At Central College of Animal Studies, our focus is on educating the next generation of veterinary nursing students, as well as providing ongoing support to the veterinary profession.

Our teaching and support team are highly qualified, have excellent clinical knowledge, and are fully committed to student development. Our team is passionate about veterinary training and has a wide and varied experience of the veterinary profession. Students can expect to be inspired by their innovative course delivery and engaging teaching style.


Emily Byam

Emily Byam - Operations Manager

Emily has worked in administration for over 15 years and in accounts for over 10 years. In addition, Emily has achieved the NEBOSH (National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety) Qualification. Having previously worked as an administrator for Central Veterinary Services, Emily joined Central College of Animal Studies in 2012 providing essential administrative support to colleagues across the college, as well as supporting and liaising with students. Emily is the operations manager, overseeing the delivery of our veterinary nursing courses at each of our three centres.

Lauren Snarey

Lauren Snarey BA(Hons) - Admissions and Course Administrator

Lauren joined the CCOAS team in July 2019 as the college administrator after a variety of administrative roles since leaving Staffordshire University with a degree in English. Lauren’s role is pivotal in the smooth running of the college and her responsibilities include dealing with initial enquiries; helping to process applications, student enrolment and registration of exams; ensuring all tutors and students have the documents and information they require; dealing with training practice approval documentation; and providing resources for tutors.
Lauren has a keen interest in animals and has a cockapoo and a cat at home.

Connie Davis

Connie Davis RVN V1 BA(Hons) PES CertEd - Internal Quality Assurance (IQA)

Connie qualified in veterinary nursing over 30 years ago and then moved into teaching in a Land based College, while still locuming in practice. She was also able to pursue her equine interest and gain the British Horse Society Grooms certificate in her free time from teaching. Connie has taught in both Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing. While still able to undertake peripatetic Clinical Coaching within small animal practices, she has been mainly involved in Quality Assurance for a number of years and has gained the assessor and IV award. Connie is now an Internal Quality Assurer for Central College of Animal Studies. Connie is also an examiner for the Practical OSCE Exams.

Karen Lee

Karen Lee REVN RVN PTLLS Cert SA Nutrition - Head of Learning and Liaison - Suffolk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Karen’s nursing career spans 20 years with experience in both equine and small animal practice, where she gained her RCVS veterinary nurse and equine nurse qualifications. She then worked in a small animal practice, where she gained a Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition, before returning to equine nursing. Karen joined Stowe Veterinary Centre in 2003 where she is still actively involved in medical and surgical nursing procedures. This diverse nursing career has enabled Karen to share her vast experience with students facilitating their development, particularly in preparation for their practical OSCE examinations.

Sol Indurain

Sol Indurain RVN CertEd QTLS - Senior Tutor and Mentor - Suffolk

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Sol qualified in 1992 and has combined nursing with training students for over 25 years. She has also regularly worked as a locum veterinary nurse at a referral centre and currently for Stowe Veterinary Group. Sol is a past speaker at international congresses (South European Veterinary Congress and World Small Animal Veterinary Congress) and BVNA council member, and is passionate about facilitating the development of competent veterinary nurses who will be an asset to the profession. When not working, Sol keeps busy with her three dogs, two cats, various rescued ex-battery hens and enjoys watercolour painting.

Emma-Jane Hynd

Emma-Jane Hynd DipVN - Tutor - Suffolk

Emma-Jane has been working within the veterinary industry since 2012 and during this time has seen a wide range of cases at a variety of practices; including orthopaedic referral. Alongside her role as a tutor at CCOAS, Emma-Jane enjoys working in practice two days a week – allowing her the opportunity to maintain and develop her clinical skills while educating students.

Jessica Woolrich

Jessica Woolrich BSc(Hons) RVN Cert VNES - Tutor - Suffolk

Jessica qualified in 2010 and has worked in a variety of practices during her career, including 18 months in Hong Kong where she gained her certificate in nursing exotic species. She has a special interest in holistic nursing care in first opinion practice. Jessica has two small children and two cats and, outside of her role at CCOAS, can be found on nature walks, crafting or reading.

Alexandra Mignon

Alexandra Mignon RVN C-SQP NCert(PracTech) - Tutor - Suffolk

Alexandra qualified in 2006 and has extensive experience in small animal practice. Before joining the CCOAS team in 2020, Alexandra ran a nursing clinic in small animal practice for seven years. Alexandra achieved her C-SQP qualification in 2008, her ESVPS certificate in laboratory work, wound management, rehabilitation and emergency medicine in 2010, and became a clinical coach in 2013. Outside of work she enjoys netball and skiing, and is the owner of two cats and a tortoise.

