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The Vet
Bristol Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses

Our veterinary team at The Vet Bristol are knowledgeable and experienced, understanding not only the right course of treatment required by your pets but also how much your pet means to you. Our highly trained veterinary team is on hand seven days a week. If you wish to see a specific member of the team, please use the calendar icon below to check their availability.

Sophie Halhead

Sophie Halhead

Clinical Director
Currently Unavailable

Sophie joined The Vet in September 2015 having grown up in Norfolk and trained at Bristol University. After graduating in 2004, she joined a mixed veterinary practice, initially tending to cattle, horses and pets before focusing on small animal care. Sophie enjoys all aspects and challenges of a busy small animal practice. Having spent many years juggling a full time job as a vet alongside playing rugby for England, Sophie retired from international sport in 2014, having gained 71 caps and winning the 2014 World Cup. She has now discovered a new love of cycling and spends free weekends mountain biking in Wales and further afield. Pets: Sophie grew up with an assortment of four legged friends and currently has 3 cats including a sprightly 16 year old who she re-homed when his previous owner moved abroad, and 2 mischievous two year old Burmese Crosses called Simba and Nala.

Joanne Whitmarsh

Joanne Whitmarsh

Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Currently Unavailable
Catherine Johns BVSc MRCVS

Catherine Johns BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
Currently Unavailable

Catherine graduated from the university of Bristol in 2015 and spent some time at a dog sanctuary and clinic in Thailand. She then started to work at a small animal practice in Worcester, before moving back to Bristol to join The Vet. In her spare time, she likes to fit in as much climbing as possible, either at one of the indoor walls in Bristol or getting outside into the Aron Gorge, Wye Valley and further afield. If she can’t be climbing she is most likely to be found either swimming, reading or planning her next big adventure. Catherine’s’ current flat doesn’t allow her to have any pets but she can’t wait until she can get her own cat again.

Lydia Kerridge

Lydia Kerridge

Veterinary Surgeon
Currently Unavailable

Lydia graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2014 from Cambridge University. She worked for a year as a first opinion vet at a busy small animal hospital in Swindon. Before joining The Vet in January 2016, Lydia spent some time volunteering at a charity clinic in Fiji, which offers affordable medicine and surgery for pets. She also helped to run neutering programmes on the outer islands. Lydia enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice and has a particular interest in small animal medicine. Outside work she is a qualified Rainbow leader in the Girl Guide Association, and enjoys running and yoga. Pets: Lydia adopted a stray black cat called Monty a few months after graduating. He is a wonderful cat, despite stealing any unattended food!

Ana Vazquez Couto

Ana Vazquez Couto

Veterinary Intern

After qualifying in 2015 Ana moved to the UK to develop her skills in the Veterinary Industry. She has since held positions in East Leake and Manchester, before settling down at The Vet in October 2016. Ana is from the city La Coruna which is situated in the north-west of Spain. In her free time Ana loves cooking, travelling and anything that may be related to animals and nature. Back in Spain, Ana has a toy poodle named Nala who is currently missing her cuddles a lot. Hopefully in the near future they can both be reunited here in Bristol.

Chris Dunbar

Chris Dunbar

Clinic Manager

Chris joined The Vet in January 2016 and came from a clinical management background in the optical industry. After over ten years it was definitely time for a change! Chris doesn’t just have a passion for service and delivering client’s expectations… he has a passion for animals too! With two crazy Irish Red Setters in the family (and sadly a Doberman, German Shepherd and third Red Setter all resting in peace) he gets his fair share of muddy walks and ‘puppy eyes’ at family meal time. Chris enjoys climbing, road cycling, photography (published) and travel. When in Florianopolis in Brazil he found that the stray dogs would all follow him around the coastal area and wait around for him to come out of his accommodation. This earned him the nickname ‘Doolittle’ from his wife and he continues to prove this true!

Su Hoddinott BSC (HONS) RVN CC

Su Hoddinott BSC (HONS) RVN CC

Head Nurse

Su first started her working career in the equine industry, where she worked as a groom for an international event rider and a couple of well-known racing trainers. She then took a number of years off to raise her family of 2 boys and 2 girls with her partner Gary. In 2008, Su started her degree in Veterinary Nursing Science at Hartpury College and qualified as a nurse in 2012. Since leaving Hartpury she has worked in small animal practices. She has developed her skills and gained a passion as a clinical coach, playing a role in the future of new veterinary nurses. Su currently owns a JRT called Barney, a Border Collie called Brook, a rabbit called Star and two birds, a cockatiel called Percy and a hand reared Green checked Conure called Hetti. In her spare time Su enjoys spending time with her family, animals and enjoys the outdoor life, camping and in a camper van.

