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Steve Tasker BVSc MRCVS

I qualified from Bristol University Vet School a millennium ago, and there followed a varied career working with different animal species, from cats and dogs to cows, sheep and horses, in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Edinburgh, before settling back in the South West in 2000. I became a partner in the Practice in 2002 alongside Liz Watkins. Following her retirement in 2018, I became sole owner/director until Holly bought a part share in the business.


I have always loved general practice, and still do! I love the variety of work we get to do on a daily basis. I can be helping a client with their dog's lameness issues one minute and discussing the treatment options for a geriatric cat the next. The pull of the operating theatre is still very much alive, and I find both complex and straightforward surgery equally rewarding. I consider working in this profession an honour and as a Practice we do not take this for granted. As vets we get to spend our working day in pleasant company, in a nice workplace, with plenty of fluffy/purring/waggy-tailed patients around, and we get to help them get better! What could be nicer?


Being a small animal vet can have its challenges, and the last few years has had more than its fair share of these, but our team has pulled together even more than before and for this I am very proud and immensely grateful. I am hard-working, fully committed to the Practice, proud of my profession, and hold high a sense of fairness, whether it be doing the right thing by the animal, treating the clients with respect, or developing the careers of the colleagues around me. Our emphasis on effective communication with our clients remains a focus, and we continue to look forwards as we develop the Practice even more.


When I am not at work, I split my time between the roles of head chauffeur to the teenagers, and full services provision operative to Molly the black lab, Zammy the British Shorthair, Bobble the Ragdoll and Persian Mollie-Moo.

Our Story So Far

Vet Team

Mario Amaral DVM PGCertSAM MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine.

Group Medical Lead

I qualified in 2001 from Lisbon University in Portugal. I have extensive veterinary hospital experience in both Europe and the UK. I work in our Portishead practice, where I use my experience along with skills gathered during the completion of my BSAVA Post-Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine to ensure that our patients get the best possible care. I also enjoy supporting the ongoing training of my colleagues. Since 2015, I am also a RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine.


My main interests are internal medicine and ultrasonography. I do enjoy the challenge that exotic species pose, so I also have a strong interest in exotic medicine, from small furries such as rabbits, guinea pigs and mice, to tortoises, snakes and parrots.


As Group Medical Lead for Watkins and Tasker Vets, I am tasked with supporting the rest of the team in maintaining and improving the medical care of our patients, making sure we are doing our very best to improve our patients quality of life.


Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, who is also a vet, and young family, and when I can spare the time, I like to exercise, either by running, swimming, biking and sometimes even all three in one go.


Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine
Group Clinical Development Lead

After graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2008, I started my veterinary career in Scotland where I first fell in love with all aspects of small animal general practice.  Originally from Wiltshire, we made the move back to the South West in 2010 to be closer to family.


I have a strong interest in internal medicine, critical care and ultrasonography and especially enjoy caring for our hospitalised patients at our Portishead branch.  I hold the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (with distinction) and am an RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine.


Assisting with the development and management of the Practice alongside my clinical workload as an Advanced Practitioner. Ensuring that we are adhering to best practice, keeping abreast of new clinical developments and delivering excellent care to our patients.


Outside of work I am kept on my toes by my twin daughters and our exuberant Golden Retriever, Freya.

Amy Parsons BVetMed GPCert (SAS) MRCVS

Group Surgical Lead

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 and cut my teeth in a busy small animal hospital in Hertfordshire, where I fell in love with all that first opinion general practice entails.


Having then started a family we made the move West to be closer to my homeland (Wales) and joined the Watkins and Tasker Vet team in 2013. I am passionate about all things general practice – I love following a case from its first presentation in the consult room, through diagnosis and ultimately offering the treatment required. I hold a Small Animal Surgery Certificate and my area of special interest is soft tissue surgery. As Group Surgical Lead I am tasked with driving surgical progression within the team and ensuring we have the best equipment and techniques available for your pets.


Outside of work, I am kept busy with my taxi service to two growing boys and running with my lively Sproodle, Dot Cotton.

Cristina Perez DVM GPCert (FeLP) PgC FVS ISFM AdvCertFB MRCVS RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a vet at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2007. I moved to the UK only a couple of months later to undertake further training which was funded by The Leonardo Scholarship. Since then, I have worked as a Veterinary Surgeon in Reading and Oxfordshire and due to my husband’s job moved to the beautiful countryside in Somerset. I hold a General Practice Certificate in Feline Medicine and I have been awarded Advanced Practitioner status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). While I was on maternity leave after the birth of my first son, I also obtained the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour.


I enjoy all aspects of the profession, but I am particularly interested in surgery and diagnostic imaging. I also love little furry things like guinea pigs and rabbits. In my spare time I like trying new things. This has led me in recent years to learn Japanese, Thai and take up archery. I love travelling abroad (the further the better) and I take any opportunity to experience new cultures.

