We are a group of small animal practices based in Norfolk, first established in 1984. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality gold standard care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open 365 days of the year and provide 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at all three of our practices.
Tara is the clinical director at The Grove. She works with our dedicated team to ensure that you and your pets have a positive experience from start to finish in the practice and to ensure that we are offering the highest standard of clinical care possible within the hospital and branch surgeries.
Tara has worked in the veterinary industry for 15 years and has spent the last nine years working in various practices within our company. Her interests have always been in clinical care and rehabilitation and now more so in practice and people management. She absolutely loves her job as she gets to use all aspects of what she enjoys and works with a fantastic team of people.
Tara has three horses, three dogs, a cat and a tortoise. In her free time she enjoys running, walking her dogs and riding her horses.
Lisa Jones RVN
Lisa qualified in 1996 and joined The Grove in April 2008. She has particular interest in dentistry, and in 2011 completed her BVNA certificate in small animal dentistry. She is also a qualified human dental nurse and dog groomer. Lisa is married to Clayton and has three grown up children. Lisa has a menagerie of pets including three dogs, four cats, two guinea pigs and a tortoise. In her spare time she enjoys baking, music, dog walking, horse-riding and going to the gym.
Laura Ayteo RVN
Laura qualified in 2001 and stared working at The Grove in January 2007. In 2017 she achieved a feline friendly certificate and is a feline advocate for the practice. Laura enjoys spending quality time with her family and attends yoga classes. She has a cat named Lulu and has a small aviary of finches, budgies and canaries.
Georgie Chessmur RVN
Georgie has worked for at The Grove for over 20 years. She lives close to Swaffham with her family, Cocker Spaniel named Bertie and cats, Clive and Twinkle. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and taking Bertie for long walks in the forest.
Heidi Clark RVN A1
Heidi has worked for The Grove for the last 12 years, and is now head of the pharmacy team at our Fakenham branch. She has a keen interest in nurse consultations and worked with Sophie to develop our puppy parties. She lives locally with her husband and children and enjoys family time and sewing.
Beth Dorward RVN
Beth qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998 and after taking a year out in Australia joined The Grove where she became head nurse for several years. Since having her daughter, Beth works part time at the practice and is one of our senior nurses helping to organise clinical areas and the nursing team. Beth enjoys walking her Border Collie, Jim, and also now appreciates the joys of owning rabbits since her daughter acquired her bunnies, Poppy and Tommy.
Victoria Hayter RVN
Victoria joined The Grove in Dereham in 2004. She enjoys all aspects of her job but has a keen interest in nurse clinics and client interaction. Outside of work Victoria has her hands full with her family and variety of pets, including a Cocker Spaniel, chickens, a cat and ponies.
Megan Ryder RVN
Megan has worked at The Grove since 2000. Her main area of interest is infection control and she loves being a part of the senior team. She has two children and enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, watching rugby and days at the beach.
Emma Williams RVN
Emma joined the practice in 2004. In 2016 after six years as head nurse she stood down to concentrate on her clinical work although she maintains a senior role within the nursing team. Her main areas of interest lie in medicine, anaesthesia and analgesia. She shares her life with her husband Chris and Penny the cat. Emma enjoys any exercise, MMA and live music.
Bonika Belshaw RVN
Bonika qualified in 2015 and joined the team shortly after. She has a particular interest in anaesthesia and enjoys running nurse clinics and puppy parties. Her French bulldog Freya keeps her entertained and enjoys going kayaking on the sea.
Caroline Blakeley RVN VN Cert ECC
Caroline qualified in 1999 starting off as an equine nurse. After many years in small animal practice her desire for emergency medicine saw her join the ambulance service as an emergency medical technician. Caroline has worked at The Grove for four years and has since completed her certificate in emergency and critical care.
Sally Frostwick-Wilson RVN
Sally started her career at The Grove in 2006 as a kennel assistant. She then progressed to an animal nursing assistant and eventually gained her veterinary nursing qualification. Sally enjoys long dog walks and is a Strictly Come Dancing super fan! She has two bunnies and a dog.
Helen Green RVN
Helen has been working at The Grove since 2014 and been nursing for 11 years. She is the head of the consulting team and enjoys a variety of surgical and medical shifts. In her spare time Helen enjoys walking her dogs and riding her horses.
Fran Hancock-Rogers RVN
Fran had worked within the veterinary industry for 13 years before joining The Grove in 2008, shortly after qualifying. She has always had pets and currently has two dogs; Hettie a Border Terrier cross and Hector a miniature Poodle, a cat called Melvin and two rabbits, Dexter and Dorothy. Her menagerie reduced in size when in June 2016 Fran and her partner welcomed their little girl. She enjoys family time, going on holiday to Cornwall and the odd glamping trip.
Sinead Mackrell RVN
Sinead is originally from South Africa where she trained and qualified as a veterinary nurse. After qualifying in 2014 she worked in mixed domestic practice as well as with an array of wildlife. At the end of 2017 Sinead made the huge leap across to the UK and has worked with us ever since. She enjoys all aspects of her job and is a great addition to our team. Out of work she is very active and enjoys horse riding, playing hockey and exploring the Norfolk coast.
Sophie Moore RVN
Sophie qualified in 2013 and started working at The Grove shortly after. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing especially nurse clinics, which she helps run. She is also involved in the running of the social media page and started up the puppy parties with Heidi in 2014. She has a love for Border Collies and enjoys taking her Collie Mabel for beach walks. She also has three cats and four rabbits.