Hannah Chial RVN

Hannah Chial RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Hannah moved from her home in Wales to Bristol in 2013 to pursue her career as a Veterinary Nurse. Now, four years later, she has qualified from Bristol University into her dream job. Hannah loves all aspects of nursing but has a particular interest in radiography and anaesthesia. Cat friendly practice is very important to her and she loves all things cats! She has a Roborovski hamster called Nala and lives with a tabby cat called Steve that thinks he’s a Labrador!

Chloe Ackerman

Chloe Ackerman

Veterinary Nurse

Chloe qualified in 2013 with a degree from Hartpury college. She worked for 6 months as a night nurse, then moved back to days where she completed her exotic species certificate. Her previous job allowed her to work with exotic and zoo animals. Chloe is interested in continuing with exotic work but also enjoys regular medicine and surgery with a specific interest in Laparascopic procedures in animals. Chloe currently has 1 dog named Jock, a 1 year old Bichon x westie, 2 cats, 1 year old Mayhem and 9 year old Chaos and a tortoise called Eric.

Amy Tottle RVN

Amy Tottle RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Amy began her nursing career in a mixed practice in 2009 and went on to qualify as a veterinary nurse in 2014. She joined The Vet in February 2017. Amy enjoys all aspects of her job, especially medical nursing, weight management an nutrition. Outside of work, Amy loves travelling, horse riding and going on long walks in the countryside in her hometwon of Taunton, with her very energetic springer spaniel, Poppy.

Charlotte Davies RVN

Charlotte Davies RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte began her nursing career in a mixed practice and has previously worked in referral hospitals gaining a veterinary care assistant qualification. She enjoys working with a range of animals from exotics to small animals. She has a particular interest in anaesthesia and medical patient care. Charlotte has two dogs fifi and socks, both cross breeds, who enjoy long walks in and around Bristol!

Rebecca Mason

Rebecca Mason

Student Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca joined The Vet Bristol in August 2013 on work experience as part of her Veterinary Care Assistant course.  Having successfully completed this she became a Veterinary Care Assistant at The Vet in July 2014.  She now plans to train and qualify as a Veterinary Nurse. Rebecca enjoys handling the patients and is particularly fascinated by eyes. Pets: Rebecca currently owns Hector, her placid lion-head rabbit and Ebony, her endearing cocker spaniel.

Naomi McGinn

Naomi McGinn

Student Veterinary Nurse

Naomi volunteered at The Vet Bristol from September 2013 when she was studying a Veterinary Care Assistant course at Norton Radstock College. Since qualifying in July 2014 Naomi has joined the team and now works full time as a Veterinary Care Assistant. From a young age Naomi has been an animal lover and aims to become a veterinary nurse in the future. Pets: Naomi has recently adopted a cute kitten, Millie who was abandoned by her mother. Millie now leads a very happy life with Naomi.

Hannah Gill

Hannah Gill

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hannah is a huge animal lover and has been since she was a little girl, having kept many different types, from dogs and cats to reptiles and bugs. She has a huge interest in learning everything about animals and their husbandry, in particular dog behaviour and psychology. Hannah studied a national award in animal management and used to work in aquatics and in a pet shop in her old hometown in Cirencester. Hannah now looks forward to furthering her career in animal care with The Vet. In her spare time, Hannah loves walking the dogs, horse riding, going to festivals, listening to music, drawing, crafting, cooking and being with friends. Pets: Hannah has two dogs; Loki, a Frenchie x Staff Pup and Wellington who is the family dog and is a Bernese x Lab. She also has three rats called Mallory, Clarice and Arya. Her exotic collection currently consists of Leviathan the Boa Constrictor and Margaery the Mantis!

Laura Davies Bsc (Hons)

Laura Davies Bsc (Hons)

Veterinary Care Assistant

Since a young age, Laura has always kept pets. From this she gained a strong passion for animals and a great interest in their health and welfare. This lead to her completing her undergraduate degree in Bioveterinary Science at Hartpury College. She is now looking to gain the knowledge and experience to help her further her career in the veterinary industry. Laura is a massive animal lover. She currently owns 3 dogs (a Dalmatian puppy called Elvis and 2 Patterdale Terriers called Ollie and Lola) and a cat named Harvey. In her spare time, she likes to keep fit and active and currently plays for a netball team.

