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Our Nurses

Becky Skilton BSc RVN DipAVN

Head Nurse

I joined Highcroft in 2006 to begin my training as a Veterinary Nurse, having already completed a Biology degree at Royal Holloway College, part of University of London. I qualified in 2008 and then went on to complete the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

When not working I am either found out riding as I compete regularly with my horses or I am chasing after my young son! I have an English Pointer called Annie and a rescue cat called Elsie who is very naughty! I am proud to be part of the great nursing team here at Highcroft.

Becky is currently on maternity leave.

Charlotte Wright RVN

Acting Head Nurse

I began my training at Highcroft in 2008, while studying for a degree in Veterinary Nursing. I graduated from the University of Brighton in Feb 2012 and became a permanent member of the Highcroft nursing team. I enjoy all aspect of my role as a vet nurse, especially caring for the hospitalized patients and supporting their individual needs. In 2014 I became Deputy Head Nurse.

Outside of work I enjoy socializing, and for the past 5 years I have been a leader of the 13th Hastings Brownies, a role I find extremely rewarding; the Brownies are a great association to be involved with.

Clare Miles RVN

I started working at Highcroft in1981, and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1984. I continued working here until my daughter Polly was born in 1994. Since then I have worked part time, usually one day a week.

For the rest of the week I help my husband Rob running our organic livestock farm in Rickney. Rob, Polly and myself regularly ride out with the Coakham Bloodhounds for whom I am one of the Masters.

I also enjoy skiing, that has to be shoehorned in before our cows start calving in February! Apart from cattle, sheep, and horses, we have four dogs, two cats, various chickens, geese, turkeys and ferrets, so we are kept very busy.

Clare Williams RVN

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1996 and worked in the same practice in south west London for a number of years before joining PetPlan as a claims assessor. After two years there I returned to practice having decided an office job was not for me!

I moved to the USA then relocated to Ireland after I married, and spent time working in a mixed practice. Moving to Sussex in 2008, I joined as a part time member of the nursing team at Highcroft. I like all aspects of nursing but particularly enjoy nursing feline patients. Veterinary nursing is so varied, no two days are the same.

In my spare time, I enjoy riding my horse Melody on the South Downs, and long-distance running; I completed by first marathon in 2014.

Danni Wadmore RVN

I started working for Highcroft Vets in 1998, as a second year trainee Veterinary Nurse. After qualifying I then spent 2 years part time at Southampton University to gain my Certificate in Animal Behaviour, while still working at the practice. I was head nurse at the practice for 4 years before I started maternity leave to have my first child; I went on to have three more!

I now work part time at Highcroft mainly at weekends and occasionally during the week, and still help clients with their pets’ behavioural problems. As well as my four children I have three rescue dogs which I love to train, and as a family we all enjoy walks at the beach and in the woods.

Hannah Langley

I joined the team at Highcroft in early 2014, initially to gain nursing work experience. In the summer of that year I combined this with part time reception work. I am delighted to be commencing my Veterinary Nurse training this summer, 2015. I have two Golden Retrievers and enjoy walking them over the Downs in my spare time.

Penny Leaper RVN

I completed my Veterinary Nurse training at Harper Adams University in Shropshire in 2015. Polegate has always been my home so I was very lucky to be able to join Highcroft, soon after my finals. I come from an agricultural background, and went to an agriculture-based university, so I am very interested in large animal nursing.

In the last couple of years I have ventured out to South Africa several times to take part in some research into the breeding of lions and cheetahs, helping with rehabilitating orphaned rhino calves, and conducting my own research into lion nutrition and vitamin supplementation. I hope to carry on traveling and working with exotic and endangered wildlife.

Rachel Keen RVN

My career in veterinary practice started at the age of 13, first as Saturday help but soon progressing to working school holidays and weekends, and then full time once I’d left school. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010, gaining a lot of great experience working in other practices and as a locum.

I have worked at Highcroft since May 2014 and am now studying towards a diploma in canine aggression. In my spare time I enjoy family time with my daughter and husband. We have a gorgeous dog and cat that I took on after they were treated at my previous workplace.

Rachel is currently on maternity leave

Zoe Frizzell RVN

Growing up on a farm, I developed a keen interest in animals from an early age. I began working at a local veterinary practice as a Saturday girl when I was 16 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004. I am an Assessor and Clinical Coach for student nurses, and hold a certificate as an RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Examiner, involved mainly with student nurse final practical exams.

I started working here at Highcroft in July 2015 and I support our trainee nurses through their studies in becoming qualified nurses. At home I live with my Husband Ed and our two children Flo and Harry. We have a springer spaniel called Lilly. Outside of work I am a keen gardener and have an allotment, growing a range of different fruit, vegetables and flowers.

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