Monday 8.30 - 6.30
Tuesday 8.30 - 6.30
Wednesday 8.30 - 5.30
Thursday 8.30 - 6.30
Friday 8.30 - 6.30
Saturday 9.00 - 12.30
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About Us at Number 1 Vets

James Cadwallader BVSc MRCVS
James Cadwallader

I was educated in Newcastle under Lyme then at Liverpool University where I gained my BVSc. I worked in Lichfield for 11 years at Pool House Veterinary Hospital where I decided to concentrate on small animal veterinary care.

I've lived in the area for most of my life, mostly in Market Drayton then after university it's been Lichfield and Armitage. I was schooled at Newcastle under Lyme before having a year out and studying at Liverpool University. Afterwards I moved to Lichfield and started work in a mixed practice. I slowly saw the light and developed my interest in small animal medicine. After 2 years I became a purely small animal vet and have dedicated myself to that ever since.

I moved out of the area a year ago but before long realised how much I missed the area and decided to move back.  There was no question over where I would start my own practice and provide the care and attention the pets of Staffordshire deserve. In the interim between buying and converting The Britannia I did locum work all over the country. I feel that this has given me invaluable experience seeing how other practices are or organised and how they manage their businesses and provide for their clients.

I met and married my wife locally, regularly mountain bike around "the Dog" or  "the Monkey" up at Birches Valley. I've had pets all of my life and I know the bonds we all form with our animals. I still maintain my first Border collie, Fly, helped me through my final year at university. Feelings like that mean I understand why people demand the highest levels of care for their pets which is what I will be striving to provide.

On a personal level, as well as the mountain biking, I enjoy skiing, dog walking and to relax I often read or cook! My wife and I have another Collie now, Mojo, who is usually working hard in reception as well as our cats. Because of my love of the outdoors I will also promise to recycle as much paper, cardboard and tin as possible, something I believe more businesses should do.

Sam Boyce RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse

Sam Boyce RVN

Hi my name is Sam, and I am the head veterinary nurse here at Number 1 vets.
Here is a little bit about me, I Started my nursing career after leaving school in 1996,I enrolled at Rodbaston college and completed my diploma in animal care gaining a distinction , after this I enrolled on the pre veterinary nursing course and then moved on to start my veterinary nurse training.

During this time I was in practice gaining a variety of experience as a veterinary nurse, and in 2005 I became a fully qualified veterinary nurse.

I have worked in both small animal and mixed practices, and have nursed many different animals from mice to alpaca’s!

After 12+ years of nursing I still continue to enjoy my career, and continue to increase my nursing skills and knowledge by carrying out further CPD, this has included advance nursing of rabbits, veterinary health care adviser, and an assessor qualification which enables me to teach student veterinary nurses.

I pride myself in delivering the care and compassion for your animals as I would expect for my own, I have high clinical standards.

When I am not here, I am at home with my husband and two children, my cat Vinnie, my 2 staffies Alfie and Red.

Laura Hicks RVN
Laura Hicks RVN

I am a local girl to the Rugeley area, from Brereton, but now living close to town.

Upon leaving school I studied for a National Diploma in Animal Care.  This gave me a wide range of animal knowledge with which to use as a base to begin my nursing career.

I began my nursing journey by working at Pool House Veterinary Hospital in Lichfield.  I completed an Animal Nursing Assistant course at Distinction level then continued on working within the practice for a total of 6 years, where I completed my Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship becoming a qualified and Registered Veterinary Nurse with an array of experience with surgical, medical and emergency treatment.

I have worked here since opening in 2011 and am very proud to have brought my career to my home town to help in providing a welcoming and caring service to local pet owners.  My interests within practice lie in many different fields of veterinary care, and I have completed further training in subjects such as pet diabetes, laboratory work and anaesthesia.  I am also a Clinical Coach which involves supporting and guiding the Student Nurses through their training.

I happily share my home with my husband and also a variety of pets, two black cats; Sabbath and Hendrix, two bearded dragons; Bill and Ted and a rabbit; Siouxsie.

Away from work I have an active social life where music plays a big part.  I enjoy attending music festivals and concerts wherever possible, including those involving the band in which my husband plays.  I am also an active member of Girlguiding within Rugeley and attend regular Guide meetings, events and also large international camps.

Zoey Roach RVN
Zoey Roach RVN

Hello! My name is Zoey and I am a registered veterinary nurse here at number 1 vets, joining the team in June 2016.

My love of working with animals originated at the border collie trust where I once had a Saturday job as a teen. I decided 1 wanted to do more to help all animals and made the decision to become a veterinary nurse

In 2008 I became a student veterinary nurse following 2 years in practice gaining experience as an animal nursing assistant. I became a fully qualified veterinary nurse, turned 21 and married the love of my life in 2010.

