Our teaching and support staff are highly qualified, have excellent clinical knowledge, and are fully committed to student development.
Ella Canham BVSc PGCertMedEd MRCVS – Head of Centres
Ella qualified from Liverpool University Veterinary School in 1998, after which she worked in general veterinary practice for 8 years.
During a family career break, Ella became a teaching assistant in a primary school, working with both large groups of children and on a one-to-one basis. In 2012, Ella returned to the veterinary profession, fulfilling a tutor role at Central College of Animal Studies. Ella’s passion for both the veterinary profession and teaching has subsequently lead to the achievement of a PGCertMedEd.
Lisa Bebbington BA(Hons) PGCE – Educational Development Officer
Lisa has worked within training and education for 9 years, after originally qualifying and working as a solicitor.
In roles prior to joining Central College of Animal Studies, Lisa worked with employers in relation to workplace training before moving into teaching and completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Lisa has always had a keen interest in the veterinary profession and joined Central College of Animal Studies in 2014. Her role involves working with veterinary practices in relation to their nursing training, co-ordinating CPD events, as well as some teaching.
Karen Saddleton RVN REVN PTLLS MBVNA Cert SA Nutrition – Suffolk Co-ordinator and Tutor
Karen’s nursing career spans 20 years with experience in both equine and small animal practice, where she gained her RCVS veterinary nurse and equine nurse qualifications. She then worked in a small animal practice, where she gained a Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition, before returning to equine nursing.
Karen joined Stowe Veterinary Centre in 2003 where she is still actively involved in medical and surgical nursing procedures. This diverse nursing career has enabled Karen to share her vast experience with students facilitating their development, particularly in preparation for their practical OSCE examinations.
Ann Foster RVN – Internal Quality Assurer
Ann has extensive experience of veterinary nursing, both as a nurse working practice and in education. Since qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 1996, Ann worked in both mixed and small animal practice, and was promoted to the position of Head Nurse.
Following the completion of a D32/33 and A1 NVQ Assessor qualification, Ann moved from practice to training, fulfilling the role of team leader for veterinary nursing at an agricultural college.
She has also achieved a Certificate in Education and held positions at a further education college as a work-based assessor and lecturer in animal care, internal verifier for animal care, internal verifier for animal management and veterinary nursing, veterinary nursing lecturer, and most recently, veterinary nursing, dog grooming and commercial manager.
Ann has taught a wide cross section of the veterinary nursing syllabus and is experienced in getting the best from students of all abilities.
Tanya Mason RVN – Internal Quality Assurer
Tanya has been working for Stowe Veterinary Group for nearly 20 years and has been heavily involved in nurse training for over 12 years.
Tanya started working in practice in 1994 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1997. She has been involved in veterinary nurse training since 1999 and is committed to the development of future VNs.
Tanya is a qualified assessor and Internal Verifier, and helps mentor and coach student veterinary nurses on vocational and degree level courses. Tanya has a great passion for her role in education; helping students to pass their exams is something that makes her feel very proud to be a VN and encouraging and allowing nurses to fulfil their potential is very rewarding.
Sol Indurain RVN CertEd QTLS – Tutor
A qualified veterinary nurse since 1992, Sol has combined nursing and training veterinary nurses and animal science students on and off for over 20 years. A past centre manager/lecturer for the College of Animal Welfare (Huntingdon) and lecturer in Animal Studies at Easton & Otley College she has also regularly worked as a locum veterinary nurse at a small ophthalmology referral centre in Cambridgeshire.
A past speaker at international congresses (South European Veterinary Congress and World Small Animal Veterinary Congress) and BVNA council member, Sol is passionate about facilitating the development of competent veterinary nurses who will be an asset to the profession through the delivery of creative and engaging teaching methods.
When she is not working, Sol volunteers as a Community First Responder for the East of England Ambulance Service; as dog temperament assessor for Pets As Therapy and keeps busy with her 3 dogs, 2 cats, various rescued ex-battery hens and allotment.
