Wimborne & Verwood Team Details 

Duncan

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The last vet in Duncan's family was his Great Great Grandfather! Duncan still has his walking stick and some old equipment. Unfortunately, it is of very little use these days, but Duncan may need the walking stick in the future so keeps it just in case.

Duncan always wanted to be a vet. He grew up surrounded by horses and spent most of his childhood learning to fall off them whilst making it look like he meant to. Having worked at dog rescue centres, sheep farms, pig farms and dairy farms he went up to Cambridge. His first degree was in Pharmacology before qualifying as a vet in 1998.

He joined the practice in 2004 after previously working in mixed practice in Bungay, Suffolk. In 2008 he attained the RCVS certificate in Small Animal Medicine and is now an Advanced Practitioner in Medicine. He has a great depth of ultrasonography experience, acquired over his whole career as the technology has developed and particularly enjoys echocardiography (heart scans). His favourite joke is "Who's the coolest vet in the practice? The ultra-sound guy!". No one laughs.

Duncan became a partner in 2010 and has been instrumental in the modernisation of the practice over the last few years. Over the two decades of his time at Lynwood he has got to know many fantastic and wonderful pet owners, and many fantastic and lovely pets. He is now Senior Clinical Director for the whole of the Lynwood group which keeps him busy, but he treasures his clinical days.

Outside of work Duncan is married with two sons who are just as enthusiastic as he is. He is a modestly gifted tenor and plays the piano, cello and a strange variety of other instruments. He also is founder and chairman of Fordingbridge Astronomers and has endless enthusiasm for the subject!


Rebecca

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Rebecca graduated from Cambridge in 1999, initially worked in a mixed animal practice but for the last 15 years has concentrated more on pets. Rebecca joined the Lynwood team in July 2016 as Pratice Manager and Veterinary Surgeon.

Her main professional areas of interest are management, dentistry and medicine.

Out of work Rebecca enjoys swimming and playing music and she is planning to get a boxer puppy this year.


Janine

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Janine first joined Lynwood in 2000 as a Student Veterinary Nurse. She returned in 2006 as a Veterinary Surgeon after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College. When not at work Janine enjoys walking her dogs, yoga, and Terry Pratchett’s sense of humour. Janine's time is split between the Wimborne and Bournemouth branches.


Selina

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Selina grew up in Bournemouth and started working at Lynwood Veterinary Group after school at the tender age of 15! She went on to train at the Royal Veterinary College in London and graduated in 2008. After 2 years of working in North London in a small animal practice she decided to move home to Dorset and joined Lynwood Veterinary Group in September 2010, working at both the Wimborne and Wareham branches.  

Selina has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and is working towards a post-graduate certificate in small animal surgery. When not working she can often be found on the stage in various musical theatre productions. 


Rebecca

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Becky graduated from Cambridge University Vet School in 2008. After a year in small animal first opinion practice, she joined Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire as an intern, where she developed a love of anaesthesia and pain management. Following her return to first opinion practice she went on to complete a qualification in Veterinary Acupuncture, later joined the Lynwood team in 2014.

Becky likes to think of herself as our resident Cat Lady, working very closely with the local Cats Protection team in Ferndown, and she is also currently working towards her Certificate in Feline Practice. She of course has two cats of her own, Mr Tom and his diabetic sister Lola.

When she is not at work or talking about cats, Becky is passionate about everything to do with the water - yacht racing, scuba diving and skiing (on the frozen variety). She loves travelling, and her dream is to sail round the world on her yacht with the company of a boat cat (and maybe her husband!).


Hannah

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Hannah qualified overseas in 2016 at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. After graduation she promptly moved back to her country of birth and settled at a small practice in Dorset. Looking for new challenges she joined the Lynwood team in 2017. 

Her interests are plentiful, but she has a special place in her heart for veterinary dentistry and palliative care.

Hannah lives together with her partner (also a vet!), their two colourful parakeets and big black Labrador cross. Hobbies include reading, exploring the countryside and increasing her surgical dexterity through video games.


Anna

Anna Reavell

Anna qualified from Cambridge University in 1998. She joined the practice in 2009 after previously working in a small animal practice in Norfolk.

Anna has attained a postgraduate diploma in Animal Behaviour Counselling, drawing on her previous psychology and veterinary degrees.

She is married to Vet Duncan and lives locally with their two sons. In her spare time, Anna enjoys riding, skiing, and cycling.


Bethany

Bethany Spalding

Beth undertook a degree in Zoology at Liverpool University before graduating as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Bristol in 2017. On completion of her degree, she decided to move back to her home county and joined the Lynwood team.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys horse riding and surfing and enjoys cuddle time with her cat, Furlough.


