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Veterinary Surgeons

Bill Besley BVMS Cert SAM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Director

After graduating in 1993 from Glasgow University Bill has lived and worked in East Anglia ever since.  Pursuing a special interest in veterinary internal medicine Bill gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2002 and continues to follow his passion for helping animals with their often complex medical conditions. Bill founded Ash Tree Vets in 2011 with fellow Director Poppy.

Poppy Tunstill BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Director

Poppy graduated with honours 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 and passionate about veterinary acupuncture. Poppy founded Ash Tree Vets in 2011 with fellow Director Bill

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, with a particular interest in ophthalmology in cats and dogs.

Tessa Sander BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Tessa graduated from Bristol University in 2006 and joined Ash Tree vets in 2012. Tessa enjoys all aspect of companion animal medicine and surgery, with a particular love and interest in caring for our feline patients.

Georgina Bedford BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Georgina graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and joined Ash Tree Vets in 2015. Georgina is passionate about veterinary soft tissue surgery and has a particular soft spot for our canine friends, especially Setters!

Juliet Chamberlain

Veterinary Surgeon

Juliet graduated from Bristol University in 2016 joined the Ash Tree team in 2020. Juliet is passionate about her profession with a love of all small animals and a special place in her heart for Dachshundsand Cocker Spaniels!

Veterinary Nurses

Amy Taylor-Holt RVN

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, especially nurse clinics and client care, she heads-up our fantastic team.

Abbey Proctor RVN

Head Nurse

Abbey started her nursing career in 2003 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 and theatre nursing.

Laura Howe RVN

Deputy Head Nurse

Laura joined the team in 2014 as registered veterinary nurse and also holds 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 feline or canine behaviour related questions.

Karen Asplen RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Karen began her career in veterinary nursing 2006, joining the Ash Tree team in 2016. Karen has a passion for all aspects of veterinary nursing and client care. She has a particular soft spot for Border Terriers!

Kerry Brown RVN

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 and has been a integral member of our team since. Kerry has a passion for theatre nursing caring for patients admitted to the practice.

Bethany Adams SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Having graduated with a degree Marine Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation in 2016, Beth joined the Ash Tree team in the summer of 2018, and went on to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse in the summer of 2021. Beth is passionate about theatre and surgical nursing and is enjoying developing her skills and knowledge further.

Jessica A'Court SVN

Animal Nursing Assistant

After successfully completing a competitive application process in 2019, Jess joined the team and currently studying towards her Veterinary Nursing qualification. In the small gaps when she is not working or studying hard, Jess enjoys travelling, going for long walks, and cooking for friends and family!


Rachel Moakes

Head Receptionist

Rachel expertly  heads-up our “front of house” team and assists in processing your pets insurance claims. Having joined our team soon after we opened in 2011 she has been with us ever since and travels over 100 miles every day with her three-legged rescue lurcher to do the job that she loves!

Layla Harriman


Following a career in the NHS, Layla joined the Ash Tree front of house team in 2017. Layla is a cat lover and has a very soft spot for our feline patients when they visit the practice.

Georgina Payne


Georgina joined the reception team in 2020 and has become am integral part of our team. After over a decade in an equine hospital she has adapted to the smaller furry friends very quickly.

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