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
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."
Small Animal Director
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
Katie Miller
MRCVS
I graduated from Bristol University in 2013 and worked in South Wales since graduation before returning 'home' to Abbey Vets in February 2017 where I had spent many of my student placements. I have an interest in small animal medicine and surgery. I live in Abergavenny with my husband our 2 cats and our growing family. Weekends will often be spent exploring the great outdoors in our converted campervan or getting involved with our local church.
Veterinary Surgeon
Maegan Potter
MRCVS
I graduated from the RVC in 2012 and went back to my hometown of Hereford to work in mixed practice for 5 years. I joined the abbey team in 2018 and split my time between the Abergavenny and Brecon practices. I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and am looking forward to further studying towards a post graduate certificate next year. In my free time you will mostly find me chasing after my 2 spaniels who have endless amounts energy, walking in the beautiful countryside. I also enjoy dance, singing and playing my guitar.
Rachel Davies
Veterinary Surgeon

Veterinary Nurses

Head Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach
Rachel Williams - Head Nurse

RVN

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse and have been working at Abbey vets for 12 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 ‘Mollie’. Outside of work I am a Guider with 5th Abergavenny Guides, I find voulenteering with the Guide association as it is very rewarding and enjoy the challenges working with a varitey of ages brings!
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Aimee Ferguson

RVN

I have been in veterinary practice since May 2008, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in November 2012. I have been with Abbey Vets since April 2017 and will usually be found in our lovely Brecon branch. Having previously been in mixed practice, I am now enjoying focussing on just the small animals and have a particular intrest in emergency work and imaging. I am a keen runner and compete regularly in cross country and athletics. I also own an ex-racehorse called Reggie and a Lab x Collie called Poppy, so my spare time is mostly spent rushing around trying to keep us all fit!
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Zoe Banks

RVN

Hi, my name is Zoe Banks and I am a qualified 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.
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

Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Kate Taylor

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am currently studying a veterinary nursing degree at University of South Wales. I have recently completed my 12 week placement at Abbey Vets Tredegar and continue to work as a receptionist/SVN until I begin my third year placement in Abergavenny. I have three chihuahuas; Poppy, Lilly and Ozzy and a horse called Dewi.

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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 Finance Manager 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.
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.
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.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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.
Receptionist
Roz Paramor
VN
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1994 and after many years in this role, I am now a part time receptionist at our Monmouth surgery. I am passionate about helping rescued pets to have a second chance and have had 2 fantastic rescue dogs of my own; Hollie, a lurcher cross and Pippin, a border collie. Not forgetting Dandelion and Burdock my adorable guinea pig brothers!
Receptionist
Kate Messenger
Hello i'm Kate. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000 whilst working at Abbey vets in Abergavenny and am very happy to be back working as a receptionist in Brecon and occasionally in Abergavenny and Tredegar. I'm very fortunate to live on a farm with my three dogs, three cats and a small flock of sheep. I'm kept busy with caring for my animals and farm work. You'll often find me in the sheep shed at lambing time!!
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.
Receptionist
Sarah Davies
Hello, I am Sarah often known as 'Jiffy' (my nickname). I work on reception in our Abergavenny , Tredegar and Equine branches. Before working in our equine branch I was scared of horses but having spent time with them, I have secretly fallen in love with them (but don’t tell anyone!) I enjoy my job as I see a lot of different things every day. I enjoy talking to clients and spending time making sure they and their pets are happy in our care. I have an interest in Birds of Prey. I love to help when they come in to us and watch them in the wild. Walking is another passion of mine. I love to spend my spare time on the beach with 'William' my Labrador and my camera.
Practice Manager
Siobhan Conaghan
Practice Manager (RVN)
I graduated from Hartpury College and became a Registered Veterinary nurse in 2017. I joined the lovely Abbey Vets team in January 2018 as an RVN. Having begun my veterinary nursing career as an equine vet nurse I have since transferred my skills to small animals and I really enjoyed the new challenges (and puppy cuddles) that come with smallies! After a short time away from Abbey Vets I returned in October 2019 as Practice Manager. This role combines my enjoyment of management with the veterinary industry and I still get to help out with the occasional cesarean as an added bonus!! Outside of work I can usually be found rockclimbing, trail running or fast asleep in front of the fire with my ginger cat Ron.

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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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