Castle Cary Small Animal Veterinary Team

The profiles of all the staff working in the small animal departments at Delaware Vets in Castle Cary

Partners

Roger Lewis

BSc (Hons) BVet Med MRCVS

(Small Animal Partner)

Biography
I moved to Somerset 18 years ago in search of the perfect rural setting for my veterinary work and found it in Castle Cary. I love to spend time walking in the country with the family and our two dogs, Murphy and Ned. I enjoy various outdoor interests and like to include my canine companions whenever possible, providing they are properly attired! As a partner at Delaware, I am responsible for overseeing the small animal side of the practice with our dedicated team of staff. I am passionate about offering a high quality veterinary service and as a practice we are ‘Dedicated to Excellence in providing first class advice to our pet owning customers.

Veterinary Assistants

Lynn Bartlett

BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Veterinary Surgeon Castle Cary

Sarah Beard

BVM&S MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Veterinary Surgeon at Castle Cary

Alison Cooke

BVSc MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Veterinary Surgeon at Castle Cary.

Sophie Darling

BVetMed Cert AVP SAM MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Sophie graduated from London in 2005 and started work in Dorset as a mixed vet. She joined us in summer 2010 and has recently completed the RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice ( Small Animal Medicine ). When not at the practice Sophie can be found renovating her cottage, walking her dog “Spud”, riding and trying to maintain a social life!

Anna Rooney

MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Anna Graduated in 2010 and joined Delaware in 2012 after working in small and mixed animal practices including the PDSA Hospital. Most of the week Anna is out on farms TB testing and on Wednesdays she consults and operates on small animals. Outside of work Anna goes out and about with her Jack Russell ‘Trigger’ and her family.

Lucy Tyne

BVetMed MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography

Adam Kukaswadia

DVM MRCVS

(Equine Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Adam, originally from Ireland, graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest in 2015 and started working in mixed practice in Gloucestershire. He joined the Delaware Equine team in June as working with horses has always been his dream. Outside of work he enjoys rugby, spending time outdoors, and anything involving the sea, mainly diving and attempting to surf. Travel plays a big role in Adam’s life as he will never turn down an adventure.

Veterinary Nurses

Lynne Berry

RVN DipCABT NCert (AnBeh)

(Head Veterinary Nurse)

Biography
Lynne has worked at Delaware since 1999 and qualified as an RVN in 2003. She has specialised in small animal behaviour, gaining a diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour & Training, and more recently a Nursing Certificate in Animal Behaviour. She now offers behaviour consultations to all Delaware clients. Lynne also runs a highly successful Puppy PreSchool, providing new puppy owners with all the tools they need to create their perfect canine companion. She works across all species departments.

Rosey Bradburn

RVN

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography
Veterinary Nurse

Kitty Fleming

RVN ISFM Cert FN & Dip FN

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography

Before training as a vet nurse, I worked in a local animal shelter and have worked at Delaware for 7 years after qualifying in 2008.

As well as my vet nurse training, I have completed a Certificate & Diploma in Feline Nursing. These courses have enabled me to make some small, but significant changes at our Castle Cary practice towards reducing stress in the cats visiting us. In making these changes, the Castle Cary practice was awarded with Feline Friendly Practice Accreditation from ISFM last year.

My spare time is spent looking after my three cats and two Labrador’s. I also enjoy crafts, reading and photography.

I am dedicated to excellence in Feline Nursing.

Teresa House

RVN

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography
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Chloe Newport

RVN

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography
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Kelly Weaver

RVN

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography

Originally from London, I moved to the beautiful Somerset countryside 13 years ago.

I have two terriers “Bella” & “Charlie” who have encouraged my interest in learning more about dogs and their behaviours. I have always loved animals and have been fortunate enough to follow my dream of working with animals in my career as a Veterinary Nurse over the past 15 years.

I enjoy the variety of work I can do as a nurse but most of all doing the ‘weight’ and ‘senior pet’ nursing clinics.

I work with a great team of veterinary nurses who are all dedicated to excellence in patient care.

Support Staff

Sarah Staniforth

(Group Practice Manager)

Biography

I joined Delaware in 2008 which was my introduction to the veterinary industry. Having worked previously in a family run business I understand the importance of working as a team and recognising and appreciating the work others do. I try to provide the very best support I can to everyone that works at Delaware, and at the same time continue to look at ways in which we can exceed our client’s expectations.

