Meet The Team

Shaun Taylor BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Director

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

Veterinary Surgeon and Director

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.

Emma Gallop BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born in Bristol, but grew up in North Yorkshire. I returned to Bristol in 2005 to study Veterinary Science at Langford Vet School. After graduating in 2010, I worked for a while in small-animal clinical practice, and then returned to Langford to work in the education department.

In 2015 I undertook a small-animal internship, working alongside a specialist referral team in Bristol, where I developed an interest in diagnostic imaging and inpatient care. After completing this, I went on to work in Weston Super Mare at a large independent veterinary hospital, before joining Yatton Vets in July 2022.

I am currently studying towards a post-graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a focus on Diagnostic Imaging. I also really enjoy medical cases, and getting to know clients and their pets during consultations.

At home I’m kept busy by my toddler, but when I get any spare time I enjoy baking, craft and gardening.

Emily Bennett BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in Warrington, Cheshire before moving to the Southwest of England to study Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol in 2017.

Having spent many weeks seeing practice at Yatton Vets as a veterinary student, I was lucky enough to join the team as a Veterinary Surgeon in summer 2022, following graduation.

As a new graduate vet I am keen to explore all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, however currently I have particular interests in feline medicine and emergency and critical care work. I am also excited to get to know all our lovely clients and patients.

Outside of work I enjoy cooking, drawing, going to the theatre and spending time with my friends. I also enjoy walks in the countryside (on a sunny day!).

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.

Stacy Harvey

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.

Libby Rees

Student Veterinary Nurse

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!

Pat Wood

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.

Rebecca Randall

Veterinary Receptionist

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.

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