Thurlby Practice

2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
T: 01778 420462, E:

Thurlby Practice

2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
T: 01778 420462

Market Deeping Practice

4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
T: 01778 420462, E:

Market Deeping Practice

4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
T: 01778 420462

Thurlby Practice

2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
T: 01778 420462, E:

Market Deeping Practice

4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
T: 01778 420462, E:

Veterinary Surgeons (Navy Blue Tunics)

Rebecca Kuttel BVSc MRCVS

Clinical Director, Business and Strategy Manager, Senior Vet

More about Rebecca

Rebecca opened Animates Veterinary Clinic in June 2005 in Thurlby, and continued to develop and re-invest in the practice to ensure it has always been able to provide the best service and care to patients and clients.  She has grown it from a one-site practice with four staff to a two-site practice, with a separate exotic clinic with over 40 staff.  As well as working as a vet, she is our Business and Strategy Manager working with the team to ensure that Animates remains a successful and progressive practice.

Rebecca studied veterinary medicine at Massey University in New Zealand and qualified in the year 2000. After graduating she started working in mixed rural practice in New Zealand before deciding to concentrate her energies on companion animals when she moved to the UK in 2003. Rebecca has worked in a number of different practices in New Zealand, Ireland and England.

Rebecca enjoys all aspects of first opinion veterinary medicine, is an excellent surgeon and is particularly interested in pain management. She completed an Acupuncture course in 2014 and has also introduced Laser therapy to the practice. Rebecca is currently studying for a BSAVA Ophthalmology Certificate.

Rebecca enjoys a range of different activities including travelling, cycling, diving, music and squash.

Katherine Wynn-Owen
BVetMed(Hons) BSAVA PGCertSAECC BSc(Hons) MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Emergency and Critical Care

Clinical Director, Clinical Excellence Manager, Senior Vet

More about Katherine

Katherine qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2006 and has worked at mixed and small animal practices in the UK before joining Animates in November 2011. Katherine is our Clinical Excellence Manager ensuring clinical excellence and direction by creating a practice culture based on high quality patient care.

Katherine has a post graduate BSAVA certificate in emergency and critical care which she passed with distinction and is an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in emergency and critical care. She also has an interest in ultrasonography and is currently working towards an Internal Medicine Certificate.

Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and their cats Rinca and Flores, horse riding, playing netball and socialising with friends. She has a keen interest in conservation and during her time at university completed an intercalated degree in veterinary conservation medicine. She enjoys travelling and has previously volunteered as a vet at an Orang-utan reintroduction centre in Indonesia.

Sarah Pellett VetMB CertAVP(ZooMed) BA BSc(Hons) DZooMed, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

More about Sarah

Sarah qualified from Cambridge University in 2006 and has since been working in small animal and exotic first opinion and referral practice. She started at Animates in December 2012.

Sarah is a RCVS recognised specialist in Zoo and Wildlife medicine and has the RCVS Certificate, Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoo Medicine and the RCVS Diploma in Zoo Medicine (Reptilian).

Her interest in exotic species started at an early age and prior to embarking on her veterinary degree Sarah gained a BSc (Honours) degree in Zoology. She has travelled and worked at various Zoos and Animal Parks in the UK, Australia and South Africa.

Sarah has been involved with RSPCA rabbit and reptile clinics. She is a member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society and is an advisor for the Invertebrate Health Working Group for British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria. She has a wide range of professional interests including exotic surgery and medicine.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys walking her two dogs and travelling.

Laura Berenguer MRCVS

More about Laura

Laura qualified in Madrid’s Universidad Complutense in 2015. Before moving to the UK and joining the Animates team, she worked as the on-site veterinary surgeon in a wildlife rescue center in Costa Rica for nearly three years. There she gained experience with primates, toucans, parrots, sloths, anteaters and a large variety of other birds of prey and mammals.

Since a young age Laura has known that she wanted to dedicate herself to working with exotic pets and wildlife. She has also been a herpetology hobbyist for over a decade. What she enjoys most about the veterinary medicine profession besides being able to work with exotics is orthopaedic surgery, especially in birds and small mammals.

