Meet the team at Mount Vets

Meet our superb team of vets, nurses and support staff

Vets

Eric Chant

BVMS, MRCVS

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Wellington local, Eric Chant began his career with Mount Vets over 25 years ago, after graduating from Glasgow University. He is a Director in the Practice and has been instrumental in developing the Hospital site. Eric enjoys medicine and orthopaedic surgery, and has a special interest in cruciate ligament disease in dogs.

Charlotte Freeman

BVM&S, Cert. V.Ophthal., MRCVS

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Charlotte has been with Mount Vets since 2003 and joined the directorship in 2011. After her first few years of veterinary work, Charlotte developed an interest in diseases of the eyes and ocular surgery. Charlotte now holds an advanced qualification in ophthalmology, the study of diseases affecting the eyes and is an active member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

James Cavanagh

BVSc, PgCert SAM, MRCVS

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James graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2007 and joined Mount Vets small animal team in 2009. James gained his certificate in Canine and Feline Medicine in 2013 and became an Advanced Practitioner in 2014. James has a particular clinical interest in diagnostic imaging (X-rays and ultrasound scanning) and cardiology. James joined the board of directors in 2018.

Christian Marchant

BVMedSci(hons) BVM BVS MRCVS

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Christian graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 and spent his first two years in a small animal practice in Yorkshire. Christian joined Mount Vets in 2015 and attained his post graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2018. He is interested in both soft tissue surgery including reconstructive surgery, ear surgery, laryngeal surgery and BOAS techniques as well as orthopaedics including fracture repair and developmental joint disease.

Kara Brand

BVMedSci(hons) BVM BVS MRCVS

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Kara graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012. After a short period working at the University she spent the next 5 years in small animal first opinion practices first in Yorkshire and then in Devon. Kara consults at Taunton Road Hospital and Wiveliscombe. She is currently studying for an advanced qualification in Veterinary Dermatology; the study of skin disease in cats and dogs.

Liz Hynes

MRCVS

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I qualified at the University of Sydney in 2005, after working in a mixed practice in Australia and the UK. I moved permanently back to the UK in 2008. After spending several years working in Hampshire I returned to the South West and first started working at Mount Vets in October 2018. With a particular interest in surgery, I completed a post graduate certificate in small animal surgery in 2013. Outside of work I enjoy scuba diving, dog agility and equine pursuits. I have two border collies (Tarquin and Gyr) a Italian spinone (Harvey) and Friesian horses (Trynke and Vrolijk).

Chris Griffiths

BSc BVSc MRCVS

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Chris graduated from the University of Bristol in 2020 and started at Mount Vets in September the same year. Chris is developing his clinical skills in all areas of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in surgery and dentistry. Outside of work Chris enjoys anything outdoors and can be seen playing rugby or hiking out on the moors. At home Chris helps out with their 4 working spaniels.

Glenn Bengtson

MRCVS

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I qualified for the University of Queensland, Australia in 1992 with honors. I worked in mixed animal practice in various states of Australia before moving to the UK in 1996 working as a locum from Cornwall to Scotland until settling in 1998 in a first opinion and referral practice on the outskirts of London.

In 2001 I gained an RCVS certificate in small animal surgery and in 2002 became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College Surgical Chapter by Examination. I am a RCVS advanced practitioner in small animal surgery. Professionally, I enjoy all facets of small animal orthopeadics and soft tissue surgery while maintaining professional ethics, animal welfare and client communication.

Personally, I enjoy travelling, playing golf (badly) snowboarding and flying 3D remote control helicopters.

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Izabella Boda

MRCVS

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After a rather adventurous period working as a wildlife vet intern at the RSPCA's Stapeley Grange Centre in Nantwich, Izabella moved to the South West and has worked in the area since 2016. In her time, she has dealt with pets such as a savannah monitor, uromastyx, african grey parrots, tortoises, conures and sugar gliders. Just to mention a few!

 

She is passionate about all creatures, be they furry pet friends, odd reptiles or birds. She graduated in Budapest, Hungary where she developed a special interest in exotic and wild animals and also obtained a BSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation. She recently gained a certification in treating exotic animals. She loves this part of the country and, in her spare time, loves to seek out interesting historical places or to curl up with the works of the classic English authors. She has a marginated tortoise called Colossus, who now rules the house.

Day Nurses

Steph Rawson

Nurse Manager

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Local to the area, Steph grew up in Wiveliscombe and now lives on the Exmoor border. Steph started working at Mount Vets in October 2014, which is the same year that she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse. Steph’s role within Mount Vets as well as being a qualified nurse is Nursing Manager, which includes managing and directing the nursing team. She is enjoying all aspects of the small animal hospital and the range of work she does daily.

Outside of work Steph has a family run business of a flock of 300-400 breeding ewes which takes up most of her spare caring for them. But she enjoys every minute, especially lambing season.

When Steph does get some time to herself, she goes on long walks with her dog in the countryside and seeing family.

Laura Rowbotham

Deputy Nurse Manager

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I have worked at Mount Vets for over 15 years and am the Deputy Nurse Manager. I love all aspects of nursing but my absolute passion is feline nursing. I have helped to achieve our Cat Friendly award for the Hospital and I'm passionate about making a trip to the practice as stress free as possible for all our feline patients.

