Cockburn Veterinary Group, your local Vets in Leicestershire, has been caring for pets, cattle and rare breeds in the Coalville, Ashby, Shepshed, Market Bosworth and Markfield areas, since Bob Cockburn started the practice in the 1930s and we’re proud to have been involved with families in North West Leicestershire and their animals for generations. Today as a companion animal practice we continue to place a strong emphasis on keeping our facilities and knowledge up-to-date to ensure we give you and your pets the best advice. Our in-house 24/7 service is manned at all times by our own vets and nurses who still do ‘on call’ because we believe it’s important for you to be able to rely on us no matter what time of day or night you need us.
Meet Our Vets
It shouldn’t happen to a Coalville vet… but it often does.
Animal care is a very personal business and client relationships are important to us. We have a lot of talent under one roof at our Coalville vet animal surgery – so meet the team and see what makes us tick.
BVM&S PgCertVBM CertAVP PgDipVPS MRCVS
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 obtaining a distinction by scoring over 70% in each module. 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 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.
BVM&S, MSc, MRes, PhD MRCVS
Victoria grew up on the West coast of Scotland near Loch Lomond and obtained her BVM&S degree in Veterinary Medicine from The University of Edinburgh in 2009. She then spent some time pursuing preclinical research interests and has gained an MSc in Integrative Neuroscience, MRes in Integrative Mammalian Biology, and more recently a PhD in Stem Cell Research from The University of Edinburgh by using functional brain imaging methods and pathology/histology studies. She undertook an internship at Rutland House Referrals, Merseyside, gaining experience in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and has developed a keen interest in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.
Victoria has a little black and white cat called Molly, and enjoys being active in her spare time by walking, cycling, running, and has recently started windsurfing.
Kostas was born and raised in Athens, Greece and qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Thessaly. After working in Greece for several years, he moved to the UK and joined us in March 2015.
Kostas has a particular interest in orthopaedics and surgery and he is currently completing the Royal College Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with the University of Liverpool, designated in small animal surgery.
In his spare time, Kostas likes to explore the UK countryside, play his guitar and socialise with friends. He is also a very keen aircraft and aviation enthusiast. Whilst he doesn’t have any pets yet (we’re working on it) he does have a little red Mini that’s conveniently named Johnny C.
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.
BSc, BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS
Since graduating from Nottingham Veterinary School Laurie has worked in small animal practice, joining using us in the summer of 2018. He has an interest in ultrasound scanning and surgery, but as a keen chicken keeper he also enjoys seeing pet poultry.
In his spare time Laurie plays guitar in a band called Dog Days, and is attempting to train Darwin, his clumsy and rather excitable labrador, to become a gun dog. Good luck with that one!
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.
Chloe is currently on maternity leave.
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.
BSc (Hons) RVN
After graduating as a Veterinary Nurse with a first class Honours degree from Harper Adams University in 2015, Laura moved back to Leicestershire and began her career in a mixed practice before joining Cockburn Veterinary Group in October 2016.
Although she enjoys all aspects of her job, Laura is particularly interested in running nursing consultations, and conducts the majority of the weight clinics at the practice. She is also currently undertaking a certificate in Emergency and Critical Care nursing. This specialised qualification provides advanced knowledge of best up to date nursing care for critically ill or injured pets.
At home, Laura has a cheeky Cocker Spaniel called Jet and two guinea pigs, and when she’s not spending time with them she enjoys going to the gym and travelling.
Kayleigh has been working at a veterinary practice since 2011, and qualified as a RVN in 2016, after studying at Bottle Green Training Ltd.
She joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in March 2017, and quickly became an integral member of the nursing team.
Kayleigh has a particular interest in wound management, and is looking to start a Nurse certificate in this area next year.
Outside of work, Kayleigh has a wide range of pets which keep her pretty busy, however she does try to find time to crochet, and often makes little gifts for her family, friends and all of us at work.
Alison joined the team in December 2014 as a student veterinary nurse and qualified in August 2018.
She enjoys all aspects and challenges of her job but does have a particular interest in all things feline, and in the near future would like to study the ISFM certificate in feline nursing which would expand her skills as a cat advocate further.
At home Alison has a 15 year old cat called Missy who she is pictured with.
In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and has a black belt 1st dan in kickboxing.
Abi joined the team at the end of November 2014 as a student veterinary nurse and qualified in June 2018. She thoroughly enjoys her career and cannot imagine doing anything else.
Abi has a keen interest in inpatient care and small animal medicine, she finds caring for animals with a variety of health conditions very rewarding.
Abi owns four cats – Dora, Gordon, Dusty and Nina that she hand reared from kittens making her an ideal candidate for our cat advocacy.
In her spare time Abi is training to powerlift!
Tash joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in August 2018. She qualified in 2010 and spent 8 years working at a veterinary hospital in Derbyshire before joining our team.
Tash has a particular interest in cardiology and medical nursing.
Outside of work she has 2 dogs, a 3 year old miniature schnauzer and a crazy 8 month old springer spaniel. They enjoy long walks and exploring new places together.
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 3rd 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.
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 currently in her first year of training. 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!
Sarah recently joined the team as an animal care auxiliary, she is Abi’s twin sister!
Sarah is very keen to start her nursing career and is already enjoying learning all the inner workings of the practice.
Since starting, Sarah has worked extremely hard and spends her free time reading up on veterinary nursing.
Like Abi, Sarah is owned by four cats and has a special bond with Dora who she is pictured with.
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.
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.
Barbery joined Cockburn Veterinary Group in 2004. She lives in Coalville with Lady and Lola – a Mother and daughter rescue duo from Loughborough Cat Santuary. Her beautiful Golden Retriever Buddy keeps her family busy and is a wonderful friend to her daughter.
Today’s Cockburn veterinary practice at 100 London Road in Coalville, Leicestershire was established in 1972 and is owned and run by Diane Storer. Your animal companions are part of your family and we strive to set the quality benchmark in ethical, compassionate and innovative veterinary care for our clients across Leicestershire and the East Midlands. In addition to Coalville, we mainly service the Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Shepshed, Markfield and Market Bosworth areas.
Diane’s team comprises an additional five veterinary surgeons, seven qualified and two student veterinary nurses along with caring and professional back up from our receptionists and administrators – and rarely for vets in Leicestershire, our own on-site emergency vet service that’s available 24 hours a day and run exclusively in-house.
Cockburn veterinary surgery is independent and we are committed to providing the best all-round care for your pet that delivers the highest standard of medicine and treatment techniques and is backed by exceptional service. At our Coalville vet surgery you’ll find a traditional and friendly welcome for you and your pets alike – backed by attentive, empathetic care and the latest equipment for swift diagnosis and treatment in even the most complex cases.
Compassion. Skill. Communication. These are the watchwords for our practice: we know how important your companion animals are to you and that understanding is reflected in the way we work.