Laura Massey-Pugh

Laura Massey-Pugh BVM&S CertAVP MRCVS
Clinical Lead

Qualified from Edinburgh University 2009

  • Interests: I have studied exotic pets as part of my post graduate certificate and am happy to see anything from hamsters, to snakes, to parrots. My most unusual patient has probably been a coati mundi! I have trained with “The Chicken Vet” practice and love to treat backyard chickens and other poultry. I enjoying seeing the more usual cats and dogs as well and carry out pet acupuncture, mostly for older creakier pets. 
  • Most memorable case: The puppy that swallowed a spoon whole has got to be one – It was safely surgically removed from his stomach and he is always fed from his bowl now! All my acupuncture patients are memorable as I really enjoy building a relationship with pets and owners and helping them be more comfortable. Oh… and I once helped with a dental procedure on a gorilla!
  • Favourite dog walk: Too many to choose, but I am immensely proud of my dog, Geoffrey, who has walked many long distance trails including Offa’s Dyke (the length of Wales!) and the Pennine Way with us. He always has more endurance than us!
anne-marie knight

Anna-Marie Knight BVetMed GPCert(Derm) MRCVS

Qualified from the Royal Vet College, London in 2001

  • Interests: I have a strong interest in dermatology (skin disease) especially allergic disease. I am also very interested in the management of chronic pain and have recently completed acupuncture training. I also love a good first vaccination appointment as well – meeting the new additions to your families and advising on how best to help them settle in! 
  • Most memorable case: Difficult! Probably the young Weimaraner pup who jumped into a bath of scalding hot water and was very badly burnt and poorly. However, after lots of treatment and surgery, she made a full recovery and grew into a beautiful, healthy dog.
  • Favourite dog walk: A regular is up Bunkers Hill in Quarndon (to the pub) but my dog’s favourite is Holkham beach in Norfolk.
victoria isherwood

Victoria Isherwood BVSc CertSAM MRCVS 

Sadly Victoria is leaving us on 22nd March to spend more time with her young family

raquel martinez

Raquel Martinez Vega DVM PhD PgCert MRCVS

Qualified from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2009

  • Interests: After doing a Master’s degree in veterinary research in 2010 I pursued a PhD focused on the inner ear at the Biomedical Research Institute in Madrid. In 2016 I moved to Derby to do a Postgraduate Certificate at the University of Nottingham.  I have a particular interest in Feline Medicine and am currently enrolled onto the ISFM Feline Medicine course.  
  • Most memorable case: A lovely 1 year old female cat that had accidentally drunk some bleach so she needed intensive care including a feeding tube at home for several weeks but luckily she made a full recovery!!
  • Favourite dog walk: Definitively Kinder Scout!

Coming soon
Amanda Ford MRCVS

Graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 2008


Eleanor Hancox RVN VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia) Senior clinical nurse

Qualified 1999

  • Interests: My interests are anaesthesia and cardiology. I also aim to create a fear free environment for all animals at the vets. 
  • Most memorable case: Anaesthetising a 1kg, 8 week old chihuahua puppy in heart failure (due to a serious heart condition called patent ductus arteriosus) for surgery and seeing him bouncing around a few days later!! 
  • Favourite dog walk: Wandering along the canal with my bouncy pug to the local garden centre for a coffee!!
sally gough

Sally Gough RVN

Qualified 2013

  • Interests: My interests are medicine, theatre and anaesthesia. I also like training new students as a clinical coach and discussing health care with owners. Sally is great at maintaining our Facebook page. 
  • Most memorable case: Nursing a 5 week old Cavalier King Charles spaniel with severe breathing difficulties back to health. 
  • Favourite dog walk: I really enjoy walking my Jack Russell, Eddie, around the Lake District and exploring new places.
donna carmichael

Donna Carmichael RVN

  • Interests: Wound management and laboratory diagnostic testing. I also have a soft spot for elderly pets.
  • Most memorable case: Spending New Years Eve with my own dog on a drip after he ate a bowl of bread and butter pudding. He was in a dog crate in the lounge with me and the beep of the drip pump is still haunting me! Yes – nurse’s pets are naughty too!
  • Favourite dog walk: Most recently to the top of St David’s Head in Wales.
Bethany Lavill

Bethany Lavill RVN

I have Diplomas in animal care and animal nursing assistant. I have completed training as a student veterinary nurse and am planning to take final practical exams (OSCEs) in June 2020 to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).