In her free time she enjoys travelling around the world, spending time with her best friends, doing herpetological expeditions to observe reptiles and amphibians in the wild, as well as keeping aquariums and terrariums at home.

Jessica Regosz DrMedVet MRCVS

More about Jessica

Jessica is originally from France and qualified from the St Istvan University in Budapest in 2007. When she qualified Jessica moved to the UK and has worked in practices in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire before joining Animates in April 2017.

She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a particular interest in surgery and dermatology.

When not at work, she enjoys travelling, swimming and the company of good friends.

Julie Vandekerckove MVetMed MRCVS

More about Julie

Julie qualified from Ghent University in Belgium in February 2017. During her studies she joined an exchange program to work with wildlife in Malaysia. Before she moved to the UK and started at Animates in September 2017 she performed some locum work in small animal practices in Belgium. Her main interest is exotic animal medicine and she is fascinated by reptiles and amphibians.

In her spare time Julie enjoys spending time with her pet cornsnake, travelling and being in company of friends and family.

Kath O’Boyle BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS

More about Kath

Kath graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2001 before working in a mixed animal practice in Shropshire for three years. It was here that the interest in surgery and eyes began, starting with her own diabetic dog that required cataract surgery. She then travelled to the USA to undertake a veterinary ophthalmology internship at Michigan State University.

Kath was awarded the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2009. She has worked at various small animal practices in the UK, as well as taking a career break to look after her four children while she was living in the USA. Kath has recently come back to work and has been with the team at Animates since May 2018.

She is currently working towards the RCVS advanced practitioner status in veterinary ophthalmology.

Registered Veterinary Nurses (Hospital Blue Tunics)

Kirsty Smith BSc(Hons) DipAVN(small animal) RVN

Client Experience Manager, Senior Nurse, Clinical Coach

More about Kirsty

Kirsty grew up in the local area and started working in Veterinary practices in 2004.  She joined the Animates team in 2008 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010. Since then she has gained the RCVS Advanced Diploma in veterinary nursing, and a first class honours degree in clinical veterinary nursing.

Kirsty is our Client Experience Manager, ensuring every aspect of your experience with us is outstanding. Kirsty also has a keen interest in teaching, and she has previously worked as a veterinary nursing lecturer at the College of Animal Welfare. She is heavily involved in training the student nurses as a clinical coach.

In her spare time she has an elderly pony to care for and enjoys cycling, eating out and scaffolding!

Hannah Parrott RVN

Senior Nurse

More about Hannah

Hannah qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1996. Since qualifying she has completed the Royal Canin Pet Health Councillor (PHC) and Advanced PHC courses and has a keen interest in pet nutrition and diets. Due to having a diabetic cat in the past, she is very interested in the care of diabetic patients and has completed the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) diabetes advisor course.

Hannah has worked as a veterinary nurse in various practices around the country, before starting at Animates in November 2012.  In 2000 she spent a year in Australia where she worked with a lot of exotic pets and wildlife. She still enjoys working with exotics at Animates.

Hannah lives with her two children, and their naughty cat Jeff. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and handbag shopping!

Annabelle Gharibi RVN

​Senior Nurse, Clinical Coach

More about Annabelle

Annabelle joined Animates in September 2009 as a kennel assistant and started her Level 3 Nursing Diploma a year later. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in August 2013. Annabelle has a keen interest in weight management and has completed her Pet Health Counsellor (PHC) award. Annabelle also enjoys the nursing of exotic species.

Annabelle lives in Langtoft with her husband David and their daughter Imogen.  She enjoys walking her two dogs (Molly and Diesel) and spending time with her two cats (Yogi and Charlie).

Annabelle’s hobbies include walking the dogs, cooking, going to festivals, swimming, socialising with friends and scuba diving.

