Meet The Team

Our five veterinary surgeons are supported by a team of trainee and qualified veterinary nurses as well as a dedicated reception team.

We are committed to continual training for all our clinical staff, as we believe this ensures a highly motivated team and up to date knowledge.

Justin Yates MA, VetMB, CertVR, MRCVS

Justin-Yates-Veterinary-Surgeon-Hawthorne-Lodge-Vets-BanburyVeterinary Surgeon, Clinical Director
My childhood on a farm on the west coast of Wales – surrounded by cows, pets, and a staggering array of wildlife (including 400 seals!) encouraged a love of all animals from a very early age. These days I am kept busy by my two teenagers, an assortment of chickens and ponies, and a very naughty pointer called Moose – who features frequently throughout this website.


David Bemrose, BVM&S, GPCert(SAM), GPCert(Ophthal), MRCVS

David-Bemrose-Veterinary-Surgeon-Hawthorne-Lodge-Veterinary-Practice-BanburyVeterinary Surgeon
I graduated from Edinburgh Veterinary School in 1996 and joined Hawthorne Lodge Veterinary Practice in 2007. I obtained the GP Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006, and the GP certificate in Ophthalmology in 2012.


Chris Webb, MA VetMB GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

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I joined Hawthorne Lodge in March 2013. I completed a general practitioner qualification in advanced surgery in November 2016, and am currently responsible for most of the more complicated surgery in the practice as well as a lot of the “keyhole surgery” . I also have an interest in small mammal medicine, as it was my love of these pets as a child that led me to become a vet – I currently own several pet ratties, who are unashamedly spoilt in their rat ‘mansion’!


Marina Certucha, GPCert(Derm),  MRCVS

Marina-Certucha-Hawthorne-Lodge-Vets-Veterinary-Practice-BanburyVeterinary Surgeon
I graduated from the university of Madrid in Spain in 2012. After a six month internship at a veterinary practice in Yorkshire, I joined Hawthorne Lodge Veterinary Practice in February 2014. I am interested in Dermatology and Surgery. In my spare time I enjoy being outside, hiking and running.


Steina Jenkins, RVN, KCAI member

Steina-Jenkins-Registered-Veterinary-Nurse-Hawthorne-Lodge-Vets-Veterinary-Practice-BanburyHead Veterinary Nurse
I was brought up in Sweden and Iceland, and but moved to the UK in 1979 to train as a veterinary nurse.  My passion is dog behaviour – helping people to appreciate the amazing relationship we can have with man’s best friend – though my parents were not keen on animals and I had to fight tooth and nail to get my first dog aged 12. I love my job, and now my kids are now all grown up I act as “mother hen” looking after all the nurses at work.


Amanda Tudhope, RVN, C&G Cert SAN

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I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from Berkshire College of Agriculture in 1994 and subsequently joined Hawthorne Lodge in 1999. I have a City and Guilds Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition and am very interested in nursing of exotic species and wildlife. I currently have lots of hedgehogs visiting my garden every night for some food! I enjoy visiting “Monkey World” in Dorset and one day hope to travel to Borneo to see Orangutans in the wild.


Joy Mant, RVN BSc (Hons)

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I wanted to be a veterinary nurse for as long as I can remember, so it was a real thrill when I  qualified from Hartpury College in 2004.  I started working at Hawthorne Lodge in 2013.  I am a sucker for stray animals – my two cats Thomas (15) and Henry (4) were acquired as strays through work.  They both continue to keep me amused with their antics.

I particularly enjoy consulting as I love meeting new people and their pets.

Hannah Jarvis, RVN

Hannah-Jarvis-Veterinary-Nurse-Hawthorne-Lodge-Vets-BanburyVeterinary Nurse
I joined Hawthorne Lodge in 2015 after qualifying as a nurse from Hartpury college in Gloucestershire.  Previous experience includes working at St Tiggywinkles wildlife rescue centre, working at Whipsnade zoo, and working at a multidisciplinary referral practice in Bristol. My main interest is in surgical nursing.  I have a rescue cat called Joey, who came in to the practice as a stray.


Lacey Pitcher RVN

lacey-pitcher-hawthorne-lodge-vets-banburyVeterinary Nurse
After qualifying as a veterinary nurse I traveled the UK locuming;  however I found the staff at Hawthorne lodge more like family and so I took a permanent job in January 2016. I have a particular interest in emergency care and nutrition, but am also currently working towards a certificate in feline care. I have a cheeky yellow Labrador called Jackson but I have a real soft spot for a “squishy face” and love working in a bulldog friendly practice.

Charlie Vaughan-Jones RVN


Veterinary Nurse
I joined Hawthorne Lodge in June 2016 after graduating from Warwickshire College.  My interests are in intensive care and exotics nursing –  I have previously worked in an exotics referral practice as well as a falconry centre, and am currently studying for my exotics nursing certificate.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking, and am regularly asked to bring in cakes to work.  I also like exploring the UK with my rescue dogs Jess and Lulu.

Katherine Gunn RVN

Katherine-Gunn-Student-Veterinary-Nurse-Hawthorne-Lodge-Vets-BanburyVeterinary Nurse
I have always lived in the Banbury area and saw practice at Hawthorne Lodge as well as working as a kennels nursing assistant on Saturdays.  I started a four year Veterinary nursing degree course in 2013, doing my work experience placements at Hawthorne Lodge.  After qualifying in 2017, I joined the practice as a full time member of their nursing staff


Lotte Ascott


Student Veterinary Nurse
I worked previously at a horse rescue centre before going into a mixed veterinary practice and gaining my animal nursing assistant qualification. I am now attending Pershore College on the veterinary nursing degree course.  In my spare time I play various musical instruments and help out on my family’s small holding – especially during the lambing season.


Karen Ayers

Karen-Ayers-Animal-Nursing-Assistant-Hawthorne-Lodge-Vets-Veterinary-Practice-BanburyNursing assitant
I have been bringing my pets to Hawthorne Lodge Veterinary Practice for over twenty years, so I was delighted when I was offered a job in October 2013.  I am a bit of a mad cat lady – I have twelve cats at home, all of them rescues and walk-ins – living proof that a multi-cat household can work!  In the practice I am mainly responsible for giving all the in-patients lots of cuddles.


Tracy Mobley

I started working at Hawthorne Lodge in 1984 as the Saturday girl and joined on a full time basis in 1991 as a Nursing Assistant. I got married in 1993 and left 5 years later to have my first daughter. I returned to the practice in 1999 working three evenings covering reception. I had my second daughter in 2001 and have gradually increased my hours working as part of the reception team. In December 2012 we had a new addition to our family, a springer spaniel called Molly. We all love walking, especially in the New Forest.

Netta Best

I started working at the practice in 1996 as a Nursing Assistant. After a three year break to have my children, I re-joined the practice in 2007 as a part time receptionist. Apart from two energetic boys, I also have two dogs, a cat, chickens and a small flock of sheep.

Pam Stevens

I joined the practice in 2009 when we moved to Banbury, after working for 7 years as an Administrator for Newsquest. I have two cats, including one called Dior. I hand-reared her, bottle feeding her from one day old.

Vanessa Lewis

I started working at Hawthorne Lodge in September 2013, having previously worked at Intech Business College in Rugby. I have a cat called Blaze who is just over two years old.