Nursing Team


Michelle Richardson RVN

Head Nurse

Michelle is head nurse here at Ayres Veterinary Hospital and has been a part of our team for over 30 years. Michelle is especially good at handling dogs and has been able to encourage the nursing staff to work to a high standard and support the veterinary surgeons in their work.

Michelle loves to cook, and regularly treats our entire team to home cooked breakfasts and dinners.


Karen Wakefield Dip AVN (Medical) RVN

Senior Nurse

Karen has worked at Ayres Veterinary Hospital for almost 20 years and absolutely loves her job. She is a qualified, listed registered veterinary nurse (RVN) and holds an Advanced Diploma in Medical Nursing and also has an Advanced Diploma in Analgesia and Anaesthesia. Karen is passionate about all animals however she has a special interest in felines and has completed the Feline Advisory Bureaus advanced nursing course.

Karen is owned by a Devon Rex cat called Willow and shall hopefully be welcoming a pair of Sphynx kittens soon. In her spare time she enjoys stargazing at Kielder Observatory and visiting Stonehenge.


Melissa Edmondson RVN

Melissa joined Ayres Veterinary Hospital back in 2007 as a student veterinary nurse (SVN) and in 2014 gained her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and became a registered veterinary nurse (RVN). She feels she is very lucky to be in a job she loves and especially enjoys caring for the many animals we see.

Melissa shares her home with five Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshunds; three German Shepherds; a cat; a rabbit; and an ex-battery hen. Her main hobbies include showing her dogs at companion dog shows and spending money on her many pets.


Jenifer Hind RVN

Jen has work at Ayres for 12 years she qualified as a RVN with merit in 2011. She is dedicated to the care of her patients. Jen has completed the Healthy Pet Counsellor qualification and she runs our weekly pet weight clinics. Jen home life is also busy with her husband and twin boys.


Hazel McPherson SVN

Hazel has worked here at Ayres Veterinary Hospital now for three years; she started on reception but has worked as a student veterinary nurse (SVN) for the past year.

Hazel absolutely loves working as a nurse, and is enthusiastic in all aspects and roles that the job requires, but particularly enjoys being the hospital nurse and being fully involved in the caring of the animals all day or night. She is excited to start college in September where she will train to become a qualified registered veterinary nurse (RVN).

Apart from spending most of her free time with her chocolate Labrador Lottie, she also enjoys seeing live music, visiting Scotland with her husband and Lottie, or traveling abroad to places such as Turkey.


Stacey Oakley SVN

Stacey has worked at Ayers since 2013. She joined us as a trainee nurse and has now completed her first year at college. She is working hard to complete her training and cannot wait to be a qualified RVN.

In her spare time she enjoys walking with her three dogs, curling up on the sofa with her cats. Previously she worked as a groom with event horses and has a HND in Equine Management. Stacey is very sporty, she likes to cycle. She has just completed a cycling holiday around Majorca, France and Coast to Coast.


Katie Thompson SVN

Katie has been working at Ayres Veterinary Hospital since she left school in 2014 as she has always had a love for animals and enjoys her job. In 2015 she gained a Level 2 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Assistants and has recently completed the Healthy Pet Counsellor qualification which has enabled her to start running our weekly pet weight clinics. She is hoping to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and become a qualified veterinary nurse. The favourite thing about her job is watching a sick animal improve and reuniting them with their family. Katie has three cats called Charlie, Phoebe and Cali.


Amy Hutchinson

Nursing Auxiliary

Amy started working at Ayres Veterinary Hospital in March 2015, training to become a student nurse. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time working here, and has made some great friends too. The favourite part of her job is seeing all the little puppies and kittens coming into the practice for their first vaccinations, and thinks it is great to be able to watch them grow up. Amy has recently became a ‘doggy parent’ herself to a black Labrador named Duke. He often visits the practice to say hello to all the staff.


Kate Moss

Nursing Auxiliary

Kate joined us straight from school as an apprentice kennel maid. She has completed her year at college in Animal Care. Kate will be joining are team of auxiliary nurses moving toward a trainee veterinary nurse.


Charlotte Robinson

Nursing Auxiliary

Charlotte has worked at Ayres for 10 years. She is a committed auxiliary nurse. She is warm and caring towards her patients. Charlotte lives on a farm in Rothbury. She loves to help out a lambing time. Charlotte likes to show her Labrador Zac, he is also training as a working gun dog.


Jackie Wallace

Nursing Auxiliary

Jackie has worked at Ayres Veterinary Hospital for 13 years, after completing her NVQ Level 2 in Animal Care. Jackie has owned many pets over the years; just a few include cats, rats, tropical fish and of course dogs and she enjoys fundraising for dog rescues.

As well as powerlifting and rugby her passion is all aspects of dogs, with dog behaviour being a keen interest. She volunteer’s at local and breed rescues and has an active part in German Shepard and Border Collie rescue and now runs a National Scent Hound rescue. Jackie has been involved in display teams at Crufts with her Foxhounds, Border Collies and a Bloodhound and has been successful in training them to a high standard in pet obedience and scent work. Her Foxhounds have been trained in searching for missing pets and have also taken part in film work.