Here at Bourne Veterinary Practice we are a dedicated team consisting of surgeons, nurses, therapists, assistants and support staff
Our Veterinary Surgeons
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.
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.
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 kitesurfing as a hobby. Sorrel is currently away on maternity leave.
Cate Brothwell graduated from Bristol University in 2000 and has worked part-time for Bourne Vets for over ten years. She is studying towards a general practitioner certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain and has a particular interest in the management of osteoarthritis.
When she’s not working she’s kept busy at home looking after four daughters, three cats, four guinea pigs and her Border Terrier, Oaty.
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 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!
Claire graduated from Cambridge University in 2011. She started working for us in 2016.
At home she is ruled by Eric, her feisty ginger cat, who she acquired through a previous practice. In her spare time she enjoys silver smithing!
Vicki graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. She started working for us on a full time basis from March 2018.
Outside of work Vicki is very active and enjoys cycling, snowboarding and walking. She is also partial to a bit of baking!
Kelly graduated from the University of Kosice in 2014. She worked in Crawley and Worthing before coming back to Kent, where she grew up, to join us here in November 2018.
Kelly enjoys swimming and worked as a swimming teacher for 10 years before qualifying as a vet! At home, Kelly has two cats, Floyd and Vicky who she adopted from Cats Protection.
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Our Nurses + Therapists
Practice Manager (RVN)
Isobel joined the practice in May 2006 and is our Practice Manager, as well as one of our veterinary nurses. She started her veterinary nurse training in 2010 and qualified in 2013. She has an interest in cats and has completed her ISFM Feline Nursing Certificate and Diploma with Distinction.
Isobel is the Cat Advocate in the practice and has been responsible for helping the practice attain the ISFM Cat-Friendly Clinic gold award.
Hayley has been working at Bourne since we opened and qualified in 2013 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and she is now, in fact, our Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse. Hayley enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging. She recently became a clinical coach so will be mentoring Holly, our student nurse.
She has a labrador puppy named Fern, enjoys travelling and is an active member of the local Young Farms Club.
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 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 Stewart qualified in 2002 and has been working at Bourne since 2007. Donna has trained all the nurses at Bourne, bar 4! Her main interests are in-depth medical cases.
Donna has six guinea pigs, 2 cats and a tortoise and when they aren’t keeping her busy, her two children are!
Jules has been with us since we opened and loves the variety of amazing pets and clients that we meet. Jules particularly enjoys working with senior pets and has an interest in training and behaviour. Jules has undergone bereavement counselling and is able to offer support to our clients.
Outside of work Jules enjoys exploring the countryside with her spaniel Murphy, watching wildlife and Bollywood dancing!
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.
Hydrotherapist & Physiotherapist
Avril Coleman has worked with us since 2010. She graduated from Greenwich University in 2009 and Nottingham Vet School in 2014, where she studied Veterinary Physiotherapy. She works full time in our rehabilitation centre and specialises in small animal physiotherapy. \
In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, horse riding and other country pursuits. Avril likes to challenge herself with adventures abroad and also enjoys being a bit of a science geek!
Lauren Howard started working with us in June 2011 and in Summer 2017 qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She has two spaniels, Rory and Hattie, who she competes in agility with and has other pets at home too. Lauren has undergone bereavement counselling and is able to offer support to our clients.
Lauren has a keen interest in behaviour and stress-free handling. Along with Julie, she runs our early socialisation puppy classes.
Rebecca qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a wide range of first opinion and referral practices both as a locum and a permanent member of staff.
She enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a special interest in diagnostic imaging and cardiology. When she isn’t at work she is kept busy looking after her two daughters!
Hannah qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in Summer 2017. Hannah enjoys all aspects of nursing but is using her first year as a qualified nurse to explore the areas of nursing that interest her most as she is keen to continue learning and develop her skills further.
At home, she has two Cocker Spaniels called Bramble and Poppy and a Ragdoll cat called Ozzy, who rules the house! In Hannah’s spare time she enjoys travelling, reading and taking the dogs to new and exciting places. At the weekend, she enjoys canicross with her dog.
Leila qualified in 2003 and recently returned to practice after lecturing veterinary nursing and animal management at a local college for 9 years.
Leila has a certificate in nursing exotic species and although she likes all animals she has a particular interest in small furries. At home, she is kept busy looking after two young children and with any spare time she enjoys running and ballet.
At home, Nicole has a gorgeous, squishy bulldog called Tommy and a rescue cat called Captain Jack.
Nicole enjoys going to the gym and walking her dog.
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Student Veterinary Nurse
Holly has recently started her vet nurse training at Canterbury College so now she knows she has lots of studying ahead of her!
At home, she has a poodle called Jazz who she goes running with in her spare time, as well as going to the gym.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Lorna started working weekends in February 2016 and recently joined our full-time team as an animal nursing assistant. At home, Lorna has two dogs, a Springer Spaniel called Tilly, as well as Barney.
In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding and going to the gym.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Anett joined us in July 2018 as an animal nursing assistant.
At home she has two cats called Paddy and Sophia, and a Golden Retriever called Casey. In her spare time, she likes doing a bit of DIY in her new house!
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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!
Sandra Tappenden started working for us in October 2014. At home she has a cat called Knusterbucks (long story!). Her favourite part of working at Bourne is meeting the in-patients at the beginning of her shift and giving them cuddles!
In her spare time she enjoys gardening, looking after her three grand daughters and being a lady that lunches!
Sheena joined us in June 2015, lives in Bekesbourne and has a rabbit called Bugsy, that she adopted.
When she’s not at work, Sheena is kept busy with her 4 grandchildren and also enjoys walking and reading.
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.
Cindy Bliss started working at Bourne Vets in July 2017 after having previously worked for three years in another Veterinary practice. Cindy shares her home with her four adorable fur babies – Rosie and Nessie her dogs, and Merlin and Mystic her cats.
Cindy is a country girl at heart and loves to walk in the countryside especially woodlands. Cindy also enjoys pottering in the garden whilst leading an organic lifestyle.