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.
Holly Voller – Administrator
After completing her A Levels, Holly began working as a Junior Administrator, before progressing to her current role as Administrator for CCOAS. Holly’s role is pivotal in the smooth running of the college and her responsibilities include dealing with initial enquiries; helping to process applications, student enrolment and registration of exams; ensuring all tutors and students have the documents and information they require; dealing with training practice approval documentation; and providing resources for tutors.
In her spare time, Holly is part of two netball teams, for one of which she is captain. She also umpires for her club and has recently passed her assessment, which means she can now do all league games.
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.
Daniel Denness RVN – Tutor
Daniel joined the veterinary profession in 1997 and qualified as a RVN in 2004. Over the years Daniel has 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. Daniel has 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. Daniel has always enjoyed using knowledge to develop others and recently has 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.
Daniel has worked in many veterinary practices over the South East of England, gaining knowledge and friends along the way. He worked his way up to positions of Senior Nurse, Head Nurse, and Practice Manager, and for the last 7 years worked in emergency and critical out of hours. p>
Daniel loves the enthusiasm that new students have for the profession and feels that he can share his first-hand experience as a nurse over the last 20 years. Alongside teaching, Daniel also works part time at a local exotic referral practice so he can keep his nursing skills fresh and up to date.
Jennifer Smith RVN – Tutor
Jennifer orginally studied and worked in administration before a career change and has worked as a veterinary nursing assistant in veterinary practice since since 2001 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 Jennifers teaching role for CCOAS, she continues to work in practice and has a particular interest in rabbits and small furries. p>
Sarah Stevenson RVN – Tutor
Sarah qualified in 1997 whilst working in a mixed practice where I had been since leaving school. She became involved in nurse training and became an Assessor in 2001. Sarah also developed an interest in dog and cat behaviour which lead to running puppy classes and doing some behaviour counselling in practice.
Sarah worked for 2 years at the College of West Anglia before returning to practice at Cambridge Cat Clinic. Here she was able to focus on her feline nursing and learn how to adapt her nursing skills to this species. This led Sarah to start teaching Feline Nursing CPD as she felt that it is important to her to pass on the knowledge and skills she has learnt from being in a cat-only environment. p>
Sarah joined Central College of Animal Studies in November 2017 where she teaches practical skills to the student nurses.
Lynsey Reynolds RVN – Tutor
Lynsey began her nursing career in 2004, training and qualifying in a busy first opinion and orthopaedic referral centre in Devon. She has been lucky enough to experience a variety of roles, including orthopaedic nurse and head nurse. Lynsey’s favourite area of practice is surgical nursing and anaesthesia with some nursing clinics thrown in!
Lynsey found she really enjoyed working with student nurses as a clinical coach and started to think about a future in a teaching role which is when she was fortunate enough to find the position within CCOAS in her local area of Exeter.
Lynsey is very proud to be an RVN and is very passionate about nurses realising their full potential and will continue to work part time in practice. p>
Lynn Gardner RVN – Tutor
Lynn qualified as a RVN in 1998. She has worked in first opinion practice for 23 years.
She has been a Head Nurse and clinical coach for the last 15 years. Lynn particularly enjoys helping student nurses fulfill their potential. After so long in practice she decided to become a lecturer to help balance home life and continue helping students.
When not working, Lynn cares for her two young daughters, husband and little Cockerpoo, Rosie. Lynn and her family have just discovered the delights of camping and hope to continue their discovery of the great outdoors. p>
Louisa Rodgers RVN – Tutor
Louisa began her veterinary nursing career in 1998 and has been fortunate enough to travel around the UK gaining experience in a variety of different practices including orthopaedics, dermatology and cat only surgeries. Louisa’s veterinary nursing roles and responsibilities have been varied; she has been a head nurse, nursing leader and has managed a practice. p>
She has also had the opportunity to set up and run nursing clinics and has helped set up and design a new practice. Louisa is proud to be an RVN and is very passionate about the the veterinary nursing profession and animal welfare. Through her nursing experience, mentoring of staff and being a clinical coaching, Louisa is now looking forward to inspiring the future generation of nurses at CCOAS. p>
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