Meet The Team
Shaun Taylor BVSc MRCVS
I grew up in the Midlands before moving to Bristol University to study Veterinary Science in 2000.
I worked for several years as a night-time Emergency & Critical Care vet, first in Nottingham then later in Bath, before settling back into daytime general practice in the West Country in 2011.
I recently managed a Veterinary Hospital in Portishead, before finally deciding to open my own independent 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 vet) grew up in Donegal, Ireland. We married in 2016, and together we have 2 cheeky cats, Pickle & Lily.
Sam Cross BSc(Hons) RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in the valleys of South Wales, and moved to North Somerset in 2013 to study Veterinary Nursing & Bioveterinary Science at Langford Vet School.
Since qualifying, I have worked predominantly in private practice in Weston-Super-Mare and the surrounding North Somerset area. I enjoy many aspects of vet nursing, with particular interests in anaesthesia, inpatient nursing care, and pet health clinics.
I joined the Yatton Vets team in March 2018, and am looking forward to helping Shaun build the practice, into what we hope will be a longstanding and trusted part of the local community.
In my spare time I keep myself busy – I run my own pet-sitter service, I work as health & beauty consultant, and I am a certified Zumba dance instructor, teaching regular Zumba classes at a local fitness centre. I live locally with my boyfriend Steve, his family, and Benny the Jack Russell Terrier.
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.