I have three cats at home, who have all been rescued through Cats Protection.

Emma Dennis

Veterinary Nurse

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I qualified in 2015, from Bicton College and started working here at Mount Vets in 2018. I enjoy the variety that being a Veterinary Nurse brings to every day at work, but particularly enjoy consulting.

A lot of my spare time is spent taking my bouncy 3 year old English Springer Spaniel, Moose, on long walks and finding new places for an adventure!

Sarah Jones

Veterinary Nurse

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I qualified as a Veterinary nurse in 2007. After a year out travelling and nursing in Australia I came back and got a job here at Mount Vets, intending to go travelling again soon after but have never left!

I enjoy medical nursing and doing Nurse clinics.

In my spare time I am busy looking after my two young boys, walking my black Labrador, Bertie and riding my pony, Moon.

Janine Cobb

Veterinary Nurse

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I started nursing in 2006 at a mixed practice in Devon to then qualify as a registered veterinary nurse from Bicton College in 2010.

After qualifying, Janine went to work in Australia for a year, spending most of her time ICU nursing at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital where I developed a love for emergency and critical care nursing.

After locum nursing here at Mount Veterinary Hospital regularly for 4 years, I then joined the nursing team permanently in February 2019.

Outside of work I enjoy family time with my partner and 2 children.

Zoe Ankcorn

Veterinary Nurse

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I started working at Mount Vets in January 2020 after qualifying in February 2018 and enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing. We see a wide range of cases here at the hospital which keep us all on our toes!

I live locally with my partner and young daughter; we have a mini rex (rabbit) called Daisy who likes to own the garden! In 2018 we travelled to Thailand and spent time at an elephant sanctuary which I loved. I intend to travel more to places where I can use my veterinary skills in the future. 

Kara Jennings

Veterinary Nurse

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I started nursing in 2014. I completed my training at Coombefield Veterinary Hospital in Devon whilst studying at Nottingham Trent University, qualifying in 2016. In January 2020, I joined the Mount Vets team.

My main areas of interest are nurse clinics and emergency and critical care. In my spare time I enjoy baking and adventuring with my English Springer Spaniel, Finnick.

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Julie Izard

Veterinary Nurse

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I started nursing in 1985 at the PDSA in Brighton where I qualified in 1989. I have worked in numerous small animal practices, and I joined Mount Vets in October 2020 after regularly working as a locum nurse over the past 4 years.

Even after 31 years, I still enjoy nursing and love having an active role to play in the care and wellbeing of the animals. Although the work can be challenging at times, every day is different, interesting and very rewarding. I like all aspects of nursing but I am very keen on learning about and looking after the wildlife. Outside of work I like gardening, watching wildlife and being with nature. I love walking my old chocolate labrador 'Asha' on the beach and in the countryside.

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Shannon Blair

Veterinary Nurse

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Ellen Reveley

Veterinary Nurse

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Kat Whitell

Veterinary Nurse

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I started nursing in 2016 and completed my degree at Hartpury University in 2020. I enjoy all aspects of nursing, but have a particular interest in medical nursing and emergency care. 

In my spare time you will find me helping my partner on his farm. Training our working labrador, or out with my horses.

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Millie Deakin

Veterinary Nurse

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I have lived in Somerset for the past year with my partner, two dogs, cat and horse! It's been an interesting year to say the least but I am so excited to get settled into Somerset life with my new role at the Mount. Outside of work, I love competing my horse in dressage compeitions, walking our dogs and clay pigeon shooting.

Julie Penson

Student Veterinary Nurse

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I am a 2nd year veterinary nursing student and have worked at Mount Vets for two years. I retrained as a mature student and love all aspects of nursing but particularly enjoy surgical procedures.

I live with my husband locally and have a variety of pets including Oscar the German Shepherd, Clover the Dachshund, two cats, two tortoises and a Royal Python. I have two sons and share a passion for cars and motorsport with them and my husband. I grew up on a farm with horses and love to ride when I have any spare time outside of my study.

Lucy Troake

Veterinary Care Assistant

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In 2019 I qualified as a veterinary care assistant. In the future, I wish to go on to train as a veterinary nurse. My role within the practice involves various things such as assisting the nurses. It allows me to see all aspects of work that goes on within the practice which I thoroughly enjoy. My pets I care for and love dearly; they include a cat, dog, chicken, hamster and rabbit. I love reading, listening to music, walking my dog, and spending time with friends and family.

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Sam Lewis

Animal Nursing Assistant

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Night Nurses

Erin Wheeler

Night Nurse

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My name is Erin and I have been nursing since 2007. I love veterinary nursing and have always found it to be an extremely rewarding career. I am a night nurse here at The Mount Veterinary Hospital, which means I take emergency phone calls, help the vet treat emergencies, nurse the inpatients overnight and get the practice clean and tidy for the next day. I love night nursing as it means I can focus on my 2 favourite areas of the job - inpatient care and emergency nursing. I have been working here since September 2017 after coming from a referral practice, where I gained a wealth of experience. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband, my daughter, our springer spaniel Toby and my daughter's 2 guinea pigs, Daisy and Buttercup. My hobbies include weightlifting, baking, crafting and spending time with family and friends. I am also a qualified beauty therapist so I do a little of that on the side, which I find very therapeutic.

