Our Vet Nurses

Cat Burdett RVN CertVNECC

Cat is our head nurse and has been working in practice since July 2006.

Cat grew up in Weaverham and began her nursing career working at veterinary practices in Northwich. She then moved away to Worcestershire where she completed her training and gained her qualification. She joined Hollybank as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 2012.

In work Cat has a keen interest in feline nursing and has achieved a distinction in the Advanced Award in Feline Nursing. She also holds a Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (CertVNECC). Cat is currently studying towards the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DipAVN) at Harper Adams University.

Outside of work Cat likes to grow her own veg, enjoys baking and decorating cakes and spending time with her two cats – Oscar and Patch.

Leonie Handford RVN

Leonie completed her degree at Myerscough College, qualifying in July 2014 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She joined Hollybank in September 2014. She is very interested in canine behaviour, exotics and enjoys learning about wound management.

At home she has two bearded dragons called Kiyo and Bandit and an axolotl called Lottie. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, horse riding and music festivals.

Leonie has a particular interest in physiotherapy and has recently gained the BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation.

Aimee Richardson RVN

Aimee began working at Hollybank in June 2015 after completing a degree in Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University. During Her training she worked at a small animal practice in Manchester and following university moved to Cheshire.

She particularly enjoys medical nursing and is interested in canine and feline behaviour.

Outside of work, she enjoys caring for her three cats, Sooty, Bambi and Arthur, and two rabbits, Buzz and Woody. She also likes to read and bake.


Alicia Steele BSc RVN

Alicia studied a Veterinary Nursing degree at Myerscough College and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in July 2015. She had always wanted to work with animals and enjoys all areas of nursing, not only caring for the animals but also the clients.

Alicia doesn’t own any pets at the moment but has owned hamsters, has fostered a terrapin called Ned and also pet-sits for family and friends.

In her spare time she enjoys days out with family and friends, live music and holidays to Cornwall.


Natalie Mcall RVN CertVNES

Natalie trained to become a veterinary nurse in Norfolk and qualified in 2011. She joined Hollybank in November 2017.

She enjoys all aspects of rabbit health and husbandry and has an interest in canine behaviour and wound management. Natalie also holds a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species (CertVNES).

Natalie has a Patterdale X Jack Russell Terrier and enjoys taking her for long walks. In her free time Natalie also enjoys kayaking, horse riding and in the last few years has started Latin and ballroom dancing.


Jessica Crump RVN Cert VNES

Jessica qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999 from North Trafford college. She’s originally from Altrincham, but now lives in Northwich with her husband Paul, Roscoe the dog, Bruce the cat and Jorge and Sofia the guinea pigs.

She has worked in several practices including referral centres, but prefers first opinion practice due to its increased variations. Jessica also holds a certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species (Cert VNES).


Katie Davies SVN

Katie is currently studying BSc Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University and is doing her placement year with us at Hollybank. Katie particularly enjoys caring for our feline patients and making them feel at home when they are staying with us. 

She has just moved to Sandiway from Shropshire, and is enjoying getting to know the area and local walk ways.  Katie owns two goldfish, Oliver and Chester, and a cat called Merlin, who lives back at home on her family farm. 




Claire Hall SVN

Claire is a BSc Veterinary Nursing student at Harper Adams University who is currently completing her sandwich year placement with us.  

She has moved into her new flat in Sandiway from Manchester and is enjoying her medical nursing module. She has a keen interest in neonatal after care and reproductive disorders. She has two rabbits back home called Oreo and Bailey and hopes to get her first puppy after university.


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