Meet our Vets
Nikki Singleton – Veterinary Surgeon / Clinical Director
Nikki joined us in 2013 as our new clinical director, but has spent much time with us previously as a locum. Nikki has a strong interest in Exotic Animal Medicine and has completed a post-graduate certificate this area. She is also studying for a certificate in Cardiology and Medicine.
Nikki lives with her partner in North Shropshire where they care for an eccentric assortment of pets including three ponies called Gypsy, India and Teddy, three cats, Tango, Onyx and more recently Harley, the ginger practice cat who many of you will know well, who has retired to the country side. She also has two sheep names Oreo Cookie and Hershey Bar and three dogs, Opal, and Topaz who are English Springer Spaniels, an adopted Jack Russell Terrier called Bertie, and a rescue cat called Pudding. When not taking care of her houseful of beings she pursues a number of exciting hobbies including skiing, diving and travel.
She is based at both the Cannock and the Tamworth sites
Amanda Odeku - Veterinary Surgeon
Amanda qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1996. She spent four years in mixed practice in Lincolnshire before starting at Melbourne Veterinary Centre in 2001.
Her interests include in internal medicine and small mammals.
Nelu Rudareanu – Veterinary Surgeon
Nelu joined the practice in 2015. He has settled in well with our team. He graduated from the University of Timisoara, Romania in 2004.
After graduation he spent 10 months working in 2 small animal practices in California, USA.
In 2006 he became partner in a small animal practice in Timisoara, Romania where he worked for 5 years.
In 2011 he relocated to the UK where he worked as both locum and permanent vet across the country.
At work he has a special interest in surgery and ultrasonography.
Back home he has 2 cats called Sisi and Titi.
Julie Sands - Veterinary Surgeon
Julia graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2013. Before that she earned a BSc in Animal Science at the University of California Davis in her home country of the USA.
Despite the change in weather, Julia fell in love with the UK and decided to stay. Her clinical interests are in dentistry, imaging, surgery, and small furries.
Outside of work she reads and writes fiction, draws cartoons, and cooks, and is always out on walks to discover the local wildlife. Julia looks after a very chatty black cat called Inkie and is waiting for the right time to rescue a Border Collie!
Meet our Admin Staff
Lisa Carter – Practice Manager
Lisa has worked for Melbourne veterinary centre since 2007, initially as a practice administrator and working her way up to Practice Manager.
Lisa has 3 teenage children who keep her busy when she is not at work.
Lisa also enjoys DIY and relaxing with her family.
Emma Degg – Reception Manager
Emma joined Melbourne Vets in August 2001. She initially started as a student veterinary nurse but soon had a lot more involvement in the admin aspect of the job. Emma has a particular interest in marketing and promotion, she organises our annual open days, website, Facebook page and front of house. After recently returning from maternity leave Emma has now taken on the role of Reception Manager.
Emma lives with her husband and daughter. They share their home with 4 cats called Barry, Gary, Steve and Harry all rescued from Melbourne. In her spare time she enjoys travel, cooking and being with family and friends.
Meet our Nurses
Becci Wycherley - Qualified Veterinary Nurse / Head Nurse Melbourne
Becci joined us in April 2014 as one of our two head nurses. She has a keen interest in medical nursing and enjoys taking care of our hospitalised patients. Becci is also one of our clinical coaches and oversees the training of our student nurses, which is another aspect of her job that she enjoys.
Outside of work Becci enjoys baking and will occasionally bring in treats for all the staff, and has contributed to the bake sales we have had on our open days. She lives with her husband Craig, her cat O’Malley and new addition to the family German Shepherd puppy Skyler.
Becca Plumridge - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Becca started working at Melbourne vets in July 2015 after returning to work from maternity leave. Prior to joining our team she worked as Deputy head nurse in a small animal practice for 10 years, this is where she gained her qualification in 2007.
Becca particularly enjoyed clinics where she could get to know owners and their pets. Her main focus was weight management and this became apparent when she was awarded CVS ‘Vet nurse of the year’ for pet slimming. This is something Becca wishes to bring to Melbourne by helping our clients pets become healthier and happier.
Becca has also enjoyed working as an out of hours nurse for emergency and critical care patients and this is where her main interest lies.
Catherine Stone - Year 2 Student Nurse
Cath joined Melbourne Veterinary Centre in July 2014. She had done some time in another vets before moving to us to begin training as a veterinary nurse.
She enjoys looking after the inpatients and enjoys working in our laboratory. As an animal lover and vegetarian she aims to eventually travel the world to help out animal charities and promote the benefits of neutering. Also she would like to work towards improving the welfare of animals destined for slaughter.
Outside of work Cath is married and she has a 6 year old Dogue de Bordeaux called Harry. She also enjoys traveling, going to gigs, and being outdoors.
Bethany Gillbet – Year 1 Student Nurse
Bethany joined Melbourne Veterinary Centre in July 2015.
Beth’s favourite part of the job so far has been interacting with the clients and their pets when they come to visit the practice.
