Meet the Team

Ros (Vet)
Ros qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1992 and has owned Cootes since 2002. She grew up in the area and went to Chailey Secondary School. She is very proud of the 'Cootes family' we have created and of all her staff. She strives to deliver an excellent standard of care for your pets and always tries to treat your pets as she would want her own to be treated. She is the owner of a bouncy, chocolate Labrador called Lulu.

Laurel (Vet)

Laurel graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006.  She has worked in small animal practice since then, initially in Essex before moving to East Sussex.  She has a particular interest in rabbits, small mammals and exotic pets.

She enjoys comedy, amateur dramatics, bird watching and looking after the wildlife in her garden.

Sue (Vet)

Sue qualified in 1997 and has been one of our part-time vet team since she moved from Cambridge to East Sussex in 2010.

She loves the variety and challenges of working in first opinion general practice and enjoys the happy, caring atmosphere at Cootes. She has two children and a garden to keep her busy outside work.  Over the years Sue has had a range of pets but currently the family includes a particularly cute hamster called Smidge and three hens, Dippy, Nugget and Beryl, who have recently moved in. 

Becky (Practice Manager)

Becky joined Cootes in March 2016 taking over from Emma who has moved on to a different career path. Becky came from a domiciliary care back ground where she worked up from being a carer to being an assistant manager. She then decided to pursue her career in veterinary management with Cootes.

Becky owns a black Lab called Dray (who is 15) and a Lurcher called Tyrus who she has hand reared whilst here at Cootes

Amanda (Registered Veterinary Nurse)

Amanda knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinary nurse. She started her training once leaving school and completed her prevet nursing year 1 qualification at a practice in Burgess Hill. Amanda then moved to Cootes in 2004 and qualified as a VN in 2006.

Amanda moved away with her husband and then another little person joined their family. She has recently returned to Cootes in September 2015 and is enjoying her place settling back into a familiar role again.

Amanda enjoys the varied aspect of her job and particularly loves inpatient care.

Nicky (Vet)

Nicky qualified in 2009 and works as a regular locum for us. She grew up in Sussex and has worked in several small animal practices in the area. 


Nicky has a springer spaniel called Sam who keeps her busy with long walks in the countryside out of work.


She also loves travelling, cooking and eating!

Gemma (Registered Veteriary Nurse)

Gemma recently moved to the area and started at Cootes back in August 2018. She trained at MYF in Aldershot, and then qualified as an RVN in 2017 at Brelades in Dorking.


Gemma enjoys spending time with her family, and owns multiple animals at home incluing 2 Labrador's, 2 cats and a hamster called Chewie Apple!

Sam (Receptionist & Nursing Assistant)

More commonly known as Cinder's, you will usually find Sam on the reception desk. Sam have been at Cootes for over 20 years so has seen the practice grown from a quiet clinic to the thriving practice we have today.

Her main responsibilities are on the reception desk, customer care, dispensing and the buying of producs and re-stocking. Sam also advises on dietary requirements and is qualified SQP which means she can prescribe and dispense certain categories of drugs.

Sam lives in Burgess Hill with her husband and daughter and they are a very active family. They love to run and work out and enjoy extreme sport days. Sam's daughter is a javelin thrower for Sussex so they spend a lot of time travelling to athletic meets around the country.

She have a little patterdale terrier called Ned who comes to work with her, is spoilt rotten and usually hangs out with Lulu the chocolate Labrador in the office.

Sarah (Receptionist & Nursing Assistant)

Sian (Receptionist & Nursing Assistant)

Sian recently joined the Cootes team back in July 2018, and is very much enjoying this new career path after graduating from Bath Spa University, completing a 3 year degree in Theatre Production (BA Hons).


Sian has grown up surrounded with dogs in the family, and owns three at home with her parents and sister: Benson the Golden Retriever, Binkie who is a mix of 5 breeds, and Keke the Cockerpoo.

Amy (Registered Veterinary Nurse)

Alicia (Student Veterinary Nurse)

Avril (Receptionist & Nursing Assistant)

Avril and her family have lived in Burgess Hill for twenty six years and for the last fifteen, she has worked as a Veterinary Receptionist, joining Cootes in May 2013. As an animal lover she has a number of pets, two long haired cats - Tumble and Treacle a short haired rescue cat called Whizzy, and a rescued house Rabbit called Daisy. She also has a pond with a variety of fish including five Koi.

Interests include riding, reading, gardening, patchwork and she is a qualified Padi Scuba Diver.

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