Emily

Emily Hellewell

Emily graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004 after completing degrees in both Veterinary Science and Pharmacology. She obtained her certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2009 and is now recognised as an advanced practitioner in Small Animal Medicine. Emily particularly enjoys ultrasound scanning and diagnostic medicine with a particular emphasis on oncology. 

Emily moved to the area from Bristol and is enjoying the Dorset summers when she can take advantage of the sea and water sports on offer on the South Coast, particularly windsurfing (in a wobbly fashion!). She also enjoys Pottering (of the clay, garden, and Harry varieties) and can be found renovating her old house which she cannot wait to complete. She has a cat, Pudding and a dog, Willow who is enjoying all the fantastic scenery which Dorset and the New Forest have to offer.


Jo

Jo Titcombe

Jo moved back to her hometown of Poole in 2019, after spending several years working in the Midlands. She spent a year travelling Australia before she joined Lynwood Vets as a locum Veterinary Surgeon. In 2020, Jo became a permanent employee.

Jo enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has particular interest for surgery. She has a cat and in her spare time, enjoys water sports when the weather allows.


Georgie

Georgie

Georgie studied at the University of Bristol and qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2020. After graduating she decided to move back to Dorset and joined the Lynwood team.

Outside of work Georgie enjoys playing netball, horse riding, socialising with friends and family and exploring the New Forest and coastal paths with her working cocker spaniel Smudge.


Kaylee

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Kaylee joined Lynwood in April 2013 as Administrative Support and progressed to Office Manager in 2015. She has always been an animal lover and had always known that she wanted a career to involve the furry kind. Kaylee enjoys working alongside a caring and dedicated team and is proud to call Lynwood her ‘work family’. 

In her spare time, Kaylee’s happy place is being out and about exploring beautiful Dorset with her husband and little girl. She also enjoys swimming, gym classes and horse riding. 


Tracy

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Tracy joined Lynwood Vets in 1992 as a Student Vet Nurse, qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1995, and has been with the practice ever since. Based at our Wimborne surgery, her role is wide-ranging, and she may pop up at any of our practices, so our team never quite know where to track her down - she is often the go-to person for a wide range of weird & wonderful queries!

Tracy has amassed a small collection of animals - led by a black Labrador who was born in April 2019, two English Springer spaniels (who still cannot believe that their mum has been a traitor and given houseroom to a Lab!) and three cats (who all appeared as strays and decided that they had found a nice home, so they would settle in).


Carrie

Carrie

Carrie is our Group Head Nurse having joined Lynwood in July 2018. She has many years’ experience caring for the pets of Wimborne having worked with John & Owain Burrows for 17 years until their retirement.

Her management role means less surgical time these days, but she continues to offer a wealth of knowledge to our owners on various topics, but her passions are raw feeding, breeding, and neutering.

As a self-confessed "mad dog lady" Carrie has 4 of her own at home. Queenie the English Springer Spaniel, Freya, and Ned the working cockers and Posy the naughty Cockapoo. When not working or caring for her dogs, Carrie likes to travel, socialise with friends, watch musicals with her daughter and drink small batch artisan gins.

She is proud and thrilled to be part of the Lynwood team.


Gisela

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Gisela joined Lynwood in 2016. She is part of our Nurse Clinics team and loves taking care of all the animals that visit for their nursing appointments. Gisela enjoys getting involved with live website panels, discussing clinics, and encouraging other RVNs to start them up in their own settings. She hopes to one day expand nursing clinics at Lynwood.

In her spare time, Gisela enjoys running and setting herself goals to improve her distances. She loves to spend time with her husband and two sons who make the weekends busy with football or scouts.

She has hamster called Wispa who is very friendly and is quite often found running around obstacle courses that her two sons have designed.   


Alice

Alice Clark

Alice qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2015 after training at a veterinary hospital in the New Forest and at our Bournemouth branch.

Alice particularly enjoys nursing our inpatients and spending time with poorly pets who need some extra love whilst they are with us. She has a keen interest in canine training & behaviour and working dogs. Puppies are also a major weakness! 

The four-legged members of Alice’s family include a Poodle, three Boston Terriers, a Wirehaired Vizsla, a Springer Spaniel and a cat (who is less than impressed by the canine family members). More recently, six chickens - all named after Harry Potter characters - have joined the family too. 
In her spare time, Alice is happiest when outdoors exploring with her fiancé and dogs in the Chalke Valley or training and working her little spaniel, Figgy, whatever the weather!


Leanne

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Leanne joined the team in December 2016. She has over 14 years’ experience and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2006 at a small animal practice in the New Forest.

Since then, she has been working as an RVN in many roles such as senior nurse, clinical coach, and clinic nurse in practices in Ringwood and Poole.

