We are a small animal practice in Norwich, first established in 1991. We are passionate about animals and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open five days a week at Hellesdon and seven days a week at Thorpe and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Prior to working at Willow Veterinary Clinic, Lauren worked for CVS for over six years as both an orthopaedic referral nurse and head nurse. She has also worked in mixed practice and has a keen interest in surgery, wound management and wildlife, gaining a wide variety of experience across these subjects. Lauren gained a LANTRA award for wound management in 2015 and has done several years of schedule three work. She is excited and proud to be leading our forward thinking team to provide the best care for animals and their owners in Norwich and the surrounding areas.
Julie Homes RVN MBVNA
Head Nurse at Thorpe
Julie has always had animals and has rescued on a regular basis - as a youngster she owned all sorts of pets from ferrets to Zebra finches. She joined the veterinary industry in May 1998 as head receptionist and then transferred to nursing in 2005 where she trained at Easton College and has since primarily been a head nurse. Julie enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially nurse clinics and meeting the clients establishing relationships with them and their pets. She is the current crazy cat owner with six rescues - her oldies named Geezer and Doris and the youngsters, Ozzie, Monkey, Mr Stinks who is blind, and new little one named Fanny. She also has two current fosters called Dusty and Misty. Julie has three rescue rabbits named Dopey, Rocky and Stanley. She is also a mum to Georgina and has a long suffering husband, Patrick. In her little spare time she enjoys photography.
Amy Loombe RVN
Head Nurse at Hellesdon
Our head nurse and specialist in all fields of animal healthcare. Amy qualified in Norfolk and has worked here since then, bringing exceptional organisational and nursing skills to the practice.
She guides our younger nurses as well as supporting and advising our vets. She also controls the stock system in the practice.
Her young dog Murphy comes to work with her each day and provides us all with endless fun.
She also keeps a steady hand on continuing professional development amongst our nurses.
Dawn Elliott RVN
Dawn qualified as an RVN in 2006. She is passionate about all aspects of companion animal care and has a keen interest in clinical nursing care. Her companion animals are an important part of her life. She has five dogs, all of which have been adopted, three cats and chickens and two bunnies. When Dawn is not at work, her perfect day off is going for long dog walk and then curling up with a mug of tea and a good book. She is also a keen supporter of two charities that rescue English Setters and completes home checks on their behalf and fundraises whenever she can.
Ellie Longshaw RVN
Ellie completed her veterinary nurse training at the College of West Anglia, where she became a registered veterinary nurse in August 2016. She runs the puppy parties here at Willow and has recently completed further training to become a Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor. She has a special interest in medical nursing and specialist nurse clinics.
Ellie lives with her partner and their fur baby Todd, a one year old Lakeland Terrier.
Becky Saunders RVN
Becky trained at Willow and qualified in February 2014. In 2015 she left and joined a hospital/emergency practice to pursue her interest of orthopaedic surgery and further her nursing skills in this area. During her time away, she trained in hydrotherapy and went on to run the unit where she treated up to 12 dogs a day in the hydrotherapy treadmill.
Becky returned to us in October 2017 to cover maternity leave. She returns to us with two years of hospital status experience and a continued passion for orthopaedic patients and their recovery care. We have discovered how much we have missed her distinctive laugh and a certain member of staff is thrilled to have his singing buddy back.
Leanne Symonds RVN
Leanne has been qualified as a registered veterinary nurse for two years. She worked in a busy practice in Norwich for nine years before moving to Willow Veterinary Clinic in January 2018.
Leanne enjoys every aspect of nursing but particularly patient care and working within the hospital wards, as well as having an interest in emergency and critical care nursing. She has a rescue dog called Izzy who she rescued eight years ago. Leanne also has a cat named Dylan.
Student Veterinary Nurse at Hellesdon
Shannon is our nurse in training, who aspires to become a qualified veterinary nurse and work with endangered species. Shannon lives with her two rescue dogs, Peppa and Teddy. She loves to travel and has recently been to Italy, Denmark and Africa, the latter affirming her desire to work with exotic and endangered species. Her favourite animal is a Toucan although she has expressed a desire to one day own a chameleon or a goat called Pickle.
Paitent Care Assistant at Thorpe
Previously, Clara has worked in many different animal care environments including working at a private farm for Redwings horse sanctuary, work experience with Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership and shadowing keepers at Africa Alive. She thoroughly enjoyed her time at each place, but has always had a keen interest in working in a veterinary practice. Clara hopes from this job she can progress towards becoming a fully qualified veterinary nurse.
Patient Care Assistant and Practice Administrator at Hellesdon
Caroline (Kaz) has been a valued member of our practice family since 2002. She started out with general duties about the practice but over the years has picked up all the skills required to turn her into an extremely vital member of the nursing team. There is nothing Kaz doesn’t know about our veterinary practice and is the 'go to' person for many problems that arise every day. She's always smiling and always has the answer - we would be lost without her.