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About Us

Veterinary Surgeons & Nurses

Patrick Queally - Clinical Director

Patrick hails from Ireland and qualified from University College Dublin. Patrick's main interest is in surgery and ultrasound imaging, and he is studying for an advanced qualification in small animal surgery.

Ruth Hedden - Clinical Director

Ruth graduated from Cambridge University with degrees in Zoology and Veterinary Medicine in 2009 before moving to the south west to start work in mixed practice. She joined the Albert Cottage team in 2011 and enjoys looking after pets of all sizes from Great Danes to Hamsters. Outside of work, she loves walking with Remy the Cocker Spaniel, talking to Tibby the African Grey parrot and chasing Muddy the naughty Hermann's Tortoise around the garden.

Aisling O'Keeffe - Veterinary Surgeon

Aisling (also known as Ash), qualified in Dublin, Ireland and initially worked in a feline-only veterinary hospital in Cork. She moved to Cornwall in 2016 and began working here at Albert Cottage. She's currently studying for her Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour and is our Cat Advocate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her pets; dogs Millie and Suzie, cat Xena and hamster Chewy, along with cycling and walking around the moors.

Freya Carlson - Veterinary Surgeon

Freya graduated from Nottingham University in 2013. She spent her first few years as a mixed vet here in the South West before heading off to Australia. On returning home, Freya has settled back into the outdoor interests that the region offers and can often be found running around the moors and coast.

Veterinary Nursing Team

Kelly Stewart - Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kelly has worked at the practice since 2012 and became Head Nurse in February 2016. Her special interests are feline behaviour and exotics anaesthesia. Outside of work, her two cats keep her busy and she enjoys swimming, kayaking and reading.

Kat Evans - Veterinary Nurse

Kat qualified in 2012 and has worked at the practice since 2009. Her special interests include emergency and critical care nursing and weight clinics. Outside of work, she enjoys keeping active, including swimming and exploring Cornwall. 

Selina MacDonald - Veterinary Nurse

Qualified RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse).


Veterinary Nurses, Trainees & Receptionists

Jane Jackson - Veterinary Nurse

Jane has worked at the practice since 2005 but left for a while in 2012 to have her little boy. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a special interest in wound management. She is a Clinical Coach and so tutors veterinary nurse students throughout their training. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and spending time with her cat Diesel.

Kirsty Lenson Veterinary Nurse

Kirsty graduated from Duchy College in 2015, where she studied Veterinary Nursing and Animal Health. She enjoys nurse clinics, especially in nutrition advice and weight management and is planning further study in these areas. At home, Kirsty enjoys spending time with her two cats, rabbit and her horse, who she likes to ride as often as possible.

Jackie Martin - Veterinary Nurse

Jackie found her vocation quite late in life and qualified as an RVN in 2012. She is passionate about animals and really enjoys the interaction with both owners and pets. Nurse clinics, surgery and canine behaviour are amongst the best aspects of being an RVN in Jackie's opinion. Life at home with her grandchildren keeps her very busy and included in her household is a little old dog, called Gizmo and a cat called Badger.
Holly Gilbert - Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Holly is a student veterinary nurse, currently studying at Duchy College and aiming to qualify as an RVN in early 2018. Holly has a particular interest in emergency care and surgical nursing within the practice and hopes to study these areas further once qualified. Outside of work Holly enjoys spending time with family and friends, and walking her Beagle, Milo.
Bridie Head - Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Info to follow..
Stephanie Leonard

- Head Receptionist

Head of reception and Administration at Albert Cottage.


Lisa Davis - Receptionist

Lisa enjoys working as a receptionist and loves meeting and greeting all of our pets, but is particularly keen on a Miniature Dachshund! At home, Lisa lives with a husky and Charlie, a cat she got from Albert Cottage through the Cats Protection.


Tina Polatch - Receptionist

Rachel Perrin - Receptionist

Jen Carroll - Receptionist

Mandy Smee - Receptionist