Clinical Directors

Alex England 

Alex works mainly at Lichfield and Mere Green, and is the director responsible for the general supervision of surgical cases. As well as a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Alex has a B.Sc. in Pharmacology. He is particularly interested in Orthopaedic surgery. Outside of work, Alex is a keen photographer and sells his work at local village shows and online.

Ian Thomas 

Ian is the partner responsible for anaesthesia at Pool House Veterinary practice. He obtained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2004 – the first vet from the practice to do so. Ian has also trained to practice acupuncture. Ian is largely based at our Lichfield hospital and Armitage branch.

Jamie Newton 

Jamie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010 and following mixed-practice in Evesham and an internship in Glasgow he returned home to Lichfield; joining the partnership in 2016. He obtained his RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2017 and is currently studying for his designated certificate in General Small Animal Surgery.  Jamie heads our laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgical service and is mainly based at Burntwood and Lichfield.

Veterinary Surgeons

Katie Luis-Hole

Katie joined Pool House in 2010 she achieved her RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice with an emphasis on emergency medicine, surgery and critical care. She has a very cute chocolate Cocker Spaniel called Charlie and a mischievous cat called Steve. Her hobbies include walking, skiing and horse riding when she can. Katie consults at our Armitage branch and the Lichfield hospital.


Lauren Lucas

Lauren joined Pool House in April 2013. She graduated from Bristol University in 2008 and has since developed an interest in Ultrasonography and medicine. In her spare, time she enjoys walks with her lovely Dalmatian Noah.

Jenny England

Jenny joined Pool House in 2007 after graduating from University of Bristol. She works part-time at the Lichfield hospital and Burntwood branch. Jenny has a particular interest in ultrasonography and cardiology.

In her spare time she loves getting outdoors with the family and her dog Brooke.

Olivia Pickering

Olivia joined the practice in 2009 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She has a particular interest in small animal medicine and treats most of our poultry patients. She consults at the Burntwood branch and Lichfield hopsital.

Laura Jones

Laura joined the team in Aug 2012 graduating from University of Bristol. She has an interest in emergency surgery and all aspects of medicine but especially reproduction. She has completed an advanced course in ultrasonography and perform laparoscopic surgery. Laura is also a clinical coach and helps train our nurses. In her spare time she loves to walk her two dogs, Maggie and Tia.

Laura consults mainly at our Lichfield hospital and Mere Green branch.

Sophie McCarty

Sophie graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 and came to work at Pool House. She has developed an interest in imaging and medicine. Outside of work Sophie enjoys netball, squash and horse riding.

Ecaterina Sava

Lucy Taylor

Molly McKendrick

Molly graduated from Nottingham University in 2018 and started working at Pool House Jan 2019. Molly consult mainly Lichfield and Burntwood. She has a cat called Jeff who was a stray at the practice, a tortoise called Shelly and a snake called Sammy.

Molly is developing a particular interest in emergency medicine and surgery. She enjoys the outdoors, running and cycling but loves her home comforts as well.

Michaella Anastasiou

Katie McKinnon

Petra Back

Petra joined us in Aug 2020 after graduating from University of Nottingham.

Visiting Referral Services

Mark Craig  BVSc , CertSAD MRCVS

Mark is our visiting dermatologist. He holds a certificate in Small Animal Dermatology and has appointments at our main hospital once a month.

Find out more about Dermatology referrals

Pool House Vets