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Sarah Grogan - Senior Nurse

I began at Westwood as a work experience student in 1986, and liked it so much that I never actually left!  Being a Veterinary Nurse is not just about the caring of sick animals. It involves many more aspects to the job, as vets require assistance, pet owners advice on preventative healthcare, theatres must be spotless, and you must be ready for immediate action in an emergency. I love the diversity of the job! I have a keen interest in nature, and photography. Others include, bird and wildlife watching, walking, archaeology, politics and history programmes. I have two cats Muppet and Charlie and a Labrador Dizzy.

Marcia Guerra - RVN Veterinary Nurse

I joined the team in August of 2015 in Boston spa. I was born in Portugal, in Oporto, in the north and  I qualified from Politecnic Institute of Bragança in November. Since then my experience and passion is related with pets. I have a great interest in Physiotherapy, in which I gained my post-graduation in Nurses Certificate in Physiotherapy (NCertPhysioTec) through ESVPS.I also want to improve my skills in odontology, parasitolgy and anesthesia. With experience of 3 years in Portugal I have learnt and developed  new  skils and I want to help our pets get more healthy and  have a happy life. I have a friendly boxer called Zulu and a sweet cat called Shaka. Outside the practice I love going walking, workout and gym and travel.

I’m so grateful and happy to have this opportunity to develop as a person and as a professional in veterinary nursing in a country that for me is the best example of work with our lovely pets!



Mariana Seixas Pinho - RVN Veterinary Nurse

I joined the Westwood family in July 2015. Previously I studied at ESAV-Escola Superior Agrária de Viseu in Portugal where I did my Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. Coming to England was the achieving of one of my life dreams. I believe with all my heart that I have the best job in the world and "if you love what you do you never have to work a day in your life". My job involves a lot of team work, must be pro active and stay one step ahead and above all that we must nurse all pets. It doesn't matter if it is a fluffy new puppy or a spiky hedgehg I always feel the need to love and care for them as if they where my own.

Samantha Broom - Nursing Assisitant

I have been working here since 1993 so in many ways I'm part of the furniture! As a pet owner, I have a great empathy with clients and their pets, and enjoy chatting to you all aboout any issues or concerns you may have have. In the past, I have done charity volunteer work for The National Foaling Bank, and specifically cared for an orphan foal, with the help of my own mare that had sadly lost her twin foals.

I have taken on many rescue animals over the years and currently have Spike, a Collie cross spaniel, Lola a Kelpi cross, a cat called George and Radish the rabbit. I enjoy dog training and agility, plus horse riding, and on the human side…. seeing friends, walking and spending time with my family.

Rebecca Walton - RVN Veterinary Nurse

I joined the practice in August 2014 and now work mainly at the Garforth branch. Ever since I was a child, I have always had a great interest in working with animals and know this is what I wanted to do in the future. I have a particular interest in Rabbits and have 4 of my own that keep me very busy outside of work! In practice I enjoy the one-to-one time spent with inpatients and am more than happy to provide lots of cuddles for each of them :) I also really enjoy the surgical side of my role and assisting in operations. I studied at Askham Bryan College where I did my National Diploma in Animal Management and went on to do a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing and graduated in summer 2014. Being a veterinary nurse is a very demanding yet rewarding job and I wouldn't change it for the world!


Hazel Cothay - Nursing Assistant

I am currently training and enjoying the hands on experience of caring for all our patients. I have a great interest in the behavioural side of the canine world, and in childhood days, I was known as the dog walker in her community, and at local animal rescue centres. Now with two pet dogs of my own to walk; Cody a Border Terrier Cross and Cara and Isla Border Collies, I also enjoy competing in dog agility classes, or rather, my daughter competes and I try!

Sophie Lintern - Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I joined the team at Westwood in September 2015. I am a student veterinary nurse and in my last year of study at the College of Animal Welfare in Leeds. As soon as I started my course I knew it was the career for me and enjoy it more every day.   My favourite part of the job is looking after the patients, especially making them comfortable after surgery.  I have always had a passion for animals and have never imagined doing anything else (Pop star vet was a week long phase - vet during the day and pop star at night!).

At home I have two cats - Tiger who is 3 years old and a kitten called Teddy, and I also have a 14 year old goldfish called Shimmer.

When I am not at Westwood I am head gymnastics coach at two clubs in Ripon, and enjoy sport activities and a bit of retail therapy.


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Claire Parish RVN Veterinary Nurse

Growing up on a working Farm being surrounded by cows, sheep, hens and the occasional pig or horse, I couldn't imagine doing anything other than Veterinary nursing.

I left school and did my national diploma in Animal management at Bishop Burton and then went on to another Agricultural college - Harper Adams - where I did a degree in Veterinary nursing.

I qualified in 2012 and have worked in practices up and down the country as I locumed before deciding I missed Yorkshire too much!

I started at Westwood in February 2016 and I work at both Boston spa and Garforth surgeries.

I love chatting to our clients and really enjoy consults. I have a soft spot for rabbits after working at a rabbit mad practice before I joined Westwood."

On my time off I am usually found baking, doing yoga or out and about with friends and family.




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Katie Devlin- Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I am a student at Askham Bryan College near York training to be a vet nurse and am currently in my second year.


I joined Westwood Vets in July 2016.  From a very young age I always knew that I wanted to work with animals.


As a child we had lots of pets but, sadly as I am now in rented accommodation I am not allowed to have any animals.  I make up for this at work by providing lots of TLC and cuddles for the patients.


I love all aspects of my job and I am finding the laboratory work very interesting.




Laura Barker-Trainee Veterinary Nurse


I am in my  final year of vet nursing.  I always wanted to be a vet nurse to help save and care for animals especially cats as I'm slightly obsessed! I consider myself a bit of a crazy cat lady!  I love travelling to faraway places such as India and Sri Lanka and one day would like to combine vet nursing with travelling to help animals in countries that don't have proper welfare, veterinary care etc.

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Fran -StudentVeterinary Nurse


My name is Fran and iam  a student veterinary nurse -  my passion is animals and looking after your pets!

I have a Irish sport horse named Robin.  I also dance for a Majorette team that i have been doing for 10 years now.  I thoroughly enjoy riding and attending agricultural shows!

i have a soft spot for rural life!  i have a particular interest in anaesthesia and will hopefully wanting to carry out an advanced certificate in the future!