East Midlands


01332 819940


MiNightVet East Midlands
Dovecote Veterinary Hospital
5 Delven Lane
Castle Donington
DE74 2LJ

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 7pm – 8am
Saturday to Monday 12pm Saturday – 8am Monday
Bank Holidays 24 hours

MiNightVet East Midlands

MiNightVet East Midlands is a small animal out of hours veterinary emergency service, welcoming dogs, cats and small mammals. We are based in Castle Donington, Derby and provide emergency overnight and weekend care to clients.

Our service is also available to clients from other practices who have arranged this service. Please see the list below to find out if your veterinary practice can use our service.

The MiNightVet team provide a dedicated emergency service with full-time night staff who will be alert and effective even at unsociable hours. The qualified vets and nurses have a special interest, experience and training in all aspects of urgent critical care.

We are always pleased to receive your feedback and constantly aim to provide a high-quality service, so if you have any compliments or suggestions on how we can improve, we would like to hear from you. Please view the have your say page for further details.

Facilities and service

  • 24-hour monitored hospitalisation
  • Car parking
  • Dedicated separate dental suite
  • Disabled access
  • Digital X-ray
  • Endoscopy
  • Isolation unit
  • Laparoscopy
  • On site laboratory for same day results
  • Secure external exercise space for hospitalised patients
  • Separate dog and cat wards
  • Separate dog and cat isolation units
  • Separate dog, cat waiting area
  • Six consultation rooms
  • Three sterile operating theatres
  • Ultrasound scanning

Veterinary Surgeons

Ellen Turbull, MiNightVet

Ellen Turnbull

Veterinary Surgeon

Ellen graduated from Cambridge University in 2011 and initially worked for a few years in mixed practice in the UK and Australia. For the last three years she has focused solely on her interest in small animal emergency and critical care and is currently studying for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Emergency & Critical Care).
Ellen’s spare time is mostly taken up by her own animals, walking Anoushka the crossbreed dog and riding Tottie the horse who she also competes with in one day eventing.

Rachel O'Brien, MiNightVet

Rachel O’Brien

Veterinary Surgeon

Rachel graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2012 and spent time working elsewhere in the UK and abroad in small animal practice before settling back in the East Midlands where she grew up. Over the last few years she has developed a keen interest in emergency cases and has recently started a Postgraduate Certificate to further her knowledge in this area. She moved to MiNightVet East Midlands in October 2019 to focus providing out of hours care. When not at work, Rachel can normally be found outdoors and active – mainly horse riding, bike riding or in the countryside walking her rescue dog, Summer.

Natalie Lisiewicz

Veterinary Surgeon

Natalie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. Since graduation she has worked in small animal practice, including 18 months in emergency out of hours after an 8 week intensive training course. In the last six years she has worked in a busy small animal hospital where she has predominantly been a surgeon. It is here she gained her Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

Outside of work Natalie enjoys riding her horses, Dolly and Molly, which she competes in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. At home she has her hand reared cat, PollyPomPom, and her rescued Chihuahua, Lady Penelope.

Mila Stanek, MiNightVet

Mila Stanek

Veterinary Surgeon

Mila graduated from Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in 2006 and moved to England a year after. She worked in several first opinion small animal practices in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire and has an interest in feline medicine and diagnostic imaging. Mila completed a postgraduate certificate in internal medicine in 2018.  She is a proud mother of two boys and trains to run half-marathons

Veterinary Nurses

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Elizabeth (Lizz) Claxton

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lizz qualified in 2012 from Harper Adams University College having carried out her sandwich year at Dovecote Veterinary Hospital. She is the nominated person for infection control within the hospital and also has an interest in wound management. Lizz shares her lovely home with her two dogs, Betty and Morgan, and her two rabbits, Brian and Florence. In her spare time she loves to explore new places with her dogs and spend quality time with her family and friends.

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Rebecca (Beki) Morley

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Beki joined the MiNightVet East Midlands team in 2017 after spending over six years in first opinion practice. She is enjoying broadening her knowledge within veterinary nursing whilst being involved with the more complex cases that are seen at the hospital. When Beki is not at work she enjoys spending time with her partner and walking their four dogs, Buzz, Woody, Jessie and Lenny. She also has five horses that she looks after daily.

Cathryn Pugh, Dovecote Veterinary Hospital

Cathryn (Cat) Pugh

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Cat joined MiNightVet East Midlands in 2019, after spending over 16 years in first opinion practice. Cat studied for two years at Mysercough College and qualified in 2010. After being head nurse for many years at her previous practice, Cat made the decision to move into referral practice life to broaden her knowledge and work with more complex and challenging cases.
Cat shares her home and loves spending time with her lovely dog Milla.

We are please to work with the following practices banner

MiNightVet East Midlands works in partnership with:

Dovecote Veterinary Hospital

5 Delven Lane
Castle Donington
DE74 2LJ


If your vet is not listed then you will need to use the on-call facilities that your own vet has chosen to provide. Please call your practices usual number and follow their instructions for emergencies.