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Independent Family owned vet practice
Extra special care for your pet

Meet the Team

Our team are some of the best in the business, and they’re waiting to care for your pet

DavidHolmesOur team is led by Clinical Director David Holmes

Definitely the elder statesman of the team but still leading from the front David has been with Golden Valley since shortly after he qualified many moons ago! His main interest is surgery, particularly backs and stifles. He pioneered the practice ventures into laparoscopic surgery and laser therapy – both of which have been a huge success. A recent holiday to South Africa resulted in him taking literally hundreds of pictures of animals – most rather more fierce than anything he sees in practice!!

Our Vets

Whilst all our vets are highly qualified and share a passion for achieving ‘best practice’ for all our clients, they also all have their own specific areas of interest and expertise. This strengthens the team and allows you to have confidence that your pet will be provided with the highest standards of care.

The team frequently confer amongst themselves to share expertise on specific cases and ensure that each patient receives the most appropriate treatment.

As a team we take great pride in remaining at the forefront of veterinary developments and frequently hold training courses for the whole team to learn a new skill together. This is in addition to our team’s continual personal development.

Our team of vets are:

Sarah-MundellSarah graduated from the University of Bristol in 2000 and has been with Golden Valley since 2005 with a couple of breaks to have children. Her particular interests are feline and canine internal medicine and ophthalmology where she has contributed to resolving a number of difficult cases. When not at Clevedon Sarah is a full time Mum but can often be found training for her next cross country run or contributing to the sound of music by singing in her local choir.

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Liam-OConnor2Liam first came to Golden Valley as a student in 2010 and returned in 2012 to join our growing team as a fully-fledged vet. Liam is following in David’s footsteps, pursuing his interest in surgery, particularly orthopaedics. Like many of our team, Liam enjoys adventuring abroad and volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. Closer to home, he is more likely to be seen covered head to toe in mud, speeding down the Cotswold hills on his beloved mountain bike, dog and girlfriend in tow!

Annabelle-SpinneyA 2002 graduate from Bristol Annabelle has practiced her profession in all corners of the world but has returned from New Zealand to make her home in the Chew valley. Having just moved house she and the rest of her family are busy renovating their house but still find time to enjoy sailing on the lake and walking in the local countryside. When not at work Annabelle is being kept very busy with her two young daughters as well as her cat Poppy.

Jo-Titley2Jo is currently enjoying maternity leave following the birth of her son Felix. We hope she will be returning soon.

Anna-van-Griethuysen2Although a local girl Anna chose Glasgow as her university of choice for Veterinary School and she certainly made her mark in the five years she was there. In addition to her studies Anna played a key role in the running of the veterinary student council and organised all sort of events. Anna joined Golden Valley in 2013 and swiftly became a well-loved member of our team seeing clients at all our branches as well as developing her operating skills at Nailsea. Anna’s particular interests are in feline internal medicine and endocrine disease where she enjoys unravelling complicated clinical conundrums. Outside of work she is kept busy by Luna, her mad cat, and running but we are not sure if the two are related!!

AlunChaveAlun joined us direct from University in 2014. He has managed to challenge everyone with his depth of knowledge particularly concerning the heart and will be spearheading our proactive program for heart monitoring in the larger breed dogs.

OllieOllie recently joined our team after graduating from the University of Bristol where he not only spent his time studying hard of his degree but was also senior sports rep and captain of the football team.

Keeping up his active lifestyle, Ollie enjoys Running and Fishing; often cooking what he catches.

Back at work, he takes a particular interest in Surgery and Orthopedics (bones and joints) and is looking forward to performing some of our more specialist procedures with Head Vet David.

Our Nurses

Where would we be without our nurses?

It would be hard to find a more dedicated and caring group of people whose qualifications, skills and expertise cross a wide range of duties. They are always there providing a backbone for Golden Valley Vets.

As a training practice we are proud to achieve the highest standards of nursing care around the clock. Our nurses personally answer the phone if you need help out-of-hours, and will be working with you on an individual basis if you are signed up to one of our health plans.

They are also the ones to provide that extra cuddle that makes all the difference if your pet is in the hospital.

We are sure you will value them as highly as we do.

Our team of nurses:

Head-Nurse-DonnaDonna is probably better known as Wesley’s mum but has actually been at Golden Valley since 2001 with a short break to see life down under. Donna heads up our Veterinary Nursing team and has made a number of very significant developments to the role since she was appointed in 2012. Donna has a keen interest in puppy socialisation and behaviour and particularly enjoys offering advice and keeping in touch with clients. Donna says ‘I love every aspect of general nursing and in my spare time I like to socialise and go ‘National Trusting’’.

Michelle-EdwardsMichelle joined Golden Valley as a student in 2008 and quickly became an integral part of the nursing team. Having qualified Michelle was able to pursue her passion for canine psychology and rehabilitation in which she has considerable experience. Michelle also loves wildlife of all sorts and is often to be found rescuing the last fledgling or arranging for something to be rehomed. Michelle tells us ‘I enjoy all aspects of nursing and could not imagine working in any other profession’.

