time off swimming, cycling or running around Shropshire!
Update: Steve has recently completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery
Lesley Chamley BVMS MRCVS
In 2017 my husband and I came, along with our little dog Betty, to Shropshire for weekend's hill-walking and thought 'this is nice, let's go and live there!'. A few months later, I'd left the practice where I'd been for 19 years in the flatlands of East Anglia to begin work at Quarry Vets.
Since I started here, it has been quite inspirational to see what a strong team there is. Everyone is focused on our patients whilst still having time for people too. I'm so happy to be a new member of the Quarry team - the sort of vets I'd want to take my pet to! As a bonus, we no longer have to travel half way across the country to find a hill to climb!
Georgia Watson BVSc MRCVS
I began working for Quarry Vets in October 2014 and soon felt like part of the family. Prior to this I worked in general practice for 2 years. I also spent a month volunteering alongside a wildlife vet in South Africa, dealing with many species including elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
I really enjoy meeting clients and their pets and I have a particular interest in canine and feline medicine.
At home my husband and I are kept busy looking after our young daughter and our rather bouncy Black Labrador, Lily. In my spare time I enjoy singing in a local choir and baking when I get the chance.
Dr Charlie Hertel BVSc MRCVS
Romana Vince RVN
I first started nursing in a mixed practice outside Shrewsbury in 1996, enjoying all aspects of the job from nursing cats & dogs to assisting the vet with cow and sheep caesareans at all hours of the day
After a short break to work abroad a position came up to join Quarry Vets as a Receptionist. After a short time, I was given the opportunity to begin my Veterinary Nurse training which I jumped at and went on to qualify in 2004.
Over the years at Quarry I have worked with so many great vets, nurses and receptionists that I have never wished to leave.
My responsibilities have grown over the years and so I have taken on the role of Head Nurse, where I get to work with a really fab bunch of Nurses.
In my spare time I also teach Yoga classes in a local village and I am kept busy with my lovely family.
Rachel Swannick RVN CertVNECC
Deputy Head Nurse
I began training as a veterinary nurse after finishing school and qualified 4 years later in 1998. I have worked in small animal practices in Belfast and Edinburgh, in a large mixed practice in Dorset and a specialist equine practice in Wiltshire. I returned to Shropshire 10 years ago and took up a position here at Quarry
I have special interests in emergency and trauma medicine, and anaesthesia & surgery. I recently gained my Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care after 18 months of research, assignments and exams.
I view Veterinary nursing as a true vocation and I have never considered doing anything else.
Lucie Hobden RVN
I began my training back in 1992 at a neighbouring practice in Shrewsbury and attended a full time Veterinary Nurse course at Rodbaston Agricultural College where I successfully gained my qualification in 1996. Since qualifying, I have worked as a head nurse in a small animal practice in Telford before joining Quarry in 2000. It was clear from the start that Quarry was a fantastic place to work and, 18 years on, I still feel very privileged to be a part of such a great team.
My time at Quarry has been varied and fun, working with many great vets and learning lots along the way. The nursing team is well established and it helps that we are great friends.
Over the years I have unintentionally adopted the title of “Dematt Queen” and there’s no moggy too matted that I can’t make over! I plan on developing my skill within the sensitive area of Euthanasia and Bereavement, something that is inevitably an all too familiar occurrence in our profession.
I cherish my time away from the practice and my home life keeps me extremely busy with a supportive husband, 3 lovely children and a menagerie of pets (most of which I have acquired through the job!).
Amy Hallam RVN
I have been a Veterinary Nurse for 12 years, qualifying at Nantwich Veterinary Hospital in 2009. It was here I grew a love for theatre and anaesthetics. I was very lucky to work there and saw many interesting cases but, due to having a family, I decided to leave Nantwich and work closer to home.
I started at Quarry Vets in 2016, my dream practice due to it’s great reputation in Shrewsbury. I have recently completed an infection control course and can regularly be seen around the practice with gloves and cloths in hand!
