Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.
I feel very privileged to work with animals and continue to enjoy my work immensely. I love the constant challenge that animal medicine offers. Particularly the effective combining of rational, emotional and intuitive thinking that I find works best.
Working together with other veterinary staff , clients and , of course, our animal patients to get the best possible outcome for the patient is fulfilling and exciting.
I am grateful to my staff and clients,many of whom have been with me since the first year that we opened.
Out of the work-place, I enjoy walking, cooking, being creative with fabrics, swimming, music,reading and learning new things. I have always had an animal family which has at some time or other included dogs,cats,sheep,pigs,fish,chickens,ducks, a Golden Pheasant called Percy who just turned up one day...
I find that as I enter the second half of life, I have a renewed passion for the world around me and all the diversity and beauty of life, but also an increasing sensitivity to the pain and hardship that is a part of existence. Marrying the two together is life's experience and a source of endless learning. I am grateful for all the many things that I have learnt from animals and I find that my love and respect for them only grows as time passes.
After a few years, I decided to concentrate on my two loves- horses and small animals but ultimately moved to purely small animal work when expecting my first son as it was easier to juggle work with family commitments. I spent a fascinating 18months working as a locum in many practices around Bristol & Bath, and some as far afield as Somerset and Wales. It taught me a lot about people and the fact that there can be many ways to do the same thing with equally good results.
Eventually in 1986, I settled to work in a practice closer to home with my hours increasing as my family grew up. Over the next twenty five years, I saw the practice grow into a Veterinary Empire and although the facilities and equipment were fantastic, I grew increasingly uncomfortable with the accompanying commercialism. It was very refreshing to join Oldland House Veterinary Surgery in April 2011 where waiting room sales and targets do not exist, the only things that matter are listening, communicating and doing the very best we can for the pets and their owners.
I married my husband, John, in 1979, the second year of my University Course. Fortunately he is a farmer's son so shares my love of animals. We have two sons - Aaron who is married to Llwando from Zambia and Luke who met his partner Sam at University studying Physiotherapy. Numerous sheep, horses, dogs, cats, tortoises and small furries have enriched our family life over the years.
Apart from looking after our menagerie, riding, walking the dogs, I enjoy rowing (as in a boat, not arguing) and making cakes for special occasions for family and friends with sugarcraft decorations.
Although I have been working for over 30 years, I never stop learning. I try to attend as much continuing professional development as possible because Veterinary Science moves on all the time. I am a long term member of the British Veterinary Dental Association, I have particular interested in Veterinary Dentistry because dental care has an enormous effect on both the wellbeing and health of animals. Do not be surprised if I end up talking teeth when I meet you!