Our VETerinary  Team

Natalie Sampson


Director and Veterinary Surgeon 

When I was about 7 years old I remember lambing ewes on my grandfather’s farm in Devon and thinking that being a vet was like being a farmer but you didn’t have to take lambs to market, so that was it, I wanted to be a vet. Many years later I realised that dream, though thankfully I also realised there was far more to being a vet than lambing time.

I qualified from London in 2004, having done my dissertation in primate parasitology. I joined Oundle as a new graduate mixed animal vet for 2 years before disappearing off for a year to work as an emergency vet in Sydney, Australia and a few months in Borneo volunteering with Orangutans ( I never dreamt I would ever have to fight an Orangutan for my morning coffee!) On my return to the UK I rejoined Oundle as a general small animal practitioner and have also spent some of my holidays volunteering as a vet in Peru. I became a partner in the practice in February 2013. 

I live in Stamford with my husband and our border terrier Hector. We are both keen sports people and are often seen jogging about town with Hector in tow or exploring the local countryside, followed by the obligatory glass of wine in the local pub.

What do I like about being a vet? I love getting to know my patients and their owners, I love watching patients grow and develop, I love the lateral thinking we have to apply to our jobs daily and I love the science behind veterinary medicine.

Nick Park 



Nick qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1997 and worked in mixed practice in Somerset for two years before enjoying stints as a locum in various parts of the UK, interspersed with travelling to Australia.

There followed a short period in the pet food industry before joining the Oundle practice in 2001, prior to buying the business in 2003. Since then the practice has become highly successful with a huge growth in the number of clients and patients. As well as having a young family to keep him on his toes Nick also enjoys cycling and in 2012 took on a 172 mile coast to coast challenge to raise money for the Alzheimers society.

Helping Hands

Our professionals work together
creating a strong team delivering care
and support in a friendly environment.

Chrissie Freer 


Veterinary Surgeon 

I grew up in Cambridgeshire and had a passion for animals from a young age. 
I qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 2005 having previously obtained a degree in Zoology from the University of Sheffield. I initially worked in mixed practice before joining Oundle Veterinary Surgery in 2009.  I love the variety of Small Animal General Practice and I especially enjoy surgery. I gained a European Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice in 2011.
I live locally with my husband Steve, two children and a black labrador called Pepper. In any free time I like enjoy walking, gardening and photography.

Ann Hemming 



I was born in South Africa, and from as early as I can remember, wanted to be a vet. I studied at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, it was a wonderful environment for animal lovers. Where else could you walk to lectures past the beef and dairy herds, dodging manure in your flip flops, say hello to the calves and kids and greet the ponies over the fence? I was able to treat many varied species including leopards, lions, a gorilla, a tiger and all the domestic species too. After qualifying in 2004 I started at a busy mixed practice in Port Elizabeth. I saw many and varied cases on a daily basis, it was not unusual to treat a donkey in the car park, or a calf in the boot of someones car! After 3 very intense and exhausting years, I moved to the UK to locum and travel. I locumed in Essex, Oxford and around London and then did an epic trip through Europe, visiting eleven countries. When I returned I decided to settle down, so took a permanent job treating small animals in Norfolk. I became the lead vet there, and after 7 years felt like I needed a change and a new challenge, so I moved to Oundle. I have a horse, a dog and a cat who keep me very busy when I am not working!

Aimee Large 


Veterinary Surgeon 

I was born in Chatham Kent and moved to Alicante in Spain with my parents when I was seven. I qualified from Murcia University and worked in a small animal hospital in Guardamar del Segura (Alicante) until I decided to move back to the UK in 2008. Since then I have worked in Kettering and locumed in London and Cornwall until joining the Oundle and Thrapston Veterinary surgery in January 2012.

I knew I wanted to be a vet from a very early age. I have always had a deep passion for science and animals so it was natural choice for me. What I love most about my job is the bond between people and their pets, and being able to help strengthen and maintain that bond through medicine and compassion. I generally enjoy all areas of veterinary medicine but I am particularly interested in ultrasonography and cardiology.

