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Michelle Owen RVN 

Michelle has been with us for over 12 years and  has a keen interest in dog behaviour. It is therefore no suprise to hear that Michelle owns 4 dogs: Maggie (Deerhound), Dougie (Kelpie) and Taff  (Terrier).  But it doesn't stop there.... Add to that her cats Jeanie and George, her young son and a love of walking, camping, travelling and music and you can see why Michelle leads a very busy life!


Trudi Small

Trudi has been here for a number of years originally as a nursing assistant but in recent years has moved to the administration side of the practice.

Gemma Bannister RVN


Gemma joined us in March 2016. She is originally from Hereford, but qualified in Australia, and is now a fully qualified nurse.

She is the proud owner of a lovely bulldog called Betty, and loves all aspects of nursing; particularly caring for our hospitalised inpatients.

Student Veterinary Nurses

We provide training for future Veterinary Nurses via college and university. You will see these members of staff helping with all aspects of nursing care.

Currently, Hayley Weaver has joined us from Usk College and will be having practical experience with us over the next year, she's already fitted in well to the team.


Kim joined the team in 2008 as a general assistant, before starting training to become a veterinary nurse. She qualified in December 2013. She’s the proud owner of 4 cats; Jovi and Archie Spence (both Siamese) and Ted & Bailey (Domestic Short Haired cats). She has a particular interest in medical cases, is OCD about cleaning and enjoys going to the gym, shopping and spending time with her family. Kim loves cats and completed a diploma in Feline Nursing in 2017, making her officially a 'crazy cat lady!'.

Shelly Loder RVN - Head Nurse

Shelly joined Sanders in August 2013. She is originally from Swansea where she worked in a busy veterinary hospital and qualified as a nurse in 2009.  She even made an appearance during this time on BBC's 'Vets 24/7' after running a successful weight clinic.  Shelley is currently doing a certificate in Dental nursing.

Shelley loves spending time with Ruby, a Staffordshire bull terrier and Apple, the cat and is OCD about cleaning at home and at work! When she's not at work she can be found at the gym!  Shelley took on the role of head nurse in 2013 and loves it.

We also have a third receptionist who is dedicated to processing and managing insurance claims.

Ceri Johnson (Receptionist and Kennels Assistant)

Ceri started coming to Sanders for work experience in 2014. She showed a natural skill and caring attitude with our patients, and so now is a full time member of staff. Ceri is keen to start a career in veterinary nursing and has a passion for swimming outside of work.

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