Meet Our Staff

Meet our friendly staff at Windmill in Winslow and Buckingham...

Client Care Team

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Sharon Richardson

Client Care Manager, RAMA

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I joined the practice in 2009, working as part of the Client care team.   I qualified with Amtra as a RAMA (Registered Animal Medicines Advisor) for both the Compaanion Animal and Avian module.   I was promoted to the position of Client Care Manager at the practice in October 2014 and this is a role that offers many different challenges and experiences, which I thoroughly enjoy. 

My life has always included dogs as part of my family, ever since my first puppy when I was 15.  At home, I have Saffie, a show Cocker Spaniel and Drummer, a cheeky chocolate Labrador and my partner and I enjoy exploring the countryside with them.

 

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Julie O'Connor

Client Care Supervisor

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I joined the practice as a bank receptionist in April this year and was delighted to be offered a permanent position on the Windmill client care team. I have always loved animals and enjoy meeting the clients and their pets when they come into the surgery.

In my spare time, I have a 7-year-old Boxer who keeps me busy and I love to spend time with my four grandchildren.

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Rachael Blackburn

Senior - Client Care Team

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I joined the practice in November 2018 and am really enjoying being part of the Windmill family.  My favourite parts of the role are meeting all our clients and their pets and that every day is different.

Animals have always been a big part of my life from helping out on the farm where we lived for many years, to now owning a very special rescue border collie and three collie cross dogs.

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Aimee White

Client Care Team

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I initially joined the Windmill team in 2020 as a Bank Receptionist, but in March 2021 I was lucky enough to get a permanent position on the client care team.  I have really enjoyed learning the ropes here and love the fact I get to meet new furry friends every day.  I have sole care of my four horses at home, which I compete at a national level through the summer and a Maincoon cat, who loves to be outside in the garden with me.

In my spare time, I love to travel, go on long walks and enjoy a nice drink in a pub garden.

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Rachel Callander

Client Care Team

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I joined the Windmill Practice in May 2021 as a bank receptionist and became a permanent member of the Windmill Client Care team in January 2022. I really enjoy meeting and helping clients and pets when they visit the practice. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children, sport and walking with my husband and chocolate Labrador, Monty.
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Charity Canvin

Client Care Team

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I joined the Practice in September 2022.  I love working here and I’ve learnt so much already and learn something new every day, which comes in handy when I have my own little zoo at home with my 3 Bulldogs, 3 cats, 1 hamster, 2 gold fish and 3 horses.  I definitely think working in a vets is the perfect job for me.

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Jenny Taylor

Client Care Team

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I qualified as a BSc Veterinary Nurse in 2008 and was a Head Veterinary Nurse before leaving to work in pet insurance as a claims handler.  I then took some time out to have my 2 little boys who are now 6yrs and 3 yrs old. I have returned into the veterinary practice but now as part of the client care team which I love.  I have a ginger cat called Frank who is 12 yrs old and a large crossbreed dog Meekha who is 11yrs old.  I love crafts, reading and also do nails.

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Marianne Edgar-Gibson

Client Care Team

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Sue Jackson

Pet Insurance Administrator

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I joined the practice in August 2003.  I am responsible for the completion of insurance claim forms on behalf of our clients and am a Pet Insurance Advisor.  I have a personal interest in training and working Labradors.

Directors

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Dr Jane Alexander Advanced Practitioner in Anaesthesia

BVetMed, CertVA, MRCVS

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I qualified in 1980 from the Royal Veterinary College.

I have Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and a specific interest in Orthopedics and canine and feline reproduction. I am also Veterinary Advisor for the Flat Coated Retriever Society and Vice President for the Seal Point Siamese Cat Club.

I am married to Michael and we have two sons, two Flat Coat Retrievers, three ponies, two Siamese cats,  lots of chickens and a flock of Herdwick and Welsh Mountain sheep.  

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Dr Richard Rallings Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

BVetMed, CertAVP(SAM), MRCVS

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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1999.  I started at a small animal practice in Sussex until nine years ago, when I moved to Aylesbury and worked at a small animal hospital in the town.  I am delighted to have joined the Windmill team in May 2017.

