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 - 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'.

Dani is currently on maternity leave!

Mel Baldwin - Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

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!

Natasha White

Natasha, who is Sussex born and bred, joined Hawthorn Vets in November 2007. She trained to become a veterinary nurse at a practice in Carshalton and following qualification worked at the veterinary hospital in East Grinstead, where she gained vital experience in emergency and 24-hour care of patients.

Natasha enjoys all aspects of her job especially emergency and critical care patients but when she is not working, Natasha spends all her time with her little boy, Oliver. They love to swim together, play in the park and look after their guinea pig, Spike.

Helen Price 

Helen has lived in Brighton all of her life. She started veterinary nursing in 2003, and trained at the New Priory practice in Brighton, who provide our out of hours cover. She loves caring for animals and also very much enjoys helping clients at reception and in nurse clinic appointments. She has two cats, Monkey and Toby. She loves music and recently started playing the clarinet again. She enjoys eating out, eating generally (!) and shopping for interior gems for her home.

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. 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. 

Gemma Taylor

Gemma joined the practice in December 2012 after completing an Animal Care course level 2 at Brinsbury College, which she passed with distinction. Gemma completed her Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA) course in 2015 and is the very first nurse to have been trained at the practice! She qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2018.  At home, Gemma has a young German Shepherd dog called Bear, a labradoodle called Buffy, a labradoor called Nala and two cats! Gemma really enjoys the nursing aspect of her role and hopes to gain more experience in this field in the future. 

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.

Jade Marsh - Student Veterinary Nurse

Jade started working at Hawthorn Vets in August 2017. She currently attends Plumpton College and is working towards a degree in veterinary nursing. She enjoys all aspects of her role as a student veterinary nurse but when she is not studying, she loves socialising with friends, baking and going for dog walks in the countryside. At home, Jade has a 22 year old cat called Florida, a cockatiel called Herbie and a superb parrot called Percy.

Amelia Ballantyne

Amelia joined Hawthorn in December 2018. She is a trainee veterinary nurse studying at Plumpton College, and has recently moved into Partridge Green. She has two border collies named Maxie and Maya and enjoys walking them along the downs link. She also enjoys helping on her partner's dairy farm in her spare time.

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