We are a group of small animal practices in Chesterfield and Nottinghamshire, first established in 1986. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at our surgeries.
Samantha attained a BSc (Hons) in veterinary nursing and practice administration from the University of Bristol in 2007. She then spent five years working in an orthopaedic referral before joining the team at Carrick in 2012. Samantha was promoted to head nurse in 2015 and has a keen interest in radiography, anaesthesia and surgical nursing. She is working towards standardising the nurse clinics so we can offer a consistent service alongside our current care to you and your pets. Samantha has three dogs: a Springer Spaniel, a crossbreed rescue from Romania and a Patterdale Terrier, who she regularly enjoys walking through the countryside near home with. Her spare time is often divided between martial arts, in which she holds at least a black belt in three sports.
Tracey Lee RVN
Tracey qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2017. She originally joined the Carrick team on student placement and has since taken up a permanent position at the Chesterfield branch. At home she has three beautiful Beagles, three chickens and a three-legged cat called Hector, of whom she adopted from work. In her spare time Tracey likes to visit the Peak District and is a keen reader. Her favourite parts of the job include nurse clinics, laboratory work and out of hours.
Laura McKechnie RVN
Laura joined the Carrick team in August 2017. She completed her BSc (Hons) veterinary nursing and practice management top up at Harper Adams University after qualifying in 2016 from Nottingham Trent University. She has a keen interest in anaesthesia and surgical nursing. At home she has two gorgeous Springer Spaniels, Molly and Mabel. In her spare time she enjoys reading, socialising and horse riding.
Rachel Newby RVN
Rachel is a qualified veterinary nurse who joined Carrick in October 2014 and works part time. She started nursing in 2002 and qualified in 2005. Rachel always wanted to work with animals from a young age, often taking strays home to her parents. Her favourite aspect of the job is assisting the vet in theatre and nursing the inpatients. At home she has a beautiful Burmese cross called Huggy and a lovely Whippet cross called Zeke, as well as having two wonderful children. Outside of work Rachel is kept busy taking her children on days out. She is also a huge movie fan and likes to read when there is a spare moment in her hectic day.
Jay Parnham RVN
Jay has been working as a veterinary nurse on and off since 1990 and qualified in 1998. Since then, as well as nursing, she has pursued other activities including going back to university to study equine science and also working for a horse recue charity as she is very passionate about horses. Jay joined Carrick in October 2015 and enjoys all aspects of animal nursing but her favourite patients are definitely rabbits. Outside of work she enjoys going to music festivals, riding her motorbike and also hill walking with her husband.
Alice Roberts RVN
Alice qualified as a veterinary nurse in July 2018, gaining a FdSc degree from the Royal Veterinary College, London, and is returning to university in September to study for her BSc (Hons) in veterinary nursing. She originally joined the team as a student on placement in January 2016 and enjoys all aspects of the job. Alice particularly loves that every day is different but she does have a keen interest in in-patient care and medical nursing. Outside of work, she enjoys horse riding and socialising with friends.
Lizzie Widdowson RVN
Lizzie qualified as a nurse in September 2017, gaining a FdSc degree from Coventry University. She originally joined the Carrick team as a student in 2015, and then took on a permanent position with us. Lizzie enjoys all aspects of the job but has a keen interest in inpatient care, and especially the medical side of nursing. At home Lizzie has two dogs, a Lurcher and a Cocker Spaniel, who both keep her very busy! Outside of work she enjoys walking her dogs and socialising with friends. Lizzie also has a keen interest in cars, and you will normally find her cleaning her car and taking it to shows throughout the summer months.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Molly has worked for Carrick since March 2017, prior to this she worked for the Pet Blood Bank. She has a passion for the bereavement side of practice, ensuring clients receive the highest standard of care and sympathy during difficult times. Molly has created a memorial corner in the garden of our Mansfield practice where clients can bring plants or flowers in memory of their pets. Outside of work, she has a keen interest in photography and after receiving her first professional camera for Christmas, she had been visiting lots of wildlife parks to practice! Molly lives at home with her Pug called Gimli and her three guinea pigs – Winnie, Rita and Reggie – who are all rescues!