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Vet Team

Claire W

Group Head of Nursing & Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined Watkins and Tasker Vets in 2005 after completing my Veterinary Nursing Degree. I have managed the Portishead branch as Head Nurse for 10 years and am now our Group Head of Nursing.

My role alongside nursing duties is to support the nursing teams and ensure we always provide the highest level of care to your pets. I am responsible for continuing the development of the nurse team professional skills and knowledge plus also looking after the team’s wellbeing. I am a Mental Health First Aider. The practice has grown a lot since I first started but I love that we have kept the friendly, family atmosphere that makes our staff, clients and pets feel at home.

At home I have two young football obsessed boys, three cats; Kevin, Pig and Doris, ‘Mr Sausage’ the Syrian hamster and a husband who is very understanding that my role has never quite been 9-5.”

Jody H

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Head Nurse at Nailsea

I have been working within practice for over 12 years but joined Watkins and Tasker Vets at the Nailsea site in 2014. After qualifying in 2016, and returning after having my third child, I worked at the Portishead Practice. This allowed me to further my clinical skills and become a clinical coach. I really enjoy helping the next generation of vet nurses and love passing on helpful tips that I have learnt along the way. In October 2020, I became the Head Vet Nurse at the Nailsea Practice. It is great to be back where my WTV journey started.

Outside of work I am kept busy with my three young children, husband, chickens, two cats and our two rescue tortoises. If I do get any spare time, I enjoy running and horse riding.

Carol A

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse who joined the team in 2006.  I have worked in a variety of roles within the Practice and I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing but have a special interest in helping our more nervous patients overcome their fears with socialisation clinics and our Puppy Academy.

 

When I am not working as a nurse helping to care for your pets, I spend most of my free time walking, training and competing at agility with my Border Collie, Mayhem, or snuggling on the sofa with my Birman cat, Mr Paddy Paws.

 

 

Ellie NG

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined Watkins and Tasker Vets in March 2017 and graduated the same year from the University of Bristol with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Bio-Veterinary Science.

 

I have a chunky Calico cat called Persephone, and have had pet rats and hamsters in the past. In my spare time I enjoy (attempting) to bake and go to aerial hoop classes.

 

 

Isla S

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I moved from Ireland to study Veterinary Nursing and started my training at Watkins and Tasker Vets in 2018. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2021. I look forward to increasing my skills in areas such as dental care and developing our Feline Friendly Practices.

 

In my free time I take part in sports such as rowing and weightlifting.

Sarah B

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Head Nurse at Portishead

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse and have worked here since 2013. I became Head Nurse at Yatton in 2016 before moving to do the same role at the Portishead Practice. I am the Practice Cat Behaviourist and have also completed my Certificate in Nursing of Exotic Species. I have owned a tortoise, Jigsaw who helped me develop my knowledge and understanding of the more exotic patients we love to see. I was really proud to win Petplan UK Vet Nurse of 2019 Award. I love spending time with my family and our dog Wookie.

Michelle (Shell) M

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Head Nurse at Yatton

I joined Watkins & Tasker Vets in November 2018 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I have been the Head Nurse of Yatton since 2020.

 

I have a Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla called Lincoln, who I am training to compete in Cani-cross and enjoy going away on trips to explore new countries.

 

 

Amy T

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the Watkins and Tasker Vets team in February 2020 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I have worked in Practice since 2009 and gained my qualification in 2014.

 

My main interests are inpatient care, clinical coaching and carrying out nurse consults. I am currently studying towards my Medical Nursing Certificate, so I can further develop my skills in this area.

 

Outside of work I like spending time with friends and family, horse riding, cooking and keeping fit.

 

 

Nicola F

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started at Watkins and Tasker Vets in 2016 as a Receptionist and progressed over the years to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse in 2019. I enjoy all aspects of the job, especially looking after our exotic patients and small furries. I am currently working towards my Exotic Nursing Certificate to help build my knowledge to look after some more unique patients.

 

At home, I am kept busy with my own collection of small animals and a very mischievous tortoise, Don Juan.

 

 

Jess K

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined Watkins and Taskers Vets in July 2020 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse after completing my Veterinary Nursing degree.  I enjoy all aspects of the job and in particular enjoy in-patient care, nurse clinics and nutrition.

