Meet the Team
- Nursing Staff
- Kate Nichols, RVN - Head Nurse
- Jean English, RVN
- Sarah Jones, RVN
- Chloe Jones, RVN
- Ffion Rees, RVN
- Tracy Schmidt, RVN
- Claire Wardall, RVN
- Chloe Rees, SVN
- Heather Platten
- Delyth Richards Lewis
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.
Kate Nichols - 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, anaesthesia and assisting our farm and equine vets with operations and procedures. Whether Kate is looking after cats and dogs at the practice or cows, horses and sheep on farm at home 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 four gorgeous children. She also has two black Labradors called Gwen and Seth and a cat called Fudge.
Jean English - Veterinary Nurse RVN
Having discovered she was a country person at heart and loving this area of Wales in particular Jean and her family relocated to the area in 1997. She also made the brave decision to change career paths and moved from being a nurse within the human medicine field to retraining as a Veterinary Nurse.
Jean started at the practice in 1998 and qualified as a vet nurse in 2002, she became the first of many nurses at the practice. Outside of work Jean is a very keen beekeeper and enjoys making candles. As well as caving and walking.
Sarah qualified in 2011 with a Bsc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing. Sarah has a keen interest in canine behaviour and welfare. Having gained a Ncert in animal behaviour Sarah is now studying the Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour. Alongside behaviour Sarah enjoys the variety of nursing in mixed veterinary practice.
Sarah lives locally with her husband, daughter and their many pets. In her spare time, she can be found training dogs locally.
Chloe Jones - RVN
Chloe first came to Tysul Vets for work experience at the age of 16. She went on to a college placement at Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthen and completed her Diploma Level 3 in Animal Management whilst working at Tysul Vets as an Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA). On completion of this course Chloe was then accepted as a Student Veterinarian Nurse (SVN) and spent the next two years working at Tysul Vets four days a week and one day completing course work at Bridgend College. Chloe’s dedication and hard work paid off and 2019 saw her qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) passing all her written and practical exams.
Chloe grew up in the area living on a family run stud farm in Cwmpengraig. In her spare time Chloe breeds, trains and shows her horses and competes both at local shows and the Royal Welsh (RWAS). She is very adventurous and like to travel and visit new places. Her Nursing interest are varied, this including theatre nursing and nurse consultations. She loves working with a variety of animals be it pets, farm animals, exotics or wildlife.
Ffion Rees, RVN, Head Nurse
Ffion trained with Tysul vets and became a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in 2020. Ffion enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing and especially enjoys her days in theatre and assisting the large animal vets with their varied calls. ffion has taken on a leadership role in the nursing team at Tysul and has in October 2023 became Head Nurse.
Ffion has grown up in the local area and is a fluent Welsh speaker. She has a small herd of pedigree Hereford cows which she breeds and shows.
In Ffion’s spare time she can be found walking her English Springer spaniel Binky.
Tracey Schmidt - RVN
Tracey joined Tysul Vets in 2017 having moved to the area a few years before. Tracey qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 2005 and enjoys all aspects of the role especially lab work and nurse clinics.
Claire Wardall, RVN
Claire joined Tysul Vets in January 2021 having moved up to the area from the Forest of Dean. She has worked in the veterinary profession since the age of 16 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2005.
Claire is interested in all aspects of veterinary nursing with a particular interest in wound management and analgesia. She has done some volunteering for Street Vets, a charity that helps treat the pets of the homeless. It also works with other charities to help the owner and their pet get off the streets.
In Claire’s spare time she and her husband are renovating their property and enjoying exploring their new surroundings. They have a lively Springer Spaniel and a cat and are adding to their list of animals with some sheep and goats. They both started learning Welsh before moving up to the area and are now looking forward to improving this now that they are here.
Chloe Rees- Student Veterinary Nurse SVN
Joined the practice September 2021. Chloe previously worked as an outdoors active instructor but made the move to work at Tysul to pursue a career in vet nursing. She is currently studying as a vet nurse and hoping to qualify in a few years time. Outside of work Chloe likes spending time with her rescue cat Gavin as well as on the beach.
Heather Platten - Animal Nursing Assistant
Has always been interested in working with animals. Prior to joining the practice heather worked on a dairy farm and was heavily involved in the calving. She also has a keen interest in horses and spends her spare time working with them. At home Heather has a horse and three dogs. Heather most enjoys being outdoors and loves skiing, swimming and rock jumping. She joined the practice in August 2022 and is looking forward to beginning her nurse training in the near future.
Delyth Richards Lewis - Student Veterinary Nurse
Delyth is starting her veterinary nurse training in September at Coleg Sir Gar. She is currently working at Tysul Vets as an Animal Nursing Assistant (RVN) and is enjoying helping the registered veterinary nurses and vets.
When not working Delyth keeps herself busy on the farm with her husband, young family and their family dog Pip.
Delyth is a fluent Welsh speaker.