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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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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 my Xbox. She has 1 dog, 3 cats, 1 corn snake and 2 Guinea pigs.
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.
Ellen joined the Northlands Group as a receptionist in October 2020 at our hospital in Kettering. She loves meeting and fussing all the patients. Outside of work she enjoys walks with both her partner and their dog Maddie, as well as painting, drawing, and crafting.
Emma joined the Northlands Group in May 2021 to start her career working with animals as a kennel assistant. When she is not in work she enjoys, Ballroom and Latin dancing as well as horse riding and competing. She has 2 horses, Eddie and Abby and a dog called Molly.
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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Beth grew up in an animal mad family and has always known that she wanted to combine her love for animals with her interest in science. Joining the veterinary practice in an apprenticeship role is the perfect way for Beth to build meaningful connections with both patients and their owners, whilst showcasing exceptional care and developing her experience and knowledge within the field.
Beth studied animal Well fair plus science at Moulton college. studying at Moulton truly highlighted how fascinated she is in both biology and chemistry and she hope this shines through in her every day. Bethany is a proud mum of 5 very spoiled fur babies, and her long worm. Her 4 house cats are called poison, ivy, blue and belle. the puppy is called Cosmo and her little corn snake is called fangs. she can’t wait to grow her small family in the future.
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.