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Pets Team Vets
Farm Team Vets
Director & Farm Vet
Paddy Gordon qualified from Cambridge in 1991, and joined Shepton Vets in 2000. He is now a Director as well as a hands-on experienced dairy practitioner. He looks after a number of large dairy farms, focussing on milk production through improved health and fertility.
He gained the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 1994, and is now an RCVS Advanced Practitioner. He has carried out original research into aspects of dairy fertility and health, for which he received the Tuckey Prize in 2002 and 2005, from the British Cattle Veterinary Association.
Paddy has carried out teaching at two veterinary schools, and delivers fertility training for BCVA new graduates. He also carries out training and health management advice for farmers in many aspects of dairy production medicine.
Paddy has been an Honorary Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, and received an industry award in 2007 for services to the profession.
He was on the BCVA Council for six years having responsibility for post-graduate education. Paddy has worked with pharmaceutical companies on product trials, for regulatory and marketing purposes, and on product development. He has been independent vet advising Tesco on Dairy Standards since 2012, shaping health and welfare policy affecting 800 dairy farmers across the UK.
Director & Pets Vet
Martin qualified from the University of Bristol in 2002 and started his career in South Somerset where he took up a mixed position doing both small and farm animal work.
After five years Martin decided that his interests were predominantly in small animal work and so moved to Salisbury where he took up a small animal only position. Whilst in this position Martin developed a particular interest in surgery and he is always keen to take on surgical cases.
Martin originates from the Wells area and so when the opportunity arose in early 2010 to join Shepton Vets, he was keen to come back and settle down.
Outside of work Martin enjoys a variety of sporting activities. He is a keen follower of Everton FC and enjoys a round of golf when he can fit it in. His main passion is open water swimming, and through the summer he likes to take part in open water swims – his last being a swim across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. However, after all of this he likes nothing more than to relax at home with his partner, three children and two cats.
Director & Farm Vet
BVSc BSc MRCVS
Oliver studied Zoology at Liverpool University in 1998, following this up with a BSc in 2001 and then went on to study Veterinary Science, qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2006.
Oliver worked in a mixed practice in Skipton, North Yorkshire for a number of years before joining Shepton Vets in 2010. Oliver has a particular interest in fertility work and calf and youngstock health. Outside of work, Oliver has a son Rupert, and two cats.
Oliver is a keep-fit fanatic and enjoy going to the gym, fell running and playing golf.
Sharon joined the practice in January 2004 after spending the previous five years in the financial sector.
Sharon responsible for the day to day running of the practice which includes financial management, health and safety and human resources and find it on most days very rewarding! I especially enjoy the variation of working within the veterinary industry and there are certainly no two days the same. Away from the practice I can be seen supporting my beloved Liverpool FC, running around after my football mad son Alex and travelling around the world with my family.
Sharon won the Petplan Practice Manager of the Year award in 2014.
Polly graduated from Bristol University in 1997, fell in love with the West Country, and has lived here ever since. After 2 years in mixed practice in Gloucester, she moved to a companion animal practice in Bristol where she developed her interests in pet behaviour and exotic pet medicine. While working there, Polly achieved a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy (from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an Improve Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice, and ran a referral service for exotic pets. In 2015 Polly and her husband moved to a smallholding just outside Wells, where they keep Jacob’s sheep, chickens and horses, aided and abetted by Phyllis the cat and Bella the rescued Labrador. Polly had already worked as a locum for Shepton Vets several times and was delighted to join the team permanently in the new Wells practice this Autumn.
Associate Director & Pets Vet
Greg graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011. He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice, but is particularly keen on feline medicine, having studied this for his final year elective at vet school. In addition, Greg has a developing interest in wildlife and ‘exotic’ animals. Greg’s main hobbies include wildlife watching, along with walking, travelling and discovering new places. Since living in Somerset, he can often be found exploring the Mendips or Levels in his spare time. He’s an enthusiastic supporter of Leicester City FC and loves playing football; taking part in regular 5-a-side matches when he can. Another hobby is running – Greg has completed the Bath Half marathon with an aim to compete in the London marathon one day. He is passionate about all kinds of food, enjoys watching films and likes to take part in the occasional pub quiz. Greg joined the practice in October 2011 Greg’s main hobbies include wildlife watching, along with walking, travelling and discovering new places. Since living in Somerset, he can often be found exploring the Mendips or Levels in his spare time. He’s an enthusiastic supporter of Leicester City FC and loves playing football; taking part in regular 5-a-side matches when he can.
