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 Vets Now in 2009.
After nearly 4 years of solid night-shifts, I finally settled back into daytime general practice in the Southwest in 2011. 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 a 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. She and I now run Yatton Vets together. We married in 2016, and together we have a young daughter Leah, and a very tolerant cat called Pickle.
Ciara Taylor BSc(Hons)VNPA BVMedSci BVMBVS MRCVS
I grew up in County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland, before moving to Bristol in 2002 to study Veterinary Nursing & Practice Administration at Langford Vet School. I loved nursing, but I always had ambitions to become a vet, so after graduating as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006, I moved to the East Midlands to study again at Nottingham Vet School, and qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2011.
I met Shaun while at Langford when we were both students. We moved to Nottingham and enjoyed living there for the next 5 years of my veterinary studies, but Bristol was always calling us back, so following my graduation in 2011, we returned to settle in the Southwest.
I started working as a small-animal vet in a large veterinary hospital in central Bristol. I worked my way up to become Clinical Director of a large vet clinic in east Bristol, before moving on and becoming a Regional Director for a large national veterinary group, managing 20 vet clinics across Dorset and South Wales.
Around this time Shaun was busy developing Yatton Vets, which has now grown into a very popular and busy clinic. In October 2020, I joined the team as a veterinary surgeon and a director, and am now thrilled to be working alongside Shaun and our amazing team here at Yatton Vets.
Shaun and I married in 2016, and we now have a lovely little daughter called Leah, who arrived in December 2019. We also have a gentle and loving, albeit baby-tormented, little black cat called Pickle.
Nigel Davey DipVN C&GCertVNES RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse and Head 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 moved back to Somerset in 2019 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 cart somewhere in Somerset during the carnival season in November!
I joined Yatton Vets in May 2019, in the role as the Head Veterinary Nurse, and Clinical Coach to the veterinary nursing students. I am currently working towards a further qualification, this time a certificate in emergency and critical care.
I am the go-to person in practice for all insurance related queries.
Student Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in Bristol and have worked with animals since the age of 15. Having working in farms, zoos and vet practices over the last few years means I have had the privilege of working with a broad range of animals, from large and exotic species such as giraffes and elephants, to domesticated animals including chickens, ducks, cats and dogs.
I obtained a Diploma in Animal Care in 2014, then qualified as a Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) with Bath College in 2018. I went on to work as a VCA in a busy first-opinion vet practice in east Bristol, and have always been determined to follow my passion to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse.
I joined Yatton Vets in June 2021, and will formally begin my Student Veterinary Nurse training in September 2021 with Bath College, whilst continuing to work full-time at Yatton Vets. I look forward to developing my skills and experience further with my Veterinary Nurse training. I have a particularly keen interest in feline handling and behaviour.
In my spare time I am a Girlguiding UK Leader, and enjoy camping and outdoor activities such as rock climbing and abseiling. At home I have a Russian Hamster called Squidge, and my mischievous cat called Sanka.
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 grew up in Nailsea, and I have spent most of my life living and working in North Somerset as Personal Assistant and Secretary albeit 3 1/2 years in a challenging role in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa.
I have now had the opportunity to look at my work life balance and thoroughly enjoy my role as Veterinary Receptionist – working alongside a wonderful team enjoying the challenges that this brings.
When I am not working I enjoy woodland and countryside walks with my two very energetic dogs Ruby and Major. I am also helping my son Joshua to refurbish a boat which is kept in Weymouth and this year we will show the dogs how to get their sea legs.
Veterinary Care Assistant
I grew up in Weston-super-Mare before moving to Congresbury in 2021 with my family and pet dog, a Cavachon called Milo. I attended Weston College where I completed a BTEC with triple distinction in Animal Behaviour & Welfare. During this course it quickly became clear to me I wanted a career in the animal industry.
I have always had a passion for working with animals from a very young age. At the age of 15 I undertook work experience in a local cattery – I enjoyed it so much that I stayed and worked there at weekends for the next year! Through college I volunteered at Badgworth Equestrian Centre, caring for horses, alpacas, goats, small rodents and exotic animals; and at Noah’s Ark Zoo, looking after tigers, lions and bears (from a distance!) and capybaras.
The pandemic put things on hold, so I took a job in a local pub to allow me to gain work experience in a customer facing role, whilst waiting for the ideal career opportunity to come available. I was delighted to join Yatton Vets in October as a Veterinary Care Assistant, allowing me to start my dream job working with animals, and being able to help care for them in every way I can.
I love the job already, every day is so different and it is so rewarding to see how we help all the animals and pets in our care. I am also really excited by the opportunity to progress my career over the coming years and become a Veterinary Nurse one day with the practice.
In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with friends and family. I love going to the theatre in Bristol to watch the shows as well as a nice meal out with my friends. I also love taking my dog down to the beach where he loves running up and down the sand dunes!