Meet Our Nurses
Helen is our Head Nurse, having completed all of her training with us.
She is particularly interested in weight management and wound care.
She has two dogs; Bailey and Murphy, who keep her busy both at home with long walks, and at work with their tendency to break nails!Helen Nashwalder
Katherine is our Deputy Head Nurse.
She has been working with us at Avon Lodge since 2013, and was promoted in 2017 to Deputy Head Nurse. She sees her new role as an exciting new challenge in helping to keep Avon Lodge moving forward & continuing to provide five star client & patient care.Katherine Dart
Jo works part time for us as a qualified nurse. She has worked with us since 2005 and has a degree in Veterinary Nursing Science.
She has a Sprocker called Woody and a cat called Buzz.
Stephanie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2001. She has gained lots of experience and learnt many different disciplines working for other small animal practices up until now, including a referral practice for the past four years where she mainly worked with Oncology patients.
She also has a certificate in dentistry and an assessor qualification.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her Bernese Mountain dog called “Wellie”, swimming, socialising with friends & family.
Jane has a nursing certificate in dental care and runs dental clinics at the Salisbury surgery.
She has a lovely yellow Labrador who she enjoys running with, as well as two cats who she rescued as kittens and a recently acquired Guinea Pig called Joe.
She plays for a local rugby club and recently completed the Fordingbridge 10K.
Jo holds an NVQ Level 2 in Animal Basic Care.
She is an invaluable member of the team ensuring kennels and consulting rooms are clean and presentable both to you and your pets!
She has two cats and enjoys mountain biking and walking.
Larna started her career as a trainee veterinary nurse in 2016 and is looking forward to the training and is excited for the future.
She loves being around all sorts of animals and has her own black Labrador puppy.
Nicki works for us part time as a qualified veterinary nurse.
She holds a diploma in animal care and is interested in animal behaviour and medical cases.
She has two cats; Merlin, aged two, and Sasha, who is 18.
Outside of work she enjoys walking, cycling and swimming.
Sharon holds a national diploma in animal care and is an NVQ Level 3 Qualified Veterinary Nurse she has worked at the practice with us since 2002 mainly as the head nurse before taking a new job role as Clinical Care Manager.
She is interested in dog training & behaviour, in-patient care and nursing medical cases. She has four dogs – Flinty, a black and tan cross breed rescued from The Dogs Trust Salisbury, & Rolo, a Springer spaniel as well as Seeker, a German Wirehaired Pointer, and Bella, a Pointer Cross Labrador.
She also has a silver tabby cat called Chester, several guinea pigs and goldfish. With three young children at home, she doesn’t have a lot of spare time but enjoys long walks in the New Forest with the dogs and swimming with her boys.
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005. I enjoy many aspects of my job, but I am particularly interested in radiography and wound management.
In my spare time I enjoy walks in the countryside with my border terrier Darwin.Rachael Rolfe
I started working for Avon Lodge in 2016 and began my nurse training in 2017. I am excited to begin my career in veterinary nursing.
I have five dogs – two Golden Retrievers called Archie and Boo, a Border Terrier called Buddy, a Cockerpoo called Crumpet and a Bernese Mountain Dog called Kobe.
Having previously completed an apprenticeship on a farm, I am particularly fond of farm animals and enjoy walking my dogs in the New Forest.Emily Glover