The Veterinary Centre

Henley and Twyford

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 Sarah Whittaker
Head Veterinary Nurse
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I have been working at The Veterinary Centre since January 2002, it is one of the nicest practices that I have worked in, mainly because of it's lovely approach to patient and client care. The practice has grown tremendously since I started and I am sure that it will continue to do so.

I started my veterinary nursing training twenty years ago, working in a mixed practice in Aylesbury, Bucks. I was there for two years before going onto college in Burchetts Green. After six months of attending college, I passed my final exams in the summer of 1990. I then joined a mixed practice in Windsor for five years, and thereafter a small animal practice in Slough for a further five years. It was during this time that I passed my diploma in Advance Veterinary Nursing. In between jobs I travelled in Australia for six months and locumed for a couple of years.

With my dog Tavy

It was during one of these locuming positions that I found myself working at The Veterinary Centre. After working here for a full month and then filling in for various holidays, Emma, the previous head nurse went travelling in New Zealand and Fiona asked me if I would like a permanat job. I jumped at the chance and have been here ever since. My role is head nurse and I have all of the usual nursing duties including patient care, lab work and anaesthetics, but I also run the wards, manage the team of nurses and train the new student nurses. I also have an active role in the night duty rota.

My favourite aspects of the job are radiography, intensive care nursing and complicated anaesthesia cases. I really enjoy being able to nurse animals through complex surgical and medical conditions and see them through well and happy at the other end. I also have an interest in the well being of older patients and together with Debbie and Alix, I run a clinic for older pets called Fit For Life.

In January 2008 I went on a weekend CPD (continual professional development) course on physiotherapy. This course fired my interest in this developing area of veterinary medicine and so I took an additional qualification in rehabilitation and physiotherapy and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse Rehabilitation Therapist in August 2012.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, wildlife, and hiking in exotic places such as Alaska, Australia, Iceland and Canada. I've travelled to Norway to see Orca whales and the Aurora Borealis (two of the items on my “things to see before you die” list). I am totally hooked on watching the Aurora and for the last two years I have been to Nellim in Finland and I am going back to there next year (2014) as well. I have an interest in Astronomy – owning my own telescope and being on the committee of my local astronomical society. I am learning German (well trying to) and am about to start a course in sign language. Finally, I love walking my mad, fruit loop, flat coat Tavy!

I hope to be working here for many years to come!!




Henley Vets and Twyford Vets
The Veterinary Centre: 271 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1EL - Phone 01491 574490
Also at Twycombe Lodge, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, RG10 9JA - Phone 0118 934 0259