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 Team

Vets:

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Anna Judson BVSc MSc MRCVS (Practice Director)

Anna qualified in 1987. She is often in the consulting room where she enjoys helping you maintain your pets health and caring for them when they are ill or injured. At home she has been finding ways to improve the comfort of her family's elderly, arthritic cat Cocoa. He now has his own step ladder to reach his favourite snoozing spot.

Anna regularly organises training meetings for vets and vet nurses in the Mid Wales area. Recent topics include pain management, veterinary dentistry and suture techniques.

Anna is a council member of the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons and in this capacity has been attending meetings at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to help develop the Practice Standards Scheme, which as a practice we passed with flying colours in October 2015!

 

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Gemma Melville BVetMed Cert AVP (Surgical) MRCVS (Clinical Director)

Gemma graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 and has worked in small animal practice since then. She joined the Camlas team in 2013 and has since completed her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice focusing on surgery.

Gemma enjoys the variety of general practice but has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and is often found in theatre.

Gemma lives on a farm with her husband, daughter, Boris the cat, Otis the naughty rescue dog and working sheepdogs Fern, Ness and Ralph. In her spare time she is kept busy with her daughter, training Otis for agility, baking and training for fitness events such as Tough Mudder.


 

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Louise Robins BVSc Cert AVP (Medicine) MRCVS (Associate)

Louise graduated from the University of Bristol veterinary school in 2007. Initially working in both small and farm animal practice, she has since 2011 concentrated solely on small animal work and has worked in practices in Derbyshire, Shropshire and Cheshire before joining Camlas in June 2017.

In 2015, Louise completed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certificate in small animal medicine, and is a RCVS advanced practitioner in small animal medicine. Louise really enjoy seeing many of the more challenging medical cases that come to the practice and spending time getting to know the patients and their owners.

Outside of work Louise enjoys looking after her young family, and going hill walking and playing tennis when time allows! She loves travelling and in the past have been involved in conservation projects in Zambia and training vet students in Ethiopia.

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Ceri Owen BVM BVS MRCVS (Associate)

Originating from the area, Ceri graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 having spent lots of time with the team at Camlas as both a student and a client. Having gained a position in the competitive PDSA New Graduate Scheme, Ceri stayed on as a small animal vet with the PDSA in Stoke on Trent for a total of four years.

Eventually it became time to make the move back home and Ceri moved back onto the family sheep farm, starting work with the team at Camlas in May 2017. Ceri and her husband Nick spend most of their free time trying to tire out their crazy spaniel Ffi with plenty of hill walking and fell running!

Ceri enjoys both Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and is keen to follow in the footsteps of other Camlas Petcare vets and gain further qualifications.

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Mark Overend BVMS GPCert(Cardio) PgC (Small Animal Cardiology Studies) MRCVS -Locum Veterinary Surgeon

Having qualified from Glasgow University in 1990, and spent the next 10 years in mixed veterinary practice in mid-Wales, eventually taking on a partnership. He then spent time as an adviser to a veterinary pharmaceutical company, where he developed a keen interest in Cardiology. Mark then moved back into Small Animal Practice in Shrewsbury, where he furthered his studies in Cardiology. He joined Cain Vets heading the Small Animal department in 2003, and also served as a Director on the Board of XL Vets UK Ltd. He completed 3 years of study in cardiology in 2001, 2005 and 2010, culminating in the award of GP certificate in Cardiology from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. In April 2017, he was awarded a distinction in Cardiology Studies and Advanced Practice by Harper Adams University. The He was also given an Outstanding Achievement Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012. He trains vets and lectures all over the UK in the fields of ultrasound and cardiology.

 

Nurses:

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Liz Brown BSc (Hons) RVN, Head Nurse, Consulting Nurse & Clinical Coach.

Liz qualified in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing from the Royal Veterinary College. After graduating, Liz spent two years working at Battersea Dogs and Cats home where she developed an interest in pet behavioural problems before returning to the area to join Camlas Petcare Vets.

Liz recently qualified as a BVNA Oral Care Nurse.

Liz enjoys all aspects of Veterinary nursing from the hands on patient care to meeting and getting to know our patients and their human families.

Outside of work, Liz is kept busy by her two children, Darcy the miniature poodle, Imogen the cat and trio of guinea pigs. Liz is an experienced Clinical Coach and has successfully supported many student vet nurses through their training.

 

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Heather Pennock RVN

Heather qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1998. After experience in mixed practice and working with a holistic vet she joined Camlas Petcare Vets in April 2014.

Heather has three children, a dog, two cats, a tortoise, gerbils and some chickens. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to care for your animals when they are staying with us and most enjoys hands on nursing of our in patients.

Heather enjoys walking, dancing and yoga. She has a diploma in crystal healing and a keen interest in vibrational medicine.

 

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Kirsty Williams RVN BSc (Hons)

Kirsty joined the practice for a 4 month placement in September 2014. She is currently back at university where she is studying for a Veterinary Nursing degree but will be returning to the practice in April for another 3 month placement.

You will recognise Kirsty by her traditional SVN uniform of green and white stripes. Kirsty secured her invitation to return to the practice for further training by being unfailingly helpful and cheerful.