BVet Med MRCVS
Rosy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and started her veterinary career as a a mixed practice vet in Devon near to where she grew up on her family’s farm. Rosy then spent six months in India split between volunteering at an animal shelter neutering, vaccinating and treating street dogs and travelling around the country. In 2015 Rosy settled in Somerset with her husband George and concentrated on companion animal practice. Rosy has developed an interest in small animal medicine, and particularly enjoys piecing together a complicated case and abdominal ultrasonography. Rosy gained her Certificate in Medicine at the begining of 2021.
In her spare time Rosy enjoys riding her horse Jack and taking part in many outdoor activities including long walks with her dog Tarka, surfing, skiing and baking.
Originally from Devon, Gudi graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2003 and started her career in a mixed practice on the Somerset/Dorset border.
She then took her veterinary career in another direction, working within scientific communications in the pet food industry for over 10 years. During this time she developed a passion for dog and cat nutrition and the positive role diet can play in supporting pet health.
She returned to clinical practice, joining Shepton Vets in April 2018, and is very much enjoying seeing pets and their owners face to face.
Outside of work, Gudi is kept very busy by her three young children and enjoys spending time at home in the Somerset countryside with the family and their two cats, Parker and Jinx. They are all currently planning the next family step of getting a dog!
Megan joined the team in July 2020, having graduated from Bristol University.
Sarah qualified in1990 from the Royal Veterinary College in London, and has worked exclusively in small animal practice ever since. Sarah joined the practice in 2001. Her main interests are ophthalmology, cardiology and the use of acupuncture in chronic painful conditions. She is also jointly responsible for the in-practice training of student veterinary nurses. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cycling and completed 10,000 mile tandem ride with her husband. Sarah has two active teenagers at home and 3 cats, 3 guinea pigs, 3 hens and tropical fish.
Callum joined the practice in October 2014 as a Saturday kennel assistant and began his Level 3 Nursing diploma in 2017.
When he isn’t at work he can be found covered in oil underneath a car as he is a big fan of classic cars and enjoys working on his original mini in his spare time. He also enjoys looking after his leopard gecko and watching his favourite football team Liverpool.
Callum qualified as a veterinary nurse in December 2019, and is still enjoying working at the practice every day! Callum can be found working at both Shepton and Wells vets within the week.
Head Nurse - Clinical Care
Faye joined the team in January 2016. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2013, having previously gained a foundation degree in Animal Science and a BTEC in Animal Management.
Faye enjoys the variety involved in Veterinary Nursing, with a keen interest in medical nursing and feline care. Faye is a clinical coach, supporting our student Nurses with their training.
Faye became our Clinical Head Nurse in 2019.
Faye has 2 cats and 2 Guinea Pigs at home; in her spare time she love getting outdoors and travelling.
Kim joined the team in 2018, and has worked within the Animal industry for the last 13 ½ years.
Kim is currently training to be a veterinary nurse. Kim's main interests are with the smaller creatures such as rabbits, guinea pigs, mice etc.
Kim owns two poodles, and a variety of other animals ranging from mice to sheep at home!.In her spare time she enjoys playing Badminton with her husband.
Sue qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1984. She has had a varied career working in mixed and small animal practice.
Sue spent several years working in an agricultural college in Leicestershire looking after a herd of milking goats, birds and exotics before she joined Shepton Vets in 1997.
Sue’s main interests include radiography and consults with her particular favourites being tabby cats, tortoises and chocolate! When at home Sue can usually be found pottering in the garden or out walking.
Nat qualified as a Registered Veterinary nurse in August 2018.
