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.

Kate Fairclough

B.Sc., B.Vet.Med., Cert. SAM, MRCVS

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Kate Fairclough joined Mount Vets in September 2002 as a mixed vet treating farm animals and pets. She left us to spend time consolidating her small animal expertise, returning to us as a Small Animal veterinary surgeon in 2015. In 2009 Kate studied for and gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and has a special interest and expertise in all types of medicine, especially treating pets with chemotherapy for cancer.

Annabel McFazdean

BVetMed BSAVA PGCert(SAS) MRCVS

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Annabel graduated in 2010 form the Royal Veterinary College. and subsequently completed an internship in emergency and critical care at the Queen Mother Hospital, a specialist referral centre. Following this she moved to York and worked for 5 years in a busy first opinion hospital practice where she completed a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery. Annabel has a keen interest in veterinary dentistry and oromaxillofacial surgery.

Anne-Lone Steinbakken

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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 Lancer Court and Wiveliscombe. She is currently studying for an advanced qualification in Veterinary Dermatology; the study of skin disease in cats and dogs.

Liz Hynes

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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!

Yvette Clarke

Veterinary Nurse

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I joined the reception team at Mount vets 7 years ago. After working on reception for 4 years I started training to become a veterinary nurse and I qualified in 2017. I love my job and feel lucky to have a career that I enjoy so much.  My interests include anaesthesia, analgesia and emergency and critical care.

I live with my partner and my two beloved dogs Buster and Kodi. Outside of work my passion is my garden and I am in the process of creating a wildlife garden to attract birds, bees and wildlife.

Jaime Easton

Veterinary Nurse

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I qualified in 2014 from Cannington College but have been in practice for 10 years in total. I have worked at a variety of different practices and have an interest in feline medicine.

Outside of work, I partake in various exercise classes and enjoy spending time with my cat, Stanley.

Read Jaime's Biography

I qualified in 2014 from Cannington College but have been in practice for 10 years in total. I have worked at a variety of different practices and have an interest in feline medicine.

Outside of work, I partake in various exercise classes and enjoy spending time with my cat, Stanley.

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.

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.

Jessica Blyth

Veterinary Nurse

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Lucy Troake

Veterinary Care Assistant

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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.

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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Jess Collins

Receptionist

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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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Paula Wilson-Smith

Receptionist

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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.

Office

Beverley Snow

Small Animal Department 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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Mary-Jayne Baker

Insurance Administrator

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Vets

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 Lancer Court and Wiveliscombe. She is currently studying for an advanced qualification in Veterinary Dermatology; the study of skin disease in cats and dogs.

Receptionists

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 Lancer Court or Wiveliscombe mostly. 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!

Jess Collins

Receptionist

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Vets

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.

Kate Fairclough

B.Sc., B.Vet.Med., Cert. SAM, MRCVS

Read Kate's Biography

Kate Fairclough joined Mount Vets in September 2002 as a mixed vet treating farm animals and pets. She left us to spend time consolidating her small animal expertise, returning to us as a Small Animal veterinary surgeon in 2015. In 2009 Kate studied for and gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and has a special interest and expertise in all types of medicine, especially treating pets with chemotherapy for cancer.

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 Lancer Court and Wiveliscombe. She is currently studying for an advanced qualification in Veterinary Dermatology; the study of skin disease in cats and dogs.

Robyn Swanborough

BVSc, MRCVS

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Robyn joined Mount Vets at the start of 2019 and graduated from Bristol University in 2014. Since graduating, most of her time has been spent in small animal practice in Somerset. She is currently completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Feline Medicine and is the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) cat advocate for the practice.

Receptionists

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 Lancer Court or Wiveliscombe mostly. 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!

Jo Sealey

Receptionist

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Mary-Jayne Baker

Insurance Administrator

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