The team at Blake Vets

Our team are highly-experienced and offer a wealth of knowledge.

We have three veterinary directors, responsible for the successful running of the practice. Between them they have over 70 years of experience. With the support of five other vets and nine nurses we can provide a comprehensive range of veterinary services.

All our nurses can give advice on all aspects of small animal care.

We are committed to the continued training and development of the whole team. Everyone is encouraged to develop their own personal skills and interests within the practice. Areas of special interest and skills include: eye problems, skin conditions, heart disease, diagnostic imaging, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry and oral healthcare for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Jim Hughes - Veterinary Director

Jim Hughes - Veterinary Director

Jim is the longest continuous serving member of the practice, having joined in February 1993. He has a particular interest in dermatology (skin) and soft tissue surgery. Jim is also the most active member of the practice, regularly playing squash and punishing himself by taking part in triathlons as well as several money raising charity events. Most recently he has discovered the enjoyment of skiing and is now vying for time off in winter with several of his colleagues. He is also the proud owner of a cat bizarrely named Mikkie-Mokki.

Sue Webster - Veterinary Director

Sue Webster - Veterinary Director

Sue joined the practice in 1999 and has a particular interest in ophthalmology (eyes). When at home, she spends her time looking after her two children and 2 hens, as well as spending time managing the ongoing renovation project (more like never ending project) of her 15th century farmhouse. If there is any time left in the year, Sue spends it skiing and going on holiday as often as she possibly can.

 

Richard Bruce - Veterinary Director

Richard Bruce - Veterinary Director

Richard joined the practice in 1990, left and then came back again in 1994. His particular interests include cardiology (hearts). In the last couple of years, Richard has become an avid horse rider and can be regularly seen riding on the beach at Burnham-on-Sea and on the Quantock Hills, as well as taking every opportunity to attend horse shows and events. He has one border terrier Martha, two horses called Merlin and Harry and a cat called Nelson.

Caroline Haywood - Veterinary Surgeon

Caroline Haywood - Veterinary Surgeon

Caroline qualified from The Royal Veterinary College, London in 2002 and joined Blake Vets in August 2011. She has a general practitioners certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP). Her special interests include keyhole surgery and has currently performed over 150 keyhole neuterings at Blake Vets.

Outside of work she enjoys swimming, cycling and running, preferably in that order and all in one session! She competes in triathlons ranging from sprint to Ironman. In 2013 she participated inthe Ironman 70.3 world championships in Las Vegas.

Sarah King - Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah King - Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah joined the team in December 2014.  She qualified from Bristol University in 2013 and whilst there achieved an additional qualification in Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

She has recently achieved her European School of Postgraduate Studies GP certificate in Feline Medicine.

She lives near Bristol with her partner and their cats Sammy and Willow.  In her spare time she enjoys kayaking.

Laura Seeley - Veterinary Surgeon

Laura Seeley - Veterinary Surgeon

Laura joined the team in July 2015.  She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and has been working in the local area since 2014.  She has a particular interest in internal medicine and is nearing the end of her studies for her in Small Animal Medicine Certificate.

She lives near Wellington with her husband, 2 Border Collies and Ember the Springador.  In her spare times she loves baking, walking and visiting stately homes.

Laura will be on maternity leave from 9th March 2018.  She gave birth to her daughter Rose Jennifer in April.

Charlotte Matthews - Veterinary Surgeon

Charlotte Matthews - Veterinary Surgeon

Charlotte graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2017 and joined the team at the beginning of August. Over the course of her degree she has enjoyed all aspects of working as a small animal vet. She has grown up in the local area and lives in North Somerset with her cat Asha and her tortoise Shrek. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and cooking.

Amy Coulson - Veterinary Surgeon

Amy Coulson - Veterinary Surgeon

Amy graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2016. Originally, Amy worked in mixed practice but has discovered her passion for small animal internal medicine and dermatology.

She is currently undertaking a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

She has always lived in the local area and has two dogs, Alfie and Aila. In her spare time she loves doing pilates, walking with her dogs and travelling.

Bob Gore - Veterinary Surgeon

Bob Gore - Veterinary Surgeon

Bob has been the stalwart of Saturday morning surgeries at Burnham-on-Sea for several years having previously run his own practice.

Emma Prince - Head Receptionist

Emma Prince - Head Receptionist

Emma joined us in April 2014. She previously worked in animal rescue for 6 years, and has a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. She is particularly interested in behaviour and behavioural issues in dogs and horses. She lives at the foot of the Quantocks with her husband Sam and 3 dogs, Bruno the chocolate Labrador, Bella the Border Collie and Jonah the Patterdale x Jack Russell! Like a lot of her colleagues, Emma also enjoys horse riding and has been brought up around horses all her life.

Emma will be on maternity leave from July 2018 and gave birth to her son George at the beginning of July.

Sarah Jones - Head Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Jones - Head Veterinary Nurse

Sarah has worked as a veterinary nurse for many years and joined Blake Vets as our senior nurse in 2014.  Sarah has a particular interest in theatre and surgical nursing and has achieved additional qualifications in wound management.

She has always lived on the edge of Exmoor and has 2 dogs, Maude the Patterdale Terrier, Harry the Jack Russell an Arthur-Gerald the cat.

In her spare time she is usually to be found with one of her numerous horses or partaking in various countryside pursuits.

 

 

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