Meet Our Practice Team
Chris Tansley BVM&S MRCVS
Chris qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh July 2004. He has a wealth of experience ranging from mixed and farm practice to dedicated small animal practice.
Chris set up Coastal vets in November 2009 as an ambulatory vet service covering West Norfolk, before converting a bungalow on the current site in 2012.
Chris has an interest in surgery in particular orthopaedics. He also holds an OV (official veterinarian) position for the issuing of animal health certificates to enable pets to travel.
Out of work time is filled with family time with his 3 sons, walks with dogs Bella and Elsie, who also share their home with their cats Jasper and Yoda.
Clare Tansley BVM&S MRCVS
Clare qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh July 2004.
Clare has always worked in small animal practice, in some Exotic locations and here in the UK, whilst setting up Coastal Vets with Chris. Clare has a special interest in medicine and soft tissue surgery. Clare works part time seeing clients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturday mornings, also processes all the insurance claims and keeps the vet rota organised.
Home life is busy spent looking after her 3 sons, two dogs Bella and Elsie and cats Jasper and Yoda.
Vanessa McAuley BVM BVS MRCVS
Vanessa graduated from Nottingham University in 2013 working in various small animal practices across the country before settling in Norfolk in 2016.
Vanessa worked full time for Coastal vets but now for locums and covers regular days at the Burnham Market practice. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery but has a particular interest in Dermatology.
Vanessa lives with her partner, two cats Snowie and Binx, and dogs Buster and Mimi. In her spare time she can be found treading the boards in professional theatre productions, travelling and recently started training for road cycling events.
Lucy Cantillion-Walker RVN RAMA
Lucy joined Coastal Vets in October 2010. Originally from Gloucestershire moving to Norfolk in 2001 to start her Veterinary Nurse training and Qualified in November 2006 whilst working in another local practice.
Lucy enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly nurse consults, qualified as a RAMA (registered animal medicine advisor) for the practice. Lucy has also completed training to administer laser therapy to patients. She is also the first to offer foster care to orphan kittens.
Home life is busy especially when RAF husband is away when Lucy juggles family time with her 2 daughters and pets Fraz the Cat, Gucci the African Grey parrot, and chicken.
Karen McQuoid RVN APVN(Wildlife)
Head Veterinary Nurse
Karen joined the practice in January 2017. Since qualifying in February 1998 Karen has worked in a variety of roles in both private and charity practice. Starting her career in 1994 at the PDSA before continuing on to emergency/critical care and mixed practice.
Following a move from Yorkshire in 2005 Karen was Head Nurse in a large multi-site practice. Awarded a national accolade for Vet Nursing in 2009 and 2012 Karen enjoys all areas of nursing, sharing her knowledge and experience with the team and championing veterinary nursing. Wildlife is a particular interest and has completed a certificate in Advanced Program in Wildlife in November 2020. Karen has also completed training to administer laser therapy to patients.
In her spare time Karen enjoys open water swimming, walking the Norfolk coastline, and crafting.
Amy Walton RVN E-RAMA
Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse
Amy joined Coastal Vets in March 2016 to finish off her Veterinary Nurse training. Qualifying in December 2016. Amy went on to become a E-RAMA (Registered Animal Medicine Advisor) for the practice.
Amy’s favourite place in practice is Prep room and Theatre work. Currently Amy is also currently studying for a Certificate in Canine exercise rehabilitation, and has also completed training to administer laser therapy to patients.
From a local farming family she has always been surrounded by animals and looks after her family dogs and cats, spending her free time competing on her horses Sherbut & Ava in dressage and Western riding.
Ivo Carretero DVM MRCVS
Ivo graduated with a Masters degree from Lisbon University in September 2015, presenting his master thesis in behaviour (canine aggression) in 2017. Ivo has worked in France, Portugal and Scotland before moving to Norfolk to join Coastal Vets in September 2021.
Ivo has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and diagnostic imaging having done a post-graduation in diagnostic imaging and working in a neurological hospital with CT scanner.
Outside of work Ivo enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and walking on the beach with his dog Findlay.
