Meet The Staff

Dr Kate Allgood, veterinary surgeon at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Dr Kate Allgood BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Kate grew up in the local area and went to Bawdsey Primary School and Farlingaye High School. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and joined Melton Veterinary Surgery in 2012 after spending a few years in South Australia.

Kate enjoys all aspects of general practice, but has a particular interest in internal medicine and is currently studying towards an RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys being taken for a walk by her two naughty Beagles (Dudley and Bertie), who are always eager to show her the new smells of the day. Kate also has two rescue cats (Reta and Jack) – although Jack believes he is more of a dog and regularly joins Dudley and Bertie on their walks.

Beth Duncan

Dr Beth Duncan BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Beth grew joined the practice in August 2016 having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London. She grew up in the area and always wanted to come back to work in Suffolk. She has a Springer Spaniel called Holly and has acquired a blind hedgehog called Sonic since starting at Melton.

Dr Sarah Graham, veterinary surgeon at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Dr Sarah Graham BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005. After seven months of mixed practice in East Sussex she decided to concentrate on small animals and moved back to Suffolk where she worked in a small animal hospital for six years. In 2011 Sarah had her first baby, Maximus, and joined the team at Melton working part time. Since then she has had 2 more children, Sebastian and Annabella and enjoys coming to work for some adult conversation and mental stimulation.

Dr Jace Palmer, veterinary surgeon at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Dr Jace Palmer BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Jace grew up in Suffolk and went to school in the area before heading off to London/Hertfordshire to train. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2014 and joined the Melton team that year. She enjoys the range of patients within general practice and is developing an interest in medicine in particular.

She lives with Hector (an Airedale Terrier) and is staff for two cats; Florence, and Holmes (the latest addition to the family).

In her spare time she enjoys craftwork/drawing, movies and cycling, and is currently (attempting to) learning Spanish.

Karen Woolf, head nurse at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Karen Learmonth DipAVN RVN BSc (Hons)

Clinical Director/Head Nurse

Karen has been qualified for seven years and has an advanced diploma in veterinary nursing. She has a special interest in in-patient care and loves to care for our diabetic patients. As the longest serving member of staff she is probably a familiar face for most of you.

Karen is also responsible for training the nurses here at Melton, and enjoys teaching new skills to the keen trainees that come through our door. Karen has two cats of her own, Rufus and Monster.

Hayley Biggs RVN

Hayley qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2017 after two years of studying at the College Of Animal Welfare. She has a keen interest in providing excellent inpatient care and lab work and is looking forward to developing these skills further at Melton. When Hayley is not busy working she enjoys spending time with her husband and decorating their new house. She also enjoys walking her dog Maxie, who is a Labrador, around the countryside in the village that she lives in.

Danielle Furneaux, receptionist at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Danielle Furneaux

Student Veterinary Nurse

Danielle joined the team in September 2015 as a receptionist after working in retail following leaving school. In September 2016 she began her training as a student veterinary nurse and really enjoys the clinical side of the job. Danielle is hoping to qualify in 2019. At home she has a very cute but extremely naughty Beagle puppy called Brie and a beautiful Ragdoll kitten called Noah. Noah and Brie keep her very busy outside of work, and act as a team in making the house a mess. Danielle looks forward to meeting and getting to know Melton’s clients and assorted animals.

Aga Fryer, student veterinary nurse at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Aga Fryer

Student Veterinary Nurse

Aga is currently training at Melton to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse. She started training here in September 2014 and is really enjoying it. Before this she also worked on reception here for almost a year, so should be a familiar face for most of you. When she is not busy studying or completing her training log, she loves to keep active. She can often be seen riding her bike to work and at the weekend she enjoys working on her allotment and spending time with her husband.

She doesn’t have any pets of her own but her sister-in-law’s dog is a constant feature in her life, and she loves to give cuddles to all the in-patients so she doesn’t miss out!

Sophie Oldham, student veterinary nurse at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Sophie Oldman

Student Veterinary Nurse

Sophie is currently on a two year veterinary nurse diploma at the College of West Anglia in Cambridge. Before starting her training she did a two year diploma in animal management at Otley College where she found out about veterinary nursing. Sophie then did three years work experience at Fromus Veterinary Group in Saxmundham. She joined Melton in May 2016 and is having a great time working with the staff and getting to know the clients and their pets. She has a black and white cat called Jeremy who came to her as a stray.

Megan Cooper

Meg Cooper


Meg joined the team in March 2017 having previously worked for the NHS. She has an NVQ in business administration and loves to spend her spare time walking the dogs at the local Blue Cross as a volunteer. She also enjoys watching Disney movies and spending time with her pet African Pygmy Hedgehog called Stan.

Megan Smith, receptionist at Melton Veterinary Surgery

Megan Smith


Megan lives in a small village called Grundisburgh and joined the team in January 2016, so hasn’t been with Melton Veterinary Surgery for very long but she loves every minute. She studied music performance for three years at Suffolk New College before she started at the practice.

Megan’s hobbies include spending time with her friends, watching films at home and at the cinema and listening to music. She has had a variety of pets including a rabbit called Fizz, a hamster called Jake and three chickens, but she is a massive cat lover. She has had three cats in her life, and her newest cat is called Rascal, he’s black and white and extremely lazy and grumpy.