Meet the Team







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    Jo Lewis

    Practice Manager

    RVN A1

    Jo graduated as an RVN from Bristol University in 1998 and joined our team shortly after. Jo was Head Nurse from 2010 and took over the role of Practice Manager in February 2022.

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    Louise Ash

    Clinical Director

    BSc BVETMED MRCVS

    Louise was born and bred in the South West, and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. She loves unusual pets and has experience with exotic animals like reptiles, birds and zoo animals. She enjoys showing and breeding Great Danes in her spare time, and has many pets at home, including a cat who thinks he is a dog!

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    Sandra Attwood

    Clinical Director, Somerset Veterinary Emergency Clinic

    MRCVS

    Sandra graduated from the LMU in Munich in 2002 and later completed a PHD in parasitology. She joined our team in 2021 and has a keen interest in emergency medicine. She enjoys cold water swimming and can often be found in the Clevedon marine lake! Her children and many animals take up the rest of her time.

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    Sarah Cole

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    Sarah graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2000 and has been in full-time general practice ever since, working initially with all creatures great and small, before concentrating on pets. She joined our team in 2017, and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, particularly soft tissue surgery and feline medicine, as our cat friendly advocate. Outside of work she enjoys running, cycling, exploring the great outdoors and sharing life with her mischievous cat, Esme. 

     

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    Abigail Binding

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS BVsc

    Abi graduated from Bristol University in 2017 and spent a year working in Wales before joining our team. Her favourite parts of her job are surgery and treating small, fluffy animals! She lives with her husband and their hamster, Hammy, and enjoys gardening, baking and cycling in her spare time.

     

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    Bianca Le Roux

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BSc BVSc MRCVS

    Bianca graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2012. After completing a small animal internship in medicine and small animal surgery, she went to on to work at a referral hospital in Cape Town, before heading to the UK with her husband. She has a passion for medicine cases and soft tissue surgery, and loves gardening, baking, history and looking after her cats, Sputnik and Lorax.

     

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    Gil Nurse

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVsc MRCVS

    Gil qualified in 1992 and worked at his own practice in the South East before relocating to Somerset and joining our team in 2022. He loves the high standards of care we offer at our hospital, especially the overnight hospitalisation facilities and 24/7 service. He has two dogs and two horses, and enjoys going to the gym and horse riding (badly)!

     

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    Kamila Galczynska

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    Born and raised in Poland, Kamila moved to the UK to broaden her horizons and experience a new culture and joined us in 2021. She has a keen interest in orthopaedics and loves to chat –  if you can't already hear her, she's probably not in the building! She has a boxer dog, a frenchie and three cats, and enjoys horse riding, hiking and playing the violin and piano.

     

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    Angelika Podedworna

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    Angelika graduated in 2019 in Poland and moved straight away to UK to complete a 2 yearlong New Graduate programme. She is developing keen interests in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Happy owner of 2 cats who loves to spend free time with family and friends.

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    Anibal Cortines Casero

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    Anibal graduated from the University of Barcelona in 2018, working initially with large animals and later focusing on pets. He has a keen interest in endocrinology and metabolic diseases. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, exercising, cooking, and going to the beach.

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    Cheyenne Walburn

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Cheyenne graduated from the University of Bristol in August 2023, and joined our team in September 2023. She has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery, and enjoys meeting all of our client's dogs and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and going on nice walks through woods and along the beach. She has two dogs at home called Inka and Nova.

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    Scott McDougal

    Veterinary Surgeon, Somerset Veterinary Emergency Clinic

    MRCVS

    Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scott graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2002. He began his career at a mixed practice where he was often calving at 3am, and later worked in various small animal practices. He joined us in 2021 after moving to Somerset with his family. He enjoys studying wildlife and has two dogs, a cat and a parrot at home.

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    Michael Maguire

    Veterinary Surgeon - Somerset Veterinary Emergency Clinic

    BVSc PgCSAEMS GPCert(DI) MRCVS

    Mike is originally from Belfast and graduated from Bristol university in 2010. He has stayed and worked in the south west and Wiltshire since graduation. Mike has completed post graduate certificates in both Emergency and Critical Care, and diagnostic imaging, and has experience in working at several speciality hospitals including a dedicated veterinary ICU.  He lives at home with a menagerie of 2 cats, 2 dogs and 2 birds.

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    Anna Klinger

    Veterinary Surgeon, Somerset Veterinary Emergency Clinic

    MRCVS

    Anna studied at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Poland and has wanted to be a vet ever since she can remember! She has a passion for emergency care and joined our emergency clinic team in 2022. She has a bearded dragon and two dogs at home, and enjoys hiking and wall climbing in her free time.

