Diane Storer



Raised on the family farm in Northern Ireland, Diane grew up with a love of all animals. After qualifying from Edinburgh University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1989, she worked in practice in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Berkshire before joining Cockburn Veterinary Group, initially as an assistant and then as a partner since 1999.

Diane reckons the best part of veterinary medicine is the variety that keeps life interesting and to ensure she is able to give her patients the most up to date treatment options, after 4 years of study, she recently completed a diploma in veterinary professional studies. Diane is married to Martyn and they have two boys, one dog, Skye, and a cat, Denzel (her boys’ choice of name!). Diane’s hobbies include spinning, walking, reading and embroidery.

Cathy Churchill


Cathy joined us in November 2014 having worked in a number of practices over the years. She has a specific interest in surgery and has introduced keyhole surgery to Cockburn’s so that we are now able to offer laparoscopic surgeries for spays, abdominal biopsies, removal of cryptorchid testicles and foreign body retrieval.

Cathy is currently studying for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) an extra qualification that veterinary surgeons can undertake when they have been practising for at least a year.

Cathy supports Bath Rugby Club (sorry Tigers fans. Bath? Please! Of all the clubs in the premiership …) and is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction books.

Rebecca Lawrence


Rebecca joined us in August 2017 after graduating from Nottingham Veterinary School and has become a valued part of the team. Her quiet, calm manner has seen her become popular both with her patients and their owners.

Rebecca hails from St Helena, a volcanic, tropical island of just 47 square miles located in the South Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 kilometres (1,210 mi) west of the Cunene River, which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa.

Constantinos Bikos


Kostas was born and raised in Athens, Greece and qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Thessaly, Central Greece.

After practising veterinary medicine in Greece for three and a half years he moved to the UK and has been a member of Cockburn Veterinary Group since March 2015.

He has a particular interest in orthopaedics and surgery and he too is studying for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. In his spare time, Kostas likes to explore the UK countryside, play his guitar and socialise with friends. Whilst he doesn’t have any pets yet (we’re working on it) he does have a little red Mini that’s permanently under the weather.

Nadine Wainwright

BSc (Hons), BVSc MRCVS

Nadine is the most recent person to join our veterinary team. Having completed a degree in Physiology, Nadine fulfilled her ambition to become a vet qualifying from the University of Liverpool in 2007.

Nadine enjoys all aspects of general practice with a particular interest in medicine and feline medicine.

Nadine has a rescue cat called Salem. She enjoys going to the cinema, gym and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.

Anselmo Gil


Anselmo graduated from the University of Murcia in 2010 and worked in this sunny south-eastern region of Spain until joining us in Coalville in June 2016. He is particularly interested in feline medicine, ultrasonography and dermatology, having honed his skills in these disciplines whilst working in referral practice and is currently studying for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. His interest in cats makes Anselmo a perfect choice to be one of our cat advocates.

In his spare time Anselmo enjoys reading novels, playing electric guitar, making scale models, watching Kubrick films and practising archery. Anselmo is the proud owner of a rescued cat, who suffers from asthma and who acts as his alarm clock each morning!

Nursing Team

Chloe Fletcher

RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse

Chloe is our Head Veterinary Nurse and she leads our wonderful veterinary nursing team. She has great organisational skills which she readily uses to keep the rest of us in check. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University in summer 2011 and has been working as an RVN since July of that year. She joined the team at Cockburn Veterinary Group in October 2012. While she enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, Chloe has a particular interest in anaesthesia and animal behaviour.

Outside work, Chloe enjoys long walks in the countryside with her energetic Jack Russell Terrier – Peppa – who she hand-reared from a puppy.

Maxine Treadwell

RVN NCert(Anaesth) – Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Maxine started working at Cockburn’s in January 2015, becoming Chloe’s deputy in January 2018. Although she qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2013, she has worked as a veterinary nurse since leaving school in 2007. Maxine has a keen interest in anaesthesia and emergency and critical care patients and recently completed a Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia. This specialist qualification provides advanced knowledge of safe anaesthesia and effective pain management.

To relax Maxine enjoys walking her two athletic lurchers, Dee-Dee and Yogi Bear, going to the cinema, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Laura Critchley


After graduating as a Veterinary Nurse from Harper Adams University in 2015, Laura moved moved back to her native Leicestershire to start her career as a nurse in a mixed practice, before joining Cockburn Veterinary Group in October 2016. Her particular interests lie in theatre practice and nursing consultations

Laura has a naughty Cocker Spaniel and two guinea pigs at home and when she’s not spending time with them she enjoys going to the gym and travelling.