She is a true Somerset girl and enjoys country walks with her Border Collie, Hux. Nat has always had an interest in animals and Studied BTEC Level 3 diploma in Animal Management at Hartpury college 2011-2013, before starting her journey in nursing here at Shepton Vets in September 2013.
You will also see Nat at our Wells branch surgery where she has enjoyed meeting lots of new clients and patients along the way since opening in October 2018.
Cara qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2019, having been nursing for the last 4 years.
She has always grown up with animals, and has a particular love for fox red Labradors and hopes to get a puppy in the near future.
Cara also enjoys going to the gym regularly, and has always played netball for a womens summer league.
She is excited to gain more knowledge and experience at Shepton and looks forward to meeting you all and your pets.
Carolyn qualified in 1992 and since then has worked within several sectors of the Veterinary Industry including Nutrition, Pet Insurance as well as many years experience within practice. She has a City and Guilds Certificate in small Animal Nutrition and most recently gained a Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia.
Carolyn joined Shepton Veterinary Group in 2007 having had a break from nursing to have her Daughter. She developed a keen interest in Anaesthesia and left to gain more experience in Veterinary Referral and study for her Certificate in Anaesthesia. Carolyn returned after a couple of years to Shepton Vets where she can either be found in theatre monitoring anaesthesia or running the Nurse’s Consult Clinics.
At home Carolyn enjoys spending time with her Daughter and pets which include a dog, Cat, guinea pigs and share of a horse as well as reading and running when the weather permits!
Chloe joined the practice in July 2018, she is currently in her final year of veterinary nurse training.
She has always had an interest in working with animals ,and has special interest in small furries and exotics.
At home Chloe has two Shih Tzus, and recently adopted two rabbits.
George has been practicing since 1997 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2000. She has been working at the practice since September 2002.
George’s main interests are in nutrition, surgical nursing and pet behaviour. She has achieved her Hills Nutritional Advisor Programs I, II, III, IV & V.
George is jointly responsible for the in-practice training of student veterinary nurses.
Jade joined the practice in 2012 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014.
Jade has a special interest in all things cat related and enjoys medical, critical and emergency care nursing.
Pets Admin Team
Margaret has been working at the practice since March 2004 after moving back to the West Country from Hertfordshire. Having worked previously in the leisure industry, the veterinary practice was a totally new environment for her but she is glad she made the move and enjoys her job in the front line tremendously. Outside of work, Margaret has a keen interest in ceramics and collectables and can often be found scouring the local antique fairs and flea markets for bargains!
Georgina joined the practice in February 2011, after spending 15 years working as secretary for National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls.
She is an integral member of our staff, as she supports all departments, working as part of the Farm team and the Pets department Reception. In her spare time she likes running and competing in local running events. She also enjoys holidays and travelling. She spent 4 months travelling around South America a few years ago and would like to go to North Africa and the Middle East, she but feels it may not be a good time to visit at the moment!
Farm Office Administrator
Sam joined the practice in April 2021, after previously working in finance and retail banking.
Sam is married to a herdsman and has two daughters, Georgia & Florence.
In her spare time, Sam loves baking, walks in the countryside and pottering around her garden.
Farm Office Support
Anne-Marie joined the Farm Office Team in April 2017 as an administrator for the Daisy Bureau, and now alongside this assists with TB admin.
Anne-Marie grew up being involved in her parents small holding, in fact she was the reason they purchased their first goat as she was unable to drink cows milk as a baby, and it has grown and grown from there.
Anne-Marie enjoys her time away from work spending time with her family, going to the theatre, watching shows and along with her 2 children taking part in the local carnivals in November after working hard all year to fundraiser and create the entry.
Hannah joined the team in September 2016.
Prior to this she worked for the Diocese of Bath and Wells.
Outside of work Hannah, enjoys exercising and travelling.
Katrina joined the practice in November 2019 having come from Rosemary Lodge Animal Hospital in Bath.
