Nurses at Hawthorn Vets



At Hawthorn Vets we are very lucky to have a very knowledgeable nursing team who are on hand to give advice as well as providing free of charge nurse clinics. Behind the scenes, our nurses are very experienced in anaesthesia, radiography, dentistry and many other aspects of veterinary practice.

Heather Tettersell - Head Nurse

Heather joined the practice in December 2019. She has been involved in the Veterinary industry for over 10 years and qualified from Plumpton College in August 2018 having gained a diploma with merit in Veterinary Nursing. Heather lives in Shoreham with her husband Jack, however grew up locally in Upper Beeding. Heather's love of animals started early and she remembers visiting Hawthorn Vets from a young age with her family pets. Heather adopted her cat, "Merlin", when he was bought into Hawthorn Vets as a stray and needed a loving, forever home.

Heather Mitchell

Amelia Ballantyne - Deputy Head Nurse

Amelia joined Hawthorn in 2018 as a student nurse and went on to completing her foundation degree with a distinction in 2020. She then worked in a referral hospital for a year and came back to Hawthorn in 2021. She has been within the veterinary industry for 10 years. She enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing but has a specific interest in emergency and critical care. Amelia lives in Partridge Green with her two border collies Maxie and Maya, a lurcher called Flo and a very cheeky terrier called Bernie. In her spare time she enjoys being in the countryside with her dogs.

Amelia Ballentyne

Lauren Snow - Senior Nurse

Lauren came to Hawthorn to begin her nurse training in January 2020. Normally it is a one year post, but she has got on so well that we asked her to stay! Lauren qualified as an RVN in June 2022. Outside of work, Lauren is kept busy with her  horse Moose and yard companion "Penny" the cocker spaniel. The newest addititon to the family is "Chase" the tabby cat!

Lauren Snow

Faye Hurdman

Faye joined the Hawthorn team in July 2015 and brings over 15 years of nursing experience with her. Alongside her Veterinary Nursing qualification, Faye has completed the BSAVA merit award in Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy. When not at work you will find Faye trapsing around West sussex with her dogs, children and their beloved pony Pi!

Faye Hurdman

Jo Hardy

Jo qualified as an RVN in 2012 and has always worked in independent practice because she believes in providing a more personal service - hence she joined Hawthorn in 2024! She moved to Worthing in 2016 and enjoys the life by the sea with her husband, young son and Shroom the cat. She is also an avid Liverpool supporter!

Faye Hurdman

Louise Halley

Lou started training as an ANA in 2017 and went on to qualify as an RVN in February 2022. She joined Hawthorn vets in April 2024. In her spare time, Lou enjoys socialising with friends and family, shopping and spending time with her golden retriever and 4 cats!

Faye Hurdman

Hayley Burgess - Student Veterinary Nurse

Hayley started at Hawthorn in November 2019. She studied Animal Management Level 3 at Brinsbury College and qualified with a triple grade Distinction. She has volunteered in Botswana as part of her college course and for the past 5 years has worked with German Shepherds and Greyhounds. 

Hayley Burgess

Katie Edmonds - Animal Care Assistant

 Katie has lived in Partridge Green all her life and is what some people would call a country bumpkin! She has studied Animal Care and Agriculture at Brinsbury collage for 4 years and has a massive love for animals big and small. She has two Jack Russells at home Alfie and a puppy called Bertie.

Katie Edmonds - Animal Care Assistant

Alice Laker - Animal Care Assistant

Alice started working at Hawthorn as an Animal Care Assistant in Feburary 2022,  and loves the variety each role has to offer! In her spare time,  Alice enjoys walking her two dogs Goldie and Bella around the countryside and particually the beach.

Katie Edmonds - Animal Care Assistant

Emily Crane - Animal Care Assistant

Emily started at Hawthorn in March 2022 and has lived in Partridge Green all her life. Soon after she finished her A levels she worked as an Art Technician and then at a Nursery . Ever since she was little she’s always aspired to work at the place that took the best care of her animals. After being brought up with 3 boxers in her family there’s now a fourth, a bouncy 2 year old boxer called Beau. The saying about working with children and animals springs to mind!

Katie Edmonds - Animal Care Assistant

Lucy Cole - Student Veterinary Nurse

Lucy also started at Hawthorn in November 2019. Previously she has worked in a care home and is looking forward to learning more about pet care! Lucy is currently on Maternity Leave.

Lucy Cole

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