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.

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.

Lisa Elliott BVet Med (Hons) Cert AVP (SAM) MRCVS

I studied at the Royal Veterinary College in London, graduating in 2006. Originally from the New Forest I moved to the Midlands after graduation to work in mixed animal practice. The last 14 years I have been working in small animal practice in the Midlands. I have a strong interest in internal medicine and ultrasonography. I gained my post graduate certificate in small animal medicine in 2016 from the University of Liverpool.

Dinithri Jayawardena BVM&S MRCVS

I grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2015. I began my veterinary career in a busy mixed animal practice and since have been travelling and locuming around New Zealand. I decided to join Number 1 Vets in August 2021 after meeting the lovely and enthusiastic team here. I enjoy helping with any case presented to me but especially surgical ones including Orthopaedics such as cruciate ligament damage, TPLO procedure (tibial plateau levelling osteotomy) and BOAS procedures (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, scuba-diving and camper-vanning to explore new places.

Esme Campbell BVetMed MRCVS

I live in the rolling hills of Shropshire with my husband. I enjoy hiking, baking (the former to allow the latter), motor sports and silk painting.

Esme graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017 and has worked in small animal practice since. She loves the variety of cases, learning opportunities and number of spaniels that working in general practice brings. Outside of work

Esme is kept busy by her sprocker spaniel Polly, Belington whippet Milky, and rabbit Clive. In her spare time she enjoys running and catching up on The Archers!

Hillary Trish RVN

Hi, I’m Hillary; I joined the practice after qualifying in July 2020. I enjoy all aspects of nursing especially anaesthesia and client care.

Outside of work I enjoy baking, running and going to gigs. At home I have a cat, Matilda, 2 Guinea Pigs, Cheese and Pickle and a Giant African land snail, Guylian.

Holly Powell RVN

I’m Holly and I live with my partner and 2 dogs, Boo, a Tibetan spaniel with attitude and Ragnar the Korthals Griffen who is a big oaf!

I received my nursing degree from Pershore College in 2016 but have been nursing for 8 years now and still absolutely love it; no day is ever the same.

Whilst I enjoy all aspects of nursing I have a special passion for orthopaedics and rehabilitation. I am currently studying for my physiotherapy diploma with TCAP to help further my passion.

Megan Austin RVN

Hi, my names Megan and I’m a vet nurse here at Number 1 Vets. Studied at Nottingham Trent University at the Brackenhurst campus.

My favourite thing about studying here is the lovely countryside scenery and all the animals that live on campus!

In my spare time I enjoy taking my 2 Lurchers and Jack Russell for long walks and spending time with my friends.

Sammy Bailey SVN

My name is Sammy, I started here as a receptionist in 2019. I am now studying for my Veterinary Nursing assistant qualification and hope to go on to my nursing qualification afterwards. I’ve had many different pets growing up, but small furriers are my favourite. I am enjoying learning new things on the job in this varied role.

Mojo and Storm
Mojo and Storm

Our furry receptionist acquired a brother during lockdown! This happy pair are happy to help and entertain clients and animals alike. This duo are now the 2nd and 3rd Border Collies to have this role at Number 1 Vets. When not at work they love to go mountain biking with 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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