Meet The Team
Shaun Taylor BVSc MRCVS
I grew up in the Midlands before moving to Bristol University to study Veterinary Science in 2000. Following graduation from Langford Vet School in 2005, I initially worked in mixed practice in Cornwall, then in small-animal practice in Derbyshire.
I worked for several years as a night-time Emergency & Critical Care (ECC) vet, first in Nottingham then later in Bath. It was during these years that I really forged a passion for ECC medicine and surgery, and I was honoured to be awarded “Vet Of The Year” by VetsNOW in 2009.
After nearly 4 years of solid night-shifts, I finally settled back into daytime general practice in the West Country in 2012. I managed a large Veterinary Hospital in Portishead for 5 years, before finally deciding to open my own independent family-run vet practice in Yatton in July 2017. In true family style, my mum Pat also works as our receptionist at Yatton Vets!
I am a keen winter sports fan and try to fit in a snowboarding holiday once every 1-2 years. I am also partial to anything that involves cooking, eating or wine tasting! I have been known to try surfing on occasion; I own a 7’10” Mini-Mal surfboard, and a rather unflattering wetsuit.
My wife Ciara (also a veterinary surgeon) grew up in Donegal, Ireland. We married in 2016, and together we have 2 cheeky cats, Pickle & Lily.
Nigel Davey DipVN C&GCertVNES RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Originally from Highbridge, Somerset, I have spent much of my life living and working in North Devon. I began my career working in a warehouse specialising in pet foods and products. I had always wanted to work with animals, and after a lot of hard graft and determination, I changed careers and began an apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing with Bicton College, working at a training practice in North Devon.
I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016, then spent the next 3 years working as sole charge vet nurse in a mixed vet practice in Devon. I have a special interest in exotic pets, and obtained a further qualification in this field in 2017 (City & Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species). I have two rescued pet reptiles, Lawrence the Leopard Gecko and Millie the Corn Snake.
Recently I have moved back to Somerset so that I can be closer to my family, and closer to my passionate hobby – arranging and participating in the Somerset Carnivals – which takes up most of my free time. I now live in Bridgwater, ‘the home of carnival’, and can be regularly seen atop an illuminated float somewhere in Somerset during the carnival season in November!
I joined Yatton Vets in May 2019, and I look forward to working with Shaun and the team in my role as Head Veterinary Nurse, and Clinical Coach to both Jess and Emily.
Jess Bashford BA(Hons)
Student Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in Somerset, and graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2016 with a BA(Hons) in Advertising. After a brief period travelling and working in social media, it was clear my heart belonged somewhere else!
After taking time out I decided to try working with animals, initially working as an Animal Care Assistant at a large veterinary specialist referral practice near Taunton. During this time it quickly became clear to me that Veterinary Nursing was the path I wanted to follow, and I am now highly dedicated to forging a career in this profession.
I will begin training as a Student Veterinary Nurse with Bridgwater & Taunton college in September 2019, whilst working full-time at Yatton Vets. I look forward to learning to a high standard of clinical care, and getting hands-on experience, here at Yatton Vets with Shaun and the team.
In my spare time I am kept busy with my own menagerie of pets, including 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 guinea pigs and a tortoise! When I’m not out and about with the dogs, I enjoy eating out in restaurants, travelling, cinema nights, getting out with my friends and family, and going to live music gigs.
Student Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in Somerset, and qualified in 2016 from Kingston Maurward College in Dorset with a Diploma in Horse Management, with a view to going on to work in the equine industry.
As much as I enjoyed working with horses, around this time I began to realise that my real passion was working with smaller animals, in particular the ‘small furries’. In 2018 I began studying towards a BSc(Hons) Veterinary Nursing degree at Hartpury University in Gloucestershire, which I aim to complete in 2022.
As part of that course, I am currently working at Yatton Vets on a placement year, with a view to learning gold-standard clinical care and hands-on experience, along with offering a high level of customer care that Shaun and the team give to every client.
One day, I hope to move to Canada, and to continue my education with more exotic animals and small furries in the future.
In my current free time, I enjoy keeping fit, and taking in the sights with long walks. When I’m not out and about, you will find me glued to the telly watching a great British period drama with my beautiful dwarf rabbit, Leon… he just loves a cuddle!
Veterinary Receptionist (and Shaun’s mum)
I have lived in the Midlands for most of my life, until recently when I relocated to the Southwest to be nearer to my son Shaun and his family.
I worked in Social Services for many years as an Adult Practitioner. During my career I received training in bereavement counselling, psychology and customer care. I also gained a qualification in British Sign Language (BSL).
I decided to change careers in the early 2000’s, and became a veterinary receptionist at a busy vets in the Midlands. It is a career I have enjoyed ever since – meeting and greeting people and their pets!
Outside of my work, I have another passion – beekeeping. I give regular talks to community groups on all things bee-and-honey, and am actively involved in promoting bee health. On occasions when the bees can spare any surplus produce, I enjoy making a small range of honey- and beeswax-related natural cosmetic products such as soaps and skin balms, in addition to looking after my busy little bees.
My husband Nick and I now live locally; together we have a Cocker Spaniel called Rosie, who enjoys long country dog-walks, and power-naps by the fire. Rosie can often be found helping me out behind the reception desk at Yatton Vets.
I have spent the majority of my life living in and around the Somerset area, having grown up in Clevedon. I spent a few years in my early twenties living and working in Manchester, then decided to move back to the area 5 years ago when I had my first son. I have a lot of family here, and I think the West Country is the perfect place to raise a family.
Since moving back I have worked as a Veterinary Receptionist, then as a Receptionist Manager, in a busy Veterinary Hospital. I absolutely love meeting people and their pets, and helping in anyway I can.
When I’m not working I am at home with my 2 young boys, who keep me and my husband very busy – we love arts & crafts, baking, gardening, and of course playing with our 2 cats Tiggs & Bella.
When the weather is fair I really enjoy going camping, and exploring the UK. I also enjoy going to local festivals and events. I am a keen cinema-goer and enjoy watching the latest releases whenever I get the chance.