Bury St Edmunds Staff
ALEX WYLIE – VETERINARY SURGEON
Alex graduated from the University of Queensland vet school, Australia, in 1993. She came to the UK in 1996 and locumed for two and half years. Alex has worked at Eastgate veterinary Group since 1998 and now regularly locums for us. With the support of the practice she has developed her surgical skills (her first veterinary love) and discovered new interests such as ultrasonography, acupuncture and geriatrics.
Outside of work Alex enjoys walking, travelling, photography and appreciating traditional English pubs (including the local cider). She has a passion for discovering and sharing information about dog-friendly businesses (pubs, shops, hotels, restaurants etc.).
HANNAH PINNOCK – VETERINARY SURGEON
Hannah qualified as a vet from Cambridge University in 2011. She joined Eastgate Vets in 2017 to continue her love of general practice. After developing an interest in internal medicine, Hannah completed a certificate in small animal medicine with the BSAVA. She enjoys practicing acupuncture and has a keen interest in helping ‘golden oldies’ with their care and comfort.
Outside of work Hannah is an enthusiastic baker, she lives with a multitude of pets – feathered, furred and some with shells! In the summer she can be found frequently on the tennis court and she is never far from her dogs Huxley & Buddy.
AMY BEARDSWORTH – VETERINARY SURGEON
Amy joined us in 2014. She graduated from Liverpool University and completed an internship at the Animal Health Trust afterwards. Amy is qualified in small animal acupuncture and is interested in all aspects of veterinary practice. She recently got married and enjoys spending time with friends, family and her naughty cat Velcro .
JESS WARREN – VETERINARY SURGEON
Jess joined us in 2017 after graduating from the University of Nottingham. She enjoys surgery and has a keen interest in Emergency and Critical Care. She is starting her certificate for this in 2020.
In her spare time, Jess loves baking and walking her dogs, naughty spaniel Sprout and cheeky greyhound Wren
JO COBBETT – VETERINARY SURGEON
Jo was born and bred in Suffolk, then moved to Cambridge for university, where she also met her husband and found her first job after graduation in 2009. It wasn’t long before Suffolk called again and she moved back in 2010. She joined Eastgate in 2017, and now lives just outside Bury with her husband, 2 young children and two dogs.
Jo has a special interest in eyes and is currently studying for the BSAVA Certificate in Ophthalmology.
GEORGIE HOLIDAY – VETERINARY SURGEON
Georgie graduated from Cambridge University in 2019 and started at Eastgate Vets soon after. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, particularly getting to know the people and pets of Bury. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and relaxing with her black and white moggy, Mimi. When time allows, Georgie loves to travel with her partner – their list of places to visit is always growing.
CATHERINE WYNNE – HEAD NURSE
Catherine completed her training here with Eastgate after her ‘A’ levels. She has worked here since 2002.
Catherine enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but has a particular interest in surgical nursing. Catherine has horses at home and enjoys competing in her spare time. She lives locally with her husband and her border terrier ‘Buddy’.
LEANNE HARRISON – SENIOR CLINICAL NURSE
Leanne joined Eastgate in 2010 where she completed her RVN training. She previously worked in North Norfolk. She has a particular interest in Nurse Clinics and Surgical Nursing.
She lives with her partner and her border collie, Murphy, with whom she attends regular agility training.
JESS FRANKLIN – VETERINARY NURSE
Jess started work at Eastgate in 2019 and studied veterinary nursing at Anglia Ruskin University.
She has a keen interest in small furries (especially rabbits an guinea pigs), and particularly enjoys caring for our poorly inpatients.
CLAIRE JACKSON – VETERINARY NURSE, PET INSURANCE & PUPPY PARTY CO-ORDINATOR
Claire joined Eastgate in 1995 and qualified as a nurse in 1998. She lives in Bury St Edmunds with her husband, 2 children and rescue dog Badger amongst other animals.
Claire processes all the Pet Insurance claims and runs the Puppy Parties held at the surgery.
ELLIE TIPPING – VETERINARY NURSE
Ellie joined Eastgate in 2019 having left her hometown in Nottingham to start a new life in Cambridge. Ellie has a lot of experience carrying out surgical nursing within her old practice such as stitch-ups and performing aural haematomas. She has a particular interest in nurse clinics and brings new skills to our already highly qualified team.
CAROLINE HOLMAN – HEAD RECEPTIONIST
Caroline has been at Eastgate for over 10 years. She has one dog and four Tortoise’s.
Natasha joined us in December 2017. She lives with her boyfriend and their Golden Retriever ‘Stitch’, who keeps them on their toes but gives them the best cuddles in return! She enjoys keeping fit, cooking and, of course, dog walks.
ELAINE EVANS – RECEPTIONIST
Elaine returned to the practice after 11 years. She is married with 3 children 2 boys and a girl. She has a 8 year old springer spaniel Tilly. She enjoys being out-doors and spending time with family and friends.
KAREN PERRY – RECEPTIONIST
Karen works at Bury St Edmunds two evenings a week and every Saturday.
Her day job is a teaching assistant in a local school, so breaks both sides of the rule never to work with children and animals. She loves both!
CLAIRE CRANE –PRACTICE MANAGER
Claire is Bury St Edmunds born and raised. She has one son. Claire started working for Nixon, Tew and Partners (the old name for Eastgate) in 1983 as an all-round assistant. She has done almost every job in the practice, nursing, laboratory work, accounts and reception. Claire now brings this experience to bear in her role as practice manager in the day to day running of the surgery.
JO AUSTIN – PRACTICE MANAGER
Jo grew up on a farm in Hengrave. She is married to Jim and has 2 daughters Becky and Kirsty. Jo started work here in 1981 as an all-rounder doing nursing, laboratory work, accounts and reception. Jo now works in the administrative office where she is responsible for purchase accounting and the day to day running of the whole practice. The family have 2 cats Charlie and Chester.
PAULA OSBORNE – ADMINISTRATOR
Paula lives in Bury. She joined Eastgate in 1997 as Head Receptionist. After leaving us for a few years she has now returned as office administrator. Paula has a lurcher who was found locally as a stray.
DONNA HOBBS – MARKETING ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST
Donna does the marketing and promotions for Eastgate and can often been seen on reception. She particularly enjoys running our Facebook page.
She lives with her partner Mark and has two sons that keep her on her toes……her interests out of work include Zumba and has recently taken up (trying) to run. She enjoys fundraising and has completed two half marathons for Battersea.