Veterinary Nurses feature

Veterinary Nurses

Liz Lewis RVN MBVNA Head Veterinary Nurse

Liz is our longest serving member of staff. She joined our nursing team over 30 years ago in 1980. Axe Valley was her training placement for her Veterinary Nursing Training, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 1990, becoming Head nurse in the same year. She has a vast knowledge and experience of all areas of veterinary practice to pass on to our nursing team, new graduates and vet students.

Liz was the main stay in the out of hours nursing cover until 2010 when a duty nursing rota was introduced to assist the Vets with out of hours emergency cover, giving her more spare time to enjoy walking her three dogs Vashti, Isaac and Colby caring for her 3 cats, corn snake, reading and various crafts.


Lizzie Woszczyk RVN MBVNA Head Clinical Nurse 

Lizzie joined us in September 2007 as a kennel / nursing assistant. In January 2011 she gained her Veterinary Nursing qualification, after 2 years of study at Norton Radstock College.

Lizzie enjoys camping and travelling when she can, she has 2 dogs Snoop and Stanley, 3 Pigs, 5 Chickens, 2 Cockerels and 2 ducks to keep her busy.


Kath Harris RVN MBVNA

Kath has started here at Axe Valley in June 2014, she qualified in 2000. She enjoys all aspects of nursing especially emergency nursing, critical care, and nursing consultations, she couldn't be happier than when making a chicken from a rubber glove to entertain our younger clients, or out and about on farms.

Kath is currently running puppy school on a Tuesday at our Cheddar and Wells branches, and splits the rest of her week between the Wells and Blackford surgeries.

Away from work she has 3 young children, enjoys being outside horse riding and exploring the beautiful Mendips with her dog "Hector".


Amanda Churches - RVN MBVNA

Amanda joined the nursing team in February 2015 after working at an animal charity. Amanda has 2 cats and 2 rabbits, Spud and Turnip and would like to get a dog in the future. 

In her spare time Amanda likes to keep fit cycling the countryside and enjoys spending days on the beach. 


Nicole Handley - RVN MBVNA 

Nicole joined the practice in 2008 after moving to the UK from Canada, where she worked in a Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Ontario for 7 years.

Nicole is now studying for her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and her interests lie in exotic pets, ultrasonography and radiography.

In her spare time Nicole loves to spend time with her dog Stanley and 3 cats.



Emma Waller VCA - Veterinary Care Assistant

Emma began her nursing career in 2006 at a Veterinary Practice in the Polden Hills area, joining the team at Axe Valley in July 2010. She has also worked at the Heavens Gate Animal Rescue. Emma is the main receptionist at our Woolavington branch, with Val Ball and Val Howes, but has a vast experience as a nursing assistant, helping the nursing team at Blackford with inpatient care. She recently completed the Veterinary Care Assistants course at Cannington College gaining a Distinction and has a keen interest in nutrition, animal behaviour and psychology.

In her spare time Emma keeps herself busy with her 2 collies Bailey and Casper and cat Marble. Both Bailey and Marble were hand reared, and we often see Emma with a basket of young puppies or kittens to hand rear. In addition to this she takes part in agility and has started sheep dog training with Casper.

For many years Emma has been assessing dogs for the Avon and Somerset Police force.

Emma is currently on maternity leave.


Emily Bear - RVN MBVNA

Emily joined the Practice in August 2011 as a Nursing Assistant after sitting her GCSE examinations. Her role is to assist the clinical team with the care of inpatients and general hygiene in the clinical areas of the practice. Her aim is to become a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and she hopes to attend Cannington College in 2013 to study for her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Emily has always had a keen interest in animal care and welfare, whilst studying at school she secured a position at a local cattery helping with feeding and general welfare of the cats boarding there.

Emily plays hockey in her spare time for the Cheddar team and enjoys caring for her cat Teagle.

Susie Whitcombe - RVN

Susie is currently an Animal Nursing Assistant here at Blackford. Susie completed her Animal Management Course at Cannington College and achieved D*D*D*. She is beginning her Veterinary Nurse training here at Axe Valley in September.

In Susie's spare time she likes to do baton twirling, where she has represented England at European Level and came away with the top 6 places in Europe.

Susie also has a large interest in farm animals, helping out on her Nan's local farm.

Lacey Eveleigh – Animal Nursing Assistant

Lacey joined the nursing team in the new year after being involved with business admin roles but realised animals were her passion. Lacey would like to gain her veterinary nurse qualification and is also interested in dog grooming with Beth Lock. Lacey owns her own horse called Missy which she enjoys happy hacking and spending her spare time with. Large animal is also of interest to her.