Our team

As a completely independent practice, owned by Birmingham Dogs Home, a registered charity, our team is committed to providing a caring, high-quality service to our private clients and their pets as well as the many homeless dogs the charity supports and rehomes from across the Midlands.

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Dr Becky Westwood MRCVS 

Lead Veterinary Surgeon

graduated in 2015 from the Royal Veterinary College, London. Since then, I have worked in Small Animal Practice treating dogs, cats and small furries. I love being a general practice vet and enjoying building a relationship with patients and their owners. Since 2018, I have held a management/leadership role, and love helping staff develop their skills and confidence, as well as providing a great experience for patients and clients.

At home, I have two cats and a tortoise and am hoping to add a dog to the family soon!

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Dr Naomi Bradford MRCVS 

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2017 and started my career in South Africa as a wildlife veterinary intern for 3 months. Since returning to the UK, I have been in small animal practice and am currently studying towards an extra qualification (GPCert) in veterinary dentistry. I am also an OV, meaning I can provide help and certification for travelling with your pets, and am a qualified veterinary acupuncturist.

Outside of work, I have my horse ‘Douglas’ and cat ‘Winston’ to keep me busy and enjoy walking and adventures with my partner.

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Linsey Yeomans

Head Registered Vet Nurse

I’m Linsey, I’ve been a Registered Veterinary Nurse since 2011 and have previously worked in 1st opinion and out of hours practice. I’ve been working as a Head Veterinary Nurse since 2016. I have two gorgeous rescue dogs and I’m a mum to a wonderful little boy. When I’m not at work I enjoy keeping fit and can often be found running, training for triathlon or wolf runs.

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Karoline Brookes

Registered Vet Nurse

My name is Karoline and from a young age I knew I wanted a career working with animals. Leaving school at 16 years of age I completed my training as a Veterinary Nurse through a work base apprenticeship course. Since qualifying in 2002 I have worked in a variety of clinics ranging from first opinion to emergency night work, which has given me the opportunity to expand my skills and knowledge. I

n 2005 I became the owner of my first dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who had many behavioural issues. It was caring for Ebony which began my interest within this area of veterinary medicine. Recently completing my level 5 Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour (Canine), the next step is working towards my level 6.

I am extremely excited to be joining the veterinary team at Birmingham Dogs Home and I look forward to meeting you and your canine companions .

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Vicky Raymond

Registered Vet Nurse

I have been a qualified and registered veterinary nurse since 2004. I have always wanted to look after animals ever since I was a little girl and feel privileged to get to look after rescue animals in my new role here at Birmingham Dogs home.

My favourite place is to be in the operating theatre as I have a keen interest in anaesthesia and theatre practice. I do also enjoy seeing everyone’s animals for nurse appointments and healthcheck-ups. I live at home with my young family and 2 working police dogs. Bourbon our cocker spaniel pictured is currently in training and Effie our springer spaniel is a bomb search dog. I am a bit of a bookworm and enjoy leisure time at the gym. I am really looking forward to being part of a team that looks after homeless and rescued doggies.

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Emma Davis

Registered Vet Nurse

Bio coming soon

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Anya Evans

Veterinary Care Assistant

My passion for working with animals started when I studied an Animal Nursing Assistant course at college. I then proceeded to undertake an Animal Management course and from there I got my first full time job here at Birmingham Dogs Home.

I worked in the kennels as a Canine Carer for 3 years which was really rewarding being able to rescue, reunite and rehome dogs that need a second chance in a forever home. From there I was given an opportunity to work in the new veterinary clinic one day a week, and soon realised how passionate I felt about working in this area, and now work full time as Veterinary Care Assistant. It is a rewarding job looking after patients at their most vulnerable and having owners put their faith in you to look after them as if they’re your own and I hope to increase my knowledge in this role to further my career.

My love for dogs started before working at the dogs home as I have two beautiful boys, one called Stanley who is a rescue cavapoo, and Olly who is a cockapoo. They love to keep me busy when I’m not at work taking them for nice long walks over the fields.

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Clare Crabtree

Veterinary Care Assistant

My name is Clare, I have worked for Birmingham Dogs Home for 9 years. I started off at our Wolverhampton branch in kennels before being given the opportunity to go back to college to train to be a VCA! I've now been working in the vet clinic for the last 18 months, as well as being on reception at our Wolverhampton branch.

Before my role at BDH I did a degree in animal management. Animals have always been my passion, with dogs having a special place in my heart.

In my spare time I love going on hikes with my two rescue dogs and finding beautiful places to relax and read.

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Laura Challoner

Veterinary Care Assistant

After growing up with an array of animals I quickly realised that I wanted to pursue a career within the animal care sector. After studying an Animal Care and Management course at college, I had the opportunity to work as a canine carer at Birmingham dogs home which I did for 4 years.

As the centre expanded and the veterinary clinic was built, I was successful in applying for the role of a Veterinary Care Assistant. It has been very rewarding to aid in the growth of the clinic and has ignited a passion in me for all things veterinary. I particularly enjoy assisting in surgeries, as well as prepping and recovering dogs. I have now worked in the vet clinic for 1 year and hope to continue on to a student nursing role with goals of becoming a vet nurse.

I currently own 3 dogs; Sheru (Akita), Indie (Chihuahua) and Darcy (Italian Greyhound X Chihuahua). Both Indie and Darcy are rescues from Birmingham Dogs Home. We enjoy going on hikes and exploring new places together. I also have 2 rescue cats called Raven and Nelson.

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Claire Snell 

Veterinary Receptionist

I've worked for the Birmingham Dogs Home for 29 years and find it to be a very rewarding job.

I started my job back in New Bartholomew Street in Digbeth working in the kennels as a canine carer then progressed to working in reception as a canine rehomer. The centre then moved to a new facility back in October 2015 to Catherine De Barnes where I carried on my role as a canine rehomer but have since progressed to become a veterinary receptionist. I have been in my new role for just over 12 months and enjoy every moment of the job.

At home I have an elderly cat called Pebbie who was an ex-resident from Birmingham Dogs Home when we used to have cats at New Bartholomew Street.

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Rosie Godfrey

Practice Manager

Rosie, has worked in general practice as a clinician, partner and practice manager throughout her career, as well as managing and lecturing on veterinary degree courses for Solihull College. Rosie also volunteers for BSAVA PetSavers, a small charity which funds clinical studies to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of pet illness. Rosie is Mum to rescue cat Natty who suffers from skin disease but is lucky to be in such caring hands.

Register your pet

To see your pet we need to register them first. This ensures we have all the information we need to ensure a smooth transition to them being under our care.