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 and is currently working towards a Certificate in Veterinary Dentistry. He has also completed the Veterinary Graduate Development Programme to support new graduates in the 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 Mentoring younger staff and Soft Tissue Surgery. Catherine is currently completing the Veterinary Graduate Development Programme to support new graduates in the Practice. When Catherine isn’t working she keeps busy looking after her three children and her various dogs and cats.
Catherine became a Practice Partner in May 2011.
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, children and extended family and new puppy, Aero.
Lauren Davis BVSC, MRCVS
Lauren graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 and joined the Practice as a new graduate. We have been excited to watch her veterinary career progress and she is an extremely able vet, who is equally skilled in both medical and surgical disciplines. Lauren has particular interests in Medicine and Neurology. She is a local girl, hailing from the West Midlands and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Lauren has recently married her long term partner, Matt. Shortly after joining the Practice, Lauren was adopted by a feisty kitten, named Kiwi, who rules the roost.
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 eldest son. After working hard in the senior position of Head Nurse, Kim stepped back from the role on the arrival of her second child and now works on a part time administrative basis so she can spend time with her growing family. Kim and her family were recently adopted by a stray kitten called Bobbie, who is making the most of her new home. Kim has an amazing talent for baking and has created some delicious goodies, with which she raises funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Stacey Hargreaves 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 has taken on the role of Head Nurse, becoming responsible for overseeing day to day activities, ordering of supplies and ensuring the smooth running of the Practice alongside the training of our nurses, as a Clinical Coach. Stacey has a busy social life with her children and extended family and the family dog Oakley.
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 qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2017. Vicky has completed the Clinical Coach training, and alongside Stacey and Kelly, she is responsible for mentoring and training our student nurses to the national standards. Vicky is charge of the Laboratory equipment in the Practice, including ordering of supplies and routine maintenance. Vicky has a rescued dog called ‘Hendrix’ and has recently become engaged to her long term partner, Dan.
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 is a Clinical Coach and, alongside Stacey and Vicky, is responsible for supporting student nurses through their training. Kelly has an interest in caring for wildlife, including hand rearing abandoned young animals. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors and has recently welcomed a new puppy, Mavis, into her family to terrorise the collection of cats she has rescued over the years.
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. In her spare time Claire greatly enjoys horse-riding and walking her rescue dog ‘Pippa’ as well as spending time with her extended family and friends.
Emily Kelly RVN
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 passed her Veterinary Nursing exams in the summer of 2022. In her spare time, Emily spends time with her family and her pets, including her rescue kittens, Hugo, Jasper and Florence. Emily has recently been blessed with the new addition of a Golden Retriever puppy called Owen.
Gill joined the practice as a veterinary nurse in 2001. As a long standing member of the Practice Team, Gill works part time in our Coleshill surgery and keeps it running smoothly. She spends the rest of her time looking after her two children and her dogs Spider and Dexter. Gill enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family, having exciting adventures.
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. In her spare time, Jo enjoys exploring north of the border and is a keen reader and camper.
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. Louise is usually the first port of call for most of our clients, and is a friendly, familiar face at even the most difficult of times. She is a very experienced member of the team who seems able to juggle the multiple needs of the Reception desk with a skilled hand. Louise enjoys spending time with her family and her diva of a cat, Margo.
Nic Gee VN
We welcomed Sarah back to working at The Lodge in 2015. Sarah qualified as a VN and previously worked at The Lodge as a nurse. She joined our Reception team working on a part-time basis. Sarah has had many different pets over the years and currently shares her home with two very posh cats called Dobby and Hamilton. 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. She was responsible for training Pammie (pictured), Yana and Marlin on behalf of Dogs for Good as well as Yeats, a Springer Spaniel, who went on to become a working Police Dog, Sarah is currently enjoying her new Dogs for Good puppy, Java.
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 undertaken various roles within the Practice, from Insurance Claims Handler, Clinical Coach, and Head Nurse but has recently chosen to take a step back from clinical work and is now part of our Reception Team at the Coleshill Branch Surgery. Heather currently shares her home with her family, including Mabel the Dandie Dinmont. Heather is a keen baker in her down time and enjoys an active social life with her friends and family.
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 COVID HOURS
Monday – Friday
9am – 6.00pm
9.00am – 12.00pm
Monday – Friday
9.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesdays (commencing 6.9.23)
From January 2024 the Coleshill Surgery Hours will be as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm
Tuesday, Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm only
Bank Holiday Surgery Hours
Bank Holidays 2023
Both surgeries will be closed on Bank Holidays during 2023. In the event of an emergency, please contact our Out of Hours Provision at The Willows Veterinary Centre on 0121 712 7071.