Anna Veterninary Surgeon
I was reared on a dairy, beef and sheep farm just outside of Rhuthun. In 1999 I went to New Zealand for a gap year to milk cows, but also to see the sights (best viewed bys sky-dive!). I studied Veterinary Science just across the Mersey and graduated in 2005. In my final year I spent time studying dairy fertility in California but resisted the ski slopes and beaches and returned to my roots straight from Vet School. I work with companion and farm animals, 3 weeks in the Abergele branch, 1 week in Rhuthun and will soon be joining the cattle and sheep AI and ET teams. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, cooking, art, socialising and sports.
Annie Veterinary Surgeon
I am originally from Christchurch, in Dorset, and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2003. I worked in small animal practice on the Wirral for a year before starting work for the PDSA in Liverpool. I have been working for the PDSA since then and have enjoyed working at a busy charity hosptial. I am a small animal vet and am currently part way through studying for my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. My family and I moved to Ruthin in 2012 and I am very happy to be now working closer to home!
Ashleigh Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified from Dublin in 2015. Im from Tipperary in the south of Ireland. I came to visit Wales a few times during my college years and fell in love with the countryside and the people so I decided to come here to live and work. I love both small and farm animal work. In my spare time I plan to explore the Welsh country side as much as possible and try to pick up some Welsh words and phrases!
Christine Veterinary Surgeon
I was born in South Africa and moved to the UK where I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016. I enjoy all aspects of mixed veterinary work, but my main passion is in bovine genetics and youngstock management. Outside of work I enjoy weekends away to the Lake District and places alike. Having changed location frequently in the past, I now look forward to settling down in Ruthin, and hopefully extending my Welsh vocabulary past "bora da!"
Debbie Veterinary Surgeon
I grew up on the Wirral and qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2003. I worked as a polo pony groom and at a wildlife rescue centre during a year in Australia after qualifying. I then returned to the UK to work as a mixed practice vet in North Yorkshire. In 2006 I moved to North Wales and have worked at a couple of practices between having two little boys, Most recently, since 2011, I have been Principal Vet at an Emergency Out of Hours clinic, where I have gained experience in all aspects of small animal emergency and critical care. Outside of work I am a keen horse rider (when kids allow!) and enjoy walking our oversized Deerhound cross dog, Walter.
Dyfrig Veterinary Surgeon
I have been a vet at Wern since I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2003. Before my life was consumed by veterinary science I used to enjoy the summer months in numerous shows with the Welsh cobs from Nebo and the Dendor herd of Hereford cattle. When time allows I still try to spend time on the two farms. Other hobbies include Scuba diving and skiing. I believe I’m probably the best Après skier in our group.
Since my time in Wern I have been trying to teach welsh speakers in the area how to talk properly (the Ceredigion way) no success as yet!
I consider myself a mixed veterinary practitioner and enjoy all aspects of medicine and surgery in both companion and large animals.
Eilidh Veterinary Surgeon
I grew up in the West of Scotland, before venturing east to study at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. After graduating I initially worked for Wern in Ruthin, before bumbling around the World working in a number of places including New Zealand, South East Asia, the South Pacific and Scotland. I now work in the Llanrwst branch, and thoroughly enjoy the variety life here brings. Outside of work I enjoy watersports and spend a lot of time walking up hills in an (often futile) attempt to exhaust the spaniel.
Emma Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015. I am from a farming family in the Isle of Man and am passionate about sheep breeding and AI stemming from my own pedigree Charollais flock at home. I enjoy rural life and look forward to singing as I explore the Welsh countryside with my dog Max.
Gwyn Veterinary Surgeon
I was raised on a dairy and beef farm on Anglesey and qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1987. I decided after 12 months of college life that a barren student existence was not for me and so got married to Gwyneth in 1984. (the path of true love etc., etc. probably had something to do with it as well). We have a daughter and son.
I came to Ruthin after a spell in Bishop Auckland, County Durham and became a partner in 1989.
I became an embryo transfer team leader in 1995 and obtained the diploma in bovine reproduction from the University of Liverpool in 2001. My particular interests include small and large animal surgery, farm animal preventative and production medicine, small and large animal fertility, and embryo transfer of cattle and sheep.
The border between hobbies and work is a bit blurred but in addition to vetting and farming I also enjoy running and travelling (albeit often to see cows in Scandinavia, Italy, etc,).