  • Interests: I enjoy the challenges of anaesthesia, analgesia (pain relief) and wildlife medicine.
  • Most memorable case: Tube feeding a female buzzard who was severely dehydrated.
  • Favourite dog walk: Exploring Cannock Chase.

Anneka Mehan RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Qualified 2020

  • Interests: My interests are anaesthesia, medicine and I do like exotics pets/ wildlife! In 2020 I hand reared two baby sparrows that a member of the public brought in and I named them Fish and Chips!
  • Most memorable case: If I had to chose it would be monitoring an anaesthetic on a chameleon that was egg bound! It was very interesting and she made a great recovery!
  • Favourite dog walk: Flamborough Head in Bridlington and The Roaches.

Amy Leatherland RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Amy is a Veterinary nurse with an honors degree, having Qualified in 2006.

  • Interests: She has a certificate in wound management and loves nurse clinics, surgical nursing and theatre practice.
  • Most memorable case: Anaesthetising a Kune Kune pig for a CT scan, pigs aren’t normally my specialty but I was willing to make an exception!
  • Favourite dog walk: My favourite walks are in the White Peak Disctrict but she tries to never to the same walk more than once!

Laura Johnston SVN

I have a BSc(hons) in Zoology and currently working towards my BSc in Veterinary Nursing. I am in my final year of my degree and hoping to complete my final exams in May 2021.

  • Interests: I am rabbit-obsessed and am passionate about their care. I enjoy theatre practice and laboratory testing.
  • Most memorable case: Assisting the head nurse with the anaesthetic of a Tiger during my experience at a zoo.
  • Favourite dog walk: I don’t have a dog of my own (yet!), but when fostering I enjoyed walking the beaches of Ayrshire in Scotland.
sarah steele

Sarah Steele


I have worked at Beech Vets since 2016. I have a lot of experience with animals, working in the veterinary industry for many years and owning cats, dogs and horses at home.

  • Interests: I am involved in many aspects of the practice including client care, practice administration and staff training. 
  • Most memorable case: Having to nurse a goat with a broken leg and see it bounce back to full four-legged freedom!
  • Favourite dog walk: To the Brick Kilns at Calke Abbey

Nicola Hawksworth RVN


Nicola has been a Veterinary Nurse for 33 years and is now bringing her wealth of experience to our Reception team.

  • Interests: Sewing, cross stitch pictures and singing in two local choirs.
  • Most memorable case: A Doberman whose owner said it rattled when it ran- an x-ray showed a stomach full of over 20 garden stones!
  • Favourite dog walk: The old train track near the Denstone Coffee shop.

Deanne Baughn

Deanne Baughn


I have 14 years experience working in the Veterinary profession in both Reception and Animal Care Assistant roles, usually at the same time! I also ran my own dog walking, pet care and small animal boarding business for 6 years. I currently share my life with my husband, a Romanian rescue dog and 4 chickens but I have had a variety of pets over the years.

  • Interests: I enjoy running puppy classes and also providing dog behaviour advice.
  • Most memorable case: My favourite memories are of the nervous and anxious dogs that I helped to become more relaxed and confident especially when visiting the vet.
  • Favourite dog walk: As you can see from my picture and the state my dog Ozzy and I are in, there is nothing better than a muddy walk in the countryside. Calke Abbey is quickly becoming our favourite walk but I’m happiest when we’re lost in nature!

Kay Naden RVN

Senior Nurse – Administration

I enjoy knitting and have made some wonderful Beatrix Potter knitted toys. I am captain of a local pub quiz team and also relish the idiosyncrasies of pet insurance claim forms.

  • Interests: I am involved in many aspects of the practice including client care, practice administration and staff training. 
  • Most memorable case: My own dog ate a lightbulb when only 11 months old and had to have it surgically removed.
  • Favourite dog walk: Walking to the Clachaig Inn in Glen Coe.
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