Suzanne Reynolds-Warnes CertFN RVN

More about Suzanne

Originally from Yorkshire, Suzanne started her nursing career in 1992 in Leeds. She re-located to London in 1996, where she gained her nursing qualification, and gradually progressed through to Head Nurse. Suzanne settled in the rural outskirts of Spalding in 2002 to be closer to family, but continued to commute to London to work. A change of circumstances allowed her to pursue a more leisurely pace of life away from London and Suzanne joined Animates in April 2013. She is now part of the night nursing team at the Thurlby clinic, and enjoys spending her day shifts split between the Market Deeping and Thurlby practices.

Suzanne has a special interest in all things cat, and in 2017 passed the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Certificate in Feline Nursing. She is also our “Cat Advocate” as part of the ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic Scheme.

Outside work, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her partner and their brood of dogs, cats, guinea pigs and chickens. She also enjoys entertaining friends, going swimming, cycling and walking.

Katie Davey RVN

More about Katie

Katie gained her nursing qualification in September 2012 and joined Animates in May 2013 having previously worked at another practice in the area for five and a half years.

Katie has a keen interest in the nursing of exotic species in particular small mammals. She also enjoys looking after our dog and cat in-patients which she does as one of our night nursing team.

In her spare time Katie enjoys taking long walks with her two dogs Hugo (a springer spaniel) and Henry (a black Labrador). She has a menagerie of animals including cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and ducks which she spends a lot of time looking after. She also enjoys photography and spending time with her friends.

Rochelle Hudnott RVN

Senior Nurse

More about Rochelle

After leaving school Rochelle completed a first diploma in Animal care before starting work at a veterinary practice in Middlesex in 2004. Here she completed her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification, passing with distinction. She then travelled up and down the UK working at several practices for 3 years, before settling down to start a family in Lincolnshire. Rochelle joined Animates in September 2011 where she completed her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing qualifying in 2014 and becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Since then she has completed her Pet Health Counsellor (PHC) award and enjoys advising owners on all aspects of their pets diets.

Rochelle enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but has a special interest in emergency care. She also enjoys spending time talking to clients about their pets in our nurse consultations. Rochelle lives in Bourne with her husband and two children. She has a guinea pig called Daisy and a cat called Dusty. In her spare time she enjoys going out with family and friends as well as swimming and travelling. She also loves a good party!

Amelia Hubbard BSc(Hons) RVN APVN-Avian

Day Manager, Senior Nurse, Clinical Coach

More about Amelia

Amelia grew up in Stamford before leaving to do a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management at Harper Adams University in 2015. She then worked for Animates as a Registered Nurse for over a year, being one of our first Night Nurses.

In Feburary 2017 she moved to Hong Kong to work in an Emergency and Exotic Referral Hospital. She was over there for 20 months working as a hospital and surgical nurse.

In November 2018 she returned to work for us as a full time registered veterinary nurse working in both the Exotic and Small Animal departments. Amelia is also our Day Manager, facilitating the smooth running of the practice by organising the day.

In June 2019 she completed her Advanced Programme in Avian Species and is currently working towards her Advanced Programme in Reptile and Amphibian, Small Mammal and Wildlife species.

Rebecca Featherstone BSc(Hons) RVN

More about Becky

Becky lives locally on her family farm in Clipsham, and has always had a passion for animals. Before working for Animates Becky spent time in South Africa where she was involved in wildlife conservation projects. After returning she completed a degree in science and environmental conservation before working as a zoo keeper in Yorkshire.  She then decided she wanted to become a veterinary nurse, and started at Animates to begin her training in January 2016.  She qualified and became registered in 2019.

In her spare time Becky enjoys riding her horse Chester and looking after her farm animals which includes Antonio the alpaca.

Natalie Mostowyj RVN

More about Natalie

Natalie joined Animates in July 2017 having recently qualified as a Veterinary Nurse. Natalie grew up in South Africa and moved to the UK when she was 13.  She has had a passion for animals (particularly exotic mammals) ever since.