I grew up in rural Carmarthenshire, South Wales and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 before making the move north to Ruthin to start work at Wern. It is a privilege to live and work in such a beautiful area and outside of work I spend as much time as I can outdoors doing various sports fairly badly. I love to travel to new and exciting places particularly if it involves skiing. As a mixed vet I enjoy all aspects of the work and am looking forwards to developing my own clinical interests.
Joseph Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2008 and then came to work at Wern. After three years I returned to Liverpool to undertake a PhD in the epidemiology of contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD) in sheep, whilst simultaneously doing an MSc by distance learning in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as continuing to help out at nights and weekends at Wern. I then remained at Liverpool to carry out further research on CODD as well as becoming involved in other projects looking at understanding and controlling infectious diseases of livestock together with some teaching. I have also carried out several trips abroad carrying out clinical work, research, teaching and training in Bolivia and Nepal.
In 2017 I returned to Wern full time whilst retaining an Honorary Fellowship at Liverpool allowing me to remain involved in research. My particular interests lie in production animals and finding new ways to improve production, reduce disease and to try and help farmers become more efficient. Integrating research with clinical practice in my view is key to this. I am also frequently involved in training vets, farmers and students across the country in sheep health issues and epidemiology, as well as some clinical consultancy.
Julie Veterinary Surgeon
I was born and grew up in the Staffordshire Moorlands near Leek. I graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 1990 and came to Ruthin as a new graduate in September of that year. I began doing mainly large animal work but as the practice has developed my interests lie more with the small animal side.
Since the children were born I have been working part time so you wont have seen me around so much.
At the moment I dont have much time for hobbies as the children take up most of my spare time. We do enjoy walks in the countryside locally as there are so many great places to go in this area.
Katharine Veterinary Surgeon
I'm from Swanage, a small seaside town in Dorset and after graduating from RVC (London) in 2016 I felt the need to get back in to the countryside away from busy city life. Working for Wern let's me explore the beautiful Welsh surroundings but it's certainly not quiet! I love the variety that comes with a mixed practice where no two days are ever the same. In my spare time I like to travel, cycle and I also ring the church bells over in Mold
Mary Veterinary Surgeon
I originally come from Wiltshire but wanted a taste of the north so trained in Liverpool. As a vet I enjoy the variety of challenges mixed practice throws my way and being based mostly from Llanrwst sees plenty of these. During the rest of life I love all that being outside in North Wales can offer, whether this be in the water, up a mountain or on two wheels.
Mike Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified as a vet from Bristol University in 1993. Before that I got a degree in languages and worked a while in France and Germany. I have been at WernVets since 1993, becoming a partner in 2004. I work mainly in Ruthin, sometimes in Abergele , and have been spotted roaming the hills around Bala (probably because I was lost).
I was raised on a beef suckler farm in Aberdeenshire where I got (and still get) plenty of practice pd'ing, dehorning and castrating! I qualified from Glasgow in 1996 and then did a Farm Animal Residency there. I also got the chance to do research into mastitis, based in a busy Devon dairy practice. Although enjoying all aspect of veterinary work, cattle are my main interest. I used to enjoy half-marathons, but now can just about keep up with my two wee girls.
Richard Veterinary Surgeon
I'm originally from a dairy farm in Yorkshire. I qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 1995. Since then I've worked in mixed practice as well as a spell in for the VLA, as a large animal pathologist/epidemiologist The last few years have been spent in mainly large animal work. Hobbies are a luxury at present, and two daughters will likely ensure this remains the case for a few more years.
Samantha Veterinary Surgeon
Originally from Cleveland, I have worked at the practice in Llanrwst since graduating from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2010. I enjoy the variety of mixed practice, and (strangely, I know) particularly like lambing time. When I'm not out walking or attempting to learn the 'language of heaven', I play traditional Irish music on the flute
Valentino Veterinary Surgeon
I grew up on a dairy farm in south Italy where we kept cattle,goat and sheep
I qualified as a vet from the University of Bari un 2009 and gained a diploma in Infectious Disease in 2012.
From 2009-2013 I worked at a large farm which bred Marchigiana for beef. I was then self-employed at different dairy farms in south Italy.
My particular interest include farm animals with General clinic practise and lameness in Ruminant cattle.
I am fascinated by Wales and rural life style
Lyndsey Veterinary RVN (Deputy Head Ruthin)
I started working in small animal practice in October 1998 and went on to pass my nursing exams in 2003. I have worked in small animal practice since 1998 and progressed to become head nurse. I enjoy all aspects of my work but have a special interest in behaviour and rabbit medicin. I recently moved to Cerrigydrudion with my partner Tomos, 2 Labradors a cat called Tilly and 2 bunnies. In my spare time I enjoy being out walking and out and about with the dogs.
