The practice is owned and staffed by Rupert Symes and Lorna Clark. With over 30 years of veterinary experience between them, your pet is in safe hands!

Our Friendly Team


Rupert Symes MBA BVSc MRCVS

I grew up on a farm in Suffolk and trained at Bristol University Vet School. After graduating, I worked at a mixed practice in Staffordshire for 7 years before becoming senior vet at PDSA Nottingham for 12 years.
I have three children, two guinea pigs (Bruno and Vincent!) and a dog called Ebba. I have an interest in ear disease and quite like a fracture repair to keep me on my toes! When I’m not at work you’ll probably find me at my allotment.

Lorna Clark BA (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

I trained at the Royal Veterinary College, London and after graduating I worked predominantly small animal practice, in both the private and charitable sectors. I live in East Leake with my husband and two children, two Springer Spaniels, a ginger cat and a couple of gerbils. When I’m not at work I love baking and cycling – though not at the same time!
I really enjoy integrating the practice with the local community and have loved getting to know our customers and their pets. I would describe myself as very much a general practitioner, though I have a keen interest in dentistry and soft tissue surgery.

Mark Short MRCVS

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. I’ve known Lorna and Rupert for several years and was thrilled when they asked if I’d join the team at Pinfold. I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Henry – he was a rescue dog that need quite major surgery – and I decided to take him on afterwards. He’s now fit and well and Henry and I enjoy plenty of long dog walks when I’m not at work.

Amy Knight

I have been working as a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2003. I am the Head Nurse at Pinfold Vets. I have three chickens and two cats. I have worked in both companion animal and mixed practices and was at my last practice for ten years!
It’s been really exciting to help set up a brand-new practice. I pride myself on keeping Pinfold running smoothly and looking nice.
Out of work I enjoy working on my allotment and keeping fit.

Tracey Leeson

I’ve worked as a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2001, in private practice and for a large charity Veterinary Hospital. I love working with animals, particularly cats, and have five cats of my own. At work they call me the cat whisperer!
I live with my husband and have two grown up sons. I love crafts and baking and spend most of my spare time doing one or the other!

Julia Hutchison

I have been working in mixed, small animal, and referral practices as a Veterinary Nurse for MANY years, but decided to formalise my qualification in 2013! I joined Pinfold Vets when I moved from Kent to Kingston-on-Soar and am still enjoying exploring this lovely area.
I consider myself to be very lucky to be employed in a job which allows me to meet lovely animals and their equally great owners. I enjoy swimming, cycling and (trying) to grow vegetables!

Shannon Mc Menamin

I work part-time for Pinfold Vets as an Animal Care Assistant. I have an NVQ Level 2 in Animal Care and previously worked in a boarding kennels.
I have two dogs and a horse and I am hoping to continue my education and gain experience at Pinfold Vets to further my career working with animals.

Katie Johnson

I work on Reception here at Pinfold Vets. I have worked in Customer Service for 8 years. I never thought I would be lucky enough to work with animals…until now! I love animals and am really enjoying learning as much as I can. I have a dog called Rupert, tropical fish, two snakes and two Giant African Land Snails. I’ve been with Pinfold since it opened in 2015 – it’s been really exciting to be a part of a new business venture and seeing our customer base grow!
I live in the village so you may see me walking Rupert, feel free to come and say Hello! I look forward to seeing you and your pets.

Alison Illsely

I’m Alison and I joined the Pinfold team in July 2016. I have a grown up daughter, but no pets – yet! Though I’m not sure how long that will last now that I work at Pinfold! I enjoy the busy days at Pinfold and helping people who need our services. I live locally – so you might spot me in the Co-op, or maybe even the Round Robin!

Dawn Marriott

I’m Dawn and I’m a Receptionist at Pinfold Vets. I started working here in November 2017. I previously worked in accounts and for a bank, so working at a Vets was a totally new experience for me. But I love animals and have several pets of my own, and customer service is important to me – so I love being part of the Pinfold team.

Village location

Part of your community in the village of East Leake

New and purpose built practice

We have diagnostic and surgical facilities on-site

We are friendly and we care

Our dedicated team are all pet owners and pet lovers

Independent practice

We pride ourselves on being privately owned

Rupert Symes Pinfold Vets East Leake