About Us - The Team

The Veterinary Team

Dr John Dudley BVSc, MRCVS

John is a founder member of the Practice and has been at Orchard Vets since it opened in 1978. He has been a veterinary surgeon since 1970 but now spends most of his time working behind the scenes. A committed Christian, Mr Dudley lives in Birmingham.

Dr Emma Corfield BVSc, PgCertSurg(WBIS), 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.

Dr Kim Thompson BVM&S, MRCVS

Kim, originally from Lancashire, qualified as a vet in 2004 and has been working in the West Midlands since 2010. Outside of work, Kim loves anything to do with the outdoors, especially walking and bird watching. She is a born again Christian and an active member of a small church. She loves football and is a season ticket holder at a local non-league side, Halesowen Town, following them home and away. 

Dr Frances Alink DVM, MRCVS

Frances was born in Holland and qualified from Utrecht University. She has been living and working in the UK for over 20 years. Frances always dreamt of becoming a vet as a little girl and counts herself very lucky to have fulfilled that dream. She thoroughly enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and has a special interest in dentistry.

Outside of work Frances enjoys hill walking, running and travelling. 

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!




 

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

Natalie 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 feline Singapura Floki.

Becky is the Cat Advocate at the Oldbury surgery.

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 Cert HAS, DipVetPhys, RVN, Physiotherapist

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

Gemma Matthews Cert HAS, RVN, Hydrotherapist

Gemma joined our clinical team in 2017. She is a qualified hydrotherapist and assistant physiotherapist. Gemma 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.

Paige Stanley RVN

Paige started with us in the summer of 2019 and works at all three of our surgeries. At home she's a gamer. She has a Staffie called Blue and also keeps rats and guinea pigs.

 

Sinead Bladen RVN 

Originally from Liverpool, Sinéad is a mum to two children and a tribe of rescue pets, including three very naughty rescue dogs. In her limited spare time she loves walking with her pack, socialising and all things music related.

 

Hannah Caswell RVN

Hannah completed her veterinary nursing training with us in 2019 but has recently returned to us after a stint working in busy emergency veterinary work.  

Katie Warr RVN

Katie has one dog, two cats and a foster cat. She is interested in being able to nurse all pets so is currently training in exotic veterinary nursing. In her spare time Katie enjoys travelling, going to concerts and long walks in the woods with her dog and kids. 

Eve Bestwick Cert HAS, Hydrotherapist

Eve graduated with a veterinary physiotherapy degree in 2019 and has a special interest in canine neurological rehabilitation. Her hobbies include days out with the family, volunteering for a local riding school and she loves high-adrenaline activities (she wants to do a skydive soon!)
At home, Eve has a 3 legged cat called Bailey.

Lily Clark, Student Veterinary Nurse

Lily is studying at Solihull College and enjoys learning about anaesthesia and first aid. She has a dog and two horses and side interests in home design and biology. She mostly works at our Wednesbury branch.

Imogen Baldi-Turner, Student Veterinary Nurse

Imogen is studying at Solihull College and is particularly interested in anaesthesia and nutrition. She mostly works at our Harborne branch but in her spare time enjoys the outdoors and taking her dogs Arthur and Marvin for walks.

 

Lauren Westwood, Animal Handling Assistant

Lauren is our animal handling assistant. She works mostly at our Wednesbury branch, but you can find her at Oldbury on occasion too. 

 

The Reception Team

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.

Kristina Kelly

Kristina joined us early in 2017 and now works at all of our sites. She lives with her husband, her two girls, a son born in 2020, Duke the dog and Princess the cat. 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. She likes keeping fit and enjoys pilates, yoga and aqua-fit as well as walking her dog. Her more sedentary hobbies include floristry.

Emma Ostcliffe

Emma joined us in 2020 and is mostly at our Wednesbury branch. Her hobbies include walking and taking wildlife photos. Emma is our resident artist and spends her spare time creating art - particularly pet portraits.

Nicola Hulme

Nicola works mostly out of our Harborne branch after joining us in 2020. She's always owned and loves bunnies! In her spare time Nicola loves a Netflix binge and has spent the last 2 years renovating her house. 

Amy Summerfield

Amy joined us back in September 2021. At home, she has two dogs Alfie and Missy and in her spare time enjoys weekends away in her camper van.  

 

Sharon Earley

Another new addition to our team, Sharon enjoys meeting up with family and friends and spending time with her sisters dogs Bonnie and Alfie. She became a nan for the first time in July and loves watching a good drama on TV.   

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 three 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!

Zoe Millington VN, Assistant Practice Manager

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, DIY!

Karen Skidmore, Office Manager

Karen is the face behind the Pal For Life scheme. She lives at home with her three cats Wilson, Izzy and Ella. She likes walking, socialising and travelling.

 

Jenn Hukins, Marketing Assistant & IT Support

Jenn has been working with us since 2019 in one capacity or another. She lives at home with her cats Squeak and Mew and in her spare time hosts a radio show on a local independent station.  

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 three cats of her own!

Mandy Sheridan, Cattery Assistant Manager

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.

Janine, Cattery Assistant

Self certified ‘crazy cat lady’; Janine has been with us for 4 years now. She loves her garden and enjoys spending time outside. She is also an avid walker. 

Brittany, Cattery Assistant

Brittany has been a casual member of staff with us at the cattery for 5 years, so we were delighted to make her a permanent member of the team in February of 2023! At home, she has a dog and loves taking long walks. 

Karen, Cattery Assistant

Karen has only been with us since February 2023 and has had cats all her life In her spare time she since in a choir...or three!

The animals we treat