Outside of work my life is just as busy with my husband, three teenage children and a dog. Not surprisingly, our Cockerpoo Devon is the easiest one to deal with! I try to make sure that I appreciate the moments of quality family time, even if it is just breakfast together on a Sunday morning or movie nights at home on a Saturday evening

Helen Davies

(Accounts Secretary)

Biography
Helen joined Delaware in 2010, my role as Accounts Administrator within the business is quite varied and includes booking the large animal and equine vets work and generating client invoices.

Gemma Davies

(Finance Assistant)

Biography
At Delaware I am responsible for paying all of our suppliers and staff. Outside of work my time is spent looking after my dog and 4 cats. I am also renovating my house and like to catch up with friends and family whenever I can.

Rachel Willcox

(Small Animal Receptionist)

Biography

I joined The Delaware Veterinary Group in January 2007 as a Qualified Veterinary Nurse. I had been nursing for 14 and a half years previously. After becoming a mum I returned to work part time and now use my skills and knowledge at front of house on reception. Dedicated to excellence in patient and client care.

When not at work I am always rehearsing for the next performance / fund raiser as I am an active member of a four part Choir! “Trinity Entertainers!

Emma Gawler

(Stock Controller)

Biography

I moved to the Delaware Veterinary Group last July, having previously worked within the NHS for 8 years as a pharmacy assistant at a busy GP surgery. My role here involves supplying and dispensing both small and large animal medication as well as dealing with pharmaceutical reps and sourcing supplies for the practice as a whole.

In my spare time I enjoy practicing karate, which I’ve been training in for almost 10 years. I also own and show American Miniature horses, which takes me all over the UK and I’m even considering branching out into the European show circuit in 2015.

I am a very driven individual who has always attempted to exceed expectations and reach the top of anything I turn my hand or put my mind to and I don’t give up, and I give things my all. With that in mind I believe I am dedicated to excellence in being the best I can be.

Angela Sayer

(Head Receptionist)

Biography

Originally born in the East End of London (many moons ago!), I happily ”emigrated” to Somerset four years ago.

I live on a small holding with my Jack Russell Terrier, Scamp and we share our home with two dogs, sheep, pigs, cows and a chicken.

As the majority of my role is based on meeting clients and their pets, including lots of cuddles (pets that is, not generally the clients!), I’m in my ideal job.

As Head Receptionist I have overall responsibility for the small animal reception team and ensuring that our team are dedicated to Excellence in customer service.

Jodie Bennett

(Small Animal Receptionist)

Biography
Jodie has been working for Delaware since September 2010. Her main duties are small animal reception on front desk and she gets to interact with all the animals that come into the practice. She has a passion for all animals. Her interests out of work are horse riding, including dressage. She also enjoys going to horse and dog shows.

Megan Povey

(Small Animal Receptionist)

Biography
Jodie has been working for Delaware since September 2010. Her main duties are small animal reception on front desk and she gets to interact with all the animals that come into the practice. She has a passion for all animals. Her interests out of work are horse riding, including dressage. She also enjoys going to horse and dog shows.

Yeovil Small Animal Veterinary Team

The profiles of all the staff working in the small animal departments at Delaware Vets in Yeovil

Partners

Peter Luscombe

BVSc MRCVS

(Small Animal Partner)

Biography
After qualifying from Liverpool in 1990, Peter spent two years in mixed practice in Gloucestershire before joining Delaware Veterinary Group in 1992. In recent years he has focused on small animal practice and has an interest in companion animal medicine. With a growing family, at home Peter is occupied with maintaining his smallholding and his small flock of Pedigree Zwartbles sheep.

Associates

Beth Hayman

BVMS MRCVS

(Clinical Director)

Biography

I grew up in Worcestershire before going up to Glasgow Vet School. After graduation I took a large animal internship at Bristol Vet School before starting to work in practice in Somerset.

This is my 16th year at Delaware and I concentrate on small animal practice these days! During 2014, I trained in a new surgical method of managing cruciate disease in dogs and am enjoying putting it into practice . I love all types of surgery and have a soft spot for cats.

At home we have beef and dairy cows, sheep and pigs on the farm as well as chickens, dogs and our cat called ‘Moo’. I enjoy growing my own vegetables and if there’s any time left I use it to indulge my passion for sailing.

Veterinary Assistants

Alex Laver

BVSc MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Alex has just graduated from Bristol vet school, and particularly enjoys small animal surgery and cardiology. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, getting out in the countryside with her dog Evie, and skiing.

Kirsty Campbell

BVetMed MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Kirsty qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007 and joined Delaware in 2009 after spending 2 years working in mixed practice in Devon. She Enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and has a particular interest in puppy socialisation, behaviour and training. Kirsty has 2 cats and 2 bouncy Hungarian Vizslas, Tizzy and Inca. She spends her time away from work training the dogs and regularly competes at agility shows throughout the year.

