Liz Hastings RVN Head Nurse
Liz is our Head Nurse and knew she wanted to work with animals from the age of 4! She felt very lucky to get a job straight from leaving school and 32 years later she is still doing the job she loves.
Over the years Liz has seen veterinary medicine change constantly and all for the well being of our beloved pets. No two days are the same, some days can be very sad and they weigh heavy on your heart. Most days are filled with complete
satisfaction knowing you have helped or supported some one’s pet.
Liz has a particular interest in pain relief, nutrition, hospitalised patients, senior pets and surgery. She has had pets all her life, all of which are always strays and at present and she has 2 cats and 2 dogs.
During her nursing career she has married and had 2 children, all of which know where they are in the pecking order! Outside of work, Liz also enjoys dog walking, cycling, gym, gardening and trying desperately to learn Italian!
Rachel Brennan RVN Deputy Head Nurse
Rachel joined the Oak House team in 2016 and has recently become the Cat Advocate for the practice, meaning that she oversees how we can improve and maintain a Cat-friendly environment.
She particularly enjoys learning about Cat behaviour and the medical side of nursing. Rachel also has a passion for all little dogs and has a bouncy little Poodle cross called Pebbles, as well as three beautiful Cats; Mickey, Duchess and Leo.
Out of work, Rachel enjoys knitting/crocheting, reading and catching up on her favourite TV shows.
Marie Harrison RVN
Marie qualified with us in 2009 and trained with us as a student. She has been with us for over 13 years. Marie enjoys surgical nursing and nurse clinics.
Out of work she is kept very busy with her three young sons and enjoys walking her labradors Bonnie and Benson and growing vegetables in her allotment.
Christina Heath RVN
Christina qualified in 2017 from Harper Adams. She owns a Rabbit called Ronnie and is responsible for looking after the laboratory.
Christina particularly enjoys the medical side of nursing, as well as weight clinics. She enjoys being with her friends and family in her spare time.
Marlena Ruszkowska RVN
I am originally from Poland and I came to the UK in 2005. My experience working with animals started when I enrolled at college for an Animal Management course. I quickly realised that Veterinary Nursing was my dream job so I worked hard to find a job as a trainee nurse after finishing college.
I started my training in 2014 and qualified in 2017. There are many aspects of my job that I love but I take a special interest in monitoring patients under anaesthetic and looking after in-patients.
Apart from my love of animals, I enjoy travelling, playing tennis and going to the cinema.
Vikki St John
Vikki joined the practice as a Receptionist in August 2008 and lives in Burton Joyce with her two young boys. She has a caring nature and a huge heart and is now our Nursing Auxillary.
She really is a crazy cat lady and owns three of her own Feline babies- Millie- Pru, George and Wendy. When there is time in her busy life for some relaxation, Vikki enjoys going to the gym, reading, home décor and spending time with friends and family… and a large glass of wine!
I graduated from Harper Adams university this year and came to work at Oak House straight after qualifying!
I really enjoy meeting clients and patients at reception, and I enjoy lab work, especially microscopy.
My hobbies include horse riding, polo in particular, dog walking and gymnastics. I am also attempting to learn how to sew!
Becky is enrolled as a Student Veterinary Nurse at the Bottle Green College in Melbourne, Derbyshire, having worked on reception since joining the practice in 2019. She has several pets of her own, including a very well trained rabbit, and a slightly less trained chipmunk!
In her spare time Becky can be found dancing, decorating, and taking her pets on adventures, and aims to make the world a little more colourful.