James Greenwood BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

As seen on CBBC's "The Pets Factor" and BBC Morning Live

I qualified from Bristol University in 2007 and after a stint in equine practice I have since worked in small animal practice with a keen interest in surgery, dentistry and general consulting.


Outside of work, I am a keen potter and make bespoke pet food bowls. I have a one-eyed Labrador called Oliver, a rescue puppy called Dolly and live on a smallholding with sheep, ducks, hens and a goose called Ryan Gosling.

Amy Bowler BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I spent my first two years as a vet at an exotic referral practice in Norwich after I graduated from Bristol University in 2016. I dealt with all sorts of species from tiny mice and canaries to giant monitor lizards and 11 foot boa constrictors! My partner and I missed the West country so we moved back where I worked at a couple of small animal practices before joining the team at Watkins and Tasker Vets in September 2020. My main interest and passion is helping exotic animals and I am currently undertaking my Postgraduate Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and love seeing dogs and cats as well as the more unusual species. I have a particular soft spot for rabbits and small furry creatures but am always delighted to see your pets with feathers, scales, shells and spikes as well!


At home I have a playful cat called Lana who is very vocal about needing constant attention and love! Outside of work I enjoy walking and cycling in the countryside, playing board games with friends and family, baking and crafts.

Chris Griffiths BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2020 following a Zoology degree at Cardiff University. I spent the first two and a half years of my career at a busy small animal hospital in the South West before moving to Watkins & Tasker Vets in February 2023.


I enjoy many aspects of the profession and have interests in dentistry and imaging, but my main passion is surgery - both soft tissue and orthopaedics - and I am currently working towards a Postgraduate certificate in Small Animal Surgery.


Away from work, I am a keen sportsman and outdoor enthusiast, you can find me either on the rugby field, hiking mountains or cross-country running. I am also part of the Army Reserves.

Hannah Darbey BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017 and moved back home to the South coast to practice all things small animal. I moved to Bristol in 2019 and joined the Watkins and Tasker Vets team in September 2021.


I have a love of all pets and thoroughly love all the work involved with being a small animal vet, but in particular the surgical aspects. I will start work towards gaining a Surgical Advanced Practitioner qualification soon so I can continue to learn the evolving ways which we can enhance our pets’ lives!


Outside of work I keep busy with attending dance classes and doting on my cat, Momo. I am also part of the EcoTeam at Watkins & Tasker Vets.

Louise Harrison BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017, but grew up locally and returned to the area to start my career. I worked at a busy hospital in Bristol before joining the team at Watkins and Tasker Vets in 2021. I love all aspects of first opinion practice, but my main interest is internal medicine, particularly endocrine diseases such as diabetes, and I'm currently expanding on this by studying towards a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.


Outside of work I'm a keen runner and enjoy exploring the local muddy trails. Hopefully soon I'll have a dog of my own to take along with me!

Mike Matthews BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort) in South Africa in 2017, and after completing my compulsory community service year doing state veterinary work on the rural East Coast, I decided to move to the UK. I started in mixed practice in Herefordshire and moved onto small animal work there shortly after. I moved to North Somerset and joined Watkins and Tasker Vets in February 2023.


My main interest is in surgery and I am currently studying towards a post-graduate certificate in the field. I'm also interested in end-of-life care and making the process of saying goodbye to our beloved pets as comfortable as possible for both pets and their owners.


Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, camping and wild swimming when the weather permits. I don't have a pet at the moment but would love to adopt a furry friend soon to join me on adventures.

Sam Woodnutt BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Bristol University in 2022 and loved the area so much I decided to stay here to work with the team at Watkins and Tasker Vets.


I grew up on a smallholding in rural South Wales with sheep, chickens and rheas (large bird a bit like an emu). Along with cats and dogs, I have a particular interest in rabbits having grown up with a pair as a child.


Outside of work I enjoy all things outdoors and play football locally for Yatton.


Alexandra Sousa MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Porto (ICBAS-UP) in Portugal in 2017 and moved to the UK to work the following year. Initially I worked as a mixed vet around the Peak District, doing equine medicine as well as small animal work. After this I then moved to small animal only practice, and in 2022 I completed a one-year rotating internship in a very busy referral hospital in Birmingham. I then decided to move back to general practice which led me to move to Bristol where my partner was and started working as a Locum Vet in the area. I joined Watkins and Tasker Vets in March 2023 after a few months of already working here as a Locum.


I really enjoy the variety of the general practice work in small animals, both medical and surgical aspects. I have a particular interest in dermatology, and I am working towards a Post-Graduate Certificate in this field. I find it is often overlooked how dermatological issues can have a profoundly impact in the quality of life and happiness of our pets.


Outside of work, I am an avid reader (mostly fantasy and historical novels), I also play tennis and enjoy all things outdoors, although, being Portuguese, I have a different definition of “weather permitting”.


Amy Bowler BVSc

Chris Griffiths BVSc

Sam Woodnutt BVSc

Alexandra Sousa