Miriam Collister Bsc BVSC PG Cert IMAG MCRVS
Miriam graduated from the University of Liverpool in June 2013. Originally working in mixed practice on the Isle of Man before moving to Devon to work in small animal practice.
Joining Coastal Vets in May 2017 after a move to Norfolk. Miriam has a particular interest in imaging and in February 2022 completed her certificate in Diagnostic Imaging. Miriam also holds an OV (official veterinarian) position for the issuing of animal health certificates to enable them to travel.
Spare time is spent exploring the Norfolk coastline and countryside and enjoys spending time with her cat Olive.
Diane Perry ANA
Diane joined Coastal Vets in September 2017 after spending 30 years working in hospitality both as a chef and front of house. Wanting a career change Diane gained her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification through the College of West Anglia in 2017. Diane has also gained Bronze and Silver in Certificate British Veterinary Receptionist Award whilst here at the practice.
Originally living in the Monmouthshire countryside and growing up on a small holding Diane has always been around a wide variety animals cats, dogs, cattle, goats and chickens giving her a good grounding in animal care.
Always living in the countryside Diane moved to Norfolk with family in 1984. January 2022 saw Hebe a little terrier cross welcomed into her life and home. Spare time is taken up with country walks, watching wildlife, gardening and cooking.
Jackie McKee RAMA
Jackie started working in the veterinary profession in 2012 as a head receptionist and subsequently reception manager for a four branch practice in Kent. Previous to this Jackie spent several years involved with a local Cat Protection branch and has a great affection and interest in cats and their behaviours.
Following a move to Norfolk in November 2015, Jackie became Coastal Vets first receptionist in March 2016. Jackie is a qualified RAMA (registered animal medicine advisor) for the practice. Currently studying for the Gold Certificate British Veterinary Receptionist Award after attaining both Bronze and Silver.
Jackie spends most of her spare time outdoors as a keen ornithologist and loves exploring the Norfolk countryside and its diverse bird life. Supporting the RSPCA as a Wildlife Casualty Volunteer helping to collect and transport many different types of wildlife to the local RSPCA wildlife hospital. Jackie also loves to travel and attend her wildlife garden at home.
Emma has a very diverse background having worked in retail, designed kitchens and bathrooms for MFI and ran restaurants in Spain!
After returning back to the UK from Spain she worked for many years in Boots in Heacham as a dispenser before joining us here at Coastal Vets.
In her spare time Emma loves cooking and eating out, walking and going to the theatre and has a beautiful Labrador, Sam.
Jessica Barrett RVN
Jess qualified in July 2020 with a BSc (hon) Veterinary Nursing & Practice Management from Harper Adams University, Jess from Norfolk worked in local practices whilst on placements, and joined Coastal Vets in May 2021.
Currently studying for a Advanced Program Certificate in small mammals her areas of interests are exotics and nurse consults. Jess has also completed training to administer laser therapy to patients.
Jess is our resident cake baker, and enjoys going to the gym. At home she spends time looking after her own cats Gizmo, senior citizens Socks & Sooty.
Serena joined Coastal Vets in October 2020 with a wealth of experience and a varied career working with animals.
Serena worked for the Cats Protection for 6 years before spending 10 years with the RSPCA in charge of the small animal section which included domestic rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, pigs, goats and geese. Serena is qualified in Animal Care and has attended many RSPCA training courses whilst working with them.
Serena loves spending time walking the North Norfolk coastline with her dogs Ellie, Bree, Honey and Robyn. Enjoys fitness at a local bootcamp, running and cycling. Cats Ruby, Penny, Tommy and rabbits Gretal and Max also share their home with Serena.
Maddie has lived locally most of her life. After spending 20 years working in the car industry on reception and before that in a local pharmacy, she joined Coastal Vets reception team in September 2019.
After attaining Bronze in Certificate British Veterinary Receptionist Award Maddie is planning to study for the Silver.
Maddie has a particular love for French Bulldogs and has 3 herself Mitch, Oscar and Sidney. Spare time is taken up with days out with her grandson.