Garden Veterinary Group has been serving the community since 1963. Today our four busy practices in Chippenham, Corsham, Pewsham and Malmesbury offer the highest quality care for animals large and small across North and West Wiltshire.
Dewi graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1995, and after spells working in Mid and North Wales, joined Garden Veterinary Group in 2000. He became a partner in 2004 and currently leads our large animal team, with a particular interest in cattle fertility and surgery. He is not averse to the smaller animals who walk through our doors though – he’s especially fond of gundogs, and enjoys emergency medicine.
His interests outside of work include rugby and birdwatching, as well as watching his two girls grow up – far too quickly!
Dewi is a former Vet of the Year nominee, and hopes to improve on this over the next few years.
Lisa wanted to be a vet from the moment she was old enough to be asked, and since qualifying from Bristol University she has specialised in small animal practice. Lisa takes enormous pleasure in the variety of patients she sees, and is extremely popular with our clients, having built up longstanding relationships with many of them during her 19 years at Garden Veterinary Group. She has had her fair share of excitement at work, rescuing cats from bore holes and finding gold rings in places they shouldn’t be!
When she can, Lisa relaxes at home or in the garden in the company of her husband and two grown-up children, her dog and her rescue cat Meg. A Vet of the Year nominee on multiple occasions, Lisa enjoys raising money for charity and regularly does MoonWalks for cancer research.
Alice graduated from London’s Royal Veterinary College in 1993 and has been part of Garden Veterinary Group since 1995. Her primary interests are cardiology and ophthalmology, though she splits her time between livestock and companion animal healthcare, enjoying the wide variety of patients she gets to meet.
Alice can often be seen at work accompanied by her dog Samantha, and weather permitting, enjoys long walks at the weekend with her too. If Alice feels the need for more adventure, the summer season will often see her sailing or boogie boarding around the Isle of Wight.
Outside Garden Veterinary Group, Alice is a member of St Paul’s Church and a licensed lay minister. Together with her large family (she has 10 nephews and nieces), her ministry work and her pets, we wonder how she has time to come to work!
Rachel qualified from Cambridge in 2003 and has worked as a mixed practice vet at Garden Veterinary Group since August 2007. In 2008 Rachel completed the Certificate in Dairy Cattle Practice and now enjoys spending time in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, assisting our various farm clients, as well as tending to her companion animal patients back at Garden Veterinary Group branches.
Rachel’s love of the outdoors extends to her hobbies too, and her weekends are often filled with sailing, mountain biking, horse riding and running. When work permits she’s an avid traveller and if she can combine this with skiing, trekking and scuba diving, then so much the better.
Liz qualified from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2003 and also holds a BSc in Veterinary Pathology. She joined Garden Veterinary Group in 2005 and now focuses specifically on companion animals. Liz holds a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and is particularly interested in wound management.
Liz is an accomplished rider, and enjoys competing with her horse Blush. When she does relax at home, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter Ursula and pets Millie the Labrador and Thunder the cat.
As a 14-year-old, Jane worked weekends at Garden Veterinary Group – and once she qualified in 2009, she decided to come back for good. Jane particularly enjoys small animal medicine and has recently completed her Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She also has a keen interest in preventative healthcare, especially in cats. Jane adopted a stray kitten named Taz in 2009 and hopes to help the practice work towards achieving ‘cat friendly’ accreditation.
Lissy qualified longer ago than she cares to remember from Munich University in Germany. The three years she spent on her PhD in molecular allpathology convinced her that science wasn't for her – not enough animal contact!
She has lived and worked in the UK since 1989, focusing mainly on small animals and horses. Her special interest is in all things complementary – acupuncture, chiropractic, physiotherapy and natural management, including nutrition.
Lissy likes to get her adrenaline fix jumping large hedges when team chasing her horses – ridden in a bitless bridle and barefoot (the horses, that is, not Lissy!) – and has been at the pinnacle of her sport, having won the National Team Chasing Championships in 2011.
Andy graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011. Before joining Garden Veterinary Group in 2015, he spent time working at mixed practices in Mid Wales and Somerset. Andy enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but has special interests in cattle nutrition and small animal surgery.
Outside work, Andy lives with his wife Katy and their two cats. He loves to be in the great outdoors – enjoying hill walking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
Laura qualified from the University of Bristol in 2006 with degrees in Veterinary Science and Animal Behaviour and Welfare. After working at a mixed practice in Worcestershire for two years, she spent six months travelling in South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
On her return, she settled in Northumberland with her husband Tom, working in small animal practice, before moving to Wiltshire in 2015. Laura enjoys all aspects of small animal care but has a particular interest in ultrasound imaging and dentistry.
Her two young children keep her pretty busy but in her spare time she enjoys walking, playing the piano, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Emma graduated with distinction from the University of Bristol in 2016 and before joining Garden Veterinary Group she enjoyed taking a few weeks out to explore Brazil.
