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.

Veterinary surgeons

Dewi Jones


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.

Rachel Franks


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.

Elisabeth Perrott


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.

Jane Lovelock


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.

Andy Rose


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 Newton

Bsc Hons, BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

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.

Teige Stewart


Teige graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017. Before joining Garden Vets he enjoyed having a couple of weeks off to go camping and surfing all around Wales. Teige has a particular interest in small animal critical care and large animal herd health. In his spare time he loves extreme sports including surfboarding, longboarding, mountain boarding and snowboarding as well as playing the piano when he wants to relax.

Jess Barratt


Jess grew up in Chippenham and spent the majority of her student placements with us here at Garden Vets while studying at the University of Liverpool. After qualifying in 2014 Jess worked in small animal practice in Taunton and then in Bristol. Jess got married in October 2016 and moved back to Chippenham shortly afterwards with her husband and springer spaniel, Bruce, in tow. She subsequently joined the team at Garden Vets in August 2017. Feline geriatric medicine and soft tissue surgery are Jess’s strong points but she considers herself a good all-rounder and enjoys all aspects of small animal practice. In her spare time Jess enjoys reading a good crime thriller book, cooking and walking her dog.

Isolde Whitaker


Isolde graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017. She joined the Garden Vets team shortly afterwards and loves the variety of working in mixed practice, with a particular interest in ophthalmology. Isolde loves to travel and has volunteered with a vet charity in India working with street dogs, cows and camels! In her spare time she enjoys anything outdoors spending her weekends climbing, hiking and cycling.

Veterinary nurses

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.

Rebecca Brown

Senior Lead Nurse

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 Salter

RVN Nurse

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.

Joanna Pointon

RVN Nurse

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.

Katie Matthews

RVN Nurse

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.

Samantha Stevens


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 Duncan


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 Evans


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 Fox


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.