We are a group of small animal practices in Dorset and Hampshire, first established in the 1960s. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open seven days a week and provide our own 24 hour care at our hospital. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at our surgeries.
Michelle is one of the most experienced double diploma holding veterinary nurses in the country. She has extensive veterinary nursing experience, ranging from general practice to referral nursing in one of the UK’s leading hospitals. Michelle is one of a very limited number of nurses awarded an RCVS Travel Scholarship enabling her to study advanced techniques in emergency and critical care at Tufts University and Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston, USA. Outside of work, Michelle regularly competes with her gorgeous Border Collies.
Suzanne Gray RVN C-SQP MISAP
Deputy Head Nurse
Suzanne qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2001 and joined Cedar Vets in 2005. Suzanne was promoted to senior nurse a year later, and is now deputy head nurse. Suzanne loves all aspects of nursing. She qualified as a suitably qualified person to dispense medications in 2009 and in January 2014, completed a feline behaviour certificate with distinction. In July 2016, Suzanne completed an advanced diploma in feline behaviour management, passing with a high score achieving merit. Away from work, Suzanne and her lovely daughter Felicity are both keen horse riders, and also share their home with a Bengal cat.
Helen Patience RVN
Helen started working at Cedar Vets over 20 years ago as a weekend kennel assistant. In 2006, after moving away to go to university and travel the world, she returned to the practice to start her veterinary nursing training and qualified in 2009. Helen achieved the BSAVA level three veterinary nursing award for passing her final exams with the highest marks in the country. She loves the variety of nursing but especially loves caring for the inpatients. In her spare time, Helen likes going to the races and travelling and has recently adopted a kitten named Arnie. Helen also shares her home with a hand-reared sparrow.
Freya Lucking RVN
Freya started working at Cedar Vets as a Saturday kennel assistant, before qualifying as a veterinary nurse. Freya loves taking care of our inpatients, and when she isn’t at work, enjoys baking, playing the guitar and looking after her beautiful cat, Winnie.
Abbey White RVN
Abbey has lived in the New Forest all her life. She was brought up with animals and has always wanted to work with them. Having done lots of work experience in many areas, Abbey worked as a kennel assistant at another practice for two and a half years but joined Cedar Vets to start her veterinary nurse training in January 2015. Abbey has a rescued miniature Schnauzer who keeps her entertained in her spare time and also helps out at a charity for special needs children. Abbey loves to cook and keeps active with a variety of sports.
Kayleigh Williams BSc (Hons) RVN
Pet Health and Bereavement Counsellor
Kayleigh joined Cedar Vets as an RVN in April 2015, having previously worked with us as a trainee. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, particularly enjoying canine behaviour and running nurse clinics. She has also completed the Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor Advanced and the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Counsellor courses. Kayleigh has a working English Springer Spaniel called Guinness who can often be seen at the practice. They are currently training together in the hope of competing in the working dog championships! Away from work, Kayleigh enjoys watching football, riding her New Forest gelding named Legend and reading. She also shares her home with her fiancé Damien, a Cedar rescue cat named Tequila who suffers from cat flu, and a variety of fish.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Dani completed some work experience with us here at Cedar in summer 2015 while studying animal management. Following this, she worked part time as a receptionist while she continued her studies. In July 2017, after completing her animal management degree, Dani switched roles to join the Cedar team and begin her journey to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Steph studied animal management for three years at Kingston Maurward College before joining Cedar Vets in July 2014 as a trainee veterinary nurse. She is studying at Sparsholt College alongside working at Cedar. At home, Steph has a guinea pig and two pygmy goats. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym.
Patient Care Assistant
Mary-Rose joined Cedar Vets in October 2017 as a patient care assistant. She has many years of experience working within the animal care sector and studying related subjects. After volunteering for a surgery in Portugal she decided she would like to work within the veterinary industry, hoping to eventually qualify as a veterinary nurse. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, keeping fit, cooking and reading.
Patient Care Assistant
Abbie joined Cedar in 2016. Her favourite part of her job is snuggling the animals, keeping them company and seeing them get better. Outside of work, Abbie enjoys spending time with friends and family and shares her home with four cats, two dogs and two snakes. Abbie would like to eventually work towards becoming a qualified veterinary nurse and would love to specialise in venomous animals.