Natalie Simmonds

Head Nurse, Registered Veterinary Nurse

In January 1997 Natalie began working as a Kennels Assistant in a local practice which then led her to begin her training as a Veterinary Nurse when she turned 17 years old. Natalie joined Alma Veterinary Hospital in September 2000 and qualified in April 2002. Natalie trained to become a student nurse assessor and then became our Head Nurse in April 2003. Natalie supervises our large team of nurses and receptionists and manages the daily running of the practice. She has introduced nurse clinics and puppy parties to the practice and has a keen interest in canine behaviour, preventative healthcare and practice management. Natalie has 2 horses, 2 dogs and 3 cats and enjoys going horse riding, walking the dogs, traveling the world, music festivals and socialising.

Ali Walsh

Deputy Head Nurse, Registered Veterinary Nurse

Ali began her Veterinary Nurse training in August 1998 in a local practice alongside Natalie. Ali qualified in October 2003 and has gained much experience working in various veterinary surgeries in the local area, as well as gaining the student nurse assessor qualification. Ali came to Alma Veterinary Hospital in July 2009 as a locum nurse to cover maternity leave. She then became a permanent member of the team and Natalie’s deputy in May 2010. Ali has a very active role in student nurse training and assisting with the day to day running of the practice. She has a keen interest in anaesthesia and surgical nursing. Ali works part-time at Alma whilst balancing family life at home. She lives with her husband Richard, two children Emily and Jamie, Labrador Poppy and Ernie the cat.

Sandra Walker

Deputy Head Nurse, Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sandra has been a part of the veterinary industry for over 25 years and is currently one of our Deputy Head Nurses. Sandra joined our team originally in 1994 and qualified in the year 2000. Her passion is medical nursing and in her early years loved the surgical element to nursing. In Sandra's spare time she enjoys spending time with her two horses, Sidney and Toby, her chickens, guinea pigs and cats! When not caring for her own personal zoo Sandra enjoys long walks and exotic holidays.

Lisa Fraser

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lisa joined Alma Veterinary Hospital in December 2003. She completed her training in a local practice and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in August 1998. Lisa runs our nurse clinics and encourages health care. Lisa has a special interest in nutrition and has achieved a qualification in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition. Lisa works part-time which allows her to spend quality time with her three children, dog Tess and two rabbits.

Sally Morries

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sally first joined our team at Alma as a locum nurse in October 2009, she then became a permanent staff member in March 2013. Sally started her career in veterinary practice as a Nursing Assistant at a veterinary group in Slough. Sally then went on to train as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 at another local practice in Maidenhead. Sally qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006 and continued working in Maidenhead until she decided to work as a locum nurse. During Sally’s time as a locum nurse she gained a lot of experience working for an out of hours emergency clinic. Sally is also a clinical coach for our student veterinary nurses so is very involved in the training side of the practice. Sally lives with her husband and two daughters as well as their dog Purdy, cat Kalisi and snake Pacha. Sally and her family really enjoy being outdoors, so spend much of their spare time going on long walks with their dog. They also enjoy days out in London and going to theme parks.

Suzanne Smith

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Suzanne joined Alma in June 2011 and is one of our many amazing Registered Veterinary Nurses. Suzanne's very interested in the care of small mammals, especially rabbits. Over the next couple of years Suzanne is working towards achieving an additional qualification - The Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Small Mammals. Once this is complete she has a keen interest in completing an avian exotic course. During her spare time, Suzanne enjoys walking her two bouncy Springers Mo and Jonty and loves caring for her own menagerie including a cat, five ducks and a tarantula!

Larissa Bates

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Larissa qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from The Royal Veterinary College in 2016. As a degree nurse Larissa enjoyed her time at Alma training on multiple placements and joined our team permanently once qualified. Larissa's particular passions are wound care, emergency critical care and supporting student veterinary nurses through their training. In the future Larissa would love to do further training in physiotherapy. In her spare time Larissa loves riding her horse Billy, spending time with family, watching rugby and entertaining her crazy fox-red Labrador Flynn!

Jessie Alcroft

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jessie originally worked at Alma during her university placements and returned to us as a full-time Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017. Jessie particularly enjoys the medicine side of nursing and in-patient care. During her spare time she cares for her 10+ horses! Jessie also plays in a brass band, taking part in lots of concerts around the surrounding areas.

Fleur Strudley

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Fleur joined our reception team in November 2014. Before joining us at Alma Fleur worked as an Assistant Manager in a local pet shop /garden centre. Prior to this Fleur studied animal management at Berkshire Agricultural College which has given her great background knowledge for her position with us. Fleur joined our nursing team in 2016 and recently qualified in November 2018. In her spare time Fleur enjoys spending time with her King Charles Cavalier Kimmy, cat Junebug and Burmese Mr Meowgi.

Shelby London

Student Veterinary Nurse

Shelby started with us in March 2014, initially as a Nursing Assistant helping our team with their daily duties. She then became a Student Veterinary Nurse in September 2014. Before joining us Shelby spent some time working in France as an Opair. It has always been Shelby's dream to become a Veterinary Nurse. Her mother works as a nurse which gave Shelby some insight into a healthcare career. In Shelby's spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, two dogs Riley and Immy and cat, Jasper.

Amira Khadla

Student Veterinary Nurse

Amira joined our team officially in 2016 after volunteering here for many months. Amira has been training as a Student Veterinary Nurse since September 2016 and is soon to qualify in May 2019. Her particular passions in this career is anaesthesia, emergency critical care and in-patient care. During her spare time she loves spending quality time with her family and friends.

Emma Bampton

Student Veterinary Nurse

Emma joined our team as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2017 and after a year began her training as a Student Veterinary Nurse. Emma's focus at the moment is to pass all exams and qualify as a Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her sweet little cat Misty.

Gosia Lyson

Student Veterinary Nurse

Gosia joined our team as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2017 and after a year began her training as a Student Veterinary Nurse. Gosia's focus at the moment is to pass all exams and qualify as a Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with husband, visiting her family in Poland and caring for her rescue cat, Mr Big.

Lizzie Parsons

Student Veterinary Nurse

Lizzie started as a receptionist at Alma in 2014 and began her training as a Veterinary Nurse in September 2018. Lizzie is really enjoying her new role and is focusing on achieving her qualification over the next couple of years. In Lizzie's spare time she loves spending time with family and friends, horse riding and walking her gorgeous Golden Retriever Bentley.

Scarlet Wheeler

Student Veterinary Nurse

Scarlet has been a receptionist at Alma for over three years and is beginning her training to become a Veterinary Nurse in January, which we are all excited about! She has always had a passion for animals, growing up with her own little menagerie. Scarlet has been riding horses since she was two years old and has lots of experience with all kinds of animals. In her spare time she enjoys taking her Doberman, Mu, for lovely long walks.

Ruby Hemmings

Student Veterinary Nurse

Ruby is currently studying at Middlesex University to become a Registered Veterniary Nurse. During her studies she will be carrying out her placement at Alma Veterinary Hospital for some hands on training. In Ruby's spare time she enjoys spending it with her dog Trigger and two rabbits Luna and Bo. She also enjoys going to concerts and spending time with her friends.

Megan Jones

Nursing Assistant

Megan has joined our hospital to assist the nursing team in everyday care of the patients amongst other jobs. Megan enjoys playing netball and walking her Border Collie Willow outside of work as well as spending time with her cats Timmy and Tilly.

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