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Meet the Team

Why Choose Our Veterinary Practice?

Our veterinary practice has established itself amongst the local community and now provides care to thousands of pets every year.

We know, as well as anyone that you consider your pet to be a member of your family. That is why the whole team here at Wymondham Veterinary Clinic work hard to provide the very best veterinary care services.

So, if you are seeking treatment or advice for your pet, do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr Annalisa Birchenall

Dr Annalisa Birchenall

Job role: Practice Owner, Veterinary Surgeon, Small Animal Medicine Specialist.
Qualifications: DrMedVet, GPCert(SAM), MRCVS


Annalisa is originally from Milano, Italy and qualified in Pisa in July 2001. Immediately after qualifying, she moved to the UK, where she joined Thorpe Vets in Norwich, until 2007, when she entered into partnership at the Veterinary Health Centre (now Wymondham Veterinary Clinic). In August 2009, she took over the Clinic and became the sole owner.

Annalisa has completed her European degree of General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) in 2014 and is now embarking in the General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

Outside of work, she is married to Steve and has a child: Luca, born in 2013. She has 3 cats, Lara, Lilly and Socks.

In her spare time, she loves playing volleyball, riding her bright orange Vespa, and days out with her son Luca.


Annalisa, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

I am has been in the industry since 2001, wow!

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Medicine?

Making a difference for my patient. There is nothing like seeing your patient improving from an illness and hand it back to its owner, ready for another adventure.

Funny moment in your career?

Being chased by a goose out in a field.

What is your goal for this year?

I have lots of dreams. I wish to finish the Post Degree Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. I would like to carry on refurbishing the Practice and bring new services to our customers.


Jess Surridge

Jess Surridge

Job role: Head Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical Coach, Feline Friendly Advocate.
Qualifications: Veterinary Nurse Diploma, Clinical coach, Oral Care Nurse.


Jess started working at Wymondham Vets as a final year student nurse in April 2018. She passed her exams in September 2018 and is now a registered veterinary nurse. Jess likes all aspects of veterinary nursing but has a special interest in nursing intensive care patients. She is also our Cat Advocate for the Cat Friendly Clinic.
At home, Jess has two cats Squeak and Tash. Jess has been busy in her spare time planning her wedding in Greece just last year.


Jess, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2015.

What do you like most about your job?

I am really lucky to be a part of such a wonderful team. It is small, but mighty. We all have a laugh, sometimes at each other, but usually with each other! And when it really counts, everybody pulls together. It is a home away from home.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

 That the smallest changes can have the biggest impact on quality of life. I have keen interests in anaesthesia, and feline nursing, but I have a huge passion for medical nursing and palliative care as I feel that these are areas where our nursing skills can have a significant impact. Nothing beats the feeling of persuading an inappetent cat to eat, or successfully placing an intravenous catheter in small/collapsed veins to administer fluid therapy to a patient who is dehydrated.

Funny moment in your career?

 I was once recovering a patient from sedation who tried to suddenly get up. As he was wobbly, I lunged forward to support him and in the process, split my trousers! Luckily, it was just me, the patient, and another nurse – who of course, found the situation hilarious.

What is your goal for this year?

I will be getting our social media show on the road and undertaking all the CPD (continued professional development) I can manage. I love learning and one day (in the not-too-distant future) I will be looking to study the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. But for now, I am choosing to focus on improving my consulting skills, and knowledge about all things medical!


Katie Young

Katie Young

Job role: Veterinary Nursing Assistant.
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management.


Katie, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

I started working at Wymondham Veterinary clinic in September 2020. However, I have previously worked at another practice as an assistant for 2 years.

What are your favourite things about Veterinary Nursing?

I enjoy all aspects, from handling pets to working directly with clients on reception and cleaning. I have a passion for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in all environments.

Funny moment in your career?

Splitting my trousers from front to back while lifting a patient in the consult room.

Do you have a goal you would like to achieve?

