Monday 8.30 - 6.30
Tuesday 8.30 - 6.30
Wednesday 8.30 - 6.30
Thursday 8.30 - 6.30
Friday 8.30 - 6.30
Saturday 9.00 - 5.00 (Closed 1.00-2.00)

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.

Claire Hughes – BVSc
Claire Hughes - BVSc

Hi! I grew up in Lancashire and graduated from Liverpool University in 2016. Since then I have worked in small animal practice in both Lancashire and New Zealand, where I worked and travelled for 6 months and had a brilliant time. 

Over the summer, I relocated to Penkridge and I am really enjoying life down here in Staffordshire and being part of the great Number 1 vets team! 

I (so far) have 2 Guinea pigs at home who I have rescued/adopted  named Alice and Wendy, with my partner fully expecting that our brood will expand as my years at work progress! 

Outside of work I enjoy countryside walks with my family, yoga, water sports and baking.

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.

Natalie Burkitt – RVN
Natalie Burkitt

I grew up in Stone, Staffordshire, and still live close by with my grumpy guinea pig, Dave. After finishing high school, I stayed on at sixth form to complete my A-levels. I have always known that I wanted to spend my life working with animals and have a strong interest in physiology, this 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 then went on to complete my Level 3 Diploma in veterinary nursing and qualified over the summer, 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on approach to learning.

Charlotte Stokes – RVN
Charlotte Stokes

I grew up in the local village of Hednesford where I live with my parents and 2 sisters. I have always known I wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse and after leaving school in 2014, I went to Rodbaston to persue that dream. I started with the Veterinary Care Assistant course which lasted a year before moving onto the Level 3 Dipolma in Veterinary Nursing. I have been working in different practices since 2015 and became a qualified Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in August 2018. In my spare time I like to attend concerts and cuddle my German Shepherd Logan, after a long day at work. My favourite bands are The Killers, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Nirvana.

My biggest interests at work are surgery and I love spending time with patients during nurse clinics. Now I have qualified I plan to do extra CPD on anaesthesia, emergency and critical care and Exotics. I also plan to become a Clinical coach to help train other students undertaking the Level 3 dipolma in Veterinary Nursing. After gaining more experience I would really like to travel to different continents to use my qualification for animals that do not recieve the care that we can give in the UK. There are many consivations in Asia and Africa that offer once in a life time experiences which would be amazing to be able to do.

Charlotte Goodwin
Charlotte Goodwin

I live in Bromley Wood, Abbots Bromley on a dairy farm with my parents and little brother, every day is different, I love helping out on the farm with every aspect of farm life.

I was very lucky to start working at Number 1 Vets in July 2017 and I started attending Rodbaston College in September, where I am studying to be a veterinary nurse – my dream job. The course is breathtakingly interesting and fits in perfectly with my work here at the practice.

I have 2 cats with extremely different personalities. Tipsy is a very shy cat and scared of her own shadow and Mr Tibbles – who I hand reared from 3 days old, is a very outgoing character and is best friends with my 10 months old black k Labrador, Trixie. I also have a donkey called Caesar who loves to play with Trixie.

Megan Jackson-Lea
Helena Kemble

My name is Megan and I'm from the local area- Hednesford where I live with my mom stepdad and brother. After school I stayed at sixth form then went onto university to complete an Animal Management degree. After completing work experience for two weeks in Yorkshire, I realised I wanted to peruse a career in veterinary nursing. I am currently a student veterinary care assistant and will then go on to complete the veterinary nursing course. At home we live with my border collie Alfie and our five rescue cats; Bella, Socks, Cow, Em and Smudge.

Sibon Coley
Helena Kemble

My name is Sibon, I have recently joined Number 1 Vets as a second year student Veterinary Nurse. Before this, I was a veterinary care assistant and I have also carried out voluntary work for the PDSA. Since I left school it has always been an ambition of mine to become a Veterinary Nurse, despite the fact I am qualified in other career paths! My main interests are; theatre and intense nursing care although I love all aspects of my job. I live nearby, in Stafford with my partner, our daughter, three dogs and a cat. I hope to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the next year and then further my skills and knowledge here at Number 1 vets.

Helena Kemble
Helena Kemble

I have lived in Rugeley my whole live. After school i went to college to do Graphic Design and then on to The University of Derby. In my last year I fell pregnant. After completing my course I was a full time Mum and working part-time at a local business. My son Cole is now 6 years old and I wanted to persue my dream of working in a veterinary practice.

I started to do some work experience here in January and loved it. I am now training to be Veterinary Care Assistant and will then go onto do my nurse training.

I am the owner to a beautiful blue staffie called Dexter. I have 2 fabulous acts called Felix and Binxy who are both rescued.

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!”

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