Karl has been practice manager for the Northlands group since 2015, a role that offers him a variety of challenges every day. He assists all of our practices from a non-clinical standpoint, from guiding and developing colleagues to projecting and delegating future plans. Outside of work, he enjoys walks in the Peak District, and is a Liverpool and Northampton Saints supporter. He has a 14-year-old cat called Barbie, who is a typical puss in that he lives in her house!
Since qualifying in 2004, Hans has worked in several clinics in the Northamptonshire area, developing a variety of clinical and surgical skills, allowing him to support and lead the hospital team in their work. He has an interest in soft tissue surgery and developing clinical standards to allow for the best care possible for our patients. Out of work, he enjoys conjuring feasts from the kitchen and is an avid reader, while his cat rules the house.
Darren joined Northlands in 2012 and works at our hospital in Kettering, after studying at Sheffield and Nottingham. He has particular interests in emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery. Outside work, Darren has been involved in the Scouts since 1990, and occasionally dabbles in taekwondo.
Jess always wanted to work with animals and initially completed a Comparative Anatomy degree, before switching to veterinary work and graduating in 2012. Since, she has worked solely in small animal practice, joining The Avenue Veterinary Clinic in 2014 and moving to Northlands Veterinary Hospital in 2020. She is interested in internal medicine subjects, including ultrasound and feline medicine. Jess has two young girls at home who keep her entertained, as well as dog Bobbie, and cat Nala.
Amanda has been in the veterinary profession since 1985, and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 1987. She is currently the lead night nurse at our hospital, providing inpatient care for those not well enough to return home as well as emergency cases. She has a passion for feline behaviour, and has three cats of her own, Patrick, Nala and Mable. Amanda enjoys baking, reading, making jewellery and is currently writing a book about her life as a veterinary nurse.
Tracy has been a registered veterinary nurse with Northlands for since 1992, and is particularly interested in bereavement and training. She has completed an animal bereavement councillor course and also runs our puppy socialisation classes. She has two beautiful girls and the small matter of seven pets: ponies Shona and Thor, cats Harry and Ron, Hero the hamster, and two dogs, Great Dane-German Shepherd cross Rhea and Axl the German Shepherd.
Jenny is a registered veterinary nurse with over 20 years of experience. She started with Northlands at The Avenue Clinic at the 2015, before moving into management with a new role as head mentor at our hospital in Kettering, developing our students and helping them through their courses to become respected members of our highly qualified team. She enjoys jigsaws, sewing and walking her 16-month-old black Labrador called Archie.
Paige has always loved animals and worked in grooming, hydrotherapy, kennels and pet retail before qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse in 2019. She enjoys running nurse clinics, especially in weight management. Outside of work she is very family orientated, with a daughter and a mischievous, eight-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Missy, who has a habit of stealing food!
Lisa has been passionate about all things business from the start of her career. Within Northlands she is mainly responsible for collating information for the monthly accounts reports and payroll processing. Outside of the office she is kept busy by her family – a husband, a small child and two teenagers can be very demanding! She enjoys learning and can often be found listening to podcasts while out walking her long-haired dachshund Matilda.
Katy is senior administrator at our hospital, looking after the team of receptionists and telephonists. She has lived in several different countries including Singapore and Dubai and loves travelling – and food, especially Chinese. She has a little ginger Cavalier called Douglas who enjoys either walking or sleeping, with nothing in between. Family police connections have left her loving a whodunnit, so she gets her fix through books and TV!
APPRENTICE STUDENT VETERINARY NURSE
Samantha is an apprentice veterinary care assistant, and has been since July 2018, with the aim of eventually becoming a registered veterinary nurse. She enjoys looking after our patients while rotating between four branches, making sure they are comfortable and giving them lots of TLC. She has three dogs called Lucky, Teddy and Poppy and likes taking them for walks with family and friends.
Allison is a registered veterinary nurse who has been with Northlands for over 30 years. She plays a role in stock control, and also enjoys getting involved in surgical procedures and running tests in the laboratory. As well as this she is a clinical coach helping to train new nurse. Outside of work she enjoys reading, cross stitch, theatre – especially musicals – and puzzles.
Lilly is a lead ward nurse at Northlands Veterinary Hospital, who qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2017. She started her career with Northlands Veterinary Group working at The Avenue in March 2018, before moving to her hospital role in January 2020. Outside of work she loves taking her dogs – Lola the Jack Russell and seven-month-old Bear the Labrador – on long walks and spending time with family. She also has a hamster called Jimbo!
Julie has worked in management for over 20 years and joined Northlands in 2011 where she spends her time looking after her colleagues. She is interested in how people work and how they can be helped to achieve their goals. In her downtime she likes to read, going to the theatre and cinema, dancing and cooking. She owns a black cat called Barbie who is 13 and very much part of her family.
Karen has been an admin assistant with us since 2005, and loves chatting with clients and making a fuss of their pets. She enjoys cross-stitching and is involved in the leadership team of her local Baptist church. She has two westies, Chloe and Lily, as well as three cats, including Magic, who doesn’t let only having three legs stop her from bringing home lots of gifts from the garden!
Kate has worked on reception at The Avenue since 2008, and prides herself on knowing our clients and their pets really well – leading to her being nominated for the Veterinary Receptionist of the Year through the British Veterinary Receptionist Association in February 2019. With her son and partner she has three cats, Brandy, Cinders and Chester, and new addition Merlin the Labrador. She enjoys cooking, music and going on walks.