MEET your TEAM

At Abbey Veterinary Centre,  all our staff pride themselves in providing the best possible care for your pets. As a practice we encourage each individual to follow their own area of interest and this results in an experienced and diverse team; here for you….

Veterinary Surgeons

Small Animal Director
Ben Hynes
MA VetMB CertVC (Veterinary Cardiology) MRCVS
I qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996 and subsequently worked in small animal hospitals in England and Scotland before becoming the small animal director at Abbey Vets in November 2007. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but have special interests in cardiology, internal medicine, dentistry, exotics and diagnostic imaging - in particular ultrasonography. I obtained my RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2001. I love the variety and intellectual challenge of clinical veterinary medicine. I enjoy my vocation every day and learning from colleagues and developing my knowledge and clinical skills with continuing professional development (CPD). In my spare time I enjoy any type of sport and at the moment I am enjoying running and coaching football and rugby. We have a pet Sprocker Spaniel - Freddie, Tracey the tortoise and my secret pleasure is keeping guinea pigs by pretending they are for my children!
Veterinary Surgeon
Sian Tranter
MA VetMB MRCVS
I qualified from Cambridge in 1996 and have been in general practice since except for a stint in a pain management, rehabilitation and acupuncture clinic. Currently , I am studying for a certificate in internal medicine. I enjoy the variety and challenge of my job, the team atmosphere and the fiendish puzzles provided by medicine cases. I have a daughter, 2 cats and 7 chickens and enjoy getting away from it all on a horse most weekends.
Brecon Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Ysobel Holland
MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 and came to work for Abbey Vets that same year. I am the Senior Veterinary Surgeon at our Brecon branch, also spend some time in Tredegar. I have a wide number of interests ranging from internal medicine to dermatology and emergency care and have a specific interest in surgery - especially soft tissue surgery. I am one of the practice's most proficient obstetric surgeons and never happier than demonstrating my skills in out-of-hours situations; as she always seems to be on-call for whelping, trauma cases and late night/early morning life saving emergencies. I live and work with my very cute terriers, Louis and Sunny and have an ever growing collection of stray and unwanted animals at home.
Veterinary Surgeon
David Baker
MRCVS
Hello, I qualified in 1984 from London and am an experienced surgical veterinarian recently achieving my 20 years continuous service award in 2016 with Abbey Vets. In work, my special veterinary interests are orthopaedics and trauma surgery. "David has been working in Abbey Vets since 1996 and has responsibility for mentoring programs for our surgical team. He is an excellent handyman and can often be found sourcing, fixing, building and overseeing maintenance of the practice equipment and buildings. This same handiness is often demonstrated by his ability in the operating room where he performs the more advanced orthopaedic and soft tissue procedures undertaken by our surgical team of vets and nurses."
Veterinary Surgeon
Gary Champken
MA Vet MB MRCVS (Certificate in Small Animal Surgery)
I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and went on to spend a year working for Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire before returning home to South Wales and starting work at Abbey vets in 2011. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but have a particular interest in surgery. "In December 2015 Gary completed his post-graduate surgery certificate awarded by the RCVS, passing with Distinction. He is now eligible to register as an Advanced Practitioner in small animal surgery."
Veterinary Surgeon
Hannah Fisher
MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Amanda Williams
MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2008. Having worked in mixed practice for a year I decided to become a solely small animal practitioner. I enjoy all aspects of first opinion small animal medicine and surgery. I am mainly located at our Abergavenny Surgery. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and learning to ski.
Veterinary Surgeon
Chris Walker
MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 and spent 18 months treating all creatures great and small in a mixed practice in Newent. I moved to Monnow Bridge Vets in March 2011 and have been loving living and working in Monmouth ever since. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and enjoy keeping up to date and providing a high standard of care. Out of work my wife, children and I love being part of the church family at Monmouth Baptist Church and that mostly keeps me out of mischief!
Veterinary Surgeon
Claire Bailey
MRCVS
I am one of the vets and I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice. I live locally with my husband and two children, our dog Blackberry and 2 guinea pigs. We all enjoy being out and about and can be found exploring the local countryside. I also like gardening and photography when time allows.
Veterinary Surgeon
Cate Wood
MRCVS
I am one of the vets. I have been working in Monmouth since 2012. I have had a varied career, working mainly in small animal practice, but also at edinburgh Zoo, having completed a Masters degree in exotic animal medicine. My favourite hobbies are sailing, netball, and photography. However, mostly I am found in the local playgrounds, running around after my errant son!
Veterinary Surgeon
Alicia Jones
MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2016. I am interested in all aspects of small animal practice, particularly feline medicine and surgery, having done my elective in feline medicine at university. In my spare time, I enjoy baking and spending time with my family and friends.
Veterinary Surgeon
Beatrice May
MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Katie Miller
MRCVS

Veterinary Nurses

Head Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach
Rachel Williams - Senior Nurse (Staff and Training)