Leanne loves all aspects of veterinary nursing but especially enjoys preventative healthcare and nurse consultations.

She lives with her partner Steve, her adorable son and daughter and her very excitable Jack Russell Terrier called Minnie.


Laura

Laura

Laura graduated from Harper Adams University in 2018, then worked in a small animal and equine practice before joining Lynwood in July 2019.

She likes playing cricket, tending to her allotment, crafts, and baking.

Laura has 3 cats but also likes dogs and hopes to have own one day.


Stephanie

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Steph joined Lynwood in 2016 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and qualified as a registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2020. Her favourite part of the job is placing IV catheters and taking bloods.

Her hobbies include gardening, crafting, and walking. She has 7 chickens, 2 ducks and a budgie called Harry! 


Claire

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Claire joined Lynwood Veterinary Group in Sept 2015 as an Ambulance Driver/Animal Care Assistant. She has completed Animal Care Level 2, BTEC Animal Management, Animal Nursing Assistant and Veterinary Nursing Diploma. She has a keen interest in rehab, elderly patients and orthopaedic surgery.

In her spare time Claire loves to travel and explore different places with her 'better half' Greg and their 2 spaniels in their van 'Crush'. She also loves cycling, running, walking and has retired from playing rugby for 26years for local teams, county, regional and Premiership.

She enjoys raising money for charity by running and cycling. She took part in the 'Big Heart Bike Ride' in Tanzania, Africa June 2016. This involved cycling over 8 days from Kilamanjaro to Rift River Valley. All funds raised went to The British Heart Foundation. Her and Greg are both signed up for the 'Jurassic Coast Challenge' in May this year. Look out for more challenges from her!'


Olivia

Olivia qualified as an RVN in 2020 after completing her Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing at Sparsholt College and completing her work placement at our Wimborne branch. Since qualifying she has now permanently joined the Wimborne Team.

Olivia has a particular interest in canine behaviour, hydrotherapy, and breed health. She loves to care for animals and nurse back to health the many patients we have here at Lynwood.

At home Olivia has had many pets including, rats, hamsters, fish, cats, and dogs. She currently lives with her 3 crazy, excitable dogs Poppy, Daisy, and her rescue dog Willow.

In her spare time Olivia can be found playing video games, training her dogs, watching movies, or exploring the Dorset countryside.


Demi

Demi Lewis

Demi joined Lynwood in May 2018 as an ambulance driver/kennel assistant, after completing a law degree at university she has decided to pursue her dream of working with animals and hopes to one day become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Demi enjoys dining out, the cinema, crafting and spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include clay pigeon shooting, baking, playing video games and the occasional spot of bingo.

Demi has had several pets in the past including cats, a dog, guinea pigs, rabbits, a chicken, and a parrot. She enjoys taking the family dog for walks in the country and being able to look over the beautiful Dorset countryside.

At home she lives with her partner Wesley and their cat Ronnie, who is chief mouse hunter of the street!  Demi has a particular soft spot for cats and has therefore been nicknamed the crazy cat lady by friends and family.


Katie

Katie Moores

Katie joined Lynwood Vets in August 2018 as an Animal Care Assistant. In January 2020, she was given the opportunity to work towards her Diploma of becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse with Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing and is enjoying all aspects of training.

In Katies spare time she loves spending time with all her animals. Her passion is her horses, and she enjoys any spare minute she has out and about in the saddle or walking her three dogs in the Purbecks.

Katie is also known as the ‘crazy giraffe lady’ as they are her favourite animal and anything that includes a giraffe, is a must have!


Sadie

Sadie Larner 

Sadie is an ex-zookeeper of nearly 10 years, specialising in Primates. This involved working at Monkey World for just over 8 and half years with the Woolly Monkeys, Gibbons and Small monkeys (lemurs, Squirrel monkeys, marmosets etc).

She then worked at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent (Aspinall Foundation) which included working with different species of primates to Monkey World for example Guinea Baboons, Black Howler monkeys, Bamboo lemurs, Black capped capuchins, Javan gibbons and Javan Langurs.

Sadie lived on site at the zoo which we hear was awesome as she could hear the animals at night and became involved with the transportation of the Javan Langurs from the UK to Indonesia where later (one day) they would be released back into the wild. Sadie loved working with monkeys, there was never a boring moment with them. In her 10 years of working with them she was always learning something new. 

Sadie is also a qualified Surf and Paddle Board Instructor and loves being in the sea! Her hobbies include surfing, paddle boarding, skate boarding, snorkelling, and snowboarding. Sadie loves being outside and shares many adventures with her partner Mike which includes walking along the Souths beautiful coastline and beach combing for sea glass.


Becky

Becky Blachford

Becky joined the reception team as a full-time member in August 2017. With extensive customer service knowledge and a passion for animals, it is her dream job!

