Catherine Lane (Head Nurse)

Catherine Lane

Catherine originally joined Western Counties during her placement year for her equine veterinary nursing degree course that she studied for at Hartpury College. In November 2012 she graduated with an FdSc in equine veterinary nursing with distinction as well as qualifying in 2012 as an Equine AI Technician. Catherine has now passed her Advanced Nursing Diploma with distinction (one of only four equine nurses in the country to achieve this qualification) She is one of our clinical coaches and is currently writing a series of articles for the Veterinary Nursing Journal. Within the work setting she has recently become more involved with the day to day running of our in-house lab and the weight clinics for those equines who might need to shed a few kilos!

Outside work she enjoys hunting and watching racing.

Beth Powell
Student Equine Nurse

Beth Powell

Beth is our new student nurse and is looking forward to commencing her formal training during the next few months

When not at work Beth enjoys riding her horse, show jumping and hunter trials.  She is an active member of her local Young Farmers Club.

Nena Leitner  RVN
Equine Nurse

Nena Leitner

Nena studied for her veterinary nurse qualifications at an equine hospital in Munich between 2009 and 2012.  She then went on to work in a small animal veterinary practice in Germany for a year before travelling for two years in Australia, Central and South America. She has now settled in Somerset

Outside of work Nena enjoys hiking,travelling, cooking and gardening


Lauren Tancock
Equine Groom

Lauren Persey

Lauren commenced work at Western Counties in September 2012. She brings a wealth of practical experience to the role. She is a valuable support to the vets and nursing team and is always ready to give a helping hand. 

Outside work Lauren enjoys riding and hunting her horse Tammy and when time permits catching up with friends and family.

Vikki Maddox
Student Equine Nurse

Vikki has been at Western Counties working as our Saturday groom since January 2013 and has now decided she would like to train to become a qualified equine nurse working full time in the Hospital.  We are delighted she has joined the nursing team and has now started her formal nurse training.

Outside of work Vikki has many equestrian interests and enjoys competing her own horse when time allows.


Megan Pharoah
Equine Groom

 Megan Pharoah

Megan has joined the team here at Western Counties to help with the horses and general stable duties

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