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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 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 two sons Archie and Ollie, two labradors, two cats and three 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 three children, Mollie, Toby and Sophie, two dogs, a cat and some hens. 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

Tessa graduated from Bristol University in 2006, moved to Newmarket in 2008 before joining 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 three children Lottie, Harry and Wilbur as well as two cats and some 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 Georgina loves nothing more than a long dog walk lunch with her Gordon Setter Fergus and partner Richard. She is a keen skier and loves trying new sports and adventures.

Juliet Chamberlain

Veterinary Surgeon

Juliet graduated from Bristol University in 2016 and has recently joined the Ash Tree team after moving from London to rural Suffolk. Juliet has a love of all small animals, with a special place in her heart for Dachshunds. She loves baking (much to the delight of the team!) and spends her spare time burning off all that cake with lots of running, cycling, swimming and horse riding! We’re very excited to have Juliet onboard and are sure our clients will like her just as much as we do.

Veterinary Nurses

Amy Taylor-Holt

Nursing and Practice Manager

Amy, began her veterinary nursing career in 2005, and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2007. Amy was part of the original Ash Tree team helping to open the practice in 2011. With a passion for all aspects of her job, she heads-up our fantastic team. Outside of work she can be found riding her horses, baking, or walking her Border Terrier. Amy also has  some chickens and 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 spending time with her pony, Jacka.

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.

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 last 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 has several pets, including three Border Terriers, Tortoises and 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 yound chocolate labrador called Maise, a cheeky young cat, a Bearded Dragon called Yoshi, two Crested Geckos called Freddy and Fly and a Tortoise called Terry!

Bethany Adams

Student Veterinary Nurse

Having graduated with a degree Marine Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation in 2016, Bethany then worked in the public aquarium industry and developed a strong interest in all things veterinary. After successfully applying for a Student Veterinary Nurse placement with us, Beth joined the team in the summer of 2018, and is already an invaluable member of staff. When not at work or college she can be found studying hard for her Veterinary Nursing qualification, whilst keeping an eye on her cheeky cat Elmo who loves to get into everything! Beth is also good at baking, which always goes down very well with the rest of the team!

Jessica A'Court

Animal Nursing Assistant

In 2019 Jess changed careers and moved back to East Anglia after spending four years in Scotland. After a successful application process, she is now Ash Tree’s newest recruit and is currently studying towards her Level 2 Certificate in Veterinary Care Support, in the aim of studying to become a Veterinary Nurse. She lives with her partner and their mischievous Westie-cross, Peggy. When not working or studying, Jess enjoys travelling, going for long walks, and cooking for friends and family!


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 her three-legged rescue lurcher to do the job that she loves! At home 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


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 to 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 several feline friends, including rescues and hand reared kittens; along with dogs, rabbits and chickens!

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