Meet The Team
Our friendly team of vets, nurses and support staff is dedicated to the care of your pets. We treat every pet as if they were our own.
Please click on any of the names below to find out more about our staff team.
Fintan Farrelly MVB MRCVS
Fintan qualified from University College Dublin in 1996 and after working in mixed practice in Ireland moved to England in 1997 to concentrate solely on small animal practice. Fintan joined the Lodge Veterinary Centre in 1998 and became a practice partner in 2001.
Fintan enjoys all aspects of small animal first opinion practice. When he’s not working or looking after his 2 children Connor and Grace, Fintan enjoys playing golf or walking his dogs.
Catherine Morgan BVSc MRCVS
Catherine qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 1996 and has worked in the West Midlands area since 1997. Since joining the practice in October 2006 Catherine has taken a keen interest in Ultrasonography and Soft Tissue Surgery. When Catherine isn’t working she keeps busy looking after her three teenage children.
Catherine became a Practice Partner in May 2011.
Monika Michalska DVM MRCVS
Monika joined The Lodge in July 2015. She graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland in 2007. After qualifying as a veterinary surgeon she came to England to further her experience and has worked in the Midlands ever since. She has a particular interest in medicine cases and cardiology and has gained additional skills in ultrasound scanning. In her spare time, Monika enjoys walking her exuberant Springer Spaniel, Jessie, and also shares her home with two cats called Oliver and Charlie.
Zosia Spanczak BVetMed MRCVS
Zosia joined the The Lodge Veterinary Centre in November 2016. She graduated from London University in 1985 and has been in Veterinary Practice ever since. Zosia is a very experienced Veterinary Surgeon who has spent a long time working in and around the West Midlands/Warwickshire areas and when she isn’t busy at the surgery she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children and her Spanish Water Dog, Loco.
Lauren Michael BVSC, MRCVS
Lauren is a recent graduate from the University of Liverpool. She joined the Practice team in July 2017 and we are excited to watch her Veterinary Career progress. Lauren is a local girl, hailing from the West Midlands and enjoys spending time outdoors and around horses. Lauren has interests in Medicine and Neurology. We are happy to welcome Lauren to The Lodge Family. Lauren was recently adopted by an abandoned kitten, called Kiwi, who is also settling in to her new environment very well.
Heather O’Hagan RVN
Heather joined our practice in 1990 as a trainee veterinary nurse and qualified in 1994. Since then Heather has had various career breaks while she looked after her three children and we welcomed her back to the practice to work part-time after the birth of her youngest child. Heather has been the point of contact for all Insurance Claims and has trained as a Clinical Coach, having responsibility for training the student Veterinary Nurses. In December 2018, Heather became the Head Nurse, taking over the mantle from Kim, in organising the day to day running of the nursing team and managing the stock and smooth running of the theatres, lab and other equipment. Heather bakes a mean birthday cake!
Kimberley Underhill RVN
Kim joined the practice in 2003 as a trainee veterinary nurse and achieved her nursing qualification in 2008. Kim took maternity leave in 2011, and returned to part time work in 2012 after the birth of her son. Following an internal reshuffle, Kim was promoted to role of Head Nurse, where she was responsible for organising the day to day running of the veterinary side of the practice including stock ordering, nurse training and rotas, and maintaining our theatre and laboratory facilities and equipment, among 1000’s of other things. Kim has recently welcomed her second son to the world and works on a part time basis so she can spend time with her growing family.
Stacey Bennett RVN
Stacey joined us as a student nurse in 2008 but had to suspend her studies to go on maternity leave. Stacey returned to work on a part-time basis in 2009 in order to balance spending time with her new son and to resume her course. She passed her nursing exams in April 2014. Stacey returned to work on a part time basis following the birth of her second child. She has recently increased her hours and will be responsible for overseeing the training of our nurses to national standards as part of our role as an approved training practice.
Vicky Cormell RVN
Vicky originally came to The Lodge as a work experience student for her Animal Care course, and was employed by us in 2012 as a kennel assistant. She became part of the nursing team and has recently been successful in completing the Veterinary Nurse Training and is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse. Vicky has completed the Clinical Coach training, and alongside Vicky and Heather, she will be responsible for mentoring and training our student nurses to the national standards. Vicky has a rescued dog called ‘Hendrix’ and also shares her home with cats, fish and chickens!
Kelly White RVN
Originally from Coventry, Kelly joined The Lodge in January 2015 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and achieved her RVN status in Summer 2018. Kelly will be responsible for dealing with Insurance Claims, as well as assisting the student nurses to improve their knowledge and skills. Kelly has a dog – ‘Tammy’ and a cat named George. In the past Kelly has taken an interest in caring for wildlife, including hand rearing abandoned young animals. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors.