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    Alicia Jaques

    Head Nurse

    BSc (Hons) RVN CC Ncert Anaes

    Alicia graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 and now works as a clinical coach, supporting our student veterinary nurses. She has a particular interest in anaesthesia, surgical nursing and rabbit husbandry and welfare. In her spare time, she enjoys going for country walks with her Labradors and looking after her cats and rabbits.

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    Hannah Johnson

    Deputy Head Nurse

    RVN CC

    Hannah joined the team in 2013 and has been with us ever since, in which time she has gained her Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications at Bridgwater and Cannington College. She has always loved animals and particularly enjoys meeting our exotic patients. At home she has a leopard gecko, Gordon, and a fluffy mongrel called Womble. In her spare time she can often be found rambling over the Quantocks with Womble!

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    Shannon Jordan

    Deputy Head Nurse

    RVN

    Shannon joined the Quantock team in 2019 and qualified as a vet nurse two years later. She has a particular interest in feline nursing and has two cats of her own called Flossy and Freddie at home, as well as a dachshund called Frankie and a chihuahua called Rupert! When she’s not working, she loves walking her dogs in the Quantocks, baking and working on various arts and crafts projects.

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    Kayleigh Clark

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN CC

    I qualified from Hartpury College after studying a foundation degree in veterinary nursing science in 2017. I have been part of the quantock family since 2019. I am a clinical coach, which allows me to help trainee veterinary nurses. I am also currently undertaking a diploma in veterinary physiotherapy. I really enjoy inpatient care and nurse clinics, especially weight and mobility clinics as well as rehabilitation. When I am not at work, I enjoy running, going to the gym, yoga, and cross stitching.

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    Cate Anstie

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN CC

    Cate trained as a veterinary nurse later in life but has always loved animals. She loves being a member of the team and has a particular interest in feline medicine, earning an ISFM certificate in feline nursing. She has a rescue cat called King Cole, who unfortunately has to live indoors due to a diagnosis of feline immunodeficiency virus, but who loves to play in his cat run built on the patio! Outside work she enjoys getting outdoors, running, walking and taking a dip in the sea!

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    Rachel Nurse

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    The appropriately named Rachel joined our team in 2022, and was previously the owner and director of a small animal veterinary practice in the South East. She has two dogs and two horses of her own, and enjoys horse riding in her free time.

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    Yasmin Fox

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN NCert ECC

    Yasmin rejoined the team in January 2023, and now mainly works at the Nether Stowey branch. She has a particular interest in emergency and critical care, and has a certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care.
    She has many pets at home, so is often busy looking after them all in her spare time.

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    Georgia Doyle

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN CC

    Georgia studied at Bridgwater and Taunton College and joined us in 2016. She loves having the opportunity to make a difference at work, and has a cat and a dog at home. She enjoys walking her dog around the Quantocks and spending time at home with her family, partner and animals. She also loves to travel and explore new countries!

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    Fiona McGuigan

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Fiona studied at the Abbeydale Vet Nurse Training Centre and joined our team in 2022. She previously worked as an English teacher at a secondary school, and has a keen interest in medical nursing and providing gold standard care to our feline patients. She enjoys reading, watching films, exploring her local area and looking after her four cats.

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    Chelsea White

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Chelsea qualified as an RVN from The College of Animal Welfare North London in 2022 and joined the Quantock family in January 2023 after relocating to the area. She has an interest in surgical nursing and inpatient care. She has a lively cocker spaniel of her own who she enjoys going on adventures with in her spare time.

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    Alex Rainey

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Alex studied animal management at college, achieving a distinction. She initially joined us on a work experience placement and is now training to become a nurse. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her beloved Staffordshire bull terriers, Winnie, Wilson and Rubie.

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    Vicky Stone-Crabb

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Vicky studied Animal Science at Northampton University and achieved first-class honours in her degree. She has a particular interest in physiotherapy, surgery and all things gruesome! Outside of work, she enjoys kayaking, surfing and walking her two dogs, Murphy and Enya.

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    Hannah Puddy

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Hannah graduated from UOB in June 2023 with a first class honours. She loves anything fluffy with a bit of poodle in it, and has two cockapoos of her own at home. She once spent a month doing intense rubik's cube training, but sadly still can't solve one!

     

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    Lily Percival

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Lily qualified as an RVN in June 2023 from the Univeristy of Bristol with a first class honours and has a particular interest in anaesthesia and feline osteoarthritis. In her spare time, lily loves to do something crafty like crochet or knitting or reading a good book with her 2 cats, 6 guinea pigs and 4 chickens.

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    Jess Preston

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Jess started her career as a volunteer while undertaking a veterinary care assistant course and is now completing her nursing training. She has a keen interest in dog behaviour and loves building a rapport with our regular clients and patients. She has a border collie and two cats at home, and enjoys horse riding, swimming and spending time with her family.