I live with my partner Rafael and our two cats, Greta and Celia. Greta is Spanish; she has travelled back and forth to Spain with us a few times in the car, she loves being around people and bossing Celia around. Celia is English, we adopted her from Rushden Persian Rescue, and she’s shyer than Greta and likes lager! When I’m not at work I like to go rock climbing, ideally outdoors in Spain, but most of the time at our local indoor climbing wall. I also enjoy cooking and travelling, I’m always planning our next getaway! 

Rachael Howes 


Veterinary Surgeon 

Having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014 I spent three years working in a busy mixed practice. After finishing my job there I was lucky to have 5 weeks working as a veterinary volunteer at a charity animal hospital in the Caribbean which provided the only veterinary care for 2 islands. For me this was the perfect mix of treating lovely island dogs and cats, meeting friendly local people and sunbathing on the beach. On my return I have just moved to Stamford and am now really excited to join the team at Oundle and Thrapston vets. I love filling my spare time with sports such skiing, tennis, sailing or scuba-diving. I can often be found planning my next trip abroad to accommodate these and keep my travel bug in check! Otherwise outside of work you will mostly find me tramping around the countryside with my partner and my dog Frank, who is an ex-military explosive detection dog, as we get to know the local area and pubs! 

Shauna Mcmahon 


Veterinary Surgeon 

I recently moved to the UK from Ireland where I grew up. I qualified in 2017 from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest. I have always loved animals big and small from a young age so choosing a career as a vet always seemed like the perfect choice for me. In my spare time i enjoy walking, reading, playing rugby and i have recently joined a local hockey team. I look forward to getting to know all your pets here at Oundle and Thrapston. 

Jenny Mitchell 


Veterinary Surgeon 

I grew up in Stamford and have always loved being around animals and the countryside.  I did my first degree in Human Sciences at UCL and then after working as a PA for 3 years in Central London I decided to try my hand at veterinary medicine. I graduated from Cambridge in 2016 and after a year working in a small animal practice down in Brighton I decided to move back home to work with the lovely clients at Oundle.
In my free time I enjoy cuddling my unwilling(!) cat Colin, my little niece and nephew and visiting my boyfriend in Cambridge. I love music festivals, cooking, gardening and enjoying a glass of wine in the pub at the end of the week! My interests in Veterinary are surgery, feline medicine, cats.... and more cats!!

Rachel Jones 


Veterinary Surgeon 

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 and started work in small animal practices in Hertfordshire and then Bedford. Since childhood I have kept a wide range of rodents and exotic pets, and have a particular interest in rabbit and rodent medicine and surgery in addtion to cat and dog work. In my spare time, I love walking in the countryside, birdwatching, gardening and craft. I live with my husband and rescue Staffy Stanley. 

Kate Clarke


Veterinary Surgeon 

Our Nursing Team


Holly Lloyd 


Operations Manager 

I started my nurse training at a local re-homing centre in 2003 and since qualifying in 2005, I have worked in a wide range of environments, including an orthopaedic referral centre and as a lecturer in Animal Management – teaching and training is a huge passion of mine.  My particular nursing interests include exotic/wildlife nursing, medical nursing and nurse clinics.  

I have been a manager for over 8 years now and I love every aspect of the role. No day is ever the same – it definitely keeps me on my toes.

Outside of work I spend most of my spare time with my pets, oh, and my other half Stuart and little girl Edith.  My house is ruled by my hand-reared cat, Pumpkin, who makes sure that my two beautiful dogs are always on their best behaviour. Drakey, my totally crazy Working Cocker Spaniel, used to compete in a sport call Flyball but has now retired and then there's Poppi, super cute, but incredibly cheeky, Chihuahua cross Jack Russell; there is never a dull moment when Poppi is about!  

I love the country lifestyle and live in a little village on the edge of Stamford – one day I hope to own a little small holding and be surrounded by my wonderful pets!!  I can but dream!!

