About Us - The Team

Meet the team ...

The Veterinary Team

John Dudley BVSc, MRCVS

John founded the Practice in 1978. In the early years he was responsible for publishing work on vaccines which had a major impact on the incidence of canine distemper in the Midlands and, subsequently, in the country. A Christian, he is active in the local Salvation Army church where he is a qualified debt advisor. As a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Oldbury he is keen to continue to work with local charities and community organisations.

 

Alan Stevens BVM&S, MRCVS

Graduating in 1978, Alan is one of the most experienced members of our team. He joined Orchard Vets in 1996 and has been here ever since except for a short sabbatical working in Cyprus. A committed Christian, Alan loves the outdoors and enjoys walking and photography. He is also a founder member of the Wombourne Scientific and Historical Society.

 

Alison Bullock BVM&S, MRCVS

Alison has been with Orchard since 2008. She loves meeting clients and patients—and they all love her too! She lives with hubby, their daughter and their dog, Stanley.

 

Emma Corfield BVSc, GPCert(ExAP), MRCVS

Emma has been with the Practice in one capacity or another since she was studying at school. She did much of her training at Orchard Vets before gaining her vet’s degree from Liverpool University. She takes a special interest in treating exotic animals.

 

Kelly Heritage BSc, BVSc, MSc, MRCVS, PgCert(SAS)

Kelly joined our team of veterinary experts in 2014. She has a special interest in small animal surgery. When she's not consulting with clients she manages our Facebook page.

 

Jordan Terry BVM&S, MRCVS

Jordan started with us in 2018 working between our Harborne and Oldbury surgeries.

 

 


The Nursing Team

Helen Jones RVN, Senior Veterinary Nurse

Helen heads up our team of Senior Vet Nurses. She is our longest-serving nurse having been with us for over thirty years! She is a committed Christian and lives locally with hubby and four children. Helen has a special interest in canine behaviour. In her spare time (!) she enjoys handicrafts, anything arty, running a youth group, preparing church services, playing guitar and looking after her Hens!

Zoe Millington RVN, Senior Veterinary Nurse

Zoe has been with us since 2004. She lives in Kidderminster with her husband Ed and two children. She loves exotic holidays (when given the chance!), walking, going to the gym and, unfortunately for Ed, D.I.Y.!!!

 

Natalie Brooks BSc (Hons), HND, RVN, Senior Veterinary Nurse

Natalie, a Veterinary Nurse graduate, joined the team in 2007 & is our Senior Nurse at the Wednesbury surgery. She has a keen interest in canine behaviour & puts this to good use in running our Puppy Parties! Natalie lives with her husband Simon & her two kitties, Smartie & Gus-Gus, as well as her guinea-pigs, degu & gerbils! She is a feline enthusiast & has had several cats over the years! She also enjoys crafts of all kinds, especially cross-stitching, watching films & spending time with her family.

Becky Yeomans RVN, Senior Veterinary Nurse

Becky is our Senior Veterinary Nurse at our Oldbury surgery. She describes herself as having a passion for work. This shows, as much of her spare time is spent attending courses. She also enjoys reading and looking after her three feline Singapuras.

 

Charlotte Orbell RVN, Senior Veterinary Nurse

Having trained with our veterinary team at Harborne, Charlotte qualified in the summer of 2016 and joined our team of nurses. She is now our Senior Veterinary Nurse at our Harborne surgery. When she's not looking after our clients and their pets, she enjoys horse riding and travelling.

 

Holly Furlonger RVN DipVetPhys

Holly joined us as a Veterinary Nurse in 2008. She is a qualified nurse training assessor. She is also our in-house physiotherapist, working closely with our vets to provide rehabilitation following orthopaedic operations, and physical therapy for mobility issues.

 

Gemma Matthews RVN

Gemma joined our clinical team in 2017. She studied Marine Biology before training as a veterinary nurse. At home she has three cats, a guinea pig and an aquarium of marine fish, while in her leisure time she volunteers as a Girl Guide Leader and is a qualified diver.

 

Danielle Hadley RVN

Danielle joined the Orchard family in 2019 and works at our Oldbury and Harborne branches. Together with her partner she lives with three cats (Apple, Arthur and Ethel), three tarantualas (Dora, Manny and Bernard) and Rattigan, the rescued rat.

 

Paige Stanley RVN

Paige started with us in the summer of 2019 and works at all three of our surgeries.

 

Claire Ford, student veterinary nurse

Claire undertook her diploma in veterinary nursing with Solihull College and is set to complete her course at the end of the year. She may be found at any of our three surgeries.

 

Jennifer Hukins, student veterinary nurse

Jen is studying at Halesowen College. She mostly works at our Oldbury branch.

 

Lily Clark, student veterinary nurse

Lily is studying at Halesowen College. She mostly works at our Wednesbury branch.

 

 


The Reception Team

Gaynor Spencer, Head Receptionist

Gaynor works at the Oldbury and Harborne Surgeries and helps out with the puppy parties at Wednesbury. When not working she is wife to Paul and mother to two children.

 

Lucy Cheshire

Lucy, our Oldbury receptionist, has been with us since 1990. She lives in Oldbury, has two children and is a committed Christian. In her limited spare time Lucy enjoys reading, swimming and watching films.

 

Emma Hurley

Emma started with us in 2015 and spends her working time between all three of our sites. At home she looks after a cat, a cockatiel and a budgie.

 

Lianne Williams

Lianne started with Orchard Vets in 2016 and works at both Oldbury and Harborne. She lives with her two children and her dog Jack.

 

Kelly Mallard

Kelly joined the team in 2016. She works at both Oldbury and Harborne. She lives with her husband, son and her cat, Soldier!

 

Kristina Horley

Kristina joined us early in 2017 and now works at at all of our sites. She lives with her husband, her two girls, Duke the dog, Princess the cat, and guinea pigs Annie and Millie! In her spare time she enjoys horse-riding and fishing.

 

Lisa Rose

Lisa started with us in the summer of 2019 and can usually be found at our Wednesbury branch.

 

 


The Office Team

Wendy Terry RVN, Practice Manager

Wendy is a founder member of the Practice and has been at Orchard Vets since it opened in 1978. She is a qualified veterinary nurse but now spends most of her time managing the Practice. A committed Christian, she lives in Warwickshire with hubby and three children. She loves anything equine, (has five horses, one is never enough!) and a variety of other animals. She runs the local youth group and enjoys reading but never gets the chance!

Karen Skidmore, Office Manager

The face behind the Health Scheme, Karen looks after the membership of over 2,500 pets. Karen has been with the practice since 2006. At home she lives with her partner and her three cats.

 


Steve Bates, Marketing and IT Manager

Steve is a former software consultant who joined the practice part-time in 2015, taking responsibility for developing our marketing and looking after our IT.

 

 

 


The Cattery Team

Kim Weston, Cattery Manager

Kim started working at the cattery in 2014. In her spare time she helps run Furbabies Animal Rescue, while at home she has four cats of her own!

 

 

Mandy Sheridan, Cattery Assistant

A genuine animal enthusiast, Mandy surrounds herself with four-legged friends. She formerly managed the cattery from 1996 until 2018 and has considerable experience of animal care.

 

 

The animals we treat