Meet Our Team

Garden Veterinary Group has been serving the community since 1963. Today our busy practices in Chippenham and Corsham offer the highest quality care for companion animals.

Our Veterinary Surgeons

Jane from Garden Vets with golden dog

Jane Lovelock

Clinical Director and Veterinary Surgeon

Jane started working at the practice in 2000 as a Saturday Kennel Assistant and went off to University to qualify as a vet in 2009. She came back to join us as a qualified small animal vet in 2010. Jane’s special interests include small animal medicine, imaging and endocrine (hormonal) disorders. Jane has completed a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Her favourite part of the job is continuity of care, following a case through and seeing them get better. Jane has a tabby cat at home called Taz to keep her occupied when she’s not at the practice.
Liz from Garden Vets

Liz Perrott

Veterinary Surgeon

Liz qualified from Edinburgh University in 2003 and came to work with us in 2005. Alongside Liz’s veterinary degree, she also holds a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Liz has a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery but does enjoy all aspects of operating. Liz also has a particular interest in the medical management of orthopaedic problems and medical and surgical management of wounds. Liz also has a special interest in palliative care and pain management. There’s not a lot Liz isn’t interested in!! She can be found in the practice on a Monday and Thursday. Liz’s favourite part of the job is working with long term clients and finding practical solutions to their pet’s needs. She also loves meeting new puppies and kittens for the first time! At home, Liz has a gorgeous Labrador called Jasmine, a golden oldie cat called Thunder, who is 15 years young and her new kitten Sparkle.

Rachel Franks

Veterinary Surgeon

Rachel qualified as a vet in 2003 from Cambridge. She started working here in 2007 as a small and large animal vet. Rachel's special interests include surgery and cardiology. Rachel has undertaken many additional qualifications on top of her Master’s degree in Biological Anthropology. She has completed a Certificate in Dairy Cattle Practice and a Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Surgery. Rachel's favourite part of the job is seeing animals go home once they are better.

Laura Newton

Veterinary Surgeon

Laura qualified in 2006. She started working for us in 2016 as a small animal vet and has a special interest in dentistry treatment. Alongside her veterinary degree, Laura has a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Laura's favourite part of the job is building relationships with clients and their pets. She can be found in the practice on a Wednesday and Friday. Laura has a beautiful black cat called Florence who she re-homed from here as a stray.

Jess Barratt

Veterinary Surgeon

Jess qualified in 2014 after completing many of her training placements with us and has been working with us as a small animal vet since 2017. Her main interests are feline medicine, dentistry and diabetes management. She is also a clinical coach and helps to train our student nurses. Jess loves the huge variety and unpredictability from day to day. At home, Jess has her spaniel Bruce to keep her busy. Jess works at the practice on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Isolde Whittaker

Veterinary Surgeon

Zolly, short for Isolde, qualified in 2017 and started working here as soon as she graduated as a small and large animal vet. Zolly has a special interest in in ophthalmology (the study of eyes) and has completed an additional course in special and unusual ophthalmology cases. Zolly loves getting to know long term patients, building a relationship with them and following cases from start to finish. Zolly has a ginger moggy at home called Milly.
Leah from Garden Vets with Ginger cat

Leah Dyson

Veterinary Surgeon

Leah graduated from University in 2019 and started working for us shortly after. Leah’s special interests at work include soft tissue surgery and small animal medicine. In particular she has a strong interest in gastroenterology. Leah loves how every day of the job is different and you never know what is coming through the door. She also loves seeing her in-patients make improvements and go home happy. At the moment Leah does not have any animals of her own at home but she is on the lookout for a lonely cat to rehome! It’s not easy to resist a sob story!! Watch this space!
Harriet from Garden Vets with black dog

Harriet Clowes

Veterinary Surgeon

Harriet qualified as a veterinary surgeon in July 2019 and came to join us at Garden Veterinary Group straight after. Harriet enjoys all aspects of first opinion practice but has a special interest in neurology. Harriet also really enjoys all aspects of surgery. Harriet’s favourite part of the job is working with owners to ensure the lives of their pets are happy, healthy and as pain free as possible. Of course, Harriet also loves being able to cuddle animals every single day! At home, Harriet has two beautiful Belgian Shepherd dogs called Lily and Hebe.

