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Veterinary Surgeons

Bill Besley BVMS Cert SAM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Director

Bill, director, graduated in 1993 from Glasgow University and has worked in East Anglia ever since. He has a special interest in veterinary internal medicine and gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2002. Bill is married to primary school teacher Hannah, and is kept busy at home by his two sons Noah and Joseph. The whole family are fitness fanatics and are off running and bike riding most weekends!

Poppy Tunstill BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Director

Poppy, director, graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 and has worked in Suffolk her whole career. She enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine and surgery and has a special interest in working dogs. She is also trained in veterinary acupuncture. Poppy is married to equine vet Mark and has 2 sons Archie and Ollie, two labradors, two cats and 3 horses. When not at work, she can usually be found exercising various animals & children around the countryside, occasionally escaping it all and skiing or sailing as well!

Maryrose Mitchell BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Maryrose graduated from Edinburgh University in 2006, and has lived and worked in the Newmarket area ever since. She joined Ash Tree in 2012 and enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine and surgery. She is married to local graphic designer Simon and has 3 children, Mollie, Toby and Sophie, and two dogs. At home Rose is a keen baker and a runner as well as a enjoying some skiing when she gets the chance.

Tessa Sander BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Tess graduated from Bristol University in 2006, moved to Newmarket in 2008 and joined Ash Tree vets in 2012. Tessa enjoys all aspect of companion animal medicine, with a special interest in caring for our feline patients. She is married to Newmarket based racehorse vet Tristan, has 3 children Lottie, Harry and Wilbur as well as 2 cats and 4 chickens! When not at work Tess enjoys cooking, gardening and dressmaking (when she gets a chance)!

Georgina Bedford BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Georgina grew up in rural Yorkshire and a love for all animals drove her to study  at the Royal Veterinary College, graduating in 2013 and joining us at Ash Tree Vets in 2015. In her spare time Gerogina loves nothing more than a long dog walk with her Gordon Setter Fergus and partner Richard or jogging and the occasional horse ride, albeit not that well (her own words)! She is a keen skier and loves trying new sports and adventures.

Veterinary Nurses

Amy Howse

Nursing and Practice Manager

Amy, has lived in Suffolk all her life and began her veterinary nursing career in 2005. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2007 and was part of the original Ash Tree team helping to open the practice in 2011. Amy has a passion for all aspects of her job, and heads-up our fantastic team. Outside of work she can be found riding her horses, baking cakes(!), or walking her Border Terrier. Amy also has a characterful cat, Marmaduke, a stray cat handed in at Ash Tree Vets!

Abbey Proctor

Head Nurse

Abbey grew up in Suffolk, surrounded by pets and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2007. She was one of our original team members helping us open the practice in 2011. Abbey has a particular passion for kennel nursing, theatre work and rehabilitation, making our inpatient beds fit for a king! She is married to painter Robert and they live with their three sons as well as labrador Nelly and a ginger cat, Sid! In her spare time Abbey loves playing netball and riding her pony, Jacka, whom she has owned for over 20 years.

Laura Howe

Deputy Head Nurse

Laura joined the team in 2014 as registered veterinary nurse and is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management. As well as her Deputy Head Nursing duties, Laura offers behaviour clinics and advice and is always on hand for any behaviour related questions. Laura has two dogs Maple, the beautiful black Labrador, and Boomer, the cheeky Dachshund.

Jess Woolrich

Veterinary Nurse

Jess gained her degree in veterinary nursing in 2011. Shortly after qualifying she  moved to Hong Kong with husband Andrew and worked in a small animal and exotic veterinary hospital. During this time Jess studied for and gained a Certificate in Nursing Exotic Species. She returned to the UK in late 2012 and joined Ash tree Vets shortly afterwards. In her spare time enjoys spending time with her two sons, and her rescue catss from Hong Kong, as well as a tortoise!

Karen Asplen

Veterinary Nurse

Karen began her career in veterinary nursing 2006, having moved over from the banking sector! After a previous Head Nurse role at her lasy veterinary practice, Karen wanted to get back to the hands on side of nursing, and so moved to join us at Ash Tree Vets in 2016. She lives with husband, Nigel, and a menagerie of animals, including an Australian Cattle Dog, three Border Terriers, three Tortoises and two Corn Snakes!

Kerry Brown

Veterinary Nurse

Kerry qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016 from Anglia Ruskin University and the College of West Anglia and joined us shortly after. She lives with boyfriend Daniel and has a variety of much loved pets including a lovely Lhasa Apso called Finley, a Bearded Dragon called Yoshi, two Crested Geckos called Freddy and Fly and a Tortoise called Terry!

Reception

Rachel Moakes

Senior Receptionist

Rachel smoothly runs our “front of house”. Following a career in the police force she has worked in veterinary practice for over 20 years. Rachel joined our team soon after we opened in 2011 and travels over 100 miles every day with ex racing greyhound Dennis to do the job that she loves! At home alongside partner Simon and several ex-battery hens Rachel volunteers for the British Hen Welfare Trust running rehoming days for thousands of hens every year. She is a constant source of knowledge for “all things chicken”!

Layla Harriman

Receptionist

With a lifetime love for animals, in 2014 Layla left her role within the NHS to work in veterinary practice. Having practised as a Specialist Microbiologist for 20 years, it was time for a change! She is now part of our front of house team and is there so make your pet’s visit to Ash Tree run as smoothly as she can. Home life is very important to Layla, and she shares this with husband Ashley, daughter Lottie, and her mini zoo… A self confessed “crazy cat lady”, Layla has 6 feline friends, including several rescues and hand reared kittens; along with 3 dogs and 2 bunnies.

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