Emily Draper 


Head Veterinary Nurse - Oundle 

Emily qualified in 2015 in Essex and has a keen interest in exotic patients. In 2016 she completed a certificate in the nursing of exotic species and has lectured at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Emily moved to Peterborough at the beginning of 2018 and is currently writing a scientific paper on Dyskinetic Syndrome in Tarantulas. Emily thoroughly enjoys being Head Nurse and leading the nursing team at Oundle. 

Anne Swarbrick 



I first joined Oundle Veterinary Surgery as a part time nurse with a young family in 2006. Fast forward one decade..my children have grown up and left home, and I have redeployed to our surgery in Thrapston to begin a new phase in my career. 

We have a lovely client base at Thrapston, whom I have found to be very welcoming, and I am delighted to be a part of this busy and vibrant branch surgery as it moves towards it's goal of becoming a stand alone veterinary practice within the community. 

Gregory Carter 



I have always had an interest in animals throughout my life; before becoming a veterinary nurse I volunteered on the small animals section at the Wood Green animal shelter. Wanting to turn my love for animals into a career, I studied to become a veterinary nurse. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2017. I am passionate about exotic animals and own a syrian hamster myself. I would like to specialise in exotics in the near future.

Emma Gilbert 



Emma initially joined our nursing team in March 2005 after gaining her qualification in 2004. She returned to the surgery in March 2011 following her second period of maternity leave. Emma’s nursing knowledge and skills make her a very useful addition to our team. Emma spends her time at the Thrapston surgery and is responsible for processing all insurance claims.

Georgia Garrioch



Georgia is a Registered Veterinary Nurse at our Oundle practice. She qualified in September 2017. Georgia has a special interest in feline nursing, and is our cat advocate for the practice! Outside of work Georgia likes to spend time with her family and friends. At home, Georgia has a labradoodle and a cross breed dog, and a goldfish called Mike! Georgia enjoys running weight clinics to help our patients get in their best shape.

Shelby Howard



Since a young age, my life ambition was to become a Veterinary Nurse. After I left school, I studied Animal Management at Derby College. With hard work and dedication I then graduated from Nottingham Trent University in July 2016 with a Veterinary Nursing degree. I have experience with a wide range of species including exotics as i completed one of my placements in an exotic practice. After graduating, I made the huge decision to move from Chesterfield to Thrapston to be with my partner and our rescue cat Maximillion. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my job, especially intensive nursing and theatre work. in the future I would love to specialise in animal behaviour.

Joanna Elwood



Jo qualified in August 2013 and has a keen interest in dog behaviour and animal nutrition. Outside of work Jo likes to go to the gym and socialise with her friends. At home, Jo has a beautiful daughter and a wonderful french bulldog named Frankie. Jo runs free diet clinics at our Oundle branch where you can discuss your pets nutritional needs.

Lucy Giddings




I began working full time in veterinary field in 2010 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in September 2014.  I have continued to gain alot of experience working in a busy mixed practice but after having my little boy, I decided it was time to move closer to home. Within work my favorite place to be is either in the inpatient ward caring and loving patients to feel better or in the consult rooms discussing different nurse consults with our lovely clients.

I live locally to the surgery with my husband Rob and our little boy Edward, our home is also filled with our furbabies whom have one health issue or another(or in Freddie's case multiple...you could write a book on him); Freddie our Cavalier, Poppy and Nelly our Labradors and Cocoa the Ragdoll. Not forgetting my pony Jay.

Laura Garthwaite



I started working in the veterinary field at just 14 years old and continued working for the same practice throughout my training and qualified in 2006. I relocated to Northamptonshire from Yorkshire in 2009 and joined the Oundle practice. After working at both Oundle and Thrapston for 6 years I left the practice for a new challenge, working in an emergency clinic on night shifts.

After having my beautiful daughter Daisy I have returned to the practice to enjoy the family run feel of the practice and the friendly clients that I have missed while being away. I have a special interest in nurse clinics as I love meeting clients and helping their four legged family members in whatever way I can.

Beth Chapman



I have recently qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in August 2018 which I am very proud of.