Stephanie Griffin RVN PGCE – Tutor
Stephanie has been in practice for 10 years and a qualified Veterinary Nurse for 6 years. In 2013 she graduated from University of West England with a PGCE.
She has been a head assessor within practice for both the diploma and degree veterinary nursing training schemes, and assessing for 5 years in practice. Prior to beginning teaching with CCOAS she was deputy head nurse within practice.
Stephanie has work with specialised equipment throughout her career caring for small animals and thoroughly enjoys being a veterinary nurse.
Mary de Las Casas BVSc Cert EP PGCert SAM MRCVS – Tutor
Mary qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2003, after which she worked in general practice for 13 years both in the UK and NZ. She has a particular interest in small animal medicine and in the mentoring and development of new graduate vets, also working as a PDP dean for the RCVS. Mary joined the CCOAS in 2016 and her role involves lecturing student veterinary nurses on the Dip VN course.
Laura Curtis RVN – Tutor
Laura qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004.
As well as her RCVS Veterinary Nursing qualification, Laura has an HND in Veterinary Nursing Science. As well as holding a teaching role for CCOAS Laura is a Deputy Nurse Manager in practice.
Laura has supported many students through their veterinary nursing qualifications and is passionate about the development of individuals and nurse training.
Daniel Denness RVN – Tutor
I joined the veterinary profession in 1997 and qualified as a RVN in 2004. Over the years I have seen the nursing profession develop, recognising RVNs as professionals in their own right, as well as seeing a complete change in the qualification as it changed from an NVQ to a diploma. I have always tried to contribute to advancing the profession by becoming a 32/33 and A1 assessor, and later a clinical coach when the new diploma came in. Ihave always enjoyed using my knowledge to develop others and recently have been involved in teaching conservation, ecology and diversity of invertebrates to key stage 1 and 2 pupils in primary school and more recently joined the CCOAS team.
I have worked in many veteriary practices over the South East of England, gaining knowledge and friends along the way. I have worked my way up to positions of Senior Nurse, Head Nurse, and Practice Manager, and for the last 7 years have worked in emergency and critical out of hours. p>
I love the enthusiasm that new students have for the profession and feel that I can share my first hand experience as a nurse over the last 20 years. Alongside teaching, I also work part time at a local exotic referral practice so I can keep my nursing skills fresh and up to date.
Jennifer Smith RVN – Tutor
I orginally studied and worked in administration before a career change, and have worked in veterinary practice since 2001, as a veterinary nursing assistant before qualifying as a RVN in 2014. Becoming a Clinical Coach and obtaining the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, confirmed my passion for teaching and developing the skills of SVN’s.
As well as my teaching role for CCOAS, I continue to work in practice and have a particular interest in rabbits and small furries. p>
Sarah Stevenson RVN – Tutor
I qualified in 1997 whilst working in a mixed practice where I had been since leaving school. I became involved in nurse training and became an Assessor in 2001. I also developed an interest in dog and cat behaviour which lead to running puppy classes and doing some behaviour counselling in practice.
I worked for 2 years at the College of West Anglia before returning to practice at Cambridge Cat Clinic. Here I was able to focus on my feline nursing and learn how to adapt my nursing skills to this species. This led me to start teaching Feline Nursing CPD as I feel that it is important to me to pass on the knowledge and skills I have learned from being in a cat-only environment. p>
I joined Central College of Animal Studies in November 2017 where I teach practical skills to the student nurses.
Aimee Brown RVN – Tutor
I completed my veterinary nursing training and achieved my NVQ qualification in October 2009 whilst working at a veterinary practice that performed orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery, as well as routine small animal procedures. Working in the referral sector embedded within me a keen interest in theatre practice.
Since qualifying I have worked in two other practices, one of which was a very small remote independent practice on the Suffolk coast, where I was the sole nurse for the majority of the time, taking on multiple responsibilities and roles. p>
I have a keen interest in small mammals and emergency medicine which led me to complete additional short courses in both of these areas. p>
I have always been keen to pass on my knowledge and skills via the training of student veterinary nurses, which has led me to join the CCOAS team.
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