Monday 8.30 - 6.30
Tuesday 8.30 - 6.30
Wednesday 8.30 - 5.30
Thursday 8.30 - 6.30
Friday 8.30 - 6.30
Saturday 9.00 - 12.30
24 hour energency service

About Us at Number 1 Vets

James Cadwallader BVSc MRCVS
James Cadwallader

I was educated in Newcastle under Lyme then at Liverpool University where I gained my BVSc. I worked in Lichfield for 11 years at Pool House Veterinary Hospital where I decided to concentrate on small animal veterinary care.

I've lived in the area for most of my life, mostly in Market Drayton then after university it's been Lichfield and Armitage. I was schooled at Newcastle under Lyme before having a year out and studying at Liverpool University. Afterwards I moved to Lichfield and started work in a mixed practice. I slowly saw the light and developed my interest in small animal medicine. After 2 years I became a purely small animal vet and have dedicated myself to that ever since.

I moved out of the area a year ago but before long realised how much I missed the area and decided to move back.  There was no question over where I would start my own practice and provide the care and attention the pets of Staffordshire deserve. In the interim between buying and converting The Britannia I did locum work all over the country. I feel that this has given me invaluable experience seeing how other practices are or organised and how they manage their businesses and provide for their clients.

I met and married my wife locally, regularly mountain bike around "the Dog" or  "the Monkey" up at Birches Valley. I've had pets all of my life and I know the bonds we all form with our animals. I still maintain my first Border collie, Fly, helped me through my final year at university. Feelings like that mean I understand why people demand the highest levels of care for their pets which is what I will be striving to provide.

On a personal level, as well as the mountain biking, I enjoy skiing, dog walking and to relax I often read or cook! My wife and I have another Collie now, Mojo, who is usually working hard in reception as well as our cats. Because of my love of the outdoors I will also promise to recycle as much paper, cardboard and tin as possible, something I believe more businesses should do.

Sam Boyce RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse

Sam Boyce RVN

Hi my name is Sam, and I am the head veterinary nurse here at Number 1 vets.
Here is a little bit about me, I Started my nursing career after leaving school in 1996,I enrolled at Rodbaston college and completed my diploma in animal care gaining a distinction , after this I enrolled on the pre veterinary nursing course and then moved on to start my veterinary nurse training.

During this time I was in practice gaining a variety of experience as a veterinary nurse, and in 2005 I became a fully qualified veterinary nurse.

I have worked in both small animal and mixed practices, and have nursed many different animals from mice to alpaca’s!

After 12+ years of nursing I still continue to enjoy my career, and continue to increase my nursing skills and knowledge by carrying out further CPD, this has included advance nursing of rabbits, veterinary health care adviser, and an assessor qualification which enables me to teach student veterinary nurses.

I pride myself in delivering the care and compassion for your animals as I would expect for my own, I have high clinical standards.

When I am not here, I am at home with my husband and two children, my cat Vinnie, my 2 staffies Alfie and Red.

Laura Owen
Laura Owen

Hello! I graduated from London originally, before moving to Leicester to work at a small veterinary practice. I have since moved to Rugeley where I have joined the team here at Number 1 Vets, and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. I have an interest in small animal surgery, as well as the more exotic species.

At home I have two cats and a cornsnake, all three of which were rescues or strays. Belle is my eldest cat at 7 years old, nervous with strangers but very affectionate. Tiana is my youngest at 2 years old, and a menace for anything with food. Marvolo is my snake who came to me back in November, and is most inquisitive.

In my free time I like to read, or run. I have recently joined a local running club and I like to commute to/from work on my bike when possible. I also like to bake, which my colleagues appreciate.

Alice Griffiths
Alice Griffiths

I grew up in West Yorkshire, wanted to be a vet my whole childhood, and eventually graduated from Cambridge in June 2015. I began working at Number 1 Vets in November 2017, having moved to the area to live with my partner (who is very forgiving of my hours!) I have always been a small animal vet and love the diversity of my job, treating patients ranging from Mastiffs to mice.

When not working I can often be found getting slightly too competitive over card and board games, exploring the countryside with my lurcher Cassie, or enjoying a post-walk pint!

Laura Hicks RVN
Laura Hicks RVN

I am a local girl to the Rugeley area, from Brereton, but now living close to town.

Upon leaving school I studied for a National Diploma in Animal Care.  This gave me a wide range of animal knowledge with which to use as a base to begin my nursing career.

I began my nursing journey by working at Pool House Veterinary Hospital in Lichfield.  I completed an Animal Nursing Assistant course at Distinction level then continued on working within the practice for a total of 6 years, where I completed my Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship becoming a qualified and Registered Veterinary Nurse with an array of experience with surgical, medical and emergency treatment.

I have worked here since opening in 2011 and am very proud to have brought my career to my home town to help in providing a welcoming and caring service to local pet owners.  My interests within practice lie in many different fields of veterinary care, and I have completed further training in subjects such as pet diabetes, laboratory work and anaesthesia.  I am also a Clinical Coach which involves supporting and guiding the Student Nurses through their training.