 

At home, I have 2 cheeky cats, Charlie and Lola, who are always keeping me on my toes with their antics! Outside of work I enjoy walking and exploring the countryside, as well as playing Netball. I am also part of the EcoTeam at Watkins & Tasker Vets.

Talia H

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined Watkins & Tasker Vets in September 2021 shortly after qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

 

I enjoy all aspects of the job but my main interest lies with the exotic patients (especially the scaley ones!) and look forward to increasing my skills and knowledge with them in the future.

 

In my spare time you will find me snuggled up on my sofa with one of my reptiles watching movies!

Jess F

Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined Watkins and Tasker Vets in February 2020. I have always worked with animals and my love for working with them has grown over the years as my knowledge and experience develops. I love the variety of my role and in particular the hands on care of the pets I meet. Outside of work, I am kept busy looking after and competing my horse, Olaf. My Miniature Dachshund, Beanie, also keeps me on my toes and enjoys coming to horse shows or going on other adventures!

Danielle H

Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined Watkins and Tasker Vets in June 2021. Having worked in Veterinary since 2018, I love developing my skills to care for all of our lovely furry friends.

 

In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my dogs and going to dance class.

 

 

Ali T

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I have worked at Watkins and Tasker Vets since 1997 as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant. I love the variety of my job as every day is completely different. I am currently an ISFM Cat Advocate for our Yatton branch.

 

I have oriental cats at home which are such a fun breed and highly entertaining!

 

I have worked at Watkins and Tasker Vets since 1997 as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant. I love the variety of my job as every day is completely different. I am currently an ISFM Cat Advocate for our Yatton branch.

 

I have oriental cats at home which are such a fun breed and highly entertaining!

Kerri P

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I have worked for Watkins and Tasker since 2009 as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant based at the Portishead branch. Out of work I enjoy spending time with my family, going on walks with my two Bassett Hounds, George and Lily, and weekends away with my sons who race motorbikes.

Mischa P

Animal Care Assistant

I started working at Watkins & Tasker Vets in 2016. I love building relationships with both clients and patients and really enjoy undertaking social visits (for nervous dogs) and running Puppy Academy at our Yatton Practice. I have a keen interest in canine behaviour and hope to develop this as the years go on.

 

I currently have two dogs, Cinch, the Australian Kelpie and Zero, a Belgian Malinois. All my spare time is taken up training Zero for Mondioring, a sport combining the 3 elements of obedience, agility and protection.

 

 

 

Cassie F

Animal Care Assistant

I joined Watkins and Tasker Vets in January 2022 as an Animal Care Assistant; I am based at Portishead. I have worked as an Animal Care Assistant for the past five years after changing careers from working with children in primary schools and nursery.

 

I love working with animals and look forward to studying to become a Vet Nurse in the near future. I am also part of the EcoTeam at Watkins & Tasker Vets.

 

Outside of work I spend my time hanging out with my Cocker Spaniel Quinn, my little moggy Beatrice and even have stick insects. I enjoy going out exploring new places with my dog, friends and family.

Viv R

Veterinary Physiotherapist

I grew up in West Sussex where a love of horse riding pointed me towards the career of a Vet Physio. I graduated as a Veterinary Physiotherapist from Harper Adams University in 2019 before I started work at Watkins and Tasker Vets. I am mainly based at the Portishead branch working in our rehabilitation centre, hydro.vet. My main passion is helping elderly dogs with mobility issues so that they can maintain their quality of life and make the most of their later years.

I spend most of my free time caring for my animals. I have two dogs; Buddy and Odie, two cats; Bella and Maisey, two horses; Wilma and Gareth and last but not least my Bearded Dragon, Drago.

Francine H

Hydrotherapist / Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I have worked for Watkins and Tasker Vets since 1991 (yes that long!) and the team have become my second family. I am part of the rehab team at hydro.vet at the Portishead Practice. I have qualified as a Level 3  Hydrotherapist and  Advanced Treadmill.

 

I also work at our Yatton branch as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant. Outside of work, I am kept busy with my working cocker spaniel, Harper, and two Kune Kune pigs, Belle and Monty, who were featured on "The Pets Factor". When I am not with the pigs, I enjoy time with my husband and three daughters on country dog walks, eating cake and holidays.