Hawksmoor Kennels | Meet the Team!

Hawksmoor Kennels | Dog Care Team

Susan Hawkins Cert Ed                                                                                                                                                                                                susan-hawkins

  • Hawksmoor Principal
  • Awarded Coventry and Warwickshire Business Woman of the Year
  • Founder of the Hawksmoor Training Centre
  • Championship show judge and breeder of Hawksmoor Golden Retrievers
  • Member of Advisory Panel at Pet Care Trust
  • Qualified Internal and External Verifier in Animal Care
  • Industry Group Member for Lantra
  • Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals

Sue Hawkins – proprietor of Hawksmoor and Founder of the Hawksmoor Hydrotherapy Referral and Training Centre – follows a simple philosophy:

Our aim is to ensure that all animals entrusted to the name Hawksmoor are cared for in a safe, loving environment, receiving attention from dedicated and highly qualified professionals.

This very simple philosophy has been the key force that has driven Sue Hawkins throughout her very impressive career, and life’s work. How Did It All Begin? Over twenty years ago Sue Hawkins purchased an old eighteenth century farmhouse which had been derelict for some years with the dream to own her own boarding kennels. With two small children, the early stages were very difficult. However, despite many personal sacrifices and little time away from the business Sue developed and expanded at every opportunity and wherever necessary. Today, it is with great pride, that the Hawksmoor Training Centre is one of many companies to rest under the very successful umbrella of Hawksmoor. The Hawksmoor Company in-corporate, Boarding Kennels and Cattery which opened in 1989, which is now leased and a Hydrotherapy Referral Centre which opened in 2001. This very astute business woman identified an urgent need for the right facilities for injured animals. The Centre is now professionally recognised as one of the market leaders in Hydrotherapy and receives much respect from local veterinary surgeons. The Hawksmoor Training Centre opened in 2001 and was the first training centre to be accredited by ABC Awards for training in hydrotherapy and is renowned for its high standard of hydrotherapy training throughout the UK and worldwide. The British Veterinary Nursing Association and Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) fully endorsed Hawksmoor Training Courses. Sue is very proud of her canine and human team, and the Hawksmoor Team are incredibly proud of Sue and what she has achieved. Within the industry Sue has been nicknamed the ‘Godmother of Hydrotherapy’ for her endless support and caring nature for all Hawksmoor learners. The Hawksmoor Golden Retrievers are also an integral part of the Training Centre, carefully selected for their temperament and personality enabling students to gain confidence in the safe handling of animals in hydrotherapy. Prior to each new course being written, Sue carefully selects the appropriate Lecturer for their expertise and personality within the hydrotherapy and veterinary industry.

Sara Marlow RVN, DET


  • Hawksmoor Centre Manager
  • Head Hydrotherapist
  • Registered Qualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Diploma in Education and Training (DET)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals
  • Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals

Sue Hawkins first met Sara when she came along to work part-time in the Hawksmoor Kennels and Cattery whilst studying for her A Levels.

Realising her desire for working within the Veterinary profession, Sara joined the team at Oakfield Veterinary Group based at their Atherstone surgery, where she completed her training to become a Qualified, registered, Veterinary Nurse.

After 10 years at Oakfield and never really ‘leaving’ Hawksmoor, Sara joined Hawksmoor full time as Centre Manager.  She is the Head Hydrotherapist so overseas the running of the rehabilitation unit on a day-to-day basis.

Sara has achieved the Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals and also the Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals.

Sara has now completed her full teaching qualification, Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) and is the lead assessor here at Hawksmoor. Sara will be your point of contact regarding your post course assignments.

Sara is owned by a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (a French gigolo) called HERBI.  HERBI comes to work with Sara on a daily basis and this cheeky chappy is often found harassing Sue’s stunning Golden Retriever GRACE.


Alexa O’Meara

Kennel Manager – coming soon

Jessica Lloyd

Kennel Supervisor – coming soon
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