I have ½ a dog called Donna (Labrador), who we look after when her owners go abroad. My parents also have 2 German shepherds called Tess and Sid who I like to give love nips and play! I enjoy day trips with my friends, husband and children – Llandudno is a favourite with Dawlish coming a close 2nd. I also enjoy mountain biking up the chase around “follow the dog” and hoping to attempt “the monkey” soon! I have 3 small boys all under the age of 5, one of which now attends school.

As a veterinary nurse I hope to bring comfort, compassion, and understanding to all owners whilst focusing on the patient. I hope to enter into my Diploma nursing this year to further my education in veterinary nursing.

Emily Rawlinson
Emily Rawlinson

I first started here at Number 1 vets in 2012 as a veterinary care assistant studying at Rodbaston College three days a week and gaining invaluable experience working here at number 1 vets two days a week.  After passing the veterinary care assistant course at distinction level I went on to study here as a student nurse.

Since an early age I have always been surrounded by animals and this is where my love and passion for all things furry came from.  I now share my home with four cats two of which came into the practice as orphan’s and required nursing and hand rearing from three weeks of age, this I found very rewarding. I also have three dog’s a Golden Retriever, Jack Russell, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. My cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Albert” was born and delivered by James the vet and Sam the head nurse via emergency caesarean section three years ago.

Outside of work I have a keen interest in horse riding and this has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy competing on my Welsh Section C pony “George” and also have a young homebred filly called “Elsa” who I hope to compete in future years.

In August 2015 I travelled to South Africa and volunteered on a “big 5” game reserve with wild and endangered species for two weeks. This was an amazing experience and I have no doubts that I will return to Africa in the future.

I am due to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse by the end of 2016.

Emily Brindle
Emily Brindle

I’m from a local village where I grew up and still live now. After leaving school I studied at Rodbaston College and qualified as a Veterinary care assistant in July 2014

I’ve always had a keen interest in animals and have various pets of my own including my rabbit Cena who had his eye surgically removed due to Glaucoma by James earlier this year. I also have another rabbit called Ray who is a Netherland dwarf, two guinea pigs Bon and Dave and finally two rescue cats Randy and Binx.

Out side of work, another passion of mine is art, specifically life drawing. I like artists whose work is a bit out of the ordinary and work to quite a large scale. I look to expand on my skills and begin night classes in the near future.

I have been at the practice for coming up to four years and  love working here. We have fab clients that we get to know and a team that works well together creating a lovely place to work

Natalie Burkitt
Natalie Burkitt

I grew up in Stone, Staffordshire where I still live now with my partner. After finishing high school, I stayed on at sixth form. I have always known that I wanted to spend my life working with animals and have a strong interest in understanding physiology, which is why I chose to pursue a career in veterinary nursing.

I have gained valuable experience over a one year period, handling and working with cats and dogs at a boarding kennels. I then started working here at Number 1 vets as a Saturday receptionist, along side my kennel maid job, before being offered full time employment as a receptionist/general assistant. I am now 6 months into my veterinary nursing course and I am thoroughly enjoying the hands on approach to learning.

Me and my partner share our home with two mischievous house rabbits, Vera and Humphrey and a super bossy rescue cat called Ralf. When these three aren’t keeping me on my toes, I enjoy leading a fairly active and busy life.

Isobel Crowther
Isobel Crowther

I have lived in Lichfield for 6 years. I studied at The Arthur Terry School and once I had achieved my GCSE’s I went on to study at The Arthur Terry Sixth Form. Whilst studying for my A-levels, in my spare time I worked at a dog boarding kennels as I knew I wanted to pursue a career in animals after my A-levels had ended.

I have always grown up in an animal loving household. I currently live with two adorable border collies; Masie and Milo, a Burman; Archie one gerbil; Lola and three dwarf hamsters.  I feel this has massively contributed to my interest in animal health and welfare. Recently I attained a place at Robaston College to start studying for my Veterinary Care Assistant course in September 2016. I enjoy travelling and learning about other cultures whenever I can. Some of my favourite destinations are; Turkey, The Bahamas and of course Disneyland! In my spare time I also enjoy reading, baking and I love to ski. 

Mojo - Our Receptionist

Mojo is our furry receptionist who’s always happy to help and entertain clients and animals alike, he is the second Border Collie to perform this role at Number 1 Vets.

Out of work Mojo loves to go mountain biking with his Mum and Dad.



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“I am a small animal clinician concentrating on looking after your pets rather than trying to care for all species. I am helped by a team of qualified, experienced veterinary nurses to care and attend to your pets' veterinary care, health and happiness! I will be providing my own emergency cover so your pet will see your vet when they need help out of hours!”

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