RebeccaKnightBecky decided that Golden Valley was the only practice for her when she came on placement from her nursing degree at Bristol University in 2012. On qualifying we were glad Becky felt her skills would be best put to use at Golden Valley especially as this meant she had to leave her beloved Sussex 150 miles away. Now happily settled in Bristol (with no plans to leave the west any time soon), she has been championing various elements of our Marketing and Social Media. Becky tells us she most likes the variety of workload she gets to see at Golden valley – one minute she can be monitoring anaesthetics the next providing much needed tlc to a patient in kennels and then offering advice to a client on their new puppy purchase. There is never a dull moment! Outside of work the large four legged beasties of the equine kind are her main passion – both riding them and shooting them (with a camera that is!).

NurseMeganMooreMegan first joined Golden Valley in 2011 whilst training for her Veterinary Nursing degree at Hartpury. She came back to complete her final year project before becoming a fully qualified member of the team in 2014.

Megan particularly enjoys making use of her skills in theatre, especially monitoring anaesthetics- a topic which she regularly researches and keeps the whole team updated on. When not in scrubs, Megan can most often be found horsing around at her local yard or out with her other four legged friends- Misty and Maddie the mad border collies. Misty is particularly talented and loves showing off her ‘Play Dead’ trick!

Snowy-StefansdottirSnaefridur (Snowy for short), moved to the UK from Iceland in 2008 to pursue her love of films and animals. She joined Golden Valley as a trainee in 2011 after receiving her diploma in animal management. With a lot of hard work and dedication, she qualified in 2015, by which time she was a well established and well loved member of our nursing team. Snowy says she loves the variety of the job and is equally happy whether in theatre or nurse clinics! Snowy has made her new UK home in Weston Super Mare where she lives with partner Ollie and elderly (very fluffy) cat Beppe. Her hidden home talent is knitting- she even recently made a cute little polar bear teddy for Beppe. Now that is one well loved cat!

SarahSarah, one of our current student nurses, joined us in 2014 as part of her studies at Abbeydale. Having passed her recent exams with flying colours, she is working hard towards the next year of her qualification. Sarah says she particularly enjoys getting to know and spending time with all our patients and furry friends. When not studying, Sarah is an outdoor lass and spends most weekends at Show Jumping competitions with her horse Inka. Also a keen farmer, with a few sheep of her own, Sarah tells us that her favourite season is not one you would find on a calendar, it’s Lambing Season!

JoannOne of the newest members of our Nursing Team, Joann joined as a Nursing Care Assistant in Early 2015. Since then, she has gained a place at Abbeydale and became one of our student nurses. Whilst she still has a lot to learn, Joann is already very knowledgeable about some of our more unusual patients due to her menagerie at home! She currently has 2 dogs, a budgie, 6 ferrets, 10 chickens, 3 turkeys, 2 pygmy goats, 8 pigeons, 3 sheep and some tropical fish. Wow… A collection to rival Bristol Zoo?!

Kat-NevilleKat joined Golden Valley as a student in 1999 having previously worked for the Ford motor company. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary nurse in 2001 and after a career break to go travelling now rules the roost over our in-house laboratory where her amazing organisational skills are put to good use. When not at her post or adventuring abroad Kat might be found at 15000 feet above Bristol, but don’t worry she will be firmly secured in her balloon as a member of a local crew. So when you look up please wave – it might be Kat – or find her at the next Balloon fiesta.

LizRVNAs a senior member of the Nursing team Liz is able to offer considerable experience from her times at a wide range of practices before first joining Golden Valley in the mid 90’s. Leaving when our head nurse to have a family, Liz has since been welcomed back to the Golden Valley Team. In addition to her nursing duties at Golden Valley Liz has also decided to offer her services towards the strengthening of the veterinary nursing profession more generally. Having been a clinical coach and examiner for many years Liz has recently been appointed to the RCVS nursing council and currently holds the position of Chair. ‘Spare time’, if such a thing exists, is full of family activities and keeping track of her dog Maggie’s latest escapades (some of which result in a trip to the vet!!).

Nursing support Team:

CarrieCarrie has always had a keen interest in all animals and all aspects of their care. She came to us in early 2015 from Langford to study for her Animal Nursing Assistant certificate with hope of one day pursuing her dream of advancing on to being a Veterinary Nurse. A local country girl, Carrie spends her spare time showing her Spanish horse Amalia. When not with horses she can be found further down the show site with her son Lewis, a budding chicken showman who recently earned his first rosettes at the Bath and West show.

Our receptionists

When you arrive at any of our branches you and your pet will be given a warm welcome by one of our friendly receptionists. They are happy to help with not only booking your appointment, but also completing insurance claims, advising the most appropriate flea and worming treatment, recommending the correct feed for your pet or assisting with taking a blood sample.

