Meet the Team Jo Ingram Receptionist Jo is one of our receptionists at Caister. She spent several years as a veterinary assistant before taking time out to raise her family. She has now returned to the veterinary world as a receptionist and is embracing her new role. She has a dog called Chips, 2 rescue cats and a tortoise. Outside of work Jo and her husband can often be seen walking Chips at Burgh Castle. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and travelling. Kind and compassionate, Jo ensures all clients receive a warm welcome. Megan Sait Receptionist Megan is part of our friendly & welcoming reception team. She is efficient & knowledgeable & is always happy to help. Megan loves giving our patients cuddles & attention & enjoys getting to know our clients. Megan has a horse called Dolly who she competes in one day events across East Anglia. She also has a cat called Phoebe (who behaves more like a dog!) & enjoys going out for dinner & socialising with friends. Sarah Giddings Receptionist Sarah moved to Norfolk from Hertfordshire in 2014 and has worked within the veterinary industry ever since. She is a kind and caring member of our reception team who is always happy to help. Sarah keeps tropical fish and has a passion for french bulldogs and pugs. Sarah also helps at the Cinnamon Trust, which is a charity that helps elderly people with their pets. Most mornings before work she can be found walking dogs for the trust. Lesley Edwards Administration Manager Lesley lives in Caister with her husband and beloved Springer Spaniel who she can regularly be seen walking at the beach. She relocated in 2016 from Sussex where she worked for 9 years as a receptionist in a busy veterinary surgery. During her time at her previous practice Lesley became such a large part of the team that clients would even come in to see her without their pets! Lesley loves being part of a veterinary team and is very knowledgeable and approachable. Grace Baxter Trainee Veterinary Nurse Grace is the youngest member of our team but also one of the most passionate. She has wanted to work with animals for some time and enjoys caring for our patients. Rest assured that any animal coming to stay with us will get plenty of cuddles. Grace recently started her veterinary nursing course and hopes to qualify in 2021. Grace has a golden retriever whom she loves to walk along the beach at Gorleston and she also enjoys spending time with her family. Megan Schaay Trainee Veterinary Nurse Megan is a trainee veterinary nurse with a true passion for animals. She owns 4 dogs, with whom she does agility and training and also cares for several rescued rabbits. She took on a tiny stray kitten shortly after we opened who is now living a life of luxury. Megan is working hard to achieve her veterinary nursing dream and should complete her studies in 2020. Megan is our resident rabbit expert who has an endless amount of knowledge on rabbit husbandry. Megan has a special gift for keeping animals calm and can often be found giving our inpatients lots of TLC. Bethany Layton-Crowther Registered Veterinary Nurse Beth is a local Caister girl who has always had a fondness for cats. From a very young age she has been dedicated in achieving her dream of working in an animal pertaining field (zookeeper being the first aspiration). Only recently qualified Beth’s aim is to build on her knowledge and skills. Beth loves baking with her nan & enjoys listening to music and reading fantasy novels. Lucy Wright Registered Veterinary Nurse Lucy qualified as a veterinary nurse many years ago. She is a local girl who has worked in several practices, most recently at a referral centre in Newmarket and has gained a wealth of experience. Lucy enjoys listening to music and has been known to travel the country to see her favourite bands, she is also partial to a bit of Glastonbury mud, (although prefers it when the sun shines!). Lucy and her family have a variety of animals including a cat (with a very interesting kidney condition) and a loveable deaf Great Dane, who if when playing hasn’t seen the hand signal for stop you’re in trouble! Sally Beyer Head Nurse Sally has been a qualified veterinary nurse for fifteen years and a head nurse for a large part of that. She is a highly experienced and skilled nurse and enjoys interacting with clients through clinics, in particular weight management clinics. Sally’s favourite part of the job however is looking after the animals in her care; she is extremely compassionate and sensitive to their needs. Since qualifying Sally has undertaken further courses including the assessor qualification to train student nurses and a level 5 certificate in leadership and management. Outside of work Sally is often found at the stables looking after and riding her horse. She is an accomplished rider and has competed in BSJA and British Dressage. Sally also has a rescue cat who having been brought in by the Cats Protection League found a happy permanent home with her. Toby Morrell Director Toby qualified from London in 2005 and after two years of mixed practice in Burton on Trent, moved to Norfolk with Rebecca. He has been a director of Westover Vets since 2014 and has led the practice forward in many ways, including implementing the use of keyhole surgery at their North Walsham surgery. Toby is a certificate holder in diagnostic imaging making him one of only a handful of vets in this area with this qualification. Once a month he is also the vet for BBC Radio Norfolk’s veterinary phone-in on Chrissie’s morning show, our very own answer to Alan Partridge! Toby is a keen sportsman and more recently swapped from playing football for Aylsham Town to competing in triathlons. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and can often be found running around the beach with his dogs and children. Chris Tomlinson Director Chris qualified as a vet from Bristol in 1980 and after a few years in Cornwall, then Tanzania, settled in Norfolk with his wife and four children and became a director of Westover Vets. In recent years Chris has been leading the small animal team at Westover’s North Walsham surgery; he has a particular interest in medicine and often goes over and above to provide support within the local community through his work. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, their grown up children, their two adopted younger children and their grandchildren. They live on a small farm with their dogs, chickens, ducks and pigs, and when not at home Chris can often be found canoeing on the broads or helping out at his church. Rebecca Morrell Branch Director Rebecca qualified as a vet from London in 2005 and after a short stint in mixed practice in Barnsley she settled in Norfolk and has been working as a small animal vet locally ever since. Rebecca is married to Toby, one of our other vets and director of Westover vets, they have two small children, two dogs and several chickens. Rebecca enjoys medicine and surgery and is excited about the challenge of being part of a practice from the beginning. She is a kind and compassionate vet who enjoys interacting with her clients and patients and supporting them through happy and challenging times. Outside of work Rebecca likes to spend her time out and about with her family and dogs, and is also partial to parkrun (& cake afterwards) when possible. Helen Boast Veterinary Surgeon Helen graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008, and after a short stint in mixed practice in Lincolnshire she joined the large animal team at Westover Vets where she stayed for 7 years. Wrestling with the cows and horses of Norfolk took its toll and after too many broken bones, Helen decided that small animal practice was a much better fit for her! She joined the team at Caister in February 2018 and already feels like part of the furniture. Helen enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and has a keen interest in lameness, in particular the treatment of arthritis in pets. She uses the knowledge gained from equine practice to utilise more advanced therapies for managing this condition. At home, Helen is married and has a son, she also has two dogs ‘Wiggle’ a border terrier and ‘Dave’ a fox red labrador who can often be spotted around the practice, she also has a small flock of chickens. Harriet Will Veterinary Surgeon Harriet grew up south east of Norwich and has always had multiple pets at home including dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens! She recently qualified from the University of Nottingham and was keen to return to Norfolk to start work with Caister Vets. As one of the newest members of the team, Harriet is enjoying all aspects of the job so far. She is an enthusiastic and compassionate vet, who is always willing to listen and support clients and their pets. Harriet loves music and has always played and sang in a variety of orchestras and choirs in her spare time. She also enjoys baking, swimming, travel, and spending time with her friends and family.