Natalie Simmonds RVN | Head Nurse

In January 1997 Natalie began working as a Kennels Assistant in a local practice which  then lead her to begin her training as a Veterinary Nurse when she turned 17 years old. Natalie joined Alma Veterinary Hospital in September 2000 and qualified in April 2002. Natalie trained to become a student nurse assessor and then became our Head Nurse in April 2003. Natalie supervises our large team of nurses and receptionists and manages the daily running of the practice. She has introduced nurse clinics and puppy parties to the practice and has a keen interest in canine behaviour, preventative healthcare and practice management. Natalie has 2 horses, 2 dogs and 3 cats and enjoys going horse riding, walking the dogs, traveling the world, music festivals and socialising.

 

Ali Walsh RVN | Deputy Head Nurse

Ali began her Veterinary Nurse training in August 1998 in a local practice alongside Natalie. Ali qualified in October 2003 and has gained much experience working in various veterinary surgeries in the local area, as well as gaining the student nurse assessor qualification. Ali came to Alma Veterinary Hospital in July 2009 as a locum nurse to cover maternity leave. She then became a permanent member of the team and Natalie’s deputy in May 2010. Ali has a very active role in student nurse training and assisting with the day to day running of the practice. Ali lives with her husband, labrador ‘Poppy’ and her 2 cats. Ali enjoys taking Poppy for long walks, socialising, camping and going to music festivals.

 

Sandra Walker RVN |  Deputy Head Nurse

Sandra originally joined Alma Veterinary Hospital in May 1994. Prior to this she worked for Swan Lifeline in Eton. Sandra started her time at Alma as an Animal Nursing Assistant and worked her way up to become a Veterinary Nurse qualifying in January 2000. Sandra continued to work with us as our Senior Surgical Nurse until March 2008 when she left to gain more experience working in different practices. Sandra is now back with us permenantly and shares the deputy head nurse duties with Ali.

 

Lisa Fraser RVN | Veterinary Nurse

Lisa joined Alma Veterinary Hospital in December 2003. She completed her training in a local practice and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in August 1998. Lisa spends her time running our nurse clinics and encouraging preventative healthcare. Lisa works part-time allowing her to spend quality time with her 3 young children, husband and dog ‘Tess’.

 

 

 

Sally Morries RVN | Veterinary Nurse

Sally first joined our team at Alma as a locum nurse in October 2009, she then became a permanent staff member in March 2013. Sally started her career in veterinary practice as a nursing assistant at a veterinary group in Slough. Sally then went on to train as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 at another local practice in Maidenhead. Sally qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006 and continued working in Maidenhead until she decided to work as a locum nurse. During Sally’s time as a locum nurse she gained a lot of experience working for an out of hours emergency clinic. Sally is also a clinical coach for our student veterinary nurses so is very involved in the training side of the practice. Sally lives with her husband and two daughters as well as their two dogs Gypsy and Purdy. Sally and her family really enjoy being outdoors, so spend much of their spare time going on long walks with their dogs. They also enjoy days out in London and going to theme parks.

  

Ruth Chapman RVN | Veterinary Nurse

Ruth joined the team at Alma Veterinary as a Student Veterinary Nurse in May 2011. Ruth has worked in the animal industry for many years including being a Kennels Supervisor at Battersea Old Windsor. After having a family ruth is now fulfilling her long awaited ambition as a Veterinary Nurse. Ruth lives with her husband, 2 teenage children and 2 Dandie Dinmont terriers. Ruth enjoys going to dog shows and researching family history.

 

Suzanne Smith RVN BA Hons | Veterinary Nurse

Suzanne became a member of our team in June 2011. Before becoming a student nurse Suzanne originally started with us as a nursing assistant, assisting the Veterinary Nurses with their nursing duties and providing our patients with extra TLC. Prior to joining our team she worked full time in a cattery for 5 years. Suzanne’s ultimate goal is to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse within our team. In her spare time Suzanne helps out at her local brownie group, and enjoys running, socialising and spending time with her two pet rabbits. 

Karina Stephenson | Student Veterinary Nurse

Karina joined our team at Alma in March 2013 as our Nursing Assistant. In August 2013 Karina moved up to the position of student Veterinary Nurse and started college MYF training in September 2013 alongside Kate. Before joining us Karina worked in her local pub whilst studying for her A levels. Karina loves to watch the rugby and enjoys going out to the theatre. Earlier this year she acquired two lovely siamese kittens, Titan and Troy who keep her very busy at home. Karina also has a Rankin’s dragon called Ameroo.

 

Leanne Smith | Student Veterinary Nurse

Leanne Smith

Leanne joined our nursing team in March 2014. Before joining us Leanne had already competed her first year of Veterinary Nurse training at another local practice. Leanne loves to keep fit out of work. She has a very keen interest in canine and feline behaviour and hopes to further her career in this area once she has qualified as a Veterinary Nurse. Leanne has 4 cats at home.

 

Shelby London | Student Veterinary Nurse

Shelby London

Shelby started with us in March 2014, initially as a nursing assisstant helping our team with their daily duties. She then became a student veterinary nurse in September 2014. Before joining us Shelby spent some time working in France as an Opair. It has always been Shelbys dream to become a veterinary nurse. Her mother works as a nurse which gave Shelby some insight into a healthcare career. Shelby has a horse and regulary goes riding. She loves to keep fit too and regulaly enjoys taking her dog on very long walks.