Meet the Team
- Sally Field
- Kate Nicholls
- Jean English
- Claire Ruysch
Nursing StaffTo run our pratice we have a dedicated and talented team. Click on the names of our Nursing Staff and read little bit about them.
Sally Field, RVN - Head NurseSally joined us in July 2013 as our Head Nurse. With over 25 years working in veterinary practice in Carmarthen, she has a wealth of experience behind her. Despite having a Degree in Scientific and Technical Graphics and teaching illustration for several years, her real love was animals. She first started nursing as a little part-time job on a Sunday, having met the vet through her bat rescue work. When the opportunity came to become a full time nurse, there was no stopping her.
Keen to promote Veterinary Nursing, she is our clinical coach, training our student nurses. Louise Kirby became a qualified RVN under her care in Dec 2014. This year she will have a first and second year student under her wing. Sally loves all aspects of practice from laboratory to theatre. Being one of our older members of staff she also has a great empathy for the elderly patient and is keen to set up clinics to support clients that have pets with signs of ageing.
Enjoying a challenge Sally completed the Thunderwalk for the Cinnamon Trust in 2012, a 54 mile trek across the Beacons including Penyfan, in 24 hours. A brief moment of madness also led her to compete in the Mudrunner for the Alzheimer’s Trust, a very muddy 10 kilometer run across the Landrover training grounds in Eastnor. Recent charity events have been somewhat more sedentary, baking for the MacMillan Coffee Morning.
Relaxation involves yoga at Pentre-Cwrt or walks with her husband and rescue lurcher around Tumble where she currently lives. Her ginger cat loves the lurcher and will regularly curl up with her and will often be seen running alongside on the shorter trips out.
Kate Nicholls - RVN
Kate joined Tysul Vets in April 2002 following a week of work experience and has been with us ever since! She began her Veterinary Nurse training in the same year and qualified in 2004.
Since then Kate has enjoyed all aspects of veterinary nursing but has now established a particular interest in surgical nursing and anaesthesia be it cats and dogs at the practice or cows, horses and sheep on farm in the fresh air. She really loves getting stuck in!
Kate grew up on a dairy/beef farm in Rhydlewis and now lives on a beef farm just down the road in Brongest with her partner and three gorgeous children. She also has a black Labrador called Gwen and a cat called Fudge.
Jean English - RVN
I started my nursing career as a Staff nurse in a busy General Hospital in my home town of Huddersfield. When we moved down to Wales in 1996 I decided on a slight change of direction and went into animal nursing. I first came to Tysul in 1997 where I joined the practice as a trainee veterinary nurse and after qualifying, I continued working as Head Nurse for many years. I left in 2007 so that I could spend more time with my mother who was very ill at the time.
I re-joined the practice in June 2013 as part of Tysuls ‘Recycling Old Staff initiative, which has seen the return of a number of old familiar faces. I now work part time within the new nursing team whilst helping out in reception at busy times and this is where I meet lots of old familiar faces. I also have a keen interest in running Nurse Clinics, especially for elderly pets and cats with renal disease. I also work from home a number of hours a week, answering the phone for people who have pet health worries. It’s a bit like NHS Direct only for pets. I also do some out of hours work for Pet Log, so if you lose your micro chipped pet at night, it could well be me you are reporting it to. One night a week I also answer the emergency phones for Tysul.
Away from work, I live on a small holding with my hubby and cairn terrier Billy. We have one son who lives out in Lanzarote with his family, including our six year old grandson Stanley.
With the very little spare time that I have, I enjoy snorkeling, coasteering, caving, abseiling, foraging, felt and candle making. I am also hoping to gain more experience diving again next year.
Life sure is hectic but I wouldn’t have it any other way and it sure is good being part of the Tysul team again.
Claire Ruysch - Trainee Nurse
My name is Claire Ruysch. I am a 19 year old Veterinary Nursing student studying at Harper Adams University. I am currently in my first year, with a placement at Tysul Vets.
The team are very welcoming, and I cannot wait to continue with my studies here learning from such lovely people.