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Meet the team

Directors

Shane Morrison
BVSc CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

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Shane graduated with First Class honours from the University of Melbourne in 1991. After working primarily in small animal practices in both Australia and England, he achieved the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons certificate in Small Animal Surgery by examination in 1997. He went on to establish Christchurch Veterinary Referrals in 2001. The referral practice burgeoned under Shane's direction and moved to its current state-of-the-art premises with CT and MRI in 2011. In 2015 Shane was in the first cohort of vets to be awarded the distinction of Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery by the RCVS.

By weight of case numbers, Shane is one of the most experienced small animal surgeons currently practising in the UK. His prowess in advanced techniques including total hip replacement in dogs and cats, spinal surgery and complicated fracture management is second to none. The success of Christchurch Veterinary Referrals is underpinned by Shane's desire to constantly improve the clinical outcomes and quality of care of his patients. Shane also regularly gives lectures to vets throughout East Anglia and presents a monthly column in the EADT Suffolk Magazine.

Charlotte Morrison
RVN

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Charlotte is a registered veterinary nurse, but as Christchurch Veterinary Referrals grew over the years, her role evolved from the nursing side to centre management.

She works closely with all the staff, ensuring everything runs smoothly and that you and your pets get the best possible attention and care.

If a busy job and looking after three children isn’t enough, Charlotte enjoys baking bread and has three cats, a naughty border terrier and a spoilt Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

Vets

Adrian Dumitru
Small animal referral surgeon

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Adrian graduated from the Veterinary Medicine Bucharest University in 2006 and worked in a first opinion practice in Bucharest for four years. He then worked in Yorkshire for a year, followed by four years with a large and small animal practice in Norfolk before joining Christchurch Veterinary Referrals.

He is interested in fracture repairs in dogs and cats, together with elbow arthroscopy for managing elbow dysplasia in dogs. Adrian is currently completing the RCVS Certificate of General Small Animal Surgery.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Ben Garland
BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS Certavp, small animal referral surgeon

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Ben graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with honours in 2014 and moved into permanent and locum positions in vet practices locally. He has always been interested in small animal surgery and joined our referrals team in 2019.

Currently completing his RCVS Certificate of General Animal Surgery, Ben has a focus on spinal surgery for intervertebral disc disease and management of elbow dysplasia for dogs.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his young family, including Fred, a Staffordshire bull terrier/French bulldog/Chihuahua crossbreed! Ben also goes to the gym and takes part in Tough Mudder events.

Veterinary nurses

Clare Leech
Joint head nurse, hydrotherapist, RVN

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Clare manages our nursing team and duties, including monitoring anaesthetics, inpatient care, and placing intravenous catheters. She also provides hydrotherapy treatment for in and outpatients.

Having qualified at a local mixed practice, Clare joined us in 2009 and has completed a BSAVA Merit award in rehabilitation and, in 2018, completed her certificate in hydrotherapy.

She has a busy home life, with two children, two miniature Dachshunds, two horses and six pygmy goats!

Stacey Toner
Joint head nurse, RVN

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Stacey gained her veterinary nursing qualification at a local veterinary hospital after working as a ward assistant at a busy Colchester practice. She joined us in 2013.

She is qualified as a Radiation Protection Supervisor and enjoys working with radiography and our MRI and CT scanners. She also assists with the management of the nursing team.

At home, Stacey has a springer/collie cross called Akela and a cat called Bagheera, who lives at her stables. There, you will find her two horses, Charlie and Tyrion.

Katie Attwood
Inpatient care manager, RVN

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Katie is our inpatient care and ward manager. She joined us in 2013 after completing the RCVS Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys the variety of work in the ward and surgical nursing. An animal lover, she has a sassy Chihuahua called Elsa, two guinea pigs and Ernie the pony at home.

Kath Watt
RVN

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Kath is a Registered Veterinary Nurse with more than two decades of nursing experience. She enjoys the surgical nursing aspects of the job and caring for all the patients. At home, she looks after her daughter and a “very lively” cockapoo!

Alethea Keen
RVN

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Alethea joined us after qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2013. She has since gained a BSAVA Veterinary Nurse Merit Award in Surgical Nursing. Outside of work, Alethea enjoys swimming and reading and has the luxury of her sewing room at home.

Emma Knights
RVN

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Emma has been nursing for 16 years, qualifying 13 years ago. She began at a Suffolk training practice, doing college and on-the-job training, staying for a further six years after qualification. She has a shy ginger tabby cat, whom she rescued from her first practice, and a cheeky fox red Labrador called Watson.

Ariana Gooderham
RVN

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After graduating with a BSc Hons degree from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, Ariana joined the team in 2016. She is particularly interested in radiography and intensive nursing. At home, she has a Great Dane cross, some chickens, guinea pigs and a cat.

Sophie Coleman
RVN

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Sophie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 before graduating with a BSc degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2016, when she joined our team. She is working towards a certificate in hydrotherapy. Sophie is a keen runner and has a lovable fox red Labrador called Marnie.

