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, 5 hens and a horse called Bailey. Together with her husband, and two daughters, Laura has recently bought a small flock of sheep.
Serena Wood RVN
*Serena is currently on maternity leave after the arrival of her first son, Aiden, in May 2016*
Serena has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse for almost 9 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 Thurlbeck 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), reading, films and walking her black Labrador Rhogan.
Bex Martin RVN
Bex was born originally in Inverness but has lived in Cumbria for the past 13 years. Bex joined Capontree in July 2010 after completing an Animal Management course at Newton Rigg, Penrith, she then went on to qualify as Veterinary Nurse in July 2014.
Bex enjoys all aspects of the job but has keen interest in intensive care, hospitalised patients and medical nursing, particularly diabetic cases due to adopting a diabetic cat Mittens AKA Fatcat in February 2012.
Outside of work Bex has a large enthusiasm for fitness including the gym but most recently taking up running. She has completed Total Warrior and the Cumbrian Run (2015). She also enjoys fell walking in The Lakes in her spare time, with her new husband Frazer and Spaniel-cross Ace.
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, 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 - Student Veterinary Nurse
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 has just started the second year of her two-year course in Veterinary Nursing qualification in Newcastle.
Outside of work Lindsey is a keen horse rider, she has two horses, Katie and Sunny. With Katie she likes hacking across the Langholm countryside and is a regular at the Border Common Ridings. Whilst her first pony Sunny, is now a companion pet. 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 - Student Veterinary Nurse
Ruth is one of the newest members to our team; she joined us after completing her A-Levels at William Howard School. She recently completed a Business Administration course and has just started studying veterinary nursing at Newcastle.
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.