Our Staff


Sarah Hales

MA, VetMB, MRCVS (Director)

Sarah graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 and has worked in practice ever since, at a number of locations around the UK, but predominantly in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Married with four children, and a small menagerie currently consisting of one elderly cat called George, a much younger cat called Pumpkin, a fresh water tank full of fish and a Corn snake called Charlie.

Sadly, Meg the Jack Russell is no longer with us, having achieved a good age she recently succumbed to cancer aged at least 12. Sarah, together with John her husband,  took over the practice in 2007 and divides her time between the surgeries in Leamington and Kineton.

John Hales

MA, VetMB, MRCVS, MBA, MCIArb (Director)

John is married to Sarah and works part-time in the practice. He qualified in 1987 and has worked both in mixed general practice, in South Wales and on Exmoor, and as a consultant to the veterinary pharmaceutical industry helping to develop new products. Within the practice he is also involved in the back office, helping everything to run smoothly. He has recently acquired a young Border Collie called Bobbi.

Position vacant


We are currently recruiting for a veterinary surgeon. If you think you might like to work with us please feel free to apply to john@sjhales.co.uk .

Dr Marta Martinez Boquer


Marta grew up in Valencia, Spain, and qualified from the Cardenal Herrera University Valencia.  In addition to working full time at the practice, she is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.Together with her boyfriend, she re-located to Scotland in 2017 and now lives in Leamington.


Aimée Barber RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Aimée joined us from a large specialist referral hospital where she specialised in cardiology nursing. Married with a small daughter, Aimée has recently become a Clinical Assessor to help with training our student nurses.

Kat Hemsley


Kat started working as a part time receptionist at Weekends, but is now well into her training for her vet nursing degree at Warwickshire College.

Lucy Smith


Lucy is in her second year as a trainee nurse at Solihull College. Prior to joining us she has been working in Coventry.

Katie Clarke


Katie has just started her first year as a student nurse at Moreton Morrell part of Warwickshire College. Her family home is in Ireland.

Gemma Edwards


Gemma is just coming to the end of her Animal Care course and is due to start her vet nurse training this September with Solihull College.


Jan Bardey

Jan is a long-standing receptionist at our Kineton surgery and is highly experienced having kept and bred dogs herself for many years. Always willing to lend a helping hand, she is well known around the village.

Denise Blackmore

Dee has a background working in horticulture and has always kept and competed with horses. Since joining, she has proven to be a much valued member of our team and has recently moved to live in Kineton. You will find her at both of our surgeries from time to time.

Debbie Harding

Debbie has recently re-joined the team, part-time, and now works at both Leamington and Kineton. She has a small-holding and keeps a flock of free-range chickens.

Laura Martin

Office administrator and Veterinary Nurse

Laura originally joined the practice as a trainee and has recently passed her exams to be a qualified veterinary nurse. She has been with us now for several years and in her current role is responsible for the smooth running of the office as well has helping her colleagues. She enjoys working with all our patients and is especially fond of cats with a household full of feline friends at home in Warwick.