The Team

All our staff attend regular CPD courses in order to keep up to date with the continued progressions of veterinary medicine and give an advanced and comprehensive service to all our clients.

Veterinary Surgeons


David Cawte - Clinical Director


David Cawte qualified from London in 1990. After a few years in mixed practice he changed to work solely with family pets, and gained wide experience in all disciplines of general practice at several practices around the country. He moved to Rutland in 1997, and joined Stamford Veterinary Centre as its first full time vet in 2009, becoming a director in 2011. He enjoys the wide variety of work passing through the practice and seeing pets develop into happy healthy individuals. Outside work he tries to spend time with his family and garden, and also enjoys running and, more recently, ballroom dancing.


Luca Bevilacqua - Veterinary Surgeon


RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Cardiology

Cat Advocate


Luca joined the team at Stamford Veterinary Centre in June 2016. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Parma in 2002 and has recently gained his certificate as an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Cardiology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. This qualification demonstrates an in depth knowledge and experience, alongside years of extra study in the area of heart disease.

When not at work Luca enjoys spending time with his family and has recently become a father for the first time.

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Sade Adeleye - Veterinary Surgeon


Sade Adeleye qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2009. After qualifying she moved to Market Harborough, Leicestershire and worked as a mixed animal vet for just over 3 years.

After leaving Leicestershire she went to do some charity work with the street dogs of Phuket, Thailand and then locumed around Australia. She has now re-located to Stamford and decided to work solely with companion animals and enjoys all aspects of veterinary work.


Gavan Curley - Veterinary Surgeon


After qualifying in 2011, Gavan began his veterinary career in a small animal practice in the North West of England.

After 4 years, Gavan & his family decided to make the move to Stamford.

He has a special interest in ultrasound imaging, cardiology & internal medicine.

During his free time Gavan enjoys running (he has just completed his first 50 mile cross country run across Cumbria) and spending time with his family. He also enjoys visiting his family back home in Ireland.






Jessica Fawcett - Registered/Senior Qualified Veterinary Nurse/Advanced PHC 

Practice Manager

Jessica qualified as a veterinary nurse at the Royal College of Animal Welfare in 1998 and has been working as a vet nurse in and around the Stamford area for 16 years. She takes care of the day to day running of the practice. She is a qualified Advanced Pet Health Counsellor (APHC) and runs regular clinics at the surgery and is happy to advise on all aspects of pet health care. She is the Practice Head Nurse/Practice Manager and Director and has a keen interest in puppy & kitten development, renal disease and nutrition.

Jessica has two cocker spaniels called Charlie and Archie. They can be found at the practice most days behind reception keeping an eye on things.

Jessica runs a regular clinic on Wednesdays: 9.00am-12.30pm 


Emma Stallon - Head Registered/Qualified Veterinary Nurse/Cat Advocate

BSAVA Merit Award in Surgical Nursing

Emma has been nursing since 2000 becoming qualified in 2003 from The College Of Animal Welfare and has worked in this area all the time. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, never quite knowing what each day will bring! She has a fondness for the oldies; having 2 older rescue cats Angel and Ugly, childrens pets and enjoys surgical nursing and nutrition.

She lives with her partner and 2 children in Essendine and her spare time is taken up with renovating her house and garden and relaxing with friends or with a good book!

Emma runs regular clinics on Tuesday afternoons, 2.30pm-3.30pm.


Lydia Spriggs - Registered/Qualified Veterinary Nurse/Pet Health Counsellour

Lydia joined our nursing team in July 2015.

She has been nursing now for around 16 years (in and around this area).
She enjoys all aspect of veterinary nursing.
When not working Lydia has her hands full with two baby boy twins and four dogs. She also competes at grade 7 dog agility.

Lydia runs a nursing clinic on Wednesday afternoons/eveings and she looks forward to meeting you and your furring friends!