Katrina DeVita

Night Nurse

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I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014. I have been with Mount Vets since May 2018. I am one of the night nurses and enjoy working nights as I get to spend plenty of individual time getting to know my patients. I have an interest in critical care nursing which comes in handy at night.

At home I have 3 rescue dogs and they keep me very busy in the day. I also foster dogs and cats occasionally. In my spare time I enjoy cooking.

Receptionists

Bethany Cawley

Reception Manager

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I have been part of the team since 2015 and love my job as no two days are the same. Was pleased to take the position of Head Receptionist earlier this year, working with such a lovely team. I have 5 Manchester Terriers who keep me busy. I spend most of my time travelling around the country attending dog shows. I made up my first Champion in 2016. As well as shows I enjoy getting the dogs out and about in the countryside and for walks along the beach.

Jess Collins

Receptionist

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I started at Mount Vets in September 2014 and love meeting the clients and getting to know their pets. I have a very naughty chocolate Labrador, a very busy Cocker Spaniel & two lionhead rabbits. While I’m not in work I enjoy baking, horse riding and taking the dogs on adventures in the countryside and to the beach.

Nicoleta Seiler

Receptionist

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Hi, I’m Nicoleta! I’ve been working for Mount Vets since June 2018 after moving to Wellington from London. I love the variety my job brings and getting to know all our customers and their pets. I have a cat called Wren although she’s better known as Kit-Kat in our house. Travelling is my passion, but when I’m home, cooking and films will do!

Kristy Popplestone

Receptionist

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I joined the Mount Vets in 2017 after a career change. I enjoy working with a good team of people getting to know all the clients and their pets. At home, Maple (my beagle) and I like to go for walks around our farm to check on our three Shetland ponies. My husband and two teenage daughters all enjoy playing cricket so I have become good at making scones for three cricket games a week!

Rebecca Redstone

Receptionist

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I have lived in Wellington all my life, joining Mount Vets in August 2019. This is an amazing job; I work with a lovely team, and have had the opportunity to meet some fantastic people (and even more wonderful animals!). No two days are the same and I am fortunate to work across all three Mount Vets locations. I am Mum to four fantastic children and Grandma to seven beautiful grandchildren. I have two cats and a springer spaniel - so do I have spare time? No! 🙂

Paula Wilson-Smith

Receptionist

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I joined Mount Vets in August 2019. I am lucky to work with a fantastic team and get the opportunity to meet our clients and their pets. I love the variety of my job, no two days are the same. At home I have two terriers Kizzy and Alfie Bear, Charlie the cat (who I re-homed from Mount Vets) and Edward the horse. Outside of work I enjoy horse riding, gardening and walking my dogs in our lovely countryside.

Kathryn Balch

Receptionist

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Hi, my name is Kathryn and I’ve worked at the Mount Vets since I moved to Somerset over 10 years ago. My husband, David, also works here as a farm vet.

I have always loved animals and grew up with a varied collection as a child – at one point we had a dog, four cats, two hamsters, a rabbit and several tropical fish!

You will find me at Taunton Road Hospital or Wiveliscombe. I enjoy the variety of the job with no two days ever being the same. I love meeting new clients and their pets every day as well as seeing the regular customers whom I have got to know very well over the years.

Outside of work you will probably find me walking my crazy, young rescue Dachshund (Gus) around the beautiful Somerset countryside. I also have two guinea pigs called Cabbage and Sprout – named by my son!

Dina Sydenham

Telephone Receptionist

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My name is Nadina and I work as part of the administration team at the Mount Vets. I started work here back in 1980 and was head nurse for several years before moving to the admin side of things. I have a Border Terrier, Sprite, and two Papillons, Pip and Willo. Sprite has lots of fun attending Jacki Cook’s (our behaviourist and dog trainer) agility and training classes. I also enjoy gardening and photography.

Jo Sealey

Receptionist

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I joined the reception team back in 2013 and am based at the Wiveliscombe branch. I thoroughly enjoy my job and love meeting clients and their pets, no two days are ever the same!

Outside of work, my 11 yr old daughter keeps me very busy and I also have many pets, a German Pointer, OAP cat, a rabbit, chickens and two horses so life can be quite hectic!!

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Sam Merritt

Receptionist

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Office

Beverley Snow

Practice Manager

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Hi, my name is Beverley. I moved to Wellington in 2000 and have worked at the Mount Vets since. Time has flown by and I’ve been lucky to experience a variety of roles from Receptionist, to Procurement Manager, to Small Animal Department Manager; I think it’s fair to say I know the ropes! My typical day includes general day-to-day running of the department, organising vet rotas, staff training and everything else that comes my way. My cat, Susie, was adopted from Cats Protection in 2004 and I have two dogs called Noodle and Teddy. Their cuddles and unconditional love set me up perfectly for the day.

Jacki Cook

Animal Behaviourist

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