Kirk Hutton

BVM&S MRCVS

(Small Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography

I originally came to Delaware as a locum but some years on I’m still here so, happily, it looks as if I’m staying put. Working with Delaware’s dedicated nursing team and having the care of our clients’ many much loved pets makes my job here a pleasure, even the  caesarian at 3am, so I am more than happy to remain as part of the team.

At home I share my life with my family & our own pets. To date we boast two tortoises, a modest flock of hens, fish and as many cats as I am allowed. In my spare time I sing in any choir that will have me, ranging from  Yeovil Peoples’ choir to Sherborne Chamber Choir.

I am committed to excellence in communication in veterinary medicine as I believe that we can offer better care to patient & client if all parties are fully informed of treatment choices & progress

Veterinary Nurses

Jo Lock

RVN ISFM Cert FN

(Head Veterinary Nurse)

Biography

I have been at Delaware for 16 years after qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 1999. I started at Delaware in February of the same year, after completing my training in several practices in Dorset.

I am now Head nurse and lead a dedicated team of four nurses and have done so for many years.

My areas of interest include both medical and surgical nursing. I have a particular interest in cats. I have completed the icatcare (formerly known as the feline advisory bureau) certificate in Advanced feline friendly nursing in 2013.

I have two British shorthair cats, two rabbits and two guinea pigs  whom I totally adore!

Claire Grant

RVN NCert Dental NCert A+CC C+G Cert VNES APHC SQP-C Wildlife VNMA

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography

I joined Delaware Veterinary Group Yeovil in April 2010. I have been working as a veterinary nurse for 10 years and qualified in 2007. Since qualifying I have completed a wide range of certificates such as; dental, anaesthesia and clinical care, exotics and rabbits, wildlife. These are a few which I have enjoyed studying for and have plans for more next year.

My main role at the Yeovil surgery is the main consulting nurse, where I run a range of clinics that offer advice and care to all our clients and their pets.

I am currently working on new and exciting ways to offer our clients and their pets new services provided by veterinary nurses, as I am dedicated to excellence in animal care.

Bronwyn Edlin

RVN

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography
I started at Delaware in June 2015. I am currently in my second year of Veterinary Nurse training and hope I will be qualified early next year. I have gained experience working in other practices before joining Delaware. I enjoy all aspects of my job, but have a particular interest in Medical Nursing. At home I have a dog called Luna and a cat called Oli.

Steph Almond

RVN

(Veterinary Nurse)

Biography
I qualified as a RVN from Hartpury College in  2013 and am currently undertaking the advanced nursing diploma through Myerscough College. I have a particular interest in surgical nursing and also enjoy nurse clinics. I am also a qualified clinical coach and am currently helping to train our student nurses. In my spare time I enjoy riding my horse “Sprite” exploring the local countryside.

Support Staff

Emily Trent

(Practice Manager)

Biography

Emily comes from a small village just outside of Dorchester, where she lives with her partner and two dogs.

She has strong ties to the agricultural community in the area and has gained a lot of her experience through running her own business. The majority of her managerial and business experience comes from retail so she is really looking forward to including her love of animals and interest in agriculture in her future career.

Emily spends most of her free time either walking her German Shorthaired Pointer or hacking out on her horse.

Jenny Beaver

(Accounts Secretary)

Biography
Jenny has been working for Delaware Veterinary Group since 1993 as an accounts secretary where she will always be happy to help you if there are any accounts queries. She has a black cat called Suzie.

Marilyn Froude

(Accounts Secretary)

Biography
Marilyn joined Delaware in October 2001 on a temporary contract to cover maternity leave. She liked it so much she stayed and currently works as accounts secretary and general administration duties. Marilyn also helps to administer our Healthy Pets Scheme. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family her two spaniels and cat Tommy Trouble who she rescued after he came into the surgery after being abandoned.

Jane Jones

(Stock Controller / Receptionist)

Biography
Jane joined Delaware in November 1999 having completed an NVQ in Animal Care. Jane’s main jobs are reception and stock control. You may also see Jane with a screwdriver doing various repairs as Jane’s previous occupation was as an engineer in the Royal Navy. Jane has a rescue Scottish Terrier called Bess who comes to work with her spending most of the day sleeping on the sofa.

Louise Conway

(Receptionist)

Biography

I joined Delaware in Yeovil in May 2014 as a Small Animal Receptionist. The true animal lover that I am, I enjoy meeting and greeting clients and their pets on a daily basis. I thrive to provide a friendly and professional service behind the reception desk, which makes me “Dedicated to Excellence in customer care”

I am a true country girl who loves the farming way of life! I can often be found bottle feeding an orphan lamb or walking my Border Collie Misty!