To be a qualified veterinary nurse in the near future.




Natasha Hobday

Job role: Veterinary Surgeon.
Qualifications: BVM&S, BSc (Hons) MRCVS


Natasha graduated from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2013. Since then, she has worked in small animal practice in Scotland, before joining Wymondham Veterinary Clinic in January 2019 to be closer to friends and family. Natasha loves all aspects of small animal practice, but particularly feline medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys the Norfolk countryside walking, reading, and painting.



Ellie Whiskerd

Ellie Whiskerd

Job role: Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Veterinary Nurse Diploma, Oral Care Nurse.


Ellie started working at Wymondham Vets in July 2017 as a final year veterinary nursing student and qualified in July 2018. She has very much enjoyed her time within the nursing team but decided to support the practice further in January 2021 by becoming the practice manager. Ellie is still very keen to nurse and balances her time between management and nursing. Ellie is an oral care nurse, which means she can do minor dental procedures like descaling and polishing and can give our clients good advice on how to care best for their pets’ teeth. Ellie has a Dachshund called Oli and an 18month old daughter, Isla.


Ellie, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2015.

What do you like most about your job?

I most enjoy caring for patients in the ward, particularly recovering them from an anaesthetic and seeing their improvement post-op. Being the friendly face when they wake up, calculating their nutritional requirements and often hand feeding to tempt them to eat! Providing TLC and preparing them to go home is extremely rewarding.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

I love meeting new clients and their pets, forming a bond that could last for many years to come.

Funny moment in your career?

Splitting my trousers during a shift!

What is your goal for this year?

To support the whole team in my new role. We have a fantastic team here and I want to help make positive changes for the business and staff. I am hoping to undertake further professional development over the next year to support me in my new role.


Lorna Revell

Lorna Revell

Job role: Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Qualifications: Veterinary Nursing Diploma.


Lorna loves working with all kinds of animals within the clinic but has a special passion for medical cases as enjoys seeing their improvement over the time they spend at the clinic. Outside of work Lorna is a keen photographer and enjoys travelling and taking photos of different places.


Lorna, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2016.

What do you like most about your job?

I love that every day is unexpected, you never know what is going to come through the door. There is a massive variety in our job and limitless possibilities of what we are able to do and learn.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

I love all aspects but I am especially interested in feline nursing and behaviour. This is something that I would love to delve deeper into.

Funny moment in your career?

I do not know what it is but I have an awful habit of getting weed on. Most often by patients that we need a urine sample from. It has happened so many times that I keep a spare uniform at work.

Do you have a goal you would like to achieve?

Thrown off a bit due to the lockdown, but as always, to try and be the best nurse I can be.



Angelina Perez Paniagua

Angelina Perez Paniagua

Job role: Veterinary Surgeon.
Qualifications: MRCVS


Angelina graduated from the University of Murcia (Spain) in 2013. She moved to Norfolk for her first job in small animal practice just after finishing her studies. Angelina spends her time outside of work with her husband and enjoys long walks in nature. Having developed an interest in feline medicine and diagnostic imaging she is currently completing a certificate.


Angelina, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

September 2013

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Medicine?

Helping animals with the chance to promote the health and welfare of my patients. Being a veterinarian is very interesting, there are no two days alike, you never know what will come through the clinic door on any given day!

Funny moment in your career?

Once I was expressing a big abscess on a cat and it splashed into my face. Not nice, but my colleagues and me could not stop laughing.

Do you have a goal you wish to achieve?

We never stop learning. I would like to keep my learning going with new techniques and innovations. I am keen do as much continuous professional development to provide the best possible care to my patients.


Charlotte Hamblin

Charlotte Hamblin

Job role: Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical coach.
Qualifications: Veterinary Nurse Diploma, Oral Care Nurse, Clinical Coach.