I passed my General Practitioner certificate in small animal medicine in 2005 and RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice to become an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in small animal medicine in 2017. I am married with three children, two young cats and a pre-loved Labrador called Brian.

 

 

Nursing Team

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Michelle Yardley

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

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I started veterinary nursing at the tender age of 16 and qualified in 1994.  I spent the next 17 years in a mixed practice in St.Albans as Head Nurse.  After relocating to Buckinghamshire,  I joined the windmill team in June 2012 and have enjoyed getting back to ‘proper nursing’.   

I have an interest in our native flora and fauna and in my spare time, I can be found pottering around my garden making a nature-friendly habitat.  I share my home with a husband, 2 teenagers, a cat called ‘Bean’ and 3 Guinea pigs.

 

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Sarah Smith

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

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I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004 at a practice in Aylesbury.  I left to locum and joined a practice in Bletchley for 18 months.  I took a break from nursing and returned after having my first child.  I joined the Windmill team in 2015 and haven’t looked back!   At home I have three small children, a husband and a cat called Pickle!

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Dawn Dunn

Head Veterinary Nurse (RVN), Clinical Coach, RAMA

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I qualified in 1980 and have worked in several practices around the south west area, mainly in small animal clinics.  I joined Windmill in 2002 and have been Head Nurse here since 2006 for my sins!  I have two cats and a dog at home and have a keen interest in feline behaviour.  I qualified as a RAMA (Registered Animal Medicines Advisor) in 2008 and I am responsible for our pharmacy, dispensing and stock control.

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Michael Naylor

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

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I am originally from Australia, and grew up with a wide range of animals.  My family have shared their lives with animals of every size, from rats to horses and everything in-between.  I gained my Veterinary Nursing qualification in Australia in 2016.

When the opportunity came to move to the U.K.,  I knew it was a chance to carry on my professional development in a country with internationally recognised veterinary excellence.  I find immense satisfaction in providing the best care to our patients.

I share my home with a beautiful Labrador, a couple of humans and the cat who owns us.

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Gemma Hall

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

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I wanted to be a veterinary nurse from a very young age and started my training in a practice in Milton Keynes in 2010 and went on to qualify in 2013.  In 2020, whilst on maternity leave with my second son, my family and I moved to a local village where I live with my husband, 2 sons, 3 cats, and a rough collie called Logan.
 
I look forward to getting to know all the wonderful clients and their pets here at Windmill.
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Sarah Gardiner

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

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I started my nursing career in 1996 and qualified in 2006.   In previous practices I was a deputy head nurse for 10 years and a head nurse for 6 years.  I live with a large collection of weird and wonderful animals, snakes, lizards spiders, scorpions, micro squirrels, millipedes, giant African land snails, dragons, fish, tortoise, turtles hamster and a parrot.

I have an interest in Physiotherapy and will be starting a course in September to learn more about it and how to use it in practice.

I am a Clinical coach and a Clinical supervisor and have held these qualifications for 15 years.  These allow me to help train and mentor the next generation of veterinary nurses.

I enjoy all aspects of my job and every day is different.

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Jessica Blackburn

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN BSc (Hons)

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It has always been my dream to be a veterinary nurse.  I joined the Windmill team in 2020 and completed all of my nurse training here.  I graduated from Middlesex University in 2022 gaining a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing and a C-SQP qualification.  At university, my elective module included companion animal behaviour and I completed my dissertation on noise phobias in companion canines.

At home, I live with one crazy rescue Border Collie and three equally crazy Collie cross’s, one of which I have competed agility with at international level.

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Katie Cooze

Animal Care Assistant

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I joined the practice in November 2022 and really enjoy my role.  You’ll find me caring for our inpatients, helping the nursing team and on reception with Client Care.  I’ve always had a love for animals and find my job very rewarding.

Practice Management

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Louise O'Hara

Practice Manager MInstLM, CVPM, MIAM

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I have worked at Windmill since October 2001.  From a very young age, I always wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse and many years ago I worked at a practice in High Wycombe, starting with school holidays and weekends.  In those days, (yes it was a long time ago!) qualified nurses were not the norm and at the time I wanted to qualify, so left there after a great couple of years in readiness for college.  Unfortunately, I didn’t quite time it right for enrollment, and found myself in an office job, having gained Acounts, shorthand and typing qualifications from school. 