She proved eager to learn and a pleasure to teach. Her sausage and stuffing rolls are to die for - we can't wait to have you back Kirsty! A big thank you to Kirsty's Dad as well who built us two fantastic wheeled cupboards to improve the storage area in our Imaging Room.

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Shelley Ottewill BSc (Hons) RVN, C-SQP & Clinical Coach

Shelley qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2012 from Harper Adams University. Shelley took up a position in Surrey, but matters of the heart soon made her up sticks and move to the surrounding area.

Shelley joined Camlas Petcare in Aug of 2016. Shelley enjoys the role of promoting preventative health care; from parasite control, weight management and running puppy parties. Her main passion is inpatient care, providing high quality nursing care for medical and surgical cases and most importantly loving them whist they are here, like they are her own.

Shelley recently recieved the BSAVA Dermatology merit award.

At home Shelley is kept busy with her two doggies, Tallulah and Bodie who enjoy exploring the countryside with her. She also has some rescued ex battery chickens, who are now loving life.

 

 

Receptionists:

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Sylvia Evans

Many of you will know Sylvia as the 'Face of Camlas Reception' and have experienced her help and compassion over the years.

Sylvia joined the Camlas team in 2000 at the time of the Foot and Mouth epidemic and she quickly set-to providing care and support to anyone in need during those difficult times. Her understanding of when kind words or a cup of tea can make all the difference to how people feel, have resulted in her receiving nominations for the Pet Plan Veterinary Receptionist of the Year awards.

Sylvia has recently reduced her working hours, but Mondays, Tuesdays and some Saturdays you can still call in to ask for her advice and to chat. Sylvia enjoys solving problems and she canoften find ways of 'making things happen' be it locating a trap to catch some strays, sourcing hard-to-get treatments, delivering food or medicines when people are house bound or fund raising to help animal welfare charities continue to help pets in need.

Sylvia is a star baker and has made every member of the team a cake for their birthday for 15 years! Her 'Queen Mum' cake is legendary. Sylvia's spare time is spent with her grandchildren and their families who she says help to keep her young at heart. She has set herself the goal of doing the Snowdonia zip wire this year!

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Jodi Chaplin BSc (Hons)

Jodi joined Camlas Petcare Vets in Oct 2016.  Jodi has a First Class honours degree in Zoology with Animal Behaviour. She has spent 9 years working at Kennels and Cattery.

Her main interest is Environmental impact of Climate change along with Animal behaviour.

She has 2 cats at home, Kitty and Carrot - she would love more....believe it or not but her favourite animal is the Fox, after studing them for her university dissertation.

Outside of work, she loves to read, drink coffee, and do needlework and Felting.

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Alison Harvey

Originally from Manchester, ex-Royal Air Force veteran of 12 years, returning to work after raising two sons up to school age and settling into local area after living in Canada supporting husbands role in the RAF.

During her time away from employment she has extended her education, volunteered for the RDA Carriage Driving Assoc, an exam invigilator at a secondary school & parent governor at her youngest's Primary School.

Also mum to Wilma, a Hungarian Vizsla rescued from Cyprus. 

Alioson likes reading, horse riding & long walks with Wilma....when she get the chance.

Practice Admin Staff

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Michelle Owen ANA- Practice Adminstrator

Michelle started work at Camlas in 2001 as an experienced nursing assistant. In 2004 Michelle gained her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification with distinction and she continued to work as an experienced animal nurse and receptionist.

In 2012 Michelle completed her Supervisory Skills course. From September 2013 Michelle has changed roles and is now Accounts Manager. She oversees pet insurance claims and with her wide veterinary experience helps the practice to run smoothly, not least ensuring that we have the right people in the right place at the right time!

Michelle and her husband live in Welshpool with their 2 children. She has 2 cats called Brian and Bud who she obtained as strays needing homes from the surgery.

Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and visiting National Trust locations all around Wales.

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Amy Newby-Wootton BSc (Hons) - Practice Manager

Amy spent over a decade working in the commercial world of the Veterinary profession. She left practice and went to work for IDEXX Laboratories (the external lab Camlas Petcare Vets use). She met Simon, her partner and left in 2013 after having her son Sam. After moving to Welshpool from the Cotswolds, back in 2014, she decided to take up the position of Practice Manager, helping Anna with the day to day administration of the practice.

Since being with Camlas Petcare Vets, Amy has helped Anna achieve her 'Vision for the Practice' with the transitions, to a new Wholesaler, Practice Management System, New In house Laboratory Equipment and the Practice Standards which the practice passed outright in October 2015.

At home, she has 3 rescue dogs, Bertie, Patch and Wally. 'Wally' the chocolate Labrador can often be found at Camlas Petcare - snoozing in the office or helping greet clients on reception.  Amy also has 2 rescue cats, Freddy and Sorrel.

In what little spare time Amy gets, she turns her hands to renovating her very old house, horse riding, dog walking, Furniture restoration and welding!

 

 

MRCVS = Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
RVN = Registered Veterinary Nurse
SVN = Student Veterinary Nurse
ANA = Animal Nursing Assistant