Emma is looking forward to diving into an exciting mix of small and large animal work. Her passions include farm animal medicine, veterinary pathology and neurology.
In her spare time Emma enjoys making the most of the beautiful surrounding countryside and will probably be seen walking or jogging in the local area. To relax, Emma likes nothing more than spending time with her family and friends on the water at her home town sailing club, and is eager to join the local team.
Veterinary Nurses and Animal Nursing Assistants are a crucial part of Garden Veterinary Group, providing daily support to our vets. We are a Veterinary Nurse Training Practice and many of our qualified staff started with us as Animal Care Assistants. They are all managed by our Head RVNs.
Larni joined Garden Veterinary Group in 2005, completing her training with us and qualifying in 2010. She became Head Nurse in October 2014.
Larni enjoys all of her nursing duties but in particular she loves caring for the hospitalised inpatients. She derives great pleasure from nursing an animal back to good health and seeing them return home looking well.
Outside of work, if she's not socialising with her friends, Larni likes to spend her time chilling out at home with her husband and cats. She plays for a Frome skittles team with her husband’s family, but is still a bit of a beginner!
Rebecca has been working at Garden Veterinary Group since 2003. She qualified in 2013 and became our Deputy Head Nurse the following year. She really enjoys her job and has made some great friends. Outside of work Rebecca enjoys shopping and going to the cinema, and spending time with her husabnd and children. She is also a keen knitter.
Lyndsey joined Garden Veterinary Group as a 17-year-old and we have been thrilled to see her complete her studies here, qualifying as a nurse in 2007. Lyndsey has since become a qualified assessor, meaning she can help train our student nurses and see them through their own qualifications. Lyndsey enjoys the surgical side of nursing, assisting in procedures and providing intensive care to animals as they recover from operations. She says the best part of the job is seeing a pet go home healthy, to happy owners. Despite a busy social life, Lyndsey finds time to go horse riding, as well as looking after her children and two beautiful cats, Howard and Poppy, who she rescued as farm kittens.
Jo has been with Garden Veterinary Group for almost a decade, beginning with 10 weeks’ work experience and working her way towards qualifying as a nurse in 2008. Jo works mainly in the kennels, looking after our in-patients during their stay. Outside of work Jo loves baking and spending time with her husband and daughter, her miniature poodle Esther, her British short-hair cat Betty and her three guinea pigs. Jo also enjoys country sports, reading and movies. Jo is currently on maternity leave after the arrival of her second child.
Avril joined Garden Veterinary Group in 2013 on a voluntary basis to meet the criteria needed for her animal nursing assistant course. We took her on in a permanent role as a trainee nurse shortly after, and she qualified in January 2017.
Avril has many pets, including a border collie, four ragdoll cats, two tortoises, two budgies and some fish! Having so many animals at home to look after was what inspired Avril to change careers and become a veterinary nurse. She particularly enjoys working in kennels and helping our patients recover from operations and illnesses.
Katie joined the practice in April 2017 and brings seven years’ experience to Garden Veterinary Group, having qualified with a BSc in Vetinerary Nursing. Though she has experience in practice management, she especially loves working in emergency critical care with the patients who need her the most. Katie wants to develop her skills as a teacher and clinical coach.
At home Katie enjoys gardening and socialising. She also has a gorgeous cat called Katkoot.
Sam has been with Garden Veterinary Group since 2008, first qualifying as an animal nursing assistant and, in 2017, as a veterinary nurse.
Sam is kept busy looking after her daughter but still finds time to enjoy horse riding and country sports, and has two dogs.
Alisha joined Garden Veterinary Group in 2013 and is a trainee veterinary nurse. In her spare time, Alisha loves to ride horses, and has gained her NVQ1 and 2 in Equine Care. She also has a BHS stage 1 and is currently working on her NVQ3.
Alisha rehomed a hand-reared kitten from the practice, PJ, who keeps her busy at home.
Amyleigh joined Garden Veterinary Group in 2015, the same year she gained her BSc in Animal Science and Management.
She has recently been to Poland, tracking the country’s three largest mammals: wolves, bears and lynxes. Amyleigh has a unique interest in exotic pets and also loves a variety of other animals. She has a leopard gecko called Reo and two cats, Baz and Gus.
Kate is a trainee veterinary nurse who joined Garden Veterinary Group in 2015. It was studying Creative Writing at the University of Winchester that provided the catalyst for considering a career with animals – during her degree, Kate often found herself writing about animals, and her dissertation turned into a novella about one of the first veterinarians in Victorian England.
After graduating, she decided to pursue her interest in animals and is studying at Bath College for her Veterinary Nursing Diploma. Away from work, she enjoys reading, writing, festivals and home crafts, and has recently taken up long-distance running. In 2012 she volunteered for the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Nest Box Challenge and was filmed for BBC Springwatch.
Kate has a hamster called Pumpkin and is particularly interested in rabbit care. Through her studies, she hopes to specialise in their treatment and promote various aspects of care such as training, living requirements and diet.