Kayleigh Rayne


Kayleigh joined us in early 2017 and quickly became an integral member of the nursing team. She is particularly interested in nursing clinics

Alison Hubbard

Student VN

Alison joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in December 2014 and feels very privileged to be a Student Veterinary Nurse as she has always wanted to work with animals. She enjoys all aspects of the job, but especially likes surgery and theatre work. Alison started her formal training in September 2015 and is attending Bottle Green Training – a local training provider – who have been working with us since their foundation in 1999. Alison’s enthusiasm for all things ‘cat’ means she’s a perfect fit as one of cat advocates.

Outside work Alison is a keen 1st Dan black belt kickboxer. So we always say please and thank you. She has an 11 year old cat called Missy who rules the roost at home.

Abigail Tobin

Student VN

Abi joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in November 2014 and quickly settled in as part of the team. Having already completed a National Diploma in Animal Management and working previously both in rescue and for the UK’s only pet blood bank, Abi was keen to train as a Veterinary Nurse. Abi is really enjoying her new role, finding it very rewarding and she is keen to learn more about all areas of veterinary nursing, especially anaesthesia and nursing of the inpatient. She started her formal veterinary nurse training in September 2015 and hopes to qualify from the course with flying colours. Abi’s interest in animal behaviour makes her a perfect choice as one of out cat advocates.

Abi has a 12 year old springer spaniel called Fritha, three hand reared kittens now 18 months called Gordon, Dora and Nina, plus Reggie an 8 year old ‘stray’ budgie and Dusty a 2 year old cat. We suspect she’s opening a wildlife park in her spare time …

Helen Burton

Student VN

A former primate keeper at Twycross Zoo for seven years, Helen joined the nursing team in April 2015 – and has heard every single monkey gag under the sun. After completing a First Diploma and a NVQ Level 2 in Animal Care Helen undertook a series of specialist zoo animal management courses. Looking for a change in direction she has now specialising in small animal care. She is now in the second year of her training to become a Veterinary Nurse and is really enjoying the course.

She has a cat called Tiger who she thinks may or may not be 14 years and Lester, a recent addition who just happens to be the brother of Diane’s cat Denzel.

Rhiannon Horton

BSc (Hons)

Rhiannon joined our team as a trainee nurse in August 2017 and is looking forward to starting her training to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse in the near future. Although she has already successfully achieved a degree in Exercise, Nutrition and Health, through Nottingham Trent University, focusing mainly on how nutrition impacts our mental health, and despite thoroughly enjoying working in the community, Rhiannon realised that her true passion is to work with animals.

In her spare time she enjoys competing her horses and going on long country walks with her little whippet Derrie. She has also travelled widely and lived and worked in the USA, but now likes to keep her travelling more local!

Alison Connellan

Ali joined the team in September 2017, following 8 years working as a level 3 qualified beauty therapist in a health spa and a further 2 years as a medical secretary in the NHS. She as however always wanted to be a veterinary nurse and is really looking forward to starting college in September 2018. She has a particular interest in nursing our poorly in-patients, giving them lots of TLC and sharing in their owner’s joy when they recover and go home.

Ali has two cats, Alfie and Dillon, who are very energetic and like to get up to mischief regularly!

Reception Team

Elaine Bircher

Elaine joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in 2007 and has been a member of the reception team ever since. She owns three horses and four rescue cats and all sorts of animals and birds seem to enjoy living at Elaine’s house – including wild pheasants, a fox family and lots of breeding swifts who like to nest in the stables and keep the horses company.

Andie Chapman

Andie has worked on Reception since 2007 and lives in Coalville with a fabulous Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Doc – he’s a wonderful ambassador for the breed and possesses, we believe, the biggest grin in canine history. Andie processes all our client insurance claim forms, ensuring that settlement takes place as quickly as possible.

Viv Lamb

Viv has worked on Reception since 2008 and enjoys living locally together with a menagerie of pets including two dogs and two horses. She holds the record on Reception for rescuing the most animals – from hedgehogs to bats and birds – in order to release them back to the wild once she has nursed them back to health.

Rachael Oliver

Rachael is our longest serving reception member, having joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in 1998. She is a very creative person and is in charge of our fabulous waiting room displays and notices.

Office Staff

Barbery Williamson

Fondly known as ‘Her Upstairs’, Barbery has been with Cockburn Veterinary Group for over ten years. She lives in Coalville with two dotty rescue cats, Lady and Lola. Barbery is our go-to person for all things advisory and is basically our team corset – without her, we’d probably all fall down. Or just sag a little.