Kathryn Smith

After leaving sixth form Kathryn worked at Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk helping horses with behavioural problems and with rehabilitation. She later moved to the Veterinary Unit at Redwings where she qualified as an equine veterinary nurse. Kathryn returns to the veterinary profession as part of the reception and client care team at Ipswich Veterinary Centre.

Zoe Strike

Zoe recently joined Ipswich Veterinary Practice. Zoe has a keen interest in wildlife and animal welfare, which lead her to pursue a career working with animals.
Outside of work, Zoe has two Bengal cats, which keep her very busy.


Holly Stubbings

Holly graduated with a Fine Art degree in 2012 and began work as a
 veterinary receptionist. In September 2016 she joined the team at Ipswich 
as an administrator/receptionist and loves the variety her job offers. She
 enjoys getting to know clients and their pets.

In her free time, Holly enjoys walking, cooking, kayaking, and spending
 time with her rescue cat and racing pigeons who, having retired from 
racing, now live a life of luxury. She still finds time to get creative by
 drawing portraits of pets and making origami flower bouquets.

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte grew up in Norfolk and always had a love of animals, with a childhood dream of becoming a zoo keeper. She moved to Suffolk and started work in a veterinary laboratory. Joining the reception team at Ipswich Veterinary Centre has allowed Charlotte to embrace the closer contact with animals that this role allows, and the opportunity to provide friendly and professional customer service to their owners.

At home, Charlotte has a cheeky 2-year-old cat called Jarvis who loves playing with water and sitting in the sink!


Denise Hopps

Denise has been a keen member of the reception and client care team since 1997 and is most often at the Mustard Pot branch surgery in Needham Market. Denise loves all animals, particularly dogs and has a special interest in organising and running the puppy parties that are held at the Stowmarket surgery each month. She enjoys helping the puppies to become socialised and finds it very rewarding to be able to liaise with owners to help them to provide the best start in life.

Denise is married with two grown up daughters and over the years has looked after sheep, ponies, chickens and cats. Outside of work Denise says her life seems to be centred around her two goldendoodles, Chilli and Fletcher.


Sally Hugill

Sally joined the reception team in August 1999 wishing to pursue a new career in an animal environment. Sally is usually based at the main
surgery in Stowmarket and is very well known to regular clients. Sally
enjoys her work, particularly chatting with clients and sneaking cuddles
with their pets! She has acquired an invaluable amount of animal care
skills and knowledge over her long career with us, recently receiving a
long service award for 15 years with the practice. Sally is married with
grown up children and grandchildren.


Alison O’Shaughnessy

Alison joined the pet care advisor and reception team in August 2002 and is primarily based at The Old Tea Room Veterinary Surgery in Elmswell where she provides an outstanding service to its clients.

Alison lives in Woolpit with her husband, children and four dogs and really enjoys being outside with them and going on long country walks.


Lesley Stephenson

Lesley began her career at the practice in 2003, working
as a receptionist and pet care advisor. She enjoys the variety
that each day brings, particularly meeting people and lots of gorgeous

Lesley has a keen interest in helping wildlife, in particular many hedgehogs that she has hand-reared and successfully released back into the wild over the years.

When not working, Lesley and her husband enjoy travel and the outdoors, wildlife watching and photography. She has visited many of the National Parks of America, watching bears, elk, coyote and buffalo.


Bernie Kerr

Bernie has been head receptionist at Moreton Hall Veterinary Centre since its opening in 2004, and is instrumental in delivering a professional service to clients. With a love and understanding of animals, Bernie enjoys meeting both pets and clients on a daily basis.

Outside of work she enjoys the theatre and reading as well as looking after her Cockerpoo, Daisy.


Julie Mayes

Julie joined the practice in 2005 eager to enjoy all the animal contact that the position brings. Julie likes all aspects of her job – having owned an array of different pets over the years, from guinea-pigs to horses, this has given Julie a wide range of valuable knowledge that she is able to share with our clients. Julie has a young border terrier called Stanley and two very large tabby cats, called Tommy and Tim, that were once little rescue kittens looking for a forever home!


Arabelle Barnard

Arabelle has been with Stowe Veterinary Group since 2007 and is usually based at The Mustard Pot Veterinary Surgery. She has a keen interest in behaviour and helps to run our puppy socialisation parties. She enjoys helping clients with any initial training problems and loves interacting with the variety of different breeds.

Outside of work, Arabelle and her family have their own labradoodle called Bear and they enjoy being outdoors together, taking him on lots of country walks. They are looking forward to adding a second dog to the family in the near future.


Kirsty Thompson

Kirsty joined Pets Place in 2010 and is now also part of the reception team. A devoted animal lover, Kirsty has her own ferrets, a cocker spaniel and a cat. She would love more pets but that’s for the future.


Lisa Tume

Lisa joined the reception and client care team in July 2011. She is always happy to assist clients and loves meeting pets and their owners. As well as reception duties at Stowmarket and The Mustard Pot, Lisa also helps to run the monthly puppy parties. She is a proud owner of Poppy the puggle and Pepsi the cat.


Wendy Porley

Wendy joined our reception team in 2003 and is now a valued long standing employee. Wendy enjoys the variety of working at our different surgeries and also within Pets Place. Wendy has had an assortment of pets over the years and currently shares her home with Daisy, a border collie and a guinea-pig called Hamish. Wendy loves spending time with her family that includes two grandsons, who love to help with walking Daisy and playing Frisbee with her!


Layla Harriman

Layla qualified as an NHS Biomedical Scientist, She returned to Moreton Hall Veterinary Centre in June 2016 – “The pull of all things ‘animal’ was just too strong to ignore”. Alongside her family, her ever increasing menagerie is her pride and joy – cats, dogs and small furries – and a new found love for rescue hens and ducks. All animals are welcome in Layla’s home especially those in need of a little extra TLC and lots of love.


Elina March

Elina has worked at both Moreton Hall and Stowe Veterinary Centre for many years. She has two young daughters who keep her and her husband very busy.

Gemma Baber

Gemma joined the practice in November 2016 as a Pet Care Advisor. She now also works with the reception team. At home she has two noisy guinea pigs and an 11-year-old Jack Russell called Lucy.