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.

Dr Lynn Wood


Lynn works part-time, but is a key member of staff. She has a broad range of experience, including working for the Ministry for a number of years. She is especially interested in dentistry and acupuncture, as well as having undergone additional training in ultrasound investigation and being a keen surgeon . At home she has an elderly terrier.

Alison J Lambert


Alison is currently on sabbatical and due to return in the Autumn. She works part-time, but is a very experienced member of staff, who has worked in and around Birmingham for many years. At home she has several dogs and a cat.

Paul Lightbody


Paul qualified from University College Dublin and hails from Northern Ireland. Although he only joined us recently, he is already becoming a well-established face around the practice. Paul has a background in farming but is a keen small animal practitiioner.

Dr Abbey Hayton


Abbey qualified from Liverpool Universtiy, and until she joined us she was working in Nuneaton. Originally from Coventry, Abbey obtained a degree in Bioveterinary Science before commencing her training to become a vet.


Laura Martin RVN

Veterinary Nurse & Office Administrator

Laura originally joined the practice as a trainee, but is now a fully qualified veterinary nurse. As well as her nursing role, she also has the vital role of ensuring the smooth running of the office. At home in Warwick, she has a large cat family to keep her busy.

Laura Berrie

Student Veterinary Nurse

Laura is a studying at Moreton Morrell. In her spare time she is involved with hedgehogs and has an interest in cars.

Lili-Mai Reader

Student Veterinary Nurse

Lili-Mai is studying for her veterinary nursing degree at Morton Morrell. She has recently acquired a young puppy.

Erin McArdle

Student Veterinary Nurse

Erin, who hails from Liverpool is studying for her Vet Nursing Degree at Moreton Morrell.

Ella Tear


Ella has just started her student nurse training at Moreton Morrell College.

Sophia Flaig


Sophia has joined us as a part-time trainee mostly on Saturdays. She is studying hard and hopes one day to train to be a veterinary nurse. Meantime she is helping on reception and with animal care.



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.

Sarah Blackmore

Sarah works as a part-time receptionist for us, but she is also a keen equestrian and both competes and teaches riding.

Lilly Tailby

Lilly works as a part-time receptionist for us, but is at college training for formal qualification to work with horses, and has an ambition to train to be a vet nurse. She is a keen rider, competing nationally.