Amy Veterinary RVN
I started working at Wern Vets in Oct 2012 as a trainee Veterinary Nurse after graduating from Glydnwr University in Wrexham with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Studies. I qualified as a RVN in August 2015 after completing my training at ProCo Wigan. I've always had a passion to work with animals, and everyone who knows me knows i'm rabbit and guinea pig mad. Out of work, I enjoy caring my rabbit and guinea pigs and walking my dog Jakey.
Gwenan Veterinary Practice Manager
I was raised on a sheep farm near Llanuwchllyn and have been working at Wern Vets since 1993. I attended a Business Studies course at Coleg Meirionnyd, then went to work with D.H Grove-White from 1987 to 1989 when I left to train as a Veterinary Nurse in St Davids Vet Hospital, Exeter. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1991 from Bicton College, Devon.
I came to work for Wern Vets as head nurse in 1993. I am a managing partner involved with payroll, accounts, staff, drugs, client care and everything else!
Gwyneth Veterinary Practice Manager
In 1984 I graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor and also in this year married Gwyn and have two children. I started working for the practice in 1987 and since then have fulfilled various roles from covering the out of hours phone duty to working at our Denbigh Surgery when it was first opened. I gained my Dip RSA in 1999 and am currently a managing partner with responsibility for suppliers accounts, lab reports and health plans. I also look after the farm and ET paperwork just for fun!
Dinah Veterinary Nursing Assistant
After gaining an honours degree in Computing, I started at Llanrwst during the height of the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001 to do data input and administration. As the outbreak subsided I started ‘helping out’ on the nursing side of the practice and have been doing so ever since! In my spare time I play Darts for a local team in the Llanrwst and District Ladies League and enjoy keeping fit by swimming, cycling and running. I have also been known to do the odd Triathlon!
Natasha Veterinary Nursing Assistant
I have worked at Llanrwst vets since July 2009 after completing the National Diploma in Animal Management at Llysfasi College. I am currently studying towards my Animal Nursing Assistant qualification. I was brought up with animals from a young age and have had many pets, from mice and rabbits to goats and pigs. I currently have just the one, my energetic lurcher Bella who takes up most of my spare time going for long walks.
Sally Veterinary Nursing Assistant
I have worked in Gele surgery since September 2002. I then completed my Animal Nursing Assistant qualification in 2005. I have taken a break from training since having baby Cerys in April 2006, however, I hope to continue my veterinary nurse training in the near future. My interests include nature and wildlife. I have recently been involved with some wildlife projects run by the Countryside Council for Wales. I also enjoy walking, travelling and gardening.
Shirley Veterinary Nursing Assistant
From 1987 I was employed as a veterinary nurse in Somerse/Dorset for 9 years. Family commitments and moving to Wales meant there was a break from full time employment. Since October 2007 I have worked part time in a happy team atmosphere at Wern Vets.
Eirian Veterinary Administration
I have worked for Wern Vets since September 2004. I am based in both the Ruthin and Bala surgeries and am responsible for answering the phone ,arranging appointments, as well as the ususal day to day running of the practice.
I started working for Wern Vets in January 2007. I am currently based in the Abergele branch where I'm responsible for the day to day running of the office, you will occasionally see me at the Ruthin and Bala surgeries. I have recently bought a house with my partner Shaun and enjoy spending my spare time being a domestic goddess!
I grew up in Prestatyn and began work in the veterinary world in 1996. I completed a 2 year NVQ course in veterinary nursing in 1998 whilst in a small animal practice. I then went on to a mixed practice in 2003 and joined the Wern Vets team in 2012. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my family. You’ll find me in the Abergele branch most days.
Mel eterinary Administration
I started working at Wern Vets in late Febuary, 2017 after 3 years of working within the social care sector, you will find me behind a desk of the Ruthin branch and sometimes Bala or Denbigh where I am responsible for the day to day running of the office . I have been brought up on a farm near Bala and enjoy all aspects of county life. In my spare time I give my partner a helping hand with the management of running a shoot and enjoy being outside with the dogs.
I have worked at Llanrwst Vets since October 2007, where I am part of the team responsible for the day to day running of the office, arranging calls and appointments, Insurance forms, looking after the Cats Protection and Dogs Trust accounts, and all other reception duties. You will also find me in the Ruthin office every Wednesday.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming, going on walks with my dog Nel, going to gigs and socialising with friends, and making and decorating cakes!