Heidi Cooper
RVN

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Heidi joined us after graduating with a BSc Hons degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2016 at Middlesex University. She has a Chihuahua, a French bulldog, a Yorkshire terrier and a cat. Heidi enjoys scuba diving, is a trainee divemaster and volunteers in Girlguiding as a leader.

Aimee Brown
RVN

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Aimee is qualified in orthopaedic and primary care practice, with more than five years of sole charge nursing experience. She is first aid trained and qualified in bereavement counselling. She has two daughters, a dog, cat, guinea pig and two fish. She enjoys family trips, the beach, swimming, cinema, art, cooking, gardening and photography.

Hayley Squires
RVN

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Hayley qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2018. She has previous work experience in first opinion/orthopaedic practices and a busy veterinary hospital. Hayley has a rescue cat called Pumpkin, is interested in Asian culture and food, cosplaying and creating outfits, and gaming with her husband.

Hannah Williams
RVN

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Hannah is a qualified veterinary nurse, graduating from Harper Adams University in Shropshire. She monitors anaesthetics, opens surgical instruments during operations and cares for inpatients. She has three snakes called Scratching, Gus and Ziggy, and a bearded dragon called Puff.

Rachel Bevan
RVN

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Rachel qualified from Middlesex University in 2017 with a first-class BSc Hons degree. She is studying towards a Certificate in Anaesthesia and has previous experience in a busy first opinion and orthopaedic practice. Known as the crazy rabbit lady, Rachel has two rescue bunnies and adores anything rabbit related.

Charlie Llewellyn
RVN

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Charlie is a qualified veterinary nurse who gained a BSc Hons degree in animal science at Writtle College in Essex. With interest in working in the theatre and monitoring patients’ anaesthesia, Charlie enjoys spending time with patients as they recover. At home, a Goldendoodle called Freddy gets lots of walks in the country.

Receptionists

Rita Singleton
Reception team manager

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Rita has been with us since 2002, dealing with referring vets and referred clients. With such a wealth of experience, Rita can give clients much information about procedures in advance, before they come to meet the surgeons. At home, she has five Chihuahuas.

Julie Eley

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Julie joined in 2005 and loves working with animals. At home, she has three dogs, a rabbit, an African grey parrot and budgies (plus an interest in keeping tropical fish). Spare time involves looking after her granddaughter and walking the dogs.

Donna Ainsworth

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Donna is also a long-serving member of the team, having joined in 2004. She has a Staffordshire bull terrier called Rio and enjoys country walks and spending time with her grandchildren.

Bev Wooltorton

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After working as a receptionist for most of her working life, Bev now works with us at Christchurch Veterinary Referrals. She loves building a relationship with customers and their pets. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her three granddaughters and gardening.

Ward assistants

Karen McGowan

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Karen joined in 2013, starting as a kennel assistant and now working as a theatre and ward assistant. She has been trained in correct holding techniques for injections, taking bloods and putting in IVs. Karen loves meeting all the animals in the centre, and at home looks after Georgie the Scottish terrier, Bridget the miniature bull terrier and Zuzu, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell cross rescued from Cyprus. There are also two cats, seven hens and a cockerel.

Mollie Keseru

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Mollie worked for ten years in a veterinary practice before joining us as a ward assistant three years ago. She hopes soon to start veterinary nursing training. She enjoys meeting all the animals that come into the centre, and at home looks after Pebbles the Dachshund.

Megan Hallett

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Megan provides inpatient care and assists with equipment opening during surgery. She has gained levels 2 and 3 in animal care and enjoys giving all the patients some extra TLC. At home, she has a hand-reared cat called Fozzie and enjoys ballroom and Latin dancing.

Megan Spencer

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Megan studied levels 1 to 3 in animal care at Otley College before working at boarding kennels and then moving to Christchurch Veterinary Referrals. She enjoys learning new skills at work, while at home spends time with her family and festival-going with friends.

Sam Shepherd

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Sam enjoys her role as a theatre and ward assistant and particularly loves working with dogs. She has three dogs of her own and three boys, with whom she spends all her spare time.

Kelsi George

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Kelsi studied animal care level 2 at Otley College and is first aid canine qualified. She works as a ward assistant and says no two days are the same. Married with three children, she has two rescue cats and hand-reared a dog.


Physiotherapist

Julia Hewitson
Chartered and Veterinary Physiotherapist

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Julia runs her own animal physiotherapy practice and joins us on certain days a week to work with our patients. After training and working initially in human physiotherapy, she undertook further training to set up her animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation practice.

Administration

Anaick Sharpe

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Anaick joined the team in 2016 as Charlotte Morrison’s PA. She says her job is varied, making it more enjoyable. Being part-time, she can spend more time with her family and her dog called Maddie.

Lindsay Keer

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Lindsay has been with us since 2017, working as an insurance administrator and receptionist. She has a Boxer called Shelby – a nod towards her passion for American cars. Lindsay has a Ford Saleen Mustang and attends car shows.