Steph Nunn

Steph Nunn FdSc RVN PGCCE - Liaison and Apprenticeship Manager - Kent

Steph graduated in 2011 and has worked in charity, private and referral practice; working her way up to management. She has worked abroad in the Middle East which involved updating and improving clinic services, as well as working with large animals such as lions and cheetahs. Steph's career diversified into teaching after working in a university teaching hospital with veterinary nurse and veterinary medicine students. She achieved a PGCCE in clinical education in 2018.

Lynn Gardner

Lynn Gardner RVN - Tutor - Kent

Lynn qualified as an RVN in 1998. She has worked in first opinion practice for 23 years. She has been a Head Nurse and clinical coach for the last 15 years, enjoying helping student nurses fulfil their potential. After so long in practice, she decided to become a lecturer to help balance home life and continue helping students. When not working, Lynn cares for her two young daughters, husband and little cockerpoo Rosie. "As a family we've just discovered the delights of camping and hope to continue our discovery of the great outdoors."

Stacey Westcott

Stacey Westcott RVN DipVNRT DET - Tutor - Kent

Stacey qualified in 2013 with a Level 3 diploma in veterinary nursing and went on to train as a vet nurse rehabilitation therapist. She is experienced in small and large animal practice, and previously ran physiotherapy nursing clinics. Stacey has a keen interest in neurological nursing and rehabilitation care, and the use of laser therapy. She holds a diploma in education and training and TAQA. Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and son and cares for her ragdoll cat and retired 27-year-old horse.

Kirsty Crouch

Kirsty Crouch BSc(Hons) RVN - Tutor - Kent

Kirsty qualified in 2013 and gained her BSc (Hons) degree in 2014. She has been nursing since 2010 and has worked in both private practice and charity practice. Kirsty joined CCOAS in 2020 and works as an emergency and critical care nurse alongside teaching students. Kirsty holds a BVNA certificate in wound management. When not teaching or nursing, Kirsty enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, and enjoys crafts and learning. She owns two hamsters named Bobby and Lolly.

Donna Green

Donna Green MSc RVN FHEA - Liaison and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and Mental Health First Aider - Devon

Donna joined CCOAS in 2020 and is a senior tutor, IQA and the liaison for the Southwest. She qualified in 2001 after serving in the WRNS, and combined teaching with clinical work. Donna has worked both in the UK and abroad in both small animal and mixed practice, and has a keen interest in behaviour; gaining a MSc in clinical animal behaviour in 2013. Donna has gained her IQA award and is a fellow in higher education, and has a particular interest in pain, aggression and puppy development. Outside of college, Donna is a musician and plays saxophone in the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Concert Band.

Philippa Braund

Philippa Braund BSc(Hons) Dip RVN - Tutor - Devon

Philippa decided to become a veterinary nurse after completing an honours degree in Animal Science Behaviour and Welfare. In 2012, she started training in a small animal/exotic practice and completed her qualification as a veterinary nurse in 2015. Phillipa has also worked in an orthopaedic referral practice which she sees as invaluable experience and gave her the opportunity to expand her knowledge beyond first opinion practice. Philippa enjoys teaching and is passionate about educating students while continuing to expand her own knowledge. She continues to work in practice alongside lecturing, so still has the chance to care for patients who need a little extra TLC.

Helen Brewster

Helen Brewster BA(Hons) Dip AVN Cert FN FHEA RVN - Tutor - Devon

Helen is an experienced lecturer and a registered veterinary nurse with a degree in equine studies. She qualified in 2004 and has worked in small animal practice, mixed practice, emergency clinics and as a locum veterinary nurse. During this time, she gained her diploma in advanced veterinary nursing and her ISFM certificate in feline nursing. Helen joined CCOAS in 2020 and has an interest in pain management, medical nursing, feline medicine, and anaesthesia and analgesia.

Heather Beastall

Heather Beastall MBChB(Hons) BMedsc RVN - Tutor - Devon

Heather qualified in 2018 and joined the CCOAS team in 2020. She has worked in small animal practice with roles including head nurse and pharmacy nurse. Prior to this, she worked in the NHS before changing her career to veterinary nursing. Heather is a clinical coach and mentor, and her main clinical interests are anaesthesia and medical nursing. In Heather’s spare time, she enjoys attending dog shows, trick training and spending time on Dartmoor with her Finnish Lapphund.