Charlie qualified in 2014 and went to work at the Animal Health Trust, where she was a ward nurse until she came to us at Wymondham Vets in February 2017.
Charlie is an oral care nurse, which means she can do minor dental procedures like descaling and polishing and give our clients good advice on caring for their pets’ teeth. At home, she has a cat called Scabby. Scabby was a stray with awful skin and no fur, who Charlie nurtured back to health. When not at work, Charlie’s time is mainly taken up by her young 2 children.


Charlie, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2014.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the variety of my job. One minute I might be administering a second vaccine to a young kitten, and the next I am scrubbing in to assist my vet in theatre with an operation.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

I definitely have a passion for medical nursing. I am happiest in the hospital environment, nurturing my patients in our ward areas. I have previously worked in a referral practice, and I feel this has given me some amazing skills, which I use to strive for gold standard patient care.

Funny moment in your career?

When trying to express some anal glands once, the dog was not co-operating. I made a comment, which had the owner in hysterics, which in turn then had me also in hysterics! Neither of us could stop laughing. I did however, complete the task.

What is your goal for this year?

Maintaining a high standard of nursing care will always be something I strive for.


Tracey Watts

Tracey Watts

Job role: Receptionist.
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Pet bereavement counselling (Distinction).


Tracey has worked for Wymondham Vets since 2016. Most of her working life has revolved around GP surgeries and pharmacies. During this time, she undertook 3 years of study to achieve her level 3 dispensing technician and accredited checking technician qualifications. This resulted in her managing this pharmacy for 4 years.
Tracey enjoys walking her dog Toby and taking him on family holidays in the UK. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and socialising with friends in her spare time. Tracey is also looking forward to becoming a first-time nanny in March 2021.
I love to welcome our clients into our clinic with a warm smile, always delivering excellent customer service as well as being comfortable around the animals.
I am part of a small independent team. We laugh, we cry, we are always there for each other and supporting each other where needed. Also, we know how to make a good cuppa!
I adore ‘puppy’ cuddles, not so much though when they get over-excited and decide to ‘wee’ on you (Yes, that has happened a few times!).
As a receptionist, there are many happy moments but many sad moments too, especially when an ‘end of life’ occurs. I would like to offer support and comfort to our clients during these very difficult times.




Dr Annalisa Birchenall

Dr Annalisa Birchenall

Job role: Practice Owner, Veterinary Surgeon, Small Animal Medicine Specialist.
Qualifications: DrMedVet, GPCert(SAM), MRCVS


Annalisa is originally from Milano, Italy and qualified in Pisa in July 2001. Immediately after qualifying, she moved to the UK, where she joined Thorpe Vets in Norwich, until 2007, when she entered into partnership at the Veterinary Health Centre (now Wymondham Veterinary Clinic). In August 2009, she took over the Clinic and became the sole owner.

Annalisa has completed her European degree of General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) in 2014 and is now embarking in the General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

Outside of work, she is married to Steve and has a child: Luca, born in 2013. She has 3 cats, Lara, Lilly and Socks.

In her spare time, she loves playing volleyball, riding her bright orange Vespa, and days out with her son Luca.


Annalisa, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

I am has been in the industry since 2001, wow!

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Medicine?

Making a difference for my patient. There is nothing like seeing your patient improving from an illness and hand it back to its owner, ready for another adventure.

Funny moment in your career?

Being chased by a goose out in a field.

What is your goal for this year?

I have lots of dreams. I wish to finish the Post Degree Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. I would like to carry on refurbishing the Practice and bring new services to our customers.



Natasha Hobday

Job role: Veterinary Surgeon.
Qualifications: BVM&S, BSc (Hons) MRCVS


Natasha graduated from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2013. Since then, she has worked in small animal practice in Scotland, before joining Wymondham Veterinary Clinic in January 2019 to be closer to friends and family. Natasha loves all aspects of small animal practice, but particularly feline medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys the Norfolk countryside walking, reading, and painting.