I have worked for an oil and gas pipeline company, Oral-B Laboratories as PA in the Marketing Department and at Forte Hotels Head Office in the Human Resources Department. In 2001, I join Windmill, following a visit with my Shetland Sheepdog.  I worked on the Reception team and helped out the nursing team, but after a couple of years, took on the responsibility of personnel within the practice.  I was promoted to Practice Manager in 2009 and gained my ILM Level 5 diploma in Leadership and Management in 2010 and my Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) in 2011 and went on to join the VMG Certification and Training Committee in respect of the CVPM examination. In 2015,  I passed my Advanced Driving Test.   I own three cats; a British Silver Shorthair, one BSH mix, a Bengal and two Belgium Shepherd Tervuren dogs.

Veterinary Surgeons

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Dr Jane Alexander Advanced Practitioner in Anaesthesia

BVetMed, CertVA, MRCVS

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I qualified in 1980 from the Royal Veterinary College.

I have Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and a specific interest in Orthopedics and canine and feline reproduction. I am also Veterinary Advisor for the Flat Coated Retriever Society and Vice President for the Seal Point Siamese Cat Club.

I am married to Michael and we have two sons, two Flat Coat Retrievers, three ponies, two Siamese cats,  lots of chickens and a flock of Herdwick and Welsh Mountain sheep.  

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Dr Richard Rallings Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

BVetMed, CertAVP(SAM), MRCVS

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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1999.  I started at a small animal practice in Sussex until nine years ago, when I moved to Aylesbury and worked at a small animal hospital in the town.  I am delighted to have joined the Windmill team in May 2017.

I passed my General Practitioner certificate in small animal medicine in 2005 and RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice to become an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in small animal medicine in 2017. I am married with three children, two young cats and a pre-loved Labrador called Brian.

 

 

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Dr Matthew Borg

BVetMed, BSc (Hons), MRCVS

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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and joined the Windmill team in September 2018, having worked in small animal practice in London, Chelmsford and Milton Keynes.  I have an interest in surgery and hope to complete my advanced certificate in the near future.  I have recently adopted a cat called Smokey. 

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Dr Nicola Naylor

BVetMed, MRCVS

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I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007.   I worked as a locum vet at a variety of small animal practices in the UK, including Windmill Vets,  until I moved to Australia in 2015.   I lived and worked in Melbourne as a small animal vet, but missed the UK, so returned at the end of last year and was delighted to re-join the Windmill team.

I have a naughty cat called Harry-Havoc who lives up to his name!

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Dr Johanna Dear

BVetMed, PgCert, MRCVS

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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015, and have worked solely in small animal practice since. I received my post-graduate certificate in Small Animal Emergency Practice in 2020.
During my school days I worked at Windmill, and also returned for placement whilst at university. It was exciting to re-join the practice in 2020.

I have two setters and a naughty tortoiseshell cat. When I am not caring for all creatures great and small, I am a competitive marathon runner and keen yogi.

 

 

 

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Caroline Colborne-Baber

BVM&S MRCVS

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I graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2004 and have worked in Dunstable for the last 16 years. I live close by so am looking forward to meeting more people from the Winslow and Buckingham Area. I enjoy all aspects of being a vet but enjoy surgery most. I am also a trained veterinary acupuncturist so am keen to continue this at Windmill.

Away from being a Vet, I am a Cub Scout leader at 1st Winslow Cubs and enjoying getting out and about doing activities with the Cubs. I also enjoying baking and going walking in the countryside.

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Lynne Steele

BVSc, MRCVS

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I qualified from Bristol University in 1999 and have worked in a variety of both farm-based and small animal practices over the years.  I enjoy all aspects of practice life and particularly like getting to know pets and their owners in the consulting room.  I really enjoy dealing with ‘small furries’ and rabbits, and breed and show my own guinea pigs on a small scale.  I am currently ‘owned’ by about 25 guinea pigs, a ragdoll cat (who thinks he is a dog) and a Cavalier King Charles x Cocker Spaniel who has reminded me what it is like to have a puppy in the house again and is training me well!