KETTERING TEAM

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KARL

PRACTICE MANAGER

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.

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SARAH

HEAD NURSE

Sarah is head nurse at our hospital in Kettering. She is working towards transitioning to a management position, to help pursue her passion for providing the best possible environment for pets and staff. When not at work, she is either in the gym, relaxing on the sofa with a movie or out with her camera!

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HANS

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

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.

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NICOLA

DEPUTY HEAD NURSE

Nicola is deputy head nurse at our hospital, looking after the day to day running of the surgical and ward areas with her colleagues. She is interested in emergency and critical care and further educating colleagues in various fields of veterinary medicine. Outside of work she likes to read, bake cakes and walk her dachshund Hector. 

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DARREN

SENIOR VETERINARY SURGEON

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.

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IRATI

VETERINARY SURGEON

Irati has been a veterinary surgeon since 2019. She has had many years of experience in her native Spain before joining the Northlands team in 2021. Her particular areas of interest are in imaging and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit at the gym, socialising with friends, travelling and hanging out with her two adopted cats Leia and Rubio.

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DARREN

VETERINARY SURGEON

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.

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IULIA

VETERINARY SURGEON

Born in Romania and raised in Spain, Iulia graduated from Veterinary Medicine in July 2021. During her University years, she had the chance to gain experience by doing internships, and she’s always looking for both personal and professional development. Her areas of interest are internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Besides her love for animals and medicine, she’s passionate about music (any musical genre, really), cooking and travelling.

Back home she has 2 furry buddies, Runy and Ruby, which she loves spending time with

 
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MARIA

VETERINARY SURGEON

Maria joined the Northlands Group in February 2021 and is finding her footing one day at a time!

She is a Greek-Cypriot but grew up in Zimbabwe. She loves surgery and has a very keen interest in exotics and wildlife. Outside of work, she enjoys a variety of activities, including strength training, Muay Thai, crochet, board (and video) games and reading. She has a cat called Phoebe, who often joins her for home yoga; she rules the roost, really.

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GUNILA

OUT OF HOURS VETERINARY SURGEON

Gunila is a small animal veterinary surgeon with 18 years of experience. She graduated at the Royal Vet School of Copenhagen, then decided to move to Spain and ran her own practice there for 8 years. She has worked in England since 2012, covering emergency shifts all over the country, and spent 1.5 years at a referral hospital taking care of the critical patients. Gunila loves food and is fully plant based. Other passions are traveling, martial arts, and meeting as many animals as possible!

 
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ALLISON

RVN

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.

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MICHELLE W

RVN

Michelle is a registered veterinary nurse and gained a degree in veterinary nursing from Nottingham Trent University in 2014. Michelle began working at Northlands Veterinary Group in November 2021. Outside of work Michelle is a volunteer cat fosterer for Cats Protection and really enjoys caring for the variety of cats and kittens that come in her care whilst they wait for a new home to be found. Michelle also enjoys spending time with her lovely rescue cat Lottie and keeping active through walking, going to the gym and lane swimming. 

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JANINE

RVN

Janine qualified as a nurse in 2001. She loves spending time with her family and walking their rescued greyhound Hooper. She enjoys socialising and is partial to a glass of wine.

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SAMANTHA

RVN

Samantha has been a qualified Vet Nurse for the past seven years. She has a particular interest in emergency and wound care. In her free time, she looks after her rescue animals, one cat and three dogs. She also loves crafting and gaming.

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MEGAN

APPRENTICE VETERINARY CARE SUPPORT

Megan joined the Northlands Group in April 2021 to start her career working with animals. She has previously studied at Moulton gaining a triple distinction * in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management. She likes playing and watching football and supports Sheffield Wednesday. She likes playing on her Xbox. She has 1 dog, 3 cats, 1 corn snake and 2 Guinea pigs.  

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LAUREN E

ANIMAL CARE ASSISTANT

Lauren has always had a strong passion and love for animals from a young age. She has completed an animals welfare course to level 3 at Moulton college. Lauren has a jack Russel called honey and a horse named Mouse Murphy who she loves being with in her spare time. She also has another passion which is a football club called Leicester city and is a season ticket holder. Her ambition is to become a veterinary nurse.

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DANIELA

ANIMAL CARE ASSISTANT

Daniela studied level 3 animal welfare at Moulton College for 2 years. Her most recent job was as an animal technician, which she worked as for just over a year, working just with dogs. She has a Westie named Oscar and has recently rehomed a Beagle named Leo. She enjoys going out for food, shopping, and going on trips and new places with her boyfriend.

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NATALIE

ANIMAL CARE ASSISTANT

Natalie is an Animal Care Assistant that looks after patients during the night. She was previously a dog grooming stylist with a desire to pursue a career in the Veterinary Industry. She has a qualification in Animal Care and Management, a Level 3 Diploma in Zoology and has just completed her Raptor Award in Falconry. Her hobbies include nature photography, going hiking and most of all spending time with her 8 year old Alexandrine Parakeet, Yoshi (Green Dinosaur from SuperMarioBros).

