The CPR Trainers

We have 3 CPR Trainers, all certified to RECOVER Rescuer level and passionate about CPR. Meet your CPR Trainer here and get in touch to book them in.

Samantha Thompson- The VetMed CPR Coach

CPR Trainer- South East


Diploma in Education and Teaching  

RECOVER Instructor

Lead CPR Trainer and owner, also known as The VetMed CPR Coach. Sam is a highly experienced registered veterinary nurse who has spent most of her career in a referral hospital environment, primarily based in wards but with anaesthesia experience also.

She has been Head of training in the hospital and her final clinical role was clinical services manager. Where she supported all new members of the clinical team and was responsible for the hospital’s CPR Training.

A qualified teacher who has previously been veterinary nursing programme manager Sam created the VetMed CPR coach, and later set up the ‘The PetMed CPR Education Company’ in response to a need for training. She is trained to certify RECOVER Rescuers as a RECOVER instructor and is highly passionate about the subject.

Claire Hartwright-Wood

CPR Trainer- Southwest



Claire and Sam have worked together for many years, in the referral hospital and also later on in a teaching capacity. Claire has worked in multiple referral hospitals but also has experience of primary care giving her an insight to the dynamics of general practice. She has previously been a head nurse. In her last role she was a medical nurse at Anderson Moores in Hampshire.

Currently she is a training officer and IQA at Bicton College. She’s previously taught veterinary nursing alongside Sam in an FE college and has a wealth of experience in supporting nurses in their learning journey.

A qualified RECOVER rescuer based in Devon. Claire will be able to support practices in this region, delivering VetMed CPR coach training to teams in your practice!

Katy Brown

CPR Trainer – Midlands



Katy and Sam met on the retreat and connected over karaoke. Katy is dedicated RVN from Northampton. She has been in practice for over 20 years and worked in both primary care and referral. She loves theatre nursing and developing the team around her. Currently she is a theatre nurse and like the others balances her passions with family life. Keen to share her experience, teaching is something she enjoys and has a flair for!

A previous role as a Nursing Development lead cemented this desire and she is excited to be able to combine her job in practice with supporting teams with CPR. A certified RECOVER Rescuer Katy is ready to help your teams feel more confident with CPR.