Please feel free to contact any of our receptionists who will be happy to assist you in whatever way they can.

RecPennyHeadReceptionistPenny is a well known face to most our clients and has been with us for many years now. She currently heads up our 12 strong reception team, no mean feat! During her time at Golden Valley, Penny has adopted 2 cats (Mango and Honey) which both came into the hospital as injured strays. Honey unfortunately only has 3 legs but is a marvel, acting as if it never happened and getting by quite happily. They are both now well loved members of the Penney family, which also consists of Penny’s husband and two sons. Outside of work Penny is kept busy with her family but also finds time to spend with her friends, many of which work alongside her at Golden Valley and join her on the sponsored walks where she has raised large sums for charity.


GillGill moved to Bristol in the summer of 2014. Having worked as a veterinary receptionist for 6 years in Ayrshire she knew her job well and settled into the team very quickly. She’s always a cheerful face on reception and despite her many months here she still gets comments on her accent- we thinks it’s great! Outside of work, Gill has a busy home life with her husband and their 4 fur babies- 2 Boxers, a French Bulldog (who get up to all sorts of mischief) and a rescue cat. In a past life, Gill used to breed and show Labradors. She’s less of a one breed lady now though and all of our four legged customers are sure to get lots of fuss.


charlieNailsea reception has not been the same since Charlie joined us at Golden Valley. Having lived all her life locally Charlie seems to know everyone and was soon into greeting clients as long lost cousins. Charlie has a daughter Ellie and two cats Dizzy and Floyd to keep her busy out of work and has also been involved with most of the fund raising activities organised by Golden Valley and all of the social events!

RecIreneBranchManagerIrene is Golden Valleys answer to eternal youth! In spite of giving most of us several years in age in the ten years Irene has been at Golden Valley she has exhausted us all with her boundless enthusiasm and energy but at the same time provided the very best in client care
Irene tells us that it is the varied work load that she really loves, particularly when she is working with one of our vets and we feel she is becoming an institution in herself at Chew Magna. Irene tells us she often meets clients outside of work and loves a good chat and catch up.
Irene and her husband love going to concerts- classic and jazz when they are relaxing but her one flaw is the football team she follows avidly – Bristol Rovers!! Irene can often be found whizzing round the lanes of Chew on her bike but you will have to pedal fast to keep up with her!

MichelleReceptionistBeing animal crazy, Michelle is in her element leading the reception team at Clevedon. Her other love is photography particularly what her other half calls blurry photos but what is in reality the niche skill of ‘Bokeh’! Recently Michelle has got the camping bug – well she thinks she has but the jury is still out – we hope it doesn’t rain too often or there will be a lot of wet pets and humans in the tent!!

RecAnnBranchManagerOne of the two Anne’s on our Long Ashton team, Anne Y is kept busy running the branch as well as being a cheerful face front of house. In her spare time, Anne is fascinated by all things small, particularly Model Farms and Dolls House miniatures. When the weather is too good to stay indoors she’s out walking, cycling, or looking after her many pets which range from dogs to quail to rabbits. As well as this menagerie at home, she has 3 grownup children and 1 granddaughter.


RecAnneWattsThe other half of our two Annes at Long Ashton, Anne W is another well established member of our reception team. At home, she tells us she has a bipolar cat who cannot decide if she loves or hates her! When he’s in his worse moods, Anne keeps busy out the house helping run the local brownie pack and singing in the local choir for those with questionable voices. We’ve not heard her sing yet but we do know she’s lovely on the phone so we’ll let her stick to what she knows at work for now!


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Emma

Emma, a member of our Long Ashton team, is a local girl with her parents owning Gatcombe farm just along the road. As you would expect, Emma is a lover of animals and the great outdoors making her perfectly suited to her passion of horse riding. If you keep an eye out you might bump into her out on the Ashton Court estate with her coloured cob Skye, or walking her German Shepherd.

RecKateLVNBranchManagerKate is a Veterinary Nurse and also the manager of our Wrington branch. Kate is definitely a familiar face at Golden Valley, having been with us since she was 17, a grand total of 25 years! When she’s not caring for your pets at work, Kate is busy with her own menagerie at home which includes a husband, two teenagers, a dog, two cats, two rabbits and lots of tropical fish. Quite the houseful! In her spare time, Kate plays skittles and has won a few trophies in her time. She’s also an ‘Avon Lady’ and helps out at her father’s business so is definitely kept on her toes!


LizLiz joined Golden Valley in 2014 and can usually be found at our Wrington branch. She grew up surrounded by animals, including a donkey who thought he was a dog and would come into the kitchen to be fed! She also has memories of driving home from the local market squashed between crates of bald chickens in an hgv. Liz has brought this passion with her to Golden Valley and shares in with all our clients and four legged friends, as well as her ‘mud magnet’ springer, Willow, the latest in a long line of rescue dogs.


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