The whole team at Swaffham Veterinary Centre in the heart of Norfolk, are committed to providing you with the very best individual care for your pet.

The team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and are constantly furthering their knowledge so that they can care for your pets as if they are their own and provide the best healthcare possible.

RVN
Practice Manager & Director

BVM&S GPCert (SAS) MRCVS
  Veterinary Surgeon & Director

BVsC MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc BSc CertAVP (GSAS) MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

DVM BSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

BVM&S CertVOpthal MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

BVetMed MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

RVN
Directors Assistant/Clinic Nurse

RVN
Head Veterinary Nurse

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

SVN
Student Veterinary Nurse

SVN
Student Veterinary Nurse

SVN
Student Veterinary Nurse

SVN
Student Veterinary Nurse

PCA
Patient Care Assistant

Sophie Rowley lead receptionist

Sophie Rowley

Lead Receptionist

Helen Manning

RVN Clinical Director

Helen has worked in many areas of the veterinary world, starting off her career as a qualified Veterinary Nurse. She then moved on to pet nutrition, pharmaceuticals, clinic nursing, marketing and more recently management.

She is married to Bob, has a son called Seth and an extremely naughty Spaniel called Willow. When not stomping around the Norfolk countryside chasing Willow, Helen likes to head off to Chamonix for a bit of snowboarding. Helen is the proud owner of two nonagenarian tortoises, Woody and Afro.

Liam Manson

Clinical Director

Liam founded Swaffham veterinary Centre in 2014, having worked in mid-Norfolk since graduating from Edinburgh University in 2003.  He completed a surgical certificate in 2007 and continues to have a keen interest in surgery but does enjoy the variety that a busy first opinion small animal practice gives each day.

Out of work Liam enjoys spending time with his wife and children, who all enjoy travelling in the UK and abroad.  he also enjoys exploring the beautiful Norfolk countryside with his Labrador Daisy.  When given the opportunity Liam is a keen gardener.

Jon Mills

Veterinary Surgeon

Jon qualified from Bristol Vet School in 2001. He came back to Norfolk after completing his exams and has worked in and around the area since graduation. Jon was born in Norfolk and is happy to be settled in his home county amongst his family and long-standing friends. He enjoys all aspects of the veterinary vocation but is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery and canine and feline medicine.

Out of work, Jon enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen angler that can be found beside a lake somewhere with his Border Terrier Finn, trying to land a monster carp!

Ben Mcdonnell

Veterinary Surgeon

MRCVS, BVSc, BSc, Cert AVP (General small animal surgery)

Following his graduation from Liverpool University in 2008 Ben returned to his roots in Cumbria, where he spent a short period working in mixed practice, before making the decision to work solely on small animal veterinarian. He spent fourteen years working in Cumbria, before leaving his position as clinical director at his previous practice to move to Norfolk in 2022, when he joined our team at Swaffham.

Ben enjoys all aspects of first opinion small practice work, but especially enjoys the surgical side of the job.  To further his skills in this area Ben enrolled on the Royal College Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (General Small Animal Surgery) which he gained in 2021.

Outside work Ben is often found exploring the Norfolk countryside and coastline with his five-year-old son Joey. His other interests include mountain biking, walking, running and more recently paddle boarding.

Alicia VanCasteren

Veterinary Surgeon

Alicia joined the practice in March of 2023 and has really enjoyed her move to Norfolk. Alicia was born and went to vet school in Canada, moving to the UK in 2021. Her medical interests include internal medicine, feline medicine, ultrasound and cardiology. Outside of work, Alicia spends her time exploring Norfolk, socializing over a Sunday brunch, and quiet time at home with her Maine Coon “Lizzy”. Alicia loves seeing cats and will always strive for a fear free visit. 

Helen Manson

BVM&S CertVOphthal MRCVS

Helen moved to Norfolk after graduating from Edinburgh Vet School in 2003. After working in King’s Lynn, she joined the practice in 2023.

Helen enjoys small animal medicine and has a special interest in Ophthalmology. Helen gained her post graduate RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2012. Helen is going to be offering internal and external referral for eye cases at the practice.

Outside of work, Helen is kept busy with her three children, Daisy the Labrador and Maggie the cat. She is married to Liam.

Emily Neep

Veterinary Surgeon

Emily has recently joined Swaffham Veterinary Centre, having been working as a vet in Wales for the last three years.  Emily undertook some of student training with us and we are delighted to have her back.  Originally from Norfolk, she is very excited to have moved back home!

In her spare time, Emily enjoys exploring her creative side with various craft projects, from crochet to jewellery making and can often be heard singing along to her favourite musical (much to the nurse’s dismay!).  She has always had pets at home, ranging from various cats and dogs to a pet toad, and is often called upon by the family Labrador to crochet new toys; a very demanding critic but one that tests them well!