Our Veterinary Nurses

Rebecca Brown

Head Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca has been working with us since 2003 and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2013. Rebecca is head of our veterinary nursing team so she is responsible for doing our nurses rotas and managing the whole team. Rebecca really enjoys prep and theatre nursing as well as monitoring anaesthetics. Rebecca is a clinical coach meaning she is a mentor for a student veterinary nurse and helps out with all aspects of their training. Rebecca's favourite part of the job is seeing poorly animals make a full recovery and knowing that she was a helping hand in that recovery. At home Rebecca has Roxy the beautiful tortoiseshell cat and Daffodil and Daisy the hamsters.

Amy Hamilton

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Amy started working at the practice as a Student Nurse and Qualified in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing. Her interests include in-patient care, feline and rabbit medicine and managing diabetic patients. Amy is one of our Cat Friendly Advocates after completing the ISFM Feline Friendly Professional course and can be seen at Pewsham during our Cat Friendly Clinics. Amy is also a clinical coach and enjoys training student nurses. Her favourite part of the job is that every day is different and she loves creating a bond with the patients. At home she has her two cats that she homed from the practice, Molly and Marie. She also has a rabbit called Cotton

Bryony Lawrence

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Bryony qualified with a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2016 and started working here in 2018. Her special interests include laboratory work, running puppy classes, critical care and emergency patients and inpatient care. Bryony is a clinical coach and helps to train the student nurses. She also has a Certificate in Oral Care and is working towards a Certificate in Wound Management. Her favourite part of the job is watching the pets grow and develop over their lives and making a difference where she can. Bryony has many pets! Doris the pug, Margaret and Wilson the cats and a Horsefield tortoise called Glen.

Joanna Pointon

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Jo started off at Garden Veterinary Group with 10 weeks work experience and working towards qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2008. She works mainly in the kennels, looking after our in-patients during their stay. She is joined at home by a miniature poodle called Esther, a few chickens and four guinea pigs.

Lyndsey Salter

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Lyndsey started working here in 2003 and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2007. Lyndsey's main passions at work include anaesthesia and surgical nursing as well a nurse clinics. She really enjoys making sure her patients anaesthetic goes smoothly and her patients are stress free from induction to recovery. Lyndsey can often be seen consulting as she likes making a bond with her clients and patients. She says the best part of the job is seeing a pet go home healthy, to happy owners. Lyndsey has two beautiful cats at home called Howie (looking rather handsome in her picture!) and Poppy, both whom she rescued as kittens from here.
Katie from Garden Vets with white and tabby cat

Katie Matthews

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Katie qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. She started working here with us in 2017. Katie loves all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly enjoys emergency and critical care. She likes assisting with lifesaving treatment and nursing critically ill animals back to health. She finds this a very rewarding aspect of the job.
Alisha from Garden Vets with golden dog

Alisha Duncan

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Alisha started working for the practice in 2012 as a Kennel Assistant, training through the ranks to become qualified in 2019. Her interests at work include hand rearing neonatal patients and in-patient care. Alisha also brings with her a NVQ in Equine Care. Her favourite part of the job is the satisfaction of seeing a patient get better. Alisha has a fair few pets at home, many of them scaly! These include Ivy the Golden Retriever who she hand reared, PJ the cat, Boris the Python, Rosa and Charles the Egg Eating snakes and Betty and Bennie the Sand Boas.

Amyleigh Evans

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Amyleigh joined the practice in 2015 as a student nurse and completed her nurse training in 2019. Amyleigh also has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science and Management. Amyleigh is particularly interested in laboratory work, dental care, wound management and puppy behaviour. Since qualifying she has completed an Oral Care Certificate and thoroughly enjoys helping our veterinary surgeons with scaling and polishing teeth and taking dental radiographs. Additionally, she enjoys scrubbing into theatre to help the vets with orthopaedic or surgical procedures. At home, Amyleigh spends her time with her dog Bailey and her two cats, Baz and Gus.

