Nursing Team


Michelle Richmond RVN DipAVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

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 and a Border Collie.


Helen Patience RVN

Senior Nurse

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 3 Veterinary Nursing Award for passing her final exams with the highest marks in the country. Helen 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.


Kayleigh Williams BSc (Hons) RVN

Pet Health Counsellor

Kayleigh joined Cedar Vets as a registered veterinary nurse in April 2015, having previously worked with us as a trainee. Kayleigh enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing particularly enjoys Canine Behaviour and running nurse clinics.

Kayleigh has a Working English Springer Spaniel, Guinness, they are currently training together in the hope of competing in the working dog championships! Away from work, Kayleigh enjoys watching football, horse riding and reading. Kayleigh shares her home with Cedar rescue cat Tequila, Koi Carp and a tank of Tropical fish including a Pleco called Jeff.


Dani Seton SVN

Dani did some work experience with Cedars in summer 2015 while studying Animal Management. Following this, Dani 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.


Steph Spiers SVN

Steph studied Animal Management for three years at Kingston Maurward College before joining Cedar Vets in July 2014 as a trainee veterinary nurse. Steph is studying at Sparsholt College alongside working at Cedar.

At home, Steph has a guinea pig and two pygmy goats. In her spare time, Steph enjoys going to the gym.


Abbey White SVN

Abbey has lived in the New Forest all her life, 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 and 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.


Gaby Flexman

Animal Nursing Assistant

Gaby looks after our inpatients overnight. Away from work, Gaby enjoys walking her Golden Retriever Barney, reading, socialising and attending festivals and music events.


Abbie Shotter

Animal Nursing Assistant

Abbie joined Cedar in 2016 and looks after inpatients overnight. Abbie’s 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.