Meet our Staff

Paula Bentley BSc BVSc MRCVS( was Paula Bailey) 

I qualified from the University of Bristol in 1994. Initially I worked in mixed practice but soon decided that small animal practice was where my heart was. I came to the Warwick area for one week in 1999, and decided to stay.
I enjoy building a relationship with my clients and their pets so I can provide the best care throughout their lives. Those of you who know me will know I love to see them through all the stages, and enjoy increasing the quality of life for older pets. They are all individuals and my photo gallery of animals I have treated is very special to me, I keep every card sent to me over the years. I have a particular interest in providing the same standard of care for rabbits and small furries as far as possible as we have come to expect for cats and dogs. I also offer acupuncture treatments which I have found particularly useful for arthritic animals and back pain.
I have two cats who are thoroughly spoilt. One named Indy was adopted as a feral kitten from a barn and Remy, who was a kitten dumped outside the practice in a cardboard box. In my time off I like to ride, dance or scuba dive. I ride a handsome Connemara Skye and he keeps me on my toes.


Kate Wiltshire BVetMed MRCVS

It has been my privilege to work as a small animal veterinary surgeon for over 20 years having qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1996.  I have worked in mainly small animal practices in Banbury, Warwickshire and Hollywood, Birmingham. For me, it is the best job in the world and I love helping pets and their owners. No two days are ever the same and it is always a joy to be able to make a positive difference in someone’s life.

At home, I love to spend time with the family and our dog, Minnie, who is a long haired Chihuahua and quite a character. When I have free time, I enjoy reading and painting.

Joining the lovely team at Emscote vets is exciting and I am looking forward getting to know you and your pets.


Marleen Weed DVM MRCVS

I qualified in 2002 from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I moved over to the UK and have worked in Warwickshire for the past 18 years. I began working in a mixed practice in Leamington but moved to work mainly with small animals. I particularly enjoy dentistry and feline medicine and like Paula, I am able to perform acupuncture.

I live with my husband and two children and our two chickens called Annie and Kitty. I am very happy to see and treat chickens in practice.

In my free time, I am very active and enjoy rowing and riding my bike.


Becky Barnsley

Hi, my name is Becky and I welcome you to Emscote Veterinary Practice. My job is receptionist/administrator, making sure all the important paperwork is done but not forgetting to have lots of cuddles with our adorable patients, a very important part of the job ! I started my working profession in administration and bookkeeping, but couldn’t ever stop the urge to work with animals, so my wish came true and have worked in a veterinary practice for 10 years.

I am a passionate animal lover and have been ever since I can remember. I share my house with two lovely, playful young cats from Cats Protection, Thomas and Lottie, our gorgeous Jack-chi Ollie and my adorable daughter. I look forward to meeting you all.


 Jo Locke RVN

Hello, my name is Jo. I Trained at Moreton Morrell and I have spent nearly 17 years in small animal practice, mainly working in  orthopaedic veterinary practices. I enjoy the unpredictability of every day practice and love working with animals and a great vet/nursing team!

In my spare time I will be found somewhere in a field with my energetic dogs Nell and Ted enjoying the countryside.






Karoline Brooks RVN 

Since qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2002 I have worked within a variety of different practices including night clinics, this has given me the opportunity to experience a wide range of veterinary medicine from a routine neutering to emergency trauma treatment. I have also gained my A1 certificate, which allows me to assess student veterinary nurses within practices, as well as completing short courses on animal behaviour and nutrition.

I would like to expand my knowledge within animal behaviour as this subject fascinates me, owning a dog who has separation anxiety has invoked me to study this subject further.  I would also like to gain a surgical certificate, which would allow me to perform very minor surgery procedures.

Rabbits and guinea pigs were my favourite childhood animals. Having them as pets drove my motivation for animal welfare and my determination for a career within veterinary medicine. My family have always been supportive throughout every step of my career.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my young son, this normally involves glue or paint of some kind.  I am extremely lucky to have a wide network of friends, with whom we spend time at the cinema, dancing and eating.