Ellie Coates

Ellie Coates

Veterinary Care Assistant

Ellie joined The Vet in January 2017 as a Veterinary Care Assistant after coming to us on a work experience placement during the summer of 2016 – she loved it so much she didn’t want to leave. Ellie’s long term goal is to train as a Veterinary Nurse. At home, she has a rescue dog called Olly, who has needed a lot of training, a challenge that she has found very rewarding. Ellie completed a degree in Art ten years ago and now enjoys drawing and making textile weaving in her spare time.

Gemma Trappe

Gemma Trappe

Support Site Administrator

Gemma joined our team at The Vet late in 2013 to help run our daily business administration. Although her career has been in administration and customer service, she has always been a huge animal lover, rescuing waifs and strays from a young age and completing her work experience at an animal sanctuary. Pets: Gemma is kept occupied by her three cats Bea, Daisy and Liono – one of which is always getting up to mischief. She also has a crazy bunny, Oscar, who has a slight identity crisis.

Jessie Jackson

Jessie Jackson

Head Receptionist

Jessie did not grow up with animals and therefore did not realise that she wanted to work with them until she was in her teens when she met a friend’s dog who she fell in love with. Since then her family brought home a Springer x Cocker spaniel called ‘Dougie’ who is a typical crazy, cuddly spaniel who still belly flops into every bit of water she can find, despite having a lung removed in 2016! Jessie has worked at the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home for a while which widened her knowledge of animal behaviour, welfare and health and helped spur her interest in hydrotherapy which she hopes to pursue a career in, in the future. She has also completed her Undergraduate dissertation on animal welfare legislation where she studied pet owner’s opinions of British laws regarding pet welfare.

Charly Neale

Charly Neale

Receptionist

Charly joined The Vet in September 2015. You’ll normally find her front of house, greeting all of our clients and ensuring feline, canine and reptilian pets are all looked after. She has a love for all animals, but lives at home with Mopsy the Mini Dachshund, Gabbie the Maltese Terrier and Lily the Lilac Siamese cat. In her spare time she likes to socialise and cook gourmet foods for her friends and family, but her main hobbies since school have always been Geology and photography. During time away from work, Charly also enjoys English Literature, with her favourite author being Jane Austen.

Naomi Sansom

Naomi Sansom

Receptionist

Naomi joined the Reception Team at the Bristol Clinic in March 2015. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1994 and has worked in small animal and large animal practices. She also spent three years in an emergency out of hours practice. Naomi is to be found nursing once a week and enjoys the mix that reception and nursing brings. In her spare time she enjoys walking her two dogs, is learning to play the trumpet and has started tap lessons.

Jess Sefton

Jess Sefton

Receptionist

Jess has been surrounded by animals all her life. Her first pets were two rabbits and since then has had a variety of different animals, including guinea pigs, fish, cats, dogs, horses and she has even rehabilitated wild animals. Jess currently has two cats called Oscar and Henry and she spends a lot of time helping her Mum with her horse, Sidney. Jess studied an animal management and care course for two years and has volunteered at Bristol zoo, a dogs and cats home and in other veterinary practices, always wanting to be involved with everything animal!

Hannah Fletcher

Hannah Fletcher

Receptionist

Hannah joined the reception team in September 2016. She has grown up with animals and her passion for their wellbeing has led her to complete her undergraduate degree in Bioveterinary Science at Hartpury College. Before working at The Vet Hannah worked in Langford’s equine referral hospital as a groom which she loved, she even looked after the queens horses! She is now hoping to gain more experience in a small animal environment where she can further her career in the veterinary industry. Outside of work Hannah looks after her feisty cat Amodene and loveable labrador Duke. On weekends she enjoys spending time at the yard pampering her 2 horses, Jack who is now retired at 35 years old and Vince who she is hoping to train to compete in dressage. Other than animals Hannah enjoys cooking, listening to music, fitness and spending time with friends and family.

Kelly Hill

Kelly Hill

Receptionist

Kelly is currently our part time receptionist who joined the team in May 2016. Since leaving college in 2001 she has always worked in a veterinary practice and has been surrounded by animals all her life. She currently has a Bichon Frise called Bob who she rescued from her previous practice after relocating to Bristol from her home town of Middlesbrough. Kelly is also a new mum to a little boy called Noah who is also our first practice baby in Bristol.