Veterinary Nurses

The Nursing Team

The Hale Vet Group is especially proud of its nursing team, which is a key part of our veterinary care team. The nursing team run their own clinics, care for our hospitalised patients and assist with all surgical and medical procedures.

The team doesn’t just consist of qualified veterinary nurses, we also have student veterinary nurses, animal care assistants, kennel assistants and laboratory technicians.

Having a great nursing team helps ensure your pet is receiving the best care and attention they deserve. You can phone and speak to any of our nurses for advice about your pet.

Nicole Archer-Fairley BSc (Hons) RVN

Clinical Nurse Manager based at the Chippenham hospital.

Nicole joined the Hale Veterinary Group in 2013 after graduating from Hartpury College, Gloucester with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing Science. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, particularly caring for inpatients and emergency and critical care. Having recently graduated Nicole is now looking for the next challenge and is enjoying developing her skills and knowledge.

Out of work Nicole loves spending time with friends and family, reading, baking and also enjoys running and long walks.

Maxine McFadzean RVN

Administrative Nurse Manager based at Chippenham.

Maxine has been with the HVG since 1997. She spent many years working at the Corsham branch before leaving to start her family. Maxine works at the Chippenham hospital where she has a keen interest in emergency nursing, critical care and anaesthesia. She is the deputy head nurse and assists Sarah in the smooth running of the nursing team. Her free time is taken up with two young children and her lively cat Bolt!

Kate Tenniswood RVN

Senior Nurse based at our Corsham branch.

Kate is a registered VN with many years of experience and is based at our Corsham branch. Kate’s professional interests include all aspects of nursing with a special interest in nursing the geriatric feline. Her hobbies include walking in the country and keeping an eye on Lily and Stan, her two feline partners in crime!

Sarah Badcock RVN

Sarah qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005 and joined the Hale Veterinary Group in 2006 where she worked as part of the Chippenham hospital team.

In her spare time, she is kept busy by her border terrier Hazel, who just loves long walks!

Becky Mallard RVN

Senior Nurse based at our Melksham branch.

Becky started working for HVG in 2002 and became a qualified Veterinary Nurse in 2006. She has a passion for all aspects of nursing and has returned after a 5 years of being a full time mum. She is kept busy in her spare time by her 2 small children, JRT ‘Tats’ and her husband!

Lori Taylor RVN

Lori graduated from the University of the West of England Hartpury in 2015 and enjoys working in both the Hospital and Corsham branch as sole nurse. Her Yorkie, Hatti, keeps her busy; they both enjoy spending time at the seaside, having long country walks, pub lunches and socialising with family and friends.

Karen Arents RVN

Karen joined the Hale Veterinary Group as an experienced student veterinary nurse in 2000, and became qualified in 2002. She has always had a keen interest in all aspects of veterinary nursing including surgical and medical nursing, in recent years however, she has developed a very keen interest in preventative care, and animal behaviour. As a result of this, Karen now runs the very successful puppy playgroup and weight watchers club at the Chippenham hospital. Outside of work, she enjoys her very busy life with her 3 very active young sons! Karen also finds time to care for her cat and fish and JRT, Tallie!

Aisha Mckenny RVN

Aisha joined Hale in 2015, following completing several weeks work experience whilst at school. She started her Veterinary Nurse training in September 2015. Aisha enjoys supporting Nicole and Chrissy (Veterinary Surgeon) with the advanced soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics. In her spare time Aisha enjoys nothing more than spending time with her beloved horses; Chequers and Hardy.

Beth Ash RVN

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Emily Small RVN

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Pippa Steans RVN

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Trainee Veterinary Nurses

The Hale Veterinary Group has an excellent record at helping to train veterinary nurses.

Clare Jones

Clare is one of our student veterinary nurses currently studying hard to achieve the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. In her spare time Clare enjoys walking her 3 dogs (2 Labradors and a pug), looking after her 3 cats and reading. Clare is a Harry Potter and Star Wars fan.


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Lauren Stickley

Lauren attended Lackham College and completed level 3 Animal Management and Care. She joined Hale as a kennel assistant in Dec 2017. She enjoys walking her 2 dogs Smudge and Marley.


Jess Bullock

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Hospital Kennels Assistants

Rhianna Petty

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Nicole King

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