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 Labrador cross called Ebony and a cat, 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 young children, one very large cat, Louis, and 4 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. Her special interests include all aspects of canine and feline surgery and medicine. She has a General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and is currently undertaking the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Practice. She is also trained in key hole surgery which is often carried out particularly for routine bitch spays.

Outside of work she enjoys swimming, cycling and running, preferably in that order and all in one session! She competes in local triathlons, has completed 2 Iron Man’s and is particularly fond of her carbon bike.   She has recently taken over the care of a lovely 11 year old border collie called Lilly from clients who moved away and couldn’t take her with them.

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 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 will be starting a certificate in Small Animal Medicine in January 2016.  She lives near Wellington with her husband, 2 Border Collies and the new addition to the family – Ember, a 5 month old Springador.  In her spare times she loves baking, walking and visiting stately homes.

Claire Painton - Veterinary Surgeon

Claire Painton - Veterinary Surgeon

Claire joined the team in May 2016.  She qualified from Bristol in 2015 and after a couple of months in small animal practice went travelling to New Zealand. She is an outdoor enthusiast and has long been involved with the University of Bristol Canoe Club. She has a particular interest in Animal Behaviour and completed an additional qualification in Animal Behaviour and Welfare whilst at University.

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.

Helen Bowditch - Head Veterinary Nurse

Helen Bowditch - Head Veterinary Nurse

Helen began her veterinary nurse training with us in 2000 and qualified two years later.  Helen has spent the majority of the  last 17 years working with Blake Vets but has also spent time working as a locum at several practices in the Somerset area as well as  travelling to South America and Asia where she worked with Moon Bears.  She rejoined the practice for the third time(!) in 2011 and has recently been promoted to Head Veterinary Nurse.  She is an A1 assessor and clinical coach with responsibility for training student veterinary nurses. She lives on a small holding and has lots of animals including Dave and Tess the Border Collies, 3 cats and a herd of beef cattle.  She also has a particular interest in rare breed hens.

 

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