RVN

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse and have been working at Abbey vets for 9 years. I started nursing 15 years ago and have been qualified for 13 years. I am responsible for nurse clinics and specialise in Diabetc and weight clinics. My main nursing passion is with our feline patients and this is an area I devote a lot of my time towards, I enjoy my job as it is varied and no two days are the same. I enjoy interacting with the clients and seeing our patients go home happy. I have two cats ‘Dimmy’ and ‘Delilah’ both of who I rescued. ‘Dimmy’ has dietary intolerances, which alongside his asthma and pollen allergies makes him a challenging pet to care for and also allows me to be on top of any new foods available which helps with my diet clinics. I also have two Guinea Pigs ‘Tulip’ and ‘Millie’. Outside of work I am a Guider with 1st Abergavenny Guides, 3rd Abergavenny Rainbows and recently started at senior section! I find voulenteering with the Guide association as it is very rewarding and enjoy the challenges working with a varitey of ages brings!
Senior Nurse (Operations and Equipment)
Clair Crowley

RVN

I have worked in practice since 2002 originally as a nursing assistant then proceeding with my nursing training and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2007. I have a strong interest in all aspects of dog behaviour which led to me gaining my nursing certificate in animal behaviour in 2012. I especially enjoying nursing of complex medical and emergency cases. Out of work I foster dogs for Hope Rescue alongside having my own dogs, cat and horse.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Charlotte Russell

RVN

I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014. Prior to this I worked with Abbey Equine Centre for three years before getting the chance to complete my veterinary nursing training. In my spare time I like to ride out with friends and compete in local shows. I enjoy hiking and taking in the lovely welsh mountain views with my two dogs Oscar and Luna. I also own two cats Alfie and Evie. My goals are to specialise in Anaesthesia and theatre practice.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Aimee Ferguson

RVN

Student Veterinary Nurse
Gemma Williams

I am a Student Veterinary Nurse in Abergavenny, in my second year at college, although you may recognise me from my days as a receptionist. I love travelling; I have backpacked through Canada, Australia and parts of America. I now enjoy walking my three dogs over mountains, along beaches and through forests.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Tegan Barnard RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse
Lizzie Seymour

RVN

Student Veterinary Nurse
Kim Harrison

Student Veterinary Nurse
Abbie Redman

I am currently a student at the University of South Wales in my last year of a veterinary nursing degree, I have gained a lot of experience with my time at Abbey Vets and I am looking forward to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse as I enjoy working with the animals. In my spare time I like to read and care for my dog, guinea-pigs and my bearded dragon.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Zoe Banks

Hi, my name is Zoe Banks and I am currently awaiting graduation from Hartpury College as a RVN. I am the regular nurse in the Tredegar practice and I am from Ebbw Vale. I enjoy spending time with my Labrador 'Murphey' and cat 'Budley'. I plan to continue my development as a RVN and build on my knowledge further.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Laura North

RVN

I am a Veterinary Nurse. My passion in life has always been my animals and I spend most of my time looking after my mini menagerie at home. I love the great outdoors and enjoy walking with my dogs. My hobbies also include playing squash and cooking. I'm known to have a sweet tooth!
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Christine Wright

RVN

I qualified in 2000 at Berkshire College of Agriculture. I have worked in practice for 25 years. I have a keen interest in wildlife and enjoy walks in the Forest of Dean with our 2 Springer Spaniels, cat and guinea pigs. I enjoy keep fit and cycling with the family.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Sian Hughes

SVN

I am a Hartpury University Student Veterinary Nurse currently on my placement year with Abbey Vets, I have been here a few months and am thoroughly enjoying the experiences and challenges day to day. I have many pets of my own including my much loved Dogs Henry (pictured) and Vinny, along with guinea pigs, chickens and some goldfish. In my free time I enjoy walks with my boys and socializing.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Nicky Kear

ANA

I am a qualified Veterinary Nursing Assistant and have been with the team in Monmouth since May 2015. I enjoy running with my black lab and spending time with my two small children.
Auxillary Nurse/ Receptionist
Lucy Evans

Student Veterinary Nurse
Jade Coultas

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a student veterinary nurse from hartpury college and am currently completing my placement year with abbey vets. I absolutely love it and the challenges that come with the job. In my spare time I also compete in eventing with my 2 horses and enjoy taking my sprocker spaniel Alfie for walks up the hills.

