The Team

Shane Morrison - BVSc CertSAS MRCVS, - Principal Vet
Shane graduated from the University of Melbourne with first class honours in 1991. Shane obtained the CertSAS in 1997, a postgraduate qualification in small animal surgery, awarded to fewer than 15 vets in Britain each year. This allows him to undertake more involved procedures including Canine Total Hip Replacements, spinal surgery, complicated orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Shane has been living and working as a vet in East Anglia for the past twenty years. Shane and Charlotte have two sons and a daughter, Cameron, Finlay & Alice. They also have two Border Terriers "Wonga" and "Yarra" and two cats "Amaroo" and "Jamaroo".

Shane Morrison with the MRI Scanner

Tracy Smith - Veterinary Surgeon
Tracy qualified from Glasgow University in 1993 and spent several years working in mixed practice In Scotland before deciding to concentrate on small animals. She followed her heart to move south of the border in 2010 and has been very happy working with the team at Christchurch Street since then. She is particularly interested in small animal medicine.

Inspired by her fitness fanatic partner she can often be seen pounding the streets of IP3 though she secretly prefers curling up with a good book.

Susan McCann - Veterinary Surgeon
Susan graduated in 1993 from Glasgow University Vet School with Commendation. Susan moved to Clacton not long after graduation and has been living and working in North East Essex area ever since. Susan's special area of interest is Cardiology. While most of her work involves cats, dogs and small furries she is more than happy to examine the more unusual pets of the scaley, feathered or cloven hoofed variety. When not working Susan can often be found outside cycling or running so look out for her at lunchtimes when you are out and about dog walking in Christchurch Park!

John Prior - MA VetMB Cert SAO MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
John joined us during 2006. John ran his own Surgical Referral Practice in Northampton for 20 years. He originally came from the Ipswich area and has now decided to return. John has huge experience in the area of Orthopaedics, he has undertaken many complicated procedures including Canine Total Hip Replacements on a regular basis for many years. In fact John was amoungst the first Vets to undertake Hip Replacements on dogs in the UK.

John Prior

Charlotte Morrison RVN Practice Manager
Charlotte is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with 20 years experience. Charlotte now undertakes the running of the surgery.

Charlotte Morrison

Rita Singleton - Reception Manager Rita has now been with us for 11 years. Rita mainly deals with our referring vets and referred clients. Rita has gained huge experience over the years and can now give clients a lot of information about procedures before the clients come along and see the surgeons. Rita has 5 chihuahuas!

Rita Singleton

Rita Singleton

Davinia Wood VN – Nuring Team Leader (Tuddenham)

Davinia qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 whilst working at a practice in Sudbury. She  then spent  five years working as a senior nurse at a practice in Peterborough before returning to the area and joining Christchurch vets in 2007. Davinia has a cheeky pug, a Border Terrier and two cats.

 Davinia with one of the patients.
Clare Gotts RVN  – Nursing Team Leader (Tuddenham)
Clare qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008 and has been working at Christchurch since November 2009. She trained and qualified in a local mixed practice gaining experience with farm animals and horses. She has a keen interest in surgical nursing and anaesthesia. She owns a horse called ‘supa’ who she competes at local shows. 
 Clare nursing one of the spinal patients
Emma Block RVN - Nursing Team Leader (Christchurch)
Emma qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2008 whilst working in a small animal practice in Suffolk. She then spent time working in an out of hours emergency clinic until she joined Christchurch vets in June 2011. As on of the first opinion nurses Emma’s interest is senior pet care and she is currently organising the running of senior pet clinics. Emma has a gorgeous ginger cat called “Bertie”. 
 Emma Block
Andrea Davis RVN – Veterinary Nurse
Andrea Qualified as a veterinary Nurse in 2003 and has been working at Christchurch since 2006. Her areas of interest are anaesthesia & analgesia. She owns a nutty chocolate Labrador called “Rodney” and a cat called “Binks”. 
Meg Adams RVN – Veterinary Nurse.
Meg qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010 and has been working at Christchurch since April 2010. She had been working in the local hospital small animal practice whilst doing her training. She lives on a farm and owns a black Labrador called Lady and a horse called Topper.
 Megan Adams

Sarah Moss  - Dip AVN (Surgical) Veterinary Nurse
Sarah qualified 1988, and passed her Diploma in 2001 specialising in surgical nursing. She has spent many years working at The Queens Veterinary School Hospital where she gained her surgical diploma. This is the highest qualification that a Veterinary Nurse can obtain. Sarah locumed for five years in various referral centres and has spent time travelling the world.


Sarah Moss



Kathryn Watt VN - Veterinary Nurse

Kathryn qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 and has worked at first opinion practices in Norfolk and Cambridge before starting at Christchurch in 2004, giving her many years of valuable experience in orthopaedic and surgical nursing.

Kathryn Pett   In the Theatre
Karen Jolley RVN - Registered Veterinary Nurse
Karen qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2012. She joined Christchurch Veterinary Surgery in January 2013 after working in a mixed practice in Norfolk, where she also completed her training. Her areas of interest are providing inpatients with lots of TLC and making their stay as comfortable as possible. Karen owns a water-loving Golden Retreiver cross called Joey who she enjoys taking to the beach.


Karen Jolley
Julie Eley - Receptionist
Julie joined the team in 2005. Julie has a young mad Labrador who himself has had a total hip replacement with us. Julie also has a naughty Lhasa Apso; they keep her very busy!

Julie Eley

 Donna Ainsworth - Receptionist Donna has been with us since 2007. Donna has a lovely, mad Staffie.

Donna Ainsworth