Angelina Perez Paniagua

Angelina Perez Paniagua

Job role: Veterinary Surgeon.
Qualifications: MRCVS


Angelina graduated from the University of Murcia (Spain) in 2013. She moved to Norfolk for her first job in small animal practice just after finishing her studies. Angelina spends her time outside of work with her husband and enjoys long walks in nature. Having developed an interest in feline medicine and diagnostic imaging she is currently completing a certificate.


Angelina, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

September 2013

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Medicine?

Helping animals with the chance to promote the health and welfare of my patients. Being a veterinarian is very interesting, there are no two days alike, you never know what will come through the clinic door on any given day!

Funny moment in your career?

Once I was expressing a big abscess on a cat and it splashed into my face. Not nice, but my colleagues and me could not stop laughing.

Do you have a goal you wish to achieve?

We never stop learning. I would like to keep my learning going with new techniques and innovations. I am keen do as much continuous professional development to provide the best possible care to my patients.


Jess Surridge

Jess Surridge

Job role: Head Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical Coach, Feline Friendly Advocate.
Qualifications: Veterinary Nurse Diploma, Clinical coach, Oral Care Nurse.


Jess started working at Wymondham Vets as a final year student nurse in April 2018. She passed her exams in September 2018 and is now a registered veterinary nurse. Jess likes all aspects of veterinary nursing but has a special interest in nursing intensive care patients. She is also our Cat Advocate for the Cat Friendly Clinic.
At home, Jess has two cats Squeak and Tash. Jess has been busy in her spare time planning her wedding in Greece just last year.


Jess, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2015.

What do you like most about your job?

I am really lucky to be a part of such a wonderful team. It is small, but mighty. We all have a laugh, sometimes at each other, but usually with each other! And when it really counts, everybody pulls together. It is a home away from home.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

 That the smallest changes can have the biggest impact on quality of life. I have keen interests in anaesthesia, and feline nursing, but I have a huge passion for medical nursing and palliative care as I feel that these are areas where our nursing skills can have a significant impact. Nothing beats the feeling of persuading an inappetent cat to eat, or successfully placing an intravenous catheter in small/collapsed veins to administer fluid therapy to a patient who is dehydrated.

Funny moment in your career?

 I was once recovering a patient from sedation who tried to suddenly get up. As he was wobbly, I lunged forward to support him and in the process, split my trousers! Luckily, it was just me, the patient, and another nurse – who of course, found the situation hilarious.

What is your goal for this year?

I will be getting our social media show on the road and undertaking all the CPD (continued professional development) I can manage. I love learning and one day (in the not-too-distant future) I will be looking to study the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. But for now, I am choosing to focus on improving my consulting skills, and knowledge about all things medical!


Ellie Whiskerd

Ellie Whiskerd

Job role: Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Veterinary Nurse Diploma, Oral Care Nurse.


Ellie started working at Wymondham Vets in July 2017 as a final year veterinary nursing student and qualified in July 2018. She has very much enjoyed her time within the nursing team but decided to support the practice further in January 2021 by becoming the practice manager. Ellie is still very keen to nurse and balances her time between management and nursing. Ellie is an oral care nurse, which means she can do minor dental procedures like descaling and polishing and can give our clients good advice on how to care best for their pets’ teeth. Ellie has a Dachshund called Oli and an 18month old daughter, Isla.


Ellie, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2015.

What do you like most about your job?

I most enjoy caring for patients in the ward, particularly recovering them from an anaesthetic and seeing their improvement post-op. Being the friendly face when they wake up, calculating their nutritional requirements and often hand feeding to tempt them to eat! Providing TLC and preparing them to go home is extremely rewarding.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

I love meeting new clients and their pets, forming a bond that could last for many years to come.

Funny moment in your career?

Splitting my trousers during a shift!

What is your goal for this year?

To support the whole team in my new role. We have a fantastic team here and I want to help make positive changes for the business and staff. I am hoping to undertake further professional development over the next year to support me in my new role.


Charlotte Hamblin

Charlotte Hamblin

Job role: Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical coach.
Qualifications: Veterinary Nurse Diploma, Oral Care Nurse, Clinical Coach.