Carina Hopkins

Student Veterinary Nurse

Carina started working for us as a Kennel Assistant back in 2014 and has since started her Veterinary Nursing Training in April 2018, building on top of her Foundation Degree in Animal Science. Her interests at work include wound care and a now not so secret love of guinea pigs! Carina’s favourite part of the job is getting to work with so many different animals and working within a brilliant team. At the moment Carina doesn’t have any pets but does get to spend most of her spare time with family and friend’s pets.

Abbey Vincent

Student Veterinary Nurse

Abbey started at Garden Veterinary Group in 2016 as one of our Receptionists but started her Veterinary Nurse Training in January 2017. Her special interests so far are wound and post-operative care but would like to explore nurse clinics more. Additional qualifications that Abbey brings to the table are a Diploma in Animal Management and a Business and Administration Qualification. Abbey’s favourite part of the job is dealing with each individual animal and their care. At home, Abbey is joined by Douglas the dog and Cassy the cat.

Emily Neate

Student Veterinary Nurse

Emily started as our Saturday Kennel Assistant in 2016 before starting full time in 2019 and beginning her Nurse training. Her interests include animal behaviour and therapy. Emily brings with her a Diploma and Extended Diploma in Equine Management. Her favourite part of the job is helping with neonatal care. She finds it very rewarding to help bring little lives into the world. She also enjoys seeing the animals get better and go home happy. Emily’s often seen walking her Golden Retriever Elsa.

Albany Golledge

Student Veterinary Nurse

Albany started with us as a kennel assistant in February of 2019 and started her Nursing training in the September of that year, furthering her Diploma in Animal Management. Her interests include neonatal care and laboratory work. Her favourite part of the job is comforting animals when they aren’t well, building a bond with them and seeing them get better. At home, Albany has her hand reared cat called Chip, Molly her Cavachon, Joey the Netherland Dwarf rabbit, Lola the Angora Lop rabbit and Charlie her Lionhead rabbit.

Our Receptionists and Support Team

Chris Jones

Managing Director

Chris started out as our Practice Manager in August 2016 but became our Managing Director in 2019. His job is very varied, he deals with the smallest things to the biggest, from choosing which dishwasher salt is best to organising the company's finances.

Julie Luscombe

Head Receptionist

Julie started working with us in 2014 and has worked her way up to become head of our reception team. Julie loves the diversity of her job; no day is ever the same! She also really enjoys being at the front of the desk to welcome all pets, great and small! Julie loves guinea pigs and has a special interest in rescuing them. At home she currently has 3 guinea pigs, Holly, Nellie and Wilma. She also has a lovely dog called Frankie.

Sam Gray

Receptionist

Sam join our team in 2007. She loves all aspects of the job but particularly finds it rewarding reuniting owners with their beloved pets’ ashes once they have returned as this is the last thing Sam can do to help them. In her spare time, Sam takes her boxer dog Norman to training where he has received his bronze, silver and gold Kennel Club medals! As well as Norman the boxer Sam also has Earl and Hank the cats.

Katy Roberts

Receptionist

Katy has worked at Garden Veterinary Group since January 2018 and enjoys meeting lots of people and their pets. She also enjoys talking about animals all day and values being part of interesting and caring team.

Katy loves all animals, even the ones most people might be scared of. She particularly like vultures and supports their conservation. At home Katy has a lovely ginger tabby called Stevie.

Jenny Hnatkiwskyj

Receptionist

Jenny joined our reception team in January 2019. She loves that every shift is always different and getting to meet the clients and their pets. At home, Jenny is joined by Conan the yellow Labrador and a Syrian Hamster called Dugley.

Vicky Jones

Admin Receptionist

Vicky is one of our Admin Receptionist in the Chippenham branch, who joined the team in September 2019, but she can sometimes be found in our Corsham branch. She recently lost her 12 year old Siberian Husky called Ty but still has her two cats, Leo and Stitch and her rescue dogs Cora and Eris. She also walks a Border Collie cross Labrador called Peter for the Cinnamon Trust. Vicky enjoys meeting all the animals who come to Gardens Vets.