Katrina has 2 cats (Basil aka Fat Baz and Rufus), her pug Lola Bean, and 3 ex battery chickens (Enid, Ethel and Blanche), and is constantly looking to add more animals to her brood against her husband’s wishes
Marketing & Events
Kate joined the practice in October 2014, having previously worked in the hospitality industry.
Kate works with the Farm and Pets teams on marketing and events. Kate became a Chartered Markerter in September 2019.
Pets Reception Team
Lauren joined the practice in October 2018.
Lauren grew up around Shepton, and attended school at Whitstone, so she knows the area well.
Lauren has a grumpy ginger cat called Woody who after an accident is now tail-less, and two fancy mice called Blackberry and Crumble who keep Woody well entertained!
Outside of work she enjoys reading and relaxing at home, yoga, and enjoy trying new vegan foods. Lauren loves to travel too, and likes to have a holiday in the pipeline to look forward to!
Sue joined the team in May 2005.
Farm Pharmacy Manager
Pets Reception Team
Doreen joined the team in August 2017.
Doreen has 3 dachshunds, a 16 year old German Shepherd, a cat called Beauty and 3 fish tanks, and a pond outside.
Doreen enjoys bike riding and walking with her dogs, and the Spanish Language as her mum was from Valencia.
Farm Office Administrator
Farm Office Support
Zoe joined Shepton Vets in June 2017 as part of the Farm administration team. Zoe took a short break from office life to go and become a Mummy, and now has a very active 20month old little boy, who is animal and tractor obsessed.
Zoe is now back as a part-time team member, with a more varied role, assisting in the management of Infectious Disease and running the administration for our TB Advisory service, and supporting Paddy with his Tesco work.
Outside out of Shepton Vets,Zoe is a keen horse rider, and enjoys competing as much as she can, and spends a lot of time outdoor playing and exploring with her family.
Pets Reception Team
Sue joined the team in March 2016, having been a client since 1996. Currentlyshe has a dog, a cat and 2 elderly tortoises.
Sue' main hobby is singing with Rock Choir which has given her many opportunities to sing in fabulous venues, including the O2 Arena, NEC, Hyde Park – Proms in the Park, and Summer 2019 performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Sue and her husband own an MG TF 160 and belong to the MG F & TF owners club (Somerset & Dorset) so throughout the year join fellow MG owners for runs out, usually ending in a meal in a country pub.
Sue has 2 children, and 1 Grand-daughter. She grew up in Cornwall and despite living in Somerset since 1992, still considers herself a proper Cornish girl.
Jade joined the farm team in February 2021
Vet Tech and Lay TB Tester
Tom joined the practice in March 2016 on a business administration apprenticeship.
In April 2019 became our 2nd Vet Tech, and qualified as a ATT (Approved Tuberculin Tester) in January 2020, one of a select few non vets in the UK.
In his spare time Tom enjoys Judo, has a black belt working to higher levels with a view in the future to compete internationally.
Pets Reception Team
Lynda joined our reception team in October 2018. She has lived in Shepton mallet for over 10 years and enjoys horse riding, and multi-species fishing in her spare time.
Lynda has two Lurchers called Tia and Trix, who love going walking and exploring together as a family.
Associate Director & Farm Vet
Anna is a farmers daughter from the local area. Anna attended Liverpool university and graduated in July 2012. She worked for a large farm animal practice in Cornwall for 5 months before joining Shepton vets in January 2013. Anna's interests are laparoscopy, fertility and robotic milking.
Anna has 50 Suffolk x Mule ewes that keep her busy when she is not at work. Anna also enjoy a social beverage, running and playing hockey.
Associate Director & Farm Vet
Charlie is originally from Somerset and went to the Royal Veterinary College in London to study Veterinary Medicine. Charlie graduated in 2012 and worked in a large dairy practice in Wiltshire before moving to Shepton in early 2015.
Charlie is interested in fertility alongside breeding and genetics in both dairy and beef production. He also enjoy mastitis and cell count work, coupled with antibiotic selection and use on farm. Outside of work Charlie likes to keep fit, mostly through playing rugby, but he'll try any sport. Charlie also enjoy shooting (or missing, as is often the case!) and having a social with friends afterwards.