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    Tess McQuillan

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Tess worked with military horses before moving back to Somerset to start her vet nurse training. She loves working with animals and tackling new challenges, and has a lurcher of her own who likes swimming, sunbathing and naps! In her free time, she enjoys horse riding, hill walking and playing the guitar, but you might also recognise her from her cameo role in the Downton Abbey film!

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    Lauren Hirons

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Lauren has recently joined the Quantock team as a Student Veterinary Nurse from Hartpury University. Lauren loves to do dog agility with her dog and going swimming. 

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    Esmee Bagwell

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Esmee recently joined us from Hartpury university as a student veterinary nurse. 
    In Esmee's spare time she loves to bake, walk her 3 dogs and do tricks with them. She also loves travelling and can't wait to explore the world helping animals in need.

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    Stergios Mitropoulos

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    SVN

    Stergios recently  joined us from the University of Bristol as a Student Veterinary Nurse. Its always been his dream to help animals in need and hopes that one day he can have a dog of his own, like a Husky or a Greek Harehound. He loves travelling, cooking.

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    Rose Camille

    Animal Care Assistant

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    Aidan Richards

    Animal Care Assistant

    Aidan joined our team in 2021 and has since developed a keen interest in animal care. He is excited to develop his career with us! He has a cat called Star at home, who is a lively character, and enjoys working on his garden and going on days out.

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    Sam Haggett

    Head Receptionist

     

    Sam is a qualified veterinary nurse and spent time working at a practice in Taunton and a wildlife centre before joining our reception team. She has achieved the gold receptionist award and leads our fabulous reception team. She is a busy mum, and the proud owner of two Jack Russells, Poppy and Monty.

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    Georgina Innis

    Receptionist

    Georgina had previously worked as a Dog Groomer for six years before joining our team in 2022. In her spare time, she likes to take her two Jack Russell’s out for long walks, helping at home on the farm and hacking out on the horse around the Quantocks.

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    Jane Bryant

    Receptionist

    Jane joined our reception team in 2017 and has never looked back! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, catching up with her grown up children, glass etching and making and decorating wedding cakes. She also has a cocker spaniel, two cats and a large tank of tropical fish at home.

     

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    Shanice Crafts

    Receptionist

    Shanice had a variety of jobs before settling in our reception team, and has never looked back. In her spare time, she enjoys going for long walks with her family and spending time with her many animals. She has six cows, nine chickens, two ducks and two dogs at home!

     

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    Sharon Pincombe

    Receptionist

    Sharon has worked at our hospital since 2011. She loves Boxer dogs, as she grew up surrounded by them, and hopes to get one of her own in the future!

     

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    Liz Young

    Receptionist

    Liz has many years of experience under her belt, having worked as a veterinary receptionist since 1984. She joined our team in 2022 and holds a range of responsibilities behind the scenes! She has a Border collie and two golden retrievers at home, and enjoys swimming and walking in her free time.

     

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    Kayla Gibbard

    Client Services Administrator

    Kayla joined us in October 2022 to be part of our admin team. 

    In her spare time she enjoys doing any outdoor activity such as horse riding, surfing and walking the dogs. She has a Springerdor and a horse to keep her busy.

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    Jackie Waddleton

    Administration

    Jackie manages the complex areas of practice finance and bookkeeping. She also occasionally steps in as an additional receptionist when needed.

     

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    Joanne Gray

    Stock and Pharmacy Administrator

    Jo joined us in 2020 and has never looked back, as she loves getting to work with our friendly team! She enjoys a range of administrative responsibilities and is currently working towards an SQP qualification. She lives locally with her husband and their two dogs, three cats and tortoise, and is an amateur poet and wild swimming enthusiast in her spare time.

     

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    Becky Chamberlin

    Administration

    Becky is our longest serving team member, and is responsible for ordering, stock control and managing our hospital shop. She also assists clients with their insurance claims. Outside of work, she is kept busy with her cat and various other small furries.

     

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    Jenna

    RVN

    RVN

    Jenna is our twilight RVN, she studied in Bridgwater and qualified in 2018. Jenna has a keen interest in personalised crafts, sugar craft, baking wedding cakes and anything creative where she can bring to life new ideas. She loves keeping busy and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys. Jenna is also the proud owner to her cat called Greyie and a rescue chihuahua called Sydney. 

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    Emma Wyles

    Twilight triage Nurse

    RVN

    Emma grew up in Cyprus and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2021. Emma has experience of working in a busy referral hospital with a dedicated ICU. She has a particular interest in Emergency and Critical Care and infectious disease. Outside of work she enjoys trampolining and competes all over the UK. Emma also enjoys voluntary rescue work and goes abroad yearly to help educate shelters on how to minimise the spread of disease within shelters. This is where Emma rescued most of her pets from and is the happy owner of a dog, 6 cats and 2 rabbits.