At Hawthorn Vets we are very lucky to have six fully qualified veterinary nurses. The nursing team is very knowledgeable and 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.
Danielle Kaelin - Assistant Director and Head Veterinary Nurse
Sussex born, Danielle started her veterinary career in 2005 and trained to be a veterinary nurse in Devon. She then spent almost 3 years in Switzerland where she worked in a mixed practice where she enjoyed both small and large animal work. Danielle moved back to England with husband, Fabian, in 2013 and after working in a practice along the coast joined Fabian here at Hawthorn Vets in 2015. Dani became head nurse in June 2016 and has recently returned from maternity leave - she and Fabian have a little boy called Stanley.
Danielle lives in Henfield and enjoys both living and working in the community. She enjoys an active role in the Henfield Joggers and along with Fabian can often be seen running through the countryside. They have two Labradors, a Border Terrier and a one-eyed cat named 'Spud'.
Mel qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2013. She is also a Clinical Coach and Assists with the training of student nurses. She has a keen interest in Laboratory work and animal behaviour. She enjoys all aspects of her role as a nurse especially when it comes to dealing with difficult or stressed animals. She has travelled to South Africa where she volunteered at a Lion Sanctuary and rehabilitation centre for other animals. Mel lives a busy lifestyle and loves adventure having been skydiving, banger racing, bungee jumping, done sponsored walks and raised money for various charities. Mel really enjoys her spicy food and chilli is one of her favourite things!
Gemma started working at Hawthorn Vets in 2012 as an animal care assistant.Over the years she has progressed through her nursing training and qualified September 2018. Having gained a level 3 diploma with Merit in Veterinary Nursing. She has since completed a Merit award in Dermatology and veterinary nurse clinical coach training.
At home, Gemma has a German Shepherd called Bear, a Labrador X called Buffy and a Labrador called Nala.
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. Faye lives with a trio of dogs and her partner in Storrington. When not at work, Faye enjoys doing agility with her rescue collie "Huey", caring for her veteran horse and walking on the South Downs.
Faye is currently on Maternity Leave
Jade started at the practice in 2017 and completed her foundation degree in veterinary nursing with Plumpton in 2019 with a distinction. She loves socialising with friends, baking and going for dog walks in the countryside. At home, Jade has two young cats called Sparky and Nova. Jade loves all aspects of veterinary nursing and especially likes giving extra TLC to any of our patients that are in need of it!
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 Worthing with her partner, 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 enjoys walking her parent's naughty Springer Spaniel called Mac. She hopes to get her own four legged friend soon!
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.
Lauren Snow - Student Veterinary 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 have asked her to stay! Lauren is due to qualify as an RVN in June 2022. At home she loves riding and looking after her labrador, Skye.
Hayley Burgess - Animal Care Assistant
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.
Lucy Cole - Animal Care Assistant
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!