Rob qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and worked in the South West and New Zealand before joining Shepton Vets in 2017.
Rob is interested in fertility, infectious disease and herd management. Outside of work Rob helps on his family farm in Somerset and enjoys time doing DIY and running.
Bibby (Elizabeth) graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2015 and joined Shepton Vets straight afterwards. Bibby enjoy all aspects Farm work and has a particular interest in goats and other small ruminants.
Bibby is also our Smallholders Club champion. Outside of work, Bibby keeps herself busy looking after her little Pygmy goats Herbie and Binky, Judging at goat shows and riding horses.
Emily was born and raised in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019, and began working in the UK shortly after.
Emily worked in a mixed practice in Wales before joining Shepton Vets in January 2021. She enjoys all aspects of farm animal practice, particularly calf health, emergency work, as well as small ruminant medicine. She also has an interest in international relations and comparing and contrasting the different approaches to animal health care and farming in various countries.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys exploring the great outdoors, running, painting, music, and travelling.
Rosie graduated from Liverpool University Veterinary School in 2013. After many years working as a farm animal vet in at a large diary practice in North Yorkshire she moved down to Somerset and Shepton Vets in April 2021.
Rosie enjoys all aspects of farm animal practice but particularly enjoys dairy herd health and fertility and sheep flock health work. Following a summer secondment at APHA Veterinary Investigation Centre as a VIO, Rosie helps to deliver disease surveillance at the practice through post-mortem examinations. Rosie has achieved her certificate in advance veterinary practice and is currently studying to sit her final exam.
When not at work Rosie enjoys adventuring in the outdoors, by foot, on two wheels or in the sky and when the weather is right you will find her trying to fly as far as possible on her paraglider.
Lottie (Charlotte) graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2004 and spent three years working in Derbyshire before moving to the South West.
She joined Shepton Vets in 2007. Having started off in a mixed practice, Lottie soon moved into an entirely farm based job.
Since joining the practice, she has become involved with control programmes for Johne’s disease and Mastitis and has also developed an interest in clinical trial work. Outside of work Lottie enjoys rowing and walking her dog.
Alex qualified in 2004 from University of Liverpool and was dead set on mixed practice with an eye for travel. After a brief stint working in Morocco with working equids Alex settled in Frome in mixed practice working for Silva House Veterinary Group. Alex quickly fell for the Somerset countryside and married local farmer David, who farms 200 organic suckler cows and followers on the family farm just outside of Shepton. Alex joined Shepton Vets in 2012. Alex has developed an interest in all aspects of beef medicine and health planning, as well as dairy mastitis. When time allows, Alex likes to get to Devon for a bit of coastal therapy/DIY, as well as visiting family North of the M4
Kate graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2009 and worked in a mixed practice in mid Wales, before joining Shepton Vets in July 2011.
Kate is particularly interested in beef and sheep and has spent lots of time wrestling with beef suckler animals.Kate also spearheads our Smallholder Club.
Outside of work, Kate lives with her husband and three boys. She enjoys walking and running.
Farm Vet, TB Tester & Exports
Robert qualified from University of Warsaw in 1993.He came to the UK in 2006 and after three years working in food hygiene as Official Veterinarian decided to work with live farm animals. Robert joined the Practice in 2011 with a wealth of bovine TB experience. He joined as our first full time TB tester. Robert also carries out training for polish staff employed in dairy farms. Robert’s hobbies include travelling, listening to music, walking and watching sport.
Ralph qualified London in 1979. He worked in mixed, mainly farm practice in Somerset until dairy quotas arrived in 1984. He then joined MAFF as a Veterinary Officer, dealt with BSE, TB and Foot and Mouth Disease. Ralph is married with 2 daughters and has a small flock of Texel x mule ewes and enjoys mountain biking and walking. Ralph joined us in 2015 as a TB Tester and is trying to encourage clients, whose herds have long term TB problems, to set up an APHA approved isolation unit, where appropriate, so that they can sell beef calves despite their restrictions remaining in place. Please contact Ralph if you would like any advice about TB.
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