Laura Simm RVN
Laura started as a student veterinary nurse in 2003, qualified in 2007 and became head nurse in 2012. She enjoys the more exotic species at work, such as tortoises and lizards. She qualified in veterinary nursing of exotics, progressing her knowledge in this field of veterinary medicine. Laura has also qualified as a companion animal SQP, meaning she can advise and dispense medications within certain categories. At home Laura enjoys walking her Rottweiler with her young family, baking cakes and socialising with friends.
Kara-Jayne Barnes RVN
Kara has been working at Anchorage since June 2008 and began her vet nurse training in September 2010. Kara qualified as an RVN in April 2014 and has since become a clinical coach, assisting with training of student vet nurses. Kara enjoys carrying out lab work and diagnostics. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with her friends and listening to music. Kara has a long-haired cat called Amina, who was rescued from The Cats Protection League and has a heart condition but still acts like a lunatic.
Marlon Barnes RVN
Marlon has been working at the Anchorage since 2007, initially for one day a week work experience for two years for the BTEC national diploma in animal management. He then joined the team full-time in 2009 as a trainee veterinary nurse and qualified as a registered nurse in 2015. Marlon and his wife have a cat called Amina who is very mischievous and fluffy and a cornsnake called Loki who is very laid back and friendly but does like to try and escape occasionally! Marlon’s other interests include art and music – he loves all types of rock and blues and his favourite band is Muse. Marlon has also taught himself to play guitar.
Charlotte Henderson RVN
Charlotte completed her training to be a registered veterinary nurse and enjoys her job very much as it’s both fun and rewarding and she feels she is making a difference helping animals. She started working at the Anchorage in December 2014, and says her experience here has been great as she has met lots of friendly people and assisted in many interesting cases. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys taking her dogs Phoebe and Teddy on the beach. She also enjoys spending time with family and causing mischief with her identical twin sister.
Mel Russell RVN
Mel joined the Anchorage team in September 2018. After completing a Zoology degree she went onto complete her veterinary nurse training in 2007. She worked at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for ten years and then the Blue Cross for three years. During her maternity leave, Mel and her family moved to Norwich to be closer to their family. Whilst on maternity leave she also completed a certificate in Exotic nursing. Mel enjoys all aspects of nursing but her favourite areas include theatre and inpatient care. In her spare time she likes to go on walks with her family and to practice snowboarding.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Paige is a veterinary nurse student who joined the Anchorage team in January 2019. She is currently studying at Easton and Otley College and enjoys it very much. Paige enjoys all aspects of the role especially holding the animals to help the vets. Paige has two cats of her own, called Nova and Aida, and she loves playing with and fussing them. Paige also enjoys reading, watching Netflix and baking in her spare time.
Patient Care Assistant
Sofie is a patient care assistant who joined our team in July 2017. She has always had a passion for animals and has previously worked in a grooming parlour and dog rescue centre. Sofie grew up on a farm and is the proud owner of eight dogs, an African pygmy hedgehog and two guinea pigs. She hopes to one day fulfill her dream of becoming a qualified veterinary nurse as she thoroughly enjoys helping animals and finds her job very rewarding.
Patient Care Assistant
Zoe joined the Anchorage team at the beginning of October 2018. She started her career within the veterinary industry in 2013 and loves all aspects of the job with a particular interest in anaesthetics, long term care of patients and lab work. She enjoys looking after all the animals that we have come into the practice and getting to know our clients. Outside of work, Zoe enjoys performing in musical shows with her local theatre company and taking care of her Border Collie, Kovu along with her cats and rabbit.