The Team

Qualified veterinary surgeons

At Copthorne Veterinary Clinic, we have a dedicated team of veterinary surgeons who provide a range of pet care services and surgical procedures in Shrewsbury.


Our team consists of genuine animal lovers who will treat your pet with care and compassion. They are fully trained and friendly. They will do everything they can to make sure your pet feels comfortable. You can rely on our veterinary surgeons and dedicated nurses to offer quality care for your beloved pets in Shrewsbury.

Veterinary services


Clare Hacker

Clare Hacker

Veterinary surgeon and partner
Clare Hacker

Emma Morris

Emma Morris Bvsc MRCVS qualified from Liverpool university in 1994. Previously working in mixed practice, she has treated both farm animals and domestic pets, and whilst working in India for 2 years she treated more exotic animals, including camels, elephants and monkeys.

Emma is interested in all aspects of veterinary practice, but has a special interest in animal welfare and the care of older animals. She is a keen animal lover and has 2 cats, Dora and Boots, a dog, Spangle, a terrapin, Terry James and a tortoise, Mowgli, at home.

As well as being a vet, Emma is married to Richard and has four children, Hazel, Rosie, William and Iris. She manages two holiday cottages and has a love of hill walking.

Martin Hall

Martin Hall

Martin Hall, MA VetMB MRCVS, has worked as a small animal vet since qualifying from Cambridge in 1986 and is currently a partner at Copthorne Veterinary Clinic. He has a wide range of veterinary interests, including internal medicine, diagnostics, and therapeutics for both dogs and cats.

Outside of surgery life, Martin is married to Clare and is a father to Maddy and twins Reuben and Isaac. He is a licensed lay minister at his local church, a lifelong supporter of Stoke City F.C., and enjoys spending time in the garden.
Martin Hall

Naomi Watson

Naomi Watson BSc BVSc CertAVP MRCVS qualified at Liverpool University in 2007 having previously completed a zoology degree. She started her veterinary career in Shropshire as a mixed veterinary surgeon treating all animals. After a year in New Zealand, she returned to Shropshire concentrating on small animals and has stayed ever since. Naomi has undertaken a certificate in advance veterinary practice which included elements of surgery, medicine and clinical pathology. She has recently started a certificate in animal behaviour and has a special interest in this area along with ultrasound imaging and cytology. The majority of her spare time is spent fell running locally and further a field.
Richard Morris

Richard Morris

Richard Morris, BVSc CertVA GP Cert (SAS) MRCVS, studied veterinary medicine at the Liverpool University. Joining the practice in 2002, partner Richard holds advanced certificates in small animal surgery and veterinary anaesthesia, ensuring the best techniques are used in our practice.

Richard also has a special interest in animal welfare. Before joining the practice, he spent time in India treating not only dogs and cats, but more unusual animals like elephants and camels. He now provides the veterinary care for the RSPCA small animals at Gonsal Farm Dorrington.


Susan Richard

Susan Richards

Training: BTEC - National diploma in animal management
NVQ Level III veterinary nursing

Pets: Budgies, rabbits, canaries, chinchillas, a hand reared lovebird, chickens, a boxer and a poodle. 

Favourite animal: Dogs 

Special Interests: Showing dogs, horse-riding, cycling and playing badminton
Memorable moment: Rearing a young hedgehog that was underweight and eventually releasing it back into the wild

Natalie Lewis

Natalie qualified as a veterinary nurse in April 2014 after completing a Level 3 diploma at Rodbaston College, Staffordshire, after first joining the practice in 2008.
Natalie enjoys all aspects of her role from reception duties to assisting in theatre, but is particularly interested in surgical cases and the nursing care of these patients.
At home, Natalie is kept busy caring for her horse Iris, Labrador Ruby, Jack Russell Benny and her 4 cheeky ferrets Dave, Rodney, Winnie and Aggy.
During her spare time, Natalie enjoys riding Iris and now that her nurse training is complete she is looking forward to getting her horse fit for the competition season.
Corninne George

Corinne George

Corinne joined Copthorne Veterinary Clinic in 2000 as a student veterinary nurse. After attending Rodbaston College, Stafford, she successfully qualified in 2004 and has continued to develop her nursing skills with a keen interest in anaesthesia, surgical nursing and critical care.

Since having her two sons Henry and William, Corinne has returned to the practice part-time, taking on the role as a practice manager.

Alongside this role, Corinne joins our team of experienced, qualified veterinary nurses, offering our clients nurse clinics and appointments, with a particular interest in caring for elderly pets.

She has a rescue cat called Dave, a Labrador puppy called Ted and 4 chickens.
Jo Clews

Jo Clews

Jo joined the practice in January 2014 as an animal nursing assistant.
After studying animal management at Walford College, Jo completed a veterinary care assistant diploma with the College of Animal Welfare. She has worked with horses, and falcons, and spent time training to be a human nurse before deciding that she missed the animals too much, and wanted to work in a veterinary practice.

Before joining us, Jo spent 3 years working as an animal nursing assistant. In the future, she hopes to complete her veterinary nurse training and become a qualified veterinary nurse, she is particularly interested in theatre nursing.
 At home, she cares for her Jack Russell Terrier and 10 chickens.
Sarah Hindson

Sarah Hindson

Sarah started working at Copthorne Veterinary Clinic in May 2004, having successfully completed a national diploma in animal management at Walford and North Shropshire College.

While working with us, Sarah has completed an NVQ Level II business and administration course, a veterinary receptionist certificate with the Animal Care College and an animal nursing assistant course at Rodbaston College, Stafford. She is currently studying for an NVQ Level 2 in veterinary nursing at Rodbaston College.
Sarah Hindson

Maddi Scott

Maddi Scott, first came to Copthorne Vets on work experience from school over 7 years ago! She returned here to complete her practical placements whilst studying at Harper Adams Universtity, where she successfully completed her Veterinary Nursing Degree in September 2016. Since then she has gained a BSC Hons Degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management with a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration. Maddi joined us full time in August as part of the Veterinary Nursing Team.
Alisha Parry

Alisha Parry

Alisha joined us in February 2013. In 2012, Alisha successfully completed a Level III extended national diploma in animal management at Walford & North Shropshire College, and is looking forward to starting her training to become a qualified veterinary nurse. She has 4 dogs and 1 pony.

stacey blakeway

Stacey Blakeway

Stacey joined us as an animal nursing assistant in 2015, following completion of the BTEC Level III extended diploma in animal management at Walford College.
She is a qualified trampolining judge, and trained and competed herself for 6 years before volunteering to teach children and share her experiences. 
At home, Stacey cares for her cat Millie, rabbits Alec and Buddy, and also helps look after a Cavapoo called Benji.
In her spare time she likes to play the piano, which she taught herself.

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stacey blakeway

Lauren Higgins

Animal Nursing Assistant Lauren Higgins, has been working in veterinary practice since 2005, joining the team at Copthorne Vets earlier this year. She has worked in both first opinion and referral practice where she has gained many skills along the way. Lauren is keen to complete her Veterinary Nurse Training in the future and has a particular interest in orthopaedics.

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