Outside of work I love catering and I am always providing my work colleagues with homemade cakes!

Jo Birnie

(Receptionist)

Biography
Jo joined the Delaware reception team in September 2005. Jo enjoys all aspects of her work, especially meeting and greeting new clients with their puppies and kittens. Outside of work, Jo enjoys spending all her spare time riding and caring for her horse Dom. She also has two adorable dogs called Poppy and Dora and a cat called Honey.

Debbie Notman

(Receptionist)

Biography
Debbie joined Delaware in March 2011 as a member of our reception team. Debbie looks after our clients and their animals and generally makes sure that the surgery is running smoothly. Outside of work Debbie’s 3 horses, four dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits keep her busy.

Phoebe Gardener

(Receptionist)

Biography
Born and raised in Somerset, I have always spent the majority of my time around animals. From hamsters to a dairy herd. I am now in my final year of school with my GCSE’s fast approaching, whilst maintaining my sport and music at the same time . My life ambition has always been to be a vet, so I applied for work experience and loved every second of it. I now very fortunately work here on a Saturday and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.

Equine Veterinary Team

The profiles of all the staff working in the equine department at Delaware Vets Castle Cary

Steve Wildman

(Equine Partner)

Biography

Born, bred and Vet Schooled in Australia, I am a died-in-the-wool Aussie, despite the anglophile influence of my wife and children.  A horseman by descent, my veterinary interests and specialism are in investigating lameness and poor performance and equine reproduction.  I am a partner at Delaware with overall responsibility for the equine side of the practice.
Outside work, my interest in horses and their breeding continues with the family’s eventers, past and future.
The ‘great outdoors’ is a recurring theme and I am never happier than when enjoying the elements, particularly the sea and its related sports.

Adam Kukaswadia

DVM MRCVS

(Equine Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Adam, originally from Ireland, graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest in 2015 and started working in mixed practice in Gloucestershire. He joined the Delaware Equine team in June as working with horses has always been his dream. Outside of work he enjoys rugby, spending time outdoors, and anything involving the sea, mainly diving and attempting to surf. Travel plays a big role in Adam’s life as he will never turn down an adventure.

Suzanne Lawler

(Equine Administrator)

Biography
Suzanne joined the team in 2007. Her role is to keep the Equine vets on their toes and ensure the efficient organisation of the Equine department. Her hobbies include reading and going on holiday when she is not caring for her pet cat Jasper and Tarka the dog.

Farm Veterinary Team

The profiles of all the staff working in the farm department at Delaware Vets Castle Cary

Partners

Mike Kerby

BVSc DBR MRCVS

(Large Animal Partner)

Biography

Mike qualified from Bristol. Since graduating Mike has worked exclusively in farm animal practice, and dairy practice since 1989. He received a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool University in 1994. Mike joined Delaware in 1992 from Dorset, having previously worked for 4 years in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

The special areas that interest Mike are all aspects of dairy heard health and production especially Nutrition and Fertility with a real zest for bovine surgery. Mike has lectured abroad as well as domestically to farming and veterinary professionals, as well as consulting throughout the UK, continental Europe and in Australasia. Having chosen Veterinary Science over Football, Mike is still a keen sportsman.

Owain Jenkins

BSc BVSc DBR MRCVS

(Large Animal Partner)

Biography

I’ve always been interested in farming since a young age helping my father tend his sheep flock on the hills of Snowdonia, becoming a vet was a natural progression. I have been a member of the large animal team at Delaware since 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Since joining the practice I have really enjoyed establishing strong bonds with our clients and sharing in some of their successes and trials. I am really proud to provide service to some of the best farmers in the country and they are constantly challenging us to continue to improve. In 2012 I received a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from the University of Liverpool.

My spare time is mainly spent looking after my young family and walking my dog ‘Dewi’. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and I’m looking forward to time when the kids are old enough to come mountain biking with me. I try to visit the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as often as I can. There’s rarely a dull moment being a Welsh rugby fan!

I’m Dedicated to Excellence in Animal Health because I believe as vets we are uniquely placed, as the custodians of health and welfare of farm animals, to help farmers to run successful farming enterprises.

