Our Team 2017-06-28T10:55:02+00:00

Here at Bourne Veterinary Practice we are a dedicated team consisting of surgeons, nurses, therapists, assistants and support staff

Our Veterinary Surgeons

Rob McMeeking

Veterinary Surgeon | Practice Owner

Rob McMeeking graduated from Liverpool University in 1997 and then worked in mixed practice in Wetherby in Yorkshire for a while. However, he rapidly realised that his real interests were with small animals and so he moved to the PDSA clinic near Leeds were he gained masses of invaluable experience.

Rob and Rachel moved back to Kent shortly after getting married and Rob worked at Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital, near Maidstone.

Rachel McMeeking

Veterinary Surgeon | Practice Owner

Rachel McMeeking graduated from Liverpool University in 1996. She stayed on at Liverpool for a further 3 years doing an anaesthesia residency and gained her Certificate in Anaesthesia in 1999.

She then spent the next few years working as a horse vet at the Minster Equine Clinic in York. Rob and Rachel met at Liverpool University where they studied together and married in 1999.

Liam Barnet

Veterinary Surgeon

Liam Barnet joined us in December 2014. Liam grew up in Kent and has a cat called Thomas that he saved from being put to sleep whilst in his first job.

Liam enjoys going to the gym, running and playing football.

Sorrel Proctor

Veterinary Surgeon

Sorrel Proctor joined us in February 2015. Sorrel also grew up in Kent and has a cat called Batgirl who she acquired while working in her first practice.

In her spare time, she is studying for a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and has recently taken up kite surfing as a hobby.

Cate Brothwell

Veterinary Surgeon

Cate Brothwell has worked with us part-time since 2007.

When not at work she is very kept busy with her 4 little girls Abbie, Olivia, Emma and Phoebe, a border terrier called Poppy, 2 cats and 4 guinea pigs!

Katrina Farrow

Veterinary Surgeon

Katrina qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and since then has worked in first and second opinion small animal practices across the South of England, before eventually coming home to roost and joining Bourne Vets in April 2017.

She is studying for the RCVS advanced veterinary practice certificate in Veterinary Public Health and has a geeky interest in infectious diseases and epidemiology.

In her spare time, she sings in several choirs and tries her hand at various instruments including the piano and violin. She is also training for her brown belt in shotokan karate

Vicki Hawkes

Veterinary Surgeon

Vicki is from Kent originally, studied at the Royal Veterinary College in London and then returned to Kent, working in Herne Bay and then Medway before joining Bourne Vets.

Vicki enjoys travelling and recently spent a month visiting Thailand, Vietnam and finally Cambodia which is a fascinating place with an unbelievable history.

She is now spending all her spare time renovating her house!

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Our Nurses + Therapists

Isobel Dorr

Veterinary Nurse

Isobel joined the practice in May 2006 and works on a part-time basis. She started her veterinary nurse training in 2010 and qualified in 2013. She has an interest in cats and is due to complete the ISFM Feline Nursing Diploma later this year.

Isobel is the Cat Advocate in the practice and has been responsible for helping the practice attain the ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic silver award.

Heidi Hilburn

Cert. CFVHNut – Veterinary Nurse

Heidi has been with us for nearly 10 years. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 and spent 5 years working nights in a busy veterinary emergency hospital before joining us.

At home Heidi is married to Darren and they share their house with a Working Cocker Spaniel puppy called Woody and a moggie called Marty.
Heidi has a Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition, which means she can give you lots of helpful feeding advice for your pets.

Donna Stewert

Veterinary Nurse

Donna has worked with us since 2007 and currently works part-time as the clinical coach for our training nurses.

Donna is married to Grant who is a vet and they have 2 children called Emily and Tobias. They also have 3 cats, 3 guinea pigs and a tortoise!

Julie Scott

Veterinary Nurse

Jules has worked with us since the beginning, when we first opened in March 2006. Jules has quite a menagerie at home, including a very special black cat called Pierre who is a regular visitor to the practice as he is still recovering from being hit by a car several years ago.

Jules has a keen interest in wildlife and in her spare time she volunteers at Fur and Feather Wildlife Trust. Jules is also interested in puppy socialisation and with Lauren, she runs our Puppy Classes.

Hayley Buggins

Veterinary Nurse

Hayley Buggins joined us in 2010 to do her training and is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse.

Hayley enjoys travelling and horse riding and is an active member o the local Young Farmer’s Club.

Nicola Robertson

Veterinary Nurse

Nicola graduated from the RVC in 2011 and joined Bourne in February 2017. Previously, she worked at an orthopaedic referral centre and has an interest in orthopaedics and hydrotherapy.

She has a 5-year-old cat called Crunchie that was rescued from her first job after she was brought in as a stray. In her spare time she enjoys reading and swimming, and meeting up with friends for a good catch up.

Lauren Howard

Student Veterinary Nurse

Lauren Howard started with us in June 2011 and is currently in her 2nd year training to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse. Lauren has a gorgeous Working Cocker Spaniel called Rory and in her spare time they enjoy doing Dog Agility together.

She also has 4 cats, Tiggy, Tilly, Tessa and Tansy and a rabbit called Blossom!

Avril Coleman


Avril Coleman has worked with us since 2010 and is our resident Hydrotherapist. Avril has 2 dogs called Finlay and Trudy, a horse and a Shetland called Thunder.

In her spare time she enjoys dressage and generally being a proper country bumpkin!

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Our Receptionists

Anne Chapman


Ann Chapman has worked with us since 2012.

We think that Ann is the member of staff with the most pets! She has 2 dogs, 3 cats, a rabbit, 8 Cockatiels and 15 ferrets, so she doesn’t really have time for any other hobbies!

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Sheena Gall


Sheena lives in Bekesbourne and has a rabbit called Bugsy that she has adopted since starting here in June!

When she’s not at work Sheena is kept busy with her 4 grandchildren and she also enjoys walking and reading.

Geraldine West


Geraldine lives in Adisham with her little Jack Russell who is now 18 years old.

She has over 7 years experience working as a receptionist which she really enjoys as she loves meeting new people. Geraldine’s hobbies include gardening and woodland walks.

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