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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. 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.

Chloe Latchem

Chloe Latchem

Client Operations Manager

Chloe started here at The Vet in 2020. Her career in veterinary started 6 years ago, and she has done a bit of everything from nursing assistant, reception and head receptionist, to now being part of the management team at The Vet. Chloe has always had a love of animals and grew up around Golden Retrievers her whole life. She now owns a little poodle cross called Milo, and a Jack Russell cross called Tiny, who keep her very busy outside of work!

Alix Longhurst

Alix Longhurst

Head Veterinary Nurse

Alix is our Head Veterinary Nurse here at The Vet, Bristol. Alix graduated at the University of Bristol in Bio-veterinary Science and Veterinary Nursing in 2015, she then went on to work in the charity veterinary sector part-time as a nurse whilst completing a Research Masters in veterinary infectious diseases. Alix started working at The Vet as a locum nurse in 2019 and after a six-month break travelling
the world, returned to take the position of Head Nurse here and is now working with a wonderful team of Vets and nurses doing what she loves! Alix has a lovely old lab called Pepper and is looking to get a cat!

Esme Supple

Esme Supple

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Esme has been with us at The Vet since September. Esme has been in the Veterinary industry for 7 years and has worked her way from Auxiliary Nurse to RVN over this time. Esme has a black cat Bugsy at home who came into her work 6 years ago as a stray and has
moved to Bristol recently with her. She also have a border collie cross called Rufus who lives at her family home.

Lucy Sperring

Lucy Sperring

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lucy is a qualified veterinary nurse and clinical coach at the practice. She has worked in the veterinary profession for 20 years and has been a qualified nurse since 2007. Lucy started working at The Vet in January 2021. Her particular areas of interest are wildlife and exotic animals, although she enjoys working with all animals. As a clinical coach, Lucy is also involved in the training of student nurses within the practice and enjoys being able to pass on some of her skills and knowledge to the next generation of veterinary nurses. Lucy
currently lives with a one-eyed cat named Fury who was a rescued stray.

Megan Wiltshire

Megan Wiltshire

Student Veterinary Nurse

Meg is a Student Veterinary Nurse at The Vet. She is currently in her second year studying BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing. She is interested in anaesthesia, oncology, rehabilitation and behaviour. When she qualifies as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, she would like to either specialise in one of her interests, spend time working abroad or eventually further her training by training to be a Veterinary Surgeon. Meg has a pup called Charlie and 5 cats called Lola, Freddie, Daisy, Holly and Frankie!

Hannah Dabinett

Hannah Dabinett

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Hannah completed her degree in veterinary nursing with applied animal behaviour in 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Since then she relocated to Bristol to be closer to family. She has a particular interest in behaviour and nursing clinics. Hannah is
currently in the process of becoming an Animal Behaviour Technician and have recently set up some new clinics in practice. Since joining The Vet, Hannah has taken on the deputy head nurse role and is enjoying the new challenges that come with it. Outside of work, Hannah enjoyed rugby, crocheting and playing the piano. She has a cheeky dachshund called Roko who she enjoys going on long walks
with.

Celia Marker

Celia Marker

Veterinary Surgeon

Celia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and joined The Vet Bristol in November 2021. She is new to Bristol, having just moved to the area from London. Celia enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but is particularly interested in ophthalmology and medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends, exploring Bristol, and attempting to train her Norfolk terrier named Kevin.

Freya Gordon

Freya Gordon

Receptionist

Freya has always had a great love and passion for animals! She has two dogs, Monty and Lily; a Bichon Frise and a Brittany! After completing A-levels, Freya’s career was not initially set on animal care. However, after realising her dream, she decided to take a chance and kick start her career by achieving her Level 2 animal care and joining us here at The vet. Her goal is to become a veterinary care assistant and progress further to continue caring for all your muchloved furry friends!

Eleanor Beale

Eleanor Beale

Receptionist

El has always had a great love for animals and grew up around Border Collies through her own family and also through working on a sheep farm from a young age. She then went on to study photography at university and after graduating wanted to get back in an animal rich environment. She currently has a one year old very mischievous Border Collie called Milo and a hamster called DJ Steves, however with the temptation of all the adorable pets at The Vet she can see a golden retriever puppy on the horizon!

Eluned Hyde

Eluned Hyde

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Eluned graduated from the royal veterinary college in 2016. She worked in charity practice for 4 years before joining the team in late
2020. Eluned enjoys getting to know clients and their pets and has a particular interest in surgery. She has a rough collie called Frazer who she shares with her parents but is hoping to get her own rescue soon. Outside of work Eluned enjoys running, travelling and going
back to her hometown of Cardiff to watch the rugby.

Gemma Downs

Gemma Downs

Receptionist

Gemma has always had a love for animals, prompting her to take Zoology at Southampton university, during which she was able to work out in South Africa studying elephant behaviour on a wildlife reserve. Since then, Gemma has enjoyed working in a variety of customer service roles and can now integrate this with her passion for animal welfare! Gemma has a beautiful and extremely energetic goldendoodle called Rosie.

Ellie Hill

Ellie Hill

Receptionist

Ellie has a great passion for caring and meeting new people. It wasn’t until she finished her Dental Nurse apprenticeship and did a short term stay at a charitable vet, she realised where she wanted to be. Ellie is now working as a receptionist at The Vet, where she is also re sitting her GCSE’s science exams so she can fulfil her long-term goal as a veterinary nurse. Ellie also has her very own fur baby called Gizmo, who’s a 9-year-old Lhaso Apso.

Josie Thouvenin

Josie Thouvenin

Veterinary Surgeon

Josie graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2019 and joined The Vet Bristol in June 2022. After finishing her degree, she worked as a small animal vet in general practices in Switzerland, where she grew up. She very much enjoys all aspects of being a first opinion vet as well as striving to give the best care and follow up for her little patients and their owners. She has a special interest in internal medicine and ultrasonography.

In her free time, she can be found hacking out on the Mendip Hills with her mare, her best friend of eleven years, or exploring beaches in Devon and Cornwall. She is also the owner of two cats, Pipa and Charlie, who are very playful and cheeky and keep her on her toes. She is looking to adopt a puppy in the future.

Tanya Ford

Tanya Ford

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Tanya has been nursing in and around the Bristol & Bath area ever since 1987 – some say she’s a bit of a dinosaur in the profession! Her passion is feline medicine and behaviour and she is more than happy to be called the ‘mad cat lady’ of any practice. Tanya also enjoys surgery & anaesthesia. When Tanya is not fulfilling her vocation at work, she can usually be found spending time with her 9 cats and partner.