I have=e always wanted to work with animals since a young age. I started working at Byre Veterinary Surgery in 2008 for work experience, which I then followed on to work every Saturday morning for 4 years which was voluntary. I then completed the Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant course in 2015 then in 2016 I started the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the college of animal welfare in Godmanchester.

I moved to Oundle Veterinary Surgery due to being closer to home. I live with my partner James in Northamptonshire and currently have no pets due to living in a flat which makes us very sad. I still continue to look after my parents dogs though!! I love going to the gym, going on city breaks with my partner and learning new things every day. I would love to do some conservation work in Africa over the next few years. My favourite aspect to nursing is impatient care, diagnostic imaging and handing patients back to their owners after they’ve been in for the day - their reaction is just so rewarding! Once I have gained experience, in the future, I would love to study behaviour in cats and dogs which I find incredibly interesting.



Bobbie Turton 


Bobbie is a very valuable and well established member of the practice team. Her role has evolved over the years and she is now responsible for the front of house. Bobbie enjoys supporting and training new members of the front of house support team and getting to know all our clients. She is also a governor of Warmington School and chairman of the Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

Katie Williamson


I have always known that a career working with animals is what I wanted to do and have had pets from a very early age.  I have worked with animals for 20 years now and am a fully qualified Canine Hydrotherapist.  I have also recently passed AMTRA exams to enable me to become an Animal Medicines Advisor and SQP.  
I currently have 3 springer spaniels and over 30 pet chickens which keep me very busy!  I love being out in the countryside and going for long walks.  I also like to spend time with family and friends as much as possible.  I thoroughly enjoy my work and love meeting clients and their pets!

Carol Cortese 


I joined the Oundle Veterinary Surgery in 2005 as a part-time receptionist after being a client for several years. I enjoy meeting the clients and their pets and helping with advice on the  general well being of their beloved friends. My husband Sam and I have 2 cats named Tabitha & Sabrina & we often look after Natalies dog Hector when her and Andy go away. We love taking him for long walks and for days out on the Norfolk coast which is one of my favorite places to visit. I also enjoy cycling, theatre trips, shopping with the girls ( not hubby ), meals out, gardening, keeping fit at the gym and as many holidays as I can manage to fit in, hence why I work part time!

Carly Morson


I've had a love of animals from a very young age where we always had a dog as a pet.  Moving into my own home I had 2 kittens within the first month and the brood continues to grow 12 years later with 2 labradors and 5 cats...I keep saying no more but I'm very easily swayed! Living in Oundle with my 2 young boys, you can often see me being taken for a walk by my two dogs Poppy and Monty or enjoying a meal in Dexters. In my spare time I like to head to the mountains to explore different hiking trails and in the past I've done bigger challenges by climbing Kilimanjaro and trekking to Everest Base Camp for charity, my next challenge is to hike across Southern Iceland in two days in 2016.  I write frequently about by adventures on my blog Adventure Mummy click here to have a read.

Emma Cooper 


Having a love for animals is the perfect background for working here. I studied Small Animal Care and Horse Management at Moulton College over 20 years ago and have worked in various equestrian establishments over the years, ranging from backing youngsters in Southern Ireland to grooming at 3 day event level. I now enjoy my own horse, Maggie The Moo who gives me great pleasure, together we love the countryside, jumping and cross country training. I also have my two rescue lurchers, Dennis and Percy who love a good run followed by a sleep on the sofa!


Morgane Ray


My passion is anything animal related & from a young age my dream was to always be involved somehow with these beautiful creatures. After completing my first online course for personal development in animal first aid and care back in 2015, my thirst for knowledge in this department continued to grow. My dream came true when the team at Oundle took me on and I am now on my next course in animal welfare to enhance and underpin my growing knowledge.

Born in France, I love to return to see family and friends throughout the year. I love languages as I am fluent in both French and English, ( my accent is still very strong so beware when you meet me I sound like a cast member from "allo allo" !) but I also speak Spanish and Italian and I dabble a little in Latin. I love nothing more than walking my two dogs,black Labrador Willow and working cocker spaniel Ella, the baby of the family,  reading, cooking and never miss my yearly charity runs.

Amy Dickson


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    6 Midland Road
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