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.

Jade Aldridge Senior Veterinary Nurse

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Jade has been a part of the Alma family for many years. She initially joined us to complete her training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Once Jade qualified she left the team to gain experience at other veterinary practices in the local area. Jade then went on to travel to South Africa where she spent several years as part of the veterinary team at Rhino Revolution, a charity dedicating themselves to orphaned Rhino's. Jade decided to return home on a permanent basis in 2019 and again joined our team as a very experienced Senior Veterinary Nurse in November 2019. Jade has a dog named Lilo whom she rehomed last year, she often comes to work with Jade.

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 and lovely dog Flo.

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 and 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!

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 center. 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 qualified in November 2018. In her spare time Fleur enjoys spending time with her King Charles Cavalier Kimmy, cats and ducks.

Amira Khadla

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Amira joined our team officially in 2016 after volunteering here for many months. Amira started training as a Student Veterinary Nurse in September 2016 and qualified in May 2019. Her particular passions in this career are anaesthesia, emergency and critical care and in-patient care. During her spare time she loves spending quality time with her family, friends and her very playful Cocker Spaniel Loki!

Emma Bampton

Registered 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 recently qualified in January 2021 as a Veterinary Nurse and has a particular passion for Surgical nursing. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her sweet little cat Misty.

Gosia Lyson

Registered 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 is very excited to have recently passed all of her exams and is now officially a Registered Veterinary Nurse! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, visiting her family in Poland and caring for her rescue cat, Mr Big.

Lauren Jasiewicz | Student Veterinary Nurse

Student Veterinary Nurse

Lauren joined our team in September 2020, after working for another local practice as a Student Veterinary Nurse for a couple of years. Lauren is looking forward to meeting all of our lovely clients and pets once some normality resumes.

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 dogs Bentley and Bosci.

Scarlet Wheeler

Student Veterinary Nurse

Scarlet first joined the team as a receptionist for over three years and has now begun her training to be a Veterinary Nurse, which we are all very 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.

Megan Jones

Student Veterinary Nurse

Megan joined our hospital as a nursing assistant in 2019. Since then Megan has proved to be an excellent member of the team and very passionate about patient care. In September 2019 Megan began her training to become a Veterinary Nurse. Megan enjoys playing netball and walking her Border Collie Willow outside of work as well as spending time with her cats Timmy and Tilly.

Leah Rumsey

Nursing Assistant

Leah joined our team in August 2019. Leah's initial role was to support our nursing team in the everyday care of the patients amongst other jobs. Leah has a keen passion for animals. She spends her free time looking after her own menagerie of pets, including cats, rabbits, mice and reptiles. Leah began her training with us as a Veterinary Nurse in April 2020.

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