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The Team


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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 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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Rob Tulloch BVM&S MRCVS

Rob qualified in 1999 from Edinburgh Vet School. He spent two years working as an associate before being offered a partnership. He retired from the partnership in 2015.

Rob is very keen on Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

Outside of work , he has 3 cats - apparently one of them is totally bonkers! Rob is kept super busy by his 3 boys, mostly being the chauffeur to their many sporting events at the weekends. Rob's youngest son loves helping his dad out when he is on call, it must be in the genes!


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Mrs Jo Cope BVetMed MRCVS

Jo qualified from London Vet School in 1986. Upon graduation she worked in mixed practice for 10 years, traveling around the British Isles and Australia. In 1996 she land in Shropshire where she took up a position in a Small Animal Surgery, and has never looked back or left the area.

Jo comes to Camlas Petcare as a locum in a semi-permanent role, with her wealth of knowledge and keen interest in Geriatric case management, the aging population of animals in Welshpool and surrounding area are in safe hands.

Outside of work, Jo is kept busy with family and renovating her very old house. She is an impressive seamstress making all of her own soft furnishings.


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 Dr Rory Paton BVSc Cert AVP MRCVS

Rory qualified from Liverpool University in 1996. He joined The Grange Veterinary Hospital, Wrexham in 1998. Rory’s passion for surgery developed here after. After 3 years Rory left to take up a place in Telford. Rory was the Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Haygate Veterinary Centre for 13 years. He left and started his own company VetSOS Ltd, as a ‘travelling surgeon”, supporting practices all over the North West by taking on challenging surgeries.

Outside of work, Rory is kept busy with his young son.



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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 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.



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.
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.





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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Eve Newby BA (Hons) PGCE. (Part Time)

Normally, Eve is found during term time, as a teacher at Ysgol Cedewain, in Newtown.

However, when she is not at school, Eve finds her at Camlas Petcare helping out, allowing the full time staff to get some holidays. She loves all animals and has helped foster and rear several animals in her time here, but currently only has Eric the naughty house Rabbit.

Outside of work, Eve helps take care of her nephew Sam, and loves everything craft orientated.

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