India Simpson RVN
India joined in 2014 as a student veterinary nurse and qualified in 2016. She enjoys all aspects of nursing and recently joined the consulting nurse rota. Outside of work India enjoys going to the gym, walking her dogs, travelling the world and is a keen amateur photographer.
Laura Smith RVN
Laura joined the team in 2016 and qualified later that year. She enjoys all aspects of her job with a particular interest in surgical nursing. At home Laura has two cheeky Border Terriers, George and Martha, who enjoy exploring the countryside.
Laura Smithson RVN
In 2012 Laura started working locally as a student nurse and later qualified in November 2017. Shortly after qualifying she joined The Grove and has a keen interest in radiography. She has a Bichon Frise called Bear and two cats, Mildred and Mr Tigs.
Anna Stevenson RVN
After completing her training at The Grove and gaining a degree in veterinary nursing at the Royal Veterinary College, Anna became a full time RVN at the practice in 2007.
Her job has varied from day nurse to night nurse, but since starting a family in 2010 she works as a part time nurse and enjoys all aspect of nursing. Anna is married to Will who is a farm vet and is also a busy mum to three young boys, two dogs and two cats.
Becs Thompson RVN
Becs returned to The Grove in 2015 and qualified as a veterinary nurse soon after. She has an interest in feline medicine and has become an advocate for our feline patients. She is also currently studying towards her certificate in feline medicine, due for completion in March 2018. She works at all three branches which provides a variety from consulting through to medical and surgical nursing.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Kerrie started at The Grove as a kennel assistant which enabled her to progress to starting her veterinary nurse training. She is now in her third year of training and aims to be qualified by summer 2018. Kerrie has a keen interest in physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and rehabilitation and hopes to develop her skills in these areas in the future. She has a Jack Russell Terrier called Harvey and a recently rescued “naughty tortie” called Phoebe.
Fiona Boldero RVN
Fiona has worked at The Grove since 2002. She has a rescued Greek street dog called Lunar and a rescued Beetle (a black cat!). Fiona loves long walks with her dog, whether it is the North Norfolk coast or up in the Highlands. Fiona and Lunar are all weather walkers but when the sun shines they get out on the water kayaking, swimming or boating.
Kat Carr RVN
Kat is originally from the Isle of Wight but moved to Norfolk to start her veterinary nurse training. She qualified in 2012 when she began working at The Grove. She has three Spaniels and has particular interest in anaesthesia.
Becs Cole RVN
Becs has been working at The Grove for 10 years and has a keen interest in small furries and exotics. She has many pets including her newest addition Spencer, a Whippet puppy. She enjoys dog walks in the countryside and movie nights.
Helen Grimes RVN VN Cert ECC
Helen qualified in 1997 alongside our lovely Georgie after attending Wood Green animal shelter collage in Huntingdon. She joined The Grove when it was Gilham House and has since spent a little time at the East Winch Wildlife hospital before returning to The Grove. Helen also has a certificate in emergency and critical care. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, kayaking along the coast and relaxing in the garden.
Becky Sutton RVN
After finishing her degree in 2013, Becky started her training as a veterinary nurse and qualified in 2015. She joined The Grove soon after and is now the most recent addition to the night nursing team. Her main interests lie in medical and emergency and critical care nursing. Outside of work she enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible and can be found enjoying the Norfolk countryside with her husband, dogs and ponies.
Faye Wickham RVN
Faye has worked for The Grove for the last seven years as part of the night nursing team. Her children consist of a Jack Russell Terrier called Mole, a corn snake called Chillie, and a Hermann tortoise called Harold. When she is not working she enjoys gardening, walking, playing squash and kayaking with family and friends.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Tanya joined the team at The Grove in 2011 having had 14 years of experience working with animals. She has gained her animal nursing assistant qualification, a diploma in canine nutrition and is currently studying small animal nutrition. At home Tanya has four dogs, two cats, three tortoises and an African grey parrot. Outside of work she enjoys walking her dogs and amateur photography.
Laura joined the team in 2015. She is currently working towards her animal nursing assistant qualification and previously gained a diploma in animal psychology. She has a Springer Spaniel called Ralph and loves taking him to the beach. Laura also enjoys horse riding and gliding.
Jacki joined The Grove in 2017, prior to this she was a self employed dog walker and also offered a boarding service in the local area. She is married with one child and owns a Labrador and a hamster. She lives along the north Norfolk coast and loves walking and sea kayaking.
Lisa started working at The Grove in 2015 as a kennel assistant. She has a keen interest in dog agility and used to compete her two Staffies and has two young Border Collies who she has started to train. She also loves birds of prey and owns five owls and a very naughty parrot as well as some other aviary birds.
Amy recently joined the team in 2016 after completing a qualification in animal management. She has a golden retriever called Alfie and enjoys taking him for long walks in the countryside.
Tracey first joined The Grove in 2015 as a kennel assistant. She has a dog and three cats, and enjoys horse riding and shopping.
Jan joined the team as a theatre technician in 2011. Jan is owned by a Bengal called ‘DuCati’ - named after her beloved Italian motorbike. She also has two Terriers, Stig and Livi, two tortoises TT and Marge, and not forgetting Brownie the hen.
Jan’s interests include gardening, travel, motorsports and feeding everyone in the practice with her delicious baking.