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.
Shannon started working at the Anchorage as an auxiliary veterinary nurse in August 2011 after working here as a kennel assistant since June 2008. She has always worked with animals as she grew up on a farm, and enjoys working at Anchorage as she feels privileged to work with a great team and loves helping all kinds of animals. Her passion is cattle and she enjoys working on the farm with her husband, especially when it is calving season. Shannon also attends the Royal Norfolk Show and shows her own Lincoln Red cattle. In her spare time Shannon loves caring for her dogs and taking them for walks on the beach. Shannon has a Border Collie called Fen, a working Cocker Spaniel called Clint, a docile working Labrador called Gyp and a working Cocker puppy called Eley.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Sofie is our animal nursing 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 fulfil her dream of becoming a qualified veterinary nurse as she thoroughly enjoys helping animals and finds her job very rewarding.