Ashleigh O’Connor RVN

Hello, I’m Ashleigh. I was born and raised in Warwick but spent three years in a Banbury mixed animal practice completing my veterinary nursing diploma. I have always been fascinated by animals and I really enjoy my job being an animal advocate and nursing them back to health. I was thrilled to see there was a position available at Emscote to work with small animals -my favourite.

Now a qualified nurse, I am excited to continue boosting my confidence working in all the areas of the nursing role.

I am definitely a cat person and would love to continue my education venturing into feline medicine and care.  I very sadly lost my little old man, Devon Rex cat quite recently. I was besotted and he even had over
1800 followers on Instagram! Hoping to home another lovely cat in the near future.

I enjoy shopping, sewing and yoga but currently a lot of my spare time is taken up wedding planning! I am engaged to another Ashley and there is a lot to be done before April 2020.




Nikki Sahota  RVN

Hello, my name is Nikki.

I have qualified as a registered veterinary nurse after doing the veterinary nursing diploma at Warwickshire College. I really enjoy caring for inpatients that have been hospitalised due to various reasons. I have loved animals all my life from a young age, my first love was Mickey Mouse. At the moment I own a (trouble-some) German Shepherd called Isabelle, and adopted my cat Figaro after hand-rearing him from a few hours old.

Other than nursing I enjoy different forms of crafting, holistic therapies, and going to Starbucks and Costa with Sara =) My main goal this year in life is to purchase my own house, and continue slowly travelling the world.



Vivienne Partridge

Hello, I am Vivienne. I am a full time receptionist at Emscote Vets and truly love being here. I have always wanted to work alongside animals and work in a veterinary practice and my wish has come true!

When I am not here I am out and about with my young son, Elliott. At home, we have Tilly the staffy cross and Tito the cat.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all.




Sofia Almeida

Hello, I’m Sofia! I am a first year student veterinary nurse training at Moreton Morrell College. I have always aspired for a career in the veterinary industry, derived from my great love and appreciation of all animals. This year I finished my Masters in Creative Writing (another passion of mine) and after the loss of my beloved cavalier, Samurai I finally decided to jump into studying for my dream career. I am thoroughly enjoying working alongside our incredible veterinary surgeons and nurses to ensure the best possible care for your animals.

I have a soft spot for dogs (especially cavaliers) and hamsters. I am very interested in hamster medicine and care and canine behaviour. I was born in Portugal, but moved to Leamington Spa when I was three. Currently, I live in Warwick with my partner and our rescue cat, Moose. In my spare time, I enjoy illustrating and writing poetry and spending time with my parents beautiful Jack-Chi, Hazel. I am really excited to get to know you all and your animals!



Victoria (Tora) Niewolik

Hello there, my name is Victoria but people call me Tora. I studied animal welfare at Moulton college whilst working for a business selling light therapy devices for wound healing and treatment of medical conditions. I am now a second year student studying Veterinary Nursing at Moreton Morrell college. Ever since I have been able to talk, I have known I wanted to be a vet nurse. I am now thrilled to be following my dream with the amazing team at Emscote Vets! I love to learn and enjoy all aspects of my job but have recently been finding that my strengths are in the operating theatre. I would like to specialise in something when I am qualified but am not quite sure what yet! I hope that someday I can travel the world and use my nursing skills on a large variety of animals.

Outside of work, I am interested in pretty much everything and have too many hobbies to count. I have danced in shows and competitions around the country, I like to relax with art and I enjoy helping my Dad to fix anything that can be taken apart. I love music, astronomy and cooking (although I’m not very good at it). I have a yearly bucket list of weird and wonderful things I would like to do so I always have an interesting and exciting life. I also love spending time with my parents and our gorgeous yet crazy Bearded Collie, Marty.

 I can’t wait to get to know you and all of your lovely pets!