Meet the Team

We have a large caring and professional team at Uplands Way Vets, consisting of Client Care professionals, Veterinary Care Assistants, Registered Veterinary Nurses, Veterinary Surgeons and Administrative professionals. Each member of our team cares deeply about animal welfare and will treat your pet as if they were their own.

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    Clare Barker

    Practice Manager


    Clare started as a nursing student at our Attleborough branch in 1999. She qualified in 2002 and has worked at a variety of practices since then as both a Veterinary Nurse and a Head Veterinary Nurse.

    She started working as a Practice Manager in 2010 and returned to Uplands Way in 2018. She has a mischief of 3 ferrets, Fiji, Wilson and Hoyt, a grumpy 17 year old tortoiseshell called Kate, a majestic black cat called Kennedy and a ginger kitten called Carter .

    In her spare time, she loves to bake the most amazingly decorated cakes for the team!

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    Emily Philpot

    Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Emily joined Uplands Way in 2015 and has been leading the small animal nursing team since 2018.

    She is particularly interested in wildlife, inpatient care and offering exceptional customer service.

    She has a penchant for old rescues of all shapes and sizes, resulting in a vast menagerie of animals ranging from a flock of chickens, to rats, to dogs and cats!

    Her side hustle is making and selling items inspired by the things she finds on dogs walks and various jaunts around the country.

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    Shannon Burdett

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Shannon joined Uplands at the end of 2020 after recently qualifying as a veterinary nurse.She has particular interests in feline nursing, laboratory diagnostics and inpatient care.

    Shannon has two rescue cats both acquired from working within veterancy practice, called Pickle and Chutney.

    In her spare time, Shannon enjoys gaming, the outdoors and being creative by making one-of-a-kind pieces out of resin.

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    Esme Ladds

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Esme is a newly qualified nurse who has been working at uplands for 3 years during her degree.

    Esme particularly enjoys caring for hospitalised patients and doing nurse consultations.

    Out of work, Esme loves attending festivals and music concerts. When she’s not dancing in a crowd, Esme spends time with her dog Hector, together they often go for beach walks around the Norfolk coast.

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    Charlotte Wright

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Charlotte started nursing in 2017 and joined Uplands Way in July 2022 after recently qualifying from Dick White Academy. She has a particular interest in exotics and radiography.

    She has a Pug called Maverick and loves taking him on adventures, especially to the beach.

    She also enjoys travelling, baking and spending time with friends.

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    Sam Williams

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    As of September 2022 I began my studies as a student veterinary nurse at the College of Animal Welfare, Cambridge Campus. I have a BSc hons Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a Level 3 National Diploma in Animal Care and Management. All my life I have wanted to do everything I could to protect and save animals and the environment. I have a background in various animal care roles, wildlife rescue/rehabilitation, conservation and I have worked with animals all round the world. I have 3 rescue ferrets and in my spare time I enjoy snowboarding, visiting new places and creating up-cycled Art.

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    Amy Howard

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Amy has been volunteering at Uplands since September 2020 and is now training to be a Veterinary Care Assistant.

    When she’s not at the vets she is busy raising her 4 children who ask her hundreds of questions about the animals she encounters at work. She has 3 cats, 3 guinea pigs and 2 rabbits of her own and in her spare time she enjoys walking, gardening, drinking a cup of tea in peace and sleeping.

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    Stacey Lamb

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Stacey has been at Uplands since October 2017. She has always had a passion for animals. She has previously worked in the equine industry for 9 years and has worked within the veterinary industry as a receptionist for the past 3 years. She loves her job,and her lifelong dream is to become a small animal veterinary nurse.

    An interesting fact? She used to live in the USA!

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    Rebecca Cornell

    Kennel Assistant

    Rebecca has been working at Uplands Way Vets for 5 years. She adores cats and has 2 of her own. She also has guinea pigs, hamsters and tropical fish at home which she looks after with the help of her two daughters. She enjoys long walks and meeting friends for coffee.

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    Marta Patajewicz

    Head of Client Care Team

    Marta joined the client care team in 2021. She is currently completing her final year of an Animal Behaviour degree. Her main interests are dog behaviour and training. She has a goldendoodle called Bruce who loves mind games and running around in the woods. Bruce goes on every holiday with Marta and her partner.

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    Helen Knighton

    Client Care Team

    Helen started with Uplands Way in September 2006 at the Stanton branch and transferred to the Bressingham branch in 2020. Brought up in a farming environment she has always been surrounded by animals. Helen has 4 llamas, a retired racehorse, 10 cows, 2 geese and a cat! One day she hopes to learn how to spin the llama fibre and make something useful!

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    Marie Spinks

    Client Care Team

    Marie joins our team with 20 years experience in customer care. She lives in Upper Marham with her partner, their 3 cats, Merlin, Winnie, Mickey and new puppy Roo. As you can tell by their names she loves Disney!

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    Gaby Holder

    Client Care Team

    Gaby has always had an interest in animals and had lots of pets throughout her childhood. She currently has a dog, 2 cats, a chicken, a rabbit, a cockatiel, and many fish. In her spare time, she likes to read and spend time with her friends, family, and pets. She also enjoys listening to music. Her favourite animals are pigs.

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    Lisa Robinson

    Accounts Assistant

    Lisa joined us in 2019 having worked as a veterinary receptionist since 2003. She has years of experience in various aspects of the veterinary world and particularly enjoys solving account queries and insurance claims. Although she doesn’t currently have any pets, she has two young children that keep her on her toes. Lisa enjoys baking, embroidery and reading in her spare time, if she ever gets five minutes peace!

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    Margaret Stocker

    Pharmacy Assistant

    Margaret is our longest standing team member. She has worked for Uplands Way Vets for 23 years! Margaret runs our pharmacy but had a previous life as a landlady of a public house. She enjoys escape rooms and the occasional gin and tonic in her spare time.