Michelle McCluskey RVN
Originally a student nurse with the Practice, Michelle qualified as an RVN in 2009. She has enjoyed some time travelling and locuming in different practices in the UK and in Australia, including referral practices. A very experienced and skilled nurse, Michelle rejoined the Practice in May 2018 on a full time basis. Currently on Maternity Leave following the arrival of her daughter (on Christmas Day!), Michelle plans to return to work full time in the Summer of 2019. In the meantime, she has her hands full with her growing family and with her amazing Labrador Hugo.
Claire Evans RVN
Claire joined our practice in 2008 as a trainee veterinary nurse and passed her nursing exams in April 2014. Claire left full time employment with the Practice in June 2018, when we lost her to play with horses, but she still comes in to the Practice on a Locum basis at the weekend. In her spare time Claire greatly enjoys horse-riding and walking her dogs ‘Skye’ and ‘Frankie’. She also has a longhaired rescue cat called ‘Boycie’.reading and baking
Amanda joined the Practice in September 2018 as a 2nd year student nurse. She is currently juggling working full time with attending college, writing assignments and completing her nursing log. Amanda is a lively new addition to the team and enjoys spending her down time with her two kittens Muffin and Crumpet.
Emily joined the Practice in February 2018 as a student nurse and commenced her training in September. Emily has previously worked in a kennel environment and is confident dealing with dogs of all sizes. Emily attends college every week and is making good progress in her first year. In her spare time, Emily spends time with her family and her pets, including her rescue kittens, Hugo, Jasper and Florence.
Like Emily, Sarah joined the Practice in February 2018 as a student nurse and commenced her training in September. Sarah is making good progress in her first year. Sarah has previously worked at the Children’s Hospital, so she has been able to take the busy Practice environment in her stride. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and has a variety of pets, including a new family puppy, Mabel the cat and three rabbits, one of which she has hand reared from a baby.
Gill joined the practice as a veterinary nurse in 2001. Gill works part time in our Coleshill surgery and spends the rest of her time looking after her two young children, her dogs including Murphy the three legged Labrador Retriever and numerous cats!
Jo Bradley RVN
Jo first joined the practice as a trainee veterinary nurse in 1988 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1990. By the time Jo left the practice in 2001 to move to the Cotswolds with her family she was our practice manager. The pull of Birmingham was too strong however and we were lucky enough for Jo to come back as our head nurse in August 2006. Following the departure of Lisa Martin to a new and exciting role, Jo has returned to the role of Practice Manager, responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the practice, book-keeping, payroll, accounts and keeping the Practice up to date with current Health and Safety Legislation, RCVS Standards and Employment Law Regulations.
Louise has been with us since 2004 and originally worked part-time doing evenings and weekends. She now looks after Reception Monday to Friday daytimes and does some weekend shifts too. Louise is usually the first port of call for most of our clients, and she also does a fantastic job of organising our Pet Care Plan.
Nic Gee VN
Nic is our longest serving member of staff, having qualified as a veterinary nurse and then returning to the practice as a part time receptionist, usually covering weekday evenings. Nic has a golden Labrador Retriever called Meg and has recently welcomed the arrival of her first grandchild.
We have welcomed Sarah back to working at The Lodge in 2015. Sarah qualified as a VN and previously woked at The Lodge as a nurse. She has now joined our Reception team working on a part-time basis. Sarah has a Dandie Dinmont Terrier called ‘Gracie’ and a Devon Rex cat called ‘Dobby’. Dobby has been known to be an inpatient at the surgery due to his unfortunate habit of eating hair bobbles. On one occasion, 14 were removed from his stomach! Sarah has been actively involved in working alongside therapy organisations and the Police Force as a puppy walker. Last year she was responsible for training Pammie (pictured), a Labrador who was successfully placed as a therapy dog with Dogs for Good. Her new addition Yana, a black Labrador puppy, has some big shoes to fill!
“Auntie” Carole is by far the most important member of staff; not only does she keep the practice spotlessly clean, she also makes endless cups of tea and coffee for staff and clients. Every practice should have one!
Mandy joined the practice in 2016 and shares the role of ‘domestic goddess’ with Carole. She is a pet lover and has always had dogs, and has recently rescued one from Birmingham Dogs Home. In her spare time Mandy loves days out in the countryside.
Steve joined the Practice in January 2017 as our Maintenance Man. He is very adept at all kinds of DIY and is responsible for maintaining the Practice environment and updating the decor. Steve is a busy husband and father and enjoys travelling with his family.
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Hodge Hill Surgery
Monday – Friday
8.30am – 7.00pm
8.30am – 3.00pm
9.30am - 12pm
(Every other Sunday)
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 11.00am
4.00pm – 6.30pm
There is a limited surgery for urgent appointments for existing clients on Bank Holidays (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), which can be booked by telephoning the surgery between 9.30 and 11.45am on the day. Outside of these times, the Practice's Out of Hours Provision applies.