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Reception and Administration

Finance Manager
Jean Flynn
I joined Abbey Vets in 2005 as Administrator, having previously been employed in various financial and administrative roles for more than 25 years. My current position of Financial Administrator is an extremely wide-ranging role and the assortment of jobs that I undertake during a "day at the office" means that no two days are ever the same. This helps make my job more interesting and enjoyable, and I get a lot of job satisfaction from it. In my spare time I like to relax and spend time with my family. I love cats and have two of my own at home, who like to keep me company in the evenings while I am relaxing after a hard day at work.
Pet Insurance Administrator
Maria Bissex
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at Langford Veterinary School in 1991. I joined Abbey Veterinary Centres as Head Nurse in 1994. Several years later I accepted responsibility as sole nurse at our branch surgeries. After taking a break to start my family I returned here in 2008 as receptionist and am now the Pet Insurance Administrator. In my spare time I enjoy Body Combat and cycling with my family.
Reception Manager
Hannah Welsman
I began training as a Veterinary Nurse after leaving school and Qualified in 1998. Originally from Devon I moved up to Abergavenny and took up the role of Head Nurse here at Abbey. Six years later I finished to become a full time Mum. I returned in 2010 to take up the role of veterinary receptionist and customer care manager. This fits nicely around caring for my two young daughters. As a family we enjoy spending time camping, caving and walking with our dogs ‘Lilith’ and 'Chewie'. I really enjoy assisting our veterinary team to provide the best possible care for our clients and their pets.
HR Manager and Tredegar Receptionist
Caroline Kingswell
My role in Tredegar surgery is anything and everything; from handling animals to answering the phone. I am also PDSA administrator and am the H R Manager for the practice. Since we have moved to our new premises in Commercial Street we are much busier and our day flies by. I have a Patterdale Terrier called 'Scamp' and I also volunteer for guide dogs, walking a dog once every week for him to have some respite and play time!
Receptionist
Lindsay Thomas
I have been involved with the veterinary profession for over 12 years, mainly on reception. I have 3 cats at home, Andy, Oscar and Molly. I love being outdoors gardening or riding my friends horses.
Tredegar Receptionist
Sian Huish
I originally started working in Veterinary practice in 1992 and joined Abbey in 1999, training as a nurse. I now work as a receptionist at the Tredegar branch surgery and have over 14yrs service with Abbey Vets. I have recently added a new addition to my family, a 15wk old puppy called 'Ragna' who is ruling the roost at the moment. Ragna likes to come to work with me occasionally, especially as he has found a new friend in 'Louis' who belongs to Ysobel, one of our vets. My job brings lots of variety and no two days are the same, plus we have incredibly lovely and kind clientele and that's why I love working at Abbey Vets.
Brecon Receptionist
Sarah Prothero
I have been working at the practice for 3 years, firstly with Beacons and now Abbey. I am a farmers wife with 3 children. My main interests include singing, cake decorating and working on the farm.
Brecon Receptionist
Ann Price
I have worked in various roles in this veterinary practice in Brecon for over twenty years. At home I have a lurcher and a horse which I enjoy spending time with. We enjoy going hill walking. I am a fluent Welsh speaker. R'wyf yn siarad cymraeg.
Office Manager (Monmouth)
Rachael Peters
RVN
I am a RVN, qualified in 2002 and have been working in practice for 19 years. I have 6 cats and 4 Chihuahua's, a few sheep and some chickens. I'm a bit of a foodie and love cooking, baking and eating! In my spare time I enjoy pottering around at home with my animals and exploring our local countryside.
Office Manager (Monmouth)
Laura Bartlett-Smith
VN
I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse who now enjoys life as part of the reception team. I love cats with a passion and I'm interested in feline behaviour. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading, running and horse riding.
Receptionist
Dawn Edwards
Receptionist
Lisa Harris
I have been working as a receptionist at the practice for just over 3 years, firstly with Monnow Bridge and now with Abbey Vets. I love working as part of such a caring team and enjoy meeting the animals and their owners.
Receptionist
Roz Paramour
VN
Having been qualified for 20 years as a Veterinary Nurse, I now work as a receptionist in Abbey Vets, Monmouth. I have a diabetic rescue border collie, called Pippin who is now 8 years old I have 2 teenage children who are always hankering after a new addition! I play the flute in a Ceidilah band.
Receptionist
Laura Harrison
Receptionist/ SVN
Kate Taylor
Receptionist
Jan Sykes
Receptionist
Kate Messenger
Sarah Churchward
Sarah Churchward
Receptionist
Tracy Baker
I am a busy mum of 2 teenagers with 8 years experience as a veterinary receptionist and I am lucky enough to combine my job with my passion for animals. I live in the beautiful Forest of Dean, which I explore every day with my bonkers Spaniel Tess. I also enjoy reading thrillers, keeping fit and family time.
Business Development Manager
Malcolm Kingswell
Hi, I joined Abbey Veterinary Centres in November 2016 after working in Debenhams for 35 years as a Department Store Manager . It is a great privilege to Join Abbey Veterinary Centres and work together with such a professional team. I am managing the development of Abbey Veterinary Centres to provide the very best service and services for our clients across all of our practices. I have had the pleasure of living with dogs and cats virtually all my life and our Paterdale Terrier scamp is no exception. I shouldn't forget our chickens who give us the best fresh eggs daily. Outside of work I am a very enthusiastic photographer and allotment keeper.

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Abbey Veterinary Centres established as one of first veterinary surgeons in Wales

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Veterinary Surgeons with special interests in all aspects of medicine and surgery

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