Meet the Team - Nurses
Laura Irving RVN
Laura first joined the practice in 2000, firstly as an apprentice, going onto college and successfully passing her nursing exams. She thoroughly enjoys being a veterinary nurse, with every day different. Laura has a keen interest in wound management and orthopaedics. Laura along with several other nurses run clinics on a daily basis and enjoy meeting new puppies and kittens, as well as helping clients with weight management of their pets.
Outside work, her hobbies include horse riding, walking the dog and helping on the family farm. Laura is the proud owner of a beagle called Phoebe, 2 cats, and several hens. Together with her husband, and two daughters, Laura runs a small flock of sheep.
Serena Wood RVN
*Serena is currently on maternity leave after the arrival of her second child*
Serena has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse for over 10 years. She joined Capontree Vets in June 2006 after doing her Veterinary Nurse training at a small animal practice in Carlisle. Previous to starting her training she worked as a nurse at a small animal practice in Blackburn.
Serena has a keen interest in small animal orthopaedics, physiotherapy and rehabilitation and also weight management clinics. She completed a Veterinary Nurse Merit Award in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in August 2013.
Away from work Serena plays solo cornet with Langholm Town Band and enjoys playing with them at local events and various competitions throughout the borders and Scotland. She also keeps herself active by training for varying length runs, regularly participating in 5km parkruns and various routes through woodland and up hills in and around her home town of Langholm.
Fiona Allan RVN
Fiona’s previous job involved caring for animals at Walby farm park, and from there she came to Capontree Vets in 2009 and after 12 months she embarked on a 3 year course to become a registered veterinary nurse which she successfully completed in 2013. At work Fiona is heavily involved in the running of the Capontree Platinum Health Club, and really enjoys nursing surgical cases and wound management.
Fiona has a passion for fitness, especially running and the gym. She has successfully completed events such as Total Warrior (2014, 2015, 2016) and the Cumbrian Run (2015). Fiona’s other hobbies include travelling the world (Iceland, USA, Tanzania, Thailand), reading, films and walking her Labradors Rhogan and Thea.
Sarah Bulman RVN
Sarah started working at Capontree Vets in 2010 after completing a diploma in animal management at Newton Rigg. She qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2014. She gained her qualification from Newcastle College.
Sarah lives in Dalston and has been a member of Raughton Head Young Farmers since 2003, she enjoys entering competitions and making new friends.
Her other hobbies include walking her dogs around the Dalston area, Allonby Beach, Talkin Tarn and in the Lake District. Sarah enjoys going to the gym and attending body combat lessons. Another much appreciated hobby is baking, with Sarah competing in local shows and often bringing in baking for the rest of the staff to sample.
At work she is especially interested in working with medical cases and conducting nurse clinics.
Lindsay Rae RVN
After leaving school in the summer of 2014, Lindsey began working at Capontree in November that year as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. Since learning the ropes from the team, she now works between both the Brampton and Longtown surgeries, and takes a share of the on call nursing rota. Lindsey completed her training and became a fully qualified and Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2018.
Outside of work Lindsey is a keen horse rider, she has a horse, Katie who Lindsay likes to hack across the Langholm countryside and is a regular at the Border Common Ridings. Being from Langholm, typically she enjoys rugby, playing for her school team side whilst a pupil. She has now turned to more of a supporter, following both local teams and Scotland whenever possible. Other spare time is spent socialising with friends and hill walking around Langholm.
Ruth Armstrong RVN
Ruth joined us in July 2015 after completing her A-Levels at William Howard School. She then completed a Business Administration course before going on to complete her veterinary nursing qualification at Newcastle in late 2018 making her our most recent Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Ruth is to be found at all three of our sites, and she enjoys running weight clinics and puppy checks.
Ruth enjoys spending time with family, friends and her animals; she enjoys taking her dog on walks in the countryside. As well as this Ruth is an active member of Walton Young Farmers and participates in many of the their competitions and social events.
Zoe Mitton BSc RVN
Zoe has recently joined Capontree after a year spent living and working in Surrey in a small animal practice. She qualified from Harper Adams University from their Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management course in 2018. Whilst at University, she took a keen interest in the social life and welfare issues of the student body, standing on the Students Union and Warden teams for a year each.
Growing up in the Black Country near Birmingham, farm experiences were few and far between, so moving to mixed practice in Brampton has certainly been a welcome challenge. Zoe most enjoys nursing medical cases, finding helping pets back to health very rewarding.
Her weekends are spent with the company of her pet rats Sherlock and Watson, enjoying a variety of motor sport events and exploring her way through the Lake District and north into Scotland.
Louise Coulthard Animal Care Assistant
Louise came to us for work experience in 2018 as part of her studies and joined us officially in 2019 - she is currently studying for a qualification as an Animal Nurse Assistant Level 2
Stephanie Hatton RVN
Stephanie has just returned home to the North East and has joined us as a fully-qualified locum nurse while other staff are on maternity leave