Charlie qualified in 2014 and went to work at the Animal Health Trust, where she was a ward nurse until she came to us at Wymondham Vets in February 2017.
Charlie is an oral care nurse, which means she can do minor dental procedures like descaling and polishing and give our clients good advice on caring for their pets’ teeth. At home, she has a cat called Scabby. Scabby was a stray with awful skin and no fur, who Charlie nurtured back to health. When not at work, Charlie’s time is mainly taken up by her young 2 children.


Charlie, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2014.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the variety of my job. One minute I might be administering a second vaccine to a young kitten, and the next I am scrubbing in to assist my vet in theatre with an operation.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

I definitely have a passion for medical nursing. I am happiest in the hospital environment, nurturing my patients in our ward areas. I have previously worked in a referral practice, and I feel this has given me some amazing skills, which I use to strive for gold standard patient care.

Funny moment in your career?

When trying to express some anal glands once, the dog was not co-operating. I made a comment, which had the owner in hysterics, which in turn then had me also in hysterics! Neither of us could stop laughing. I did however, complete the task.

What is your goal for this year?

Maintaining a high standard of nursing care will always be something I strive for.


Tracey Watts

Tracey Watts

Job role: Receptionist.
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Pet bereavement counselling (Distinction).


Tracey has worked for Wymondham Vets since 2016. Most of her working life has revolved around GP surgeries and pharmacies. During this time, she undertook 3 years of study to achieve her level 3 dispensing technician and accredited checking technician qualifications. This resulted in her managing this pharmacy for 4 years.
Tracey enjoys walking her dog Toby and taking him on family holidays in the UK. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and socialising with friends in her spare time. Tracey is also looking forward to becoming a first-time nanny in March 2021.
I love to welcome our clients into our clinic with a warm smile, always delivering excellent customer service as well as being comfortable around the animals.
I am part of a small independent team. We laugh, we cry, we are always there for each other and supporting each other where needed. Also, we know how to make a good cuppa!
I adore ‘puppy’ cuddles, not so much though when they get over-excited and decide to ‘wee’ on you (Yes, that has happened a few times!).
As a receptionist, there are many happy moments but many sad moments too, especially when an ‘end of life’ occurs. I would like to offer support and comfort to our clients during these very difficult times.




Lorna Revell

Lorna Revell

Job role: Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Qualifications: Veterinary Nursing Diploma.


Lorna loves working with all kinds of animals within the clinic but has a special passion for medical cases as enjoys seeing their improvement over the time they spend at the clinic. Outside of work Lorna is a keen photographer and enjoys travelling and taking photos of different places.


Lorna, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

Since 2016.

What do you like most about your job?

I love that every day is unexpected, you never know what is going to come through the door. There is a massive variety in our job and limitless possibilities of what we are able to do and learn.

What is your favourite thing about Veterinary Nursing?

I love all aspects but I am especially interested in feline nursing and behaviour. This is something that I would love to delve deeper into.

Funny moment in your career?

I do not know what it is but I have an awful habit of getting weed on. Most often by patients that we need a urine sample from. It has happened so many times that I keep a spare uniform at work.

Do you have a goal you would like to achieve?

Thrown off a bit due to the lockdown, but as always, to try and be the best nurse I can be.



Katie Young

Katie Young

Job role: Veterinary Nursing Assistant.
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management.


Katie, a few questions:

How long have you been in the Veterinary industry?

I started working at Wymondham Veterinary clinic in September 2020. However, I have previously worked at another practice as an assistant for 2 years.

What are your favourite things about Veterinary Nursing?

I enjoy all aspects, from handling pets to working directly with clients on reception and cleaning. I have a passion for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in all environments.

Funny moment in your career?

Splitting my trousers from front to back while lifting a patient in the consult room.

Do you have a goal you would like to achieve?

To be a qualified veterinary nurse in the near future.


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