The practice is owned and staffed by Rupert Symes and Lorna Clark. With over 30 years of veterinary experience between them, your pet is in safe hands!

Our Friendly Team


Rupert Symes MBA BVSc MRCVS

I grew up on a farm in Suffolk and trained at Bristol University Vet School. After graduating, I worked at a mixed practice in Staffordshire for seven years before becoming senior vet at PDSA Nottingham for 12 years.
I have three children and a dog called Ebba. I have an interest in ear disease and surgery, and quite like a fracture repair to keep me on my toes! When I’m not at work you’ll probably find me at my allotment.


Lorna Clark BA (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

I trained at the Royal Veterinary College, London and after graduating I worked predominantly in small animal practice, in both the private and charitable sectors. I live in East Leake with my husband and two children, three dogs, a cat, four tortoises, two gerbils and a pair of
Axolotls. When I’m not at work I love baking, cycling and open-water swimming – though not at the same time!
I really enjoy integrating the practice with the local community and have loved getting to know our customers and their pets. I would describe myself as very much a general practitioner, though I have a keen interest in dentistry and soft tissue surgery.


Gudrun Meisl MRCVS

I have worked in small animal practice for 30 years, most of the time in charity practice where I met Rupert and Lorna. I joined Pinfold in 2020 part time. Outside of work I enjoy cycling, triathlon and painting.


Chloe Bonsell MRCVS

Hello, some of you may know me already, but my name is Chloe! I graduated from Nottingham Vet School in July 2020.

I bought a house locally (although I have lived in Leicester all my life) and I am a big Leicester City fan. If I am not watching the football, then I am commonly playing on the Xbox or tending to my beehive! My latest fascination is discovering new vegan cooking recipes. Along with the bees, I also have three rabbits, Foxy, Grey-Joy and Dorothy!

I love general first opinion practice and know that Pinfold Vets is a great place with a great ethos and I am looking forward to my future here with a fantastic team. I seem to really enjoy diagnostic imaging, especially ultrasound examinations


Debbie Evanson MRCVS

I qualified from Liverpool in 1992 and spent my first three years in mixed practice, (treating everything from camels to tarantulas!) before I made the decision to concentrate on Small Animal Practice and move to Derbyshire.

I enjoy the variety of being a general practitioner, but I have a special interest in Ophthalmology and Soft Tissue Surgery. When not at work I enjoy walking in the Peak District, baking, gardening and travelling.

My brother and his family live in Sydney and my recent travel has been exploring and meeting the amazing wildlife in Australia, but I have also been on Safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe and visited the Tiger Sanctuary in Thailand.
I am a member of the WWF and sponsor several animals including an orphaned black bear cub.


Amy Knight RVN

I have been working as a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2003. I am the Head Nurse at Pinfold Vets. I have three chickens, two cats and dog Peanut. I have worked in both companion animal and mixed practices and was at my last practice for ten years!
It’s been really exciting to help set up a brand-new practice. I pride myself on keeping Pinfold running smoothly and looking nice.
Out of work I enjoy working on my allotment, keeping fit and doing agility with my dog Peanut.


Eleanor Smith RVN

I’m one of the Veterinary Nurses here at Pinfold Vets. I went to Anglia Ruskin University for my nursing degree, and graduated at the end of 2018.
Since graduating I’ve been lucky enough to work with a wide variety of animals, ranging from seals and penguins, to rats and mice.

I have a soft spot for working dogs, having grown up in Norfolk with parents who owned a number of working German Shepherd Dogs. I currently live in Nottingham with a German Shepherd of my own called Belle, and a little cat called Lilo.


Libby Smith RVN

I have been a Veterinary Nurse for ten years. I have a Pomeranian called Tetsuo and cat called Jazz who I hand reared from five days old along with his two sisters. Three years on and Jazz is still here (although he can eat by himself now)  😊

Shannon Mc Menamin ACA

I work part-time for Pinfold Vets as an Animal Care Assistant. I have an NVQ Level 2 in Animal Care and previously worked in a boarding kennels.
I have two dogs and a horse and I am hoping to continue my education and gain experience at Pinfold Vets to further my career working with animals.

Rebecca Beere ACA

I grew up in Dubai and always had a passion for animals, volunteering in rescue centres since I was young. I have four dogs, two horses and two guinea pigs. In 2013 I moved to Texas and worked in a small animal vets as a training veterinary technician.

I then moved to Derbyshire and found Pinfold Vets for my dogs. Now I’m working at Pinfold as an Animal Care Assistant and I’m hoping to continue my studies and complete my veterinary nursing qualifications in the future.


Grace du Preez ACA

I work as a Veterinary Care Assistant at Pinfold Vets. Prior to working at Pinfold I gained a wide variety of experience working with a number of different animals, all in preparation for beginning my studies to become a vet! I have loved working at Pinfold, and it has only made me more excited about the career I have ahead of me.

I will be studying Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham Vet School in 2022. Outside of work you will usually find me training in the gym or on a long walk.


Katie Johnson

I work on Reception here at Pinfold Vets. I have worked in Customer Service for eight years. I never thought I would be lucky enough to work with animals, until now! I love animals and am really enjoying learning as much as I can. I have a dog called Rupert, tropical fish, two snakes and two Giant African Land Snails. I’ve been with Pinfold since it opened in 2015 – it’s been really exciting to be a part of a new business venture and seeing our customer base grow!

I live in the village so you may see me walking Rupert, feel free to come and say hello! I look forward to seeing you and your pets.

Alison Illsely

I’m Alison and I joined the Pinfold team in July 2016. I have a grown up daughter, but no pets – yet! Though I’m not sure how long that will last now that I work at Pinfold! I enjoy the busy days at Pinfold and helping people who need our services. I live locally – so you might spot me in the Co-op, or maybe even the Round Robin!


Jane Hahn

I joined the Pinfold team in July 2019. I live in Widmerpool with my husband and three children, a bonkers Flat Coat Retriever called Quill, and slightly less bonkers Working Cocker Spaniel called Charlie and a dog Isla who we acquired as a puppy.
I have a background in human nursing and so taking on this role has been a completely new challenge for me. When not at work I like walking my dogs and going to watch my daughter compete in athletics.


Heather Kerrod

I have worked in the Veterinary industry for over 13 years. I have five dogs, five cats and two African land snails called Chilli Von Carni and Eugene Edgar the first. I joined the Reception team at Pinfold Vets in 2022 and am really excited to be the main Receptionist at our Keyworth branch

Clare Grieve

I moved from Glasgow to Nottingham in 2020 and started here at Pinfold Vets working on reception in 2022. Following a long career in retail, I was lucky to get the opportunity to move into the veterinary industry when I relocated and I’m loving every minute of it!


Julia Hutchison

I’m a qualified Veterinary Nurse and have worked at Pinfold Vets since they opened in 2015. I officially retired in August 2021 but I’m loving coming back to help out if they need it.

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