I happily share my home with my husband and also a variety of pets, two black cats; Sabbath and Hendrix, two bearded dragons; Bill and Ted and a rabbit; Siouxsie.

Away from work I have an active social life where music plays a big part.  I enjoy attending music festivals and concerts wherever possible, including those involving the band in which my husband plays.  I am also an active member of Girlguiding within Rugeley and attend regular Guide meetings, events and also large international camps.

Emily Brindle
Emily Brindle

I’m from a local village where I grew up and still live now. After leaving school I studied at Rodbaston College and qualified as a Veterinary care assistant in July 2014

I’ve always had a keen interest in animals and have various pets of my own including my rabbit Cena who had his eye surgically removed due to Glaucoma by James earlier this year. I also have another rabbit called Ray who is a Netherland dwarf, two guinea pigs Bon and Dave and finally two rescue cats Randy and Binx.

Out side of work, another passion of mine is art, specifically life drawing. I like artists whose work is a bit out of the ordinary and work to quite a large scale. I look to expand on my skills and begin night classes in the near future.

I have been at the practice for coming up to four years and  love working here. We have fab clients that we get to know and a team that works well together creating a lovely place to work

Natalie Burkitt
Natalie Burkitt

I grew up in Stone, Staffordshire where I still live now with my partner. After finishing high school, I stayed on at sixth form. I have always known that I wanted to spend my life working with animals and have a strong interest in understanding physiology, which is why I chose to pursue a career in veterinary nursing.

I have gained valuable experience over a one year period, handling and working with cats and dogs at a boarding kennels. I then started working here at Number 1 vets as a Saturday receptionist, along side my kennel maid job, before being offered full time employment as a receptionist/general assistant. I am now 6 months into my veterinary nursing course and I am thoroughly enjoying the hands on approach to learning.

Me and my partner share our home with two mischievous house rabbits, Vera and Humphrey and a super bossy rescue cat called Ralf. When these three aren’t keeping me on my toes, I enjoy leading a fairly active and busy life.

Charlotte Stokes
Charlotte Stokes

I grew up in the local village of Hednesford where I live with my parents and 2 sisters. I have always known I wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse and after leaving school in 2014, I went to Rodbaston to persue that dream. I started with the Veterinary Care Assistant course which lasted a year before moving onto the Level 3 Dipolma in Veterinary Nursing. I have been working in different practices since 2015 and I am due to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 2018. In my spare time I like to attend concerts and cuddle my German Shepherd Logan, after a long day at work. My favourite bands are The Killers, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

My biggest interests at work are surgery and I love spending time with patients during nurse clinics. When I qualify I plan to do extra CPD on anaesthesia, emergency and critical care and Exotics. I also plan to become a Clinical coach to help train other students undertaking the Level 3 dipolma in Veterinary Nursing. After gaining more experience I would really like to travel to different continents to use my qualification for animals that do not recieve the care that we can give in the UK. There are many consivations in Asia and Africa that offer once in a life time experiences which would be amazing to be able to do.

Charlotte Goodwin
Charlotte Goodwin

I live in Bromley Wood, Abbots Bromley on a dairy farm with my parents and little brother, every day is different, I love helping out on the farm with every aspect of farm life.

I was very lucky to start working at Number 1 Vets in July 2017 and I started attending Rodbaston College in September, where I am studying to be a veterinary nurse – my dream job. The course is breathtakingly interesting and fits in perfectly with my work here at the practice.

I have 2 cats with extremely different personalities. Tipsy is a very shy cat and scared of her own shadow and Mr Tibbles – who I hand reared from 3 days old, is a very outgoing character and is best friends with my 10 months old black k Labrador, Trixie. I also have a donkey called Caesar who loves to play with Trixie.

Helena Kemble
Helena Kemble

I have lived in Rugeley my whole live. After school i went to college to do Graphic Design and then on to The University of Derby. In my last year I fell pregnant. After completing my course I was a full time Mum and working part-time at a local business. My son Cole is now 6 years old and I wanted to persue my dream of working in a veterinary practice.

I started to do some work experience here in January and loved it. I am now training to be Veterinary Care Assistant and will then go onto do my nurse training.

I am the owner to a beautiful blue staffie called Dexter. I have 2 fabulous acts called Felix and Binxy who are both rescued.

Mojo - Our Receptionist

Mojo is our furry receptionist who’s always happy to help and entertain clients and animals alike, he is the second Border Collie to perform this role at Number 1 Vets.

Out of work Mojo loves to go mountain biking with his Mum and Dad.



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“I am a small animal clinician concentrating on looking after your pets rather than trying to care for all species. I am helped by a team of qualified, experienced veterinary nurses to care and attend to your pets' veterinary care, health and happiness! I will be providing my own emergency cover so your pet will see your vet when they need help out of hours!”

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