Beth was very excited to start college in 2016 to train to be a qualified and registered veterinary nurse, she is looking forward to having a more hands on role with the animals in our care.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her Lurchers, Princess, Gemma, and Blaze; spending time at the stables with the horses, and socialising with her friends and family. She also has Ariel a whippet and Stormageddon a Hermans tortoise.
Loz Wozencroft - Year 1 Student Nurse
Lauren joined us in June 2015 she likes to be called Loz.
She is currently training to become a veterinary nurse here at Melbourne Veterinary centre and cant wait to start college in September. Her favourite part of the job so far is giving clients and their beloved pets a more personal approach enjoying one to one care with clients and seeing them back for return visits.
Loz has her own pets, which she cares for outside of work, they include 2 springer spaniels, Sapphire and Jett, 3 rescue cats, Purry, Yum-Yum and Coco, 3 horses, Indy, Gypsy, and Teddy, and Bear her border collie.
In her spare time Loz likes to write creatively, and socialise with friends.
Shannon Read - Year 2 Student Nurse
Shannon started working at Melbourne Veterinary Centre in January 2014.
When she is working she mostly enjoys being in kennels helping fellow staff members with looking after the patients.
When she is not working she likes to spend time with her family and friends. At home she has a beautiful Bengal cat called Shayla, and Ebony a black Cocker Spaniel..
Lauren Todd - Qualified Veterinary Nurse / Head Nurse Mercia
Lauren joined us in January 2007 for her placement year as part of her training at Harper Adams University, finally joining us full time as a qualified nurse in September 2009. In April 2014, Lauren became one of our two head nurses.
Lauren is interested in all aspects of medical nursing and nursing clinics as well as radiology.
She has now achieved her certificate in veterinary nursing of exotic species to enable her to give our exotic patients the care that they require along with advice to their owners. Lauren is also one of our clinical coaches involved with the training of our student nurses, which is another aspect of her job that she particularly enjoys.
Outside of work Lauren is very interested in photography and enjoys spending time with her friends, family and pets. Lauren has two Springer spaniels called Beau and Isla, an English Cocker Spaniel called Jacobey, and three cats called Isobella, Archimedes and Savannah and a ginger cat called Rupert.
Helen Kidd - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Helen joined us at Melbourne in July 2015. She has recently finished her maternity leave after having her son. Helen qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2013.
Her main passions at work are doing nurse clinics meeting the clients and advising them on the best care for their pet. Helen also has a keen interest in feline behaviour. In her spare time out of work she enjoy spending time with her husband, son and her cat Chester.
Karen Mueller - Year 1 Student Nurse
Karen has been at Melbourne since July 2015 and she started veterinary nurse training in September 2016. She enjoys meeting and greeting clients.
In her spare time she volunteers at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sutton Park. She also enjoys painting, walking and going on holiday. She is pictured here with her Lakeland terrier and best friend Bertie. She also has an a Airedale Terrier called Hattie
Joanne Burrows - Year 3 Student Nurse
Jo joined the Melbourne team in September 2015 after her placement for University. She will be completing her FdSc Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2017 from Nottingham Trent University.
At work Jo enjoys learning new ways to improve inpatient care and strives to provide the best individual care for each patient. She has 3 pets, two elderly cats called Zig and Zag, a Staffie called Poppy who was a stray from our Bloxwich branch, and a continental giant rabbit called Nevil.
In her spare time, Jo enjoys walking her dog, spending time with her family and friends, and travelling over the country to gigs.
Keeley Griffiths – Year 2 Student Nurse
Keeley has been at Mercia since 2011. She achieved her VNA qualification in 2014 and is currently studying hard as a student nurse to qualify as a RVN.
She lives with her husband Adam, her little boy Rowan and their pet Chihuahua Yoda.
Kate MORGAN - Year 2 Student Nurse
Kate started working here with us at Melbourne Veterinary Centre in January 2015.
Kate enjoys working on reception greeting all the clients and their pets. She has recently started Rodbaston college to study to be a qualified veterinary nurse. Since starting college Kate has worked more closely with the inpatients in kennels and she is enjoying learning new skills and having a more hands on role with the pets in our care.
Outside of work Kate enjoys going out for meals with friends and family and spending time with her own beloved pets. Kate has a full house with her 3 Rabbits, Bobby, Buddy and Betsy, 3 rats, Spice, Pumpkin and Pickle and her 4 cats, Walter, Jessy, Skylar, and her newest addition Hank who she fell in love with when he was brought into the practice as a stray kitten.
Meet our Animal Nursing Assistants
Gemma Thorburn Shears - Animal Nursing Assistant
Hello, my name is Gemma and I have been working at Mercia since 2007. I live with my husband and we have two children, two Labradors, Oscar and Remington and a cat, Harry!
Outside of work I enjoy gun dog training with my youngest Lab, skiing with my family and walking.
Debbie Carr - Animal Nursing Assistant
I started working for Melbourne vets in 2009 as a domestic assistant. Since 2015 I have been a nurse's assistant which I enjoy.
I get more involved with kennels and help with animals. I also drive the ambulance and transport the animals to and from our out of hours surgery. I have a small kitten named Shelby which I had from our vets in 2015.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I love taking my little boy Kyle swimming, out for meals and walking up Cannock chase.