Kelly Maclean RVN

Veterinary Nurse/Admin

Kelly has been with the practice from the beginning.  She has moved from head nurse to a more administrative role, assisting Liam and Helen, but remains passionate about animal behaviour and running nurse consulting sessions.  

Jo Poulter

Veterinary Nurse

Jo joined Swaffham vets as a qualified nurse in 2018, going on to become head nurse in 2020.  She enjoys getting to know the clients and their beloved pets, she has a real soft spot for the Golden Oldies!  Jo leads the team of dedicated nurses with the ethos of treating each pet in our care as if they were our own.

Home is shared with her husband Paul, their elderly spaniel Tilly and inherited ninja Kitty!  Her spare time is spent enjoying country walks followed by hearty pub lunches and supporting local charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Kayleigh Hardy

Veterinary Nurse

Kayleigh is a registered Veterinary Nurse and qualified in 2010. Since then she has taken a keen interest in training and supporting student veterinary nurses. Kayleigh has a particular interest in theatre and emergency and critical care nursing.

In her spare time she enjoys walking Toby her Border Terrier cross Patterdale around the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

Mallory Flynn

Veterinary Nurse

Mallory graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and gained a BScHons in 2014. She is passionate about analgesia and emergency and critical care medicine. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with  her family and cat Dweezle.

Heather Sturgeon

Veterinary Nurse

Heather started work at Swaffham Veterinary Centre in July 2022 after moving to Norfolk from Cumbria with her husband.  Heather has a special interest in laboratory work and nurse consulting.  Outside of work, Heather enjoys travelling and attends tap dancing classes.  She has a Springer Spaniel called Jack and a cat called Catfink.

Jade

Veterinary Nurse

Jade qualified as a veterinary nurse in September 2022 and joined Swaffham Veterinary Centre in January 2023.  Jade is passionate about furthering her knowledge through her nursing career and ensuring the patients feel as calm as possible during their time within the practice.  In her spare time, she enjoys PC gaming, learning Astrology and nature walks.

Octavia Campbell

Veterinary Nurse

Octavia is a student veterinary nurse who will be qualifying in 2024, she has a particular interest in surgical nursing.  Octavia comes from a performing background and enjoys singing and dancing in her spare time.  At home she lives with her partner, rabbit, sheep dog and two spaniels.  She enjoys working her dogs in the Autumn and Winter seasons.

Amelia Bendall

Veterinary Nurse

Amelia started with Swaffham Veterinary Centre in 2022, to continue her veterinary nurse training.  Amelia enjoys her time here learning and furthering her skills and is looking forward to graduating within the next couple of years.  She has a view to developing into emergency and critical care, a field that really interests her.  Her four dogs, Rolo, Bella, Peach and Buttons keep her very busy outside of work.

Georgia Eaton

Veterinary Nurse

Georgia is a student veterinary nurse in her second year at the Dick White Academy. Georgia really enjoys working with the inpatients and giving a high level of clinical care.  Previously she achieved an honours degree in Animal Science and Welfare.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking her very excited spaniel Chester, travelling to new places and meeting up with friends and family.

Kerri Farrow

Kennel Assistant

Kerri joined Swaffham Veterinary Centre in October 2022 as our kennel assistant.  She thoroughly enjoys her work within the practice and gaining all the experience and knowledge she can.  Outside of work she enjoys exploring the countryside with her Cocker Spaniel Abbey.  She loves taking her camera out and about focusing on portraiture of both animals and people.

Tallulah Stocking

Patient Care Assistant

Tallulah has been surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes since birth. She has helped her Mum raise and care for many rescue cases from Tortoises to all types of wildlife and this has given Tallulah a love of all species. In her spare time she enjoys walking her Yorkie Bailey, and her two parrots Demelza and Micky.

Tallulah has an interest in art, specifically drawing. She likes to draw realism, in particular animals and gifts many of her drawings to friends and family. In the future she is hoping to sell some of these drawings – they really are amazing!

Sophie Rowley

Lead Receptionist

Sophie has previously worked as a wildlife assistant for the RSPCA and in the A&E department of the QE hospital as a receptionist.  Sophie has been with us on reception since we opened.  She loves getting to know clients and their pets and being a friendly face on reception.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, prone shooting and countryside walks with her dog Ollie.

Olivia Sparkes

Veterinary Nurse

Olivia is one of the receptionists at Swaffham Vets. She has previously worked in customer service, another vet practice and animal rescue. Olivia has a cat and two rescue dogs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking cakes and taking her dogs for long walks in the countryside.

Joanne Russell

Receptionist

As a vet’s daughter Joanne was brought up in a world of animals.  For 12 years she worked as an administrator in a veterinary practice before taking time out to raise her daughter and two sons. 

She is secretary to a local Taekwondo club and spent the last 7 years supporting her son, an International Taekwondo competitor, taking him all over the country and parts of Europe with his training and competitions.

In her free time time she likes nothing more than spending time with her husband, Barry, and their family, which includes their dogs Norman and Claude.