Meet The Team
Our six 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
Veterinary 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
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.
Kirsty Clayton, BVM&S, MRCVS
After graduating from Edinburgh Vet School in 2013, I spent three and a half years in mixed practice in Scotland before joining Hawthorne Lodge in April 2017. I enjoy all aspects of small animal veterinary practice though my main interest is in surgery. Outside of work I enjoy running, walking and baking.
Naomi Bradford, BVM BVS, MRCVS
I graduated from Nottingham Veterinary School in 2017, and after spending 3 months working in South Africa on a voluntary wildlife and community veterinary project, returned to the UK and joined Hawthorne Lodge Veterinary Practice. My main interest is in small animal surgery. Outside of work I enjoy horse riding and walking my two dogs Bertie and Lexi.
Nika Kosem, MRCVS
After studying Veterinary Medicine in Slovenia, Nika spent two years in small animal practice in her home country before moving to the UK to join Hawthorne Lodge Vets in February 2018. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice, but is particularly interested in Veterinary dentistry. Outside of work she enjoys walking, and baking cakes for all the staff at Hawthorne Lodge!
Ruby Stevens, BVM BVS, MRCVS
I joined Hawthorne Lodge in September 2018 on their graduate academy programme after graduating from Nottingham Veterinary School. Although I am keen to develop in all aspects of veterinary practice, I particularly enjoy diagnostic imaging. I also have a pet guinea pig Rufus, and have a keen interest in the health and diseases of small mammals.
Bryan Hartley, BVetMed, MRCVS
Locum Veterinary Surgeon. Bryan provides a locum service for the Hawthorne Lodge when we are short of veterinary surgeons, particularly through the summer which is our busiest period and we often have staff on holiday. Bryan first came to Hawthorne Lodge in 2005, and has worked at the practice for most summers since then. In his spare time Bryan sings in a local choir in Oxford.
Steina Jenkins, RVN, KCAI member
Head Veterinary Nurse
I was brought up in Sweden and Iceland, 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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.