In addition to looking after our exotic patients, Natalie particularly enjoys providing care for the more critical of our in-patients and has a special interest in rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

Natalie has been married to her husband Gary since 2013 and they have 2 rabbits and a cockapoo called Oakleigh who Natalie enjoys walking with in the local area.

Gwen Payne RVN

More about Gwen

Gwen has been passionate about animals from a very young age having grown up on a cattle farm on the outskirts of Londonderry in Northern Ireland. She chose her career path as a Veterinary Nurse and started volunteering in Veterinary practices from the age of 16. She graduated with an Honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice management from Harper Adams University in 2008 and then went on to work at a small animal hospital in Cambridgeshire for 10 years, 5 of which were spent as a branch nurse.

Gwen joined Animates in 2018 having recently moved to the area. Gwen enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing particularly caring for the inpatients and emergency care.

Gwen lives in Folkingham with her husband, two children and three black labradors to keep her busy! Outside of work Gwen loves socialising with friends and spending time with family.

Student Veterinary Nurses (Blue Striped Tunics)

Rachael Evans

More about Rachael

Rachael joined Animates in December 2016. She is originally from Shrewsbury. Before coming to Animates Rachael has worked at other Veterinary practices for 15 years. She plans to enrol at college in 2018 on a level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing course so she can achieve her goal of becoming a veterinary nurse.

In her spare time she likes running, riding her bike and spending time with her husband and 2 sons who are also keen bikers and runners. She has an elderly long-haired cat called Pete.

Robyn Rigby

More about Robyn

Robyn has completed an Animal Management level 3 extended diploma.  This led her to make the decision to start her veterinary nurse training which she began in April 2018, joining Animates not long after in October 2018.

Robyn has grown up around horses and spends most of her spare time with her Argentinian polo pony called Mia. She also has a working cocker spaniel called Pickle.

She also enjoys walking and her favourite place to go is the Lake District.

Sharni Halford

More about Sharni

Sharni has recently moved back home after three years in Scotland where she worked as a wildlife rehabilitator and a Veterinary Care Assistant.  She was absolutely thrilled to be offered a position at Animates so she can pursue her dream care career in nursing.  She has a special interest in exotics, with a soft spot for rabbits in particular, having three cheeky bunnies  of her own at home.

Outside of work, when she isn’t chasing after her bunnies, she enjoys reading BBC wildlife magazines, listening to and playing music, watersports and travelling.

Emma Jude

More about Emma

Emma has been working as a veterinary receptionist since 2016 and started her nurse training in September 2019. This was something she has wanted to do for a long time. She joined the Animates team in December 2019. At home, she has a beautiful but sassy cat called Louie and a very excitable cocker spaniel called Bella. She enjoys keeping fit and is currently training for her first tough mudder this year.

Veterinary Care Assistants (Pale Blue Tunics)

Emilie Taylor

More about Emilie

Before joining Animates, Emilie previously completed a degree in Photography and has spent a couple of years travelling, working as a photographer, volunteering and living abroad. This year she decided to pursue a career change and follow her love for animals and has been with us since May 2019.

In her spare time, Emilie spends a lot of time with her dog, Diego and her two cats Kitty and Smudge. She also loves to travel, work on photography projects, write for her blog and keep active by doing Crossfit.

Emilie hopes to begin her Veterinary Nursing training soon and is really looking forward to it.

Fern Foy

More about Fern

Prior to working at Animates Fern worked as a hairdresser for 5 years. Fern has always had a passion for working with animals and currently volunteers at a dog rescue centre. After her own cat was hospitalised she saw how well the veterinary team works and realised she wanted to be a part of it. Fern lives with her partner and their cat, Boo. In her spare time she enjoys spending her time with her family and a spot of shopping.

Fern is hoping to undertake her veterinary nursing training soon.

Elizabeth Hughes

More about Elizabeth

Elizabeth was born and brought up in Deeping. She now lives in Bourne with her husband and their four cats (Tottie, Robinson, Crusoe and Holly). Elizabeth previously worked as a development coach for a large building society and she joined Animates in May 2018.

