Our Veterinary Surgeons

Martin James



Martin qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1991 and has been with Brelades since 2009.   Martin has a keen in interest in surgery but also enjoys consulting and investigating medical cases

Jemma Sulsh

Head Vet


Jemma qualified from Bristol University in 2009.  Prior to joining our practice in January 2015, She worked in a mixed practice vets before deciding to concentrate on small animals, and holds a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She has a number of pets including a cat, horses and treefrogs!

Kate Brooksbank


Kate graduated from Cambridge in 2002.  She re-joined our team in 2009 after a break to go travelling.

Claire Challinor


Claire graduated from Glasgow in 2008 and joined us in 2011.

Rebecca Muller


Rebecca Graduated from Cambridge in 2018, when she then joined our team. She is currently studying for a medicine certificate.

Lydia Hudson


Lydia graduated from Cambridge University in 2019 and joined our team. She had actually done lots of work experience with us since she was 16 years old! Lydia is our surgical co-ordinator and runs our social media.

Anna Craig


Anna graduated from Liverpool in 2021 and joined our team.

Lara Yarwood

BVMSci, BSc(Hons), MRCVS

Lara qualified from the University of Surrey in 2021, after completing a previous degree in Animal Science at the University of Nottingham in 2016. In her free time, she loves to bake and spend time with her beautiful Golden Retriever Tessa.

Lavinia Economu

Bsc (Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS

Lavinia Economu graduated from Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London in 2021. After graduation she spent a year working in a small animal hospital in Norfolk where she gained a large amount experience in emergency medicine as well as first opinion work.  After this, she went on to do a rotating internship at the Queen School Veterinary Hospital (QVSH) with the university of cambridge. Lavinia has always had a keen interest in surgery so whilst working at Brelades she is also doing an orthopaedic internship with Anderson Abercromby referrals. She is also currently completing a certificate in surgery with the University of Liverpool. In her spare time she thoroughly enjoys cooking, exploring the world and exercising!

Our practice manager

Margaret Fletcher

Practice manager

Margaret has worked for Brelades for 17 years and owns a dog. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and Rambling.

Our nurses

Becky Mason

Head Nurse


Becky joined the team in 2014 after graduating from Harper Adams University.  She has her SQP certificate for companion animals. Becky has 2 dogs, 2 cats and 5 chickens. In her spare time she does dog agility and canicross to tire out her young border collie!

Hazel Holder

Deputy Head Nurse


Hazel qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006, she joined our team in 2017.

Hannah Brennan


Hannah started at Brelades in 2004 and qualified in 2009. She attended the pet health counsellor course and runs a variety of clinics at both surgeries.

Nicola Moore


Nicola joined Brelades in 2009 as a student veterinary nurse, and qualified in 2012. Nicola now works part time as she is also a busy mum to 3 young kids.

Nikki Dennet


Nikki joined our team in 2019. She has a special interest in anaesthesia. and owns a lovely but naughty labrador called Ava, who she enjoys going on long walks with on the weekends.

Cleo Skinner


Cleo qualified in 2018 and has worked at Brelades since 2020. She has a special interest in small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents, and holds a certificate of advanced veterinary nursing in this area. Other areas of interest include anaesthesia, medical nursing and all things feline. Cleo shares her home with a gang of sassy female guinea pigs, degus, cats and a husband.

Alex Edwards


Alex qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004 and joined our team in 2021. She has a diploma in surgical nursing and in feline behaviour and anxiety. Her nursing interests are in surgery and anaesthetics, x-rays and feline behaviour or anything to do with cats! She currently has 6 cats and 1 degu. In her spare time, she loves baking, cycling, outdoor activities and many other challenges!

Hannah Clarke


Hannah qualified in 2013 and started at Brelades in 2023, she has a small zoo at home including cats, dogs, tortoises, a gecko, chameleon, and a Pac-Man toad.

Sasha Cooper-Smith

Student Veterinary Nurse

Sasha joined the practice in 2019.

Elise Marr

Student Veterinary Nurse

Elise joined the practice in 2020.

Louise Lobjoit

Student Veterinary Nurse

Louise is a student veterinary nurse and joined the practice in 2023.

Our kennel assistants

Alice Nash

Kennel Assisant

Alice joined us in 2020 and helps look after patients.

Cody Wren

Kennel Assisant

Cody joined us in 2022 and helps look after the patients.

Our receptionists

Natalie Wright

Head Receptionist

Natalie joined the Practice in 2016 .

Margaret Boxall


Margaret has worked at Brelades since January 2004.

Nicky Warren


Nikki has been with the Practice since 2006.

Muriel Irvine


Muriel joined the Practice in 2017 .

Lindsey Gardiner


Lindsey joined the Practice in 2019.

Laura Pecket


Laura joined the Practice in 2019 .

Sarah Fisher


Sarah joined the Practice in 2022.

Tyler Miles


Tyler joined the Practice in 2022.