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GEORGIA

STUDENT VETERINARY NURSE

Georgia is a student veterinary nurse who is working between Northlands Veterinary Hospital and the Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic. She holds a BSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy and has previously worked as a veterinary receptionist and a veterinary care assistant. Georgia has a keen interest in taking part in nursing geriatric patients . In her spare time, Georgia likes to spend time with her cat and dog, and enjoys taking on challenging mountains and hikes.

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LAURA S

ANIMAL CARE ASSISTANT

Laura studied at Moulton College for 2 years doing level 3 Animal Welfare and volunteered at animals In Need in that time. She then worked as an Animal Welfare assistant for 4 and half years at Animals In Need helping mainly in the kennel section. She has 2 dogs and 2 cats which she has rescued either as strays or from a rescue centre. In her spare time she loves going on long walks with her dogs and volunteering at an Animal shelter. She hopes to become a vet nurse in the future and help as many animals as possible

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ISOBEL

ANIMAL CARE ASSISTANT

Izzy is a kennel assistant at Northlands and will be looking after and caring for all the animals that come through our doors.

With a variety of animals at home including a dog, a rabbit, a hamster and 3 guinea pigs, caring for animals comes naturally. Outside of work she likes going for days out with her Cavachon Bodhi and visiting new places with her boyfriend.

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LIBBY

APPRENTICE VETERINARY CARE SUPPORT

Libby is a new member of the team, having joined Northlands as an Apprentice Veterinary Support Assistant. Before joining Northlands, she studied a BSc Applied Zoology degree and during her studies worked at a couple animal rescues including a brief stint in South Africa to study conservation and wildlife rehabilitation. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and writing, reading, and singing as well as taking care of her three family dogs, pet reptiles and invertebrates.

 
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LISA

ACCOUNTS MANAGER 

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.

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KATY

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR 

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. A cat called Henry which was acquired through the practice having been brought in as a stray. Family police connections have left her loving a whodunnit, so she gets her fix through books and TV!

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KATE

ADMINISTRATOR

Kate has worked on reception for the Northlands Group 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.

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HILARY

RECEPTIONIST

Hilary joined the Northlands Veterinary Group in November 2021 and works within the admin team on Reception at the main hospital.  She has many years’ experience of Reception work and is looking forward to working at this practice.  She has recently moved to the Kettering area with her partner and 2 terriers, Lola and Oscar and is enjoying exploring the local dog walking opportunities (and pubs!).

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KATE M

RECEPTIONIST

Kate is a receptionist who started at Northlands in 2022. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and has travelled to many parts of the world to volunteer with animals, including looking after Lion Cubs in South Africa, Elephants in Thailand and Sri Lanka, and Dolphins in Australia. At home she has a very naughty English Bulldog called Norman. 

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JULIE

HR MANAGER

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.

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KAREN

ADMIN ASSISTANT 

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!

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EMMA E

RECEPTIONIST

Emma had the pleasure of joining the Northlands team in 2021 after working in a customer facing role for over 30 years, with the last 10 as part of a veterinary team. Having always had a home filled with animals, assisting pets and their human families is a dream role for her. Emma has a soft spot for the seniors especially the senior rescues. Being mum to 4 terriers and terrier crosses, 2 of which are now in their senior years and a very elderly beardy (her sons!). Her dogs keep her on her toes, but she also enjoys supporting her daughters equestrian adventures, gardening, reading and watching a good crime drama and much to her families annoyance researching anything and everything! Besides her human and animal family her heart lies in Cornwall, where alongside her husband she hopes to retire there eventually.

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EVE

RECEPTIONIST

Eve have worked in customer service for the last 3 years, and has always had a strong  love and passion for animals. She has 7 animals at home, 2 husky’s – Lucas and Lyla, 3 cats and 2 tortoises. Her ambition is to keep studying and hopefully train to become an RVN.

She loves getting to know each client and their pets, so she can recognise them when they walk through the door.

In her spare time she likes to go on walks over the farmer fields with Lucas and Lyla, or go for a drive.

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SHIVHAUN

ADMIN ASSISTANT

Shivhaun started working for the Northlands Group at our Kettering hospital in 2020, she has worked in administration for over 20 years and enjoys interacting with the clients and their pets.  When she's not working, she is busy ferrying her 3 daughters to drama classes and football practice and spends many a weekend supporting them from the side line, she enjoys gardening and walking in the countryside with the family and their springer spaniel Buster. 

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KEN

DRIVER

Ken is currently the Animal “Ambylinz” driver at Northlands. Started life in the Air Force as an Aircraft Technician and then went on to be a Race Engineer in British motor sport for 25 years. Loved playing rugby and hockey and was the “go to” person to rebuild injured players. Has a Cocker Spaniel called Luna and loves walking her and spending time gardening and watching his daughters competing in British Rhythmic Gymnastics.