Veterinary Assistants

Yordan Dodunchev

MRCVS

(Large Animal TB Tester)

Biography

Becca Cavill

BVSc MRCVS

(Large Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography

Matt Gue

BVSc MRCVS

(Large Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Matt graduated from Bristol in 2015. He is originally from a family run mixed farm in Sussex which includes 400 cow pedigree Holstein herd. His interests in farm animal practice are herd production and calf health. In his spare time he will be found back on the farm, on the rugby pitch or skiing.

Tom Gamwells

BVSc BSc MRCVS

(Large Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography

Originally from Kent, I moved to Somerset in 2012. I really enjoy the outdoors, whether working or relaxing. Our new dog, Tilly, is learning to love the country – originally from Bristol, she’s not used to the mud and wildlife – but she’ll get there. As one of the large animal vets, I am part of the team that looks after our farm animal clients. I am passionate about offering a top quality, dedicated farm animal service that helps our clients maximise the potential of their business.

Dedicated to Excellence in providing top quality support and advice to our farm clients.

John Walsh

BVSc MRCVS

(Large Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography

I qualified from Liverpool in 2006 and joined Delaware in 2010 after working in Wiltshire and Lancashire. I am currently undertaking the Diploma of Bovine Reproduction, a master’s degree level course at The University Of Liverpool. My Main interests are lameness prevention, young stock health and fertility.

I have a young family so most of my spare time is spent either on the trampoline or going for long bike rides along the Trailway with a little one in tow!

I am “Dedicated to providing excellent, proactive services to our clients.

Laura Swetnam

BVSc MRCVS

(Large Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Anna Graduated in 2010 and joined Delaware in 2012 after working in small and mixed animal practices including the PDSA Hospital. Most of the week Anna is out on farms TB testing and on Wednesdays she consults and operates on small animals. Outside of work Anna goes out and about with her Jack Russell ‘Trigger’ and her family.

Anna Rooney

MRCVS

(Large Animal Veterinary Assistant)

Biography
Anna Graduated in 2010 and joined Delaware in 2012 after working in small and mixed animal practices including the PDSA Hospital. Most of the week Anna is out on farms TB testing and on Wednesdays she consults and operates on small animals. Outside of work Anna goes out and about with her Jack Russell ‘Trigger’ and her family.

Support Staff

Clare Laverick

(Interherd Manager)

Biography
Clare has been with Delaware since 1995 and runs the Interherd Bureau, supporting the cattle vets with their advice to dairy farmers on herd management. Clare went to Sparsholt agriculture college and in the past has worked for other local and national veterinary and farming businesses. She has horses, sheep and cats of her own, enjoys judging dressage and combines them with her other interests in field archery and hot air ballooning

Giles Turner

(Foot Trimmer)

Biography

My background started in rural mid Devon with my family working within agriculture and myself at North Park Vets at North Tawton. During the school holidays and weekends I always devoted my time to working on local farms to gain useful experience with cattle. After two years at Bicton College of Agriculture, in 1994 Itook up an assistant herdsman role in Cornwall where I received my first training in the Dutch Five Step hoof trimming method. Now I am a full time professional hoof trimmer and have achieved the NACFT Diploma in cattle hoof care.

At home there is a dog called Morph, and Fred my horse happily ensures any free time is spent with him!

I am “Dedicated to Excellence with the Delaware large animal team to achieve the highest level of hoof health for our dairy cows”.

Chris Watts

(Foot Trimmer)

Biography

I’m a Farm Technician providing all your Foot Trimming, Dehorning / Disbudding, Mobility Scoring, and other Bovine related jobs. Sorry don’t do horses, different department!

I joined the practice in 2011 having milked cows for some 30 years which I thoroughly enjoyed, most of the time! Somerset is now my home, and as my friends point out I have lived longer here than in my native village of Llandybie in South Wales . However when it comes to Rugby Football I will forever be Welsh! The game takes up a lot of my free time as I am very proud to be President of Castle Cary RFC and you can find me watching our first team every Saturday, or refereeing some of our numerous junior sides on a Sunday. So look me up socially at the club and you never know I might get the drinks in!

See you soon on Farm or socially, Chris.

Bex Tizzard

(Large Animal Administrator)

Biography
Bex joined the Delaware team in mid September 2011 and is a general office administrator who works across all the different departments within the practice. She is a local farmers daughter who enjoys many country pursuits.

Florence Frost

(Large Animal Administrator)

Biography

I joined the Delaware Farm Animal team in August 2016, having completed an apprenticeship in Business Administration earlier in the year. My family have farmed in Somerset for many generations ranging from dairy cows, beef and sheep. I have a soft spot for sheep as I have previously owned a small flock of Texel’s. Outside of work , I like to spend time with my family and often travel up to the Memorial Stadium to watch Bristol Rovers play.

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