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 she is currently studying for a diploma in veterinary professional studies. Diane is married to Martyn (who answers the phones when she is on call – well it is a family practice). They have two children, one dog, Skye, and a cat, Denzel, a stray kitten, who just happened to need a home. Diane’s hobbies include spinning, walking, reading and embroidery.
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.
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.
BVM BVS MRCVS
Having seen practice with us for a number of years we were very pleased to have Michael accept our invitation to join us in August 2015 after he graduated from Nottingham Veterinary School. Michael is looking forward to developing his interests in surgery and feline medicine.|
A keen swimmer and violinist, Michael has recently taken up tennis although he’s the first one to admit that his serve still needs a bit of work. We suspect the same goes for his forehand, backhand and overhead smash. Oh and drop shot. He is the proud owner of a black rescue cat called Bobbin – who thinks exclusively with his stomach.
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 started working at Cockburn’s in January 2015. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2013, but has worked as a nurse since leaving school in 2007. Maxine has a keen interest in anaesthetics and emergency and critical care patients. She has two athletic lurchers called Dee-Dee and Yogi Bear and she enjoys walking and spending time with them.|
To relax Maxine likes going to the cinema, reading and spending time with family and friends.
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.
|A caring professional who always wanted to work with animals, Abigail fulfilled her ambition of becoming a Veterinary Nurse in August 2015 and joined the practice the following September. She also holds a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management and a Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Welfare. Abigail finds the most rewarding aspect of her job the knowledge that her patients have received the best care, attention and treatment possible.|
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 has a 9 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, Dusty a 2 year old cat and the most recent recruit, Tilly. We suspect she’s opening a wildlife park in her spare time …
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 2014 and is attending Bottle Green Training – a local training provider – who have been working with us since their foundation in 1999.|
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.
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 looking forward to starting her training to become a Veterinary Nurse.|
She also has a Labrador called Ollie who is 8 years old, a cat called Tiger who she thinks may or may not be 12 years and Lester, a recent addition who just happens to be the brother of Diane and Abi’s kittens.
|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 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.|
|Suzie joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in 2008. She lives with two crazy cats and is our champion sponsored event guru with a taste for outlandish charitable challenges. Most recently, Suzie and our practice partner Diane, took part in The Wolf Run. It was a muddy business – but someone has to do it.|
|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 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.|
|Lorna has worked on our reception since 2008 and owns miniature Schnauzer called Honey, Casper the German Shepherd cross and an adopted cat called Smudge. Living locally in Ravenstone, Lorna, Casper and Honey enjoy gardening, walking in the countryside and the odd pub lunch.|
|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.|