In her spare time, Becky enjoys spending time at her local gym and is often seen red-faced, running on the treadmill. Becky is very happily married to her husband James, and has 3 beautiful daughters: Abigail, Emily, and Caitlin.

She is also a proud parent of a gorgeous, crazy, Cockapoo called Lottie, and ginger cat, called Charlie.


Niamh

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Niamh joined our Reception team in December 2019.  Before joining us, she worked for Burrows Vets for 4 years which she adored!

She lives with her partner and shares four dogs, Queenie, Freya, Posy and Ned, with her mum, Head Nurse Carrie.

When Niamh is not working, she enjoys singing along to Musical Theatre songs, going to the cinema, and travelling!

Niamh has achieved her Bronze Award and Competent Veterinary Dispenser Award from the British Veterinary Receptionist Association and is currently working towards her Silver Award and being an SQP.


Joan

Joan Bibb

Joan has been a Wimborne girl all her life and has been a client at Lynwood Vets for over 50 years. When a job vacancy became available at our Wimborne branch to join our Reception team, she jumped at the chance. 

Joan began working at Lynwood during March 2020, a week before going into a national lockdown. She has learnt hard and fast and has become a key member of the team. She loves working with people and animals.  

In her spare time, Joan loves going for walks, seeing friends, cooking, and gardening.

She has a rescue cat called Charlie, tropical fish and a flash crested gecko called Gordon.


Tracy

Tracy McHugh

Tracy loves being involved with the day to day running of reception. 

Her family life spins around her horse called, Megan, and her two working cocker spaniels Folly & Lulu. 

Having travelled a lot, Tracy enjoys exploring the UK with my dogs.


Charlotte

Charlotte joined the Lynwood Reception team in May 2020 and loves welcoming all the animals through to the reception area. When she is not working, Charlotte, enjoys going to the gym and walking her Pomsky, Nellie. 


Emma

Emma Evans

Emma joined Lynwood in December 2019, covering maternity leave. She became a key member of the support team and accepted a permanent position during November 2020. She has a lovely cockerpoo called Olive, who loves to go to the local beaches for long family walks. 


Laura

Tutte Newell

Laura joined the team in January 2020 as the Office Administrator, but you may also see her on reception from time to time. Before joining us, she worked in childcare for 8 years, being a nanny for 3 of those!

She has a crazy flat coated retriever called Poppy and is hoping to get a cat very soon. 

When Laura is not working, she enjoys playing video games with her fiancé, planning her wedding, and singing.


Charlotte

Charlotte has always had a passion for animals and has work in the animal care service for many years. She has been a kennel assistant and self-employed dog walker, leading her onto completing psychology courses on the canine brain and behaviour.  

She finally achieved her dream job working at Lynwood vets after having her son, Xander, and is hoping to begin her nurse training towards a Veterinary Nursing Diploma.   

She enjoys painting, music - especially Elvis and having adventures with her little family.  


Tutte

Tutte Newell

Tutte joined the Lynwood team in July 2019 as an Ambulance driver/ Animal Care Assistant. After working as a Research Technician in Vision Sciences, she was determined to pursue a career as a Veterinary Nurse and is currently training as a Student Veterinary Nurse.

She lives with her partner, 2 beautiful (and very energetic) Staffordshire bull terriers Berry and Zee and 3 cats Byron, Lola and Dusty (who lives up to his name!). She loves to go for long walks in the New forest, looking after the vegetable patch and reading a good book.


Sarah

Sarah joined Lynwood Vets in 2019 as an Animal Nursing Assistant and in 2020 went on to become a Student Veterinary Nurse at Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing. She has both a cat and a dog, and after working in a pet shop for many years, she has grown quite fond of the smaller furries!  

Sarah loves the challenges involved with working in a busy veterinary practice and enjoys taking care of all the animals who visit us.


Ash

Ash

After volunteering and working at a bird and reptile rescue centre for 2 years, Ash knew working with animals was what he wanted to do. He joined Lynwood in 2019 seeking new challenges as an Animal Care Assistant and with his huge passion for animals, he hopes to pursue his career as a Veterinary Nurse. 

Ash has 2 cats called Archie and Pickle, and a tortoise called Pearl.


Sadie-May

Sadie May

Sadie joined the Lynwood Team in March 2020 after studying Animal Welfare and Conservation at college as an Animal Care Assistant. She has always had a passion to work with animals and has spent most of her time volunteering to gain different animal work experience. 

When she is not busy at work, Sadie loves spending time in the countryside and enjoying farm life with her boyfriend on his family-run dairy farm. At home, she has two fluffy guinea pigs and a beautiful snake called Tinkerbell.