Veterinary nurses

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne – Head Nurse

I am originally from Surrey and qualified in 2009 after doing a Nursing degree and NVQ. I moved to Beaumont vets from the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Victoria where I picked up many interests and experiences which I hope to bring to Beaumont.

My interests in practice including nursing exotic species and theatre practice. I have a cat who I hand reared from two days old when he was brought into the Blue Cross. I also have a dog, Skye, who was hand-reared by the nurses at Beaumont when her mother sadly passed away during an emergency caesarian.

In my spare time I enjoy being in the garden and relaxing with a good film.

Dominique Calton – Deputy Head Nurse

I am originally from Norfolk and moved to Oxfordshire in 2007. I am a qualified riding instructor and always took a keen interest in any vet visits to the yard, so I decided to take the step into vet nursing.

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2015 and gained my certificate in canine and feline behaviour management in September 2017. I am now working towards a degree in Canine and Feline Behaviour. I find working with both pets and clients to resolve behavioural issues really rewarding.

In my spare time I enjoy riding, wakeboarding, baking, going for long walks and spending time with my two cats, Cosmo and Bliss.

Alice Higson – Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a Student Veterinary Nurse here at Beaumont which is my first training animal practice. Before starting here, I worked at the Oxford Cat Clinic for three years as a cattery assistant which made me even more of a crazy cat lady.

I have three cats; Marley and Ava who are brother and sister and Tyler who is the older brother. I also have two albino guinea-pigs called Ginny and Luna. In my spare time I enjoy photography, being with friends and family and spending time with all my cats and my two greedy pigs.

Jade Douglas – Auxillary Nurse

I am from Oxford and started working at Beaumont in 2004. I now work part time since having my daughter in 2015. I have always been passionate about animals and knew that I wanted to work with them.
Since working here I have picked up my own menagerie of a dog, two cats, two guinea pigs and two chickens.
In my spare time I like to walk my dog and enjoy with my young family.

Alix Robertson – Student Veterinary Nurse

I have worked with animals all my life, before coming to Beaumont in November 2015, I worked in horse racing for 10 years riding out and taking the horses racing and studying in equine management and racehorse care, also helping to run a cattle farm and equine breeding and producing young stock to sell on in to the equine world.

Since being at Beaumont I have gone on to qualify in animal psychology (O.A. Dip. ) and have just finished my diploma in animal nutrition. I have 4 dogs of my own two who I recused from the practice, and an ex racehorse called paddy who is loving life being retired and well spoilt. My passion is dog training and behaviour with difficult breeds.

Alessandra Paleari – Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I am Ale a new trainee Vet Nurse arrived straight from Italy’s hot weather. There, I left my fluffy lazy persian, Micio and my sweet dog Olly who are well looked after by my family.

I volunteered at the clinic few months before started working and I’ve been a dog walker of two majestic Hungarian Vizslas. I have always loved animals since childhood, after school I thought I would have liked to become a lawyer so I attended the first year at a Law Uni in Milan but It didn’t meet my expectations while I immediately  found my fulfilment here at Beaumont. Sadly not having my pets here in Oxford, I wouldn’t want any other job.. always surrounded by your beloved, I’m happy to take care, cuddle, and look after them as if they were my own.

Katie Vokes – Student Veterinary Nurse

Before working at Beaumont Katie I was a student at Tiggy Winkles wildlife hospital where I got the pleasure of working with all British wildlife.

Before Tiggy’s I travelled to Fiji where I lived in a remote village and volunteered in their cat and dog rescue. It was hard not to take them all home with me!

I have a few pets at home: two dogs (M and Meg), a cat called Billy, a rabbit Dotty, two tortoises (Dizzy and Doodle) and finally a gerbil named Dala.

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith – Registered Veterinary Nurse

I first started working in a veterinary practice in 2013 as a veterinary nursing assistant and went on to start my nursing training in 2014. I have a few pets myself including two Jack Russell Terriers, lizards, snakes and a tarantula. I am interested in exotics and spend my free time walking my dogs.

Lesley Otten – Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am originally from the Netherlands and moved to the UK in 1994. I completed my qualification to become an RVN at Barony College in the Scottish borders.

I joined the Beaumont veterinary team in March 2017 and moved into the area to be closer to my family. I have always wanted to be a veterinary nurse and love looking after all of your pets. I have a keen interest in allergies after going through it with my own puppy recently.  I currently own two dogs that I compete in agility and flyball with which I thoroughly enjoy.