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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

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.

Adam Williams BSc (Hons)

Adam Williams BSc (Hons)

Business Manager

Adam joined The Vet from a career in retail event industry where he managed some of Britain’s best-known sporting and entertainment/cultural venues. He has a background in food sciences but his time in an industry that is defined by its standard of service, showed him the importance of ensuring that the customer and client is at the forefront of any business
Customer service may be Adam’s passion but his love of animals is long standing. From living on a farm as a child in the Falkland Islands to being surrounded by dogs and cats later on in life in Yorkshire and London, Adam has always been lucky enough to be surrounded by animals.
Adam lives with his wife and daughter who share their home with a German Pointer dog and two cats. Albert the dog is the perfect companion for Adam’s outdoor passions of fell running and Mountain Biking.

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.

Catherine Johns BVSc MRCVS

Catherine Johns BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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.

Camilla Piazza

Camilla Piazza

Veterinary Surgeon

Camilla graduated as a Veterinary surgeon in 2017 from the University of Milan, Italy. In the same year she spent three months at the University of Ghent, Belgium, undertaking a rotating internship with different specialties in Small animals and Exotics. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice and has a particular interest in internal medicine and medical imaging.

In her spare time she likes travelling, photography and cooking. She has been riding horses for many years and horses are still her second passion.

Her dog, a Westie by the name of Zoe, is currently in Italy – but since visiting Camilla last year in Ghent, has acquired a taste for travels and may soon be heading on a trip to the UK!

 

Iona Panciu

Iona Panciu

Veterinary Surgeon

Ioana graduated in 2011 and worked as a mixed animal vet until 2016 when she moved into small animal practice in Bristol. Ioana enjoys working with small animals as there is plenty variety loves to work with patients throughout their lifespan monitoring their health and giving them her support and help when needed. Ioana’s clinical interests include surgery, some cardiology, and emergency medicine. Outside of work Ioana enjoys reading and watching movies, most of her free time is spent with her son and husband taking long walks or visiting new places.

Rebecca Mason

Rebecca Mason

Student Vet 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.

Hannah Gill

Hannah Gill

Student Vet Nurse

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!

Lucy Smith

Lucy Smith

Receptionist

Lucy studied at City of Bristol college and achieved a Level 1 and 2 Diploma in Animal Care, she also worked alongside a dog groomer during her course. Lucy has a great passion for animals and they been a big part of her life growing up. She owns a Toy Poodle called Charlie, a Maine Coon Cross called Morris and two short-haired kittens Alice and Junior whom she rescued and not forgetting Marvin the Lovebird!

Lucy Bowker

Lucy Bowker

Receptionist

Lucy is originally from Warrington and moved to Bristol over 2 years ago, after having worked in kennels for 3 years. While up north Lucy did a lot of work with The Retired Greyhound trust and other local dog rescues which found her love of sighthounds. Lucy now in Bristol is progressing her animal career with an interest in good customer care also. Lucy has a retired greyhound called Sabre and is quite often found on long walks with him and friends and their dogs.