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Our Team

Charles Castle, MRCVS

Charles is the principal of the practice, graduating in 1983 from Cambridge University.  He started his career as a vet in a small mixed practice in Herefordshire, working with a poultry specialist vet.  He then moved down to Cornwall, where he was able to hone his skills as a cattle and sheep vet, doing herd and flock health.  After working as an OV in MAFF (now DEFRA), he specialised in meat hygiene, before setting up Beech House Veterinary Surgery in 2004, to serve the pets, farm animals and poultry of Towcester and surrounding villages.

His main hobby is working on the embryo transfer project, in connection with the Rare(see links) Breed Survival Trust.   Charles also enjoys gardening and sailing and looking after his flock of Light Sussex chickens.

Amy Finlayson, MRCVS

Amy graduated from the Royal Dick Vet School in Edinburgh, close to the small village where she grew up. After doing some charity work in Cyprus she started her mixed practice career in rural North Wales. Her first job provided a wide range of experiences on farms, with pets, and even at the local small zoo.  Amy moved to Northamptonshire in July 2015 to start at Beech House, and move in with her partner Paul. They are planning to have a collie puppy to share their home with soon!

Amy loves all aspects of mixed practice, but her favourite time is at lambing. In her spare time, Amy enjoys walking, drawing (pencil sketches), and horse-riding. She has been known to try her hand at rally driving too – beware!

Donna Robertson, RVN, Head Veterinary Nurse

Donna has worked at Beech House Vets as our Head Nurse since the practice opened in 2004.  She is a very experienced nurse, having worked in small animal, mixed practice and at Davies Veterinary Specialist Referral Centre.  She has also been a lecturer in small animal care at Moulton College.  She is a companion animal SQP and a qualified Clinical Coach.  She leads the nursing team, co-ordinating all the animal care in the practice.

Here she is with one of Maureen’s French Bulldogs.

Claire Williams, RVN, Clinical Coach

Claire qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2002 and have worked in several mixed and small animal practices, both permanently and as a locum, before joining Beech House Vets in 2009.  A short period involved working in a large referral centre. Claire is a companion animal SQP and gained the  A1 Assessor award in 2006.  she has enjoyed being the clinical coach for our student nurses.

She is from a farming background so is used to working with animals of all sizes. She has a small holding with her husband and keeps a flock of pedigree Wiltshire Horn Sheep which she enjoys preparing for country shows and sales.

Claire also has two re-homed cats and would like to keep a range of livestock in the future, plus poultry, aiming to be more self-sufficient – time and space allowing!

Claire is involved in all aspects of general nursing and loves the variety of her job, but has a special interest in large animal medicine, feline behaviour and nursing and laboratory work.  Claire is currently working towards the ISFM certificate in feline nursing.

Natalie Priest, RVN

She first came to Beech House Vets in 2007 for work experience, staying on afterwards part-time as a kennel assistant, before beginning her Veterinary Nurse training in September 2011.

Congratualtions to Natalie, who has passed all her nursing exams with flying colours and is now a qualified veterinary nurse.  Natalie is on maternity leave and we congratulate her and Ross on the birth of their daughter, Lana. Natalie, when she returns to work, is aiming to become a Small Animal SQP (a pharmaceutical qualification). She would also like to undertake studies in feline behaviourism.

Natalie currently owns two domestic cats called Frankie and Lola, but she also has experience with many other animals ranging from gerbils to chameleons.

Dagmar Zudova, Theatre Nurse

I am a qualified Veterinary Surgeon, having graduated from the Veterinary University of Brno in Czech Republic. I work part-time as a nurse at Beech House Vets. I worked for several years as a surgeon in a small practice, which helped mainly small animals. At the same time, I worked in IVF and researched early embryos.

I am happily married with two children, a boy (6) and a girl (8), and I also have two dogs, one cat, one rabbit and a snail!

Last year, our family got the opportunity to temporarily relocate to the UK from the Czech Republic because of my husbands work. So far we love it and we enjoy every single day being here!

STOP PRESS!   Also, Mrs Dagmar Zudova, MRCVS, has transferred her veterinary qualification to the UK and is now a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  Congratulations Dagmar!

The Receptionists

Ann Duffy, RANA

Ann works as a part-time receptionist at Beech House Vets and also as a TB Testing Administrator.  As well as being an ardent animal lover, she has a natural affinity with the farming community, as she worked as a rep  for BOCM in the 1980’s and travelled many a mile for them around farms in Devon and Dorset.  Ann has helped to host our farmer’s meetings.

She has 2 cats, Tigger and Roo and three young adults.