When not at work I am kept very busy looking after my 2 children, dog, cat and fish. I enjoy travelling and socialising with my friends.
Hana Hemingway RVN
Michelle Street RVN
In 2016, after 3 years of study, I achieved my dream of becoming a veterinary nurse and soon after became the newest member of the Quarry Nursing team
The role of a veterinary nurse is so varied and I love how everyday is different. Talking to clients, monitoring anaesthetics, laboratory work, diagnostic imaging – just a few of the things an average day may hold. The most important thing is giving plenty of TLC to all the animals that come here.
I am currently interested in helping owners to help their pets achieve and maintain an ideal weight. I recently started offering free weight clinics – even if you don’t think your pet is overweight, why not book an appointment to see me and check it stays that way.
Veterinary Nursing Assistant
I have been a veterinary Nursing Assistant since 1999 and started with Quarry Veterinary Group in 2013. My first 8 years were spent working in mixed practice where I spent a lot of time out on farms. I soon realised I preferred working with smaller companion animals. I enjoy working with the close knit team of vets and nurses we have here at Quarry.
When I am not nursing, my time is spent being a busy Mum to 3 children 2 dogs 2 cats a handful of guinea pigs and sheep. When I manage to grab some spare time, I am usually found hiding in the garden (my second passion) amongst my plants and veg.
Veterinary Nursing Assistant
I have been a veterinary Nurse Assistant at Quarry for 12 years. One of the things I am most passionate about is animal behaviour and wellbeing (I am known as the cat whisperer in work!). I like to make sure all the pets that come into our care have a positive and calm experience. I really enjoy helping those pets that get very stressed and upset, and I hope to improve their experience and make their visit less stressful. I hope to expand my knowledge in Animal Behaviour over the next few years
Outside of work I love to do Canicross with my dog Loric.
Veterinary Nursing Assistant
In 2004 I applied for several secretarial jobs without any success. I saw a job advertised at Quarry Vets for a receptionist, applied, and was offered the post. I'm still here today as I love the variety of the role.
In early mornings you will find me out and about with my 2 dogs Rosie and Molly for their walk. On Friday evenings my husband and I enjoy a game of snooker at our local club.
I have been a receptionist at Quarry Vets for over 10 years, where no 2 days are ever the same!
I am a slave to my 4 year old cat (who found me through my job). I love to walk my rescue dog who likes to chase squirrels but, at 14 years old, is unlikely to catch one!
I have worked within the Veterinary world since 1991, both with large and small animals, with roles from nursing to admin work. I joined the Quarry Vets team in 2001 as a receptionist.
I can often be found sneaking a cuddle with client's pets but it's all in a day's work!
I joined Quarry's reception team in early 2019. My previous experience is in education, both primary school admin and pre-school childcare, but from an early age I've always had a love of animals and have 4 rescue cats at home.
Outside of work I'm a mum of two girls, I enjoy volunteering for a few charities but mainly with Shropshire Cat Rescue and bake for their open days. I'm secretary for a local cricket club and often makes their cricket tea! I organize and manage an elite ladies indoor cricket team. I enjoy making celebration cakes and I love a good quiz.
New to the practice in 2020, but very excited to be here and join this amazing team. I’ve always loved animals and relish this opportunity to be around them all day. I currently have a cat named Fudge (the furball in the photo) and Timmy the tortoise. When not being the taxi service to my two children, my husband and I enjoy going to gigs and seeing live music and comedy shows
Steph has recently made the brave move from our nursing team, to a part time position in reception. She will be able to to add some clinical guidance and support to our fantastic receptionists and help anyone who calls in for advice.
I joined Quarry Veterinary Group in 1998 working on reception, and took over the role of practice manager in 2008.
I really enjoy working within the veterinary industry, especially with such a caring and dedicated team.
I love spending time with my three grandchildren and going for walks with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Nell.