Sara Duffy - Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sara Duffy Registered Veterinary Nurse (picture attached)

Sara joined our nursing team in 2018. She qualified as a veterinary in 2000 and has a keen interest in radiography and dietary and weight loss management.

In her spare time Sara enjoys competing at agility with her border collies






Gemma Aldred - Registered/Qualified Veterinary Nurse/Pet Health Counsellor

Gemma has been nursing since 2001 and qualified from The College of Animal Welfare in 2004. Once qualified she briefly moved to Oxfordshire to work in a busy hospital for a year and then moved back Rutland and has been working in the area ever since.

She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but her main interests lie in medical nursing, physiotherapy and behaviour. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, horse riding and training her three dogs, Fraser, Bailey and Odie.

She has recently completed The Kennel Clubs Good Citizen Bronze and Silver award with her Labrador, Fraser.

Gemma runs nursing clinics on Monday afternoons & Friday mornings.


Jennie Tansley - Registered/Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Practice 'Go Green' (enviromentally friendly) Advocate

Jennie has been nursing since 2003 and qualified as a nurse in 2006. Jennie went travelling round the world for 2 years in 2007 and nursed in a few different practices throughout Australia. During her time in New Zealand worked for a wild Dolphin swimming company and also a wild seal swimming company.

Jennie has a keen interest in physiotherapy and rehabilitation as well as medical nursing cases and all forms of wildlife!
She is also the practice's 'Go Green' advocate, ensuring we are as enviromentally friendly as we can be.

Jennie lives with her partner and they have cat called "ken" who loves nothing more than hiding a live mouse in the shoe rack!
Jenn runs nurses clinics all day on a Thursday

Sheridan Smith - Registered/Qualified Veterinary Nurse

CertVN in Emergency & Critical Care

Sheridan joined our team on the 8th February 2016 and has been nursing for 9 years in the local area previously to that.

She enjoys all aspects of nursing but especially enjoys medical and emergency care nursing. In 2018, after alot of hard work, Sheridan gained her emergency and critical care certificate.

Out of work Sheridan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a three year old son called Thomas and a lovely lurcher called Mouse.

Sheridan runs a clinic on a Tuesday morning 11.00am-1.00pm.




DaveEmily Fox- Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Emily joined the team in June 2013 after finishing college.

She had previously participated as a work experience student for a year prior to this. Emily assists our nursing team caring for the patients in our hospital units. She is also our resident IT expert!
Out of work Emily enjoys taking care of her guinea pigs and her bichon frise cross poodle, Harry.



Elaine Rudkin -Head Receptionist

Elaine has been involved in the animal care profession for many years and is happy to advise you on all our pet health care products and accessories at the practice. She has worked as a volunteer at the Cambridge Cavy Trust (small animal charity) and her hobbies include horse riding, walking her dogs and helping on her family farm.


Katy Browne - Receptionist

Katy joined the reception team in October 2017. Katy has lived in and around Stamford all of her life. When not at work Katy enjoys spending time with her family and renovating her new home. She may look familiar to some as Katy is Jess's sister!


Kim Cross - Receptionist








Julia Durrant MAPDT 00984

Receptionist/Practice Dog Trainer

Julia is our resident Puppy and Adult Dog trainer who is on hand to answer any questions you may have about training and offer advice. She runs our free puppy parties at the surgery as well as her own Training and Agility classes.

In 2015, Julia qualified for the Great British Agility Team and completed in Germany & Italy.

Julia also runs regular behavioural and training clinics at the surgery to talk through and help you with any problems you may be having. Please call our reception team to make an appointment.

Jane Mcknight- Receptionist

Jane joined our team in 2016 shortly after relocating to Stamford.

When not working on reception, Jane runs her own dog walking and pet sitting service in and around the Stamford area. She is also training to become a qualified dog groomer.

In her spare time Jane enjoys walking her four dogs, spaniels Tetley, Lilly and Gary, and her Jack Russell Angel.

She also volunters for a spaniel rescue charity.