Elizabeth particularly enjoys how different each and every day is, including meeting Animates’ friendly and chatty clients and their beloved pets when on reception shifts.  In addition she deals with general queries and looks after finance and insurance. Elizabeth has a desire to be a Veterinary Nurse and so recently started to spend time working as a Veterinary Care Assistant in addition to her support team duties.

In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to spend time with her 3 step daughters and her niece and nephew, as well as knitting premature and new born baby clothes and blankets.

Receptionists (Black Tunics)

Janice Hill 

More about Janice

Originally from Cambridgeshire, Janice has lived and worked locally for a number of years and joined Animates in April 2013.  She particularly enjoys the fact that after working here for several years she has got to know many of our clients and their pets well.

Janice is married to Martin and they live in Kirkby Underwood with their Patterdale Terrier, Boris. As a member of the Rotary Club of Bourne St Peter, Janice is actively involved in the community and participates in various projects in her village. In her spare time Janice enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and walking Boris in the local countryside.

Lyn Moyser 

More about Lyn

​Lyn moved to Lincolnshire in 2017. Having spent 25 years working in finance Lyn decided to change her career and was excited to join the Animates Team in November 2017.

Lyn enjoys the fact that every day is different, and she likes the supportive environment and team spirit at Animates. She has also found it interesting meeting exotic species that she hadn’t come into contact with before working here.

Lyn is a lifelong animal lover and a keen amateur photographer, and particularly enjoys photographing animals, nature and wildlife.”

Barbara Spiller

More about Barbara

Barbara joined our team as a part-time Receptionist after a long career in marketing and PR in corporate organisations and her own consultancy business. She lives in Bourne with her partner, Phil and daughter Molly and is the owner of mini long-haired Dachshund, Hector and a cat Sabrina.

Barbara continues to enjoy writing for pleasure and professionally. Perhaps working for Animates will inspire a novel in the future! Her other interests include raising awareness of blood and organ donation, knitting for charity, walking (she is a member of a walking group in London) and pilates.

Tracey King

More about Tracey

Tracey was born in London and grew up in Peterborough. She now lives in Tallington. Tracey started working at Animates in September 2019. As an animal lover, she had always dreamed of working in a veterinary practice. Tracey doesn’t currently have any animals but growing up, had a cat, 2 parrots a cockatiel, and a syrian hamster (but not all at the same time)

Tracey’s interests are arts and crafts, visiting art galleries, going to live music and comedy shows, films and reading. She has exhibited her own art work in a local arts centre and sells her paintings occasionally.

Bethany Bishop-Laggett 

More about Bethany

Bethany studied Animal management at the Cambridge College of West Anglia and previously worked for a major phone network for four years. After having her little boy in July 2018, she decided she wanted a change of career and realised a part-time receptionist role at Animates would be a great opportunity, joining us in October 2019.

 When she’s not entertaining her son, Bethany enjoys reading fiction novels or catching up on her favourite soaps in the evenings. She has recently started to enjoy baking but says she still can’t cook very well!

Bethany has a firm interest in exotic animals and in the past has been involved in looking after a snake, leopard Gecko and Blue tongued skink as well as her families two rabbits, two cats and dog.

Support Team (Black Tunics)

Emma Barron-Clark

Support Manager

More about Emma

Emma grew up in Thurlby, and used to enjoy riding horses around the area. She now lives in Bourne with her fiancé and twin daughters, born July 2012. Emma previously worked as a customer service manager for a mailing company and she joined Animates March 2013.

Emma particularly enjoys the fact that her job gives her the opportunity to interact with many people.  Emma is our Support Manager organising the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the business.  In addition, she deals with general queries, looks after our Pet Care Plans, Accounts and Payroll and helps on reception. 

Most of her spare time is spent entertaining her children and enjoying family days out. She also enjoys gardening and D.I.Y. as well as a recently discovered interest in restoring furniture.

2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
T: 01778 420462, E:

4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
T: 01778 420462, E:

2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
T: 01778 420462

4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
T: 01778 420462