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 baby 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 baby 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
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 a rescue pet Corn Snake called Millie.
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 the team in my role as Head Veterinary Nurse, and Clinical Coach to Jess.
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 began training as a Student Veterinary Nurse with Bridgwater & Taunton college in September 2019, whilst working full-time at Yatton Vets. I enjoy learning to a high standard of clinical care, and getting hands-on experience here at Yatton Vets.
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 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 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 in 2012 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.